Archive for the ‘Jämtland (County)’ Category

Just got back from the city after a couple of days of work (slept on a mattress on the bedroom floor in the old place). Everything is white as the snow falls rather violently right now. Visibility low. I guess I will have my work cut out for me tomorrow. Still, I will enjoy a day off and then it is three days in the city again.

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I decided very early on that the kitchen in my new man cave was going to be dedicated to the past, and so it is as I have put my classic old school magazine collection (basically stuff from the last full century!) in there for easy access. Yesterday, I added a new bar table (from Midori) in there, and the first of two bar stools (the second is incoming). Just a nice little corner to grab a quick breakfast or a snack, and the option is that you have a nice reading table to check out that priceless (well, it is to me) collection.

If I have people over for dinner, I will ask them to join me upstairs and serve it with the stunning mountain view I have here overlooking the water below my property. So I can afford to be a bit eccentric in the kitchen. To me, it just works and that is all I care about really.

And yeah, I have some cookbooks in there as well, covering pretty much anything you can think of. But the bottom line is, seeing old magazine covers with Agnetha Fältskog (of ABBA fame), Raquel Welch and Jane Fonda whenever you pop in there just adds to the overall quality of life. How could it not?

(Thank you Kalle for your support)

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Shovelling snow every other day these days. Takes about 10-15 minutes and at the moment I have one pile that reaches my chest (took this snapshot earlier today from my kitchen window). I think it could get far worse though. Oh well, I knew it was coming when I bought the house.

Took a couple of quick snapshots of some outdoors art yesterday (it was freezing cold so I did not make too much of an effort, but I have thought about doing this for a while), located on a street called Fagerbacken in Östersund (Jämtland County). I see it quite often in my daily life and I think it is pretty neat.

Imagine having this on display around Christmas in your front yard? You would be the king in your neighborhood.

Closeby you have this colourful monstrosity of Soviet style art near the Volvo store. I always wondered about this, like who the hell thought it was a good idea to take it in that particular direction? Still, pretty powerful look in a dystopian kind of way.

(Added info – the art is by Bengt Lindström and it is called “Tors hammare”, or “Thor´s Hammer” – I think some runes would have been a good idea…)

More to come, I just need to get a few good shots of a very interesting piece of art on the same street…

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Well I have some good news since it is now official that Swedish rockers Velvet Insane is to release their self titled debut album in late February (22 in these parts). It will be available on Vinyl, which is a good thing. Friends of this blog will know that I have mentioned these chaps before (they are from my neck of the woods after all), and I did publish an interview with Jesper Lindgren a while back.

Good luck.

Took this snapshot of the Old Church in Stugun (Jämtland County) yesterday. It is located close to my new place and I pretty much see it on a daily basis when I am in the neighborhood. It was built close to the water by Pål Persson 1785-1786. History buffs will always find items of interest in the old churches of Sweden, loads of memorabilia from the old wars etc. In this church you have an item that celebrates the victory at the Battle of Narva in 1700. Got to love that.

Here is an old postcard that I spotted on an auction site a while back. Looks like it could be from around 1930-1950. It is interesting to compare the shots. If somebody out there knows more about the postcard, please leave a comment.

Got up early this morning to get some stuff done around the house. Took this snapshot at about nine o´clock through a window. I have to say that this view is something else, I consider myself lucky to have it. Crazy busy with work and I have to say that I look forward to January.