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Warm love!

Summer has really come to Sweden. We have a heat wave with temperatures above 30 degrees (Celsius). The weather was also exceptionally good recently during the important Midsummer weekend. Almost as if nature comforts us in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.

We had a walk on Djurgården, an island in central Stockholm. There, in the middle of the capital, you will find beautiful and soothing scenery with stretches of forest and meadows, in addition to historical buildings and monuments, museums, galleries, an amusement park, the open-air museum Skansen, a small residential area, and yacht harbours.

The Swedish monarch has held the right of disposition of Djurgården since the 15th century. We walked Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s love path in the forest area by the marsh “Isbladskärret” on the island’s northeastern part.
There was peace and quiet with cows, herons, trees and wild roses. Finally we reached the channel “Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen” and saw the TV tower “Kaknästornet” in the distance. The Royal Djurgården can be recommended, if you ever come to Stockholm.

In Our Pasture

Contrary to what some domestic and foreign politicians believe, we in Sweden have taken strong measures to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the population. The future, when the pandemic is over, will tell us which actions around the world were the most effective. This year’s National Day celebration was different. Among other things, a distance choir was formed with more than 700 participants to welcome the summer and together sing “Uti vår hage”.

“Uti vår hage” (“In our pasture or meadow”) is a traditional Swedish folk song first published around the 1880s, though it is considered to have origins as far back as the 1600s. The song is well known in Sweden, frequently performed by choral groups. It belongs to the national song treasure, the most popular arrangement being by the composer Hugo Alfvén in 1923. An English translation of the lyrics can be found at: https://lyricstranslate.com/en/uti-vår-hage-our-pasture.html

I attended the big choir as a bass as well as tenor. A video of the recording can be seen at the Facebook wall of the radio program “Klassisk morgon” (Classical morning) at channel P2.

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Fear is the new safe!

We live in a time of security mania. Taking it safe before the uncertain seems to be an increasingly common mantra. But, putting yourself at risk does not necessarily have to be fatal.
Lack of trust in a relationship can lead to an awkward feeling of insecurity. But, in order to build trust, we need the courage to be in uncertainty for a time.
The saddest thing in this context is that the feeling of insecurity is often imagined and comes from one’s own inner fear. We need control over our inner fears to have the courage to live.

Pictures from the boat trip with Adam, my youngest son, the last week-end.

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Adam – Svanhopp!

Touring on the edge!

Traveling the wide road is easy. Going along a narrow path is much more interesting. But, touring on the edge really is thrilling! Lately, we have had calm weather excellent for boating in the outer archipelago, on the edge of the open sea.
The bare islets and the open view is balm for the soul. It is also cozy with a small bay with no other boats, except the ones passing by at a distance on the very edge.

 

In the coming days, we will receive high-pressure weather with really high temperatures even in the archipelago. Continued calm weather is promised so I will head out to the edge again.

I’m going in a different direction just to avoid the same route, for the sake of change. The main thing is that I reach the edge of the outer archipelago. Of course I’m a true adventurer, right?

Should we say so? 🙂

Trust and confidence

Trust and confidence are essential in close relations with love. Consider the many oddities we humans are devoted to in order to avoid closeness. Do you know the expression “alone is strong”? What a nonsense! Alone is afraid of intimacy.

The other day I had the confidence to watch the marina. In the boat club we share the responsibility to watch each other’s boats. Together we become safer. We trust in each other. Compare this to a single boat in a small private dock. Independent, yes but insecure.

Midsummer mystique!

Last Friday, in Sweden we celebrated Midsummer Eve. It is an important feast that some people think would be Sweden’s national day. It is celebrated on the night before Midsummer Day which used to be on June 24. Since 1953 it falls on a Saturday between June 20 and June 26. It is perhaps a problem that the day varies if it were our national day.
Also in Finland Midsummer is thoroughly celebrated, and the day varies.

Some say the feast has pre-Christian origin but the evidence is lacking. In the 300s, the undivided Christian Church designated June 24 as the feast day of St John the Baptist. The Christians brought the feast to Sweden in the 11th century. The word midsummer, on the other hand, appears to be pre-Christian, and was originally aimed at the beginning of the third quarter, a month later than the Christian Midsummer celebration.

In older folklore, Midsummer night was an important time. It was considered one of the most magical nights of the year, when nature was filled with supernatural powers. Amazing things were said to happen. The time was favorable to predict the future and love predictions were particularly popular. One method still remains, to pick seven different kinds of flowers to put under the pillow to dream of the one to marry.

I celebrated Midsummer in my sister’s summer residence in the Stockholm archipelago and made a boat trip with my sons. I forgot to collect flowers to put under the pillow.

Alla batterier är laddade – All the batteries are charged!


På sommaren är det bra att vara ledig, göra något kul, njuta och ”ladda batterierna”! Hösten smyger sig på, ledigheten är över och på jobbet går allt i full fart. Ikväll hann jag bläddra bland sommarens bilder.
Sommaren har verkligen varit kul! Jag har njutit!


Och som vi har badat!
Nu ska jag njuta av hösten!

Värsta båtsommaren! – What a boating summer!

För en hel del år sedan, när jag var yngre och seglade med Anders H-båt eller med lite större, hyrda båtar, var det självklart att jag själv skulle ha en båt när jag blev stor. Det är en hel del år sedan jag blev ganska stor. Någon gång under åren hade självklarheten med en egen båt försvunnit. Jovisst, jag var nära när vi skaffade en femmeters Buster att roa oss med på före detta svärmors lantställe i inre skärgården, men det räknas inte.För tre år sedan, ombord en skärgårdsbåt på väg till Utö drabbade mig plötsligt självklarheten med en båt. Men, hur skulle jag ha tid med segling också? Var skulle jag ha båten? Hur skulle jag ha råd?Edsviken är en havsvik som når ända in till Sollentuna där jag bor. Det enda problemet är att på väg ut mot öppet hav passeras broarna vid Stocksund där högsta segelfria höjd bara är åtta meter. Där släpps ingen större segelbåt igenom, i alla fall inte med masten uppe.Jag kontaktade hursomhelst den mest välordnade båtklubben i Edsviken och det visade sig att chansen var stor till en motorbåtsplats. Jag började läsa båttester och föll snabbt för en modell som dessutom fanns ”all inclusive” och ”till extrapris”. Min syster med entreprenörs-sinne gav mig värdefulla råd om finansieringen. Så plötsligt var jag stor nog för en egen båt, en jättebra motorbåt.Den här sommaren är min tredje med båten. Det är en fantastisk båtsommar och jag som var en riktig badkruka har för länge sedan tappat räkningen på alla havsbad!

Midsommarfest! – Midsummer party!

I förrgår var midsommarafton. I år firade jag med min syster och vår mor på en liten ö i inre skärgården. Med var också systerns son och hennes karl samt grannar på ön. Det har blivit lite si och så med midsommartraditionerna men vi hade sill, öl och nubbe. Den gamla modern agerade midsommarstång. Det blev en väldigt trevlig fest! Jag sov gott i båten i den ljusa midsommarnatten.

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Bilden och känslan – The Picture and the feeling

 

Det är något särskilt med solnedgångsbilder. De är väldigt lika och egentligen ganska tråkiga rent “fotografiskt”, men de väcker känslor av välbehag. Man riktigt känner hur mysigt det var när bilden togs!
Den här bilden är från i somras. Mange, Lollo och jag hade natthamn vid Horsslangen, Lådnaön i Stockholms mellanskärgård med aktern åt väster. Perfekt solnedgångsfotoläge och en bild som har givit många likes i Instagram.

(Foto-gubb-nörd-fakta: 1/125 sek, f/14, ISO 200, 22 mm)