TAG | Sweden

Jan/14

22

a fairytaleweekend part 2

On Saturday we had planned to go to my most favourite shop of Sweden: Indiska, They import all kind of special made items from India for Swedish people. When i was at the counter I saw this "thing" hanging behind the seller.. and I really felt like I wanted to own that thing for in my own kitchen...  But what was its price and would it fit into my suitcase??? So I asked for the price. It was exactly the amount of money I got from my family and friends for my birthday!!  But then second doubt, would it fit???? I found it hard to tell, but descided to find a way. maybee ship it if no other possibility... 

So paid for it and they packed it..... looked like this:  

Back to  Esther's house: 

 

 

There I found out the item  I bought was way too huge for my suitcase :(  A pity, but then I had another reason to drive to Sweden with the whole family as soon as posible.. Probably nexty vacation or so. After a really nice dinner we started felting as I always felt things to sell, I now wanted to make something for myself, as a souvenir, so to say. Plus I forgot  tp pack my gloves so one and one makes two and I felted myself a pair of gloves. Same colors as my slippers and hat

  gloves, felted, vilt, viltalakim  

When we stopped it was after midnight already, time flies while having a good time. 

On Sunday morning we overslept, duh ;-)  So skipped our snow walk but were stil on time to buy new gotland wool.  Had to drive for few minutes to get there. There is the sign to her place: Hanninge

   

And her house, Isn't it a beauty?   

      

We went into the barn where the carding machine was. They take it apart 3 times a year if i stil remember it correct, to get it oiled again, 

As I really love to felt with this wool I bought 3kg light brown and one kg of white. So soft and felts super! Plus I know where it is coming from. Here on the next picture the lady and me  plus one kg of wool. "Tack!" for the bottle of soap she also gave me. I will be surely come back. 

    

Back at Esther's place I started packing the wool in special bags. Wool is not heavy, but can be very volumnious. Before: 

gotland wool,

And after closing the bag and vaccuum the air out of it, it looked like this: 

gotlandwool

   Now it fitted in my suitcase! :)  Off to the trainstation as not time to lose, it stil was snowing and snowdunes were on the road. We made it safely and while we waited fro the train we cheered ourselves up by taking this picture in front of that advertisement  guy. Saying goodbbye is never fun... but as my parcel is stil in at her place I do have one more good reason to go back there soon  again.

A last picture in Sweden, I took when the train was standing stil ( for 30 minutes!!!) While they were removing the ice and snow from the track. Made me nervous... had to catch a plane in Copenhagen. 

But I made it, even had time to eat before I had to board. 

One hour later I landed in Dusseldorf, Where my husband and kids were waiting for me. arrived at home at 22.00h. Amazing it just took 5-6 hrs in total. 

It was a wonderful weekend . Thank you for hosting me dear Esther! <3

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Jan/14

21

a fairytale weekend part 1

Yes I really feel as if I had a fairytale weekend. I went to visit my very good friend Esther in Sweden. Looking back on the few pictures I took and the things we did together is was way too short. And magical it was as  for meit fell as if  I really arrived in another world.

Before my husband drove me to Dusseldorf my garden looked like this: 

Sunny and i think abotu 10C. More as we normally have as average on a January day. In Dusseldorf it also was the same: dry and quite sunny, But after I landed in Copenhagen it looked like this outside: YESS!! Snow :)  

I had to change trains in Lund, but no fluent connection so I had to wait there for 20 min. realising I had forgotten to pack some gloves... brrr. But I was captured by the magic of the snow. 

The end of my train journey was in Höör, Sweden. Only travelled for 5 hours and there I was  standing in the snow!! Esther came to pick me up and even though it was dark I recognised the streets again. It all looked god covered under a nice layer of snow, Only to drive in such weather is less fun. 

At her house I was eager to get out all the gifts out of my suitcase. This box with 8 Primula's was in my suitcase and wasn't harmed at all. 

To protect the plants from  bumping to eachother I added some wool inbetween. We were also planning on doing some felting together so clever storage :)

Esther was amazed. 

She didn't thought I could manage to take these plants and flowers along. But a good tradition, I started with the first time we visited her years ago,  I couldn't break, could I?  And Yes I also took a bouquet (of Tulips) along. We sat and drunk tea and chatted and laughed. Went to bed way too late as we both couldn't stop talking :) Then in the morning this was the vieuw outside!! 

  

Saturday has started!!

A nice breakfast table was set up, and I enjoyed the flowers as much as she did. 

  

After breakfast time to congratuled her neigbour whom had his birthday and we went off to Lund for shopping in my most favourite shop in Sweden. but I wil write a second blogpost. so wil be continued.... 

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Jan/11

11

Our vacation revieuw

So my birthday was a great day . Thanks for all the nice wishes!! but did you know we went on vavaction to Sweden  from december 18th till december 30th??? Well we did. I have a friend Esther whom nine years ago emigrated to that country from the Netherlands. We have been visiting her several time already and you know what the funny part is? Everytime we come and visit her she has moved to a different house…….. “So the question of my youngest in the car “Mummy do we know this house?” was funny. This house we hadn’t seen so “no”.

We had to drive 930 km from our place in the south of the Netherlands till her place in Höör. … At least 10-12 hours in summertime, but now there was ice on the roads, snow etc..  so we stopped  at a hotel when it became dark and very icy…  On sunday we travelled on , took the boat from Germany to Danmark and drove tru Danmark over the Öresond bridge to Sweden… What a special feeling that is, as we then know we will be almost (1,5 hours) at my friends place :)

My friend garden and house

At tuesday we left at 6.30 her house again to drive to Hassleholm and get the super fast XS2000 train to Stockholm nearly 900km away. The time the train was going to leave was 7.57 so we had plenty of time to get there and we got there on time!! But we had to wait till 10.ooh as the train was delayed:( but kids were playing a game and we were just talking and waiting.. 

waiting for our train to come

 

 We arrived at 16.00 in Stockholm and I was sooo happy to get out of the train.. I think my head thinks it is okay to travel like 200km per hour, but my stomach said different …..

Anyway Stockholm was and is amazing!!  Such trendy shops and many old buildings.  On wednesday we went to the Vasa musem that’s a large ship that sunk during its first journey and didn’t even get out of the harbour as it was build wrong. It layed 333 years at the bottom of the harbour. They raised it out of the water in the 60′s and builded a museum around it, It is a truly unique piece of art. So many details in the woodcarving and they were able to reconstruct  how the boat must have looked like with colors.  The wood itself was in perfect condition, they even found some Felt ! !!  and woven fabrics from cloths and sails…  

The Vasa

I also planned to go to the openair museum ,but that day it was very very cold: – 20 degrees Celsius, so I changed plans and went to Junibacken an indoorplayfield for kids but in the decors from the Astrid Lindgren stories. A wonderfull thing to do with kids!!

Junibacken: Pippi Longstockings house

  

The next day we walked  in the famous Drottninggatan and arrived in the old city: Gamble Stan. The kids were most impressed by the fact they were able to walk  so close beside the Royal Palace.

next of the Royal Palace

We treated ourselves to a cup of tea in a cute little teahouse and went to the station as our train normally would leave at 17.00 but again delayed due to the heavy snowstorms in the south of Sweden…. The direction we needed to go to.

Main hall of the Stockholm trainstation

So we waited and waited and waited.  Luckily I bought the kids a set of playing cards and for myself some yarn to crochet with :) …… till we finally 5 hours later we were able to get on the train…. …  at 01.00h in the night we arrived at the station in Hassleholm and we very curious if our car got snowed under , but that was not as bad as we thought. So on 02.30 we arrived at my friends house  and fell into our beds as fast as possible:) What an adventure!!

Nexts days were Christmas days  and we went to the Swedish family at Christmas eve and had Christmas dinner there. Much fish and meat and very delcious!! 

Swedish Christmas dinner Cousre one

 The day after I cooked some Indonesian food from which we ate two days:) . Esther and I started felting whenever it was possible resulting in many new items. (forgot to make pics, sorry)

We made two pairs of gloves( first pair got a little burnt while drying on the stove), a pair of slippers for Esther’s friend, a huge bag, tealights, a ring, a bracelet,  both a “wraphat”, a purple hat for one of my kids and I might even have forgotten something but I think that’s  about it. We had a fabolous time together, playing in the snow, sledging, skating.

a late breakfast

And suddenly it was time to go home again, sigh… we were welcome to stay , but I think my sweet hubby wanted to sleep in his own bed again and the kids also needed to go to school again on January 3rd. So we drove back on Thurday 30th of december.. … all the way across Germany on icy roads… but we managed and arrive at midnight at our house.

they are waving goodbye to us :(

It took me nearly a week to feel home again and not having the feeling of a walking Zombie:) I hope I can catch up with life again soon and start blogging about felt  again:)

more pictures on my flickr account

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