Tuesday, September 1, 2009


I don't know if I have told you about my little grandmother. She was born and raised in Denmark. She came with her family by boat when she was a teenager to America. They settled in Ephraim Utah. She later married George Allred. Together they had my mother. I don't know if she ever returned to her native land. I have had a strong desire to go for her. To see where she was born and raised, to feel her life. Well, I know I can't go back that far as to really feel it, but I can get close.

I have a young friend whose boyfriend is from Denmark. He works for the Airport and he can get deals to Denmark. His family has a home on the island of Fano in the South of Denmark. These pictures just came back with Jen and Andraus from their visit to Denmark. 1. A rainy day, Jen is wearing her white coat with a shawl that I brought her from Ecuador where all my precious babies are.
2. Jen is coming down a hill of white sand. She said there were hills and hills of the softest and whitest sand. 3. Jen is inside the queens summer castle, with it's white walls, where King Christian of Denmark was held captive for around 18 years. 4. This is the Queen's white summer home. The movie "The King and I" was filmed behind this home. 5. An old white windmill that was used for processing wheat in Southern Fano. AND 6. Remember the "Ugly Duckling storey written by Hans Christian Anderson (A Danish fairy tale)? These are some Ugly ducklings following their beautiful Mother. They can only hope that they grow into such beauty. They are in the mote outside the castle.

Don't ya think I have a great Chance of going myself one day?

Thanks for stopping, please let me know you did. Happy White Wednesday.



  1. I hope you get to go someday. I know that I would love to go to England where my family are all from. (a few from ireland)Like you say, I just want to feel what their life in their native country might have been like. Walk where they may have walked, prayed where they may have prayed. A lovely post.

  2. I hope you get to go some day too! Love your vintage bookmarks!

  3. Thanks for sharing those pictures from Denmark. It looks wonderful. I share your feelings--my grandmother's parents were from Sweden and I've always wondered what it would be like to go to their birth towns. Perhaps we'll both make it over to our destinations one of these days!

  4. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos of Denmark. I hope you do get to go one day.


  5. Hello and Happy WW!
    I had to chuckle when I read your comment...kinda getting a little personal :)
    I think you should plan your trip to Denmark and go in the spring!!! Just do it...

  6. Beautiful pictures and lovely story. Set your sights and go! I went once to Denmark and it was really really wonderful. Copenhagen is a class act.

    Thanks for coming over to Le Trip! Loved your comment.

    Bon mercredi blanc!

  7. Very nice Cindy... and there is no such thing as "an ugly duckling"... they are all beautiful and I love them all!... Julie Marie

  8. Thanks for the little tour of Denmark and I do hope you get to go some day.
    What a fun family tradition...Mothers and Daughters.
    Thanks for stopping by today. No driving test today just the short written test for the permit but he didn't want to drive home on the freeway. One step at a time ;-)

  9. That's cool to have a white Wednesday from Denmark! We're excited for our white Saturday!! Hope you have fun on your vacation this weekend!

  10. What a beautiful post. The countryside and architecture are just stunning. How nice of your friend to share these with you and then us. Hope you get to go as a tribute to your grandmother. Thanks for coming by!

  11. Thank you for stopping by. It's a dream of mine to go to Denmark or any Scandinavian country for that matter. Go first and tell me all about it! LOL

  12. How exciting it would be for you to go...I hope you do, and soon! I enjoyed the pictures and hearing of your heritage...so nice to have information about your homeland.

    Take care and have a great week!


  13. What charming pics...that would be so cool if you got to visit someday! It looks like you've been busy sewing...cute stuff!
    PS Yes, that is my home.

  14. I have always wanted to see Denmark too. My husband's fathers was Danish, their last name was changed to become more American when they arrived in the USA,most folks will pronounce our last name wrong because of the spelling.
    Your lunch with the girls looks wonderful and good times for all.
    Take care and enjoy your day,

  15. What a lovely post for White Wednesday. Thankyou for visiting my blog and leaving the comment, as now I have found your blog.

  16. 1st: thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment - i love to meet new people.
    2nd: great pics on denmark! i can tell you that is a very pretty country. My husband is a naval officer and due to his work, we lived 2 years in Germany and, as it was close to denmark, we went there several times. once we went for a medieval fair and the kids loved it. Do you the way we picture vickings?! well, with those clothes they were vickings alright! in fact, most of them gorgeous vickings in a highlander kind of way! If you're able do go there and other european countries.
    3rd: LOVEEEEE your pillows! you're very talented.
    Do feel free to visit me whenever you want and have a sweet wk,
    Rosa from Portugal

  17. Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a nice note. I adore the windmill photo....with the last name of Holland, I have to have all I see....come visit again...xojana

  18. One of my good friends maiden name's Allred. My husband's family is from Scipio, just over the hills from Ephraim. Still working on getting a date to come see you. Mimi