Special tradition

This morning it was time for the last dip in the ocean this summer together with my parents. Everyday at 08.00 AM since we came down here we have been in the sea for a sometimes quick dip and sometimes a bit longer. Love these mornings – and to share this moment with two to me very important people is very special.

My parents left our paradise before lunch together with our guest to drive up to Norrköping for a weekend of track&field. We have been busy bees all day and finished painting the new boards to the house, finished building the bench (which turned out great!) and done all the laundry. I have cleaned all the windows in our house and the kitchen window in the main house (saving the rest for another day).

Tonight we had friends over for dinner. We bbq sausages and I made a potato salad to go with. Now have sat outside talking for hours and had lovely time. Later on tonight my oldest niece will be arriving with the evening bus from Stockholm. It will be great to see her again! My youngest was supposed to come along but something else came up so he is remaining in town.

Kroppkakor

A productive day – everyone working on different projects. Me, mom, dad & L cut down one more area of lilac bushes. Hard work but with a quick result. My sister has been working on the bench she is making and my brother-in-law has painted the boards for the main house that will replace the rotten ones. 

This afternoon a couple of friends from home stopped by to say hello. They will be spending a couple of days at the camping site here in our paradise so we will see them again tomorrow. 

Tonight we had “kroppkakor” for dinner – a potato dumpling filled with pork and onions seasoned with all spice. A local speciality. Served with lingonberry jam and a glas of beer. Not bad. 

Last night in our paradise together with my parents. They are leaving us tomorrow morning to attend the Swedish Championships in track&field up in Norrköping. We have had a lovely summer here in our paradise and I am so grateful and happy we were able to get so much quality time together. Love our morning dip in the ocean – a perfect way to start the day. One more together to look forward to this summer. 

Bbq fish

This morning we were one more taking the dip in the ocean. Nice. 

After a lovely breakfast with freshly baked bread (my hubby is a star) me and my sis drove into town for groceries. First stop at the fish shop where we found these guilt headed breams and a bag of common mussels. Then groceries and final stop at the “kroppkaksbod” to get some filled potato dumplings for tomorrow night. 

My brother-in-law bbq the fish – I prepared them with a herb filling and also boiled the mussels. My mom prepared the meat for the non-fish-eaters. The dinner was a success and everything turned out great! 

My back has been killing me all day – don’t know what I have done. Woke up this morning and something snapped. Took a painkiller tonight and hopefully I will be as good as new tomorrow. 

Busy bee 🐝

A very busy day filled with things to do. We decided to postpone the grocery shopping until tomorrow.

Instead I did laundry, vacuumed our house, baked a chocolate cake for our afternoon visitor (my second-cousin came over for a “fika” – lovely), primed the boards for the bench-project, made a broccoli-blue cheese pie for dinner. Puh. 

It was quite windy tonight but we sat outside and enjoyed the pie and the leftovers from the bolognese we had the other day. Tonight an old friend of the family arrived with the bus for a couple of days here in our paradise. Always nice to see him! 

Hard work

This morning most of the algea were gone again – perfect! 

After breakfast we worked hard for a couple of hours and cut down the lilac bushes in our arbor. They have grown too tall with leafs only in the top. So, I cut the branches and my dad and hubby worked the shredding machine. Good work! Rewarded with an ice cream and a cup of coffee in the afternoon when we were finished. 

Tonight we made a sweet&sour casserole with pork and rise and could sit outside again. Now we’ve relaxed a bit as the sun is going down. Life is not so bad. 

Mindfulness

This morning there was some algae in the ocean but not enough to keep us from our quick dip.

After breakfast we took a nice hour long stroll along the coastline – a beautiful day with little wind.

This afternoon we had a guest over for coffee and a chat – my dads cousin who lives close by. Funny – we have family around the corner but we don’t see each other that much. Everybody is busy with their own things.

Tonight my sis made her delicious pasta bolognese and after dinner we played a boardgame for a few hours. Now it is time to hug the pillow.

Friday treat

Friday again. Times passes by way too quickly. A bit colder in the ocean this morning, only 18C (or just above). After breakfast us girls drove up to Löttorp for grocery shopping and to look in a few stores. My parents wanted to treat us a nice Friday dinner so we bought the groceries needed for the occasion along with a nice bottle of red.

Tonight we could sit outside and enjoy this feast with a great sirloin steak served with bbq veggies and potato gratin. Yum! And then we had fresh raspberries with ice cream, whipped cream and chocolate sauce for an evening treat. Yum! Thank you!

Meeting

A lovely day in paradise. Sunny and not too windy and about 19C in the ocean.

After breakfast my parents drove to Småland to visit an old friend for the day. The rest of us have been busy with different things. Me and M cut the lilac bushes outside our bedroom and my hubby shredded all the branches. Good work.

Tonight me and my sis went to the yearly friendship association (¨vägförening¨) meeting for the community here in paradise. First time the two of us went together so that was nice! I have been to these meetings for years but together with my dad and uncle. Both me and my sis got involved in different tasks and spoke out at the meeting.  We are not part of the board or anything and we don’t have any ambition to be so either but I think it is important to be present at this yearly meeting and show that we care.

Kingdom of Crystal

This morning it was 3C warmer in the water than in the air so it felt quite nice going in. 18.9C in the water. 

After breakfast me and my hubby decided to go for a drive to the “Glasriket” – kingdom of crystal as it is called. A number of glass factories and outlets all located in Småland – the landscape next to Öland. 

We spent the whole day visiting the different shops and bought a few things. We arrived back in time for dinner my mother had prepared. Nice! After a long day in the car it felt good to be back home again. 

Girl-time

This morning after our dip in the ocean and breakfast us girls drove down to Färjestaden for a few things. We had a lovely time and enjoyed a nice lunch together that our mom treated us. Thank you! 

On the way back we stopped at a farm and bought fresh strawberries and raspberries for our “tisdagsmys” while watching “Allsången” (and my nieces we could spot in the crowd). 

Now we have watched our ladies loose big time in the semi finals towards England. 4-0. Oh well. They played really well initially but as the game went on and England started to score goals they just were not able to keep up. England won fair and will play France or Germany in the finale. Sweden and France or Germany will both receive the bronze medal.