Outings: Following Moberg's footsteps.

Wouldn't you agree that Mondays feel extra unwelcome in the summer? Especially on a day as bright and sunny as today when the last thing I want to do is spend the day cooped up inside. But alas, such is life. At least I only have two weeks left to work before my vacation starts, and until then I have the weekends where I can go to places such as this one:

The above was Saturday's picnic location. We spent the whole day in the forest, picking mushrooms and wild strawberries under the warm July sun. We found plenty of the former so our freezer is already filled with lots of yellow goodness for the colder seasons. If we continue picking mushrooms at this pace well into the autumn there won't be any space left in the freezer.

The wild strawberries, on the other hand, didn't last very long, nor did the cherries I found in a garden on Sunday when we walked in the footsteps of the famous Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg by visiting the area that inspired him to write his Emigrants series. First, we went to Duvemåla where his maternal grandmother was born and visited the house on the other side of the street where his grandmother used to live (her home was torn down in the 20s). This other house has nothing to do with Moberg, other than the location. It used to be home to four siblings called Herta, Martin, Mauritz and Naemi. They came from a well-off family and were raised to believe that they were above everyone else in the neighbourhood. Because of this, neither one of the siblings ever married nor had any children and the four of them ended up living their whole lives in the very house where they were born until they passed away one after the other in the 1980s. The house didn't have running water nor electricity and they were so frugal that they closed off the house and lived in just one room in order to save money on heating. At least one of the siblings died of malnutrition. When the last one passed away in 1989 it was discovered that they had hidden the equivalent of $150.000 in cash in the nooks and crannies of the house. On top of that, the woodland belonging to the house was worth $600.000. Today the house belongs to the municipality and has been turned into a museum.

From Duvemåla we moved on to Moshultamåla where Vilhelm Moberg was born. His home is no more but the school he used to go to has been moved there instead. Finally, we went to Klasatorpet, which is where part of the film adaptation of The Emigrants was recorded. It is such a quaint and peaceful place and probably my favourite of the three.

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