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Day 283/365: Skansen [20181010|18:57]
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Skansen is the Swedish cultural museum. It looks from the outside like a children’s amusement park, and it has elements of this in it, but it’s also a buildings museum and a zoo and a showcase for traditional practices of Swedish ethnic groups, like reindeer herding. It has an inexplicable funicular.

Critically, it is also extremely good for shed inspiration.

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This Sami dwelling combines all the best things about sheds, treehouses, and log cabins, does it not? Yes please, one of these for my back garden.

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First stop: Lunch at Solliden (a gigantic burger and chips, because did I mention the big strong beers on Friday night?)

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For some reason there were various illuminated animals scattered about the buffet. This one is presumably calculated to haunt the dreams of all the children.

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Then, onwards with the exploring. This is the stage, where cultural events take place.

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A beautiful wooden windmill, framed by autumnal foliage.

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Red wooden allotment hut with white trim. Shed Inspiration #1.

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Shiny silver globe covered in green netting and surrounded by pretty purple wildflowers.

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Stunning ochre house with grey shutters, the Hazelius mansion, home of the founder of Skansen.

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These houses are works of art.

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Arched doorway leading to a garden.

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Ye Olde Garden Centre.

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Ye Olde Petrol Pump.

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Ye Olde Telephone Booth.

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I am not entirely certain what this eagle is thinking of the cherub’s attempt to use it as winged transport. Cherub and eagle both to scale.

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Dear Cherub, Do Not Trust that bust.

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Carl Linnaeus examines his plants.

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King Oscar’s Terrace. He liked overlooking things in a grand way, I guess.

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More autumnal foliage from Oscar’s Terrace. Note the masts of the Vasa Museum (built around a sunken 17th-century wreck) poking up from the trees on the left.

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The inexplicable funicular viewed from the walkway over the tracks.
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One green carriage goes down the track…

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...whilst the other simultaneously travels up.

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Much shed inspiration now follows.

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Such wonderful little details.

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Yep, definitely a desirable shed.

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We watched the flatbread baking, done by people in costume, but it was forbidden to take photos. The flatbreads were bigger than I’d expected, like a large pizza.

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Person in costume, roaming about.

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Rune stone.

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This one is all about the carving above the little porch.

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Can I have these at ¼ scale please, for my sheds?

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I can probably stop repeating the word “shed” now.

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Look, reindeer!

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If only there were a way to fold this up and take it in the car for camping.

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It’s got a reindeer antler as a door handle. Nothing about this can be improved.

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Here’s that perfect Sami dwelling again.

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Another reindeer. They really do blend well with the landscape.

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Harbour seal habitat.

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Expectant harbour seals await their lunch.

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There was a time when someone thought that this bear cutout was a good thing to put in front of their shop.

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More attractive woodwork.

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Rather garish green and blue (very un-Swedish, I am informed) woodwork.

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Bunnies grazing on a turf roof whilst children observe from a small clear plastic dome.

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Cattle and calves, grazing.

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Silky-haired goats and their keeper.

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Rather ominous-looking sheep-shearing device.

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Small, colourful train makes it easier for tired legs to tour the whole park.

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Back to the shed inspiration, I’m afraid.

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Lovely turf roof.

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The Forester’s Hut (is more luxurious than the name would suggest).

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This is more of a Forester’s Hut.

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Room with a View of a Pond.

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This is a barn. Not a shed. Really.

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Wheelhouse.

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One final look out over the autumn foliage before descending back down the hill.

Another tram ride carried us back to the Central Station, whereupon I returned to the hotel for a disco nap, so as to be fully prepared for Bodyfest that night.

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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2018-10-10 22:58 (UTC)
YAY TRAVEL PHOTO POST, thank you!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-10-11 08:05 (UTC)
\o/ Glad you enjoyed it! There are two more coming up (Stockholm and Uppsala).
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[User Picture]From: hamsterwoman
2018-10-10 23:14 (UTC)
That above-the-cut Sami dwelling shed made me do a literal double take. That's a hut on chicken legs that is (though it appears to possess more than the usual number of legs for a chicken). I'm pretty sure a genetic-experimentation-minded Baba Yaga lives there.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-10-11 08:06 (UTC)
I can definitely picture it waking up in the night and going, "Wait, where the hell is this?! I don't remember asking to move here. I'm out." And then dashing back off up north.
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[User Picture]From: lab_jazz
2018-10-11 09:58 (UTC)
I love your post. This is the joy of being on LJ, you can see the world through other people's eyes.
I'm glad that we found each other.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-10-15 20:42 (UTC)
Thank you; so am I! Your pilgrimages to see the wreath flowers, for instance, are something I would never have thought to look for and I'm so glad I know they exist in the world.
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[User Picture]From: meathiel
2018-10-16 10:16 (UTC)
I love places like that ... :-)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-10-16 19:19 (UTC)
It's as if the originators went, "Let's stick a whole bunch of culturally and historically significant stuff together in one place and see if provides a coherent picture of our country."

And everyone went, "Nope. It doesn't. But that doesn't matter. It's AWESOME!"
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