A three and a half hour walk.

A nice start to the morning.

A nice start to the morning.

So up we went almost as early as usual even if we were going to the garage to get new brake pads on my car, they have the same working hours as I do and I wanted to get there as early as possible even if it could take some time before they would get to my car (which it actually didn’t, they fixed my car right away). I looked out the windows and saw to my extremely big surprise that the weather predictions actually were right!!!

 

I have no idea what this is and there were no signs to tell me either. I'll see if I can find anything on the net about it.

I have no idea what this is and there were no signs to tell me either. I’ll see if I can find anything on the net about it.

This however is an old tomb. My guess, from the stone age.

This however is an old tomb. My guess, from the stone age.

Kinnekulle. This mountain is well know for it unusual  flora. Even Carl von Linné thought it wonderful. Behind that mountain is our biggest lake (the third biggest in Europe) Vänern.

Kinnekulle. This mountain is well known for it unusual flora. Even Carl von Linne thought it wonderful. Behind that mountain is our biggest lake (the third biggest in Europe) Vänern.

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The sun was shining and there were only a few thin clouds up in the sky. I have to admit that it was a bit chilly when we went away but since I was planning on walking for several hours I really didn’t mind that much. The garage opened just as we arrived so I just gave the owner my keys and went away. I had decided to follow the old pilgrimage road eastwards. I have no idea why they made this a pilgrimage road back in the days but it seems to have important churches and monasteries as some kind of connection points.

 

The village Gudhem. Mostly small houses but there are a few appartments too.

The village Gudhem. Mostly small houses but there are a few apartments too.

This farm was like something from a fairytale. The pilgrimage goes straight through it so more photos below. It was hard to get any photos though, I had my telephoto lens on, a bad choise if wanting to get photos close-up.

This farm was like something from a fairytale. The pilgrimage goes straight through it so more photos below. It was hard to get any photos though, I had my telephoto lens on, a bad choise if wanting to get photos close-up.

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I love how the moss sort of glows in the early morning light and when being photographed towards the light. Photographed with the light from behind it just looks anemic 🙂

I knew I wouldn’t be able to reach the church (Kungslena church) which the pilgrimage lead to, it is 22 km (13,7 mile) away and even if it will go fast getting there it will not be the same back since it is all uphill back to Gudhem again 🙂 and the dogs must be able to stop every now and again to sniff on all the messages other animals have left. It would have been interesting to get to the church though. The church standing there now was built some time in the 13th century but they are pretty sure there was a church made of wood standing there long ago. The odd thing with this church is that it has three steeples and it is very beautiful.

 

I'm not sure if it was three houses belonging to the same farm or three different homes really close to each other. That was usually the case back in the days. The homes were close to each other in the middle of the fields. This one had hen, ducks, sheep and goats and I saw a horse too.

I’m not sure if it was three houses belonging to the same farm or three different homes really close to each other. That was usually the case back in the days. The homes were close to each other in the middle of the fields. This one had hen, ducks, sheep and goats and I saw a horse too.

I later heard from a neighboor that this is a self-sufficient farm and they also sell what's left when they have taken what they need.

I later heard from a neighbor that this is a self-sufficient farm and they also sell what’s left when they have taken what they need. I wish I could have gotten a good photo of the pond with a tiny bridge too but my telephoto lens didn’t allow that.

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I think we had walked half way there when we turned back again. To be honest I thought it would take twice the time to get back since it was all uphill but it didn’t, so we passed the garage and went the other direction too. My first thought had been to walk that way instead but there are signs at Forentorp ängar (I’ve shown You photos from there before, the old mill to the monastery stands there) that they have cows and calves on the fields where the pilgrimage goes through so no dogs allowed. Cows with calves have a tendency to want to kill dogs and their owners and since I was getting new brake pads I thought dying would just be a waste of money 🙂

 

This is the odd part of that farm, the badly colored slightly Auatrian inspired house You can see here :-) It didn't fit in at all but I guess it is a practical thing to have :-)

This is the odd part of that farm, the badly colored slightly Austrian inspired house You can see here 🙂 It didn’t fit in at all but I guess it is a practical thing to have 🙂 and yes, there’s a horse.

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I think I found it, the mythical place where old tree stumps goes to die :-) :-) It looked so odd, it is actually a huge field filled with old tree stumps.

I think I found it, the mythical place where old tree stumps goes to die 🙂 🙂 It looked so odd, it is actually a huge field filled with old tree stumps.

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We came back to the garage after being out for around 3,5 hours and the sun had shone all the time. The wind was rather cold so when that hit us it got nasty cold but when we were out if its reach it got a bit too warm 🙂 especially with all that uphill walking 🙂 I decided to take a short nap when we came home, I set the alarm and woke up when it started. I turned it of and slept for two more hours 🙂 The dogs didn’t seem to mind at all 🙂

 

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All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

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White Wood anemones are popping up everywhere now. The anemones in my garden is slightly behind but I’ll show You them as soon as they open up.

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This would make a nice bowl. I think it is the biggest burl I've ever seen!

This would make a nice bowl. I think it is the biggest burl I’ve ever seen!

My neighbor told me that it had snowed while I was sleeping! Guess if I was happy not having to see that 🙂 but it is so warm that it melted straight away. The clouds arrived just as predicted too and now they are leaving us again, just as predicted???!!! Is this a sign of the end of the world??? I can’t remember the last time they were exactly right before 🙂 🙂 It is time for a pot of tea and then I’ll see if there’s anything interesting on tv, I doubt that though 🙂

 

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It was impossible not to take a photo or two of this foul. It had such long legs and jumped around having fun.

It was impossible not to take a photo or two of this foul. It had such long legs and jumped around having fun.

I have plenty more photos to show but they'll come in tomorrows post.

I have plenty more photos to show but they’ll come in tomorrow’s post.

Have a great day!

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8 responses

  1. Dianna

    Hi Christer! What a fantastic post today! Thank you for taking us along on your stunning walk! From the moss covered stone wall, to the field of stumps to the darling foal – it was amazing!!!!! 🙂 I too would have slept for that long had I walked for almost 4 hours. Wow, that’s quite the hike! 🙂 I don’t think it was the end of the world because I am still here and nothing has happened – so that’s a good thing!! 🙂 We are cool and cloudy today. Not going to be a great weekend for weather, but much better than last weekend’s torrential rain. But, as you say, who knows what the predictions will actually turn into! 🙂 Have a good Friday evening!

    April 22, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    • Hi Dianna!

      It was a nice walk but I had hoped for more ruins fram back in the days. A big part of the walk there were these moss covered stone walls, too bad that almost all are removed now days. the roads were just to narrow back in the days, a car would barely fit there 🙂

      That foul was just so pretty, too long since we had any in this village.

      I have to admit that I was tired already after wakening up this morning 🙂 I thankfully feel tired again otherwise I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t fall asleep tonight 🙂

      Nice weather here tomorrow but rain will come on Sunday, at least that’s what the predictions says 🙂

      Have a great day!

      Christer.

      April 22, 2016 at 8:02 pm

  2. Caryn

    Hi Christer,
    Foals are the best thing in spring. And they’re so springy, too. 🙂

    My cement wall has moss that turns that reddish color. It’s the fruiting bodies that turn and there aren’t a lot of them so the effect is minimal but it’s there.

    Yes, that burl would make a great bowl. Huge, too. A salad bowl for when you have lots and lots of company. 🙂
    I’ve heard from woodturner acquaintances that burl wood is tough to turn because the grain goes every which way inside.

    A graveyard of old tree stumps. Hmm. Looks like someone clear cut a patch of forest but didn’t bother to replant trees or remove the stumps. Just used it as is, I guess. Maybe for grazing goats. Goats don’t much care if there is stuff in their pasture. They can eat around it. Or even eat it. 🙂

    I kind of like the badly colored house. But why does the green framing only go around three sides of the doors? And what are the dark rectangles? Are they spaces where the siding is removed for some odd reason? And why are some of them only partially open? So many questions.

    Today is sunny and warm. The tiny ants on the front walk are having a major movement. They’re all swarmed around the opening to the nest. None of them is wandering away so I don’t know what’s up. Sometimes they move all their larvae to a completely new nest but doesn’t seem to be the case this time.

    Enjoy the day.

    April 22, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    • Hi Caryn!

      Too long since we had a foul here in the village! I pass a stud farm on my way to work and home again every day so I get to see plenty of fouls anyway 🙂

      Yes light can show the most amazing colors, we have red here too. The moss on these stone walls change dramatically with the light though.

      Yes I’ve heard about that it is difficuklt with those burls and I guess that’s why those bowls are so insanely expensive 🙂 Very beautiful though so I think they are worth the price. This one would hold an awful lot of salad 🙂 🙂

      The green goes around the windows too and normally it should be on the corners of the house too. The black rectangles are openings as You suggest, it was fascvionable here for a while. I’m not sure why though because it does look odd 🙂 but all are as open, it is the light that plays tricks with our eyes 🙂

      I guess the ants have their annual spring cleaning day 🙂 Could be that some ants are preparing for the swarming, some start early and some late. Here it seems they all swarm at the same time in early summer. Zillions of them are flying around getting eaten by birds.

      Have a great day!

      Christer.

      April 22, 2016 at 8:11 pm

  3. jaz

    wow! what a great walk! and snow? we had rain warnings here and all we got were a few drops. we are soooo dry! you live in such a beautiful place!

    April 22, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    • Hi Joyce!

      I’m glad I didn’t see that snow fall 🙂

      Here it’s usuallythe mountain that gets most of the rain, we can have sunshine and dry weather while we can see how iy pours down up on the mountain 🙂 Good thing it does because that’s where my drinking water comes from 🙂

      I had never walked in this area before and it is beautiful.

      Have a great day!

      Christer.

      April 23, 2016 at 8:07 am

  4. Christer,
    Thanks for the fun walk. I saw so many neat things, and I especially loved the houses. Most of them are red then there is that alpine house with a weird color, a bit red, a bit orange. Everything is just so green. I got a chuckle out of your comments about tree stumps.

    I’d have to carry Gracie home from a walk that long. She still loves to walk and run, but she tires more easily now. Right now she is napping on the couch. They are all napping.

    Have a great evening!

    April 23, 2016 at 1:44 am

    • Hi Kat!

      More photos from the walk in todays post.

      I do like our red homes but I am glad that they tend to use other colors in bigger villages and cities. There is actually something called too much red 🙂 I really can’t understand the color choise on that alpine inspired house 🙂 :-)It si wrong in so many ways but it is the one house that gets the attention 🙂

      I don’t know why I started to think about the myth of the place elephants gop to die but it was the first thing that popped up in my head and the next thing was a Larson cartoon 🙂

      I wanted to go slow but the dogs kept a high speed all the way 🙂 🙂 but theyb were pretty tired when we came home 🙂

      have a great day!

      Christer.

      April 23, 2016 at 8:12 am

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