Chicago – I’ll huff, and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down.

#2.39  20131130 Chicago, Katharina Ayres

#2.39
20131130 Chicago, Katharina Ayres

The Expedition has reached the shores of the Great Lakes as Katharina Ayres brought Moonhouse #2.39 to Chicago. Chicago is known as ”The Windy City” but we can let you in on a secret; No matter how hard you huff, no matter how hard you puff, you will not blow this house down.

Congratualtions to the successful expedition Katharina. We wish you fair winds for your coming adventures!

The Moonhouse with Bacchi lada at Den Gyldene Freden

#2.42 Bacchi lada at Gyllene freden, Gamla stan, Stockholm, Sweden. Emil Vinterhav. February 1, 2014

#2.42
Bacchi Lada at ”den Gyllene freden”, Gamla stan, Stockholm, Sweden. Emil Vinterhav. February 1, 2014

The House on the Moon is art as is reflected clearly in the first article of the manifesto. Another artform is music and among famed composers Carl-Michael Bellman shares age and geographial roots with the red houses. Maybe it would even be fair to bring an Epistle to the Moon when the house gets there.

On February 1, 2014, three days before the composers 249th birthday, the Moonhouse #2.42 and Emil Vintehav explored the poetry of the songs and epistles of Carl-Michael Bellman when Bacchi Lada met up to honour the composer, in song and circumstance at Den Gyldene Freden, an establishment that the composer himself frequented in his lifetime. The participants at Bacchi Lada treated each other to singing to the accompaniment of variety of instruments including electric balaljka, melodica and the traditional perisan tar all played an sung at an incredibly high standard.

Congratulations Emil to your successful expedition and fair winds on your coming adventures.

#X.1 in Melissa’s Garden

#X.1 The Reef 20140102 Radja Ampat - Melissa's Garden, Papua, Indonesien. Explorers Robin Lilja and Niclas Evestedt Fotocredit Niclas Evestedt

#X.1 The Reef
20140102 Radja Ampat – Melissa’s Garden, Papua, Indonesien. Explorers Robin Lilja and Niclas Evestedt
Fotocredit Niclas Evestedt

Today we are treated to a one of a kind, never seen before picture from the colourful land under water of a tropical coral reef. An earlier landfall on this expedition brought us to the well cared for nest of the Volgelkop Bower bird. On  this landfall (waterfall(?)), on January 2, 2014, Robin Lilja and co-explorer Niclas Evestedt explored the coral reefs of Melissa’s Garden off the coast of the Raja Ampat Islands near Papua, Indonesia.

Thank you for the stunning picture* and congratulations, Robin and Niclas, to your very successful expedition. We wish you fair winds for your coming adventures.

*According to rumour ther are more stunningly beautiful underwater pictures like this which we hope to share soon….

 

Swedish Cottage, Central Park

#2.37 The Swedish Cottage in Central Park New York Hans Hallberg, The Swedish Cottage in Central Park New York, NY, USA, November 8, 2013.

#2.37 The Swedish Cottage in Central Park New York
Hans Hallberg, The Swedish Cottage in Central Park New York, NY, USA, November 8, 2013.

Two days after landfall in Atlantic City, on November 8, 2013, Hans Hallberg and Moonhouse #2.37 made landfall in New York City. This time the Moonhouse or Moon Cottage, paid tribute to another cottage, namely the Swedish Cottage in Central Park, New York. The Swedish Cottage was build in Sweden 1875 and erected in Central Park in 1877. It is currently serving as home of the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

Congratulations Hans on the second landfall on your successful expedition  (after landfall in Atlantic City)   and fair winds for your coming adventures.

The House Always Wins

#2.37 The House Always Wins  Hans Hallberg, Atlantic City, USA, November 6, 2013.

#2.37 The House Always Wins
Hans Hallberg, Atlantic City, USA, November 6, 2013.

It is an old truth that ”the house always wins” and in this case we have a win-win situation when Hans Hallberg brought Moonhouse #2.37 to the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City on November 6, 2013.

Congratulations Hans to your successful expedition and fair winds for your coming adventures.

(Remember to also have a look at the report from the expedition to Taj Mahal in Agra, India.)

House on the Ocean

#2.35 in the Indian Ocean Petra Vainionpää, Maldives New Years Eve 2013.

#2.35 in the Indian Ocean
Petra Vainionpää, Maldives New Years Eve 2013.

The Moonhouse really has a predisposition toward exotic beaches and the ocean. Perhaps this is in anticipation of and longing for an eternal existence on the shores of the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon.

Here the seasoned explorer Petra Vainionpää treats us to a magnificent scene from the Maldives in the Indian Ocean with Moonhouse #2.35 basking in sunlight with bungalows built in stilts in the back ground. (Wouldn’t we all have liked to be there to take the picture…)

Congratulations on your successful expedition Petra and fair winds for your coming adventures. (Petra was one of the first explorers and something tells me that the Maldives may not be the last landfall Moonhouse #2.35 makes with Petra. We certainly wish to continue to part-take in Petras exotic expeditions wherever they take here and the Moonhouse Expedition.

Moonhouse Epiphany

#2.22 on Epiphany Ulla Vinterhav, Epiphany in Knivsta, Sweden. January 6, 2014

#2.22 on Epiphany
Ulla Vinterhav, Epiphany in Knivsta, Sweden. January 6, 2014

On this thirteenth day of Christmas, Epiphany, Ulla Vinterhav brings us this Christmas Greeting with Christ, the three wise men and Moonhouse #2.22.

Happy Epiphany Ulla and thank you for the greeting. Fair winds on your coming adventures!

House on Wheels

Moonhouse #2.46 Mikael Engström Eskilstuna (?) January 4, 2014

Moonhouse #2.46
Mikael Engström Eskilstuna (?) January 4, 2014

Mikael Engström, one of our two new Moonhouse holders, sends us this report from his adventures with Moonhouse #2.46.

You have to love the picture.

Congratulations Mikael on your successful expedition and fair winds for your coming adventures.

Nesting House

#2.19 Kwau, West Papua Robin Lilja December 26, 2013

#2.19 Kwau, West Papua
Robin Lilja December 26, 2013

From his expedition to South East Asia, exploring both above and below, Robin Lilja sends this report. Robin has installed Moonhouse #2.19 in the nest of a Vogelkop Bowerbird at Kwau in West Papua, Indonesia. The Vogelkop Bowerbird is famous for its elaborate building style and for decorating its nest with colourful accessories. Try a google image search for vogelkop bowerbird or the BBC:s website for stunning and beautiful examples. Robin recommends a look at the ”Birds” episode of the BBC Life series for more information.

Congratulations on your ongoing and already successful expedition Robin. We wish you fair winds for its continuation and look forward to future reports.