Tag: Winter

More mixed emotions about snow

So I went up north to see my parents. It seems like a long trip but you are still far south of the very centre of Sweden (which is said to be a place called Ytterhogdal in the region of Jämtland, quite far north). Still, their winters can be harsh. This one is a nasty one, with lots and lots of snow. As I’ve said earlier, I have a love/hate relationship with snow.
I’ve realised that the reason why I dislike snow and winter so much is mainly because I love nature – when it’s alive and in action. I love colours, flowers and plants that are in bloom. Green fields, forests, soft summer winds or even better, to feel the sun warm your shoulders while you enjoy a quiet natural panorama, and being able to go out without thinking about protecting yourself. And to see colour. And quiet green fields. And colour, haha.. In the winter I feel like a prisoner. One of the worst things in Sweden is that the winter is so very long.

However, winter and snow can be pretty of course. The region where my parents live is an incredibly beautiful area and I’m so proud to have my roots there.
This is Fryksås, certainly one of Sweden’s most beautiful places. Totally fabulous in the summer..

And in the winter…

Before I went there, they had temperatures like -20 C but it was quite mild while I was there. During the last day, it was a bit colder and quite windy, so when I took those photos, it was -7 and heavy winds. So incredibly cold for only -7!
I went for a quick visit to Stockholm and it started snowing there too. (NOT a good thing in a big city, believe me)

But can be pretty there too. And, I found a spot where you can take a picture of that famous Stockholm panorama! 🙂 Just choose a better season to do it…

Now I’m home, we have snow here too and wintry temperatures, today we’ve had nice winter weather if you’re into that kind of thing, but I’m .. done with winter now. Luckily, we have booked another trip to Ireland. We’re going there for St Patrick’s day, so after the January misery is over, time will fly!
So now I’d better continue posting my Ireland photos from the trip in August, because soon we’ll be there again!

Snow – I love it, I hate it

In recent years, our Christmas weather has been about the same as our Midsummer weather – about 10 degrees C and rain – and this year seems to follow that tradition. 😀

I have a love/hate relationship with snow. I really LOVE when it snows – but only while snow is actually falling, and only if it falls rather heavily. Afterwards I want it to disappear. Snow is too inconvenient, and it never stays pretty more than a day or two anyway.
Around the 10th of December, a snow loving friend was visiting, and we went out for a walk after some snow had fallen during the night. It it quite photogenic, I can’t deny that.

If we want a Christmas tree, we only need to stick the head outside the house, because this is our neighbour selling trees. 🙂

And a week later, we had a much more serious snowfall. Way too late – and dark – for good photos, but who can resist going out in this?

Now this is the closest I get:

And that’s not bad – hey, it’s colour!!! 🙂