Valen
Valen is a little island, 3 km long and 0.5 km wide, situated in Lake Hjälmaren, Sweden's fourth largest lake. The nearest town is Arboga, a beautiful quiet place with 13,500 inhabitants and a very long history. The nearest large towns are Örebro to the West and Västerås to the East. Ryanair flies to Västerås from Stansted. Lake Hjälmaren is connected to Lake Mälaren by the Hjälmare Canal
Our house

Our house

Getting ready for midsummer

Getting ready for midsummer

Our house in early spring

Our house in early spring

View to west

View to west

View to west

View to west

View to south

View to south

View to east

View to east

Steve on Valena

Steve on Valena

Preparing to sail

Preparing to sail

Valena moored

Valena moored

Bella

Bella

Valen's ferry

Valen's ferry

South harbour

South harbour

Reeds in Lake Hjälmaren

Reeds in Lake Hjälmaren

Cowslips on Valen

Cowslips on Valen

Fishing net

Fishing net

Our garden in winter

Our garden in winter

The boat that came in from the cold

The boat that came in from the cold...

Winter transport

Winter transport

Walking across the ice

Walking across the ice

Deer in the distance

Deer in the distance

Anna weaving

Anna weaving

Plant boxes 1

Plant boxes 1

Plant boxes 2

Plant boxes 2

Window boxes

Window boxes

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

The Valen 'immigrants'

The Valen 'immigrants'