Wednesday Vignette – on the edge

I once read a book about the history of prison architecture, on how the concept of supervision from above, over time, was developed in the layout of jails. On our way to see my father, we stopped at an old ruin by Lake Vättern. I wandered around the ruin, and gasped when I saw the steep drop of the rock edge beyond it. With wide views in all directions over the lake and the neat, tidy fields surrounding large farms far below, it truly was magnificent.


From its perch on the rock, its 17th century creator Per Brahe the younger, could easily survey the expanses around it, and keep a close eye on friend or foe alike. The exhilarating drop in elevation brought to mind another ancient concept – Ättestupan. This word relays the way elders, who felt their end was near, would throw themselves over the edge of a cliff, in order to die an honorable death, and spare their relatives from the slow process of a conventional passing. Since it’s election time in the US, I can’t help but think they were the old world’s version of modern Americans, who can’t bear the thought of leaving their families with staggering health care bills, and instead opt for what they consider a more merciful suicide.

On that note.. really NH – Donald Trump??? WTF…



About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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20 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – on the edge

  1. What a view! Tidy fields indeed! Thanks for sharing your trip with us. 🙂

  2. FlowerAlley says:

    WTF does stand for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday right? This was really a great post.
    I can see you reading a book on prison architecture.
    I hope your trip was amazing despite weather. Thanks for sharing.

    • annamadeit says:

      Ha! It can mean whatever you like it to mean… It has been a wonderful trip, thanks, and it feels great to have caught up with old friends and relatives. A lovely time indeed!

  3. hoov says:

    No snow?!? Fabulous view. It has been lovely to experience a bit of Sweden through your eyes. Enjoying it!

  4. Peter/Outlaw says:

    An interesting place indeed. If I were ever to desire to end my life, this wouldn’t be a bad place to do it. On the other hand that would litter the lovely countryside. Perhaps a craggy coast where the ocean could wash the body away to become food for sea life would be better. Anyway, hope you’re enjoying your vacation. Thanks for letting us experience it vicariously through your vignettes!

  5. Beautiful, and I love all this fascinating information. Thank you so much! I’ve been taking a break from social media and the election for a while; it is such a relief to not pay attention sometimes.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks! And, isn’t it interesting that we can be so tired of it all, even though in actuality it has barely begun…? Supposedly nobody cares until after the Iowa caucus. I feel like I’ve been assaulted by politics forever.

  6. WTF indeed. I’ve chosen to ignore the fact our country as lost it and focus on the sunshine Portland recently experienced instead:

  7. rickii says:

    It was probably dank, dark and inhumane as a prison but makes for impressive ruins.
    Let’s eat:

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh no – it was never a prison, Rickii. It was a smaller country retreat for a man of power and good standing. It succumbed to fire, but its skeleton remains. Like all real estate, it was all about location. Such a spectacular view! Mind you – it was probably all of what you said during the winters.

  8. Kris P says:

    I love that view through the stone wall!

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