Sunday, November 30, 2008

Julmarknad in Ystad and
Marsvinsholm Slott (a Swedish Castle)
The beginning of advent marks the beginning of Jul/ Christmas season in Sweden. There were Christmas markets with lots of crafty gnomes and traditional straw decorations made by little old ladies in local villages. To visit a market, see the Skåne Christmas market schedule here.

Enjoying Pepparkakor and Bulle...and some super yummy rice pudding. There was also some nice surreal Swedish Weirdness, like a the chicken with the tiara...

And the tomte's evil twinsA view of Marvinsholms and the grounds, which are at their best in the spring and summer.
In the nearby town of Ystad there were lots of festivities in the streets, markets, and even some medieval activities going on.

This is Agnes, who also goes to our daughters Waldorf school, and sells us our veggies each Saturday at the local organic farm. (For those who Shop at Jessica's stand, she is like our new Allie :)

And Me!

4 comments:

Cate said...

the swedes get all the good stuff...chickens in tiaras? so great. live it up for the rest of us.
cannot wait to explore the rest of your blog.

Kangaroo said...

i want to visit you!!!!

Andy said...

What great little gnomes! Not better than the chicken, but totally great nonetheless! Becky and I have been reading about [url=http://www.amazon.com/Wonderful-Adventures-Nils-Further-Holgersson/dp/1572160365/ref=tag_tdp_sv_edpp_i] Nils[/url] (I hope the HTML works here) and learning all about Skane! It's all so very beautiful.

Mama Bird said...

I am in tears after reading this and seeing all the pictures. It all looks so beautiful - and so very far away. Missing you too much this morning...