I have been up to "my" little red house again today. More photos, a peek in through the only window without shutters, more photos....a lot more photos. The house is not for sale, but my dream is for free and will stay with me.
28 years ago Johhny came to Lofoten from Sweden. Just like me he fell in love with the place, and a year later he had bought his dream. Today, many years later, Johhny is married to my best friend´s brother, we are facebook friends and instagram followers, and through internet I feel I take part in a tiny little bit of Johnny´s dream.
Johnny and Trygve live in Southern Sweden, but spend every summer in Lofoten. When Terje and I came here last summer it was still early summer and Johnny and Trygve had not arrived. We climbed the gate to their home and felt like intruders to the amazing perennial garden, took a million photos and later I sent an email asking if I could use some of the photos in a blog post. Johnny said yes then, and yes again today when we came to visit. This time by an invitation, knowing that both men would be there to greet us.
This year Johnny and Trygve arrived from Sweden early in the summer, and have since then been digging, weeding, planting and cultivating their garden.
We were taken on a garden tour, among the 300+ different perennials.
To manage a garden like this, north of the arctic circle, staying here only during the short summer.....I can´t imagine how they do it.
After a long walk Trygve said: "I hope you are hungry. We have coffee, pancakes and cloudberries waiting for all of us inside"
Hot pancakes, Swedish coffee and cloudberry jam! Of course we were hungry. Trygve and Johnny had made a huge pile of pancakes, but between the four of us we managed to eat them all :-)
On Sunday Johnny and Trygve will have an "Open Garden" with people coming from far and close to enjoy their parennials. We have traveled south by then, but were lucky enough to have our very special garden walk alone with these two creative, charming guys!
You can follow Johnny and Trygve on their instagram blog @hageflekkinord