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"The quiet transition from autumn to winter is not a bad time at all. It's a time for protecting and securing things and for making sure you've got in as many supplies as you can. It's nice to gather together everything you possess as close to you as possible, to store up your warmth and your thoughts and burrow yourself into a deep hole inside, a core of safety where you can defend what is important and precious and your very own. Then the cold and the storms and the darkness can do their worst. They can grope their way up the walls looking for a way in, but they won't find one, everything is shut, and you sit inside, laughing in your warmth and your solitude, for you have had foresight."

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"There are those who stay at home and those who go away, and it has always been so. Everyone can choose for himself, but he must choose while there is still time and never change his mind."

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"The forest was heavy with rain and the trees were absolutely motionless. Everything had withered and died, but right down on the ground the late autumn's secret garden was growing with great vigour straight out of the mouldering earth, a strange vegetation of shiny puffed-up plants that had nothing to do at all with summer."

The pictures I took in the south of Sweden made me want to quote one of my all time favorite books; Moominvalley in November, a strange book which always makes me happy to re-read.
I met up with my friend Kristin and her daughter Nanna, my beautiful god daughter, and we took a forest walk into memory land. It was the right season and the right day for it.
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Svaneholm's Castle - a place where I often went when I was in my late teens, with my group of pagan "sisters". We would go into the castle gardens during night and listen to the big tower clock tolling, waiting to see the lady ghost show herself.
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We rented the smoking cabin, on the other side of the little lake, and had sleepovers there a couple of times a year. Marshmallows and wine, promises and stories, rituals and tears. Some of us were closer than others, some of us are still fairly close today, others not so much.
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Some people stay important
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some don't...
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A beautiful oak that meant a lot to me once, I still love it
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a cool dead tree, fitting for the month of november
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Kristin and her family own Icelandic horses, the same kind of shaggy, sturdy and strong little animals that used to carry around viking warriors on their backs. Sometimes I think they look a little otherworldly, like troll-horses
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Kristin's horse is called "Frenya" which I was told means "mean bitch" or something like that, in Icelandic. The mare herself couldn't be further from her name, she is a sweet, mild mannered and very social little horse.
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This year has been a difficult one for me, being away from people I love for so long has taken its toll, becoming a student again didn't feel so grand, some disappointments in people from the past, but many things have been good, exhilarating even.
Some things are too sad to cry over, too joyous to laugh about and too heavy to put down. Just like some things are entirely too light to hold on to.
There will be locked posts again in the future, in this journal, if you're still on my list, and if you still read, we'll talk.
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Date: 2009-11-24 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizardek.livejournal.com
I read! But mostly I was totally immersed in those photos. Especially that first one.

Date: 2009-11-24 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
I know you do, and I suspect you've probably read the moomin books too!

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Date: 2009-11-24 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chocolatebark.livejournal.com
Awesome Pictures!

Date: 2009-11-24 08:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Thank you! For some reason, decay can be very photogenic.

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sump thing

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Date: 2009-11-24 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shipbuilding.livejournal.com
I want to ride those horses with you, my autumnal sister!

Date: 2009-11-24 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
We SHOULD! Icelandic horses are easy to ride, even unskilled riders make a forgiving picture (not you of course, I'm talking ME here). We would amble over the fields in the gait that is special just to that breed of horses and we'd have wind in our hair and look like creatures sprung from the hills!

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Date: 2009-11-24 09:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chessdev.livejournal.com
Very nice pics - very nice.

And some interesting stories in the past that were alluded to...making
the picture post a pseudo-documentary, thus even cooler.

Date: 2009-11-24 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Glad you liked it! November is a strange month, in which you can actually find more objects worthy of pictures than one would think..

Date: 2009-11-24 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] berchshill.livejournal.com
I think we all have one of those oak trees, somewhere, waiting for us to return.
Such a lovely post!

Date: 2009-11-24 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
we do, we do, thank you, pretty!

Date: 2009-11-24 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clsisold.livejournal.com
Lovely pictures with words to match

Date: 2009-11-24 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
You've always been good at getting my moods. Thank you!

Date: 2009-11-24 11:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piedpiper.livejournal.com
love this--it's just what i needed. i wish you were around more often. xoxo

Date: 2009-11-25 05:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
School has stumped me a little, but I'm recovering. I'll never leave LJ, barring major international web disasters. It's really good to see YOU around!
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Date: 2009-11-24 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] freelark.livejournal.com
Awesome.

Date: 2009-11-25 05:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Right back at ya! ;)

Date: 2009-11-25 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seamusd.livejournal.com
Nice! Thanks for sharing!

Date: 2009-11-25 05:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Glad you liked it!

Date: 2009-11-25 12:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cienna.livejournal.com
Beautiful pictures! Made me feel very nostalgic. I'm kind of sad the autumn is ending soon.

Date: 2009-11-25 05:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Me too! The snow had better show up within a month, to compensate my aesthetics.

Date: 2009-11-25 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jamezm.livejournal.com
That landscape is so alien to me -- it's probably the exact opposite for you.

yes, but..

Date: 2009-11-25 05:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
I've always wanted to know what the shifts of the seasons look like in Australia.

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Date: 2009-11-25 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gyzki.livejournal.com
Beautiful pictures! The woods look a lot like parts of New England here, but not quite the same--and we sure don't have castles and Icelandic horses in our landscapes. But beyond the attraction of familiar-but-not-quite, you have a good eye for a good picture. Thanks for sharing.

thank you!

Date: 2009-11-25 05:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
One day I will go to New England, that's the first part of the US, along with the great lake area and Alaska, which made me curious to travel North America.

Date: 2009-11-25 09:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tommdroid.livejournal.com
Ent love.

Date: 2009-11-25 12:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
true löv? ;)

Thanks for Sharing!

Date: 2009-11-25 03:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lelain.livejournal.com
Those photos are amazing! Just so lovely and I love the quotes from the book that you put with them. I may see if I can find a copy of the book; it sounds very interesting.

Agreed. The horses do look other worldly. They look like they would be just right for the dwarf character Gimli from Lord of the Rings

Re: Thanks for Sharing!

Date: 2009-11-25 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
The Moomin books by Finnish author Tove Jansson are wonderful! If you don't mind reading good childrens' lit, I can wholeheartedly recommend them. The first few books start off as pure (but good and very unusual) children books, but the last 3-4 books, of which "Moominvalley in November" is the very last one in the suite, are considered all-age and fairly philosophical.

Date: 2009-11-25 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lazip.livejournal.com
Seal, these are such beautiful photos and the commentary is hauntingly thoughtful, perfect for fall. I was reading Stieg Larsson's book recently (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or, I think, Män som hatar kvinnor) and thinking of you-- not because of the murden and mayhem-- but because the author mentioned some of the towns I'm familiar with through you (like Uppsala). I hope you are enjoying you time and are not too homesick! In 2010, we must find a way to meet one another in person. Much love--

Date: 2009-11-25 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
I am pretty miffed that I didn't find the time to meet you when I was in Illinois for a few days recently. I had your number with me, but it was just such a big family gathering and lots of things going on constantly. Please, if you do go through Denver ever, give me a ring, I'll email you my number. (or ask Anne, she should have it). I'll be in the US fairly much next semester, due to a thesis I must write (my new MA will be done by early June, but I'll work on my thesis from home, so I'll be in Colorado most of April and May at least, and then after mid June I'm back home again period.

Date: 2009-11-26 07:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zombienought.livejournal.com
I have been continuously impressed
through the years by the beauty of
Sverige. I hope I can visit it some
day.

I love those little horses. They
remind me a bit of those furry
Bantha-like cows in Scotland.
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Highland Cattle! I love 'em too. The horses (all horses I suspect) become furry like that when they are out most year around in a climate which has chillier winters, it's a trait left from their free roaming days and a sign of health.

Date: 2009-11-26 11:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennixen.livejournal.com
Incredibly beautiful photos, as always. You really have a talent for photography. Love the horses, they looks so cuddly. :)

Date: 2009-11-26 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Thank you! You'd totally love Frenya and her friends in real life as well, they're cuddly, nice and full of mischief. ;)

Date: 2009-11-26 02:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] katsu
I love the pictures. :D

Date: 2009-11-26 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
I'm glad you do, oh lovely fiancee of a Brit! :P

Date: 2009-12-06 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jlsjlsjls.livejournal.com
Oh, so much like where I grew up ... well, foxes and grouse and deer instead of Icelandic pones and the river is much narrower, but still ...

Your pictures are food for the soul as well as the eye. :-)

Date: 2009-12-16 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Damn, lady, LJ didn't show me this comment at all, bad bad LJ!!

Date: 2010-01-05 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maehymn.livejournal.com
Hey-it's Maggie! I've just added you.

I totally agree with you about this year. So glad it's over. I feel like this one will be much much better.

Date: 2010-01-05 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Glad to see you, it only makes sense to be LJ buddies as well!
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