Saturday, August 9, 2014

Swedish summer...

I suppouse you have noticed my few blog posts during the summer, sorry for that and sorry for not have time to comment on your blogs either, real life have taken to much time...

Any way I thought I should share a bunch of pictures from Sweden during the summer, best time of the year here:)

This summer I been up in my home region Darlecarlia for almost 3 weeks, so I and the kids had plenty of time to make excursions. The pictures below are from a trip to two of the "Buan" or "Fäbod" in swedish, not sure of the right english word but seems like Shieling or Seasonal dwelling might be the one?

Back in the days people in the villages took their animals/cattle up to the Seasonal dwelling several miles out in the forest most often in the hills. Still today we have some Seasonal dwellings that have animals/cattle all summer and produce milk, butter and cheese. The ones we visited was Västtjärnslindan established around 1650 and Bastberget that have been in use sins at least 1550, probably much longer.

The first pictures are from Västtjärnslindan:

Traditional Swedish midsummerpole

Making cheese

A newly made cheese, if you look close you can see the House mark for the owner of the cheese

The following pictures are from Bastberget:

A traditional whater well with a shadoof?

Testing the panorama option in my camera;)

Churn? or Mjölkkanna in Swedish

Cheese form

We also got the chanse to visit inside one of the houses as my mother knew the owners.

Table and beds

Haul of the day, some newly made butter and cheese :)


  1. Looks really cozy. I wouldn't say no living there :)

  2. Thoroughly enjoyable read and pictures Michael, what beautiful scenery, from a bygone era, I don't think you would find many places like this in the uk, looking at that fresh made butter and cheese has made me hungry so I am off now to make something to eat with the rubbish I bought at the super market!!!
    Thanks for sharing your pictures of this beautiful area.

  3. You've managed to capture a little piece of the Dalecarlian magic here, and I'm finding myself longing to go upwards to Siljan again. Hope you're all doing great, take care and see you soon back in town!

    Cheers, Sören

  4. How lovely to hear from you Michael and what a wonderful time you seem to be having - it looks wonderfully idyllic.

  5. That is getting back to the basics! Looks like a wonderful time, Michael.

  6. Wonderful site and great pictures. Thank you a lot!!!

  7. Great Piccies , and summer house would work for fäbod

  8. lots of rustic charm. Thanks for sharing

  9. Looks absolutely wonderful Michael! I would not be rushing back from a place like that. Enjoy your holiday Michael!

  10. Great photos and good to have you back.

  11. Thanks for this fine swedish trip !

  12. Michael these are wonderfully photos of a very beautiful country. Yeah I know what you mean by real life and getting in the way at times.

  13. Looks like a very nice summer get away!


  14. Hope you enjoyed your vacation and that the house is safe and sound despite the horrible forest fire.

    Thanks for a nice report with lots of pretty pictures.

  15. Really interesting way of life. Great photos.

  16. Beautiful pictures. It has really been a fantastic summer here.

  17. Wonderful pictures! All they need is one of Anders Zorn's ladies to decorate them!

  18. What lovely places !
    Many thanks for sharing these pictures.


  19. Wow - really love the rural rustic charm of your house in the summer. It's something we'd love to try and replicate at our house (although it's more modern!) - you can view our house at . I guess you must get plenty of visitors wanting to look around - much deserved too!

  20. It looks absolutely lovely. A very distinctive look to those buildings. Hope you're having a great holiday.


  21. What a rural idyll this looks to be. Having come back from a holiday in Austria, you forget how quiet and beautiful much of Europe is compared to parts of the UK.