“You have to treat yourself every once in a while,
get to the fun stuff!”
Tina … want me to figure out what a treat is to me. Not difficult for me to say … but who will I translate it into images, my own images.
A treat to me is to be healthy … to live in and with freedom … to be able to speak my mind … be loved for who I’m with my faults and advantages.
A treat for me is also to have fresh water, electricity and be able to live a comfortable home
A treat is also my good friends … and be able to spend time with them.
Don’t have a lot of good friends, but the ones I have … are of high quality and to them belongs Ann Christin@LEYA and her husband Lars.
Ann Christin and I have been talking about doing a day out to Denmark and Copenhagen, but Denmark can make their mind up if we Swedes are allowed into the country and not. We day we can and the next we can’t- of course because of the COVID-19. So it has been hard to plane something. Then Ann Christine came up with the idea for us to visit a “local” art centre which is located 1-hour drive from their place in Vinslöv.
So we decided to give ourselves the treat to meet up … and visit the centre in the company of one of Ann Christin friend.
It became a very early start for me .. because I had to take the train from Landskrona and it means that I have to change train, but it was a fantastic morning with bright sunshine … and with the mist laying over the landscape. We really had the sun on our backs for the whole day.
“Treat yourself as if you were someone inexpressibly dear to you.”
Ann Christin had arranged for us to have a guided tour and our guide was one of the owners and driving forces behind the centre Teresa Holmberg, she didn’t come free … but she was worth every krona.
Ifö Center is a new, artist-run cultural centre at Lake Ivö in Bromölla, Sweden. The project has a total of 4,500m2 (48,000 square feet) in an old ceramics factory and has opened up the previously closed industrial area of the factory for culture and tourism. The collective builds everything itself and organizes courses, workshops and guided tours.
“Treat the world the way you want to be treated.”
Using the factory’s outer walls, a world-class outdoor gallery is growing with works by internationally renowned street artists.
We were too late with getting inside the factory … so there were none of the working artists left. But we had a good tour through all the various workshops and had plenty of time looking at their art.
One of the workshops belongs to the young Swedish artist Sebastian Blomqvist (27) that work is paper – his famous horses have become world-famous, recycled paper becomes classic art.
In all the softness that of paper and ceramic …. this amazing metal piece caught our eyes.
We met knitted and pipped ceramic art.
… and the amazing dramatic light all through the building was very hard for Oscar and me to resist!!!
“No need to explain all; pure heart always understands.”
and nature also created some AWESOME art!
…. before we left Bromölla where the factory is located we made a visit to the town’s famous fountain that is under restoration by the centre – Scanisaurus – It is composed of around 3,000 parts of moulded ceramics, manufactured at Iföverken’s development department and mounted on a frame of reinforced concrete, built by the Swedish artist Gunnar Nylund and inaugurated in 1971.
… and before we went back in the car we went to the little grill restaurant just beside fountain … and had a double portion of their hot dogs with mash potato … just another treat.
Ann Christin was taking her friend home … so that meant I could catch a train in Hässleholm instead … and it shorted my journey a bit.
Both I and my feet were worn out as I got on the train. Oscar had a field-day … his first adventure for nearly 3 month (been on repair) … and he was in his best mood and working like brand new.
So that is also a treat.
Couldn’t ask for a more perfect treat. God, I needed it so badly – the best cure I had for months.
“Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.”