151012 Stötta Sten - Support the rock

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 There are also a bench to sit and rest on after supporting the rock.

Stötta Sten
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This is a large rock that was moved by the ice long ago. It is located about 20 km north of  my city. It stands with only a small area on the ground. And of course there are a lot of sagas attached to it. It is said that a giant was throwing it at the Flodafors church built at the side of the map above. He did not like the sound of the church bells. Well, he did not hit the church, the rock landed in the forest.
As the rock stands the way it does there is risk for it to roll away. That is why every visitor has to put a branch up to support it.

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150929 Trolle Träsk Ruin

Trolle Träsk Ruin 

Today I finally visited the ruins of Trolle Träsk, which means "Troll marshes". I have seen glimpses of it many times when I was out paddling but never visited it. Now I finally got there. 

I had to walk a narrow path through a wet forest to get there. I could have been better off with a pair of rubber boats but I managed. It was only 500 m to walk through the forest. One part on a boardwalk. The remains was much larger then I had expected and very beautiful. There are a sign at the end of the post. 

Quote from the signs:  "The ruin at Trolleträsk is the remains of a medieval so called cellar-(night)-house which was used as supplementary sleeping quarters to the main building - probably the predecessor of the nearby manor-house Stora Djulö - as well as a hall.

The ground-plan is a rectangle with two wings. The main building had probably one single room lit by six narrow windows. When the ruin was investigated in 1938 several joints were found on top of the walls, which indicates that the building originally had a wooden upper storey. "

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Trolleträsk ruin
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150710 Säfstaholms castle

Säfstaholms castle 150710

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Säfstaholms castle with the statue "Vingåkersdansen" by Marita Norin in front of it.

Cool trees

Probably a small outdoor theater

The garden of Säfstaholms castle
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This castle is not too far from home. But this was the first time I visited it. I did not go inside but the garden was great. Some very cool trees and fountains. And of course some waterlilies. Places like this always have I have noticed.

Read more about it on wiki  Säfstaholms Slott,
it is in Swedish, but there are always GOOGLE translate :)

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150906 Celebrating the people of Vrå

150906  Celebrating the people of Vrå
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My neighbour wearing a local female dress from 6000 years ago

A male dress

Californian children learns the craft of making pottery in the rain

Old tools

Still raining. The fire needed big trunks to burn

The "kitchen". Salmon on the menu

Bows and arrows at the largest hut.

A badger and a sleeping hide

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This is a place about 20 km outside Katrineholm where I live. They found the remains of an old settlement and a group of people built this village from what was known about the area and period of time, approx 6000 years ago.

Despite of the rainy day many people visited. One family came all the way from California.

Föreningen Vrå-folket 

   Vrå-folket on wiki  The following is a translation with help from GOOGLE translate:
Vrå or Vråkeramik is a tidigneolitisk collection of settlements in Södermanland. Sometimes counted culture to ("trattbägarkeramik") funnel goblet pottery.

In 1935, regained Stone Florin a settlement at the croft little corner, in Stora Malm parish east of Katrineholm in Södermanland. The settlement had rectangular foundations of stone and stone tools, malstenar and potsherds. The literature also talks about Vrå pottery. The earliest pottery (funnel cups) were found in the settlement at Mogetorp, Stora Malm parish, just west of Katrineholm. The vessels have laces and seal impressions and round bottoms. They are made of clay with magring (?) free of lime of crushed granite.

Mogetorps habitation is high at Littorina highest boundary. The bone material is almost decomposed. In the little corner also has bone material is partially decomposed, but it has been able to draw conclusions that the Stone Age population there made a living by fishing, hunting, ranching and farming. The ceramics This is in comparison with Mogetorp richer and more varied decor. The color of the vessels are not from greyish to dark gray, but from greyish to brownish yellow.

Settlement at Brokvarn in Turinge west of Sodertalje representing the youngest phase in Vrå. Ceramics have flat bottoms and recalls pit pottery. Sometimes the mouth brink equipped with finger and nail impressions. The color of the vessels is from yellowish brown to grayish brown.

Even at Malma heath in Malmköping found a settlement related Vrå.


Hjälmaren Canal and lock

Hjälmare Kanal och sluss vid Hällby
 Hjälmaren Canal and locks at Hällby

Lake Hjälmaren and Lake Mälaren are two of the largest lakes in Sweden. This is a 13 kilometres long canal that connects Lake Hjälmaren with Lake Mälaren in Sweden. 9 canal locks lower the boats 22 metres down to Lake Mälaren. Lake Hjälmaren is located about 30 km north of where I live. When I was a kid we had a summer cottage there.

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Bridge at Sundbacken, Värhulta

Hällby Mill where the canal passes a small lake
I was so taken by the beauty of the growth on the poles I forgot to take photos of the old mill.

Hällby Lock with my friend on top in a red jacket.

Hjälmare Docka, close to Arboga town, where the boats are stored in winter.
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And, of course, I had some fun :)

Hjälmaren Canal on wiki   Hjälmare Kanal on wiki

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