Monday, October 30, 2017

Squirrel Nutkin

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Walking across the old cemetery recently, I spotted a red squirrel. Of course it wouldn’t stop and pose for me on the ground, but I managed to catch sight of it up in a tree, and zoomed in a few shots more or less randomly. Especially one of them came out much better than I was able to see with my bare eye from the ground. So I have to give credit to the ‘new’ camera that I bought back in May (with 30x optical zoom). My old camera could not have done it! (The collage below is from the original photos. The one above made from cropped/enlarged images. I forgot to also take a photo of the whole tree for comparison, because I had to keep my focus on the squirrel, so as not to lose sight of it… It’s a very high tree!)

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The name “Squirrel Nutkin” is borrowed from Beatrix Potter, of course. Her story, illustrations included, can be found online here: “This is a Tale about a tail…” I just read it, and have to confess I found it hard to make head or tail of it. It’s really quite nutty!!!  ; )


Through My Lens

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Postcards for the Weekend – Markets

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Postcrossing card from Taiwan, 2013 (TW-1047478)


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From a market in Morocco, but sent to me from Belgium, 2015 (BE-353459)

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I don’t have any postcards of Swedish markets, but here are some of my own photos from our latest autumn market:

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Postcards for the weekend 58

Friday, October 27, 2017

Weekend Reflections: Bye, Bye October

It’s been a wet month, even if with glimpses of sun too.

▼ 5th October

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▼15th - 16th

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▼27th

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Sorry to see the autumn colours fade – but looking forward to setting the clock back to normal (winter) time this weekend… My body clock has already made the switch!!!


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My Town Shoot Out

SkyWatch Friday

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Inspired Sunday – Habo Church

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Yet another old red wooden church from our trip around Lake Vättern back in July: Habo Church.

This church also goes by the name of “The Wooden Cathedral”. The architecture resembles that of a cathedral, but it is built entirely of wood. It has the form of a basilica, with a high nave and two lower side aisles. It was built in 1680, and received its present appearance in 1723. The vestry dates back to an older stone church from the 13th century. The tower on the west side of the church is only for decoration and has no bells inside. In the separate belltower from 1760, there are three bells of different size, all made in Jönköping in the mid 1700s (one of them was recast in the 1870s).

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The inside of the church was decorated in 1741 – 1743 by two painters from Jönköping, Johan Kinnerus and Johan Christian Peterson. (Cf. my post last week from Brandstorp Church, another of the old wooden churches in this area.)  It’s a real challenge for an amateur photographer to do justice to!

The paintings in this church cover the walls as well as the ceiling, and are illustrations to Martin Luther’s Cathecism. Besides the common themes of the crucifixion and resurrection there are paintings representing the ten commandments, and church rituals like baptism, confession, communion, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Old Testament blessing.

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The architecture of the church reflects the old class society from previous centuries. The rich landowners had their own boxes (six of them, on both sides of the altar at the front) to separate them from the lower classes. (They even had their own entrance to the church.) The farmers sat in the pews in the front of the church; the poorer crofters at the back; and the upstairs galleries along the sides were for farm-hands and servants.

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The pulpit was made in 1723 and is decorated with sculptures of Jesus and the twelve apostles.

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The altar is made of sandstone and is from the 1300s. In a restoration of the church in the 1700s, a shrine was found inside the altar, and inside it a piece of parchment which stated that the altar had been consecrated by a bishop in the mid 1300s.

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The clock included in the altarpiece is unique. It was built in Jönköping in 1750 and only has an hour-hand. The clock can be heard ticking in the church and every half-hour the boy on top strikes a bell with his hammers.

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The front of the organ is from the original organ built in 1736.

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From the back of the church (beneath the organ)

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All the pews are decorated, too.

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The baptismal font made of sandstone is the oldest object in the church and dates back to the mid 12th century. Back in those days, babies were immersed in the font when they were baptised. The water used in the basin was let out through a hole at the bottom.


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The medeival stone sacristy is nowadays a prayer/meditation room.

The church is still a “living” church and not just a museum. Services are held here most Sundays. But the church is also kept open daytime on weekdays throughout the year for visitors.


InSPIREd Sunday

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Postcards for the Weekend – Lighthouses

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Postcrossing card from South Africa, received in September 2015 (ZA-82884)
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse at the southernmost tip of Africa was built in 1849, in the style of the Pharos Lighthouse of Ancient Egypt.

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Postcards for the Weekend 57: Lighthouses


(PS. For the same theme last year I shared a postcard of 16 lighthouses along the coast of the Netherlands, which you can see here.)



Sunday, October 15, 2017

Inspired Sunday – Brandstorp Church

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Another church from our trip around Lake Vättern at the end of July.

The Church at Brandstorp is a wooden church, built between 1694-1698. (Before that, there was a smaller wooden chapel in the same place.) The shape of the church is that of a Greek cross, with four “arms”. On the outside, the walls are covered with woodchips and painted red. It has been through a number of renovations over the centuries. In the late 19th century, it is said to have been “modernised” and painted yellow; but in the 20th century, again restored to its original colours.

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Like some of the other churches we saw in this area, it has a separate bell-tower; added in 1708.

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The churchyard is surrounded by a rather unique kind of timbered fence/wall.

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There was a church service going on inside when we arrived, but we could hear that they were close to the end of it, so we waited outside until people were coming out… Then we went inside to have a look. The ceiling was painted in 1748 (by a painter named Johan Kinnerus, from Jönköping).

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InSPIREd Sunday


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