Julhyacinter

Sunrise: 9:22 AM Sunset: 1:33 PM Temperature: 0.1°C Over the next couple of weeks, days are going to get much shorter. This morning, after I went for a sunlit-walk around Nordanå, we potted the julhyacinter [Christmas hyacinths] that we got over the weekend. Now a few hours later, candles have been lit up. In the tree. On the table. By the windows. There is mjukt ...

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Honungssnittar

A story about honey biscuit-slices, Christmas nook and the first advent Sunday Sunrise: 8:57 AM Sunset: 1:51 PM Temperature: 2.9°C Things haven’t evolved much since the days of my childhood Christmases. The tree gets decorated early. Biscuits get baked. So does my mom’s pain d’épices. Some years, Aïda and I will attempt to make marrons glacés [candied chestnuts], which is never a success since most ...

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Lanthandeln

[The country store] Nordanå, Ernst Westerlunds allé, 931 22 Skellefteå Lanthandeln I wanted to do an advent calendar on the blog this year. To document my first Christmas in Sweden. Except that after planning the posts, drawing illustrations, and baking a few – of the many I had on my list – traditional Swedish biscuits, I realised that it actually went against everything I believed ...

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On fields of frost, counting to Christmas and a green smoothie

Stories from the recent past: I’ve finally developed my last two rolls of film, which had some pictures I took back in London! You can see two of them above. The first, taken in Chislehurst, when Kalle and I decided to take the train and stop at a random station. We ended up spending the day at a small pub there, cosying up by a ...

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En semester i Lövnäs, sista dagen

Our last day in Lövnäs ended just like our journey started, with a breakfast made of boiled eggs and danskt rågbröd. Early in the morning, we walked through the forest, searching frantically for a marshy glade. Chasing cloudberries, really. And when our boots sank into the ground, we knew we were in the right place. Around us, thousands of hjutron leaves and not a berry ...

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En semester i Lövnäs, tredje dagen

[A summer holiday in Lövnäs, third day] That morning, we woke up with the sun. Breakfast happened and right before the clouds and the moon disappeared, we set off for another day on the lake. Except this time, we went to Labbas – right till its end, where the little islands are. Of course, I’ve found a favourite, and dreamed of the smallest stuga [cottage] ...

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En semester i Lövnäs, andra dagen

[A summer holiday in Lövnäs, second day] A breakfast made of pumpernickel and boiled eggs, oats and cherry yoghurt was eaten by the rainy window. Soon enough we set off to the lake and had sweets before lunch. We settled for a little island, north of the lake, and as we came to the shore, raindrops started their dance again. In the distance, we could ...

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En semester i Lövnäs, första dagen

[A summer holiday in Lövnäs, first day] Let me introduce en semester in Lövnäs, possibly photographed and written for my maman alone. Perhaps you’ll enjoy it too! We drove for hours, and I’m not going to lie, I might have fallen asleep; awoken once by Kalle saying my name and pointing out at a herd of moose grazing in the forest surrounding the road, and ...

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Bonjour septembre

[Hello September] We haven’t had the first frost yet. But, early yesterday morning, there was something different about the air that happened to grow through the day. A crispness that wasn’t there before. Perhaps the smell of leaves that turn golden, too. A bus trip spent watching the red clock above the driver, which would display the outside temperature every now and then. And as ...

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And the weeks too

The ducklings have been growing faster than our eyes can see. And the weeks too. I think it might be time to resume normal programming, don’t you?

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