A better place, well we think so. This is about my adventures with my wife Sarah & our mad Springador Murphy at our "fritidshus" in Halsingland, Sweden.
Allemansrätten, 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.
In my quest for reasonably priced pigeon shooting without the need for a load of quasi-feudal cap doffing etc. I've found another fantastic opportunity which I thought I'd share. My search started with e-bay, I placed a bid & found myself with a day's roost shooting for £20.00!
I popped down to Norfolk yesterday & found myself in a fantastic piece of Norfolk woodland (I'd forgotten just how magical a Norfolk sporting estate wood can be) waiting for pigeons to come flighting in.
Now, I hear you say, roost shooting is traditionally a winter pursuit carried out at dusk when there's no foliage to obscure your view. Well normally it is, but, if you like difficult & exciting snap shooting give it a try!
Did I see pigeons? Yes.
Did I get some shots? Yes I did.
Did I connect with any birds? Sadly no - I think I need a few sessions at clays again!
Will I go again? Yes, although I may wait until they are offering decoying days again on e-bay.
I must confess, although I live in the UK - a country that still has a constitutional monarchy - I have occasional republican leanings. It's only the thought of President Blair that reinforces my reluctant belief that the current status quo should be maintained.
Anyway, enough of that stuff because the Royal Wedding meant a bank holiday & a bank holiday means a trip to Sweden, the best of reasons to celebrate!
The snow had nearly gone (just a few patches where the sun hadn't got to), the sun was shining & I thought it was time I conquered my fear & got on the roof - just in case I need to fix anything up there.
The highlight of our weekend was a trip to Jarvzoo (well we have to use our season tickets). The day started out sunny but it soon started to snow. The wolves were out & obliged by standing close to the fence posing for photographs.
And their Brown Bear had given birth to a single cub during her winter hibernation (can you see it, look carefully). For those that have not seen sleeping bear cubs close up, they snore!