“The Winter Raged”
(Longing for the country) – Herman Sätherberg,1812-1897
“The winter raged among our mountains
snowdrift melt down and die.
The sky smiles in the spring’s bright nights,
sun kisses lives in forests and lakes.
Soon it is summer here! In purple waves
gold coated blue shimmering,
lie the meadows in today’s flames,
and in the grove the springs dance”
In our calendar is the last day of April also the last day of winter and it’s official. This evening will all students put on their white hats and sing out the Winter and sing in the Spring by the big public bomb fires. Today is called Valborgs Mässoafton – and a 1/2 public holiday for some Swedes. It’s also our Kings birthday !!!!! .. and tomorrow 1th May is a public holiday and then we should be out and demonstrating against whatever we fancy. *smile
This I posted exactly 2 years ago – a year when the Spring had arrived in good time, just like this year. The photos are from 31.04.2012. Our spring this year, is a bit late – but tomorrow will I post my month of April 2013.
We had a beautiful day today! – referring to last year now.
The song that you’re listening to – is the song we sing out the winter and welcomes the spring. “Vinter rasat” eller as it it’s true title is “Längtan till landet”
It’s a Swedish song with lyrics by Herman Sätherberg and set to music for choir by Otto Lindblad 1839.
The song is one of the most typical springtime hymns in Sweden and is related to Valborgsmässoafton when sung by student choirs. The text was originally published as a poem in the book hunter rest, 1838. Some years after the advent of justice wrote Sätherberg new text. Both versions are starting about the same. The original version is four stanzas long, the revised version has six stanzas. It is the first two stanzas in the revised version that has become beloved.
On our backyard we have the most wonderful cherry tree – half is white and the other part is pink, but it’s not really blooming yet – not like the “for show cherries” that nearly has flowering. In Summer the tree is so heavy with berries, but they are far too high up …. so it’s “FOR BIRDS ONLY”! Found two bikes in love .. as I was leaving the yard, very cute with the big heart on the wall – sign as none that Spring has arrived.
Walking down to my closest park, about 5 min walk – I pass our wonderful flower and plant shop – there was trolley after trolley with plants outside and pallets with planting soil – very a busy … one lady couldn’t make up here mind – picking up plants .. putting them down .. pick up some others.
In the park was it full action – the playground was full with kids and their parents – one woman was getting her first tan for the year by the theater wall – the magnolia trees had dropped loads of petals – the grass was total under the 3 trees. Mums where out the strollers and girls were on the runner blades. Town center was very busy and it seems like the shops where open for the full day, normally they are only open to 1400.
In fountain yesterday, when I walked home from the supermarket, was full of birds and 4 ducks walked across the roundabout to get in too – it wasn’t much traffic, but I stood and watch to keep on the cars that came .. and I must say the drivers weren’t that careful. Nobody stopped completely. There was a 5th duck too, but he didn’t take any risks – he was the last one .. and halfway over the street and used his wings. Clever guy. Had hoped that they had been in the fountain today, but not one bird in sight – but I got splash using the night seating.
And I met my first bumblebee for this year. He was so busy .. flying from flower to flower in the bush … hard to catch with the camera and we can’t have a day in Landskrona without a bus.
So thank you for .. walking with me this gorgeous last day of the winter.
“Spring has come when you can put your foot on three daisies”
(this post was first posted 30.04.2012)
Photos provided by and thanks to: hd.se & ktk.ths.kth.se (top ones)