Tinas challenge this week is to take us Around the Neighborhood. Your own, someone else’s or maybe from where you stayed on one of your travels. I have chosen our summer paradise in Blekinge, Sweden.
We have a tiny cottage there, where we spend some lovely summer weeks every year.
Our summer house is small, but the area is known for its big and beautiful old buildings.
The park, Ronneby Brunn, is a famous, prize winning beauty, but in the neighborhood you will also find old mansions – some abandoned- but their gardens are kept alive.
So, what more will you find here? Harmony…
and the sea. Quiet mornings you can take the canoe and paddle along the little stream reaching from the sea to a lake nearby.
Or, you can walk or bike along the country roads and listen to the birds singing and the cattle munching away. You will soon get used to the strange looks you get…
Blekinge is also renowned for its many old oak trees. This giant stands at Gökalv, where we spend much time hiking and watching the sunset. Estimated age – several hundred years old.
When dinner is finished, we walk or bike along the shore to see the horses and the swans showing off their young.
And when sunset is approaching, we return to Gökalv for the glorious ending of the day.
Maybe a final swim before going to bed – if it is a warm night…
The longest day of the year, darkness will never fall, so, we walk along the water line and listen to the swallows chasing mosquitos. Being grateful to just exist.
Thank you, Tina, for an inspiring challenge and the opportunity to visit so many neighborhoods around the world!
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I so enjoyed this post full of beautiful images …. what a superb place to live 🙂
Thank you! And yes, the summers here are lovely – I am grateful.
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Exploring this beautiful place thru your offering of photos and especially the magic of your words, I felt like I was there ~ Bellissimo ~
What a lovely comment – thank you very much for your kind words!
Oj så vackra bilder! 🙂
Tack! Blekinge är ju Sveriges trädgård, heter det!
The diversity of colors in comparison to my neighborhood are intriguing, Leya.
I’ve enjoyed my walk in your neighborhood. Thank youf ro sharing it with me.
I am happy to share it with you – and so glad you came along!
Wonderful, it looks so idyllic!
Well – looking at the photos it sometimes does, doesn’t it. And…I guess it is in many ways. At least a sunny day in summer –
Magnificent photos, Ann-Christine. It looks like beautiful neighborhood where the wildlife is still easy to find. I love your second photo, the one that shows the reflection of full-colored cottage.
Thank you so much – I love the animals as well as the plants out there. Some people are great as well ;-D
Moo. Neigh. Quack. (Translation: Beautiful!)
Thank you for the translation – I will further it to my neighbors.
Such a stunning and pitoresque place! Beautiful!
I am so glad you like it! It is typical Swedish summer.
Sweden is gorgeous! 🙂
😀 I am glad you like it up here! Thank you!
I suspect many more visits to come, haha. One of my best friends emigrated to Sweden years ago (her husband is Swedish). I hope to visit them this summer, if it all works out 😉
Friends are good to have – for so many reasons! Hope she has found her place here by now.
This does look beautiful.
Glad you like it – summer is the best time here!
Such a beautiful neighborhood. Do you ever go at other times of the year?
Thank you – we usually go some autumn days as well, and some days in May. But it is an old fisherman’s cottage and no insulation for winter temperatures.
Such a beautiful and tranquility place just to be!
”…just to be…” Well put, thank you. That is what happens out there – I am.
It looks idyllic! 🙂 🙂 Glorious photos, hon!
Beginning to long for it now…thanks!
So very lucky to live even for a short time each year in a place that has so much natural beauty. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Thank you for a lovely comment! I am grateful.
Superb photos. Sweden is so lovely in summer, and I haven’t been back in thirty years!
Time to go!
Looking at it – yes it is. It is good to see it from another perspective. Makes you even more grateful!
What a beautiful place 💕
Thank you – posting about it makes me see it again, and being grateful.
Enchanting photos. I want to live in all those places, lol.
😀 Come to Sweden!
We visited ten years ago – loved it.
😀 You could always come here again!
we would love that. My husband is Norwegian/ Swedish ancestry. He felt right at home.
I was wondering about your surname – now I understand!
Looks like a place full of peace and beauty.
Thank you – it is!
This is truly a wonderful place to be Ann-Christine. Is the first photo your small house? I could wander about there all day. I enjoyed being in your paradise 🙂
Thank you for a lovely comment – but no, my house is not in the gallery! I am so glad you enjoyed the tour!
I was so hoping it was your place
Sea, stream, lake and rural beauty.. it sounds a wonderful place to spend a summer holiday!
Thank you – it is! Arriving in May…
What a glorious place! A perfect spot to relax and rejuvenate! You are blessed to be able to spend time there.
I am…it is old and small, but enough for us! I love biking there.
Paradise, indeed!!! The views of the lake are breathtaking…
Thank you, Amy! Early mornings and late evenings – are lovely out there.
Omg these views 😍
Oh, what a spectacular place! And all yours, so to speak, whenever you wish for it. Let me tell you – if I didn’t know you, I’d say those cows were photoshopped in! Look at them! Proper adventurers! 😀 I don’t know much about cows but this somehow doesn’t seem their typical terrain. 😉
Hahaha- you are really funny, Manja! In Blekinge they always photoshop in their cows. Just to make the tourists feel the rural touch😉
My goodness! That is some amazing beauty! And it’s nice to see such a diversity of life! Your photos are spectacular and capture the magic of that place very well! I particularly like the bank of trees reflected in the water. I think I could float along there all day! Thank you!
Thank you for a lovely comment. I am glad if you can feel the harmony of the place.
This just looks like the perfect place to spend some peaceful summer days.
We feel lucky, thank you!
Oh my Ann-Christine, what a glorious place. One can feel the peacefulness from your beautiful images.
Thank you, Tina. And yes, it is a haven those summer weeks. Not too many tourists, only in Ronneby.
Oooh, thank you for taking me back to Bleckinge and Ronneby! And I remember that first image with the reflection….
Thank you, Sue! Yes, that is a museum now and very nicely renovated.
Very beautiful–does no one own the mansions that are empty?
Thank you! I think the state does, the former owners are dead and nobody wanted to/was able to buy. Some have been turned into museums.
That’s good. It would be too bad if they just get ruined due to neglect.
It would – and the gardens are possible to visit still.
Wow, your neighbourhood is amazing!
Thank you, yes, glad you love it too! I am lucky to have those summer weeks there!