Category: The city

Modern times

Straight lines…

Under construction – soon to be finished.
Recently built!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

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Out in the deep, deep…

Originally posted on feb 5th, 2015 – but it’s the same this year. Almost no snow at all, and when some comes – it melts quickly again. Today, now – jan 24 2018, at 10:15 AM – the temperature here is +5,1 C. Very mild in other words, though not mild enough to feel like spring. Still winter-clothing on!

But the winter 2009 – 2010! 

… deep snow!
Not this winter though.

So far we have got very little snow, as I write this  – just a thin layer.
I’m glad! Snow makes the world brighter, and it can be very beautiful. But here on the west coast, it very quickly turns in to slippery ice. Snowing and freezing one day, melting the other, then freezing to ice again.
Hate to walk and bike under such circumstances.
Not to mention the blizzards…

But a couple of years ago, the winter 2009 – 2010, we got it all. A looooooong winter with loooooots of snow. Also the next winter was… very white… (understatement)

And now! – almost nothing.
But farther north in Sweden I hear there are a lot of snow, and since it’s just early in February anything can happen even here in the south.
But I hope not… nothing including tons of snow anyway…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth


and still a true statement…

 And I say...
- may the force take the so called 
"enhancements" on wp away again -

Museum piece

This building – and the entire quarter actually – can be seen at Fredriksdals Museum and Gardens here in Helsingborg. In this particular house there has been a Pharmacy, and not only for selling drugs but also to manufacture them.

It’s quite irritating though, I can’t find proper information on internet about these old buildings! Not even the Museums own site has anything to tell me about these old city quarters! And I can’t remember everything I once knew, and would like to tell you.

But at least I know that the different buildings in this quarter is built between 1700-1900, and I guess this particular one is from sometime around 1850. But I can be mistaken.

Besides the pharmacy, here are also the facilities of a dentist, a barber, several stores… and … and… may God protect me! – my memory is like a non-stick frying-pan!


I took this photo in early May, 2017 – and thanks to Pixlr I can make the image look as old as the building.


Here is what that page looks like (at the moment). Not particularly encouraging, uh… not even a header image like on the other pages. (Link on the picture at the bottom)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered

Wikipedia on The gardens – unfortunately not in english:   https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fredriksdal_museer_och_trädgårdar

and the rest is silence… my silence…

A point of view

From inside Sofiero Castle, Helsingborg. On the other side of the strait, you can see Denmark.
Quite a nice city to live in, Helsingborg! We’ve got it all! 😀 ❤

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layered

Stockholm á la Ninna

Leaving by train…

… but I’ll visit again

Back to my old self…

One image only – edited and colorfully playfully enhanced – and not many words… if any…

On my way home from downtown city a week ago, I walked uphill and through a rhododendron path – and on the top I found this. Scilla coloring the ground blue, and a tree with funny … hm… appearance. The shadows intrigued me and now with the iPad in my hands, and Pixlr opened – I couldn’t resist trying to make the image even more spooky than the original. The sun in the eyes, you know…

From above – and below

My town! In the midst of  – and the oldest part of it.

The (almost) original

I guess you know by now – I can’t resist colors.
And I certainly couldn’t resist to put roses in the sky

On the other side, behind my back that is,  we have the old tower. Kärnan. (The Core)

Built between 1310 and 1320.
The city itself is roughly 200 years older, but have roots from 800 – 1000.
While there were vikings lurking around the known world.

https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helsingborgs_historia
(sorry! This one is more dedicated to the history but isn’t translated into english.)
(and I refuse to do that)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helsingborg  (in english)

Yes! Color it was and color it is!

The close-UP! (LOL)

Slightly dreamy, ne c’ pas?
I really like this one!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop

Every road…

… leads to the Main City Library

Weekly Photo Challenge: The road taken

Browsing the city…

… inside that folder hidden in my photo library
… finding that I don’t have that many photos
taken from walkabouts in the city
… not at all as many as I could have had

if I only…
would do walkabouts in the city

but ifs never accomplish anything

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… but I like this image from february 2015…
a brisk day, I remember

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

A soft…

… lazy… sunday afternoon?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape

Icy cold, and beautiful

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Of course I’ve made something to this photo! Who do you think I am? I just can’t let it be, can I? O_o

This monday was a cold day. While I was having breakfast the thermometer showed -13,4 C (below zero). On Sunday the temperature had been dropping and late that evening snow started to fall. And kept on falling during the entire night.

At lunch it was stunningly beautiful! I went for a walk and it wasn’t as cold as in the morning any longer. And the temperature was slowly rising! (Well… can’t say it became warm though…) And I had to be really careful to where and how I put my feet.

Why?
Well! Melting soft snow and hard ice on the streets, become a dangerously messy and slippery mix. It doesn’t help much to strew sand on the sidewalks and biking paths. There are always spots that are pure ice. And on the streets it’s even worse. The friction heat that creates when cars at street corners pull in and then speed up again, makes crossing a street to an almost life threatening task.

But the next morning most of the snow and ice were gone! And it was raining…
So typically at this part of the country where I live! By the west-coast seaside. Changes! Changes! Can’t be boring, eey?
(It can)

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The original – just smaller >:D!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: TRIO

Coloring my world

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(it’s kind of finding “a way to the other side” as well…)

 

View from a window

27-juli-2010-Stockholm-city-1Stockholm. An evening in July 2010.
I was visiting my daughter and her husband in their recently bought apartment, and I had a couple of wonderful summer days.

The church on the big picture! I don’t know the name of it! Don’t live in Stockholm myself, you see. Just visiting once in a rarely while.
Linda probably told me. I probably forgot almost immediately.

I could guess though!
No…
I could google!
… the two towers might make that possible…

27_7-2010-utsikt-clearHögalidskyrkan… The church of Högalid… “the high slope”… “The Church on the way up to the top the High Hill”…

That’s a very logical name. I didn’t actually see that until I translated it into english. Even though I’m familiar with the old Swedish word “lid”, which is a very common ending of street names. A path up/down a hill! A slope!
Things you are very used to, you don’t always pay attention to.

It was very common further back in time, to name geographical issues like a village, an island et cetera, after specific occurrences in the environment. F.ex. if there was a creek, a high hill, a moor, or a bridge nearby.
Suffix or prefix could also language-wise come from other areas and countries. During the last 800-1000 years or so, the Swedish language have increasingly developed not only within the Germanic language family, but from many other realms as well. Latin, greek, hungarian. We mostly don’t even know any longer, where these particular words have come from. Unless one has specific interest in the history of languages of course.

But that is a slightly other story. Quite a big one though. And interesting!

On the whole, migrations and new settlements over big areas have undoubtedly influenced in many ways. Not only the language, but also culture, food, music… name it, you got it!
And we – we all kind of got a bit mixed up by that… O_o

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Daytime stroll

Well! Back to Stockholm 2010!

The photographer – me – is standing by (at?) a window in the part of our Capital city called “Söder” – “South” – (situated just south of Gamla stan – The Old Town), and this island is really a Hill! Quite steep! I remember the walkings from the Metro station up here…

Apropos Stockholm! The name! I think I know why it’s called that! (At least I can guess, can’t I!) 
The part “holm” must come from “holme” which means a small island
The part “stock” could refer to woodcut. Logs who had been transported floating down streams from the woods somewhere up north-west down to the East-sea for further transport to… well… somewhere. Buying and selling, you know! And building.

That could be true, or at least a part of the truth, but I think the word “stock” rather refer to the meaning of the verb “to congest”. And since “holm” means a small island, it suggests Stockholm consists of lots of islands! Cluttered together, parted by water…
And it does! Small islands and bigger island and lots of water! All this 
between the East-sea (Östersjön) and the big lake Mälaren, also with lots of islands, peninsulas, coves… (have absolutely no idea how to translate that name. You just have to take it as it is…)

“Gamla stan” – the Old city – is a fairly small island in the middle of everything, and the very first population settled there. Very strategically! Sheltered by water on each side, benefitting from fishing, trading, by boats reaching to any coast they wanted! Even for concurring…
And then the town grow into a city over the centuries. S
uccessively more and more nearby islands were inhabited, and today Stockholm is a fairly big city. Not huge! Fairly big!

I might be wrong about all this – except for walking up the hill… and for the language part…
What do I know…
It’s early saturday morning and I haven’t slept well, so what do you expect of me? (just kidding)

Anyway! Stockholm is stunningly beautiful! That I do know!
And so you can correct what I may have said wrongly, here is a link to Wikipedia/Stockholm/history.

27_7-2010-utsikt-clearWeekly Photo Challenge: Vivid

Way back when…

Eiii….
… just some 9 or 10 weeks ago. Mid day…
Probably everyone is having lunch somewhere… or this is a very small town… or both…

Yeah! Both!
And now the trees are green, and flowers blossom. Summer IS on its way! I sure do hope…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: On the way

Cherries on a blue day

Went for a walk this morning. And since I still have the camera I borrowed from church, I thought it would be a good idea to take some photos of my own as well, now when I had the chance to do so. It was a bit chilly outdoors, but oh how beautiful!

Just having some fun…

should have done – something else
do the dishes – for example
but tired laid-back ‘n bone-idle
and in need of chocolate

browsing photo folders
duplicates into the waste bin
contemplating over – this and that
having fun – in a cosy silent way

Good night! Sleep tight!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate

On a clear day…

… you can see forever…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Blur

The night the spring arrived…

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It’s raining!

And I just decided to look at it in a more colorful way…

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just sayin’

a bit bored…
waiting…
for the printer…

have been working on a broschyr lately,
twelve pages – size A5 – InDesign,
been doing the layout…
adding pictures… information… texts…
actually been writing a short text of my own…
deadline – about now

and the wireless can’t reach the printer!
at least 100 broschyrs must be ready tomorrow morning…

so for the time being I’m waiting…
browsing my photos…
drinking coffee..
being bored…

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and upon all this, I see that wordpress still is making changes. These last ones must as much as I can take. No! More than I can take! And behind the screen, so to speak, it looks more and more like wordpress.org, which I hated from the first moment I saw it a couple of years ago.

Time to change from wordpress into something else???
The fun of blogging has ….. been dropping dramatically.
It’s just you, all you wonderful people out there, who still keeps me here.