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.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Some people you can't take anywhere............

Except back to apologise.........

It could have been worse Vic I could have posted a picture of your legs..............
Sarah x

More Mallett mayhem!

A few more pictures,

Everyone had a great time!

Mallett mayhem!

A few photos from a fantastc fortnight we had at Munch's Hideaway with our friends,

Friday, 26 August 2011

All of a quiver.......

rattling arrows, just what you want when you're stealthily walking through the woods!
Yes, that's what I thought so I added a keeper strap to my home-made quiver to keep the noise down.

For all you kit tarts out there the knife is a Fallkniven F1 with a firesteel in a left-handed custom sheath.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011


Orsjon, our local lake, part of the Ljusnan river &, from the restaurant at Orbaden, easily one of the best views in the area!
So I thought I'd share the view with you,

cool....... Enjoy

Monday, 22 August 2011


For those of you who haven't met Rolo he is currently undergoing hydrotherapy for his displastic hips. This could present a bit of a problem in Sweden if there weren't so many fantastic lakes!

Feels great on a hot day!!!!!!!


a lake recommended to me by our friend Birger, a wild fish water that can & often does produce superb arctic char.
Mrs Labrador & I took a drive over to the lake to have a look,

it looked amazing, oozing "northern wilderness" from every surrounding tree. This is just the sort of water I love to fish so I returned with my Dad for a day's fishing. I fished from my float tube & Dad fished from the bank,

I only caught one perch (albeit a big one) on the fly & Dad unfortunately blanked - better luck next time!

Saturday, 20 August 2011

....and on the way back......

We all visited Vaxbo,

 & Hosarbo!

Trono Kyrkan.....

We took Mum & Dad to Trono to look at the old & new churches, they are famous locally so I thought I'd post a few pictures of them!

First, the new church,

and a few pictures of the old church.

More Midsommar merriment!

Another tradition in Simea at Midsommar is for folk musicians to be taken around the village in a decorated carriage,

So I thought I'd share a picture of our good friends Daniel Grenander with Fia(?), Ulf Nilsson & his friend - who both play with the Gavle Symphony Orchestra - playing folk music on their violins & Ulf's daughters.

This is what making music is really all about, probably one of the most moving performances I have ever been priviledged to be at!

Friday, 19 August 2011

Mum, Dad & Midsommar.......

I picked Mum & Dad up from Vasteras a couple of days before Midsommar so they could spend the holiday with us.
Over to Mrs Labrador who has kindly agreed to write a words..............

Agreed, what he really means is this is the first time he's allowed me in his blog.
Also seen as it is to talk about the Midsommar food it is a case of
"woman know your place" the kitchen

Think of Swedish food and most of you will mention meatballs, those of you with more Swedish knowledge will  also think of sill or as we know it herring.

Now no Swedish Midsommer feast is complete without the aforementioned fish.
Not a problem I hear you say you are in Sweden there will be loads of it.
Yes this is very true it comes in every conceivable form and flavouring you could care to mention
Most of it is raw but someof it is cooked, however none of this is any good if two out of your five feast participants hate fish one is not keen on fish and the two remaining  fish eaters don't like herring.........

But no excuses now.....
When in Sweden, do as the Swedes etc etc
So off I went to the store and bought a jar of herring in mustard sauce (hoping this may disguise the fishy taste and fool everyone........)

Photographic evidence of the 5 willing (ok 4 pressed) participants about to enjoy the herring washed down with the requisite schnapps

Well done to Martin and his Dad for managing to eat it although I must point out they did say now they had tried the mustard herring once they never wanted to eat it again so...........

Next year its Surströmming............
For those not in the know or who didn't see Jamie in Sweden Wiki describes this as
"the most putrid smelling food in the world"

There was a prize for the best midsommar crown - the last bit of herring...............

Sunday, 14 August 2011

More critters (but less photos)........

Took a drive out to look at a couple of new lakes - Llussjon & Graningen. The lakes both looked fantastic, there was a chap in a float tube on Llussjon,

& Graningen reminded me of lakes I have fished in Canada,

As I drove through the forest on my way to Llussjon I looked into the trees & saw a cow moose & her calf,

After Llussjon a wolverine ran across the road in front of the car & finally, close to Graningen, I saw a big, furry, wobbly bum disappearing into the trees in front of the car, my first wild Swedish bear.  Unfortunately I didn't have a camera to hand so you'll have to take my word for it, Mrs Labrador is still not entirely convinced!