Plants grow everywhere, thanks to the priest
There is a cute story or legend about priest August Simson who worked on the island until his death 1900. It is said that he gave order for anyone who travelled on the mainland or island of Orust to bring back soil so that they could have a proper cemetary. Käringön island’s surface is rocky, so no soil was here. And it seemed to have worked excellent. The island has its cemetary and moreover, many houses have beautiful small or big gardens – plants grow everywhere. I was especially delighted to see this bunch of sweet peas growing on a white little house. These are my favourite flowers, especially when they are so colourful like in this case. Another special sight were the reed plants. I haven't seen these since ages, especially the ones with this dark stem (is it called stem?).
And example of how much of a challenge house building on this rocky island is, is on the last photo. Look at how the owners had to build the house in almost a circle around the rock. Amazing!
Letterboxes, toilet houses - Käringön art
Another special feature I noticed on Käringön, like on Gullholmen, is the very much artistic way the inhabitants decorate their houses, gardens or even toilets. I loved the little sign saying “Bad” which leads to the bathing area (nothing bad with Bad, haha) and as if to make sure that everyone understands, it was decorated with a bathing suit. Then the little toilet house with a happy man painted on the door. Or the beautiful letterboxes at the entrance of the houses. All very picturesque. Oh, and the device in my main photo is a little handcart, the only way of transport on the car free island.