Thursday, 24 December 2009

XMAS MUSINGS


This calm Xmas Eve morning, around 9.30, I was sitting at my breakfast table, sipping coffee and enjoying the view of Hammarby Sound (Hammarby Sjö) outside my window. All was white, the sky covered, but still half open, only the boats and houses on the opposite side of the Channel showing some muted colors. As I was contemplating this scenery in "pastel", I felt the urge to communicate it to you. In this digital age and space, thought is flesh without undue delay, so enclosed please find my view from the kitchen table, as it looked then, on this splendid Xmas Eve morning. A nice way to convey my very best wishes for a calm and relaxing holiday season, don’t you think?


PS: The comments below are actually responses to an e-mail I sent to family and friends on Xmas 2009, with the picture and text I have replicated in the present post. DS

Monday, 24 August 2009

MORNING AFTER CRAYFISH PARTY



Here I am sitting in the balcony of my newly acquired apartment in Hammarby Sjöstad, with Sophia Church (Sofia Kyrka) towering in the background and the sea channel, leading to Hammarby Sound (Hammarby Sjö), just below my feet. You can glimpse the odd boat being anchored on the quay opposite to mine. My apartment building has the street address Hammarby Kaj. As the name indicates, this, as well as the opposite, side of the channel used to house harbour facilities in the old days, when Stockholm still was a city full of industries. Nowadays, the former industrial sites have all been converted to residential areas, with the new harbour and heavy industry located far away from the city centre.

This picture was taken in the morning after the inauguration party of my new residence, or more precisely, a traditional Swedish crayfish party. This was the morning when I really felt at home in Stockholm for the first time since ten years back, when I had moved away from this beautiful city to assume a post in the capital of Europe. The move back had been prepared carefully, being spread out over most of two years. It also coincided with my transition from active professional life to the more relaxed living as pensioner.

Although I have never been an especially driven person, taking life and work more or less as it came to me, I still had to think about some other activities to fill my days, after having left Brussels. Fortunately, I have always had photography as a hobby, so I decided to make more of a profession out of this old hobby and carry out some creative projects along the way. So why not start this new professional venture at home, by documenting some nice scenery from the windows of my new apartment, as it emerged over the seasons? The background is enticing, with the sea channel merging into Hammarby Sound, and varying weather conditions will certainly provide me with ample variation in my pictures. Let’s see what this series is leading up to, and let ourselves be surprised by the ever changing picture motives occasioned by the seasons and by varying weather conditions.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

RAINBOW OVER HAMMARBY SOUND



This day was very special to me, since I was arranging a traditional crayfish party in my apartment, to inaugurate it, so to speak. The guests were expected later, fortunately, for, just an hour earlier, there was a thunderstorm brewing over southern Stockholm. After a short rain the weather was calming down again and the sun started to come out from between clouds, shining like a giant spotlight on the buildings across the sound. Soon, as if destined to stimulate my party preparations, a most beautiful rainbow emerged, over the narrow outlet of Hammarby Sound (Hammarby Sjö) that lies hidden behind the apartment building to the left of the quay. 

Thursday, 23 April 2009

I HAVE ARRIVED!

















There is a certain charm in entering an empty, newly built apartment in Hammarby Sjöstad, Stockholm. At this special day I tiptoed into my still empty residence at 8.00 in the morning, waiting for the seller of my new bookshelf to deliver the goods and build the shelf. It was a beautiful spring morning and a pleasure to behold the living room, looking very large and inviting in all its splendour.

I had to wait a long time for this sunny morning pleasure. The contract for the apartment had to be signed already in Summer 2006, but the building was not finished until March 2009, when I visited the apartment for the first time (on a bleak winter morning) together with the building inspectors, and received the keys.

I am very glad that I brought my camera from Brussels on this short visit in April. Soon, the apartment would be filled with furniture and looking a lot smaller, albeit more cosy. So this picture will have to do as memorial until the next buyer will arrive, many years from now, I hope.

One day after this picture, the beds were already in place and I could start living in the apartment, still only sparsely furnished. On the morning of 25 April, I woke early and sneaked out to the balcony at 5.00. The clear morning sun greeted me with its warmth and seduced me to try a panorama picture of the view from my balcony. The picture below shows part of that panorama.










If you are interested in getting a full 180 Degree view, you are invited to admire this outlook by clicking on the video frame provided as follows.




I admit that I have started this blog sometime after the fact. The first postings will deal with pictures taken already some time ago. So, if you see comments with a date widely different from that of the post in question, like the comments below, this is because I transferred those comments from the answers to an e-mail with the pictures and text sent at the date in question. Soon, we will have run through the inventory of pictures already taken and continue the posting with fresh pictures, taken the same day or day before they are put on the blog.