I woke up this morning noticing that I couldn´t say a word. It was as if my vocal cords had been paralysed. But after a cup of tea or two it started to loosen up in mt throat. Now I sound like Donald Duck if he had lived on whiskey and cigarres for two weeks :-) :-) :-) I have no fever though.
The night had been a bit cold and so it was inside too. I have shut down most radiators now and cold nights outside means cold mornings inside :-) I realised that I had very few fire logs left and decided to drive to Falköping to see if I could find some more. But first I and my dogs took our morning walk. This time Bertil was asleep on the upper floor, so he missed to follow us. Something he complained loudly about when we came home again :-)
This worked as an Abby between 1152-1529. I think it was 1527 that we left Catholicism and became Protestants that it was decided that all church belongings now belonged to the king and state. Gudhems Abbey burned down 1529 .
It was a wonderful morning. The sun started to shine as we started our walk and even if it was somewhat cold I couldn´t but enjoy the world. Cranes and geese could be heard from a distance and the meadow lark just above our heads. I noticed that the forest pigeons gathered in a tree outside my cittage before getting out on the fields looking for food. Not far from where we walked some Fallow deers stood and ate, they hadn´t heard us comming.
This is the grave of Queen Catherine Sunesdotter (a copy if I understand things correctly. The original is placed in a museum in Stockholm). She donated most of her considreble wealth to this abbey and lived the last years of her life here.
In a way I was lucky when I came to Falköping. I did find firelogs to my surprise, but I wasn´t that surprised when I saw the price :-) :-) They are hard to come by now so they had raised the price with over 38% Well since I am home all day now and it is nice to have a fire in the stove cold mornings I bought some anyway, but it was probably for the last time this season.
I felt I couldn´t show You photo´s of Falköping already since I did that only a few days ago. So I thought of the reason the second grooup of tourists comes to this area. Those interested in history (and a couple of books that gotten rediculusly popular here in Sweden. Thay are about a Temple Knight called Arn). Most historians now belive that the cradle of Sweden was just here where I live. In some places one can´t take a step without walking on something historical. People doesn´t dare digging in their gardens just in case something would turn up :-) :-) So Today You´ll see photo´s from the ruins of Gudhems Abbey.
Have a great Easter now!