Sorry about yesterday!
Firstly I want to apologize for forgetting to tell You that I wouldn’t write anything yesterday, we had the annual road association meeting in the old village school down by the lake. Normally this is a quick thing since most people doesn’t care about it, but every now and again the wrong person/persons comes and then it can go on for hours. The wrong person came yesterday 🙂 The wrong person is one that never can stick to problems and caring about the road but always start talking about things that has nothing to do with the road.
Usually they are complaining about a neighbor or many doing the wrong thing and when explained that the wrong person does just the same always answers that it isn’t the same at all. Thankfully they managed to turn the conversation to the road after some shouting and arguing so the meeting only lasted for an hour and fifteen minutes. I fled the field when another wrong person turned up after the meeting 🙂 🙂 🙂
Tonight we’re celebrating Walpurgis night. It’s a combination between German traditions and Swedish ones. In Germany they thought that witches had a sabbath this night so they started bonfires to scare them away but here (especially in the part of Sweden called Svealand) they started bonfires to keep both predators (like wolves) and supernatural beings away from the animals before May first when they traditionally let the animals out on the fields for the first time in the spring. The tradition varies some from place to place but generally choirs sings songs to welcome spring this evening.
I’ve done that and it’s usually nasty cold since this day seems to be windy and cold. The bonfire makes one boil on one side of the body and the wind make one freeze on the other side 🙂 🙂 🙂 I can’t remember ever celebrating Walpurgis night (or Valborgsmässoafton in Swedish) when I was a kid, here in the south-western parts of Sweden we scare witches during easter instead 🙂
In one part of Sweden called Dala-Floda they have saved an old tradition, something called valborrar. People then dress up to look uglier than the trolls and these valborrar is then going around by the fire and makes as much noise as possible to scare away trolls and witches. Tomorrow is a holiday here, May first is the workers day and when I was a kid they always had huge demonstrations in even the smallest town. There was always a couple of people from the unions or the left parties held speeches about how the workers should fight for better conditions in life.
They still have this in the bigger cities but most people rather stay at home now days, perhaps they’re having a picnic or just relax and if May first comes on a Thursday or Friday we usually take a long weekend. I’ll just take it easy and if this strong wind we’re having (which most likely will stop most of the bonfires from being lit) calms down I might do some things in the garden. The fire is burning in the stove and I’m just about to make myself a sandwich or two 🙂
Have a great day!