Sunday, June 26, 2016

Midsummer Dreaming


of a place far away....



This time of the year I get terribly homesick for Sweden; for midsummer celebrations, for maypoles, for dancing on a dock on a pretty lake to accordions and fiddles playing Swedish music; for the light summer nights with the distinct sound of a cuckoo bird; for a time that was and no longer is for me. And may no longer be for Sweden either. Not the same way, because countries change too and much innocence has been lost..... 

Let me share some photos from Midsummer 2005 at my friends' country place outside Stockholm.

Can you imagine the sound of a meadow in early summer, the bees, the birdsong?

The guesthouse where I stayed. 

Wild strawberries grow by the guesthouse steps.

I thought I saw a bumble bee, maybe it flew away.


My friends' cottage is from the 1700s, a part of their grandparents' farm. This is a newer cottage built in the same style. And as you see everywhere in Sweden, painted Falu-red with white trim.


Middsummer night in Sweden. It may get a little darker than this in the Stockholm area, which lies too far south for the midnight sun. The older cottage is to the right.


As I stood under a birch tree and took this picture I had no idea I would like it so much. For me, it truly represents midsummer in Sweden.












26 comments:

  1. all of the photos are beautiful. i really like the guest house and the cottage and would be happy living in one of them. so beautiful there, and your desert is beautiful but so different....i like that last shot to.

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  2. What a beautiful and magical place.

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  3. It's wonderful to have good memories and I know you are happy to have these photos to look at again and again. I dreamed about my Grandmother's home last night. I was there to cut some roses from her flower bed. Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. Thanks for sharing your sweet dream.

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  4. Wonderful photos and memories! Lives change, places change, isn't it awesome to have these pictures to bring back the memories that will not change.

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  5. What a perfect and beautiful place full of memories! Both of the cottages are lovely, and I have to wonder what the "old one" would if its walls could talk! :-) I remember living in Alaska, and being so energized by the "midnight sun" and that peace that there is at that time of the "night." And peaceful -- And just when you think it's going to get dark, it's actually getting light, really amazing, isn't it?

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  6. I guess all places change in time, but in our memories are still the same. A beautiful place to stay, or live, lovely cottages and those flowers, gorgeous.

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  7. Så vackert på det där stället ,vi hade en underbar midsommar med otroligt vackert väder i år ,kramen Nette

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  8. What a beautiful place. Maybe soon you can visit again.

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  9. Beautiful, beautiful, I can see why you miss it.
    Maybe a visit in your future.

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  10. So green and lush. No wonder you get homesick this time of year!

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  11. so very beautiful. i understand homesickness, even if mine is within the same country.

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  12. What a wonderful place your home country is! I love the guest cottage. I would love to go and stay there! Memories are so wonderful, aren't they?

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  13. Strawberries out the door? Doesn't get much better. How nice that you have such wonderful photos to bring your memories to life. That meadow scene is stunning.

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  14. The flowers are beautiful, and I love the red cottage with white trim.

    Love,
    Janie

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  15. Beautiful photos, Inger. Always nice to have memories!

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  16. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! And Samson, your header photo.. Gracie wants me to print out an 8X10 so she can frame it and hang it on the wall for her to look at every day. Beautiful! Everything about this blog post= Beautiful.. including the young lady who wrote it ;-)

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  17. Very beautiful, that place. Looks like something from a travel magazine.

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  18. Wow! What a wonderful pictures and lovely memories, Inger!
    The guesthouse where you stayed is really beautiful!
    Your home country is gorgeous and the midsummer in Sweden looks lovely!
    Lots of hugs.

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  19. I think much innocence has been lost for most of the world. :-( New Orleans has never recovered from Katrina and Rita. I loved those photographs.

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  20. AWESOME pictures! How beautiful Sweden is in midsummer. I would love to visit there. The cottage and guest house are so amazing with the beautiful blooms. What a lovely place to stay! Thanks for sharing for those of us who may never experience Sweden. ~Jeff

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  21. Alpine strawberries have such a burst of flavor! Surrounded by such beauty would be breathtaking.

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  22. Beautiful pictures. I would love to visit Sweden one day. Thanks for sharing and have a good day.

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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