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Hello from Sweden
Sun 3-Nov-13
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Renée, I fell in love with a Swede (and his motorbike) and went to live in the house that he shared with his uncle Sven.  The house was 300 years old, all the windows were triple glazed and every bedroom had a dressing room and a stove, I was entranced.

Now I am confuesed -Was it the Swede, his motorbike, Sven or the stove that entranced you?smug

They are still very hot on big motor bikes in the summer months.

Sun 3-Nov-13
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Originally the Swede and his motorbike, then the stoves then uncle Sven...

I'll try that again!

Sun 3-Nov-13
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Ambersparkle said
Welcome, Renee, it will be wonderful to hear all about your day to day life, looking forward to it. Tinawave

Öhh, it is hard to know where to start. I moved up here 4 winters ago. One doesn't forget the winters. I live in one of the small hamlets that go under the collective name of the heights, about 1500 feet above sea level. The climate is very pleasant. The villages are on the side of the hill protected from the wind and thw worst weather and taking advantage of the southern sun.

However life here has always been tough. One villager had written a book about all the farms in the area and their previous inhabitants. I have worked out that 250 to 200 years ago, only 1bout 25% of the children survived to adulthood - then there were other perils , accidents in the forests , moving timber on the rivers etc. Death under childbirth was also very common for the women.

At that time the villages could boast of about 500 inhabitants, shops, schools, smithies, carpenters and what elase was needed for a thriving community.

Now there are 31 permanent inhabitants in the four villages. I, at the age of 61, am one of the youngest! It is crazy really. I live in a forest, if I go through my woods I am in the outback with 50 miles to the next village. Yet, if I choose to go the other way, I am 5 miles from a main road and 15 miles from one of the biggest skiing centres in Sweden. 

 

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