There were picnics and grasshoppers and laughter and there was music-playing and dancing and a maypole, and lots of children, and a spotted Pippi Longstocking horse, and wild strawberries and Swedish bread that you could watch being rolled out and cooked. I loved seeing that the slag glass that was left over after the iron ore had been heated to melt the iron out, had been used as a building material. It was so beautiful and each piece was unique.
Afterwards we all wandered back to the cars and drove home to put some cream on the pavlova that was our contribution to the wonderful evening feast ...
... which was for all the neighbours and held just across the road. Which was lucky because I may have indulged in just a teeny glass of schnapps more than was sensible so when the games began, I could just
|Son tried on the crown. He looked very becoming in it!|
|Here comes the water!|
|The old foundry tower.|
|The beautiful vitreous material (slag) that is left behind when the iron is smelted|
out of the ore.
|Back to the neighbour's place for the evening shared meal.|
|I tried a bit of everything. My favourite was the fermented picked herrings.|
|Traditional Swedish cake. Sponge, cream and strawberries.|
|Time for games... !|
|10.30 pm midsummer's eve|
|11 pm midsummer's eve.|
|2 am midsummer's day.|