the winding road passing Sundre Church
Hundlausar heter ett område i Vamlingbo med tre karaktäristiska kvarnar. Området
har kallats Hundlausar i urminnes tid. Namnet kommer av att där blåser så mycket att
man inte kan släppe en "hund lausar", alltså släppa en hund lös.
Området har varit betesmark i lång tid men i takt med färre antal djur har tallskog
växt upp i området. Kvarnarna var i bruk fram till 1950talet och ägdes av gårdarna i
Norrbyn söder om kvarnarna. Nu förvaltas kvarnarna av Gotlands hembygdsförbund
som restaurerat dem.
Vacker väg mot Hoburgen
När du ser skylten "Vacker väg mot Hoburgen" på Storsudret är det väl värt att
svänga av. Vägen går längs med naturreservatet Husrygg, och är verkligen sällsynt
vacker. Området bjuder på ett böljande landskap med fantastisk utsikt, vackra
stenmurar och det fina lilla stenmuseet vid Kettelvik.
På kustklinten som sträcker sig ända fram till Hoburgen växer bland annat stora
mängder av den sällsynta våradonisen som blommar från mitten av april till mitten av
maj. Men området är väl värt ett besök oavsett årstid.
The stone museum Kettelviks Stenmuseum is located in an old quarry at the southern tip of Gotland, just about 14 kilometres south of Burgsvik. Kettelviks Stenmuseum is a so-called Arbetslivsmuseum (Museum of Work Life), of which there are around 1,500 in Sweden. The museums show the work and life of various occupational groups in Sweden's history. In this case, everything centres on the manufacture of stones and the work of stonemasons. The stone museum itself is located in the quarry of the former stonemason John Larsson. From the early 1930s until the 1980s, sandstone was quarried and processed in this quarry. The company Gotlandsbrynet started to build up the museum in 1987 in order to preserve the historical equipment and objects. The museum is actually a small open-air museum consisting of two buildings and various historical machines. Since the old cranes and pumps are still in the quarry, visitors can see very clearly how work was once done there. Some of the cranes date from the 1950s, when they were first used in Valar, south of Burgsvik. The even older wind-powered piston pump that was used to pump the water out of the quarry consists of a small windmill that had to be turned by hand into the wind.
The two buildings contain the exhibitions of the stone museum. Old tools, photographs and objects made of sandstone show how the stone is shaped and processed. A collection of sharpening stones also explains the history of Gotland sandstone, which has been used for thousands of years as a building material but also to sharpen tools and knives.
The association Kettelvik Stenmuseums Vänner takes care of the preservation of the Kettelviks Stenmuseum today. Access to the quarry and viewing of the exhibition is free of charge. Group tours are also possible by prior arrangement.
The quarry and stone museum are located right by the water, west of the Husryggs Naturreservat. The nature reserve is ideal for a hike to Hoburgen, a hill and viewpoint at the southern tip of Gotland, which is three kilometres from here.
Hoburgsgubben is a famous rauk on southern Gotland. When standing at a certain angle, which is marked with a sign, the rauk resembles a man's head - hence the name. Hoburgsgubben is located on Hoburgen, as far south as you can get on Gotland. The 'old man' himself is made up of reef limestone that belongs to the Sund Reformation. The Sund Reformation was deposited during the late Ludlow and belongs to the very youngest bedrock on Gotland. To Fårö lighthouse furthest north on Gotland, it is about 176 km from Hoburgsgubben.
We pass the medieval Sundre Kyrka, which has its own defence tower from the 12th century. The Romanesque church in Sundre was built from the beginning of the 13th century, following an older wooden church from the 12th century that had stood on the site until then. The first parts were the nave and the choir. The steeple was built around 1250 and it was not until 1870 that the sacristy was added.
Auch auch auch.... my bum hurts soooo much! Not that much comfort in my opinion ;-)
Simone & Åke, South Gotland, Sweden, August 2016