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Av EvaLena Hallgren - Onsdag 22 aug 09:04

I haven't updated my blog in over a week and I haven't bugged Mom about it either. The reason is that we spent a week in Moms puppy town visiting with friends and relatives. Not much happening for me but I'm very grateful to be in the country where Mom leaves the door to Lucy open so I can come and go as I please. One day I got locked in because there was an exhibit in town about Titanic with the no dog allowed sign. Mom and her buddies told me it was excellent but I didn't really care since there were no treats for me there.

 


Many relaxing days me doing nothing and Mom crocheting a shawl that she doesn't need.


   


On the weekend there was a rally event with old cars which was kind of cool. Lucky me had a great time sitting in my carriage getting the usual attention from kids wanting to pet me. 

         


Many people were dressed up to match the era of their cars 

         

the event took place in the old church town. It was built as a temporary home for families who lived miles away and therefore had to travel far to attend the Sunday masses at the city church.

The Church Town has existed since the 17th century and is a result of the Swedish conformist movement and the dawn of the Protestant Church in 1527. The Church was looking to achieve an effective education of Christianity among the Swedish population as described in Luther’s writings. This resulted in a demand of continuous visits to the church with rigorous tests performed by the local priests at people’s own homes.

So, as the people now had to come to church every Sunday and obviously also on all the religious holidays, those demands had a greater impact on people who lived up here in the North compared to those in the South and their shorter distances.  Unsurprisingly, those great distances caused more people in the north to fail in their education.  This led in 1681 to an agreement between the priests and the village leaders called “the Church Ride”. This meant that the people who lived within 10 kilometers from a church HAD to attend every Sunday and that those that had between 10 and 20 kilometers should attend every other Sunday. If you had 20 to 30 km you should visit every third Sunday and so on.

A social meaning also came forward during these weekends when people gathered in the Church Town. Among the usual messages of a religious context read out by the priest, there was also information about upcoming markets. In the town itself, people exchanged gossip from all over the area. For many, this was the only way to meet others outside the family and here, many young people met and relationships, as well as job opportunities, were established. In fact, the tradition of socializing in the Church Towns grew so strong that it continued long after the Church Plight ended during the middle of the 19th Century. I found out that when Mom was a puppy she and her friends used to have many parties here (had nothing to do with the church though) and I'm sworn to silence about what I heard about them.

 


So we left the puppy town, Mom, feeling sad and disappointed the same feeling as last year but leave no explanation as to why. Driving inland and a little to the south visiting more relatives in a very relaxing place where there is a huge green yard for me to run around and chickens to chase. 

Mom bought books to last for a very long time and I get to nap as much as I wish...........life is good.

The author Jan Guillou is one of Sweden's largest and most popular writers and this is 6 books out of 7 in his series "The great century"

This series is about humanity's greatest, cruelest and bloodiest century starts in 1900 with three boys from a poor fishing village in Norway, and follows them and, in later books, their children to Germany, England, Africa and Sweden. It touches on ambitious engineering projects, colonialism in Africa, communities of artists, the world wars, underground resistance, espionage, nuclear threat and Vietnam protests. ..........Mom is on the second book

 

 

weather is still nice but much cooler so now we need the heat in Lucy every morning. According to MOm a perfect time to curl up in the alcove reading..............I do not disagree

   

 

like I said Life is good....................miss you all

 

 

 

 

 



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