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Wooden houses

In Grythyttan, they came in many shapes and sizes, all with different sorts of elaborate detailing, ornaments and "gingerbread work". About 100 years ago, at time of the forest industry boom, houses like this were built all over the Swedish woodlands - and they stand to this day. I find them absolutely beautiful. The scallop church... I would be happy to live in a building covered in that favourite shape of mine.

But, looking at those Russian wooden houses, these appear to be the light version. Look at this. And if that weren't enough, there is always the Sutyagin House.

Up the Inland Railroad

One day we took the train up north, going first on the old Inland Railroad (Inlandsbanan), and then continuing on the Mining District Railroad (Bergslagsbanan). The goal was Grythyttan, a tiny old town in the mining district. The place was founded by Queen Kristina in the 17th century, when they started mining silver here. We visited the Grythyttan Hostelry, once established upon the Queen's request - nowadays one of Sweden's finest restaurants! The lunch was a real treat, and the numerous drawing rooms were crammed with wonderful furniture, textiles, crockery and paintings.

Taking a walk around town, I couldn't help noticing the strange contrast between the obvious signs that this once was a prosperous industrial center, the richly decorated wooden houses (and the size of some of them!) - and the regular eerie feeling of any godforsaken little town in the Swedish countryside. Time had in many places been standing absolutely still for at least 50 years. Still this area is full activity. Altogether - I loved the place!

The church was covered in WOODEN SCALLOPS.

Arecaceae and more

Palm trees, camellias and Swedish afternoon winter light go so very beautifully together.

Palmhuset, located in central Gothenburg, is one of my favourite spots.


Oh, and these past weeks I have stumbled upon well, myself, in no less than two of my favourite blogs - Fine Little Day and Frankie Magazine. Very nice indeed.

Photo above by Elisabeth Dunker.

Inbetween days

There is an actual Bergslagsgatan ("Mining District Street") located in Kristinehamn, my hometown. I take a walk there every now and then to pay my respects.

Along the Vaener coastline

Today: A little road trip along the coast of Lake Vänern with Jenny ♥