Some studies in sepia

Old buildings have always appealed to me.  There something about their solidity and history that makes me want to picture them.  This past six weeks I’ve been right in their immediate vicinity.

At Valla Folkhögskola in Linköping we were housed next to the ‘fritidområde’ with all of the old farming and railway buildings.  We strolled out in the clear evening light to relax after a long day’s work and always found the environment stimulating. Just beyond, and through the forest, is a lovely walk to Gamla Linköping:  you can see our sunset shadows on the cobbled square.

Once we’d left Linköping we had a few days working with colleagues in Turku, Finland.  We stayed in Villa Hortus and so walked past the massive cathedral everyday.  It totally dominates the old city area, looming out above the Aura River.

And now I am spending my remaining time in Europe with my fantastic relatives at Warton Farm in Northumberland.

The monochrome/sepia treatment transfers something of the feel of all of these splendid places.



Gamla Linköping (the old city)

On the other side of the paddocks outside our room, beyond the horses and the open air museum, is a stretch of woodland.  We’ve been meaning to go across for a while but waited for a sunny day to get out and explore.  On the other side of the woodland lies Gamla Linköping – the old tradesman’s quarter of town – which is like a living museum now.

It was a Thursday afternoon in April with Spring barely on the horizon which meant that it was really quiet, only a group of elderly people (not us!) being taken around on an excursion.  So it was easy to browse around the lovely shops, chat to the store owners and do some shopping.  We stayed away from the chocolate store though! It reminded us of the handicrafts museum in Turku (Finland) where we spent a happy morning at the end of our exchange programme with Finland Futures Research Centre.

The place was also really easy to photograph, even with my mobile phone!  Next Wednesday is the May Day holiday and we plan to go to the open air Symphony concert which is held in the main square of Gamla Linköping – let’s hope for more sunshine and a temperature of above 10 degrees.