Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Winter returns

Winter returns
We were of course hoping that Winter was coming to an early end after a few weeks without snow. But then last night...

Monday, February 20, 2017

And then the phone rang

Minding My Own Business The Swedish Armed Forces
There I was enjoying a bit of Winter sunshine while relaxing on this bench that overlooks the Årsta Havsbad beach when the smart-phone rang. It was my flickr buddy Bengt who claims to be a traditionalist when it comes to eating "semlor". Which means that he can't have one before Shrove Tuesday! But after seeing a few of my photos of said pastry from my favorite cafe he phoned to let me know that he was on his way to Malmens konditori, and one hour later we were both enjoying a "minisemla".

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Winter Beach

Årsta Havsbad
Inspired by Grace Down Under in Perth, I decided it was time for a visit to the beach. No need for sun protection at Årsta Havsbad yesterday, that's for sure. But there was a bit of sunshine from the blue sky and I counted a few people, including this young couple walking the dog.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Lost&Found

Vantar
5C and a blue sky when I decided to hit the beach today. It's 20 minute bike ride and I didnt see any other cyclist out on the road. Arriving to Årsta Havsbad I took a short photo promenade and that's when I spotted the colorful mittens on the bench closest to the sea.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Mudguard

Stänkskärm
If you are a keen cyclist you know that a mudguard can come in handy when you are out on the roads. Especially now when it is getting warmer again. Spotted this colorful bike parked at a bus stop near the hospital in Handen a while back. It was one of those moments when people nearby wandered what that guy with the camera was up to. Shot with the Canon 6D using the nifty fifty lens.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
Without further ado, here it is, my 500th photo of the old tree at Välsta. Luckily for me the sun returned yesterday and we had what must be described as a glorious (Spring), day. I took my first photo of the Swedish Whitebeam, (Oxel in Swedish), back in May of 2005. In December that year someone asked me to join the A Photo A Week group which I did. I then thought I finished the tree project in December of 2006 when I posted my 52th photo, but boy was I wrong about that. But I'm glad that I continued the project.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Pier in February

The Pier
The pier in February. The ice on the Lower Lake at the Rudan nature reserve in Handen is thick enough to walk on, and I spotted a few people doing just that. The pier lay in shadow because of the low Winter sun.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Graffiti Rock

Wanna launch yourself into the lake? Name That Knot Graffiti Rock
Took a promenade at Nedre Rudasjön,(the Lower Lake), at the Rudan nature reserve today. Finally a day with a blue sky again. Although it wasn't as warm as the meteorologists had promised, I'm guessing around 2C. If you ever wanna launch yourself into the lake from a tree, (preferably during the Summer, not a good idea today as the lake is frozen), this is the place for you. During the warmer part of the year there's often a fire burning here and the kids will sit around the graffiti rock drinking beer and what have you.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Burning Calories

Burning Calories
Fact. I have never ever worked out at a gym. Or tried jogging on a treadmill. This is the SATS gym in Handen. If you want to you could spend 1000 of those coins I showed you yesterday every month here. Well that was an exaggeration as they have a deal for only 999SEK per month.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Tiny Coin

Tiny Coin
This coin will not buy you much. It is the new Swedish 1 SEK coin. Released last Autumn but it took me until this week until I got my hands on one. It sure is tiny, just under 20mm in diameter. It weighs 3,6 grams so it will be easy to displace I guess.

Friday, February 10, 2017

FSotY

FSotY
Do you find stuff when you are out and about? I do. For example, last summer I noticed a 500SEK note on the street. That was nice. A couple of days ago I spotted one (1), unused blue Nike sneaker at a pedestrian crossing. But that didn't do it for me. One hour later I found a pair of shades in the snow at Torvalla. I showed them off at the cafe, trying to impress the usual suspects. Not sure how well that worked. Later I googled the shades, hoping that they were very expensive of course. That wasn't the case. £3.99 at LIDL. FSotY means First Selfie of the Year.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Flerbostadshus

Flerbostadshus Swedish word of the day. Flerbostadshus. Multidwelling. Four L-shaped houses to be built here at Lillgården in Tungelsta. This is the same area that I showed you yesterday. To see all posts from this project press here.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Row House

Row House
Too cold for me at the moment. Not sure why as it was around 0C today and we had a blue sky for a few hours. This is an update from a while back. A new row house at Lillgården in Tungelsta. The first modular home of many to be build here by Turbinen. The yellow house that you can see in the background is known as Rosgården. It was once a real estate office. That was a little over a century ago when the first greenhouse nurseries opened for business in Tungelsta. Later one of the gardeners lived there.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Pastry Heaven

Pastry Heaven
It's not just that I am addicted to the mini-semla's that they serve at Malmens konditori in Handen, I also feel the need to document the pastry. Sure is tasty! I have eaten enjoyed ten already this year.