Cottage life

For 168 years there has been a holiday paradise on Buholmen

Now Mathilde and Sebastian are sixth generation in the cottage.

For 168 years there has been a holiday paradise on Buholmen

The cottage has passed for generations and the grandchildren Sebastian and Mathilde are the sixth generation to enjoy the summer break at Buholmen. Grandmother Rigmor owns the cottage, together with his sister Jorun.

The first Rigmor and Jorun do when they arrive at the cottage are to look at the cottage garden. Which plants have survived? What must be traded? Need more fertilizer? More water? When this is noted, they put over the coffee. The real fellows Pekka and Thor Arne may pop a beer. Finally, they are back at Buholmen.

Even now, they are afraid to travel from here. Again, it fables to stay on site all year long. Many have done it before them.

– Grandfather Christen Falk came here first, says Jorun. He came to Buholmen with his four daughters. They came from Jomfruland and had been flat there. After the property out there was shared, the workforce of widower Christen Falk was redundant. He had to leave the idyllic gem in 1846. How he found Buholmen, nobody knows.

Happy in the timber walls

– The main house looks as it does the barn today. The door is so low that only the grandchild of 6 years can pass without bending his neck. Today, the barn makes use of outbuildings, and soon it does not make sense as it once.

Pekka is originally from Finland but has a strong connection with Buholmen. The timber walls in the houses here are some of the boyfriend he knows. Nostalgic timber walls in gray patina send him back to Suonenjoki, until the summer it was his job to hit the hemp between the logs. Both the barn, the brewery and the main house are lawned buildings, but the two cottages are now dressed in an oval panel. Only one meter or two separates them apart.

Rigmors and Thor Arnes cottage was originally a brewery. Here it is restored from the innermost to the extreme. A baking oven took up much of the space, it was torn and the stone was instead used for the fireplace. Over the fireplace are well-used frying panes. Several possessions testify to a diligent eyelid. An iron requires charcoal as a heating, a monkey iron requires a wood stove.

For 168 years there has been a holiday paradise on Buholmen

TWO HOUSES TAKEN: The main house and brewery are painted in the same color and clothe each other. For Mathilde (8) Grandma Rigmor and Aunt Jorun are always right nearby. Photo: Anja Elmine Basma

For 168 years there has been a holiday paradise on Buholmen

ORIGINAL FURNITURE: Rigmor and Jorun want to study family history carefully. How old can your summer paradise be and who lived here before their grandfather come here? Many of the furniture has been there for several generations. Photo: Anja Elmine Basma

For 168 years there has been a holiday paradise on Buholmen

LIST OF GUESTS: Jorun has been allowed to paint the timber walls in the guest room, but in their common bedroom, the man prefers Pekka Gray Patina. The color reminds him of his own childhood home in Finland. Photo: Anja Elmine Basma

For 168 years there has been a holiday paradise on Buholmen

HIGHLIGHT: Since the sisters grandfather Christen lived here with his four daughters, a little changed. The cottage still has its original space division. The farm boy Nils worked for food and lodging and lived in the inn at Blokammerset. The furniture here is from Marie’s time as a housewife in the early 20th century. Photo: Anja Elmine Basma

Premium for good harvesting

Grandfather Falk worked as loose, in addition, he cultivated grass on the small teigs. The daughters sank nuts, berries, vegetables, fruits and nuts. The soil of the field took the four sisters along the boat and rowed to Kragerø to sell.

The daughter Marie was at Buholmen, and she was so fond of the flowers that she got 2. prize and two silver spoons for good gardening in 1912. But she had no children. She still had to help, and Nils farmman came to the place. He took care of the animals, hit the grass and carried high. Too bad, did he sleep at the Blok chamber, he got food and lodging, and maybe also love? Nils was propertyless, and though Marie was far from noble, marriage was an impossibility.

– We called him for grandfather, remembers Jorun and shot away in the picture of a very small guy with bushy bart.

For 168 years there has been a holiday paradise on Buholmen

HISTORY ON THE WAY: Perhaps there was a love story between the farmman Nils and the farm owner Marie? Rigmor and Jorun nevertheless called Nils for grandfather. Photo: Anja Elmine Basma

For 168 years there has been a holiday paradise on Buholmen

FOLLOWS: Nils still looks crazy about what’s happening on Buholmen. Blokammerset was his and here he still hangs in the glass and frame. Photo: Anja Elmine Basma

For 168 years there has been a holiday paradise on Buholmen

OVEN BEING PEIS: In the brewery there was previously a large open baking oven. Thor Arne and Rigmor thought it took too much space. They tore it and used the stone for a new fireplace. The wall above the fireplace is decorated with the old baking frogs. Photo: Anja Elmine Basma

For 168 years there has been a holiday paradise on Buholmen

HOLIDAYS: The whole family is gathered on the patio, which consists of stone slats laid as a natural part of the mountain around. Photo: Anja Elmine Basma

For 168 years there has been a holiday paradise on Buholmen

BATHROOM: Jorun is so scared of jellyfish she hardly dares to bathe in the ocean. Pekka on its side would prefer to sit in the sauna. Photo: Anja Elmine Basma

Is there half year

The two sisters have followed the tradition of cultivating and setting the outdoor area of ​​Buholmen. But the vegetable garden must now turn for two small greenhouses, Rigmor and Jorun will set up one each.

The beds must still be matched, and the same must be their sweet snow tree, not to forget the old apple tree. As soon as they are satisfied, a new project is started. The days do not get long enough, too fast they have to go back to work as home helpers. Not long after they are back again. In order to keep an eye on everything, Rigmor started crossing the calendar every time they arrived at the brewery. She shakes only on her head. “There was never a good deal on that system.

– We are here for half the year, says Jorun.

For 168 years there has been a holiday paradise on Buholmen

TAKE ON HAGEN: Sisters Rigmor and Jorun take a breath in the ground. They care for the vast property, thinking of colors, seasons, plants growing in height and plants that crawl. Photo: Anja Elmine Basma

For 168 years there has been a holiday paradise on Buholmen

GRÅ PATINA: Originally, all houses were in gray patina, as the barn looks like today. Now the uto is painted red, while the brewery and the main house are painted Staverngule. Photo: Anja Elmine Basma

For 168 years there has been a holiday paradise on Buholmen

SJØVEIEN: Today, a motorboat is driving to and from Kragerø, but when Jorun and Rigmor’s grandfather Christen Falk came here in the mid 1800s with his four daughters, he only had a rowing boat. He was loose and the daughters stole the garden, messed in to Kragerø and sold walnuts, nypes, fruit and berries. Photo: Anja Elmine Basma

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