“Home is the most important place in the world.”
Amy … want us to share our “lock-up” environment.
The thing is that we aren’t locked up here in Sweden .. we can move around freely with a social distance … shop whatever we need and want, go to the hairdresser, enjoy a nice cup of coffee al fresco in the beautiful spring weather at a cafe … delight ourselves with a dining adventure at a restaurant in the evening if we fancy that.
So welcome to apartment 1202 at Östergatan in Landskrona – Sweden
For me, the two main rooms in my 2 bedroom apartment are the kitchen and the bedroom.
“It is good to collect things,
but it is better to go on walks.”
Let’s start with the bedroom and my little collection of miniature perfume bottles – have been collecting for many years, but they have never gone on display until I moved into this apartment.
“One sits uncomfortably on a too comfortable cushion.”
I love green plants and cushions … big and small
“Every bedroom should have a piece of silk”
Viveka Gustavson (me)
All “art” on my walls are my own images … that goes for the bedroom and the living room. And my bedroom curtains are made of embroidered silk.
“O bed! O bed! delicious bed!
That heaven upon earth to the weary head.”
My big and high comfortable bed .. is from IKEA, bought in the UK, only 10 days before my removal was leaving for Sweden.
” The Wonderful Everyday”
It gave me a nightmare experience when assembly it – that ended up with me writing a personal letter to the CEO and founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad – and my problem was solved in a couple of days. That is a story of its own.
“Best way to get rid of kitchen odors: Eat out.”
My kitchen is a galley kitchen … love it because it means I don’t have waltz around it while cooking. When standing by the cooker I just have to turn around and there are the fridge and freezer.
Not the largest kitchen, but big enough for me and a narrow IKEA Billy bookshelves for my cookery books and mini music system!
“My favorite hobby is cooking and eating.
There is nothing I can do well if I have not eaten well.”
Darnell Lamont Walker
From the kitchen is access to the balcony … nearly the best thing with the whole apartment – plus the building has an elevator, which was #1 on my requirement list when I moved back to Sweden in 2009 after nearly 25 years in total living abroad; Denmark, Canada, USA, United Kingdom and Ireland. Plus 12 months on a cruise liner.
Fantastic years …
but it’s so wonderful to be back home … Home in Sweden and the beautiful seaside town of Landskrona.
I had never been to Landskrona or seen the apartment (only on the blueprint) before I signed the contract, sitting in Belfast. It was like a blind date coming to Landskrona 6 weeks later … a blind date that resulted in love at first sight.
Home for me … is not only the place that has my name on the door … home is also the beautiful county that I was born and lives in – Sweden!!!
“The best journey takes you home.”
“Thou ancient, Thou free, Thou mountainous north
Thou quiet, Thou joyful [and] fair!
I greet thee, loveliest land upon earth,
Thy sun, Thy sky, Thy climes green.
Thou thronest on memories of great olden days,
When honoured Thy name flew across the earth,
I know that Thou art and wilt remain what thou werest,
Yes, I want to live, I want to die in the North.”