On Monday, for the first time in weeks, we had time to be “tourists”. And since we had heard from a neighbour that our house can already be seen in “Minivärlden“, we wanted to see this ourselves.
In this small museum they build old railway routes and we live at the Stationsgatan so…… The whole is based on the collection of a doctor from Ljungby who left it to the Kommun, municipality, upon his death. This doctor built in the basement of his house miles of railway lines, equipped with everything that is around those railway. In order to preserve it a museum was built around it.
It was very nice to see our house in mini format with all it’s details. Coincidentally, whoever built it and who also kept us informed of the whole process, walked around and with him we had a nice conversation.
It’s special to see with how much love and passion the railways are built, everything drives and here and there you can press a button and a cow is starting to eat, a little man is chopping wood or a boat floats over the lake. The railway lines have all been closed down, but now restored in honour in this small museum.
It was also funny to see the old furniture from Lidhult’s station building complete with a ticket seller who does his story in 3 languages.
Our house is already there, together with the station building and the former hotel on the corner of our street, the rest still has to grow around it.
Special guests in our B&B, delicious summer weather and therefore time to cook and eat outside. For this occasion we chose a classic Swedish dish with tender pieces of meat, baked potatoes, caramelised onions and a creamy mustard sauce: Biff Rydberg. This recipe was first made in Stockholm in the 19th century Hotel Rydberg (now closed). This is really a dish that is eaten in Sweden later in the evening, for example at weddings, with pickled cucumbers and raw egg yolks. But certainly also very tasteful on a summer evening. We definitely keep it in!!!!
The town of Lidhult has no restaurants. That’s why we offer our guests a meal. Sometimes something simple and nutritious, sometimes slightly more extensive, but so far always with great appreciation.
At the kitchen table with Catarina Johansson, journalist of Smålänningen daily newspaper, talking about our dream Mooi Gula Huset and Mooi Inredning yielded a page-sized article about our steps in Sweden, Lidhult, and many warm reactions!!!!!
Almost 2 years ago we visited the yellow house in Lidhult for the first time.
After our first visit we drove around the area and discovered that there were a lot of “hulten”.
The yellow house, became Mooi Gula Huset when we bought it and it seemed like a nice idea to find out where all those “hulten” had their origins. A question on the Sweden forum has been posted quickly and the answers come even faster. The Institutet för språk och folk minnen also offered a solution.
Hult comes from the German word “Holz” and means wood or forest, that distinction is not made. The prefix for “hult” can be the name of e.g. vegetation, animals or even a person.
The most famous “hult” is Älmhult or better known as the IKEA village, Fagerhult is also a well-known one and means “Beautiful hult”. There are a lot of hulten, in southern Sweden, Skåne, Småland, Halland and Östergötland.
There was another message that told us that it could also be an open spot in the forest, that we have nearby, and a nice lake.
A special cat. For 2 years he has been travelling to Sweden without any problems and just as cheerfully back to the Netherlands. But since February 1st, he’s been allowed to quietly catch his mice in the big red barn or take an afternoon nap on the pillow. Homesick? Tom isn’t and neither are we…..