Klenshyttan badplats, Dammsjön LakeAugust 20, 2017 in Sweden
Today was our last day of freedom before we began a 2 week voluntary work placement at a riding stables and farm that produces organic goat cheese. (More on this in our next blog post).
We were fewer than 50kms away from the farm and there was a lakeside car park with swimming area 15km further on from it, so we decided to drive past and check we knew where it was before carrying on to our overnight stop. It was a strange feeling knowing we'd be in the area for 2 more weeks!
Klenshyttan was a sleepy little village with a car park, picnic benches, mini football field, play park and swimming area with changing rooms and toilets. It was beautiful and when it wasn't raining, the sun was strong and warm. We paddled out on the shallow shelving sandy beach and Will dived into the peaty water while Vicky continued to lower herself excruciatingly inch by inch until we were both splashing about, under a blue sky with white fluffy clouds, surrounded by pines and Silver Birches. We thought as we swam over to the water lillies, that once you got over the initial chill, this is what swimming is meant to be like!
We spent the remainder of the day trying to finish off a few jobs and rest while watching the changing views outside the van. There was a family of 4 birds (we think they were Great Northern Divers), hunting and preening themselves in the lake to our left, to our right a group of 7 White Wagtails chirped merrily as they took puddle baths. The rain was heavy but intermittent; it mixed with the sun to give us a rainbow and finally gave way to clear skies, allowing the evening shadows to grow long while the light shone through a golden lens and bathed all around us in this hue.
We watched in nervous excitement, looking forward to starting work tomorrow!Read more