söndag 23 oktober 2011

Sunday morning, sunrise at Sandhamn, the Stockholm archipelago.

Trying out the new panorama application on my IPhone. Worked quite OK despite the fact I was not able to cope with the stitching and adjusting of light the way you do with the panning in Photoshop. But this time I travelled light without a computer so it will just have to do.The boats are now resting ashore for the winter; a few sailingboats were spotted at sea though, and there is a stunning tranquility lingering over the autumn days in the outer archipelago. With all turists gone you spendgood times at the Sandhamn´s wellknown Inn talking at lengths to old friends and all-year-around inhabitants (the natives! :-) of the island - like I was myself some years ago. Nice! But now I am flying off back to Gotland again to the old farm with the redroof and the 10000 apples!
Bye Sandhamn for now!

torsdag 20 oktober 2011

Childhood memories..

In my summerhouse in Sandhamn in the Stockholm archipelago, I stumbled upon my old song book "Mors lilla Olle" (Mother's little Olle) with its lovely illustrations by Elsa Beskow and just had to share.. EB is placed deep in most Swedish hearts - and definitely in mine!
Had to share with you!

tisdag 18 oktober 2011

Happy birthday Lina!

And many happy returns!
I wish you a wonderful day and will see you Sunday for hugs and kisses!

måndag 10 oktober 2011

Sunday - going to the auctions

Every other Sunday,
..there is a great auction going on at Smågårde just outside Visby, Gotland. In the summer, it´s crowded with people from the mainland with money in their pockets. But now, in October, we, the natives can make real bargains. Entire farms from the island are often auctioned off - and the quality range from the very exquisite to affordable "wanna-have" bric-a-bracs.
So we went, last Sunday.

My sister made a successful bid for this stereoscopy (see end of this blog comment) from the turn of the last century. (above)

A great gadget with a number of old pictures/photos from the past!
(a bit of burlesque and daring photos too, no doubt!)

Popular auctioneer, Ulf in action. He is a master at creating a jolly ambiance and there are a lot of laughter amidst the efficiency!
However, bidding can be serious stuff..
An impressive 17th century bible for sale. Unfortunately not entirely intact.
Nena and Mia discussing if the pair of binoculars on the table are good enough for birdwatching -
-one of Mia´s great interests.
A pretty hand embroidered bridal footstool.
"Ceci n'est pas une pipe"
"Ce trois pipes!"
(Magritte ref: pipe and passport)
We landed the bid for this old tureen!
I haven´t the slightest .. what this is? Do you?
Nor this.. :-)
A towel rack from the beginning of the 20th century.
Guess what I brought home? My sister and my friend stuffed my car so full of good I could hardly close the booth!
And I? I bought nothing. I am presently busy insulating my little well-over-100-year-old farmstead before the winter. Talking about antiquities!
And those many repairing activities do not exactly cost

" needle money" - as the saying goes in Sweden.
"Rather warm feet,
than hand embroidered sheet!"

(also called stereoscopic or 3-D imaging) refers to a technique for creating or enhancing the illusion of depth in an image by presenting two offset images separately to the left and right eye of the viewer. Both of these 2-D offset images are then combined in the brain to give the perception of 3-D depth. Three strategies have been used to accomplish this: have the viewer wear eyeglasses to combine separate images from two offset sources, have the viewer wear eyeglasses to filter offset images from a single source separated to each eye, or have the lightsource split the images directionally into the viewer's eyes (no glasses required; known as Autostereoscopy).


torsdag 6 oktober 2011

Tribute to Steve Jobs, 1955 - 2011

I want to put a ding in the universe..

Life before the computer

Memory was something you lost with age
An application was filed for employment
A program was a radio- or TV show
A cursor used profanity
A keyboard was a piano
A web was made by a spider
A virus meant a runny nose
A CD was a bank account
A hard drive was a tough trip in your car
A mouse pad a place for the mouse to crash
And if you had a 3,5 inch floppy -
you just hoped nobody would find out

(Free interpretation from Funny.com)

söndag 2 oktober 2011

"And the White Knight is talking backwards.."

Sunday, I spent decorating a wall in the old section of the house which has not yet been renovated. The fog was rolling outside and I stayed indoors painting Alice! Here she is growing after eating the strange mushroom! The rest of the walls in this corner room beaming with light will be covered with other Wonderland motives. A rabbit or two? An evil off-with-her-head queen of Diamonds?

I remember what we used to call that mushroom back in Berkeley in 68, grooving to Jefferson Airplane´s record: "The white rabbit" - which I have to admit, I still adore:
Grace Slick paying tribute to Alice´s famous trip to Wonderland. (At Woodstock, -69)

White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all
Go ask Alice
When she's ten feet tall

And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall
Tell 'em a hookah smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call
Call Alice
When she was just small

When men on the chessboard
Get up and tell you where to go
And you've just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving slow
Go ask Alice
I think she'll know

When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's "off with her head!"
Remember what the dormouse said;

Keep your head"