Monday, 30 July 2012

Ruby Tuesday–Telephone Booth


Something is wrong with this picture; and no, I have not been cutting and pasting! The yellow building is an old Swedish railway station, now a business office. They’ve done a good job of renovating the old station house. But the red telephone booth outside is of British model! I’m afraid I have no clue to WHY. (It’s empty – no phone inside!)

I think it must a recent addition, since I’ve not noticed it before. After a bit of research on the internet, I can only assume that it must be one of the 60 that British Telecom decided to sell a few months ago.

If there was originally a telephone booth outside that station house, it’s far more likely to have been one of these:



(Old phone box in our open air museum park)

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday–Leaves


Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows,
and of lending existence to nothing.
~ Edmund Burke ~


For Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Friday, 27 July 2012

Friday My Town–Complementary Colours

Red/orange vs. green nuances are the ones that I find most of in my recent photos.


My first two tomatoes on the balcony turning red.
(I ate them yesterday!)



A piece of modern art in the treetops in the open air museum park. The work is entitled Dragon’s Flight or Kite Flight (Swedish: Drakflykt) and artist is Tor Udd.



The glazed muffin with red sprinkles picks up the red colour of the old church in the background (also in the open air museum park). The green table + nature itself serves as contrast.



Going through wardrobes at the House this week (my parents’ old place, for those who don’t know), I found this old chroceted patchwork blanket tucked away at the back of a top shelf. It stirs memories with me, but only vague ones. I think I was told some time in a distant past that it came from my mother’s side of the family, like from my grandmother or perhaps even her mother. I emailed a photo of it to my aunt, but she has no recollection of it.

I know I did see it when I was younger, because even then I was so frustrated with it. If whoever-made-it had either stuck to the main pattern of neat rows of the same  colours: OR had mixed them evenly throughout the whole thing… Then it could have been beautiful. As it is, there are these inexplicable irregularities of deviating patches here and there. It’s like the blanket was started by someone who knew exactly what they were doing – and finished by someone who didn’t have clue, or didn’t care!

Alternatively, it might be our own family da Vinci code built into it. “Five blue, two green, one blue…” Any suggestions??

Meanwhile, with the Colour Wheel in mind, I do think the orange and the blueish green squares fit the ‘red orange’ and ‘blue green’ sections just about perfectly…


See more complementary colours at

Friday My Town Shoot Out – Complementary Colours



Monday, 23 July 2012

Ruby Tuesday: The Red Cottage


Once upon a time, my paternal grandfather lived in this cottage together with his grandparents. Back then, it was not the bright red colour you see here, but unpainted grey. Today it’s a summer paradise; back then, it was probably a struggle most of the time… Read more about it here.

Linking to Ruby Tuesday

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Friday My Town: Public Art



This mural in central town was painted by graffiti artist Shai Dahan especially for this year’s Sculpture Biennal.

A Dalecarlian horse (Swedish: Dalahäst) is a traditional carved wooden horse from the Swedish province of Dalarna, decorated in the kurbits style (a kind of folk art from that part of the country). It has become not only a symbol for Dalarna but for Sweden in general; it is a very typical souvenir for tourists to bring back home.

The mural is just so not how we are used to seeing the sturdy carved wooden horses. I find the mix of Dalecarlian horse and ‘Wild West’ quite amusing. Here is my own wooden horse to compare with; standing steadily on its four legs, without even a hint of movement:


To see them galloping about in Shai Dahan’s paintings really messes with the mind!

Friday My Town Shoot Out – Public Art

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PS. In case anyone gets a Deja Vú feeling here and feels spooked by that …
I did have a
similar post on my other blog last August. ;)

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Friday My Town: Bright and Colourful



Embarrassed smile Have to admit I completely forgot about the Friday Shoot Out this week. Not only did I forget to post on the right day - I realized today that I had no idea what the theme was…

But… Making amends… What’s more bright and colourful than a rainbow? (See more rainbow shots at my other blog.)

Apart from the rainbow, it’s been a rather dull week here with a lot of rain and clouds and not much sun. However, this afternoon it did clear up again for a while (rain is hitting my windows again as I write this though), and I went for a walk up to our old regiment buildings. (I say “up” because they are situated on top of a hill.)

The regiment was disbanded 15 years ago, and the buildings now house various business offices, schools and apartments.

Actually, the buildings are quite bright and colourful, even if still somewhat awe-inspiring…



Seen from afar (from the park where I hope to be chasing butterflies again a bit later on in the summer – there were none to be seen there today)



Panorama view from the yard.
It’s a huge place with a variety of buildings.


Not sure how I’d feel about living there…


Being greeted by cannons at the bus stop!









Well, these flowers were bright and cheerful anyway!

Friday My Town Shoot Out

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Wordless Wednesday


“Mummy, help!”

As usual this time of year, we have a lot of “teenage”
seagulls wandering about the neighbourhood…


Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Ruby Tuesday: Silk and Calico



Last week I visited an exhibition of 18th century silk and printed calico fabrics at the Textile Museum; mostly canopies and bedcovers. I think all the silk covers displayed were originals; while some of the old calico prints had been copied to modern fabrics.


This wooden bed was a reconstruction made from original design drafts from the 18th century; and the calico fabrics were new ones using old patterns.


Ruby Tuesday 2

Friday, 6 July 2012

Friday My Town: Patriotic Celebrations

2012-06-08 student, graduation

Sweden’s National Day is June 6th.
These photos are from June 8th this year, which was graduation day for a lot of high school students. That also tends to involve a lot of flags and blue/yellow decorations.

 My guess is that the colours dominating most other entries for FMTSO today will be blue, red and white… To check if I’m right, click here.

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