Sunday, August 24, 2014

Our kids and Grandkids visit us in Sweden

Arrival at Arlanda Airport
This post is long overdue.  Back in March, Matt and Lana with Amy and Emily came to visit us.  What a joy it was to have them with us for a few days.  They spent some time with us, then flew to England to visit old friends there, and then came back to stay with us for a few more days before returning to Tennessee.

This was a wonderful sight to see our family
At the Stockholm Temple

An absolute"must see" is the Wasa Warship museum.  In the 1600s this ship sunk in the harbor on its maiden voyage.  It was recovered in the 1950s and is amazing

Three of my Anchors

Sadly, while we visited the Wasa museum, some hoodlums broke into our van and stole my briefcase, power tools, and several keys to missionary apartments.  We had to change some locks on the apartments for security.

Changing of the guard at the Royal palace in Stockholm.

Elders came and showed Emily and Amy how to make deep-fried chocolate bars.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

DALA HÄST the symbol of Sweden

Everywhere you go in Sweden you find the little carved wooden horse, traditionally red in color, that is considered the symbol of Sweden.  They originated in the province of Dalarna, which translated means "The Valleys".  We recently travelled to a small village in Dalarna called Nusnäs, where there are two factories where hundreds of thousands of the Dala Hästar are manufactured every year.  Every tourist that comes to Sweden takes home at least one or two of these carved horses.
They are individually carved and hand painted

some fancy models are also available

dipped, sanded, dipped, painted

just a small sampling of the thousands of horses

The only pony she could ride here in Sweden

carving of a carver carving a carving
carving is a tradition in Nusnäs

some roosters and other animals are carved as well
No this one is not made of wood, but it certainly catches your attention as you drive into Dalarna