Saturday, May 20, 2017

Postcards for the Weekend: Traditional Festivals

Postcrossing card from Brasil, 2013 (BR-27063)
São Paolo – Carnaval – Sambódromo

Postcrossing card from Taiwan, 2013 (TW-1047478)
Night Market

Postcrossing card from Lithuania, 2015 (LT-439757)
Lithuanian folk dance with hats

Borås Summer Thursday
This card is one that I have sent to a few people in Postcrossing. It shows a summer evening concert in the main square in my own town. Thursday nights in the month of July = free public concerts in the square. The surrounding stores also keep open late on those nights. The main attraction, starting after the shops close, is usually some fairly well-known band or singer (preceded by opening acts by promising local talents). I have rarely attended these “late night” events myself. But in general they are popular with a lot of people.

Postcards for the Weekend

Postcards for the weekend 38 – Traditional festival

Thursday, May 18, 2017

And Now It’s Green

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Yesterday pink, today green! Warm winds and temperatures rising up above +25°C today suddenly brought out all the greens of summer. These tall birch trees line the driveway through an old cemetery close to where I live.

(A place where I often go for walk.)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pretty in Pink


Photos snapped with my mobile phone today in the Town Park. The cherry blossom trees in this park are of a kind that bloom a bit later than those in some of the other parks around town. I like that, because that means we get to enjoy lovely pink trees for a longer period of time…

I also couldn’t resist these lovely pink tulips covered in raindrops. The rain had stopped when I walked into town (after ten) but it was misty, humid, and very still. And the birds in the trees giving a joyful concert!



Linking to:

Through My Lens

Outdoor Wednesday

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Down the Road

A week ago, last Saturday, there was an event in town in connection with the grand re-opening of a street that has been more or less dug up and in general disarray for a year or more, in connection with laying down new water pipes and whatnot.

*Västerlånggatan, January 2017

Now the job has been finished at last, and besides new pipes under ground, we have a new visible water feature on the surface, in the shape of a narrow canal with running water and little basins with splashing fountains. The project has been much discussed along the way (couldn't the money have been spent on something more useful etc) – but whatever our opinions may be, it’s here now. And last weekend the Spring Sun joined in the opening celebrations and made it all look rather pleasant and cheerful and relaxing.

There were also peace offerings of free ice cream, festive brass music, balloons for the children, and (for some mysterious reason) a group of marching soldiers (or actors) dressed in 17th century uniforms.

(The expression “bread and circuses” comes to mind…)


170506 Återinvigning Västerlånggatan, Karolinermarsch




170506 Återinvigning Västerlånggatan, Karolinermarsch2

The main square is just a block away.

170506 Återinvigning Västerlånggatan, Karolinermarsch1

Guess which drummer became everyone’s favourite? Winking smile

*Västerlånggatan: “West Long Street”.
We also have an East Long Street (Österlånggatan).

Linking to: Friday My Town: Down the Road

Friday, May 12, 2017

Postcards for the Weekend: Traditional Costumes

Zeeuwse Klederdracht

Zeeuwse klederdracht – Zeeland dress (NL)
(Zeeland = a province in south-west Netherlands)
(From Jarina in the Netherlands, May 2017)

I’m fascinated by the contrasts in these traditional costumes – the intricate lace headgear (reminding me of angels’ wings!) vs the clogs.



Traditional costume worn by the Sami people (Laplanders) in northern Norway, Sweden and Finland.
Postcrossing card from Finland, 2013 – FI-1798022



Traditional costumes from Hallingdal, Norway.
Postcrossing card from Norway, 2014 – NO-103183


Pojkar från Rättvik

Boys in folk costumes from Rättvik, Dalecarlia, Sweden
(A size A5 postcard by photographer Laila Durán; bought at a photo exhibition of her work that I visited back in 2013.)


160329 CZ-858154

Traditional costumes from Moravia (CZ)
Postcrossing card from the Czech Republic, 2016 - CZ-858154



Maiden costume from Arkhangelsk province, Russia, 18th century.
Postcrossing card from Russia, 2015 – RU-3443023



Boating Maiko Girls, Kyoto
Postcrossing card from Japan, 2014 – JP-567064


Postcards for the Weekend

Postcards for the weekend 37: Traditional costumes
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