If a girl wants to know whom she will marry one day midsummer’s eve is the right night to try and find out. She must then, before going to bed, pick seven or nine (depending on where she lives) different wild flowers while climbing over just as many fences in absolutely silence. When she has picked her flowers she them should place them beneath her pillow and while dreaming she’ll find out who the lucky man is. I’m not sure if this would work on men though 🙂
Midsummer’s night is of course filled with beings so she should of course not do this alone, she could be kidnapped by a mountain troll or perhaps she would risk getting drowned by Näcken (the Neck, a water spirit). Naturally no men should walk around alone in the forest either since the Huldra or Skogrået (forest nymphs) could turn their minds and make them lost to the forest for the rest of their lives. Our trolls doesn’t turn in to stone if the sun hit them so one could meet them any time while being out walking, the smaller ones are just like us but with a tail, it is the mountain trolls one has to be careful not to meet because they are shrewd and nasty.
Many like to raise a midsummer pole (or may pole like many call them as well) before noon on midsummer’s eve. Now days it’s hard to find people who wants to play instruments so people can dance to their music so they now days use cd’s instead. Back in the days however it was no party if they didn’t have at least one fiddle, an accordion and several other instruments. Still, lots of people loves to dance around the pole every year. They dance to songs like (and I’ll do a direct translation so it will sound odd I guess 🙂 🙂 ) The little frogs, the priests little crow, cut cut the oat, the bear is asleep, we are all mother’s pigs and so on 🙂 Naturally there are a lot of moved one has to do while singing. There are a lot of hopping during the little frogs 🙂
We swedes are rather boring when it comes to the food, it is more or less the same as we have any other holiday. Pickled herring in a million ways, meatballs, prince sausages and so on. Lots of people drink nubbe (schnaps) too and with every nubbe one has to sing a song, a nubbevisa. I don’t drink nubbe so I’m rather bad in naming any nubbevisor. Some are just a few sentences other so long that I wonder how they can rem,ember them since they usually are drunk while singing them 🙂 In nine months unusually many children will be born 🙂
It started to rain in the early afternoon yesterday so the police here in this county had very little to do. I was watching the movie Arrival and it was ok but nothing I would have been sad to miss. This morning I drove to the super market in Skara. All I really needed was cat food and a cheese to be honest so I could have driven to the little grocery store in Gudhem instead but I wanted to go as early as possible and the super market opens already at 7am. I actually didn’t buy especially much I didn’t need, just a small Magnolia that only costed 4,5 $US (around 50 swedish kronor) and a hanging flowerpot with small-flowered surifinia in different colors. Oddly enough that one costed twice of what the magnolia costed 🙂
It is time to take a walk with the dogs again. It still rained this morning but now the sun has broken through the clouds and a really strong wind will keep most flies away. They did cut the grass earlier this week so there aren’t as many as before anyway.
Have a great day!