January: the days are short, the evenings are long. The sun is setting around 3 in the afternoon and doesn't show its face again before 9 in the morning. So it is best to make most of the evening as you can, and what better way than to bring some light into the darkness.
In the evening we often burn a candle outside on the deck, using our home made candle holders. Hahaha, yep, it's ice! It gives a wonderful effect, these icy candle holders, and they are so easy to make. Just put a bucket of water outside for the night. The temperatures here are cold enough to freeze the outer rim of water in the bucket within 24 hours. And these form into excellent candle holders for outside on the deck, bringing light and instant cosiness to the dark and long Swedish evenings.
But when the sun comes out, you might have luck and have a 'Perfect Winter Day'. This picture was taken around 2 o'clock in the afternoon. It is still early day, but a Swedish day ends early in December. It might not be light for that long, but wow, what a beautiful light we have here! Breathtaking!
All the photos on this theme page were taken at my place, or during one of our walks in the area. It never stops to amaze me how beautiful your own surroundings can be, if you are willing to see it. Sweden in the winter can be a true winter wonderland :-)
The lane towards the castle bordered by beeches, planted at the end of the 18th century.
About a 10 minutes walk from my house is lake Mälaren, our favourite destination for a short walk. And today was no exception. I just love it here.
Ice yachting.... hahaha, or whatever the name of this activity may be. This picture was taken at the harbour of the Sundbyholm Castle at Lake Mälaren. Besides the ice sailers you often see iceskaters here as well. So if you decide to come here in the winter, don't forget to take a pare of skates with you! Or your ice yacht of course ;-))