Allemansr├Ątten, or the Right of Public Access, is one of the unique joys of Sweden. It allows anyone to roam freely in the countryside, swim and travel by boat in someone else’s waters and pick mushrooms and berries in the forest.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

The Sun kept shining......

2016 saw us back at Munch's Hideaway with the best Summer weather we've ever had, only a few days with any rain at all & mostly warm & sunny!

Simmesjon was generous again (I don't know why I try other lakes) with plenty of Perch & this lovely Brown Trout taking flies.


Murphy had a great time too....


.....& of course Mrs Munch picked about a hundred-weight of wild berries to make into jam & cordial.


Because the weather was so good we cooked al-fresco on lots of occasions..


I did try to catch a few fish in other lakes such as this one a little north of Ljusdal although I only managed to catch a couple of small Perch.


Unlike a lot of previous summers the moose safaris proved very fruitful sometimes seeing six or seven moose in one evening (can you spot this one in the mist).


 The Murikka pan came out to play this summer......


....& I even got to grips with some plumbing fitting a new wash basin in the bathroom!


Another gratuitous moose pic....


This was a traditional Swedish Forest food, Kolbulle which is pieces of fatty pork fried into a pancake (made with a water batter) & served with Lingon Syllt (jam).


The sunsets were amazing, this is a photo of the Wind Farm that have been built close to Simmesjon.


....& finally just to show that Murphy hasn't given up swimming!


Saturday, 4 June 2016

Whitsun fun with Mandie & Mark!

Just back from a short trip to Munch's Hideaway with Sarah's oldest friend Mandie & her husband Mark.


A trip to Green Lake, Albertina's Restaurant & Kramstatjarn although, alas, no trout!

Finally, an atmospheric shot of the new windmills close to Simmesjon.



Wednesday, 2 September 2015

We're back!

Well, what can I say.
It's been a long time since I last posted anything on here (about three years I think) so I thought it was about time I did!
We've been married twenty five years this year so we decided to go all out & have three months at Munch's Hideaway fishing, eating & (for Mrs Labrador) jam making.
We also started with lots of good intentions to get fit, the NHS Couch to 5K running program beckoned until I fell by the wayside with shin splints after the third outing & Mrs Labrador ended up like this after her fourth!
 
Lots of campfire cooking resulted in some amazing meals, here,
 
 
here
 
 
 
& in the garden too!

 
The most spectacular location for "grill-a-korv" was by an abandoned ski slope with a view to die for!
 
 
At night the view was equally breathtaking.
 
 
Had a few trips out fishing, this is the view from my float-tube on Valasjon...
 
 
& here's the best fish of the trip caught by none other than Elizabeth Mallett!

 
I also found this abandoned cabin close to one of the lakes I visited.....
 
 
It was Mrs Labrador's birthday whilst we were there & she had her heart set on a picnic table. So, I borrowed a chop saw, bought a load of timber & made this for her!
 
 
Lots of visitors this trip.
Victoria & Elizabeth Mallett joined us for a week then we had my sister & brother-in-law, Debbie & Mike visit (huge thanks to Mike who sorted a problem with the electrics).

 
Debbie really took to berry picking in the forest........
 
 
as did Mrs Labrador now her knee was better!

 
Rasberry picking in the garden, all of this resulted in a mountain of home made jam!
 
 
There is a story behind this picture, Mrs Labrador likes being photographed by giant "things". In Minnesota it was a giant Paul Bunyan, here in Sweden it's the world's biggest knife!
 
 
The one good thing that came out of Mrs Labrador's injury & subsequent recuperation was that I had no excuse not to paint the outside of Munch's Hideaway in shiny Stugrod paint.
 
 
And finally for all of Murphy's fans out there in internet land......
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 21 April 2013

February 2013 Murphy's First Real Snow

Well for the second time I - that is Mrs Labrador - have been allowed to post on this blog ! I think it may have something to do with my love of the snow and all things snowy......... oh and as you will see from most of the pictures my love of a certain "furry friend"
 
Well first things first someone told us there was quite a bit of snow at Munch's Hideaway
 
 
One or two icicles
 





and a strange "fringe" on our roof.....

 
Perhaps Martin should get on our roof and clear some snow........
 

 
Mmmmmmmm the observant readers of this blog will note that of the 3 people in the picture only 2 of them are on the roof and they are NOT Martin... Big thanks to Tommy who after seeing Martin "walking" in the snow obviously decided that it was not a good idea to send "The Englishman" up the ladder onto the roof !
 
NOW FOR THE FUN...........
 
 
Me and Murphy in the snow !

 
Me playing with Murphy in the snow
 
 
Murphy in the snow again

 
Murphy searching in the snow

 
Murphy deeper in the snow

 
Murphy covered in snow

 
Murphy trying to swim in the snow

 
Guess who in the snow - OK I will stop with the Murphy in the snow pictures now I am becoming a "baby bore" 

 
Murphy alseep after a day in the snow 

 
A Swedish person told me I could catch some fish for my supper.............
I think this is a trick they play on all "foreigners".............

 
Even Ninja and Murphy knew there was no point waiting for me to feed them !

 
Thankfully we had a back up plan - Grille Korv with Tommy, Ewa, Daniel, Monica and Linus
Thanks for another great day guys !
See you in June (well not right where we are in the picture as we may get a bit wet)


Saturday, 20 April 2013

Raising lots of lovely wonga for Cancer Research UK & the Nottingham City Hospital Special Care Baby Unit!

The Beeston Big Band played two gigs last autumn to help raise money for some very worthy causes.
 
On the 28th September 2012 we "Struck Up The Band" at the United Reformed Church in Sherwood, Nottingham & helped them raise some much needed cash for the Nottingham City Hospital Special Care Baby Unit.
Here's a picture from our rehearsal & sound check the night before in the church,
 

On the 2nd November 2012 I became promoter as well as band leader! For quite some time I had wanted to raise some money for Cancer Research UK - a charity that does so much.
 
Well as they say pictures speak a thousand words,
 

 
 
 
& with the help of this fantastic bunch of musicians & singers, everyone at the Sherwood United Reformed Church, everyone who bought tickets & my lovely wife who sold tickets on the door & helped with the teas we raised a whopping £530.14!