Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Coast to Coast Sweden: Buildings

The southern section of Sweden is well populated with evidence of the human habitation going back to the Bronze Age, so it is no surprise to find many buildings of many ages for many purposes along the route.

  Disco Ball Växjö
The sight of the disco ball had me humming Saturday Night Fever as I left Växjö.

Further along the roads there are many barns of different sizes and shapes, I was intrigued by the contrast of old timber construction with a new iron roof.

  Old Building, new roof
Near Gemmatorp there is a tunnel under the freeway which I assume is to allow the deer, and other animals to cross safely. I wonder what the hunters think of this?

  Deer tunnel underE25 Gemmatorp
A little while later I had met up with Eero, a finish hiker participating in the C2C, we walked together into Moheda, firstly stopping at the local ICA (Supermarket) for ice cream and then up to the church, by now it was evident that the storm clouds were building.

  Moheda Church and threatening skies.
A little later after we had set up camp at Vegby we were hit by a powerful thunderstorm, others still walking were caught out in this storm and I believe the roads around Moheda were flooded. Meanwhile I was pleased to see the MLD Cricket storm worthiness in action.. The following day I climbed up to Lyåsa which sits about 100 metres above the surrounding plains. This plateau had some wonderfully healthy looking pasture and I was taken by the ramps into the second floor of the barn.

  Barn Lyåsa
A day later, whilst following the Sigfrid Pilgrim Trail we passed the church and old monastery at Nydala, it was a place where I could have spent a lot of time just wandering.

  Monastery Nydala
Much of this sections walk was along the western Västra Sigfridsleden, a pilgrim trail connecting Växjö with Nydala. Near Järnboda, I was taken by this weathered timber building, and whilst showing its age, it still looked like it would be around for a few more years to come.

  Old building Järnboda
Before entering the Store Mossa National park the colours and the shapes of the metal fittings attached to a door provided an interesting contrast to the natural surrounds.

Hinge Svänö

A different hinge.

  Hinge 2 Svänö
A simple latch.

  Latch Svänö
In the late afternoon I came across a small cottage in the woods with the name "Home Sweet Home" I also noticed how narrow the door was but was appreciative of the verandah as it began to rain.

  Home Sweet Home
The waterwheel driven sawmill with its lake in the background provided an early morning focus as I wandered through Smedbo.

  Saw Blade Smedbo
Villastad church stood out no matter where you were in the area.

  Villastad Church 2
The final building that attracted my attention was the Skivebo Kvarn (waterwheel) I could have spent hours photographing it.

  Waterwheel Skivebo Kvarn

  Window Skivebo Kvarn
Pole and peg

  Pole and Peg
and no waterwheel would be complete without flowing water.

  Water outlet Skivebo Kvarn