Valborg, or spring is officially here

Valborg was the only Swedish holiday I hadn’t properly celebrated until this year, when we decided to join the crowd at one of the designated places in Järfälla. The celebration started with looking for a place to park in an unusually full parking lot out in the countryside, continued with a coffee plus sandwich at the conveniently located cafe and a surprisingly entertaining dance show, then peaked when a camp fire was suddenly lit, and ended with an amazing sunset, which reminded me for the millionth time of how much I love the landscape of this country, and of course – fireworks.

The meaning of the Valborg celebration was still confusing to me, even after the event, as no one really explained its context. However, as a colleague explained to me later, it is a celebration of the coming of spring. (Wikipedia puts more effort into describing it – here.)

Here are some photos:

 

A walk in the woods

Ever since we moved ‘out in the woods’ we never cease to be amazed by the incredible views we’re witnessing; it’s absolutely amazing … I can’t believe we’ve lived as much as we did deep in the city when all this time we could have made a wiser move in all respects and live closer to nature.

These photos were taken during a walk by the Mälaren shore in the Viksjö area and in the nature reserve at Säby Gård.

Signs of spring

Here are some shots from last weekend; they’re from Görvälns Slott, Barkarby and Steninge… it’s so fulfilling to observe the first signs of spring, especially in these beautiful settings.

Once again, no editing … just nature at its best 🙂

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