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Diary

28 November, 2012

A peaceful time…

The biggest and longest holiday of the year is the magical Christmas of Sweden. The excitement begins the first Sunday of Advent with the lighting of the first Advent candle. Each Sunday prior to Christmas, another candle is lit with growing anticipation.

Every Swedish cuisine is filled with the scent of  homemade “Pepparkakor” (gingerbread cookies) and “Lussekatter” (a kind of saffron buns).

Feasting and celebrating begin on December 13 with Lucia Day, which legend says is the longest night of the year and a time when man and beast need extra nourishment.

A Lucia (Queen of Light) is chosen from each home, club, school, etc. She is dressed in a white gown with a crown of candles in her hair. She brings coffee, lussekatter, pepparkakor, and occasionally “glogg” (a mulled wine). She is generally accompanied by a train of white-clad attendants. The girls wear glitter in their hair and the boys wear tall paper cone hats decorated with stars. While delivering their precious fare, they sing traditional Lucia carols.

22 October, 2012

(Svenska) Definitivt höst…

18 September, 2012

Still summer…

Autumn… no, no! Still summer!
Roses in my garden, butterflies, beautiful flowers everywhere, a lazy cat in the sun, Carl mending the grass roof, summerskies, red sky at night, strolling in the water… that´s evidence enough…

Though sometimes heavy rain and strong winds… and it clears up again!

28 July, 2012

Enjoy the summer…

Summertime at our little beach by Grimsholmen…

Carl takes care of the shore and makes it clean and beautiful…

We really hope that there are lost of sunny days still  to enjoy…

The sun is always shining, when our little grand daughter Emilia is visiting us…

She loves taking care of our guests and to decorate with flowers and candles…

Thank you all nice guests who have been here and a Warm Welcome to all old an new guests!