glad midsommar - "happy midsummer"
Still on the ferry since early morning, on the way to our beloved country house at Åland. Åland is a large island with a waste archipelago in the middle of the ocean between Sweden and Finland. I got up very early and took the 7 o´clock ferry and soon I will arrive. (6 h later). The picture I just took show how we are heading towards open ocean, so about 2 hours left until I arrive and my father picks me up on the dock.
Today is a really big day for local celebration. For the people at Åland I do think "Midsummer" is even a more important tradition than Christmas. The elderly in the village prepare for months to make the event as traditional and memorable, with a huge respect of the village heritage, as possible. Åland is a truly magic place and it is the essence and joy of my childhood summers. My grandmother, on my fathers side, grew up at Åland as a child. Our family still own a huge farm with houses, barns, stables and too much land and water that are hard to care for as no one of us live there all year round. Thank God for the farmers in the village around that are able to help and take care of our familys land with grewing grain and vegetables on the land and taking real good care of the forests, bridges and docks. <3
Well soon I arrive! This weekend I will become one with nature and the wild elements in the middle of an ocean. Blessed! Will be back in Stockholm Sunday evening! xoxo