150528 Häfla Kvarn (mill)

150528 Häfla Kvarn

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Häfla Kvarn (mill)
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This old mill is located abut 30 km south of my town, Katrineholm. It was earlier powered by the water but now it is electric. The owner opened it up for us so we could see it. He told us it is still in working order and he regularly is grinding flour for sale. Not much but still. He actually started the process so we could see for ourselves.  He also take groups of tourists and show them the mill.

I was impressed of how clean the mill was. I did not see a single spiders web in he entire building. So I gave the owner a compliment about it. Then he showed us a small book he had. On the first page it said: A millers first rule is to know where the broom and duster is. You are handling food. It shall be clean.

And he was clearly proud when he shared the wisdom with us.

Sadly he is probably the last one running the mill. Later it is likely to become a museum.
But I was happy to see it. It smelled childhood for me. And there was still the old fashioned sacks made of paper. And, very beautiful light in the building.
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Magnehulteån and Häfla övre bruk

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The two images above are from the area of  Magnehult Nature Reserve. It is about how they manufactured charcoal long ago. It is still in working order. The little hut is a replica of how they lived when working the kiln.

Charcoal kiln  Kolmilans minne

 This image is from the Magnehult Domänreservat close to the kiln.
and Kol och skogsmuseum (Swedish only)

This is a little fall where the stream crosses the main road. A place for fishermen.
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The places was not easy to find so I made a map so others can find them too.

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Häfla Hammarsmedja (hammer forge)
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The last three images is from Häfla Hammarsmedja /hammer forge about 20 km north west of the first area. First image is the stream powering the workshop. The part with the waterwheel is also seen  from the inside in the second image. This is a museum so we were lucky it was open when we arrived. And that the female blacksmith were working that day. She said she don´t do it much anymore.

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Gripsholm Castle, Mariefred 150714

Gripsholm Castle, Mariefred. 150714
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Two days ago we took the car and went to Gripsholms Castle. It is located in Mariefred at the lake Mälaren. It takes about an hour and a half to go there by car. It is an old royal castle. The first parts was built in 1370:s.

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The first view of Gripsholm Castle, Mariefred when we arrived.

A little bridge leading to the  greenhouse with a nice fence and sky reflections in the water.

 One side of the castle and a part of the park surrounding it.

The same area as above looking from the castle. You find another, smaller one, on the other shore. It is named Gripsnäs. It is a private mansion.

One of the rooms in the castle. Seem to be one of the bedrooms.

On the third floor the Castle have a theater. On a rare occasion's they still use it. I would love to go behind it and see how it works. 

 Three mirrors between decor pillars reflects the opposite side of the wall above the spectator grand stand

And outside the Castle area is another interesting thing. You can go with a steam engine train on a narrow track. It is a working museum. :)  Steam train

The trip back home was not all that fun. Started to rain as soon as we left Mariefred. And sometimes really hard showers. I had to stop twice as I did not see the road.  :(

Gripsholm Castle, Mariefred Sweden
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This is just a brief note of what there are to see. The castle host a large collection of paintings of royalties from all over Europe. So the walls are all covered with more then 4000 paintings. All portraits of kings and queens and other noble people.

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