Snatteränder – Gadwalls

This year I discovered a new kind of ducks around our place in archipelago. It’s not the usual mallards that use to be around. They’re similar to mallards but this is gadwalls.

I år har jag upptäckt en ny sorts and i vårt område i skärgården. Vanligvis simmar gräsänder omkring i viken, men detta är snatteränder. Väldogt kul att få se ännu en andart.




Trosa Ultra Backyard lap 1-9 2018

The Trosa Ultra Backyard race started at 10 this morning April 28 and it´s still going on. In the morning it was 200 runners and after 8 laps there were a little more than 100 runners still running. You can read more about the race here:

It´s so fun to follow this race. They start a lap every hour and the runners have exactly one hour to finish the lap. Some run fast the whole lap. Not a wise tactic if you want to win the race and don´t have endlessly with energy in you. Some run the half lap and walk the rest. Some run slow but steady the whole lap.

Those who hang in until the very end can make 24-31 laps! That´s 24-31 hours of running!

In this race every kind of runner participate. From young ones to old ones, from women to men, from thin to big, from small to tall. From those with full sight to those with less sight ability who needs guidance company. It´s not about how you look, it´s not about how fast you can run, it´s all about how you can run hours and hours without getting tired.

Here´s some pictures from the day session of the race. It will continue when dark falls. I´ll hope to be back with night pictures if I stay awake that long.

This is so exciting. I wish you could see this i.r.l.

Oh, now the clock has passed 20, soon they come. I must count them and see how many that are still running in lap 10.

I counted to a little over 90.

Trosa Ultra backyard 2018

As you can se the daylight shift from one lap to another.

I hope I can show you some night photos tomorrow.

I will go to bed, but the runners will run all night long and when I wake up, they will still run.

That´s amazing I think. I get tired of running a couple of meters if I don´t have a tennis- or a football infront of me to chase 😉

Have a nice Saturday evening you all!

Oh, now the soon pass on their way back. I have to watch who look tired and who look like they wanna race some more laps.


my own drawing interpretation of the race


Trosa Ultra Backyard 2018

Förra året dök det upp massor av löpare längs Trosas ågator och nu är det dags igen. Den 28 april går starten i Trosa Ultra Backyard. Loppet pågår i mer ön ett dygn om det finns löpare som klarar mer än 24 varv.

Last year a lot of runners showed up on the streets in Trosa Sweden. It’s time again. Trosa Ultra Backyard starts April 28 and goes on during more than 24 hours if some runners make more than 24 laps.

En kul och publikvänlig form av lopp. Spännande att följa hur många som orkar ända in till sista varvet.

A fun race to watch. Exciting to see how many that last the final lap.

Här kommer lite info från TUBs hemsida. Gå in där och läs mer.

Here’s some info about the race from TUBs webbsite where you can read more. It’s in Swedish, but maybe it’s possible to translate to your language.

Vad är en Backyard Ultra?
Detta är en annorlunda typ av ultramarathon, där varken tid eller avståndet är förutbestämt.
Loppet sker på en 6706 m slinga som börjar vid 11:00. Nästa start sker på varje heltimme. De löpare som misslyckas med att slutföra ett varv inom en timme kommer att avsluta tävlingen vid senast avklarat varv. Man måste ha klarat av minst ett varv för att vara med på resultatlistan. Löpare som kan fortsätta är delad etta varje varv. Vinnaren kommer att vara den sista löparen som slutför ett varv inom tidsfristen.

What is a Backyard Ultra?
This is a different type of ultramarathon, where neither time nor distance is predetermined.
The race takes place on a 6706m loop starting at 11:00. The next start takes place on each hour. The runners failing to complete a lap within one hour will finish the race at the last completed lap. You must have completed at least one lap to be included in the results list. Runners that can continue are divided one every turn. The winner will be the last runner to complete a lap within the deadline.


I made a drawing inspired from last years race.


Spring greetings from Sweden

Finally the Spring arrived. We think.

Spring sun makes beautiful colors. No more icky bad white stuff and the light is back 🙂


17:22 March 15 2018

Spring is not on its way yet obviously.

No it’s nothing wrong with the cam. It’s coming icky bad white stuff down from sky. It is white out there. No sunshine in sight at all.

Back to winter.


16:30 March 15 2018

Light’s coming back up here in cold Sweden. It was -8C this morning. In the afternoon it was a bit warmer thanks to sun. Then it was only -2C.

Maybe Spring will come this year too.


Vasaloppet Sweden 2018

I know what I’m doing this Sunday morning. No I’m not participating in Vasaloppet, the biggest ski race in Sweden. But I do watch the start and rest of the race on TV.

It’s a race where professionals and amateurs race together.

The start is something unique. Thousands of racers start and release so much energy and expectations when the start signal goes.

Have a great Sunday. Hope you can watch the yotube clip or even find the broadcast of the race somewhere.

People from all over the world participate.

I did a drawing of the start.


Be the unique you

We’re writing the year 2018 and we still don’t get that we are all alike. We are all just expressing ourselves in the ways we find is possible for us. For far too many people that still means you’re different if you don’t express your self like “normal” people. I don’t get it. The most boring thing there is, is when people act like expected and like most people. The most interesting thing is when people break patterns and do the unexpected and expose their uniqueness in good ways.

That’s when the magic happens.

In Sweden we have a chance to see some of the unexpected acting dare to be unique people in a tv show called Lerins lärljungar (Lerins pupils).

Might not be available for those of you who read this outside of Sweden. Your country tv stations should buy this show from Swedish television.

The famous Swedish aquarelle painter Lars Lerin having an art school for aspies, autistics, Down’s syndromes and some others with special talents.
It’s lovely to see these creative people with warm hearts big as universe and very clever minds. We should learn a lot from them and the world would be a much nicer world for all of us.

They show what happens when we let people to be what they are and let them express themselves in they way that suits them. So far we have been able to watch four episodes and it’s amazing to see goodness in people. It’s so inspiring.

In the blogsphere we also find this kind and wise people, that I always learn a lot from. For example at aspiblog and The silent wave.

What I wanna say is that we should stop putting labels on people and try to force expressing rules on them and ourselves. We all need to feel we can express ourselves in ways that’s suits us without being questioned all the time. There’s no right or wrong in the way of how to create and be the unique you.

Is it possible for us to accept the challenge – to accept people for what they are and allow all to be the unique person everyone already is?

I say yes – it is possible!


Feel free to use this piece of art if you join the challenge 🙂

December 31 2017

Last drawing diary for 2017 and the beginning of 2018 starts soon. In futher posts I will explain in words what I want to say with this drawing.

But for now until then…


Thank for a great blogging year again 🙂


December 13 2017 S:t Lucy’s day in Sweden

Today Sweden celebrate an old tradition called S:t Lucy’s Day. In Swedish Lucia Day.

The celebration can be like this

Luciamorgon i Kungsholms kyrka

Or in a very small version, but the same songs

This is from a Swedish TV advent calendar in the 80’s. 

Besides the singing the saffron buns and gingerbread snaps is a must on Lucia Day.

And of course I have a drawing of Lucia

Happy Lucia Day to all of you 🙂


December 9 2017 Anna Day :)

Today it’s Anna Day in Sweden. You can read more about Christmas traditions on Anna Day here, if you find out how to translate the Swedish text.

The tradition says the Anna day is the time to start preparing the lutefisk and it’s also the day for Christmas beer brewing. These days I think most people buy prepared lutefisk and don’t brew their own Christmas beer. Many doesn’t even eat lutefisk today, so it’s old traditions. Though they still live in the meaning I get to hear every Anna Day that it’s time for the lutefisk work.

But I got something much tastier today 🙂

Chocolate cake! Yummy!


December 2 2017 make a Christmas goat

Last year we got a Christmas goat from a friend. We saved the skeleton and dressed the goat with new fir twigs skin today. So now we got a Christmas goat this year too. Or is ot a Christmas dog? The body, the legs and the nose reminds of a dog looking creature in some angels. 

And the Swedish Christmas song today is also one of our classic Christmas songs. 

Jul, jul, strålande jul is in English Christmas, Christmas, shining Christmas. 


All the people

I’m an old fashion iPod listener and all of a sudden there it was. In the random flow of my music library. Just the song I needed to hear today.

A Swedish artist, Stephen Simmonds, All the people 

And the pictures I need today is 

We need to take better care of mother Earth. Would you treat your mother like we treat Mother Earth?

And this picture really shows what I feel today 

Unfortunately not enough people hear my cry out in the universe. Those people who really are in a position and have obligations to protect nature are doing this instead

I did this drawing in January this year and sadly it’s become even truer today.

Authority people in Sweden is more interested in protect themselves and their colleagues than protecting nature. It’s very sad and it breaks my heart to learn that my country is corrupt. We brag abroad about how non corrupted we are. That’s no longer true. 

But that doesn’t mean I’m giving up trying to save nature. If people thinks money in their own pocket first will save them, well let them believe that.

I believe in nature and the goodness and wiseness in people. Truth, honesty and the love of nature will still lead my way through life. 

I’m lucky to have so many good people around me, including all of you reading my blog. You give me strength to still believe in goodness. 

Thanks for being here with me 🙂


Vitalismålningen – the Vitalis painting by Ljunggren

This is a photo of a wall painting by Reinhold Ljunggren a painter from the 1900’s who lived in Trosa for a while and painted lots of Trosa houses and landscapes. But he also did this big painting. It’s a wall in one of the schools in Trosa, Vitalisskolan that have this beautiful painting.

In the picture you see the famous lighthouse outside Trosa city called Christmas lighthouse (Julaftons fyr), the old school that someone tragically burned down long time ago, the church bell tower and the Tureholm castle.

I really like this painting. I saw it almost everyday in myschool days, hundred years ago, but I still remember it and the painting is great inspiration.

Den här bilden visar en väggmålning som Trosamålaren Reinhold Ljunggren gjorde när Vitalisskolan i Trosa byggdes. Den fyller en hel vägg i matsalen. På den kan vi se Julaftons fyr, gamla skolan som sorgligt nog någon brände ner, klockstapeln vid Trosa kyrka och Tureholms slott.

 Jag såg den här väggen varje dag för hundra åt sedan när jag gick i den skolan. Bilden ligger fortfarande kvar tydligt i minnet och inspirerar mig fortfarande väldigt mycket.


A wonderful gift

The other day a friend gave me old books no longer in use. They’re from the beginning of 1900 century and written by the first woman Nobel Prize winner in literature Selma Lagerlöf. I read some of her books before, but now I have plenty more to read. She was a good writer and it’s very interesting to dive in the Swedish 1800-1900 centuries even if it is fiction. Her books gives us an idea of how it was back then. Her book is based on true stories, so it’s learning to read the books.

One of the stories is about the time when many Swedes moved to Jerusalem because of their faith. Many moved to America too, but some took the way to Jerusalem instead.

So now all I have to find is time to read these books. They are over hundred years old. Imagine that. The wings of history sings when I open the books.

I think her books are translated to other languages, so if you find her books somewhere near you and in your language, take the chance to read a book or two.