After two weeks in Switzerland I am back at Björkåsa. If you are following me on my two Instagram accounts (here and here), you might have already seen a few impressions from my little Tour de Suisse in my Instastories. During eight days of my trip, I stayed on my own at a remote hut in the mountains, with more than half an hour by foot to the next inhabited house. Eight days of quiet and contemplation, of long hikes and lots of sunshine, the scent of wild thyme and occasional nightly visits of foxes, martens and mice.
I arrived already on monday, but needed a few days to settle in again after two intense weeks in the Alps. I brought a few lovely souvenirs from Switzerland, most of them found at thrift stores – handknitted socks, vintage postcards, an old hot-water bottle for cold feet, 1950s crockery, a little hand-carved cow from Heimatwerk, edelweiß soap and an old compote jar, vintage fabric, chocolate and a (new) Darvida tin. On one of the days I met with my dollmaker colleague Sonja who gave me the nicest handspun angora yarn. I also brought a lot of rosehips and barberries that I had stringed up to dry at the hut, as well as dried porcini, escargot shells and hazelnuts that I had found on my hikes. But most of all I came home with a lot of wonderful memories, a lot of inspiration and ideas for my work – especially for someone called Kiki…
In my camera I have lots and lots of photos of an amazing stay and look forward to sharing my adventures with you and some thoughts on why travelling on your own can have a great impact on your creativity.
From a very rainy southern Sweden I send you my warmest greetings,