Tja Sverige!

We survived the move, managed to finish all the unpacking on Christmas day, and have stumbled upon Viking runestones pretty much in our backyard.

20141220_113218On our first walk through the surrounding countryside, this was the view that greeted us. I wasn’t really sure what that shiny yellow thing in the sky was considering it had been almost a month since we’d seen the sun in Finland, but in Sweden we’ve only had one cloudy day since we’ve been here! Feels miraculous for this time of the year. This photo also shows a tiny sliver of the cultural reserve our house backs onto. Here there are Bronze Age and Viking artifacts including the remnants of Viking settlements, a very old Viking cemetery and several runestones. We’ve only just began to explore this area!

20141220_120713This is our little house – an old-style wooden building in typical Scandinavian fashion replete with vegetable patch that leads into the forest.

On Christmas eve it started to snow and the world has been transformed…


The country lanes are now dusted with snow and it’s been so cold we’ve got frost on top of the snow turning the trees sparkling white in the sunshine. It’s all really quite spectacular and otherwordly.


The almost-noon sun spilling across the snow. Can’t even begin to describe how beautiful this was! And of course the most important member of our family is absolutely loving his new home. Lego kindly agreed to pause his exploration of the forest for a photo op.

P1030924All in all we’re extremely happy in our new home.

Now it’s time to learn some Svenska and get back into writing.

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  • Cat Hellisen

    wow, your new home looks like something out of a (dark and snowy and slightly creepy) fairy tale. I am extremely jealous.

    • Walking around those fields at night gets especially creepy 😉 You should come visit!!

  • Emma Adams

    Pretty 😀 Lucky you, having a white Christmas! Glad to hear you’re happy with your new home!

    • Yeah the snow was unexpected but very welcome. Thank you! 🙂

  • Yael_Itamar

    It looks beautiful!

  • Henna Rinne

    Hejsan! Du har ett vackert hus. Okay, language switch. My Swedish isn’t that good even though I had to study it for years in school. Your new house looks beautiful and the scenery is mysterious and pretty! Oh, the runestones and Viking cemetery sounds so intriguing and my historian heart is singing! Enjoy your new home och gott nytt Ã¥r 🙂

    • Tack sÃ¥ mycket 😉 I’ll post some more photos soon once we remember to take the camera on one of our walks to the runestones.

      Gott nytt år till dig också!

  • Jodi Leigh

    Your house is SO charming Suzanne, and picturesque…this is the kind of setting that would totally inspire me to write! (*even greener with jealousy*)

    Lego is such a cutie. I swear his face is saying “I love my new home but I wish I knew how to bark in Svenska.” 😉

    • Thank you – it is definitely inspiring a lot! Trying to keep up with all these SNIs and hoping I’ll have time to write some of them!

      Lego totally is and he knows it 😉