Old traditions still alive

Everyone probably knows that mermaids exist.
Everyone knows that these graceful creatures are luring seamen.
The coast of Normandy is no exception.
The most dangerous thing is when these sirens are singing.
The greek philosopher Plato says there were three kinds of sirens
– the celestial, the generative, and the cathartic.
The first is under the government of Zeus,
the second under government of Poseidon
and the third under government of Hades.

All in all, old traditions still alive.



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The yule goat is a scandinavian and northern european yule and christmas symbol and tradition – its origin may be germanic pagan, and the figure has existed in many variants during scandinavian history – in modern time the yule goat are typically made of straw.

Many of the scandinavian religious traditions are rooted in inherited pagan rituals
vikings, celtic and indo-european tribes are major suppliers.

These two genuine goats in december mood haven’t dressed yet.

Travel Theme Festive


Christmas traditions are very different around the world
at some places, it’s a tradition not to have a tradition
tradition or not, food is very important for most
traditions or habits are fortunately individual or subjective.

Traditions in Denmark is very much about food
some people eat as much in december as the rest of the year taken together
said with a twinkle in the eye.

A very popular concept is “christmas lunch”
through december is the opportunity to participate in a lot of these
they can start at lunch or later, but all in one called the christmas lunch.

Like as putting a festive end of the year that has passed and strengthen community
they are held in many different relationships
sports clubs, political organizations, social organizations, professional associations.
In short, everywhere.

The main ingredients are food, beverages, entertainment and community
these christmas lunches have had a very dubious reputation,
because the beverages often “stole” the famous common sense
so that people did things they either regret or would have to say they couldn’t remember.

These events take place in december before christmas
the christmas days it’s very normally with private family christmas lunches.

The food on the danish christmas tables are rich in lots of specialties
really really many dishes have pork as the main ingredient
therefore, it is used on some of the very large events
boiling the pig’s head in highly salted water and then cooling it down
  and then use it as part of the imaginative decorations of the table
but only the very large events.


Years ago, maybe 20-25 years
this boy took advantage of his father’s friendship with a chef de cuisine
which in his very large restaurant had used such one
as part of the table setting and shouldn’t use it anymore
the boy got the head and took it to his grandparents’ Christmas Day lunch
as a contribution to grandmum’ table settings
grandparents were very happy and impressed
the 20 guests were also very impressed
and the boy was very proud, so proud – he haven’t hardly gets sleep the nights before
the excitement was greater to him – than what he got for Christmas.


With inspiration from Ailsa’s excellent blog
take a look the challenge here “Where’s my backpack
this’s my version of the theme “Festive




Weekly Photo Challenge (movement)

The word “movement” is a very versatile word

the mechanism behind the facade of your clock or watch makes time go

the coordinated mechanism behind the facade of community in groups
the issue either politically, religious, socially, economically, art-(cultur) etc.

the mechanism behind the facade of music, which builds it up to sounds great or not.

and so there are MOVEment


Movement from the good old days.

Photo shot in 1962 by my fathers mother (my gradmother) a saturday around noon – why is the day of the week so wellknown, it’s easy to tell – every saturday morning at 10 – my father’s father (grandfather) biked to the little grocery store in the nearby village – to purchase groceries, tobacco, etc – it was a tradition – he met 8-10 of the local men from the area, they met in the back room of the small grocery business – where they each got a cigar and then discussed the world situation, that was a tradition too.

Their shopping lists, they had given to the shopkeeper – who so packed the goods, at that time self-service has not been invented and the goods were delivered by the grocer’s young messenger boy – some of the men in the back room, their goods were delivered at home – before they even got home themselves – but so did their wives knew that the men’s purchases were in process – after an hour of talk time, so they all went each to their own – it was time for lunch.

Payment cards were not invented back then – and it was considered blistered to walk around with cash in your pocket – so then each had a book at the grocery store, where their buying through the month were written in – then the last saturday of every month – then was settled with the shopkeeper – that saturday, the men have a glass aquavit each, while they smoked their cigars – it was a traditon too. 

and it was only one glass aquavit never more than that.


My grandparents lived far from the beaten track – there was a very long blind gravel road that led out to their home – their nearest neighbor was 1500 meters away, they lived where the gravel road started (the photo shows the neighbor’s home far behind my grandfather)  when my grandfather drove away on the bike on saturdays, then their dog “Lady” was sitting at the corner of their house – so it could watch down to the neighbor’s house. 

So when my grandfather returned home maybe 1½ hour later, the dog started to bark – when he passed the neighbor’s house – so he whistled and the dog ran to meet him and then followed with him the last piece of the gravel road – my grandmother tried often to call the dog into the house – but it would wait for his grandfather came home.


Weekly Photo Challenge (create)

What’s hidden behind the word “create”, we can hide much behind the word
perhaps a bit like Lego bricks to build on the bricks you have already (it’s always good to have bricks that can be moved with) or you can shape a whole new set bricks
sometimes the word, it is used negatively – to be too much creative.

Such bricks as the creative one will / may move around or make some brand new
they can be both imaginary and / or palpable.

The greatest threat to creativity, it’s probably traditions.

This was in part of the 1960s and 1970s, my childhood home
then our family moved north.

That’s the way, it looks like to day in 2012
some think it’s a shame, others don’t
tradition can be pure poison for creativity.

but I think it’s a shame
that the giant copper beech has been felled.

Kiss the frog

The frogs “Raja” and “Rani” was married to each other in India

the distinctive wedding was to please the rain’god,

because the monsoon was about 2-3 weeks late..


The symbolism of the often used phrase “to kiss the frog” is to dare to search for anything you want from something which on the surface does not resemble what you want

 just one kiss will change it til the desired …

Maybe you have to do a lot of kissing… 😉


Here in the modern and imaginative world you go the other way

 lots of ‘princesses’ looking for the right gentleman perhaps on the white horse 

so they kiss a whole lot of princes 

which immediately transformed into frogs.