Great week

This week went by so very quickly. And I have loved every minute – been able to relax, spend quality time with my family, parents and brother-in-law. Visited my uncle and other relatives. I have started on a knitting-project which was a good way to stay away from my computer, iPad and cellphone. 

The weather hasn’t been as great as we would have liked but we really have no complaints. I am so very grateful and thankful for this time away and for our paradise. And I am so happy that both our sons appreciate it as much as we do and want to be there with us. 

The drive back to the city went without problems and I think it was a good decision to make the trip today rather than tomorrow when there probably will be way more traffic. And now we have an extra day off tomorrow too before we need to go back to work on Monday. 


Last day off this vacation. We have had candles burning all week to honor our loved ones who are no longer with us. The correct day to do this, I guess, is tomorrow, but since we are leaving tomorrow we will not have lights burning here when we are not still here.

Today I had a date with my second-cousin down by the sea. She brought some home made cinnamon buns with blueberries (yum) and a I brought a thermos with coffee and we had a lovely chat until it started to be too cold to sit outside. When I came back to the house my uncle was over for an afternoon coffee so then we had another nice chat. My mom had baked an apple pie – yum.

Last night in our paradise – I’m glad we could be here a whole week and spend some time together. Next visit will probably not be until Easter.


A lovely morning in our paradise. One of our neighbors has a sauna on wheels he rents out and this morning he transported it down to the beach with his tractor. After lunch some people used the sauna and cooled down in the ocean. Brrrr. 

After lunch we received our new fridge/freezer which was delivered to our property. They also picked up the old broken one as  a service. Nice. So now we have a brand new fridge/freezer to enjoy. I hope it will work for many years to come. 

I went over to see my uncle and we had a nice chat. Even though we live so close down here we don’t see that much of each other. He is seldom outside and hardly ever comes over to see us. 

My mother and I went grocery shopping this afternoon as it started to rain and it is still raining. Now we have enjoyed salmon for dinner served with rise. Pork filet for the boys. 

Migratory birds

Midweek already. Can’t believe how quickly time flies. Today we managed to squeeze in two walks – first this morning after breakfast where my parents and I spotted these birds flying south for the winter. 

Then later on in the afternoon me and my father decided to go for a second walk – a bit longer this time. We walked away around 3PM and 70 min later we arrived back as the sun set in the horizon. Good thing we were almost home otherwise we would walk in complete darkness (well, almost). No streetlights here in the countryside. 

Tonight we have watched another movie together – “Gemini” with Will Smith. It was ok. Now it is time to hug my pillow. Good night! 


Another autumn day here in our paradise. Grey and cloudy but quite warm. We went to get some more groceries after breakfast and then after lunch we took an hour walk over to Grönvik and back. Me and my parents and oldest son. 

Tonight we had pasta bolognese for dinner and now we have cheered on our ladies playing soccer towards Iceland. They won and now they have qualified for the European Championships in 2022. Yeah! Another relaxing day in our paradise has come to an end. 

Grey day

Monday and my first day of vacation. My husband, brother-in-law and oldest son had work / studies but the rest of us had the day off. 

It’s been quite warm today – around 14C – but a bit grey and rainy. We took an afternoon walk to get some exercise (this photo was taken the other day) and it was nice to be outside for a bit despite the weather. 

Tonight we have watched a movie – Ford vs Ferrari – and it was quite good. Love those movies based on a true story. 

Day off

Sunday and a day off. We went to get some groceries but other than that we have just relaxed. We went for a short walk around the block which took us about 35 min. Cheered on our team playing soccer on tv (won 3-1). Made chicken w/ rise for dinner.

We ordered a new refrigerator which will be delivered on Thursday. They will also pick up our old one when they deliver the new one which is great. No need for us to rent a trailer or carry anything heavy ourselves. And really nice to have a functioning fridge the next time we get down here.


A visit to our paradise during fall break has become a dear tradition. This year extra special since my whole family decided to come along. The last couple of times they have remained in town. My parents and brother-in-law are here too which is great! I am really looking forward to this week away from all the musts and have-to’s . Just be here – enjoy the silence, sky covered in stars (maybe we can figure out how to take a night photo of them) and regain some new energy. The trip down went without problems even though it rained a lot the first part of the journey. Tonight we have enjoyed a nice dinner and then just relaxed in front of the tv. Perfect. 


A quite hectic day with a lot of challenges has come to an end. Now we will make an environmental change and move our office. 

After work me and my oldest went on one of our walks. We made the walk a bit shorter than we first intended since it was a bit too wet in the forrest with a lot of pools of water and slippery leaves. When we got back out on the field the sun has started to set and lit up the trees beautifully. I love a good autumn day. So pretty with all the colors. 

Pretty plant

My parents-in-law gave us this pretty plant for our anniversary. I love it! So different and extraordinary! It looks great in our kitchen window. 

Long Thursday. New recommendations from the government regarding covid. Some stricter and some not. Still need to work from home, keep a social distance, avoid traveling via public transportation etc. Looks like our home office will be just that for a long while yet. I miss my colleagues and social contact but I don’t miss all the hours spent commuting every week. It will be a big challenge to return to the life as it was before whenever that will be.