Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Return To Sweden, Part 10

This 10th installment update submitted by David Anderson includes; a close encounter with a Moose, a visit to Sweden's first Eco-museum, and Hedemora parish.
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June 10, 2014, Tuesday

This is my fourth trip to Sweden, while it is my sister’s first trip.  During the initial stages of trip planning I let our hosts, Inger Mattsson and Jonne Lindroth know some of the places and things I thought were important for Debbie to experience.  They came thru amazingly on planning, and keeping secret, an itinerary.  The weather would determine our ultimate itinerary they reasoned.  As it turned out the weather was fantabulous, with highs in the mid-70s and as high as 80F.  The sun shone. 

Since Debbie is a nurse, and one of Inger’s daughter is a Doctor, one of the activities they proposed was visiting the medical clinic at Långshyttan.  They reasoned Debbie would be interested in seeing how an efficiently run medical clinic in Sweden is run.  Unfortunately not all appear to be as efficient.  Debbie was excited about visiting the clinic when she found out about one of the surprises we had planned.

After the clinic we have to go to a nearby moose farm and see Elvis the moose up close and in person.  They have amazingly oily skin, and are really really tall animals, but that have evolved to easily maneuver in wet forest environments.  Elvis is generally a mild mannered guy, except in the fall during rutting season.

Elvis the moose loves tender Birch leaves.
Långshyttan is on Husbyringen , which is Sweden’s first Eco-museum.  It is a 60 kilometer long trail that showcases several historic spots connected with two of Sweden’s more famous inventors: Christoffe Polhem and Gustav de Laval.  Among other things Polhem produced a well-run wind up clock, while de Laval is known for a milk separator.   Stjärnsund is currently an artsy-new agey place that really is worth visiting.  It is an interesting place.  The old mill is now used as a concert venue.  Here worker’s housing was reasonable sized and was progressive for the time.  There is always time for fika, and enjoying it on the porch of the manor house was great.


Our grandfather was born in Hedemora parish so a trip to Hedemora town was in order.  After lunch and a trip to the book shop we walked around the old section of town.  I have to visit the local book shop to see what books on local history are available.  Unfortunately there weren’t very any of interest – unlike last time when I found several that now reside in my personal library.

There are several epitafiums in the church which date back to the 17th century.   They are fascinating to look at, as is a wood door that was used in the church before it became a stone church, many years ago.

Detail of an epitafium, dating to late 17th Century, Hedemora Church.
I have a collection of old postcards from the various parishes my ancestors came from.  One of them is of Höka Torget from before 1907 on a busy market day.  It has changed significantly.

Believe it or not the two photos are of the same area, looking in the same general direction.  Unfortunately I am closer to the chains than the original photo.  This is the best scan I have on my laptop...  original card is in Portland.


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