New Year in the land of snow-melt

The last bright sunlight I saw was three or four days ago. It's been raining ever since.
The last bright sunlight I saw was three or four days ago. It’s been raining ever since.

We’ve gone from very snowy in one week to no snow at all on the ground, thanks to the warring weather systems battling it out over the skies of Sweden.

One front came from the East, another from the West, and, just like the great Norse gods of old, declared war. The result has been that snow lost, warmth has returned.

It’s only January 1st, though. Let’s see what Siberian frosts bring as the new year progresses! 

Flowers from street vendors promise Spring, but Spring is a long way off; there’s much more winter to come. Thinking it was Spring-ish yesterday, I took a trip out to nearby Ingelstad, a town where Vikings long ago established some of the oldest settlements in Sweden.

There’s a tall burial mound in Ingelstad. Reaching the top by way of a slippery set of stairs dug out of the mound, you’ll find the replica of a rare roundstone carved with runes of remembrance by a Viking husband to his wife. The entire area of Ingelstad is dotted with hundreds of remnants of Viking carved stones, as well as many other archeological remains indicating that this region of Sweden was home to the Vikings from a very early time. 

Street narcissus
Street narcissus
Yesterday was not a good day for photography I found, as I got progressively more and more damp in the rain. This site in nearby Ingelstad is one of the oldest in Sweden, and is documented as an original Viking settlement and burial ground.
Yesterday was not a good day for photography I found, as I got progressively more and more damp in the rain. This site in nearby Ingelstad is one of the oldest in Sweden, and is documented as an original Viking settlement and burial ground.
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