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Swede pulls up carrot bearing long-lost ring

Jenny Sundelin · 30 Dec 2011, 15:37

Published: 30 Dec 2011 15:37 GMT+01:00

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After 16 years, Lena and Ola Påhlsson, who reside near Mora, Dalarna, in central Sweden, had given up hope of ever finding Lena's lost wedding ring.

The ring, which Lena had designed herself, went missing after she had put it on the kitchen counter in midst of a holiday baking session back in 1995.

The couple engaged in a frantic search for the ring, even checked behind the appliances and beneath the floor boards when renovating the kitchen a few years later, but to no avail.

But as Lena was about to gather the last of the carrots from the family vegetable patch last October, she pulled out a carrot that had something attached to it.

As the carrot was so small, she was about to throw it away when she realized what it was that appeared to be “growing” around the finger-sized vegetable.

“Our daughter Anna was at home at the time and she heard an almighty scream from the garden,” Ola Påhlsson told The Local, recalling the day of the miraculous find.

Anna thought Lena had hurt herself and went running to her mother.

She instead found Lena sitting on a chair looking rather shocked.

“It was Lena’s wedding ring that had been missing since 1995 after Lenas annual Christmas baking. It had surfaced, wrapped around a carrot. Quite amazing,” said Ola.

Ola had several theories as to how Lena's ring could have made its way from the kitchen to the vegetable patch.

“We thought maybe it had fallen in to the compostable food bin. Perhaps it ended up in compost that was spread over the vegetable patch later,” he said.

He also theorized that the family's sheep, which is often fed kitchen scraps, may have had a hand in the mysterious migration of the ring.

“Maybe it had been eaten by the sheep and then ended up in the manure that we then spread over the vegetable patch,” said Ola.

The soil in the vegetable patch has been turned over several times without revealing the ring.

Last year, however, Lena didn’t plant the carrots in a row but spread the seeds randomly.

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“That could also be the reason as to how the carrot grew through the ring. A seed could have landed in the middle of it after turning the patch, just by chance,” said Ola.

They were both pleased to find that the ring - made of white gold with seven small diamonds - was as good as new after all those years in the soil.

While overjoyed at the find, Lena hasn't yet started wearing the ring again yet, as it still needs to be re-sized to fit her now somewhat-larger fingers.

"We're keeping it in a safe place," she told the local Dalarnas Tidningar newspaper.

Jenny Sundelin (jcsundelin@yahoo.co.uk)

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Your comments about this article

18:54 December 30, 2011 by lucky ant
Will that be a 23 carat carrot?
20:32 December 30, 2011 by Gonzalo Fargenkneipper
And then she dvorced her husband and married the carrot. And that's all I'm going to say about THAT!
20:40 December 30, 2011 by pboblett
It's bogus the guy in picture is wearing metal detecting headphones
23:56 December 30, 2011 by xexon
I beg to differ about the headphones as I'm a detector owner myself. They look more like hearing protectors. The kind you wear when using a chainsaw, etc.

Great story though.

10:49 December 31, 2011 by Puffin
Not necessarily metal dtetcting headphones - they are common attire for farmers operating machinery such as tractors and chain saws

In fact my daughter has them and wears them at home and at school for a hearing condition
11:11 December 31, 2011 by insect

lol...you just made my last day of 2011
13:41 December 31, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
Well - slap my thigh!! Who would have believed it? @ lucky ant - Lol!
14:48 December 31, 2011 by gabeltoon
At last a piece of GOOD news and at the close of a year full of sadness. I do hope that 2012 brings you much happiness.
15:48 December 31, 2011 by BobBob
Ahh... Carrot makes Swede happy.
17:59 December 31, 2011 by jomamas
Marriage is a scam perpetrated by the Fascist Patriarchal Church, Royal family, elite and Banksters to keep women enslaved.

It must be abolished and replaced with 'community families' wherein a coven of mothers make all family decisions and laws.

Says the average Swedish student.
01:16 January 1, 2012 by goldfinger007
My stepfather was pulling kale and turnips from my neighbor's garden patch. He later realized he had lost his gold wedding ring and did not know what happened to it. Two years later, he had a stroke, and has been in a nursing care facility the past several years. Last year, my neighbor was using a rototillar to till that same garden plot and he saw a shiny object, bent down and picked up my stepfather's ring. It had his name inscribed in it. So my mom got the ring back after 6 years in the garden soil. Thrilled to solve that mystery!
06:36 January 2, 2012 by Smiling Canuk
This story actually made front pages on Canadian newspapers. Guess there isn't much else to report about Sweden lately. :-) LOL!!
16:32 January 3, 2012 by Grindsprint
@ Smiling Canuk, I find it hilarious that you in your comment seem to suggest that that says anything about sweden, when it actually says more about canadian news reporting :P
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