Friday, 21 October 2016

Autumn plants and flowers from Sweden

The Kulla Gunnarstorp castle shop has a nice collection of autumn plants and flowers:

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Classic furniture by K.A. Roos in Helsingborg

K.A. Roos at Kulla Gunnarstorp in Helsingborg has made unique classic Swedish furniture already for 50 years. This is how the family company, which counts Scandinavian Royal Families as its customers, describe their products:

"As one would expect there is a high degree of handwork involved in the making of a K.A. Roos original. All the products are manufactured in Scandinavia by craftsmen who continue to preserve the tradition of Scandinavian furniture making. Each piece of furniture is individually made, using old fashioned techniques. Cabinets are put together through dovetail joint. You have only to pull out a drawer to appreciate the authentic irregularity of the dovetailing used in its construction. When K.A. Roos talk about “handmade” we mean it in the old-fashioned sense of word.

We are proud to still be hand-making in Scandinavia using a workforce that is a mix between experience and youthful enthusiasm. We love the fact that we are keeping these traditional handcrafting skills alive in an age of mass production and uniformity.But most of all we are proud of the quality of workmanship and beauty of finish that we can achieve with our workforce."

Here is a fresh selection of photographs from the K.A. Roos showroom:

Monday, 17 October 2016

Thursday, 13 October 2016

A nice little Pomeranian

Today I met this nice little Pomeranian in Hittarp:

Here is some info on the breed:
The Pomeranian (often known as a Pom or Pom Pom) is a breed of dog of the Spitz type that is named for the Pomerania region in Poland Central Europe. Classed as a toy dog breed because of its small size, the Pomeranian is descended from the larger Spitz type dogs, specifically the German Spitz. It has been determined by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale to be part of the German Spitz breed; and in many countries, they are known as the Zwergspitz ("Dwarf-Spitz").
The breed has been made popular by a number of royal owners since the 18th century. Queen Victoria owned a particularly small Pomeranian and consequently the smaller variety became universally popular. During Queen Victoria's lifetime alone, the size of the breed decreased by 50%. Overall, the Pomeranian is a sturdy, healthy dog.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Good advice

Winter is soon here. Here is some good advice:

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Geese at sunset

The Hittarp reef is popular among Geese this time of the year. 
It looked like this at sunset last night:

Thursday, 6 October 2016

In praise of buttons

Buttons are useful - and beautiful!

Here is a little bit about the history of buttons:

Buttons and button-like objects used as ornaments or seals rather than fasteners have been discovered in the Indus Valley Civilization during its Kot Yaman phase (c. 2800–2600 BCE)[1] as well as Bronze Age sites in China (c. 2000–1500 BCE), and Ancient Rome.
Buttons made from seashell were used in the Indus Valley Civilization for ornamental purposes by 2000 BCE.[2] Some buttons were carved into geometric shapes and had holes pierced into them so that they could be attached to clothing with thread.[2] Ian McNeil (1990) holds that: "The button, in fact, was originally used more as an ornament than as a fastening, the earliest known being found at Mohenjo-daro in the Indus Valley. It is made of a curved shell and about 5000 years old."[3]
Functional buttons with buttonholes for fastening or closing clothes appeared first in Germany in the 13th century.[4] They soon became widespread with the rise of snug-fitting garments in 13th- and 14th-century Europe. (Wikipedia)