Are you one of those who love things weathered or worn? I am. I love driftwood, old houses, old furniture, toys, the grey cottages up north – things with patina. Clothes with a story – leather jackets, jeans. And people? Only your fantasy sets the limit!
This week’s challenge is Weathered and/or Worn.
The other day I was driving along the familiar road between my home and Malmoe, and as usual passed the old Distillery. Every time I wonder why I do not take the time to stop the car and walk up to the old historic buildings…This time, I finally decided to return the next day – with my camera. And I was not disappointed. As usual, click to enlarge.
These are the weathered remains of one of the oldest Swedish distilleries – Sösdala Distillery, built 1860. The same year that Vladivostok was founded and Abraham Lincoln was elected president.
And most important for this distillery, home distillation of alcohol was forbidden in Sweden.
History in short says, that in 1766 the Swedish king, Adolf Frederick, decided to abolish all alcohol restrictions. This led to virtually every household making and selling alcohol. At the beginning of the 1800s, the Swedish people were drinking a lot of alcohol, from 175,000 distillers (most of them for household-production only), using tremendous amounts of grain and potatoes that otherwise would have been consumed as food, and it was later said that most men in Sweden abused alcohol. Women rarely drank alcohol, since it was considered inappropriate.
In 1830, the first moderate drinking society was started in Stockholm. A few decades later, the first fully-fledged temperence organisation was formed, and in 1850, alcohol began to be regulated by the state. Sösdala distillery was shut down in 1950.
It was forbidden to go inside, but I walked over the open space and up to the old buildings. Some of them weathered and some worn down to dilapidation. But all of them blending in with the surroundings, and being slowly and beautifully reclaimed by nature. The stillness in the air, the soft song of birds and the calls from cranes flying north this spring morning – made this a walk of harmony.
Welcome to the challenge! – We are so looking forward to seeing your inspirational photos and thoughts! Also, Be sure to tag your post with Lens-Artists so that others can find you in the Reader.
Before you go – We say thank you to all contributors of interesting ”history lessons”, and to Patti for hosting the History challenge.
Have an inspiring week!
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Leya, what an enjoyable read and your photos are absolutely beautiful. Thank you!
Thank you for commenting too. Glad you enjoyed the history as well!
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Thank you, Susan!
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Where do I start . What a great post! So interesting .. 175,000 distillers wow! I too love old things, and these photos are fabulous!!
A lovely comment to start my Saturday! Thank you – and wishing you a lovely weekend.
And a lovely weekend to you .. 🙂
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Ann Christine, I really enjoyed following your picturesque journey as you explored the old Swedish distillery – Sösdala Distillery. Your topic of Worn/Weathered took me in a different direction and hopefuly you will enjoy these images: https://mycolorfulexpressions.com/worn-and-or-weathered-lens-artists-photo-challenge/
Thank you so much, Sylvia – only wish I could have gone inside as well! But now I want to see what you have found for us!
Your study of the old distillery, and the history lesson are wonderful, Leya! Thank you for this challenge. https://lindylecoq.com/2019/03/29/lens-artist-photo-challenge-38-weathered-or-worn/
Thank you for a lovely comment – and I am so glad you found the challenge interesting!
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Thanks for joining in the challenge!
When I saw this topic, I knew I wanted to feature this cemetery, even if this was a hard post for me to write: https://wp.me/p2owKx-18q
So, thank you, this was indeed a challenge for me.
I am glad you mastered to write this and meet your challenge. Good words and photos for us all to remember. Thank you, Amy.
Thank you, for hosting 🙂
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No. 38 already! It’s been a huge success, this challenge, Ann-Christine, and much is due to your imaginative interpretations, and beautiful photography. 🙂 🙂 Is the abolition of alcohol connected with the high prices charged in Sweden?
Thank you for a lovely comment, Jo! You are very kind. And yes – prices are high so that we will not buy too much…
The temptations here are terrible! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Must be why I smile a lot!
;-D Then I suggest you keep on falling for those temptations!
Better late than never: https://fairplay740.wordpress.com/2019/03/28/lens-artists-challenge-38-weathered-or-worn/
Yay – and better weathered and worn than not here at all!
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Thank you again for hosting the challenge! I’m sharing a magical place where a maze of tree tunnels hides and protects the old fishing village of Bise on the island of Okinawa. https://soanuthatch.com/2019/03/27/tree-tunnels-of-bise-village/
Sounds really magical! Thank you for joining in!
Well here’s my addition to the challenge.. https://smallcaradventures.com/2019/03/27/lens-artists-photo-challenge-weathered-and-worn/
Thank you for joining in the fun!
You’re welcome 😀
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Finally have gotten around to do a post Ann-Christine
And i am happy to pop over for it!
Thank you 🙂
Oh, how wonderful! You are going to have to take me there, A C!! Here’s mine, very very late: https://suejudd.com/2019/04/03/lens-artists-photo-challenge-38-weathered-or-worn/
Haha – well, if it is still standing!
Well, better not leave it too long then!
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Here is my end of the road. Your lovely photos reminded me of mine that waited a year to be posted. Great excuse.
Hi Manja – thank you for the excuse arriving!
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Love weathered wood! Great clicks…Here’s mine – https://myheart2heart.blog/2019/03/26/from-my-grannys-kitchen/
So glad you loved them – and thank you for joining in the fun!
Mmm – me too!
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There is nothing like old buildings to enjoy. Loved the photos. https://talesfrommylens.net/2019/03/25/a-little-break-did-not-hurt/
So glad you enjoyed them! I quite agree about old buildings. I will pop over!
Fascinating post. Love the photos and the history about drinking. Coca-Cola was marketed in 1906 as The Great National Temperance Beverage.
I took a different approach to weathered. My ping back doesn’t appear to have worked so here is the link. https://3rsofretirement.com/2019/03/25/growing-old/
Thank you, Marie! And thanks for the information about Coca-Cola – that, I had never heard of!
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What great photos you have for weathered.
Here is my entry this week.
Glad you like them, Cee! Thank you for joining in!
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A wonderful theme with many possibilities! I love the way nature moves back in to beautify what man has left behind.
Yes – nature hopefully conquers us all! Thank you!
You are welcome.
your images look like they have been distilled in oak barrels – beautiful tones. History of alcohol has similar pattern here in the UK, with the Gin craze of the mid eighteenth century
So we have quite a similar alcohol history then. I must admit I had never heard of the Gin craze. I guess some hundred years ago things were more tough to survive. Much hard work and misery – no wonder they tried to forget about it with the help of alcoholic fogs. What a poetic and beautiful description of the images! Thank you very much, Laura.
Beautiful images Ann-Christine and I love it when nature reclaims abandoned buildings. Our contribution includes some old WWII defences that are sinking into the sands: https://whippetwisdom.com/2019/03/25/haiku-swallow-song/
So glad you like it, and love it too, Xenia! Thank you for joining in!
My pleasure Ann-Christine! 🙂💖🙋♀️ xxx
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Love the story that goes with the ‘Worn’ images….great building 🙂
Thank you, David – quite fascinating about life here some hundred years ago.
Interesting theme and wonderful examples Anne-Christine.
Thank you, my friend!
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Your shots feel quite rural and forgotten in a way.
I wonder how old the structures are as they’re still standing quite well.
Here’s my shot for the challenge:
Thank you for your comment – and for joining in!
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Here’s my contribution,
Thanks for joining in the fun!
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Great post and an idea for a challenge. Those photo’s are great too – what an interesting looking building.
Thank you – glad you found it interesting!
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Oh, yes, I am definitely one of those who love things weathered or worn! Love the dilapidated buildings here Ann-Christine and the history. I am so glad you got closer. The last image with the catkins is wonderful. I shall have a very old and well worn door for you tomorrow 🙂
Yay, happy you are one of those too! And doors can be very, very beautifully weathered and worn. Looking forward to your entry!
I don’t see my pingback. Just in case something went wrong, the link to my entry is here https://anotherglobaleater.wordpress.com/2018/09/11/salt-wind-and-stone/
Thank you again! Sometimes it might not work as it should!
Beautiful photos of a wonderfully aged structure. These old buildings are so charming, and the stories of alcohol and Sweden are something I really like to collect.
So glad it resonated with you! And the stories behind as well!
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Thanks for the lesson in history!
You are welcome!
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Pity that beautify old place should be left to go to ruin! I’d love to restore it and live there… and make beer!
Great post… I think I shall join in! 😉
Haha, well, I love beer, but restoring this place to make it myself…I don’t think I would manage it! You are very welcome to join in – looking forward to it😉
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Loved your photos and your story this week Ann-Christine. The images really speak to the passage of time. Can’t imagine you passing it by!!
Thank you, Tina – neither can I…My only explanation is that the factory is situated on a very heavily trafficked road between two busy cities. Not easy to find ones way out to it from all the traffic.
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Love the theme! Perfect for an archaeology related post 🙂 https://aliveandtrekking.com/2019/03/24/forum-romanum/
Great! Glad you love it!
Hi Ann-Christine, here is my contribution for this nice challenge and the link
Here where I live in Berlin still a lot of abandoned places with a special fascination. But going inside always more exciting. Have a nice day! Ulli
Thank you for joining in! And yes, going inside is usually well worth it – if it is possible.
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Fascinating history and photos.
Thank you, Mandy. So much we learn from searching facts about the photos.
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what a cool place for a photo shoot. I bet this distillery was hopping and bustling during its prime time.
and quick question for you – I heard that in Sweden some folks are getting the chip under their skin – for I.D.
Do you have one or do you think you would get one (just curious because it was on the radio and when i heard Sweden I thought of you)
A Chip? I wouldn’t want one even if I was offered one. That’s what we do to our pets!
And yes, a cool place – sorry I did not stop there some years ago when it might have been allowed to step inside!
thanks for the reply….
and i do not want a chip either – at least not quite yet
Maybe later…turning you into an Ai…
hahah – scary to think about
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I love abandoned buildings and you’ve captured these so well, Ann-Christine.
Glad you liked them, Jane – and so glad I finally decided to stop for a visit.
I love the idea of these buildings being reclaimed by the land. I really see that through your photos – with those shots of the moss-covered roof and various views through the grasses. And such a nice description of the harmonious feel of the place! I, too, would never have considered the connection between food and alcohol production. Interesting! And thank you so much for your shout-out from last week’s challenge. That is so kind and so generous and I truly appreciate you! I was outside today among this crazy rocky landscape of New Mexico and got some inspiration for this week’s challenge. So I’ll be back!!!
Mmm, thank you for your kind words – my Sunday already feels good! Welcome with your post – looking forward to it!
Nice challenge, Ann Christine! Great history in your post. Thank you!
I am glad it resonated with you!
This weathered buildings are beautiful via your lens, A-C. Thank you for the historic information.
Thank you, Amy, glad you like them! I always wish that old people would be loved for getting old as well. Maybe that is why I like weathered and worn things? As to the history of the place, I find it rather interesting. I did not know alcoholic beverages were that common in Sweden back then. Fortunately it has changed.
I love your photos. Here’s my response to the challenge – https://beinginnatureblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/24/weathered-and-worn/
Thank you kindly, dear Suzanne – I’m off to yours!
Still beautiful even in decay. The history was fascinating to read too.
I am glad you liked the post. Some new facts to me too.
Thank you very much.
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Very photogenic building and your photos are wonderful! I’ve put together a few photos at https://exploringcolour.wordpress.com/2019/03/24/weathered-or-worn/
Thank you so much for your positive comment! I never thought of it as a photogenic building, but maybe you are right.
I really like that type of old building. Here we have a few old breweries and hop kilns that have a certain charm.
Are they still in use?
Not usually. Speights Brewery in Dunedin is, it’s been going since 1876. I haven’t done the tour (now I think I should). Seems they have an old brewery and a new one and you tour both, see https://www.dunedinnz.com/meet/conference-venues/event-services/speights Nigel’s reminded me kilns down here are old lime kilns duh – I’ve seen hop kilns in the Nelson region.
Thank you for the link too!
Love old buildings like these, and this one has so much character.
Then there are at least two of us! They are hard to resist, the old weathered buildings, but it took at least 5-10 years before I stopped the car for this one…I bet you have lots in Ireland as well!
We certainly do, mainly old houses
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A beautiful post, AC with some great historical details too. I did not realize that temperance had an impact on food consumption and availability. Fascinating. Your shots have great lighting and texture.
Thank you, Patti! I must agree, I had never though about the connection to food consumption and availability either. It is fascinating what a simple decision to stop the car and photograph these weathered buildings brought in of new knowledge. And that is only one of the good things with being curious.
How interesting! I wonder what the Finnish history of alcohol is. Incredible that most Swedish men were abusing it, well it’s quite addictive so it’s no wonder. Poor women, having to put up with that. Also interesting to imagine life into your weathered photos. I imagine them wearing clothes similar to Abraham Lincoln’s (now that you mentioned him, he’s in my head) and working so busily around that tiny distillery, which probably didn’t seem tiny at all back then
I wonder about the Finnish history too. In Sweden there is a saying about the Finnish alcohol consumption being much higher than in Sweden – would love some facts on that! It might be the same saying in Finland about Sweden – you never know. And about the tininess, yes, it probably was not that tiny back then. And people were smaller!
Finns (the older generations) do drink a lot, and not in a civilized manner. Which is why I never liked it here. There are certain areas of Helsinki I actively avoid because they are too depressing (drunks everywhere – continuous mass unemployment doesn’t help. Still somehow we are the happiest nation, heheh, those researchers have probably never spoken to a real live Finn!)
Haha…well, researchers often rely on statistics only…
Here is my entry: https://chava61.wordpress.com/2019/03/23/lens-artists-photo-challenge-38-weathered-worn/
Thank you – I will pop over to you.
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A great history lesson thrown in among the beautiful photos. Temperance was a big deal in the US, I learned (while working at the living history museum), especially for women. I hadn’t thought about the resources being used for alcohol instead of food. The US had much greater resources for food production, naturally. But the effect of domestic abuse on women and children due to alcohol consumption was behind the temperance and suffrage movement.
It is an interesting thing, the story of alcoholic beverages and everything that follows. I guess we had about the same reasons here. I read that so many business owners were complaining about their employees being drunk, that home distilling was banned. Domestic abuse might have been the same here too, but I did not know it was behind the suffrage movement.