Get the big lawn mower going:
- Check gasoline (Benzin) and refill with ’95 blyfri’. Do NOT use the stuff in the red container. The red container is only for the line trimmer.
- Check motor oil. There is oil to refill in the shelf in the garage.
- Then follow the procedure below:
Set main switch to START to prepare for starting the motor. (Set it to STOP to stop the motor immediately)
Push red button 3-5 times to pre-fill the motor with gasoline. If that wasn’t enough (if motor still doesn’t start) repeat this step.
Pull handle to start motor.
Lift safety pin to prepare for the red handle to be pushed.
The knives will start moving as soon as the red handle is pushed down.
Pushing the black handle will release the wheels and the mower starts moving forward. Push handle after releasing the red safety thing.
Here you go. Be mindful of the fact that the mower only goes forward, not backward.
Check the Google map (work in progress) for coffee/lunch places, activities, antik shopping etc. in Skaraborg (and a bit beyond). Let me know if you think places should be added here.
One of the best sites (and an example of pre-historic webdesign) to check activities like swimming, hiking and canoeing in Skaraborg is http://www.skaraborgsleder.se
Another site, equally old-style, is http://www.badkartan.se/ that lists (and reviews) lake and sea beaches / access points all over Sweden.
Some other (fairly random) links:
Canoe tips for around Tibro (PDF)
See also map of vintage places on vintagekartan
- Flea market in the old wool factory
Every Sunday 11-15
541 45 Skövde
0709-83 85 71
Opening times: see http://www.retrokallaren.se/
- Östergården Antik
S:t Sigfrids gata 9
Salvation Army Charity Shop on lower ground floor in Commerce Shopping mall, entrance vis-a-vis Hemtex
- Taktikcenter Skövde
Gesällgatan 1, Skövde
Mon & Thu: 9-17; Tue 9-19; Fri 9-15, Sat 10-14
Red Cross (Röda Korset) Charity Shop
Tuesdays – Fridays 10-17, Sat 10-13
- Gengåvan Second Hand (Ericshjälpen)
Opening times: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12 – 18, Saturdays 10 – 14
Wed-Thu 12-18; Sun 12-16
- Pantbanken (Pawn shop)
Lögegatan 4A (behind Commerce)
541 30 Skövde
Tel: 0500-48 11 96
Mondays – Fridays: 11:00 – 16:00
- HvassBo Kuriöst och Annat Löst
Tel. 0731 816869
Opening times: Fleamarket Wednesdays 15-19
- Riddarens Antikhandel
Mariestadsvägen 2, Timmersdala, 0706747574
Mon-Wed: 9-13; Thu 14-18; Sat 9-12
Stora torget 4
Opening times: Wednesdays: 16-18; Saturdays: 11-14
Gerd (woman, lives above the shop): +4687106107
- Kihlbergs Antik
Tel: 073 1809748
For opening times call:
- Kyrkornas Hjälpande hand
Opening times: Wed/Thu/Fri 10-18 Sat 10-13
- Antik & Kuriosa Hörnan
Specialised on ceramics, expensive but high quality stuff
From a viewpoint near Hällekis in the Kinnekulle aera (indicated on most tourist maps of this region) you have an amazing view overlooking the lake Vänern. It has got parking space for dozens of tourist busses but luckily I have never seen one there. There is a little kiosk with a grumpy man selling ice cream and köttbullar sandwiches.
20 Years ago, I collected misprints: postcards with Fehlfarben. This is not a postcard. It is a picture that I took of the best Hotel in Hjo: Hotel Bellevue. Mysteriously, a few days later I had lost all pictures on my camera’s memory card and I had to retrieve them with a recovery tool. Most of the pictures turned out being ok but some were remarkably changed. This place is well worth seeing. It’s quite a modernist landmark in this otherwise picture-perfect and quaint wooden town at the lake Vättern.
The nicest place for ice cream in lush surroundings is Österhagen Glass, a small pavillon with a little garden at the back.
However, the best ice cream is a few steps up the road, at the market place, in the cafe/konditoriet ‘Vete & Råg‘.