Wednesday, 25 June 2014

God Morgon ( with photos)

I am the blue dot
Précis so Far,
The resort is tucked away in the middle of nowhere
So much so, that there was only one taxi in town to ferry a couple of dozen delegates to the hotel
So we felt obliged to walk through groves of wild lupins and past chocolate box houses set back in little meadows to find our way " home"
The view of lake Siljan at the front of the hotel is delightful
and dare I say quite magical last night as it didn't really go dark at all

Our room has a slightly  different vista, as we have a lovely view of the kitchen bins
Hey ho
The hotel is not quite up to Chris' standards I'm afraid
and already today there has been a bit of a bunfight over lack of early morning tea!

A gin and tonic is something like 10 quid a pop
So much so the Irish and Canadian contingent of the conference thundered
about last night with a "pooled" collection of duty free Bombay Sapphire's 

I am off  now to have a mooch and will post some photos later.


Every cottage seemed to have its own little meadow







I don't  think that Sweden has a slug problem
The fields are crammed full of lupins




god morgen 


57 comments:

  1. Oh dear! Poor Chris.

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  2. looks nice. but no proper tea? dr. spo would be swooning with the vapors!

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  3. I hope you mean 'some' photos?!!!

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  4. It's a hard life; G-n-T's at 10 smackers. Ouch.

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  5. God morgon to you too John. Yes - the prices in Scandinavia - everyone speaks of them when they have been - Norway in my case, but the result is the same, you come home with an empty purse. Still the food is amazing isn't it (if you like fish in the case of Norway). Enjoy!

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    1. Breakfast was impressive pat
      I have stolen two boiled eggs and a sausage in my pant pockets for my lunch

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    2. Deconstructed scotch egg?!

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  6. I didn't even know you had gone, due to problems on Blogger which are now fixed. Have a good time!

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  7. Don't tell me you're all extras in "Mammon". Worried that the pilot need directs from Stockport though.

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    1. I was thinking more like Borgen but have just realized that's Denmark

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    2. Who is looking after the badgers?

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  8. Is there a spouse's shopping trip?
    x

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  9. I hope your lunch isn't staining your pants, esp. if they are the pea green ones, which, we still haven't had a pic of you in them yet!

    I suppose they don't have so many slugs because they all seem to have a mini meadow which the frogs would thrive in? Not to mention all those pollinators enjoying the pollen and nectar.
    Hope you don't get too bored out there.

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    1. Things are looking up!
      The management.....has now movedusfrom the guinea pig hutch overlooking the bins one of the best rooms in the hotel
      Overlooking the lake
      Chris will be cockahoop!
      It's also sunny now after a wet start, and whilst he and the other boffins conquer the world
      I am sipping coffee on the patio, reading a Patricia Cornwell

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  10. I love that homemade fence you snapped. It just goes to show with a little ingenuity we can make our own fences without having to traipse to B&Q and shell out money unnecessarily to obtain characterless fences. The Swedish fence is also eco-friendly as it is simply making good use of waste wood, THose tall red barn-type structures are replicated in many parts of America's midwest and I even saw similar buildings in parts of Washington State...Any chance of some snaps of buxom Swedish birds carrying pints of Tetleys beer? (I'm fantasizing!)

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    1. Nearly all of the cottages seem to have this lovely half arsed fencing
      It looks sweet but I doubt it could keep in much
      Funny I haven't seen single cow

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  11. So idyllic-looking. I was expecting to see Wallander roaming around somewhere! Are you still in Sweden? I'm a bit confused 'cause yesterday you seemed to be dancin' with dogs at home! Isn't there a local supermarket you could buy booze from?

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    1. I danced with the dogs before we came nana

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  12. Looks interesting, enjoy!

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    1. Since we got the new room and the weather perked up, I think I will

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  13. So pretty. Sorry the hotel was a disappointment.

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  14. Very tranquil looking....everything is pricey these days. That's what keeps me on this side of the water. But in my heart I'm traveling back to the UK and Ireland soon! Try to enjoy the rest of your stay.

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  15. Your Swedish seems to be limited to God Morgon John, although that's two words more than my Swedish vocabulary !!!!
    Nothing nicer than a bit of sightseeing with an egg and sausage in your pocket !!!!
    Have fun …. hurry, gurdy, Abba, Ikea !!!! XXXX

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  16. Hello, think I've only commented once before... Lovely lupins. What a beautiful place to be! Shame they don't have proper tea, but anyway all proper tea is theft.

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    1. Hello Donna old gal.........

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  17. Is a couple of eggs and a sausage in your pocket a bit of a euphemism John?

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  18. Drinks are always expensive at vacation spots, and you are always overcharged for items at resorts. However, the scenery looks lovely and I am sure you will have some good, fun experiences there.

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  19. Looks like the middle of nowhere John. Enjoy the spouses outing, it might be a bit more lively.l

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    1. I'd rather stick cocktail sticks in my eyes

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    2. All part of life's rich tapestry.

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  20. It does look like the middle of nowhere, which means I'd love it! A bite of lunch, a good book, and if the lake weren't too far away, lazing on it's banks for a while and just enjoying doing nothing much in particular for a wee while.
    Sounds ideal.

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  21. John, you take mighty fine pictures. That lashed sapling fence is fascinating. Totally new style to me.

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  22. Absolutely stunning photos!

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  23. How lovely…a whole field of lupins! My one plant is well and truly over, and the remains mainly eaten by slugs!

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  24. Love the photos. Perhaps you should video the spouses outing so we can all share in what you must endure. LOL I would LOVE a GnT, but not at NYC prices. What am I saying, it would be at least $15 in NYC haha

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  25. I love Chris' style, John. At least management has moved you to the best room. Great! The higgledy piggledy fence in a field of lupins is so quaint. And not a bit of litter anywhere. Enjoy! xx

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  26. Lovely photos! I wonder if lupines give off some odour that's undesirable to slugs because while the slimy things denuded my rhubarb one year, nary a lupine was touched.

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  27. Pretty pastures new John...how lovely. I am a little confused though 'cos at some point I thought you were going to Copenhagen...did I imagine that? and great news on the room change...enjoy the view.

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    1. No I was confused as well xx

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  28. I was amazed at all the undeveloped gorgeous lake shores when I was in Sweden many moons ago, and was told "You have no idea how few people live here." Perhaps the slugs are equally spread out, as well.

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  29. You could have brought the dogs and chooks with you. They'd be right at home.

    Of course, that wouldn't be much of a holiday for you, would it?

    Enjoy the new room and your picnic lunch :)

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  30. I think I'd snuggle up with a P.C. too if I were there and snitch treats out of the kitchen when no one was looking. I love the lupins we get loads here too, everywhere on the highways, etc. I've tried transplanting to no avail, they thrive on neglect and I thought I was good at that.
    XO
    WWW

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  31. Er, that looks like Canada...are you sure you are in the right country?
    Jane x

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  32. Nice fence. Might have a go at that with the bundles of chestnut palings we've had hanging around for years.

    Can't really venture far until a chicken sitter has been found and trained (and Giggy knows not to start a fight with them), but Sweden is pretty near the top of my list.

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  33. It looks charming.

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  34. That dot that you describe as being "in the middle of nowhere" looks rather like it is the middle of Sweden actually, to this "smart arse".

    The place looks interesting for a visit, possibly somewhat bleak, but the drinks prices are just silly. Brought-in supplies essential (although I thought "duty-free" had been abolished for travel within the EU).

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    1. We were allowed: to bring in 750 mls of gin into Sweden from duty free
      If you wanted to bring in 1 liter it would have cost us 65£
      Still cheaper than buying it over here

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  35. £10 for a G&T cough splutter, that's like living back in Berkshire ;-)

    Have a great time, love your deconstructed Scotch Egg idea, but watch you don't ruin the lines of them snazzy green pants!!

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  36. Pretty scenery though. Won't be long and you'll be back in civilization.
    :-)

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  37. Lupines. I've tried to grow them here in Illinois but they get too hot, or the soil gets too hot or I'm too hot. Anyway they all die. I've dreamed of fields of Lupines and then you just get to be in the middle of all the lupines you want. Sometimes life just sucks...but your pictures don't!

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  38. Soak in all that beauty and have a wonderful time.

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  39. I am quite envious, John. Hope you are having a splendid time -- quite 'sobering' I expect!!

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