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We are now busy getting everything in order for the Big Garden Party festival. Weeding, watering, cleaning, baking, buying stuff, planning and putting into action all the crazy ideas for a fun time this coming saturday 22 july. 



Everyone we know and/or know us are welcome!!!!

I had a big birthday party the other day. I might as well say it – I ‘m 70 now. 


And feeling pretty good. 

The presents I got were mostly trees, bushes and plants. But the biggest and most impressive was this;


brought in by tractor by the farmer here –  a present from Magnus Eriksson and his family. 


A found object from some corner of this farm. 


A fantastic work of art formed by volcanos and carved by glaciers. 

I sold almost all of the jack o lantern pumpkins today at the market. Thank goodness there were a few left when the pumpkin carvers came for a visit. 


Happy All Saints Day! 

In Sweden it’s on monday/tuesday and the following weekend to make things very confusing, but great for partying all week. 

We took a trip to see another garden a couple hours north of here in Ockelbo – Wij Gardens – famous for the northern aspect of it’s ‘Forest Garden’, a long rectangular show garden at the entrance. It uses material and plants from the area like fir, pine, birch and spruce trees, bog plants and local plants and weeds, as well as stones, iron and timber from the vicinity.

Birch in the forest garden
Ockelbo is famous for it’s iron works. 
A bog in an iron ‘pool’
Sitting stones
A stonewall in rebar net
Fixing up
Stone flow
The pine alle
There is much more happening and a lot more to see here at Wij Gardens like the rose garden, the horticulture school, the estate buildings, the old iron works, the kitchen gardens, the pedagogical garden for kids, the restaurant and more. But those are other stories. 

Now it’s already the day after. It was better than ever, more of everything and the weather was great too. Here are some pictures. 

Lots of friends

Food

Vegetarian chili

African dance

A top for the dome

The art tent
Music

Me and my kites

In the art tent – DIY and interactive video art

Era Isabell

A night trail in day glow

Breakfast after a long night. 

Finishing touches






More getting ready. 

The Tipi looks majestic. 


The weeding is never done, but I’m always trying. 


We finaly got the roof on the new shed. It took a team of six to figure out the angles etc. 


The food tent is up. 


And still there’s lots more to do before the big garden party tomorrow. 

It looks like the weather will be great. 

Today and tomorrow is the annual mothers day (swedish mothers day – Morsdag) market at Djurbygård where we live. The coffee and cake buffet is the main atraction. There is also a flea market, as well as plants and our homemade lactic fermented foods for sale. 

We were invited to visit some friends on the island of Gotland off the east coast of Sweden. 

It’s very beautiful and different here. Now for a few pictures. 

More friends 

Hassel and oak meadows kept open with traditional methods.   
A low flying bird house 

An old building style   

Stone walls all over the place
  


  

I love stones and stonework.  

  
  

Ands posts   
 

A flat landscape and the Baltic Sea

And there is a different kind of dirt  here – a sandy loam 

   

A coating of tar paint should lengthen the life span. I love the smell of it too. 

 
The next one too.  

100% wood tar.