Much has happened in the past weeks since my last blog post. If I were to write about it all I would be here all day…so pictures are going to tell the tale this time. Some highlights include: visiting Per Alnaeus, a wonderful blacksmith a little south of here; stacking the winter’s firewood; forging some items for the gift shop at Gränsfors; and recently, completing the 8 day tool making course at Gränsfors.
I am settling in more and more here, although the moment I start to get comfortable, something wonderful comes along and reminds me that this is a special place. One such moment was this last Saturday evening, when we were enjoying a sauna after teaching for the day. As we sat on the dock after the first plunge in the lake, the full moon came up over the water, heavy and yellow, crisp around the edges. As we sat watching, the lights of candles and fires appeared all around the lake, twinkling like our own constellation of orange, terrestrial stars. It was Ljusnatt, a celebration of the end of the summer and the coming darkness. There is such a peacefulness here, a warmth of character and quiet in the air. Each day seems better than the last.
The future is still a mystery, but that is just as it should be. Be well and stay happy!