Monday, 31 October 2011

Mosaic Monday: Colourful October

2011-10-25 autumn, town park

No link up yet for Mosaic Monday at Mary’s Little Red House but I’ll go ahead and post mine anyway. All the photos in this collage from our Town Park on 25 October. Magpie in the middle, in case the bird is not familiar to everyone.


The trees are some sort of Japanese cherry blossom. Decorative both in the spring and in the autumn. The leaves covering the trunks are from a different plant climbing up the trees; looks funny this time of year.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Saturday, 29 October 2011

A Blaze of Autumn Colour


“It was one of those perfect English  (in this case Swedish!) autumnal
days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.” 
~ P.D. James ~

Photo from Tuesday, 25 October.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Friday My Town: Creepy Crawlies




▲ …I prefer my creepy crawlies to be either big and fake as above … ▲


▼ …. or not at home, as below … ▼



Oh I know I have a few bugs here and there among all my photos as well – the problem is I have not tagged them or collected them in a special folder; and have no time to go looking now.

Butterflies I have plenty; but since I never detect them until they’ve left their most creepy crawly stage behind, I’m not sure they qualify!



Common Brimstone


Red Admiral with an Attitude



Cabbage Butterfly

Ooops, look what I just found in among the butterflies…


My camera is braver than I am!





Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Watery Wednesday: Autumn Beach


The bathing platforms have been pulled up on the beach for the winter.

Watery Wednesday

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Ruby Tuesday: Frozen Rose Hips



Rose hips (Swedish: ‘nypon’) are the fruit of wild roses. The hips form after the rose petals have fallen off. They are picked when ripe and red and after the first frost in the fall, then carefully dried. Rose hips have a particularly high amount of Vitamin C.

Rose hip soup is a classical delicacy in Sweden, served as a beverage or as a dessert with milk, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Tiny almond biscuits are also a common addition when eaten as a dessert.

See more RED at Ruby Tuesday 

Monday, 24 October 2011

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday: Bicycle


See more shadows at Shadow Shot Sunday

Silver And Gold



Shot through my window yesterday morning in frosty sunrise.
Thick layer of silvery frost on some of the trees, and still a few golden leaves left on others…

Friday, 21 October 2011

Friday My Town: Scavenger Hunt

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”
That’s the theme for this month’s Scavenger Hunt. And as if that’s not enough trouble, Mark (from
The Butler and Bagman Chronicles) in his FMTSO Member Voice post also added “
a silver sixpence in her shoe”!


Something old:


This church is the oldest building in our town. I had a post with some facts about it recently on my other blog: A Place of Worship.

The painting is also old, even if not as old as the church itself. It was painted by my maternal grandfather. I’m not sure when but I’m pretty sure it was before I was born. I have a vague idea it might even be from before he married my grandmother but I’m not certain. (My aunt might know!) - In my home, the painting is a new addition. I only took it home from my parents’ old house last weekend!


Something new:


Wedding dress (?) from an exhibition at the Textile Museum
of new clothes woven by students at the Textile College.


Something borrowed:


Audio books recently borrowed from the public library.
They will also represent Love being a Mystery in itself.


Something blue:


Indigo displayed at the Textile Museum.
(Should be enough to dye a garter or something for the bride.)

Nearly all indigo dye produced today is synthetic. But historically, indigo was a natural dye extracted from plants, and economically important because blue dyes were rare. It is among the oldest dyes to be used for textile dyeing and printing. The first major center for its production and processing was India.


… and a silver sixpence in her shoe:


I’m afraid it’s not really a silver sixpence.
The closest I could find was a 5 New Pence coin from 1971.
I also don’t have any white shoes (to go with the wedding theme);
and I suppose that technically the coin is on the shoe rather than in it.
Maybe I should have skipped this part! ;)

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Check out what others have made of this Scavenger Hunt at
My Town – Mr Linky 

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PS. Ouch. It just hit me there is also a no-editing rule to the Hunt. I forgot about that. The indigo was cut out from a larger photo and a couple of the other photos were cropped a little as well.  ;) 

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Ruby Tuesday: Bromelia


… And we’re back to rain again! …

I will not be going outside to look for colour today.

More red to be found at Ruby Tuesday

Friday, 14 October 2011

Friday (My Town) Sweets

2011-10-10 sweets

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I can’t think of any sweets uniquely connected with my town (Borås) but there is a caramel factory in a neighbouring town (Alingsås, 40k from here). The Extra Strong Lemon Drops (to the right in the collage) for example are made there.

Marabou is a Swedish chocolate brand, which has been very successful ever since it was launched in 1916. It is available in a number of European countries and also (I learn from Wikipedia) sold by IKEA in the US, Canada and Australia. Originally, the symbol of Marabou was a stork but at the end of the 1960s it was changed to a rounded “M”. Say “Mmm…” to a Swedish person and we want chocolate NOW! :) In childhood I much preferred milk chocolate, but when I later became lactose intolerant, I had to change my taste!

Läkerol is a Swedish brand of candies founded in 1909 by a man name Ahlgren, and therefore every candy is stamped with the letter A. The pastilles today are sugar-free and come in a variety of flavors. Cassis (blackcurrant) is one of my favourites.

If the examples above are not sweet enough for you, here is a mix of ‘home made’ sugary sweets from our Autumn Market:


(See also the post Sweet Temptation from a few weeks ago at my other blog.)

This post is pre-scheduled and will be linked to Friday My Town later.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Ruby Tuesday: Rowan


The name "rowan" is derived from the Old Norse name for the tree, raun. (Swedish: rönn) Linguists believe that the Norse name is ultimately derived from an older Germanic word raudnian meaning "getting red" and which referred to the red foliage and red berries in the autumn.


To see more RED, visit Ruby Tuesday

Monday, 10 October 2011

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday: Kitchen Things


Things on my ‘mantlepiece’, i.e. really on top of the kitchen fan…

This was taken in the evening. The funny thing is that my kitchen window faces north-east. So how come I get a share of the evening sun as well? It comes reflected from the windows on the next building!

Linked to Shadow Shot Sunday.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Friday My Town: Discoveries

Discoveries from my September Archives:


Cute baby discovering his toes.



Queen Silvia of Sweden discovering the cute baby.




Damselflies discovering each other.



Discovered evidence of a failed fishing expedition.



Mushrooms discovering that they can climb trees.



Camouflaged butterflies - hard to discover.


(Small Tortoiseshell)


(Common Brimstone – look again!)



Small Tortoiseshell discovered on the photographer.



Bee discovering pollination.



Re-discovering the Library,
which moved back into renovated premises.



Discovering that Autumn is here.


Discover more at My Town – Mr Linky!

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