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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Une promenade à Skellefteå

Today meant a lot of things. A four am wake-up of some kind that only sunrise can bring. And falling back asleep. A glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, and filmjölk with oats and honey. A few amazing hours in a classroom, learning Swedish, one word at a time. And sitting at a café terrace in the sun at seven pm; almost forgetting that, just ...

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Bonjour Åsen

[Hello Åsen] This morning, as every morning since the past two weeks or so, I’ve fed Surdeg. Rye flour and water. Stir. Cover. Except, it’s no usual morning. I packed it in my bag. With watercolours and old polaroid cameras. Yes, in ten hours or so, we’ll be in Åsen. The not-so-official I-can’t-wait-for Åsen list. 1. Walking through Åsen forests again. 2. Drawing by the ...

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Toujours dans la neige – Macarons au chocolat blanc caramélisé et aux noisettes

[Always in the snow – Caramelised white chocolate and hazelnut macarons] I’d like to tell you I’ve made macarons today. I had planned to. Really. Last week, we bought mandelmjöl [ground almonds] and florsocker [icing sugar]; mjölkchoklad [milk chocolate] and vispgrädde [whipping cream]. But you see, we’ve been for walks everyday. At times, in the forest. Or by the river. And, always, in the snow. ...

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Par le pont suspendu – Caramels au beurre salé façon tarte Tatin

[Through the suspended bridge – Salted butter caramels, not unlike a Tatin tart] We went for our favourite walk this morning. Usually, we’d be back by the time we left, but today was different. We woke up a bit later, under the sun we’d lost for snow over the past few days. Not that I’m complaining; just like norrsken [northern lights], I think I’ll never ...

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It can only mean one thing – Cake à la banane rôtie

[Roasted banana cake] I once read that the universe didn’t need another banana cake. In that case, the universe and I might have to disagree. We don’t disagree often though. In fact, most of the time, we’re in a symbiotic agreement that all is in its place. Let me tell you about a few nights ago. It might have been Monday or Tuesday, I don’t ...

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Sea ice around us

Let’s rewind to the exact moment when the clocks didn’t even notice when one minute past midnight happened. We didn’t either, really. And that’s why this article is here. One month and seven days too late. So much is about to happen though that I just couldn’t not tell you. Have a wonderful not-so-new year. xx Things I’ve started to do again: – drawing. It ...

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