Days 21 and 22 — Tanking up on Vitamin D

Yesterday was sunny and warm and people flocked to the beach and stayed there.

Today was cloudy but warm. I took pictures of a “colony garden” settlement here in town. Around 1895 the government began to grant small plots of land to Stockholm factory workers on which they could plant vegetables and have a (really) tiny shack and get some fresh air and sunshine on their day off. The program helped Swedes feed themselves in times when food was scarce but today the program has evolved where many use their plots of land as summer residences. People who live in Halmstad or farther away, like Stockholm on the other coast of the country, come here for their summer holidays. I hope the photos do these “second houses” justice. Many of the residents are middle class postal workers, teachers, nurses, etc. Some of these houses are in much better shape than primary houses I have seen elsewhere, including the U.S. As you will see, Swedes do love their gardens.

This last photo was a real happy find for us. In California we lived about 4 blocks from a great produce market, The Milk Pail. We really missed it until today when we discovered this open air produce market on the city central square. Every kind of fruit and vegetable you can imagine. Oranges from South Africa and grapes from Italy. Swedish berries of every kind. Peaches and nectarines for a dollar a pound and bananas for fifty cents a pound. No idea how late in the year they stay open, but we will take advantage of them until the last day for sure.

 

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