It is Easter Day. And in Urshult the sun shone and the skies were blue. I woke up early and extricated myself from a sleeping husband and step-son. Downstairs in the dining room, I sipped my coffee and began to plan my day. First of all: a run beside the lake.
Having recently improved my flexibility by doing yoga, I am finding running increasingly enjoyable. And the scenery here helps: on one of my runs this week 2 deer stopped me in my tracks as they leapt across my path. The village is growing busier now that Easter has come and we have a slow trickle of tourists to the area. I ran past a rather serious-looking fisherman and the resident Asnen gang of mallard ducks, who always seem to be squabbling over something.
When I got back from my run, it was so warm that I sat in the sun to eat my breakfast. My step-son eagerly joined me with a cup of tea he had made for me. Both my step-children are super excited about exploring the hotel and all its contents.
And the hotel offers much scope for young explorers. Sometimes, I feel a bit like I am living in some sort of slightly disorganised museum, as I come across various items from the hotel’s past. Here are my Top 3 so far:
URSHULT RANDOMNESS: Top Of The Pops
Starting us off at number 3: Swedish magazines from the 1940s including articles on recent weddings, the latest royal baby and make-up tips.
In at number 2 is the carambole table in our basement. At first sight, it looks like a fun snooker table, until you realise there are no pockets! And only 3 balls! And no-one you meet in your everyday life seems to know how to play the game. Mysterious.
And soaring to the top of the charts at number 1 is……..the vintage braille machine!! My initial impression suggested this could be a semi-useful typwriter. Until I realised there are only 7 keys. Extremely handy for all those…erm…braille brochures we are likely to print (???!)
The rest of the day has passed in a bit of a blur of checking in guests, attending the Easter service at Urshult Kyrka, doing laundry, shopping for the guest dinner we are cooking tomorrow and celebrating my brother-in-law’s birthday. Excitingly, our day is not over yet as in an hour’s time we are leaving to pick up a friend of mine who is visiting us. I wonder what other random treasures we will find as we explore Urshult Hotell this week…stay tuned!