…. to this place was a vey nice experience.
This is Hakallegarden, – a small farm at a 20 minute drive, a ferry ride, and another 60 minute drive, from home.
So, what is special about this farm, which I do not find on the next-door farms at home?
One thing is the variety of animals, – and many of them not penned up, but were ambling back and forth in the yard, mixing with children and grown ups as the most natural thing in the world, – no skittishness at all.
Only the sheep kept their distance, – or maybe they just liked the grass on the other side of the fence….
.. and this one just lazed under a tree, ignoring the fact that a very, very tired “Irene” was doing her level best to drench all and sundry with her showers of rain during the day.
This is also one of very few farms where they raise alpacas, and also sell alpaca wool and yarn for knitting.
The farm is open to the public at weekends, and the children love to come here to ride on horseback or in the tractor wagon, to feed the animals, to cuddle the kittens, and everything else you can do on a small farm.
After theese cuties had had their fill of hay, they walked around the corner, – very slowly, so there was no problem in following them.
Then they disappeared into the lower part of the barn, – and a very special barn it is.
This is almost like a sitting room; – brightly coloured, paintings on the walls, lovely lamp shades, and a bird in a cage on top of the chest of drawers. If animals are the least bit like people, I think they would like it very much in here.
The upstairs part of the barn has been converted to a small shop, with lots of colourful mugs, cups, plates and bowls, and clothes made from alpaca and silk.
There are also tables and chairs so you can sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, and freshly made “svele” or waffles, hot from the iron. While enjoying the coffee (or tea), you have time to look around and see if there is anything you fancy. I admit to fancying some cups and a mug from Pip Studio, – can’t help it, I’m afraid, – they were too cute to not come home with me.
Outside in the yard there are all kinds of stuff placed along the walls all around. I am still pondering what exactly makes the difference between junk and art, but I am not sure there is an answer.
Here it was definitely artsy, and every small detail added to the atmoshere.
I especially liked the pink bed looking out over the sea and islands below the farm.
The day after we were there, we heard on the news that the owners had received a special prize for the way they are running the farm and taking care of the landscape.
I hope this means they will not have to close their doors anytime soon.