Category Archives: Scania

Hörja church

Hörja parish church in northern Scania, built in the thirteenth century. The tower is added 1924. My grandparents and my aunt and uncles are buried here.
Hörja parish church in northern Scania, built in the thirteenth century. The tower is added 1924. My grandparents and my aunt and uncles are buried here.
We are in the northern parts of Scania famous for it guerilla fighters during the Scanian war between Denmark and Sweden. The war ended with Scania and the neighbouring provinces of Blekinge and Halland belonging to Sweden. Scania was danish until 1658.

This is Hörja church, one of the parishes my father´s ancestors came from. Most of his ancestors moved between Hörja, neighbouring parishes Finja and Västra Torup as far as I have been able to trace them which probably means they were here long before the 17th century. The oldest I have been able to trace are born in the 1400s.

In the autumn after my aunt died my son and I went for mass at All Saint´s Day to this church. All Saint´s Day is a day when you bring flowers and candles to the graves of those you want to remember, though I live too far away from the graves of my relatives so I don´t do it. All Saint´s Day is celebrated at the same time as Halloween in the United States.

But at the end of the mass the vicar brought us out to the entrance of the church to sing a hymn with a stanza about the ancestors lying to rest in the churchyard, Knowing that my ancestors had lived here for generations that was a very special feeling.


Måkläppen in Falsterbo

A freezing november day we went to have a look at Måklåppen that is a seal reservation during the summer and only allowed to go onto in the winter.
A freezing november day we went to have a look at Måkläppen that is a seal reservation during the summer and only allowed to go onto in the winter.
In the southeastern corner of Sweden there is a reservation for seals. You are only allowed on the premises during the winter so we went there in december 2014. It is called Måkläppen and lies in Falsterbo in Sweden.

Öresundsbron – The bridge between Sweden and Denmark

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The postcard this week is from New year´s eve 2014 and is a view of the Öresund bridge that connects Sweden and Denmark.  The picture was originally published on Weekly Weather at New Years Eve 2014.

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Old telephone booth in Simrishamn

Old telephone booth by the railway station in Simrishamn.
Old telephone booth by the railway station in Simrishamn.

We are in Simrishamn and looking at a telephone booth no longer in use. It stands by the railway station as a memorial of times gone by. The picture is taken in the autumn of 2013 and published before on From My Horizon.