From talking to a neighbor, Fall is the time when we get some fog around here and it was thick this morning. Really wonderful how it made the sea disappear.
I have taken shots from this spot numerous times on the blog but none like this morning’s.
By 11:00 it burned off and turned into a gorgeous Indian Summer day here. Our Swedish teacher took us to the big library in town.
That’s her on the right showing an Iranian and a Turkish classmate the directory.
In the center of the building this glassed garden and tree reaches to the sky.
Nearly every staircase in Sweden is spiral, whether in a public building, church or house.
The building juts out over the river that bisects the city.
Newspaper and magazine racks.
Really nice cafe.
There is an art gallery that features local artists very month or so, all kinds of stuff from textiles to photographs, to paintings to installations like this one.
Pretty much anything goes. Next month it will be something else.
The teacher had each of us check out a book in Swedish and this is me after selecting one by August Strindberg and realizing that I now actually have to read it.
Here is a shot of the library from the outside.
And a gratuitous shot of the river.
People were out taking advantage of the beautiful day. Things are supposed to unstabilize in a few days so they are getting their licks in while they can.
View from our backyard.
Mariette found these plants while we were walking in the afternoon. You touch these pods and they literally explode to spread their seeds. It feels like a tiny firecracker going off in your fingers.
And just to round out this post, here is a sampling of the sports we get here, starting with cricket. Many of you probably do not know that the Rugby World Championships are going on in New Zealand at the moment and earlier this morning I caught the last part of a stirring match between Samoa and the Springboks of South Africa. RSA won, 13 – 5 if you are interested.
For those not into cricket or rugby, there has been a snooker tournament going on the past couple weeks and it seems to be on most of the time when I am flipping around.
Then, of course, pretty much any time of day or night you can catch soccer. There is one channel that plays classic matches from the past nearly every time I check the channel. In this shot I happened to catch that rarest of soccer events, a goal being scored! Incredible.
Luckily, I am saved by ESPN America, which was running Thursday night’s Pitt/Univ. of South Florida game. Later, I watched the start of the baseball playoffs, Tampa Bay and Texas live from Arlington. October is definitely the best month of the year for sports.