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Alla inlägg den 5 juli 2016

Av EvaLena Hallgren - 5 juli 2016 09:28

Happy belated fourth to everybody. I'm happy to say it was a very peaceful celebration here, no fireworks to scare the crap outta me, and I'm very grateful about that.

 

Seems like it's totally impossible to get Mom to write when I want to, she has billion of excuses, no wifi, too tired, no power,and my favorite, nothing to tell ??? I beg to differ, isn't that up to me to decide ?   Things are happening every day I say, but Mom says it's nothing to write about..........of well here it goes anyway. 

Friday night was cousin meeting and I ended up staying in the car, because there was a lot of cats there, and I was told I'll be shredded by them.  I did get to sniff a few through their cage, and they didn't really appreciate my presence. 

     

 

I did get to run around in the garden since the cats aren't allowed outside except in their big run. Mom had hoped for kittens like last year we visited.

   

So many of Moms friends have gorgeous gardens, which is really impressive since the season for growing anything up North is very short. This is one of Moms favorite flowers, which comes in so many colors.It's called Aquilegia Vulgaris and Mom is planning to bring seeds and try her luck at home.......

 

Once again we visited Kajutan and Astrid were there and had the gall to kiss MY Mom on her lips, I know she didn't approve so I'll forgive and forget.

 

 


The city had the yearly big party with loud music and a race with snowmobiles on the river. Who knew they'll run on water as well as snow ? 

 

 

The noise hurt my ears so we moved Lucy to the church parking lot, so we'll be close to the country fair in the next day.

   

 

Vanja visited with her new car, a car that made Mom green from jealousy

 

 


All night it was pouring rain, but that didn't stop the athletes jogging by Lucy 

 

 

we also visited a childhood friend of Moms, a friend she hasn't seen in 50 years...............wow did you guys know she's THAT old ? anyway this friend is a very talented artist, who's favorite subject to paint is Greta Garbo........unfortunately Moms spending account doesn't permit buying a painting........but wow

 

   

this lady had pictures of Mom as a puppy 

 

 

 

For a little while, the rain stopped so we went for a nice walk, well, Mom walked I rode in my wagon. The plan was to see an outdoor theater in the park, but it was canceled due to the weather.

     

 

if this isn't a brushoff, what is 

 

   

 


We awoke to a beautiful sunny day, which was great since today we visited Mom's favorite fair in the old church village. 

A church visit often entailed tens of kilometers of walking or horse driving. Travelling was arduous and time-consuming, it wasn’t easy to get here and back in one day. Because of this, church towns began popping up.

– If you lived within 10 kilometers of the church, at least one member of your household had to attend every Sunday service. If you lived twenty kilometers away, you had to attend every other Sunday, 30 kilometers, once every three Sundays and so on. This was due to regulations brought about as part of the Protestant Reformation, established  in 1681. However, the major holidays, Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, and Michaelmas were exempted from this rule.

– Then, no excuse was good enough. During these holidays, the entire parish gathered in the church towns and outside of the church services, people took the opportunity to visit markets and do business. Many men sneaked off to speakeasy bars and youngsters went courting amongst the cottages.

Although this was a rule before Mom was born, she still claims she's happy these walls can't talk since this used to be the party place when she was young. 

 

 

 

 


The atmosphere here is a happy place with the traditional accordion players, and thankfully they don't play so loud it hurts



there are a lot of different instrument played, and the key fiddle looks very complicated 

It's a stringed instrument dating back to the fourteenth century. It consists of sixteen total strings: four are bowed, and twelve are resonant. A key box is used in place of the fretboard, with keys in half-step intervals.

 

 

 

 


After spending lots of time here, Mom shopping some goodies, but forgot to go back to the lady and pick up something very locally made. Oh well,

Now we began the boring trip driving the big road close to the coast all the way south. Mom says it's boring because she has done it so many times (I've done it 3 times) so she knows every house, every bend, every tree..........Tree?? wait a minute, there are billions. .....ok Mom was relly exaggerating a lot.

We drove 497 miles and are now outside Stockholm. The further south we go the darker it gets. We took 2 naps on the road..........

this is how it looked from our window when we went to sleep about 2 am

 

 


this is waking up at 5.30 am

 

 

 

We're staying at a campsite now because Mom needed to charge PC and cameras get free wifi and to take a shower. 

She's really considering this sun cell thingy more and more. That'll give us more freedom to park and sleep anywhere without worrying about what need to get charged.

Outside the door a lot of baby ducks are coming to visit, I knew they'll run if I go out to say hello, so I stayed nicely and watched them from inside. 

     

 

Finally caught up, and hopefully I'll have more to tell you about tomorrow. I have a feeling we'll go visit a place I have been to many times before, since we are getting close.

 

ALL IS WELL miss you all 
 

 
 

 

 

 


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