Gripsholm Castle: Traces of the past Yr 3 – 10: Thursday’s Special

Gripsholm Castle

© irene waters 2017

The fairytale like castle of Gripsholm was built in 1537 by Gustav Vasa. Rooms have been preserved from this period. In the 17th century Hedvig Eleonora made significant additions to the castle and in the 18th century in one of the round towers a theatre was built.  In its life it has been a home, a monastery, a Royal residence and today as a showcase of Swedish interior design from the 16th to 19th century. There are over 200 rooms in the castle which also now holds the Swedish State Portrait collection. My description, written in my photo album, on seeing them was “hundreds of pictures – most of them ugly.”

Gripsholm Castle

© irene waters 2017

The gun at Gripsholm castle was captured from the Russians at the end of the 16th century but I have been unable to find out more of the story behind this.

Gripsholm Castle

© irene waters 2017

Gripsholm castle sits on the edge of Lake Malaren some 60 kms west of Stockholm looking over the small town of Mariefred in Sodermanland Sweden.

In response to Paula’s prompt

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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