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We are now in Oz after two amazing years of traveling Europe in our home built plane. We met many fantastic people who we are proud to call friends and have gained a much better understanding of the similarities and differences between the cultures of the different European states as well as the history and geography that have lead to these differences. We enjoy meeting people with similar interests to ourselves and learning more about other cultures. Please let us know if you're going to be in Queensland and would like to catch up for a meal and a chat.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Skånes Fagerhult a little piece of paradise.

Rosi relaxing while Julian plays with a fishing rod, note bbq in foreground

I found this airfield from the ffplume French document about travelling by ultralight in Europe and it is a little gem.  I have linked to the Belgian page on which I originally found this document, as they have many other useful suggestions on their website.

The airfield's owner, Bo, has built a log cabin which you can hire by the night, with kitchen, bathrooms, washing machine and most importantly, sauna. The airstrip is on a lake (overshoot the 550m runway and you'll be in it!) and you can watch the lake, your plane and the spotty Indian ponies grazing by the lake from the dining table. Being Sweden it is surrounded by light birch forest.

The lake, ponies hiding

Naturally we had to cycle around the lake system (bike hire included in the hut price) and then Cris heard about 10kg pikes living inthe depths of the lake, so he was off on a mission to find hooks for the fishing rods so he could row the boat out and catch the big one for our dinner...  Well the big one ended up being 4 tiddlers who had to be thrown back, but I think fishing is more about the expectation than the actual result.

View out on the lake from the dining table
Love those Swedish tea light holders

That evening Bo came around with his 10 year old daughter, Amanda, to give us a go on his old farm machinery...  He has 500 ton of machinery, mostly acquired as scrap, which he has brought back into working condition. Every child's dream came true as we used the digger to move a mound of earth into a tip truck, lowered a giant pencil suspended from the pail of another digger into various buckets in a time trial and drove the steam roller.....

Julian learning to use the digger

Amanda was of course better and faster than us, but a good time was had by all.  So if you're thinking of flying from Southern Sweden to Stockholm, can I heartily recommend a stopover at Skaanes Fagerhult as a peaceful way of spending an evening or several?

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