Tag Archives: Scandinavia

Romancing the fear.

I will always love Scandinavia….Viking genes are there in my DNA, my ancestors settling in the West of Scotland and Northern Ireland, but it is that very spirit that calls to me now. The preparations are underway; so much to … Continue reading

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Träbåtens Dag!

Every year in Borka, the harbour is invaded by wooden boats (träbåten). This is a chance for everyone to come together and celebrate, summer and these beautiful traditional craft. Not only is it a festival of traditional wooden boats, but … Continue reading

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Happy Imbolc

This is traditionally the beginning of Spring for Pagans and Heathens in the northern hemisphere, so even if you are neither, I send greetings and blessings. The old seasonal celebrations were lunar-governed rather than stifled by the Mathematical, Church-influenced Gregorian … Continue reading

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Living for beauty…

Temperatures are dropping here as a huge high-pressure system sits on the northern Baltic Sea, bringing glorious, fresh, crispy clear days and plummeting temperatures by nightfall. The dark of the moon allows a dazzling canopy of stars, razor sharp in the … Continue reading

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The nights are drawing in…

Summer has ebbed away, leaving her ghosts flirting with memories, occasonal warm episodes all too soon laid to rest by gales ripping up the Jungfrukusten. It is hard to predict the weather from one day to the next, but the … Continue reading

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Here comes summer!

Better late than never I suppose, at least that is probably what most Swedish folk are feeling right now. I am genuinely happy for them and it has been pleasant to witness some of the high energy they put into … Continue reading

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On the reach to Mariehamn…

Sometimes the lack of a traditional summer weather regime can promise wonderful things for a sailor. With the heat often come long periods of still, windless days with only short episodes of sea breezes in the evening when the land … Continue reading

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