Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Scenic Route

My brother was here for a couple of days and on Friday we took the ‘scenic route’ when driving from town out to our house.

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I asked Per to stop so I could get photos of the horses in this beautiful meadow, but I failed to get any good close-ups, as besides the fence there was also a rather deep ditch between the meadow and the road.

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The extra scenic route we took this day includes a dirt road some of the way.

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We also made a short stop at this charming old mill (at Gingri near Fristad) – on my request, because it’s a very photogenic spot, and I love it when I can show you a bit of Swedish countryside besides my usual town views.

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According to the weathervane on top it’s from 1906.

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Me by the river at the back of the mill.
To the right of me the river runs calm and slow:

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Then it takes a leap down a little waterfall at the mill:

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… and continues on the other side of the bridge past an old textile factory. Between 1863 and 1971, lace was produced here. CIMG4911-001

To give you a bit of historical context, here are some photos I took a couple of years ago of a lacemaking machine at the Borås Textile Museum:

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Click on the road mirror image to see it larger at my other blog
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Some of you might also be interested in my Sepia Saturday post this week at my blog Greetings from the Past. I found a photo of my great-aunt Gerda in a nurse’s uniform, and I think it must be from WWI in France (knowing from family stories that she happened to be in France when the war broke out, and postcards confirm that she seems to still have been there in 1918).

7 comments:

  1. thanks for the scenic view trip. i just came from a scenic view by train of the outback in Australia. i love seeing other countries and this is beautiful.

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  2. I thought that was Per with you on your other bog! YES, it is so good to see a photo of you today, pretty in blue!! The mill is beautiful, I love the roof. The building looks almost brand new! Our mills here are old and crumbly, suitable for a Gothic novel for sure. I remember your lace making machine, because I had not believed there was such a thing till I saw it.

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  3. This was very interesting! The Swedish countryside is so beautiful - and it really looks so summery now, hard to believe that it was still covered in snow not that long ago!
    Interesting that the Swedish word for lace is spets, and Spitze in German - and the spetsmasking came from Tyskland!

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    1. Meike, Swedish and German have quite a lot of related words - it's the grammar that is the big obstacle in communication between our languages :)

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  4. Enjoyed this countryside post a lot. It was nice to see such beautiful blue skies, rural roads, houses, river, horses, and of course YOU!
    My mum tried once to teach me how to do tatting lace, but I never got the hang of it. I enjoyed knitting though, but crochet not so much.

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  5. What an enjoyable and 'comfortable' post as well as showing the beautiful countryside. In New Zealand roads like that are called metalled which confuses me because in the UK tarmacadamed roads are cal;led metalled. I remember your lace posting.

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    1. No wonder that I have never felt sure what's meant by a metalled road, then!

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