Thursday, 27 August 2015

Ingeborrarp - Refreshing if not Euphoric

Ingeborrarp - Refreshing if not Euphoric

Outstanding Cultural Landscape Scenery

- For a quiet afternoon with a glass of wine
-  For Playful team events
- For an educational guided tour in the museum

Interior of the main house.

Scania is hosting a number of historically very interesting and beautiful cultural landscape sceneries. They all tell us of the past; how we worked and lived, how we socialized and managed our daily routines. Ingeborrap Open-air Museum is taking a keen interest in handicrafts because the municipality of Örkelljunga, as a district, has been strong in handcrafting and less so in agriculture. They display a number of workshops and offer a special exhibition with a variety of wood crafts practiced in the region since 1750's. This museum is very well kept, situated in a tranquil place and very photogenic.

Discovery of the day: A wooden water pump.

Örkelljunga is in northern Scania along the E4 highway.

The above water pump is just one great example of the skills people possessed - a masterpiece of manually fabricated construction to pump up the water and made of locally available materials. Working the wood is a very strong tradition that is still visible particularly during the Xmas Season Markets when you can find fantastic hand crafted ornaments with such detailed and precise work that makes you wonder how it is possible to cut, shape and place with such a precision. The history also have so many great stories to tell like the one when a young couple had been married for a year and they wanted to celebrate it - with a lump of sugar EACH (Source: Örkelljunga - En Hantverksbygd by N-A Brings)

Interior of the wonderful and well equipped museum.

Ingeborrarp is a place to come to if you only want to sit down and do nothing but sense the warm air, the aroma of the nature and let your eyes relax on the landscape.....and there is no rush to leave. Of course, a glass of wine would not necessarily spoil this feeling - a question of personal taste, it is.

But then again the organizers also offer activities like markets, courses and e.g. playful team events. They offer guided tours as well and it struck my mind that, unless already organized, it might tempt people to go on a day's cultural landscape excursion to selected places together with a guide.

The fabulous cultural landscape of Ingeborrarp.

The nice thing also is that the visitor can walk freely in the workshops that are very well kept and carry plenty of genuine tools to provide for an authentic atmosphere of former working conditions. The work was not always that lucrative but people helped each other out and managed with hard work. To commercialize something it could take a long walk to reach a market place where goods often were traded for other goods and not necessarily money.

The forge and a mechanical workshop.

Other interesting work shops; The smithy, The shoemaker and The Timber Museum.

The loft above the old water driven saw mill carry this exhibition where one can admire the work of others skillful hands. The quality is admirable and of course using wood nowadays, instead of plastics, seems almost luxurious. This is also is a photographers paradise but time did not allow for any artistic close-up photography.

An interesting exhibition displaying various handicrafts.

Details of the handicraft exhibition.

The Farm Shop is a hazardous place! They offer delicacies and art work as well as literature that one cannot resist. Or how would you like traditional chocolate sirop on your ice-cream? Or Blueberyjam with arrac? Or private labelled herbal salts? They all tasted fantastic and the chocolate sirop will not take long to finish. A warm appreciation also to the very kind shop assistant that offered a tasting of many of the products. And if anyone is hungry the Inn will provide for a tasty lunch.

Interior of the high quality Farm Shop.

 The Scanian cultural landscape is unique and offer so much to experience, learn and feel. And above all it safeguards old traditions for the future generations to understand and appreciate. Ingeborrarp is a major attraction dating back 150 years. It is an excellent venue for many kind of events for both smaller and larger groups. Do check their website that also exist in English:

The good old days!

Thank you also to all the readers. Hopefully this photographic excursion has been interesting and added something new to your knowledge about Scania - the region of relaxed and genuine friendliness.

Have a great week-end everyone!


Saturday, 22 August 2015

Svaneholm Castle; the Homestead of Physiocracy.

Svaneholm Castle; the Homestead of Physiocracy

Originally, in 1530, a stronghold but later transformed to a castle.
In the 18th century it revolutionalized agriculture.
Nowadays it is an exciting museum and venue for many activities.

Svaneholm Castle, Inn and Banquet halls.

This castle is built in a gothic renaissance style over the years. The garrison was accommodated in the cellar, the Knights Hall was on the first level and the castle hall, where the ladies stayed, on the second. The third (attic) was reserved for defensive purposes. Towards the end of the 17th century the castle was extended with the five-storied building influenced by italian barogue architecture (Erik Mårtensson / castle leaflet). During the 19th century baron Rutger Macklean removed the mosse and installed a park in english style.

The castle is situated by lake Svaneholm.

The castle is open for the public from april until end september and offer an exciting visit to the museum that display original items of unique textiles and antiquities. Different kind of guided tours (also night time) is on offer as well as exhibitions and concerts. Feel free to ask for details or visit their website: 

Separately the castle's restaurant (Gästgifveri & Festsalar) and banquet hall arrange meetings, weddings, festive events and different kind of activities for small and large groups. Their kitchen hold two stars in The Green Guide - Guide Michelin and vary the high gastronomic menu seasonally. For details visit their website: 

Svaneholm Castle is near the village of Skurup, Scania, 35 km's from Malmö (Googlemaps).

Of more than 13000 catalogued items many are displayed in the museum.

Physiocratic thinking by Rutger Macklean

The renowned owner, Rutger Macklean, occupied the estate in 1782-1816 and found the farming to be in an utterly poor condition. Based on European experience he undertook profound changes in the agricultural policy and restructure the estate. Farmers received their own allotment to work for and paid rent for their rights. New housing was built and agricultural equipment brought in. Half-timbered housing was changed for straw-reinforced clay buildings called "mackerelled houses". Mackleans thinking was physiocratic emphasizing that agriculture is the basis for our prosperity. The reforms resulted in farmers becoming independent and in the end the impact was felt through a new legislation revolutionizing the whole society. 

Rutger Macklean 1742-1816

One of the most interesting attractions in the museum: The Macklean room.

Furniture, art, silver and porcelain from 18th and 19th centuries.

On display also smithery, textiles, costumes, tools and much more.

Interior from the castle.

Macklean also had an interest in charity work and took initiative in organizing education forming two schools for farmers children as well as a mass vaccination program of smallpox. Pedagogically he had been influenced by Pestalozzi, a Swiss pedagogue.

The school museum at Svaneholm Castle.

Maclean's origin is uncertain. When he died in 1816 he had increased the value of his estate from 20.000 riksdaler to 150.000 using his new agricultural methods and tools. 

Rutger Macklean overlooking his castle.

Svaneholms castle is one of the most interesting sites in Scania to visit. It offers many attractions and activities, for program please visit their website, as well as cultural events and fine dining. It is easily accessible also from Denmark via the bridge of Öresund and a short drive from Malmö. Hope you liked this photographic visit to Svaneholm.

Have a very good working week everyone!


Tuesday, 18 August 2015



Denningarum Farm
Designhotel Pappersbruket 

Welcome to Denningarums Farm in Östanå, Scania.


We have been living in Östra Göinge for more than a year and only now, prompted by an advertisement, decided to pay a visit to Östanå that is off the main road 19. A hidden gem it is for a holiday seeker that look for a touch of wilderness, lush green scenes and a touch of adventure also for the younger family members.

Östanå in Östra Göinge municipality.

The village of Östanå was built around a paper mill that was operational from the 18th century until 1981. River Helge, the largest river in Scania measured by the volume of flowing water, passes the village and stretches out towards the Denningarum Farm on the outskirts of the village. To get to the village you can follow the signs from the main road, pass the village and after a few kilometers turn right. When you cross river Helge you can admire the wilderness scenery next to the farm.

Close but yet remote with wilderness scenes.

Denningarum Farm

A very welcoming environment for the whole family.

Denningarum Farm is operated by Karin and Ulf Ivarsson and their team. They offer a multitude of activities including canoeing, adventure packages, a large playing ground for the children, self-picking of flowers, fruit and berries, water excursions and mingling with animals. The Farm shop offer local delicacies and a home cooked lunch is served daily during the season at a fixed time.

Fields, garden, playground, farm shop, catering.....

Fresh flowers hanging up-side down to dry....for long-term use. Lovely!

The beautiful nature by River Helge tempt a visitor for water activities. Why not rent a boat for a cruise on the river with lunch or dinner. You may alternatively opt for playful competitions, fishing or sauna bathing. The farm also offer a simple hut accommodating up to 10-12 persons. Special daytime events like birthdays, conferences, family reunions or e.g. school excursions including buffé can be organized for up to 80 persons. The owners are only too happy to fulfill customers special wishes.

Check their website:

Canoeing, "yachting", adventure, animals ...anything the family can desire.

Beautiful summer sceneries.

Ready to go! Are you?

Lamas, emus, guineapigs, rabbits, chicken and much for children to enjoy.

Designhotel Pappersbruket

This former paper mill by river Helge has now been transformed into a stylish designhotel with a "touch of secrecy" as the the owners Peter Severin (artist) and Jessica Kriesz (designer) proclaim. They offer a unique, historical and inspirational atmosphere for relaxed accommodation, conferencing, courses and other events. They are all ecological in their dining as well as their special AromaBad offering including massage. They organize FESTIVE events with own design furniture, chandeliers, old porcelain and full of feeling. 

DO CHECK THEIR WEBSITE:  and get prepared for a very special treat!

Designhotel Pappersbruket collaborate with Wanås Art (sculpture park and much more) nearby and they are a fantastic relaxed and welcoming alternative to what might have been your first choice. 

AMAZING is the word!

Designhotel Pappersbruket - a fabulous concept!

Dear me! What a great day out to the neighboring Östanå village with both the farm and the design hotel to experience. Both cary excellent concepts in their own distinct ways. WE CAN ONLY RECOMMEND BOTH SERVICES TO ANYONE and express our sincere appreciation for the welcoming atmosphere in both places.

And by the way, 1st May each year Östanå organize a big carnival event!

Have a great week everyone!


Monday, 3 August 2015

Summer on Ivö island

Summer on the fairy-tale Ivö Island

Ivö is Scanias largest island,
situated in lake Ivö and
reachable by a a ferry from Barum.

The northern part of Ivö island with its lush vegetation reminds of a scene from a fairy-tale.

My previous visit to Ivö was early this year with a promise to be back to experience the summer high season when the island turns into a green oasis welcoming many national and international tourists. The island has 170 inhabitants and is Scanias largest island. A limestone layer contain fossils dating to the cretaceous period 70 million years ago. Typical fossils would be belemnites, mussels, brachiopods and ammonites. Sharp teeth and parts of skeletons of large lizard like animals called plesiosaurs has also been found. During 1880's until 1950's the island had a kaolin and limestone quarry. Kaolin was used to manufacture china, porcelain, paper, rubber, paint and many other products. Now tourism and agriculture is important but the island also produces ginger breads for Sweden and Germany. During the high season the daily production reaches 400.000 units.

The wonderful nature inspire to many kind of activities.

Visitors can stay at one of the two camping sites or at Ivögården B&B. Alternatively Kungsgården, a private farm with long traditions since 1848, offer the chance of enjoying farm life with its animals and crop cultivation. They all organize daily activities ranging from canoeing, cycling, water skiing to fishing. The northern area, where the quarry was, is a fossil rich area that can be visited by yourself or by joining an excursion tour to the area.

Ivögården (center) and the gorgeous nature on the island.

For anyone interested do ask for courses on cooking, marmalade production and cheese tasting. If you do not have the opportunity to stay on the island then the town of Bromölla offer programs, too. Humleslingan takes you on a 5 mile long trip around the island and the boat Klacken around on the lake with a stop at Ivö.

The church of Ivö and wheat fields next to Ivögården in the center of the village.

The church of Ivö is in roman style and it was built in the 13th century probably on the initiative of the bishop of Lund. It is one of the oldest brick-stone churches in Sweden. The wall paintings of fresco is dating back to the 14th century and the baptismal font in the church to the 13th century. Other old relics are displayed by the University of Lund (historical museum). 

Ivö church is dating back to the 13th century.

Ivö is a historical island with many tales to tell. You may discover the well of Ursula that is said to have transformed water into vine, the mystic caves that carry ancient fossils, the cellar of Ivöhus (remains of a stronghold where bishop Andreas Sunesson lived his last years) or the red ruins of Bratting Castle that is said to have sunk to the bottom of Ivö lake. If you take a tour at Klacken you will see what is left of the quarry and enjoy the lush shoreline while enjoying picnic or a barbecue at facilities provided.

Wild flowers of the season at Klacken shores.

Klacken shoreline by lake Ivö.

Ivö has much to offer but it all starts with one main issue; the relaxed environment and beautiful nature for anyone to enjoy. Activities are available for all in the family and excursions to nearby Kristianstad and its Vattenrike another opportunity. Have a great end to your holidays and a wonderful and sunny August!


Sunday, 2 August 2015

Celebrated Ekestad Music Festival

Celebrated Ekestad Musik Festival

if you are in for a musical treat

Ekestad - is a small Scanian countryside village
with approximately 60 inhabitants.
Their annual music festival is limited in format 
but has high artistic ambitions
and offer surprise elements above the expected.
Celebrated stars joyfully perform
for an enthusiastic audience.

The Copenhagen Classic String Ensemble and soprano Isa Katharina Gericke.

This annual music festival in Ekestad Public Park (Folkets Hus) is organized by the local homestead association chaired by Mr.Thomas Bark. In collaboration with cellist Ingemar Brantelid who is an awarded solo player at Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen, they have initiated this intimate event where performers and the audience are allowed to mingle.

The setting is simple, nostalgic and close to the nature which provide for a lyrical and poetic atmosphere that open up the senses in an exciting way. Such a feeling is unique to Ekestad. When you include elements of surprise in the repertoire, improvisations and extra performances the day is set for a remarkable experience.

The audience book for their light meal before Thomas Bark wishes everyone welcome.

The festival is starred with Denmarks only professional string sextett, Copenhagen Classic, the highly respected pianist Bengt Forsberg, the talented award winning young cellist Andreas Brantelid, the solo hornist Lasse Mauritzen and the fabulous Norwegian soprano Isa Katharina Gericke.

Copenhagen Classic was established in 1997 and has rapidly gained the positions as one of the leading chamber music ensembles in Denmark. Each member of the sextett has distinguished themselves as string musicians and hold top positions in their own distinctive orchestras and/or as soloists. The pianist Bengt Forsberg is strongly engaged in chamber music and specializes in less known composers and this was also apparent in the program this afternoon. The young cellist Andreas Brantelid started practicing the cello at the age of three with his father and later also with other instructors including Mats Rondin, Torleif Thedeen and others. He has won a number of prices and presently perform with the Lincoln Centre Chamber Music orchestra in New York but also but has also made his debut with several symphony orchestras. 

Andreas Brantelid posing during the break and Bengt Forsberg organizing his music by the piano.

The program this afternoon contained movements from Bach's cello solo suit nr. 5, lyric work by Alexander Glazunov, horntrio by Brahms and works of Franz Schubert, Leonard Bernstein as well as Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Andreas Brantelid and Bengt Forsberg both took a role as moderators explaining the history behind the music that was unfamiliar to many in the audience. Especially the lyrical tones of Glazunov seemed to raise an interest among the audience.

Members of the Copenhagen Classic,  Lasse Mauritzen (on the horn) and Isa Gericke performing.

Lasse Mauritzen has played the horne since the age of eight and is presently first solo hornist at the sympony orchestra of the Danish Radio and an honored guest among the best orchestras in London. Isa Gericke took her audience in a fabulous way. She has had several roles in operas including Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro", Humberdinck's "Hänsel und Gretel" and "Monteverdis Orfeus". 

The concert this afternoon lasted for 3,5 hours including two breaks allowing for some snacks and mingling in the gardens. The festival is made possible due to numerous volunteer's making an effort. Only transfer of the piano to the premises is expensive says Daniel Soutine (upper picture in the middle) who also sells the tickets as a favor to the organizers. Helping out is a strong tradition in the neighborhood and close to 50 organisations have contributed in some way.

Some discussion over more seldom herd horn music as well as Glazunovs and Korngold's works.

Celebrated stars at the end of today's program.

Time to say good-by to Ekestad for this year.

There is something very special to concerts like the one experienced today. They are held outdoors or amongst the green lush nature that seem to inspire both performers and the audience. Applauses are generous from the start until the end requesting for extra numbers and allowing for the performers to improvise making the audience even more excited. We have been set up for a special treat today with a promise top be back next year. If any reader is interested to join up tickets are released for sale early May for a performance early August. Check with 

Have a good working week everyone!