Saturday, 14 July 2012

Dalahästs

One of the most recognisable symbols of Sweden is probably the dalahäst, a painted wooden horse from the province of Dalarna.

You can find these horses all over Sweden and most have similar traditional paint jobs although some are quite modern and funky.  Farfar even painted his own!

Here's Faster Mia's collection - I especially like the big one on the left hand side of the bottom shelf.
During a recent visit to a park in Stockholm we got to see some even bigger ones.  Freddy (31 months) sat on the big one.....


And Farmor and Farfar climbed on the smaller one :)

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  1. I really liked the picture of Farmor and Farfar. Lots of laugh!

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  2. These horses are very beautiful!

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    1. Yes, I really love them. I want to have a go at making my own one day :)

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  3. The horses are so beautiful! The painting reminds me of the pysanky eggs...painted Eastern European Easter eggs from areas like the Ukraine.

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    1. Wow, yes I hadn't thought of that! Those eggs are amazing - have you ever made one?

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  4. What a great park! I love this horses. Do the horses represent Christmas? Best regards from Barcelona,
    Marta
    http://abilingualbb.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, the park is amazing - it's called Skansen and I've got more pictures to add as soon as I get time:)
      The horses were original just toys carved for children from offcuts of wood but they became so popular over time that they became an unofficial symbol of Sweden.

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  5. Those horses are beautiful. And the grandparents look like a lot of fun.
    I have FINALLY done the meme "how do you find time to". You tagged me months ago, but with my return to work I couldn't seem to find the time ever. It is here http://sparklingbay.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/how-do-you-find-time-to.html

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    1. Oh Farmor and Farfar are a whole lot of fun! I hope the transition to work is going well? I need to think about it too but I cannot bring myself to write about it just yet.

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  6. What beautiful horses! I agree that they are similar to the Russian painted eggs. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Oh so pretty, the big and the small ones! You are so fortunate to have such fun parents.

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