Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Clothes Swapping


The weather is getting more and more autumn-like, and I'm beginning to feel the need to change the contents of my wardrobes from light summer dresses to warm woolly cardigans...

Living in a textile-focused city, every now and then I read/hear about various clothes swapping events; but as far as I can remember, I haven't yet really taken part in one. (I have handed in a few items for one or two such events - primarily wanting to get rid of them! - but I can't recall finding anything I wanted in return.)

Luckily, I have my own private clothes-swapping system, though - which means that every spring and autumn I shift some clothes between the wardrobes in my flat, and my basement storage room - and forget about the ones in storage for a while! Yesterday, in connection with washing day, I felt it was time to start the autumn swap. In particular, there was a certain long cardigan and a pair of "winter" trousers that I wanted, and did remember that I had put away. However, when I got down to the storage room, I discovered several more items of winter clothing that I had totally forgotten about! (Or at least had not been missing them yet...) Probably a good idea both in autumn and in spring to check my own storage spaces before I'm tempted to go out and buy something new (only to come back home with something and then later discover that I already had something very similar - which I have to confess has happened... As I do tend to feel drawn towards certain styles and colours!) 

As for the photos above, I may possibly have blogged these before - but I'm pretty sure they're not from my own wardrobe...! ;)  (They are from a fashion exhibition at the Textile Museum last summer, 2018.)

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Lund Cathedral and Astronomical Clock

Lund Cathedral (previously also shown/mentioned here in a post from the Third Day of my summer road trip in July this year) dates back to the early 12th century (and there was probably a cathedral in the same spot even earlier). Back in those days the province of Skåne was Danish; and before the Reformation the churches and cathedrals were of course Catholic. (Nowadays it belongs to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden.) Lund was an important cultural and religious city in the Middle Ages and back in those days there were also several monasteries etc.

Because of fires and whatever other reasons, various changes were made to the cathedral over the years. Only the apse has remained unchanged (i.e. the rounded part where the altar is). 

Around 1425, an astronomical clock was installed. It has had to be renovated several times over the years (last in 2010), but is still (or again) working. I promised in my earlier post that I would get back to this clock more in detail some time - and now it's Time!

In Latin the clock is called Horologium mirabile Lundense

The upper board of the clock shows, among other things, the different phases of the Moon and where the Sun sets.The lower board is a calendar, with the help of which one can calculate things like when mobile religious holidays (like Easter) will fall, or the weekday of a certain date. The man in the middle of the calendar is the Patron Saint of the cathedral, St Lawrence (St Lars in Swedish).

The present calendar board is for 1923-2123 (after that, it will have to be replaced with a new one).

On top of the clock there are two knights who mark the hours by coming out to fight each other.

Twice a day (weekdays at noon and at 3 pm, Sundays at 1 pm and at 3 pm) the clock plays a tune (In Dulci Jubilo), and things happen with the figures in the middle of the clock:

The two guardians lift their horns, the door on the left opens, a procession of six figures present gifts to the holy Virgin and Child sitting on the throne in the middle, and then disappear back into the clock through the door to the right.

My brother and I first visited the cathedral earlier in the morning, before 10 am - but decided to go back for the "clock show" at 12. I'm glad we did, as it was a rare experience. (As it was the tourist season, there were a lot of people gathered then, and a guide to explain what was going to happen, both in Swedish and in English.)

Inspired Sunday #333

InSPIREd Sunday

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Peek-a-boo with a Red Admiral

Now you see me...

Now I do my disappearing act!

Can you still see me?

Ha, I'm still here, though! 

Our World Tuesday

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Inspired Sunday: St Peter's Church, Malmö

Sankt Petri kyrka (St Peter's Church) is the oldest church in Malmö (Sweden) and was originally the only parish church of the city. Construction began in the early 14th century. The church was constructed with red bricks and was built as a Gothic basilica.


The pulpit was inaugurated in 1599.

The altarpiece from 1611 is made of oak wood and reaches a height of 15 metres (49 ft). 

A side-chapel is richly decorated with late medieval frescos covering both the walls and the vaulted ceiling, and showing both secular and religious motifs.

InSPIREd Sunday 
Inspired Sunday #332

Friday, 6 September 2019

SkyWatch Friday

Another week of quickly changing skies - sun popping out one minute, heavy rain pouring down the next...  I'm feeling a bit "under the weather" - like my body not quite keeping up with it all. The season of blankets and candles and lots of mugs of hot tea is upon us!

SkyWatch Friday

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Baskets (Sepia Saturday)

The Sepia Saturday prompt this week shows a big collection of baskets. There may be other baskets hiding here and there in my photo albums, but what sprang first to mind to for me was picnics in my childhood. Especially when visiting my paternal grandparents, we often went on "coffee picnics" that included a proper old-fashioned basket. 

As illustrated by my mum in my first photo album:

This is from June 1957, so I'm around 1 year + 10 months old here. (And as you may conclude, a bit of rain didn't stop us!)

Some time in the early 1980s, I inherited three of my grandmother's sturdy old baskets - spotted, dusty and worn, but still intact. I cleaned them and painted them with egg oil tempera (of my own mix); and I am using them still. I keep a lot of baskets in different sizes around my flat as I find them very useful for storing all those little things that otherwise just tend to spread themselves out all over the place. 

The three above are those that belonged to my grandmother (and were "old" already in my early childhood). The blue one (originally unpainted) is the biggest, and that may be the one that was used for picnics. Nowadays a decorative holder for "various" stuff in my living room. The green one (also originally unpainted) is slightly smaller. I use that for my "gardening" stuff, and it lives in a nook by the door to balcony. The third one (smaller still) had original flower decorations on its sides which I wanted to keep, so I just painted the handle and rims on that one. That one too sits on a sideboard in my living room.

Periodically over the years, I have painted some more (smaller) baskets, which I bought (new) for that purpose. (Sometimes using hobby paint, easier than tempera as it dries faster.) Taking a turn round my flat, I found all these still in use... (The red one in a cupboard, but it will change places with the yellow one in winter - on my kitchen table.)

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Friday, 30 August 2019

Read in August

Daniel Deronda (1876) by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
Kindle + Audio book narrated by Juliet Stevenson (2018) (36 h)

Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880), better known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist of the Victorian era. She wrote seven novels, of which I've read at least two before: Middlemarch and The Mill on the Floss. Those two I have in paperback since decades ago; but Middlemarch is the one I know best, as I first read it for my C-course in English at university (back in the 1980s), but also reread it a couple of times since then + watched a TV-series based on it as well (years ago).

Daniel Deronda was her last novel, published in 1876 and set in the contemporary Victorian society of the author's own day. It is a long novel (36 hours as audio book) and I have to confess I found it hard to follow at times. For one thing, the narrative keeps shifting between following two different main characters (Daniel and Gwendolen), whose paths only cross now and then. (So it's easy to "lose the thread", almost forgetting about one while reading about the other.) Something else that I found interesting but at the same time confusing was how the 'Daniel' parts of the novel also came to focus more and more on Jewish Zionism (of that era in which the novel is set, and with which I'm not very familiar since before). 

There is an extensive Wikipedia article if anyone wants to get deeper into the story without actually reading the book. (For me, it was helpful to read it afterwards...)

As it is an old classic, it can be found as free e-book.

Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1862)
Kindle + Audio book narrated by Olivia Poulet (2019) (13:11 h)

Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835-1915) is another novelist of the Victorian era. Lady Audley's Secret (1862) is her most famous book and known as a "sensation novel". For its time, I can see why. Compared to Daniel Deronda (above), I found this novel a lot easier to read - even hard to put down (or turn off). It is well written, and really kept me wondering where all the twists and turns would lead in the end. At times it felt predictable - but (turning another page)... on the other hand, perhaps not?? ...

The set-up is that we have an older man (widow) recently married again to a young wife; a grown-up daughter from the father's first marriage, still living at home (and not fond of her new stepmother); an idle cousin/nephew, Robert (a barrister, but not practicing); an old friend of his from their school days, George, who upon his return from gold-digging in Australia finds his wife and son (who Robert never met) gone missing...  and then, George himself also suddenly disappears again! Robert is drawn out of his idleness, and soon finds himself fully occupied trying to solve a whole mess of intertwined mysteries... 

As it is an old classic, it can be found as free e-book.

Sonata for Miriam: A Novel by Linda Olsson (2009)
Read in Swedish 

Linda Olsson (born 1948) is Swedish-born author living in Auckland, New Zealand. After graduating in law from the University of Stockholm she worked in banking and finance, got married and had three sons. In 1986 they left Sweden, travelled the world and in 1990 ended up in New Zealand where she studied English and German literature at the University of Wellington. In 2005 she completed her first novel Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs (later reprinted as Astrid and Veronika) which was published in 25 countries. In Sweden, it became a winning best seller. (I read it some time back then.) Sonata for Miriam (2009) is her second novel and it has been sitting on my ToRead-shelf for years, until I picked it up just recently. A strange coincidence really, because this was while I was also reading Daniel Deronda, and there turned out to be a Jewish theme involved in this book as well. The novel takes us (along with the main character, a musician) from New Zealand to both Sweden and Poland, to reconnect with people and places and events from his past. It involves grief and loss and impossible choices, but also love, and new beginnings. I read it in Swedish, but it is available in English (also on Kindle).

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Drama Queen

We've had a bit of a heat wave again for a few days; followed today by quite a dramatic thunderstorm. Luckily I did not have to go out in it! There was no power outage either (where I live), but I did disconnect myself from the internet for a while (i.e. turned off the router) - while the lightning and thunder was really close...

Back on Monday, I did go out for a walk (even though it was really too hot for my liking). Then I met this Peacock butterfly, graciously spreading its wings and displaying all its beautiful colours while resting among the yellow flowers of a Dasiphora fruticosa (cinquefoil) bush. (I do hope it found somewhere dry to hide today.)

Our World Tuesday Graphic

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Missing Header

I was going to change the header of my blog to this image, but for some reason Blogger refuses to upload it from my computer. I only managed to remove the old one (and can't get that back either). I'm posting this now to see if I can find a way around the problem... 
It worked - once I had posted it here, I was able to copy the 'url' to the header. Strange, though - I've never had this problem before. I've always been able to upload images to the header directly from my computer. Has anyone else been having the same problem recently??


Dw i'n mwynhau gwylio'r pili-pala (Welsh)
= "I enjoy watching the butterfly" 

On Saturday afternoon the sun came out (after having been absent for a few days). I went for a walk to my "Butterfly Park" again and was pleased to find all my familiar little friends there, enjoying the sunshine. (Where do butterflies go when it rains??) Last time I was there taking photos I saw mostly Painted Ladies, but this time the Small Tortoiseshells seemed to be in majority.

I like the Welsh word for butterfly, pili-pala (which I learned from Duolingo). I don't know the origin but to me it kind of sounds like a butterfly moves... (don't know if that makes sense to anyone else!)

Brimstone butterfly (Gonepteryx rhamni)
Swedish: Citronfjäril ('lemon' butterfly)
Peacock butterfly (Inachis io)
Swedish: Påfågelsöga ('peacock's eye')

Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)
Swedish: Nässelfjäril ('nettle' butterfly)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Swedish: Amiralfjäril ('admiral' butterfly)
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui, or Cynthia cardui)
Swedish: Tistelfjäril ('thistle' butterfly)

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Weekend Reflections - Water Day

Today was Water Day in the city; with various activities going on in/on the river.

Not quite sure how this game was supposed to be played (with  goals at an angle rather than opposite each other) but the resting balls made a nice reflection...

Some of my followers may remember this sculpture in the river (Bodhi), but with the little boat next to it you get a better sense of its size than when just seeing it on its own.

There was also a swimming race going on. Here they come...

The sky was cloudy but it was not raining, and it was actually warmer (in the air) than it looks. Not sure about the water, though!

Weekend Reflections #517

Weekend Reflections
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