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Sweden meets Terror with Love

Should I write about this horrible thing that happened in Stockholm this Friday?
A city I lived in for eight years and know very well. I have walked that street many times, I have been just inside that shop-window that the truck crashed into. One of my favourite cafés is on Drotninggatan where the truck drove.drottninggatan-jpg

I read today that one of the casualties was 11 years old. She walked that street every day from school to the subway.
The authorities were extremely meticulous when identifying the dead and injured so her parents didn’t know if she was just missing or if it was worse, until Sunday.

The Swedish people met terror with love.polis-nalle-jpg

I am immensely proud of my fellow swedes! Since the subway and busses stopped running and the city was closed, lots of people had to walk home. The hashtag #openstockholm was created where people invited the affected to their homes if they were stranded or felt unsafe, and others helped drive people home.

The Royal Family and the Prime Minister showed their respect with flowers at the site.

This Saturday people were leaving flowers for the people involved, and also to the police to honour their work.
Police Car With flowers

And today, Sunday, there was a huge manifestation of love, where thousands of people came to support each other and feel united.DRkkdMg7RyL1f7AAkP_TcePRXVM

I wonder if I am one of those people who freezes in the face of danger or takes action. I will never know until it happens, hopefully I will never know.

Swedes Meet Terror With LoveHaving Aspergers is hard in a situation like this. I have trouble shielding myself from these sad horrible feelings, and it is leaving me exhausted. I can’t watch a news show about it, feel sad and then move on. It sits with me and fester. Its doing no one any good.
But in the shadow of this terrible event I feel only love towards my fellow human beings, and grief for those affected.

 

I guess I had to write about it.


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Through Sweden, With Spring

Since I feel a bit like crap, but contented crap, if there is such a thing, after hosting a fabulous birthday party for 15 people I love very much, as an aspie and introvert, that is a bit draining and I have mostly been sleeping since, I will share some of the pictures I took (mostly from the car) on our recent trip to Stockholm. Even though you can just barely see the spring arriving, it’s still beautiful.

Lovely weather on the way home there. Obviously these are non edited pictures taken with an Iphone, but still. I love to live in a country where there are lots of open spaces, countryside, fields, lakes, animals and forests.

Driving through swedenThe winter is so hard, so dark and so depressing this far north, but that makes the coming of spring so much bigger and such a huge miracle! The first tussilago = coltsfoot flowers along the roadsides are truly a thing to marvel about, to take pictures of and carefully pick one or two, but leave most for others to see. And then spring sort of slowly explode, plant by plant. I have so many spring-flowering plants in my garden because of this, lilac, rhododendron, and daffodils to name a few, spring is my favourite season, f**k the hay feever!


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Alingsås Cathedral

alingsas cathedralAfter visiting Västerås, which was a truly beautiful city, I have come to cherish my closest little town Alingsås more. Its way smaller than Västerås, and of course not even comparable to the cities I have lived in Gothenburg and Stockholm, which are magnificent in their own right. But Alingsås is the perfect size for a stroll, I know the centre well, it has tonnes of cafe´s and fun little store as well as the well-known chain stores that most of us has come to rely on. It feels great that this little gem of a town is my town now.

The Cathedral just happened to have this magical light on it, the lights on the trees made leafy shadows on the tower, but twilight had not gotten that dark yet, also the church was lit up from within, together making this image. Edited in Enlight and Prisma.img_3553

The we went around the corner and found this magnificent window, that I had never noticed before because I have never been around the cathedral at dusk when it was lit from within. I love how you can see the simple objects in the complexity of the stained and leaded glass. Also edited in Enlight and Prisma.img_3535

Original pictures. Taken with an iPhone 5s.


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5 Things About Me

Lets get cosy, and get to know each other a bit better. Oh, that sounded a bit creepy didn’t it. What I mean is that I’m going to share some things about me, and I would love it if some of you would share something about yourself in the comments. Here we go!

Five Things About Me1: I am Swedish. Was born in Gothenburg, the second biggest city in Sweden on the west coast. I moved to Stockholm, the capital, on the east coast for art school and ended up staying for eight years. My husband and I have now moved almost all the way back, we live in the forest in a little place called Tollered just a little bit east of Gothenburg.

o-EMPEROR-PENGUINS-facebook2: I have Aspergers syndrome, with ADD. I was diagnosed in my thirties, and it was a big relief to finally get to know what was “wrong”, everything has become way more clear since then. I do not see it as a disability at all, more like I have a perspective on life most people lack, which comes with some difficulties too of course. I see penguins (it’s a metaphor I promise) and if you want to know what I mean by that, watch this speech by Sarah Hendrickx. (And If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, which you should its great, the penguins are at about the 41 minute mark) If you wanna se funny penguins click here.

frontjewellery3: I have a Bachelor in contemporary Jewellery, but have also trained as more of a gold/silversmith, I even have some experience as a blacksmith, and university points in Art History/Art Science. I definitely plan on going back to jewellery soon, I am already making a space for all my jewellery stuff, though I have no idea where it will lead, somewhere interesting I imagine. (This is a piece from my Bachelor exhibition “To Remember and Dream”)

sheephugging4: Everything I know about wool; washing, carding, combing, dyeing, spinning, weaving and knitting is self-taught. I learned through books, YouTube, Craftsy classes, and the good old “just try it”. I was so tired of the whole jewellery scene after three intense years in art school that I turned around completely and tried something else. Which led to me running my own yarn dyeing company, Friday Studios, for a while.

IMG_82555: I am the proud mama of Billy and Ivar the Angora bunnies. Named after IKEA bookcases. I love animals, I feel I get a better connection with most animals that with most humans, they are simpler, they show what they mean and I get it, humans, not so much. Sadly I am allergic to mostly cats and dogs and to some extent to all furry animals, otherwise I would probably be known as the crazy cat lady by now. Anyway, wet got the bunnies as a way to have a fiber producing animal on a smaller scale. The thing is, they stole my heart! They were supposed to live outdoors on our deck, but I got so worried about them that they had to move in. Now they have their own room and run our household by being exceedingly cute. And thanks to my allergies I found out how wonderful rabbits are, they are such little characters!

I hope you liked this little insight into my life.


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