For the first time since arriving I got sick. I have been sick all week which is why I have not had any posts for the last few days. Today is the first day since getting sick that I have not slept for most of the day. I have no thoughts on getting sick other than I hate being sick. I am glad I am on the mend now. My post will resume. I do apologize for the lack of post the last couple of weeks.
We spent the day on the Southeast coast of Sweden traveling though some of the small fishing villages of the area. We started out in the small fishing village of Kåsaberga. On a bluff just outside of the village is Ales Stenar a stone ship monument from the Viking age. If you want to read more about it I have a separate blog post on Ales Stenar. As soon as I was done hiking up to the bluff and could see the stone ship the feeling of the place changed. That was something I did not quite expect. I can not really explain how if felt different. It is a place where the Land, Sky and Ocean appear to merge into one.
After our hike we enjoyed lunch in the village overlooking the bay before heading to Skillinge.
|Skillinge Turist Byrå (Turist Bureau)|
We then headed to Simrishamn which is a small beautiful city. There was some fish processing plants there. This looked to me to be a major fishing port of the area. We stopped and enjoyed some glass (ice cream) then Vanim and I walked through the docks and checkout out the ships. (Every time I walk through the docks and check out the sailing ships I think of Captain JR and sailing on the Great Salt Lake.)
We stopped at Vik to see a cool geological feature along the coast of a formation of round rocks. If there was a village that I would love to have a vacation at it would be Vik. The sea and beach there was beautiful. It was a little village with very narrow streets and an beautiful coastline. To keep this posting within reason I created a separate blog post for ocean pictures. I also tried something I have not done before. I took some videos of the ocean with my iPhone which I have also posted in a separate blog post. Check those out if you are interested.
|Looking West at Ales Stenar|
|Drawing of Ales Stenar in 1777|
What is Ales Stenar (Ale’s Stone) in Kåseberga? It is a stone representation of a ship. That is the one thing that people seem to all agree upon. Other than that there appears to be disagreement between experts about when it was built and why it was built. In 1777 not all the stones were standing upright. In 1916 and in 1950 there was two restorations. No one knows if the stones are in the exact same place as they were originally. Were the stone ship sits is on top of a stable sand dune that is covered in vegetation. The information provided at the sight appears to be current accepted the narrative identifying the stone ship as a solar calendar. That is the information I will provide. The Ship Faces Northeast. You can see an aerial view from the embedded map below.
Stone ships like Ales Stenar were often built during the Viking Era 800 – 1050 CE. Ship like monuments were also erected durring the early Bronze Age, from around 1100 – 400 BCE, but they had a slightly different form. Analyses show that Ales Stenar was erected sometime durring the period 500 – 1000 CE.
|Cup Marks on stone near Malöhus|
Cup Marks- small carved, concave depressions – have been discovered on many of the boulders. These kind of carvings are often found on boulders in Stone Age dolmens and passage graves. This means that boulders from old graves have been used to build Ales Stenar. To the right is a picture of a stone with cup marks. The cup marks have been marked with red for easier identification. This stone is found just outside of Malmöhus. (It is a typical example of how people used the avaliable stones in Skåne to produce rock carvings. The cup marks are small and often ground depressions on the flat pieces of rocks and loose boulders. They are the most common form of rock carving in Sweden and have been interpret as symbols for fire, sun, of the female gender. taken from information marker by stone) Also if you look at my blog post My Bicycle Adventure 16 July 2013 there is a section and a picture of an excavated passage grave.
To better understand the calendar aspect of the ship I have included the picture above from the information sign. Winter Solstice: at winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, the sun rises above the southeastern stern stone and stets besides the midship stone 16 in the southwest as observed from the observation point in the middle of the ship. At this time 1/4 of the ship is day side and 3/4 is night side. Summer Solstice: At summer solstice, the longest day of the year, the situation is reversed. The sun rises then above the opposite midship stone and sets above the northwest stern stone as observed from the point of the middle of the stone ship, At that time 3,4 of the ship is day side and 1/4 is night side. Equinoxes: at vernal and autumnal equinoxes, when the length of day and night is the same, the sun rises above stone 12 in the east and sets above the opposite stone 12 in the west as observed from the middle of the stone ship. At that time the sun-ship is divided in such a way that equally many stones correspond to day and night. (Taken form the information marker)
|Southeast Stern Stone|
|View Towards the Northeast|
|Northwest Stern Stone|
|View to the Southwest|
|View towards the Northwest Stern Stone standing at the Southeast Stern Stone|
I love the ocean. I just the smells, sounds and sights of the ocean. The smells can be just the smell of salt or it can be intermingled with the smell of fish and seaweed. The sounds can depend on the nature of the beach weather it is rocks or sand, the time of year and time of day. There is something very meditative to watch the ocean waves. I decided to put all the Pictures of the ocean from Mondays adventure into one post.
|Looking Northeast From the Bay|
|Looking Southwest From Ale’s Stone|
|Looking Southwest from Ale’s Stone|
|Young Seagull Resting on the Quay Wall|
|Quay Wall With the Bay In the Background|
|Standing on the Quay Wall the Baltic Sea in the Background|
|Please Rescue Me if I Fall In|
|Looking Into the Bay|
|Awesome Rock Circle Formation Along the Coast|
|Awesome Rock Circle Formation Along the Coast|
|Closeup Inside the Awesome Rock Circle Formation|
|Looking North Along the Coast|
|Seaweed Growing Among the Rocks|
|More Seaweed Growing Among the Rocks|
|Grass Growing On Top of a Rock At the Edge of the Ocean|
|Sitting on a Large Rock the Baltic Sea Behind Me|
|standing next to part of the old medieval city wall|
|part of the medieval city wall|
St Anne was build as a hospital in 1534. When Åhus lost its town privileges which were passed to Kristianstad the hospital was closed.
|View from outside the ruins|
|View from inside the ruins|
|Vanim on top of the ruins|
|View from on top the wall|
|View inside the ruins|
|view from outside the ruins|
It was at one time common for people to have a small field of tobacco to make some extra money. After harvesting the tobacco and drying it in a tobacco barn the residents of Åhus would sell to Per Svensson who would roll the dried tobacco leaves into cigars. This practice stopped when tobacco became monopolized by the Swedish government. Vanim was very happy to see the tobacco barn. In front of the tobacco barn was a small planting of tobacco. This inspired me to do some research on growing your own tobacco.
Kärnan is a medieval castle. The construction was based upon a single tower with narrow windows. This is in start contrast to Malmöhus a renaissance castle and its large windows. The only thing remaining for Kärnan is the large tower. Below the tower you can see the foundations of the walls that once surrounded the tower. Also the flat square area in front of the tower is where a church once stood.
Below the castle is a large ornate staircase leading from the harbor area of the town up to the tower.
|looking towards the city from the entrance to the Kärnan|