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Av EvaLena Hallgren - Fredag 8 juni 20:45

Thursday around noon we said "see you later" to Lotta and her roosters and drove south.

Driving slowly enjoying the gorgeous countryside stopping for weewee brakes for me and stretches for Mom. We drove until she got tired since she really wanted to get to the Baltic Sea. This is a moose we didn't have to worry about running in the road 

 


The first night we slept at a big parking lot very sandy and dusty, and even if it was pretty lonely there it was ok for one night.

   

 


weather still sunny and it has become extremely dry, which shows on the fields which are turning yellow. I feel really sorry for the farmers who don't have artificial watering systems.


We continued our drive very early in the morning before it gets too hot and finally arrived at our destination which was Ale stones. 

Before I tell you the amazing story about that, I have to talk about the gorgeous road we're on. It's a small narrow road winding around the rolling hills where fields of wheat and other grains are moving slowly from the breeze. A lot of bright red poppies line the road.

     


Driving along on a narrow road we spotted a small vegetable stand where we stopped. It was self-serve, take what you want and put the money in the box. Mom bought tomatoes, potatoes and the sweetest most delicious strawberries, none of any interest to me, as everyone knows by now, I prefer shit. 

Yes, I am cute, but a shit eater, I like it all and to Moms horror I found sheep shit and dried cowshit a delicacy too. There was plenty of both on our walk to the stones


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This most southern part of Sweden is very different from the rest of the country. It's mostly farmland and the barns are built of bricks and often whitewashed, compare to North where barns mostly are wood and painted red.

Many roofs are made from straw, which is an old craft that unfortunately is dying out

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The Ale stones is one of Sweden's most enigmatic sights. Some believe that the 59 stones is a burial monument. Others claim that the stones has served as an ancient astronomical clock , as they are positioned so that the sun goes down at the northwestern stone in summer and rises exactly at the opposite stone in winter.


However, there is a consensus that the stone ship is the largest and best preserved in Sweden. The 59 stones are placed with the formation of a ship and are 67 meters (219feet) long and 19 meters (62feet) wide at its widest point. The monument is believed to be originated from the early Iron Age (500-1000 AD).

 

 

 


One thing is for sure: You can not help but feel amazed at the history when you are standing on the hill 37 meters(121feet) above the roaring Baltic Sea, looking out over the monument. There are so many theories why these stones were placed here over 1,000 years ago. I didn't really feel it but made sure to make my mark by giving most every stone my scent.

     

The path up the hill was a little strenuous in the heat, and Mom was so proud of me walking along without complaint. The view was breathtaking she said and she stopped often to take it all in. I believe it was to catch her breath and take pictures, but I was on a mission since I caught the scent of sheep poop.

 

     


After looking at the stones Mom ordered one of her favourite Swedish dishes fried herring with mashed potato. It was delicious she says. I did get a small taste and I have to admit I've tasted better things............oh like chicken shit? Mom says with the look of disgust on her face. 

 

 


Mom usually doesn't buy souvenirs on our trips, but she couldn't resist this gorgeous mug. She said it makes her smile? I say we'll see about that tomorrow morning at breakfast, and if she isn't smiling, I will remind her

 

 

It's bedtime now, Good Night all, see you later alligator

 


 

 

 

 

 



 

 



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