Cabin in the Woods

Trip Start Jan 08, 2010
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Trip End Sep 27, 2010


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Björkhaga Strandby

Flag of Sweden  , Gotland,
Sunday, March 7, 2010

Last week we had the enormous and fantastical pleasure and privilege of staying in a little cabin by the sea for our holidays.  It belongs to a couple in the church and they said we could use it for FREE for the week and even drove us there to show us the shops and how to work the place and what not.  It was a gorgeous little place and the best bit was that it was in a completely deserted park right near the ''beach'' (haha) and was quiet and warm and cosy and altogether lovely.  We had such a good time and Peter Woode even brought us some bikes on the second day which we used for the week.

The weather was a little crazy which kept things interesting.  We had sun and melting snow, then rain, then more snow, then clouds and gloom, then sun, and the weather switched a couple of times a day so we never knew what to expect.  The first couple of days we were there the snow was snowball consistency so Pete decided to try to roll the biggest snowballs he could down on the beach.  He kept rolling until they were too heavy to push then started on a new one.  The snow consistency also made it absolutely essential to make another snow man.  This is the first time the snow has been the proper consistency to make one so we made a sweet little guy called Henry who was so classic and cute he could have been on a Christmas card.

We made sure to get out a few times a day so we went for lots of walks along the beach at all times of the day.  This meant we saw some amazing skies and sunsets.  We didn't realise it until later but we actually had never seen a sunset over the sea having never been on a West coast before! They were pretty amazing, it was hard to stop taking pictures.  It was a bit creepy walking on the frozen beach because we couldn't see where the beach ended and the water began so we would be walking along and then suddenly hear creaking and groaning and what not.  Much shuffling was done!  I'm sure it was thick enough but still a bit scary.

On one of our walks along the beach we decided to visit a set of little red huts we could see further around the bay.  So we wandered along and on the way we found a little old fishing village thing with huts and boats and stuff.  It was really cute and semi-educational; there was an info board but the side that had english was exposed to the snow and wind which were so strong at that point that we couldn't really stay there and read too long.  It was interesting seeing all the different styles of huts and the stone harbour thing they had built and all the boats and stuff.

The bike riding was great in the sunny weather (except when the wind came up) and we rode to Klintehamn a couple of times (about a 10-15 min ride) to stock up on groceries and look around the place.  On the last day we were there the weather was so stunning we took about an hour to ride there.  We took a few sidetracks to go through the pretty streets and followed a sign which just said ''sight'' and found ourselves at a walking and skiing track.  We locked up the bikes and had a wander through and it was just amazing.  During the week we read The Hobbit and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, both of which talk about woods and forests and we didn't really know what it was like until we went walking on this track.  We hadn't seen a northern hemisphere forest before!  It was all snowy and beautiful and just like the books described.  We even found a lamp post so we must have been in Narnia after all (ok we're a bit nerdy when it comes to books!!!!)

Daniel came and picked us up on Sunday and on the way back he took us past some Viking graves just off the road.  I can't remember how old they were but I think it was around 1000 years.  Pretty crazy.  They looked really elegant surrounded by virtually untouched snow - just some cute rows of fox footprints (possibly, Daniel wasn't sure what made the tracks but they looked foxy).

So we had a fantastic week, it was so relaxing and cosy and it was great to explore a bit more of the island.  Even the blizzardy fishing village walk was an experience worth having!

Seeya later

(Don't forget to look at the school blog  at saved2save.wordpress.com)
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