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, 27 June 2010

Supply trips

Any excuse to get to Sweden, so we decided we needed to do a couple of short trips to take supplies out to Sweden & to organise some furniture. The first was in October 2009 & was uneventful apart from the embarassment of my credit card company deciding that my card must have been stolen just as I was paying for a load of furniture in Ikea. Several phone calls & lots of help (Swedish people are the most helpful & friendly) later we were on our way with a trailer full of beds, chairs, etc!

Anyway, back again in March 2010 with another car full of stuff plus my canoe on the roof! We arrived at the house to find two & a half feet of snow in the garden. There had been a lot more on the roof but our Swedish friends had cleared this for us so as to avoid a roof collapse before we had arrived (or even asked or knew about this particular potential problem). We had more time there in March & with less furniture to build we could go out & play in the snow. There were some great snowmobile trails in the woods close to the house & my wife was able to try out her cross country skis, I walked as I can't seem to stay upright on skis at all! On one day we visited a small traditional Baltic fishing village called Skarsa, first time I've ever seen the sea frozen, not something I ever saw whilst living in Gt. Yarmouth!

Saturday, 26 June 2010

A mid life crisis!

Well, sometime last year my wife & I had a joint rush of blood to the head & bought a small cabin in rural Sweden. We'd travelled extensively throughout Canada & the USA & knew we wanted to live somewhere where there was forests, lakes & a lot more freedom than we enjoy here in the UK. Visa's & a little matter of needing to be able to drive there meant we couldn't look across the Pond hence Sweden!
So here we are, a cabin in the woods in Halsingland, Sweden. A place to relax, to fish, to canoe, to hunt & to be out in the woods.