Monday, September 17, 2012

Tuesday's Treasures and Things



Central Stockholm is built on fourteen islands and in the surrounding waters, there are many smaller islands and islets. Pictured above are four little islands, called Fjaderholmarna, or the Feather Islets.


A few pretty old wooden houses, painted in the traditional red with white trim, dot the island, reminders of its past.



The main island is now a tourist destination, with a boat museum, an aquarium, featuring fish from the Baltic Sea, and a marina. There are also a couple of good restaurants and several arts and crafts shops.


It was to the shops that my friend Inga and I headed when I was in Stockholm last. You take a small boat from Stockholm and after 20 -25 minutes you arrive at the island. We spent a wonderful day there, browsing the shops, enjoying the beauty of Swedish handcraft and art, as well as the beauty of the day. 



It was there, in one of the shops, I found my moose bag. Some creative person went wild decorating the moose, who I believe may now have replaced the Dala horse as the number one symbol of Sweden, at least as far as tourists go. I swear, you see moose in all shapes, forms, and colors everywhere in the tourist shops of Stockholm. But I had never seen moose like these before, so I just had to have the bag.





I have received more compliments and questions about this bag than anything I else I own, now or ever. The latest was a very cute woman who came up to me in our local K-Mart, grabbed me and said in a rushed manner: "I just had to tell you, I love your bag, I love mooses so much!" And off she went. Mooses (?) I thought, hmmm, I don't think so, but I had to smile, she was really cute and she did inspire me to write this post. And to remember back on a lovely Swedish summer day spent with a good friend. 




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Samson Says: Thank You for your nice comments on my and Soldier's snoozing skills. 
Inger: I'm glad you liked my glasses. I wasn't sure if I did myself, but with my hair shorter, I think they will be just fine. And yes, thank you so much for your compliments on how I look. At my age that means a lot. Now all I need is a new tooth!!!

20 comments:

  1. Have you ever gone to the Swedish Festival in Kingsburg? I love their coffee pot water tower.

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  2. Without a doubt, the cutest moose bag I have ever seen!!

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  3. Thanks for the trip around Stockholm. That bag is awesome; it looks almost Canadian, but, well, our circumpolar countries have a lot in common.

    BTW, the plural of Moose is Moose. Looks strange, but it works. So you can have one moose or six moose. But there's only one Samson. And one Inger.

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  4. I love your bag. The mooses are so cuteses.

    Love,
    Janie

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  5. I love the moose on the bag! How creative!

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  6. We have moose in Canada, too. They are very large creatures in real life with long legs. I've only seen one in a game farm, since I live near the city.

    That bag is unique, and I like the stylized moose.

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  7. Hi Inger - those islands sound delightful and your book picture (with the island falling down and over the weir) just made me sit up and think ... I suspect it will remain with me for many a day - fun shot!

    Love the moose bag and that you get stopped so you can chat about moose and Sweden ... the thought of your little trip across and browse around - seems delightful ..

    Cheers Hilary

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  8. your last comment made me think of the old song, all i want for Christmas is my two front teeth, so we will sing it for you, one tooth. LOL
    to funny on the mooses comment. it is odd to me that some words the plural is the same as the singular. love the big cat on the side bar, he is about to pounce on me.

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  9. forgot to say i love those red houses.

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  10. Mooses--LOL! That's cute.
    Cade and I used to argue about platypi vs. platypuses.

    I really like that bag, too :)

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  11. Better cute moose on a bag than a big scary moose on the loose. I love those red houses. No red house here, but we do have a red roof and shutters.

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  12. Vilken häftig bag, har jag faktiskt inte sett. Jodå älgsaker finns ju i mängder i olika former...älgskitsörhängen vad sägs om det? :-)
    8 oktober är det dags för oss med älgjakten...kan ju kännas kluvet att fotografera älgar o sedan gå på jakt...
    Men det är väldigt naturligt för mig...jag är ju uppvuxen med en Pappa som jagade

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  13. Fun post! We have moose in Colorado too--real ones and decorative ones. But I've never seen a bag quite like yours. Very cute.

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  14. Mooses?! LOL Sweden looks to be a beautiful country. I really enjoy learning about it from you.

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  15. Dear Inger, well 'goose' becomes 'geese' and 'mouse' become 'mice' so what does 'moose' become? 'meese'?
    'big mice'? What a language English is!

    The bag is a whimsical delight. I can see why you get questions and compliments. Peace.

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  16. Love your haircut and glasses Inger! So pretty. :)

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  17. Oh I love "Mooses" too :) I also love stories and photos of your homeland. B

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  18. Underbara bilder från vårt härliga Stockholm.

    Du skriver så bra och jag älskar att läsa om dina dagar och bravader.
    Pussa min hund och hälsa att han är välkommen till Sverige och mitt hem.

    Kramar från Sweden girl Hultman

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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