Visit

someone is planning hard for the winter. We discovered a little squirrel on our land and he was working hard to put some food in safe places for hard times. 

I am fascinated by these small animals which are so graciously moving from tree to tree and jumping nicely on the floor as well. Look at this tail: so fluffy! 

This was a short report from our place, a sunny Saturday morning in Sweden.

Prunes

We worked the whole week and went to bed early. Our life is that exciting! We had the visit of M’s parents yesterday and we had a lovely day in their company. They even came with a chili plant: its fruits are evil, so strong! And with some prunes from their gardens. I made marmalade from them and it smelt lovely in the whole house. 

M and I drove to the woods and ran today. It is a pleasure to have company during the run and the 10 km of today were hot. But now, as if it was vacation, we are enjoying the back of the house, in the sun and feeling totally free. This is so nice! The sun uses to disappear behind the trees around 6 in the evening so we’d better enjoy the hours before! 

 

Sunday in the sun

 This was our breakfast this morning. Not many fruits but so good to us! One good thing with this house is that we can eat breakfast in the front of the house with a good mix of sun and shadow. 

We live close from the lake Mälaren. We haven’t taken any bath in it yet, I find it too cold. But today, maybe today I will take a swim. This is the last day of vacation for this summer, maybe it would be good to celebrate it with a Swedish way of life? 

Actually, I do not really care if the vacations are over or not. I feel not so tired and I am really excited about my new job. For M this will be the start of daily train travel but hopefully it will work.

 

Soufflé au fromage

Or how to eat eggs in auch more fun way. You need:

  • 25 gr butter
  • 25 gr bread
  • 4 eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 spoon of corn flour
  • 125 gr of cheese

You put your oven to 200 degrees.

You separate the yellow from the white. In the whites, which have to be very cold,, you put some salt and you mix them until you get a fluffy white thing. You put in the corn flour and the yellow and you mix very gently! Then you put 100 gr of cheese in it and mix again really gently. You put this mix in four small forms that you will have buttered before. You top with the rest of the cheese.

You take a form for the oven, put 2 cm water in it. You put your four forms in the big form and everything in the oven for 20-25 minutes, depending on your oven.

This is excellent with some tomatoes and a way much more fun than an omelet!

  

Midsummer evening

thisbis a high point in Sweden today: Midsummer. This is my tenth time celebrating it and I’m still not sure about how it will be. This year, we are having friends and their kids for lunch at our place. The weather is typical for midsummer: rain and 12 degrees.

I planned some traditional things on the menu but a rostbiff will also be eaten. And as a dessert, I tried to make a strawberries pie. Everything tastes good but the look is something different: look by yourself!
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Chez Meinen

we spent the night in a nice room at Chez Meinen and we slept like stones. I got up this morning, opened the sort from our room and discovered this:

  
This was our breakfast for 2!! Incredibly good and with everything you wish and even more! 

We are very happy with our stay here, so if you need to spend a night close to Hanover, try this place!

Gardening

Last week end, we recieved the part of a garden when we will be able to grow some vegetables and flowers and this is really exciting! I am not at all a professional in this area but I like to make things with my hands, in relation with mother Nature. And what is more fun than to grow your own food? Well, now, I don’t think that it will be enough, but at least, I will try!

M is not a big fan of gardening, but he is a big fan of sitting in the sun reading a book and this place is also perfect for him to do that.

So, yesterday, I passed by and try to figure out what I will grow and where. And of course: what is already growing in the garden! Because we are lucky people that already have rasberries (our favorite fruit), strawberries and some rabarber. So I made a plan, and tried to list which vegetables are easy to grow and fitting in the swedish climate. The tomatoes will live on our balcony obviously.

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Today I went to a shop to buy some potatoes to grow, some earth and this hortensia, which is already sleeping in the garden. It is like a symbol for all the growing to come! I like this flower, that is so proud that it can change color depending on the ground. Let’s see if this blue one turn out to be pink later!

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Culture

and I mean the real one: with things growing. 

I visited the place this morning, with a good guide. We had the choice between two parts, one was much more in the sun that I decided it would be perfect for a first year.

This is pretty close from our home, about 5 min bicycle and it feels like we are in the middle of nowhere there. The birds were singing so loud this morning, this was wonderful!

So I planned a little what I will try to grow there, I think I need to measure a little but it will be awesome! Let’s have green fingers!

  

It’s growing!

Slowly but surely, my plantations are growing. This is amazing to see how light and water influence these little living things. They turn to the light and grow so much that you can see it with your eyes. This is fantastic! I just hope that they won’t die during our travel to San Francisco!

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Food to come

This week-end, I decided to plant some vegetables, the ones that need to have grown a little bit before to live in the real ground. We have a perfect balcony for that: in the sun from noon and until the sun goes to bed and with glas, which makes the temperature confortable, even if it’s still freezing during the nights.

I found around in my seeds the ones I wanted to plant now, and my choice was: concumber, sunflower, basilic, red beets, some unknown flowers, sallad and some green peas. I cannot wait to see the result. We have been promised a little piece of land at 10 min walk from where we live, I am also very excited to see how it looks like and what we will be able to grow there.

So long, I just have to remember the wattering!

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