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.

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,
& 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......