Veronica's mother (Ulla-Karin), boyfriend (Haekan), and Anders girlfriend picked us up at the bus stop in Motala and brought us to their summer home in the country. Here we were deciding who would sleep where.
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This is the main house -- there was also a small cottage on the property (off to the right) where a couple of us slept.
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A native black slug. We don't have these in the States -- I thought they were cool.
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Another magnificent mollusk.
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This is the lake where we would have all been swimming had it not been cold and rainy.
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Anders & Tilda
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A nice group shot, but not everyone was present.
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Gavin operating some of the heavy dredging machinery we found at the lake.
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Gavin, Kate, & Tomas stayed on to do some swimming in the frigid water. Veronica was the event photographer.
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Veronica and her mother, Ulla-Karin, who was a marvelous hostess. I hope she didn't regret inviting the lot of us. I fear we were quite a bit of work for her, but she seemed to be enjoying herself all the same.
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Anders girlfriend, Katrine, with a midsummer wreath in her hair.
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Ulla-Karin works at a flower shop, and made some very professional wreaths for the girls in the group.
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One of the many delicious meals we enjoyed during our visit.
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Kurt & Antonis are close friends in Alan's group.
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Kate & Veronica
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Pretty maids all in a row. Julie was so pleased with her headdress; I think she wore it all the way home.
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Our midsummer was a bit wet, but we were told this was normal.
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Kurt being the perfect gentleman.
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Julie sharing her umberella with Max.
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On the way, I spotted this burrow in someones yard, which I assume is used for storing wine or somesuch.
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At the festival, they were giving out mineral water from the town spring, which was purported to have healing qualities.
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We all gave it a try.
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They had a turn-of-last-century apothecary in the small town where the festival was held, and Julie asked me to take this photo of her with the pharmacist in her traditional clothes.
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This was a nice tea setting in the adjoining room.
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The main activity of the festival was of course dancing about a floral pole to some very silly summertime songs.
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I'm guessing this must have been the "moose dance."
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The costumes some of the participants wore were marvelous.
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Tomas, Katrine, Kate, Veronica, Gavin, & Julie all joined in the dance.
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I even got dragged into it at one point.
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Luckily, no one was hurt.
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It was rather a big crowd gathered there.
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Later that afternoon, we played a few games of croquet.
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We were all learners, and some of us learned faster than others.
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Veronica & Kate beat all the men, individually and as a team. There must be something about wearing flowers in your hair that makes you a superior croquet player.
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Francisco was quite keen on the game, not that it did him any good.
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Tomas is a proficient juggler, as it turns out.
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And Veronica is a proficient cook.
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There were two groups at dinner -- those who were interested in the football match between Greece and France, and those who weren't.
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Antonis and Julie were ecstatic when Greece one, and Julie called to hear that everyone was going crazy after the game back home.
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The trip home was rather like the trip there, involving cars, buses, and a train.
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We said thank you and farewell to our hosts.
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Waiting at check-in. Some of us headed different directions once we landed at Stansted (London). My next destination was Leicester, though I hadn't yet realized that I was a day early...
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