The Keys

The Keys

Hooray! Today was the day! After another two weeks of waiting we finally got the keys to the house – alongside with ancient documents of ownership and historical land surveying charts. Exciting! The actual act of buying was rather unspectacular, the typical Scandinavian way: You meet at the bank, exchange some signatures and documents, you get the keys. 40 minutes, maybe less. That is it! And most of that time was actually talking about technical details of the property, how…

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Times gone by

Times gone by

Nothing much happens. … no, this is only half-true. Actually a lot is happening. But all that is related to my professional life. A manuscript just got finished and a huge project will keep me overly busy for the entire summer. Half a month to go before the keys will finally be handed over – but even then nothing much will happen down by the river. I have to be patient until the end of summer. Sometimes priorities cannot be…

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The Decision

The Decision

A month has passed since we first discovered this place, a month of thinking, of considering and weighting facts and risks, discussing with friends. During that time we have also met with the owners once, lovely people who moved here in the 60s. In the end all was remarkably simple. We know the timing is bad. We know the house is bent along the long side, the roof is far from straight and many of the windows are in dire…

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The Beginning

The Beginning

The last mile of gravel road was a bumpy ride. … but now we are here, standing among those old trees – trees that withstood many a harsh winter. We only came here to tick this place off the list. To know for sure it would never be a place to consider: just another old, wooden cabin, a place down by the river that could never suit our needs. … but now we are here, and there is a boat…

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