Once upon a time

...evenings must have been spent like this, reading in the warm and soft but also somewhat dim light from the oil lamps.

This is from the family (I should say - in-law family...) cottage in Sweden. A very nice place to relax!

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No, not the movie - a real "live" one (if you can call it that):

Nowadays, it's placed as a stepping stone right outside our Garden door - but it's origins are rather historical. Danish writer Gustav Wied, in his "Skirmishes" ("Skærmydsler") from 1901 has two characters, Aunt One and Aunt Two. In the real world, these were Hertha and Clara - and were buried under this very stone.

Turns out that they were distantly related to my in-laws (one or the other, ermmmmm... ?) and thus, when the grave site had to be cancelled, they got the option of saving the stone. It served outside their garden door for a good number of years and when they moved, we got it offered and gladly installed it. And now it has brand new stony surroundings as we just had terraces and garden paths redone :)

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