The houses are red like iron 

In Sweden, the people (in the countryside especially) paint their wooden houses with red iron power left over from mining ore. This was originally to imitate the expensive red bricks of the houses in the city, but it actually also protects the wood for rotting so that it does not need to be replaced for 80+ years. If you rub your fingers on the walls, the powder can leave a mark. Also pictured a section covered in plexi glass sculptures by Ludmilla Pawlowska, the artist who’s home I am staying in! (Which has been a truly wonderful experience by the way.)

  

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