Monday, July 22, 2019

Flash Mob

Showing off
All of a sudden this small group of people started dancing. My reaction was Flash Mob so I snapped a few photos. This happened near the Knappelskär beach at Lövhagen in Nynäshamn. Then they started singing and I realised that it was someone's birthday.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

The view from the old water tower

Island Life Nynäshamn Nynäshamn Church The Paris Villa View from the tower View from the tower View from the tower View from the tower Boats on the Bay
I finally made my way up the very narrow stairs to the top of the old water tower at the Trehörningen island. The observation tower was destroyed in a fire last Summer, but is now open for the public once again. Beautifully restored I might add. Ten points for the wooden benches. Here are a few of the views that you can see from up there. Top photo shows the Bedarön island, and behind that the Mysingen bay. Third snap is of the brick church from 1930. Fourth photo sees the Paris Villa. Fifth snap is of the port, and behind it, the oil harbour. The one after that is of the new water tower. Might show you a few more views tomorrow. Summer has returned here now after all the rain. We don't have the 40C weather that you might have, but is nice enough between 20C and 25C.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Summer Time

Summer Time Soldyrkare Summer reading
And the living is easy. Three photos from the rocky beach at Knappelskär in Nynäshamn. We had an almost perfect Summer day yesterday. Around 24 C when I left home. It was a very calm day. Made a first stop at the old water tower at Trehörningen when we arrived to Nynäshamn. It was finally open again after the fire last Summer, and I will show you a few photos from the observation tower tomorrow. The plan was then to get coffee and a waffle at the Lövhagen cafe, which is a ten minute walk from the beach, but the queue was way too long for me so we headed back to Handen for a light lunch at my favorite cafe. I then spent a few hours at Villa Blåmes in Norrby where four of the usual suspects enjoyed a BBQ. And then when my designated driver of the evening figured it was time to drive me home I realised that I had lost my keys somewhere. They were nowhere to be found. Luckily for me I had left a small window on the second floor partly open, so after fetching a ladder I used some of my acrobatic skills to get myself through the window, before running down the stairs where I had to switch off the alarm within thirty seconds. My brother has a key but he is in Barcelona this week so I will probably have to buy a new lock now.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Sötnos

Sötnos
Swedish word of the day. Sötnos. Cutie. I was chatting away with a bunch of the usual suspects at the cafe a few days ago when Roffe alerted me to the fact that a really cute girl was walking by so I grabbed the camera and took a quick shot. He wasn't wrong.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
After a BBQ at Norrby in Handen with two of the usual suspects I jumped on the bike and headed for home in the warm Summer evening. The ride took a bit longer than usual, around 50 minutes. I blame that on the cranberry liqueur we enjoyed, and the pit stop at the old tree at Välsta. Photo taken with the 60mm macro lens on the Canon 77D body which gives it a focal length of 96mm, so this is nine photos stitched together. Luckily for me it was a calm evening.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Sommaräng

Sommaräng Insect Heaven
Swedish word of the day. Sommaräng. Summer Meadow. This was a wheat field in 2018 and 2017. The year before that they had canola here. This year they left everything for the insects. A field at Nedersta Gård.

Monday, July 15, 2019

The Stockbonäs Battle

Here comes trouble... Mouthing Off The Stockbonäs Battle Viking Battle Look what I cut off!
The visit to the Viking Village at Stockbonäs ended with an epic battle. All of a sudden the village was attacked by a group of Viking warriors. The newcomers badmouthed the villagers and they answered in the same way before the fighting began. It was brutal. Just look at that last photo if you don't believe me!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

In Ancestors Footsteps

The Viking Carpenter Sewing Viking® I Förfäders Spår In Ancestors Footsteps In Ancestors Footsteps
Five more photos from the re-enactment event I Förfäders Spår at Stockbonäs in Nynäshamn, where you could visit a very authentic Viking village last weekend. It was interesting to see how the "Vikings" went about their business ignoring the modern day people with mobile phones and cameras, most of the time that is, I did talk to a few people to get some details.

Friday, July 12, 2019

The Vikings at Stockbonäs

Viking Life Viking Lovers A very young Viking The diet of conquerors Viking Haggling I visited Stockbonäs in Nynäshamn over the weekend. Usually this is just a green field in the Summer, popular with hikers and sunbathers. Now it had turned into a little Viking Village. For the third year running there was a Viking re-enactment event there. Called I Förfäders Spår. Or in English, In Ancestors Footsteps. It was very authentic, down to the last detail, so I decided on the spot to try and get authentic photos ie, without any sign of modern life, and I will show you the result in the next few days. The Vikings came from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Germany, Australia and possibly a few other places as well.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Bluebell

Bluebell
A Blubell,(Liten Blåklocka), growing next to the old tree. The yellow in the bokeh background comes from Yellow bedstraw, Gulmåra).

Monday, July 08, 2019

Lotstornet

Lotstornet Lotstornet Lotstornet
If you want to spend the night at Öja, Lotstornet, (the old harbour pilot tower), could be what you are looking for. There's also a restaurant in the tower called Svedtiljas. You will have a great view from any of the rooms. All managed by Åke and Lotta Svedtilja. The hotel is open year round. www.g-mo.se/

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Artillery battery

Artillery battery
ERSTA-batteri at Norrhamn on Öja. A four-story facility used during the cold war. 25 people lived and worked underground here 24/7. Supposedly it could withstand a nuclear blast. There to protect the inlets to Nynäshamn, Stockholm and Södertälje. In operation between 1977-2000. There are guided tours daily during the Summer. It will set you back 100SEK. Today this is a listed building.