I am fortunate enough to live in an area where there are a few lakes nearby. Actually you aren’t far from a lake no matter where you are in Sweden.

1 lake in particular is called the Övden. Its a small lake when you compare it to the likes of the Åsnen which is also nearby and a quite impressive 150 kilometres long.

Nevertheless its a popular lake with locals and visitors alike but at one time it was a hidden gem with only the locals and a few curious holiday makers who stumbled on it. The lake itself is situated just of the 126 road just past Lönashult. To get to it you have to drive down a 1 kilometre road which is only wide enough for 1 car most of the time. All along the road are pine and silver birch trees lining the road and you get the sense you are driving into a large forest and can be a little intimidating. At the end the road opens up and you are presented with a glimpse of the lake in front of you and a rather large car park.

As I said Övden was once a hidden gem around these parts but now during the summer there are lots of tourists from Denmark, Germany and other parts of Sweden, all clambering to get the best spot so they can sunbathe after taking a dip in the rather warm water. We love to come here as well and soak up the warm summer sun and get our feet wet. Well actually I don’t always go for a swim. Why? Well I like to sit and watch the world go by, write and maybe read while the boss swims.

In summer there’s a jetty which allows swimmers to go quite far into the water before jumping into the water. Diving in isn’t recommended in any lake in Sweden as underneath the water lies hidden obstacles. I am talking about stones and large ones too that have been left over from the last ice age. It seems Sweden was a dumping ground for these rocks as the ice age slowly moved Northwards. They are everywhere, even in the farmers fields and my garden.

And yes there’s also a small beach which is a firm favourite with kids.

There are some amenities too including a toilet which doubles as a changing room, and a BBQ area. The BBQ is popular with the local kids around here and during summer they like to have BBQ’s and drink a few tinnies. Of Coke and Fanta not alcohol, this is Sweden after all!

Don’t expect the loo to be comfortable with soft clean towels. Instead it’s a portaloo inside a wooden shed but Hey! Most places in Britain don’t offer you a rock to sit on!

There was once a phone but it seems it doesn’t work anymore. Actually it’s been removed but they left the box.






I love coming here around this time of year, early autumn. It’s peaceful and calm with only a few birds making a noise. I love to walk through the woods that surround the lake and take pictures with my trusty Kodak Z730. Also at this time of year there are lots of mushrooms and toadstools growing and I love to take pics of them, but I will post that another time.





One thing that could be a problem when I go traipsing off into the woods, hunters. I don’t want to get shot by some half a sleep hunter who thinks I am worth shooting! I always think of the film Hot Shots! and the hunter scene!!


Soon the lake will be frozen and snow will lie all around as another Scandinavian winter arrives. But until then I am going out and enjoying the early autumn. It truly is a wonderful and magical time of year.