A visit to Sweden.
Recently I visited My Daughter "Lisa" her husband "Balla" and my 2 Grandchildren, Aliue and Adama,
This is a succinct account of what happened and what didn’t happen, during my 2 week stay in Sweden.
We had talked of visiting a wildlife safari park, and a visit to the mountains.
But because of an emergency operation on Adamas over sized tonsils, these plans were scuppered.
Adama was in much pain and had to be given strong pain killing medicine 3/4 times every 24 hours.
I can still hear her screams of pain that would ring throughout the house day and night.
But I am pleased to say that after 5/6 days, the pain eased and Adama became her normal self.
She would take the laces from my shoes and hide them.
This is Adama beginning to feel a little better.
This is Aliue, smiling for his G/dad.
I dislike Zoo’s, however, for the sake of the children we visited "Scansen".
The inferior version of London Zoo. I felt obligated to take the odd snap or two.
Many hours were spent walking through the woods that surround my Daughters house,
and I was left amazed at the diversity of the woodland creachers that visited this enchanting
I was deeply touched, I became connected and I became a hunter.
Looking, watching, listening, walking slowly, hoping and waiting for a beautiful
moment to reveal itself. And on a few occations a beautiful moment did materialise
I saw this Great green woodpecker only twice and feel very lucky to have captured this shot of him.
I had seen and taken pictures of a "Red Squirrel" earlier in the week, but on the penultimate day
of my visit. I came across two young ones playing and darting through the branches of a great old tree.
Amazingly fast that one sometimes sees only red flashes, as they scamper around and dive from tree
Just standing amidst this unearthly silence with not a leaf that trembled.
Showered me with a sensation that, at that precious moment I was at one with Nature.
An exciting and uplifting high.
Quite suddenly, a movement in the trees up ahead, or the call of a bird,
would brake the spell.
Not one rain drop fell during the first 12 days of my visit, nor may I add did the sunshine.
The entire Scandinavian continent had become blanketed by a cover of dense cloud.
Then with just 2 days left, the sun finally made an appearance.
It became quite warm and pleasent.
Too little too late 😦
Stockholm is a beautiful city, but as my Daughter explains in this interview
with a Swedish magazine.
She prefers the peace and tranquility of the woods, rather than the hustle and bustle
of the city. I must say that I concur with my Daughter on this.
The interview revolved around "foster care" for problem children.
If anyone has plans of visiting Sweden, then I suggest that, you do not use sheltered
parking lots. £18 for a one hour stay.
Avoid "Scansen" like the plague, there are many other beautiful sights to see rather than this
pathetic excuse for a zoo,
and take a suitcase full of money. You shall most certainly need it.
Finally my favourite dish of my stay in this beautiful land.
Roast Lamb in a (freshly picked from the woods) wild mushroom sauce. "WOW"…
Goodbye Stockholm, until the next time.
Just before I left Sweden my Daughter asked ,
"what was the first thing I was going to do upon my arrival back home"
I think this picture answers her question perfectly.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my visit
to the land of the Vikings.
There are more pictures in two new albums, check them out while you are here.
LOVE AND PEACE