We left the Bockebodagården B&B this morning around 9:00. Our last family history stop was Riseberga kyrka where Christian Pearson, Mom’s great-grandfather, was baptized.
His family had lived at Riseberga for several generations before him. I could not identify a farm name that still existed for this family, so we did not have anything to look for except the church itself.
We’ve come to expect the unexpected at these little Swedish country churches. Each has something special that you don’t see anywhere else. So Riseberga was the first church we saw that featured a model airplane. I’m not even kidding:
It was hanging just to the side of the small lectern. There was a brass plaque next to it that gave the specs for the “S 18 Spaningsflygplan” (for example, Fligvikt = 1850kg) but no indication as to why it was featured so prominently. We picked up the historical brochure andi will look for clues later.
This church also featured several large paintings on the ceiling.
The outside of the church was under renovation so we were glad to get inside.
We made it back to the Volvo factory right on schedule and Dale breathed a HUGE sigh of relief. He did most of the driving and was glad there were no mishaps.
While Dad was signing some papers, in walked Don and Ardeth Carlson. I worked with Don at Northern Water and in fact he was the one who told me about Volvo’s Overseas Delivery Program and I passed along the information to Dad. Don and Ardeth were just getting started and it sounds like they have a great trip planned. So weird – 15 minutes either way and we would have missed each other completely.
We’re back at the hotel in Göteborg where we spent the first night. Dale just beat us all at hearts (again!).
We fly back to Denver tomorrow. As great as the trip was, I am ready for home.