Kåre and Workabeba Karlsson
I first met Kåre while he was chopping wood and I was pulling my computer suitcase up the street creating quite a lot of noise. He stopped what he was doing, checked the sky, then noticed me standing there. He jokingly told me he thought I was the thunder and we laughed.
After introducing myself and telling him I was spending several weeks in Fengersfors working on a project getting to know the community and the local area, he invited me over for a glass of wine and to catch up on my American news by watching CNN and talking about westerns.
Kåre shared stories about how his parents had built the house he now lives in with his wife Workabeba (“Golden Flower” in Ethiopian) in 1910. Kåre moved into it in 1998. After a long career in the paper industry, first at Bruket, then spending 1967-1969 in Pakistan, and finally just retiring from a position in Säffle, Kåre is now focusing on projects at the house and garden. The house has been in his family for over 100 years now and is very special to him. It was the first place he thought of when I told him about this project and asked him to identify a special place.
Workabeba moved to Fengersfors in February 2001 from Ethiopia after she and Kåre married in December 2000 in Addis Ababa.
Having visited Kåre and Workabeba there, I can confirm that it is a special place indeed.