Summer fun

It’s a warm and sunny week ahead. We kicked it off on Sunday by going to the beach. The first swim in the lake this year. 

   

   

The water levels are worryingly low this year. We are worried about the levels for our drinking water and things are not looking great. This is unsusal and the drought in Sweden has been going for a couple of years. It has been predicted to turn out this way for the southern part of Sweden in the climate change research. We are definitely feeling the effects of global warming and climate change.

The problem isn’t that it doesn’t rain. It rains and our trees and vegetation is lush. The problem is that we don’t get enough snow and rainfall in the cold months. Summers are longer now and extend almost into October. It feels good but the water we need to drink far below us isn’t being replenished. 

  

We also decided to make a table top for our allotment. One we can easily store and quickly set up if we want to sit and eat on our plot of land instead of by the “community” tables. We thought it would come in handy for midsummer lunch as we celebrate midsummers eve on Friday. 

  

The kids enjoyed helping sand paper and oil the table. 

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School is out

And summer started. It’s a holy event for us Swedes. Summer break. The whole public school with students, teatchers and as many parents that can fit goes to the large church in town. 

  

We sing psalms and summer songs a mix between old hymns and new pop hits. The priest speak in ever unclear metaphors as he is not allowed to mention God or anything that could be considered biblical. Although the hymns clearly have a message and both God and Solomon mentioned in the lyrics. 

 

The season of outdoors, endless days and midnight sun is upon us. It’s a joy and next weekend is midsummer.  

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Spring

is turning into early summer. We have been busy enjoying and preparing at our allotment. 

  

We have been planting potatoes, peas, beans, corn, pumpkin, leak, more strawberries as well as wild strawberries. I also planted two more red berry bushes. Raspberries are coming in and we might get a few more apples this year. 

The kids are also enjoying the place more and more playing together and making mini zoos for snails they find in the shrubs.

This weekend is extra long with more time off for our national day. Today we have been taking long nature walks. 

   

    

This national preserve is a place we knew existed but never went to. It’s only about a 10 minute car ride from our home. It’s set up to be wheel chair accessible so brining a carriage is no problem. 

This is such a magical time in Sweden and we love being outdoors.

 

  

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Working 70%

I decided to take an additional day off to spend more times with the girls. So far we have had two Tuesday’s together. 

   

This week they have European week at day care and  Tuesday was France. L was sad to miss the food and activities at day care so we made our own French flag and went to the cafe named Napoleon. I think L is fine with how things worked out and S is certainly up for some chocolate cake. 

   

We are trying to enjoy this very cold spring day as the winds from the artic is whisking about. By the weekend the warmer French winds from the south will turn the weather.  

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Planting season starting

a week ago we went to our “garden” to see how things are after winter. The deer ate a lot of our raspberry sticks which is very sad. They also munched on our berry bushes and some apple tree branches.

 

But spring is arriving and the Sunrays are warming up the ground. 

 

  

 We started planting to bring up seedlings on our window seal. Sunflowers and corn. In a few weeks we will start to grow some pumpkins. Trying out two new kinds this year. We also planted some lettuce and are planning out our strawberry patch, potato patch and carrot patch. The American blueberry plants and lavender survived winter. 

 

  

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Destroying a perfect piece

we needed a pieace of furniture for our new record player and to hold the speakers. I found an old furniture that was made to hold a basin and the bed pan in the bedroom. It was only about $25 and we picked it up yesterday.

As we are sanding it down to paint it and put some new legs on it I feel sad. It’s so beautifully made. No nails. Real wooden plugs. And all custom made. Hand carved legs we already pulled off. 

 

Sliding shelf and just cute features. 

 

  

  

  

 

I had to take pictures and show it off before throwing paint on it. 

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Christmas

it has been a busy month with concerts, Christmas parties, extra work and getting the home ready for the season. Today our break started and it is great to be off from work and school until the 4th of January. 

   

Our church does a big Christmas party last Sunday before Christmas. The whole service is for the kids and there are plenty of sugar, treats and activities afterwards. 

 

  

  

 

The kids and I have also been busy making traditional Christmas candy the last week.

 

  

  

  

 

The Christmas tree is decorated and most work is done. On Saturday we celebrate the gift from God to change our fears to hope, hate to love and darkness to light. What joy we have in the promise of Him who saved us from ourselves. 

 

  

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