Monthly Archives: October 2007

All Saint's Day

The Day of the Dead

At this time of year every Swedish church yard turns into a sea of light when Swedes commemorate their dearly departed, laying wreaths and lighting lanterns and candles on their graves. The Day of the Dead or as it’s more properly known All Saint’s Day is celebrated on the last weekend in October or the first weekend in November. The tradition, which became customary during the 1900s, has evolved from two different traditions: All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.

 

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Söderåsen National Park in autumn, view from Skäralid

We couldn’t have planned it

We couldn’t have asked for more even the weather cooperated. The much anticipated visit of my parents has now passed and I can honestly say it was better than I hoped. Almost prefect autumnal days gave a backdrop to the first visit of my parents to Alledal. It was a whirlwind tour of some of our favourite places in Skåne and it seemed to go down very well indeed.

 

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Blue Tit

Clear blue skies

The weather has been perfect far about the last week there has been a high sat over southern Sweden. The nights have been cold and clear, the days starting crisp with frost, then wonderful clear blue skies. Autumn marches on and the swathes of red and gold are now pronounced everywhere.

 

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Skäralid in Autumn

October

I think one of the joys we have lost being part of the technological age is that we no longer see the wonder in things. Today dawned frosty, with a skein of mist lingering by the river. It was just before sunrise and Venus and Saturn were sat like jewels upon the paws of Leo, the half-moon just giving enough light to add a monochromatic silhouette to everything. Moments like these are no longer as frequent as they were, in our busy lives we see them so seldom.
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