Weekend Coffee Share – Spring Update, And A Visit To Falun Copper Mine


It’s raining like crazy today, and I suggest that we have coffee on the covered porch. If you sit at one end of the porch, and I stay over at the other side we can still keep our distance. ..or we can just enjoy our virtual coffee date 🙂 How are things in your corner of the world? 


The photos in today’s post is from a walk in the historic area around Falun Copper Mine.

How would you like your coffee today? Or maybe you would like some tea? I have a great variety, everything from English breakfast, chai, to soothing herb teas, and invigorating green ones. Speaking of tea. I read an interesting article yesterday about a woman on a limited budget who likes to drink a lot of tea, she thought that tea had become a too big of an expense for her, so she decided to start making her own. She picked herbs and special plants during the summer and dried them around her house, crumbled the dried plants into glass jars, and then she used her homemade tea the rest of the year. I’ve made tea out of fresh herbs, and tried drying mint a couple times, but when I read this article I felt like trying some new teas this summer. She mentioned drying pieces of wild lingon and blueberry plants, which we have an abundance of. Would you dare to try some homemade tea later this fall?


Right now I am, enjoying coffee with the sound of rain gently, but rapidly falling on the roof. I like it a lot! Especially since my daughter and I spent the whole day outside yesterday, that’s why my post is late this weekend. We knew that it was going to rain, and maybe snow on Sunday. So we took advantage of the beautiful spring day yesterday. It started out sunny, and we went down to a nearby lake. Too cold to swim, but we enjoyed walking around there. We didn’t meet a single soul. We walked home and made Mexican food for lunch. My daughter and I used to have a Sunday tradition of getting Mexican food at a restaurant in California, and later in Las Vegas, now we make it together in our kitchen here in Sweden. 


As we were putting the finishing touches to our lunch one of my colleagues texts me and asks if we want to go for a walk with her in a historic district of our town. Our town is known for its big copper mine. It’s a big uncrowded area (this time fo the year,) so we said yes. My colleague worked as a guide here before starting her job at our school, and it was wonderful walking around there with her. My daughter had already been to the mine with her school, but I had not. We only took the above ground tour, but I am looking forward to seeing the underground part when it is safe to do so due to the virus. There are Eagle-Owls nesting in one of the walls of the mine. We got a good look at one of them through binoculars. There are two adults and two young ones this year. We saw one of the adults. 


“A tour of the Falun mine is a trip through history – it was once one of the world’s most important mining areas. The mine dates back over 1,000 years and at its peak in the 17th century, it accounted for 70% of the western world’s copper production. As the major producer of copper, Sweden exerted a strong influence on the technological, economic, social, and political development of Europe….Falun Mine was the world’s major producer of copper in the 17th century and had a large influence on mining technology across the globe. Many of Europe’s greatest buildings, including the Palace of Versailles, were roofed with Falun copper. The mine also helped Sweden become an economic powerhouse in the region….At its peak, 1,000 Swedish workers worked below the surface in the mines. At the end of the day, they would light fires which would burn overnight and help the ore break loose in the morning. It meant the deep tunnels were usually hot and dirty, creating a challenging environment for workers. They would move forward about one metre each month.” –  visitworldheritage.com/en


Do you need a refill on that coffee? The rain is pouring down heavier and heavier outside. It’s so cozy! I love the sound of rain, and the promise of a green world. I have lost three seedlings (one cucumber and two tomatoes) that I put out too early. The nights are still cold, I thought the risk of frost was over, but then the cold came back after two “warmer” weeks. I have celery, beans, and peas that are doing OK outside. I’ve started them inside, and got them used to being outside a few hours a day, before replanting them in bigger containers outside. I partly covered the soil and plants with plastic bags that I clipped into fitting pieces. It seem to work. I have two tiny eggplant seedlings planted outside, I am not sure if they will make it. If not, it’s not the end of the world as I have several bigger inside, it was more an experiment to see how they would do. 


There is a lot of experimenting this year since I’ve never had a garden in this exact area before. Learning by doing have always been my motto. Of course I do all the research I can, but at some point you have to get out there and try. As I said last week, I really like this area (Dalarna, Sweden,) and I see us buying a place of our own within the next couple of years and staying here. I like that we have four seasons, since I thoroughly enjoy them all. A greenhouse would enhance the gardening part, and eventually I’ll get one. Lots of people have greenhouses in their yards. If we go outside the city limits, there is less hoarding of products here, and historically speaking a big interest of managing on your own, growing food, foraging etc. There have been homesteads in this area since before the Viking era. Not that I have a homestead, but I am planning on having a big garden at my own place, within a couple years. Well, you already know that 😉 Do you need a refill on your coffee? 

How are you really doing? Work keeps me real busy. We still have outdoor school, and it works great. It’s naturally easier on warmer days, but it works even during the windy days that we’ve experienced this week. There’s also a lot of work preparing children to start a new school in the fall, its a big step for my 6 year olds as they are starting the real school. I’m also busy planning new groups/classes for the fall, together with the other teachers. I need to make a final evaluation of my current students, and present it to their parents. I also need to make introductions for my new students and their parents. And I’m working on an evaluation of the past semester for my boss. There is a lot going on in my head at the moment, but I do not feel overwhelmed, I thrive in situations like this. I feel great. 

It have been a little weird working when the rest of the world have been in lockdown, especially in the beginning. I do feel very good about providing a normal for the kids. Of course I am worried about the virus like everyone else. Sweden passed 3200 deaths this week, and of course that is worrisome. I decided that the only thing I can do is to take a cautious approach when it comes to interactions with other people. I feel grateful to have a job that I love, and that my daughter can attend a great school. How are things in your part of the world? How are you spending your days? Do you have everything that you need?

Happy Mother’s Day to all my friends in the US !! YOU know how fabulous you are! Last year this weekend we went camping in Death Valley National Park 🙂 In Sweden we don’t celebrate Mother’s Day until the last Sunday of May.



Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. Above everything else is my daughter. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

31 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Spring Update, And A Visit To Falun Copper Mine

  1. Thank you, Maria, for your coffee share and interesting tour of the Falun mine. We had some snow flurries yesterday morning due to a polar vortex. It didn’t last although today is cool. In my province, schools are still online although we’re expecting an announcement from our Ministry of Education next week. Our elementary and high school year officially end on June 25. When does your school year end? I’m glad to hear you and your daughter are doing well. Have a wonderful weekend and the week ahead!

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    1. It was my pleasure taking you on the tour. I am afraid I do not have the in-depth knowledge that my colleague shared with us, I was so impressed with her memory for details. She remembered so much. She had given the tour to tourists for two years, when she worked there. She said it was one fo the most inspiring jobs she ever had. It does sound like a lot of fun. It’s a seasonal job though, since the tourist season is rather short. Like our summers 🙂 Schools are out for summer mid June (around the 15th give or take a little depending on school.) my weekend is wonderful so far. I hope yours is as well. ❤


  2. I would enjoy a cup of English Breakfast tea, this morning. I would be interested in your “experiments” with alternative tea mixtures. Before my allergies worsened (many decades ago), I enjoyed assembling herbal, berry, and leaf mixtures. I looked up Eagle-Owls. They look beautiful in the photos; happy to learn that they’re widespread and not endangered.

    I am happy to know that you continue to enjoy working in a school setting. But I am happy that I need not go out farther than our back yard, these days. I admire those who are able to work with and around others, day after day. There is so much variety in life when one seeks it out.

    Best wishes for the coming week!

    Much love,

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    1. Thank you Lizl! Your English Breakfast is coming right up! Would you like a scone to go with that?

      The Eagle-Howls are protected, there aren’t too many of them. There are nests put out where they like to stay, to invite them. The mine have been a popular place for several years. There is even a webcam where you can look at them.

      I would be very happy only staying in my backyard at the moment, but at the same time I am grateful that I can be a positive part of so many children’s day. As the virus spread I can tell that they get affected, not being able to see grandparents are hard, having parents lose their jobs are hard, not being able to visit their new school, or have a summer party is hard. I feel for them (the kids) and everyone else affected by this craziness. I can tell that this is very hard on some of my colleagues as well.

      Stay safe my friend ❤

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  3. I do love the sound of rain on the roof, so cozy with the chai tea you have, YUMMY! It is a bit hard to be working (me too), it’s sort of a blessing and a curse but hopefully all blessing!! You do so much for those children, so HAPPY you have found such a fulfilling job!! ❤️ I loved the old Copper mine and how great to go with someone with all that knowledge about it. Thanks for sharing the photos are great and over 1,000 years old. So very interesting, such history!
    Lastly, enjoy your Mother’s day as you can celebrate twice!! Since you lived here for many years, I’m going to wish you Happy Mother’s day from USA! With LOVE! ❤️🌻

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    1. I loved having you over for coffee, as always my friend 🙂 I’ve always been interested in history, and hearing someone explain about the mine was exciting. I am looking forward to taking the underground tour. I think that I’m going to read up about some legends about the mine, to tell the children. I feel more connected to a place if I know some local history, perhaps that goes for my daughter too?

      I saw on your blog that you got to see your children this weekend. That Is a gift these days 🙂 I hope your Mother’s Day was wonderful! ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. That will be great to tell the children you teach, the history of that area! And YES, my daughter isn’t allowed to go more than 50 miles away at this time so I went to her which was great FUN! Since she lives alone there was plenty of things to help her with around her apartment. I’m hoping to see my grand babies next month! It really was a special Mother’s day this year!! ❤️❤️❤️


  4. Thank you Madam for such an informative post..!!
    Never knew that Sweden had such a big Copper mine which allowed Her to wield considerable influence in Europe. A bit sad though to see that the mine has been abandoned. Hopefully, the Government will start a reforestation programme in the near future to make Nature take over this place.. 🙂
    Doing a new article on Sweden.. 😉 Hope it comes put well..
    Thank you Madam for sharing.. 🙂

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    1. My pleasure! The mine is actually in a way active, they are utilising a byproduct from the mine, a color pigment to make a resilient color for house painting. It withstands the elements in ways that regular color doesn’t. Best of luck with your writing. Thank you for your comment!

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      1. I understand.. Thank you Madam for explaining.. 😊😊
        I don’t know what byproduct they are mining from this mine. I am imagining that would be another Copper compound. Not sure. Shall check though.. 😊
        Thank you Madam for your good wishes and for visiting my blog,. 😊😊 Eager to welcome you again and hear more of your thoughts, suggestions or comments.. 😊😊
        Stay connected..!!


  5. Happy Mother’s Day to you too! The photos of the copper mine are very interesting. Our Grandson is 5 and he is at home now since all the schools are closed. Our daughter and son in law are homeschooling him. It has been some of the usual school work like alphabet and writing and reading but also working with his Dad to set up a vegetable garden and build a fence around it with a gate. This involves a lot of different things to learn. We got a little video he had put together about all the things he was doing and learning. Have a good week and thanks for the coffee!

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    1. Thank you Anne ! I don’t remember, does Canada celebrate Mother’s Day the same day as the US?
      It sounds like your Grandson is getting an excellent education. These lifeskill he is learning is at least as valuable as any other skills. Thank you for having coffee with me this weekend!


  6. Thank you for the lovely visit this weekend. I’m so glad to hear good calm news. My fears and anxiety are high right now. Everyone doing their own thing. We had a car trip planned for July, and it is probably not going to be safe for us to go since we are in the high risk category. The coffee was good. Thank you.

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    1. I’m sorry to hear about your anxiety. I’m happy to provide some calm here, I’m sorry I cannot do more. We had a trip to Iceland planned in July, but of course we cancelled that. I feel good about staying at home this summer. Stay safe my friend ❤

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  7. Glad to hear things are going well for you both and you are keeping busy. Hope the virus stays away from you. It is all the news ever talks about and it gets old, making us feel dispirited. If not for my time in nature, I’d be a lot crazier. 😉
    Like you, our weather flipped back to cold, and yesterday felt more like March than May, including snow flurries all day! North of us even had a few inches.
    We’ve been taking the tender plants inside and outside all week. I can’t wait to get them in the ground after the threat of frost is past.
    The frenetic pace of earlier garden prep for clients is over and now it is just a few hours of maintenance each week. My gardens still need attending, but there isn’t the rush that I feel with clients. I do just a bit each day. I doubt work in a garden is ever done! 😉
    Take care and have a good week. ❤

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Eliza. Isn’t that one of the beauties with garden work, that it’s never done? 🙂 It must feel good to be on the right side of the schedule with your clients though 🙂 I imagine you being a hard worker. Have a wonderful new week! ❤

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    1. Thank you Antoinette! Yes, there is so much history to devour. I was born in this area, but lived most of my life further north, going to school in another region I mostly read about the history there, so this is very exciting to me. I wish you a wonderful new week ❤


  8. There is something special about coffee on a rainy day, isn’t there? I think it’s great that you guys are still doing what you can to keep the kids in school and learning. Not to mention, allowing them to keep a bit of normal in their lives. Good luck with the garden, and the tea. We’ll have to look forward to that! Have a great week!


  9. Hello Maria. Sorry for being so late to visit. Work caught up with me and took a lot of my time so I’m running behind. About your items above. Such fun stuff, but of course I have opinions. As a aged speleologist (https://garyawilsonstories.wordpress.com/the-speleological-spiderman-incidents/ ) I learned alot about being underground and loved doing it as late as just a few years ago when some scouts and I did the lava tubes at Lavabeds National Monument in NE Calif. One of the things that was always stressed in every teaching I sat in on, was about the danger of mines. They can be very cool of course, but will never have the stability and innate safety of a naturally formed cave. So, I’ve steered clear of them ever since. But, their place in the history of any area that does mining is undeniable and remarkable. I loved your photos of the Falun Copper Mine. Wow! I would have greatly enjoyed doing that walking tour with you and your daughter. You could tell her, “Don’t worry about him. He’s just another blogger who used to explore real caves and not been right since.”

    Now, about your homemade tea point. You know I love teas – lots of different types and flavors of them, but for reasons that are not the fault of the people like the woman you mentioned, I’m a bit cautious about homemade tea from someone I don’t know well. I’ve heard too much about people experimenting with exotic or unusual leaves to find new ways to flavor or add health related benefits.
    You might recall, a couple of years ago a coffee share I wrote about teaching a girl scout troop about poisonous plants. In doing research for that lesson I learned about how some folks have tried tea made with poison ivy or stinging nettles. When it comes to interesting herbal experiments, I draw the line at sipping the water used to boil down a plant designed to injure or distress people. Otherwise, let’s sit down and enjoy tasting the carefully collected and steeped leaves of someone who knows what is and is not safe. There are so many tasty potentials.

    It’s always a treat to spend a few minutes with you. I’m loving the glances of Sweden that you keep sharing and hope to do so for a lot longer.

    Blessings to your and that great little gal of yours.


  10. Hi Maria,
    Happy Mother’s Day from Australia.
    I found it interesting to read about Sweden’s copper mines. I visited a town in Tasmania called Queenstown which had a lot of environmental damage from its copper mines. I’ve writtten a few posts and one quite recently during the A-Z Challenge. https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2020/04/24/q-queenstown-a-z-challenge/
    I recognise some of that landscape in your photos.
    Thanks to our strict lock down and strong tracking of personal contacts Australia has had 97 deaths with a population of roughly 25,500,000 million. We’re very proud of this result, but it also means we have little immunity. That said, it might be that catching the virus doesn’t provide much immunity anyway. No one knows yet.
    Tomorrow, marks a huge step forward for our family. Our son will be returning to school one day a week. They will be having 9 students and one teacher in each classroom and will be social distancing and cleaning desks, hand sanitizer. I rang the school to check things out. Our daughter could also start back to morrow but she’s 13 and their section of the school isn’t as organized as the senior campus and our son is in his second last year of school and he needs to get cracking.
    I got into quite an argument with my parents over the whole shut down thing. My dad’s been pretty good and keeps to himself anyway. he’s in and out of the supermarket in a flash and you don’t need to explain social distancing to him. Mum’s not so meticuloous. They wanted to catch up with a friend before they saw us on the weekend and I really asked them not to because of my health and when we turned up my mum was really narky about it. She thought I was accusing her friend of having the virus. It got a bit intense. We also live a bit outside of Sydney and feel a bit protected by that distance and so even going down to Sydney feels a bit risky. That said, we drove down which was safe. I put a lot of thought into what we do and don’t do and how it’s going to be moving forward. I fully expect to be left behind due to my serious lung issues. I usually lie low during winter and flu season anyway. However, I also decided to see how the next couple of weeks goes. If they keep the numbers down, there might not be much virus to worry about. Indeed, that’s the situation they’re looking at in NZ.
    It would be nice to spend less time on the virus, but at the same time, I’m quite intrigud by how people respond and what it’s up to. As a writer and historian, I’m living through history. It’s not quite the plague but it’ll do.
    Take care and best wishes,


  11. It must be exhilarating being in a place with so much history that was there long before you and will possibly still be there long after you and in its time line your life just a blink… the view from the top looks stunning and a little dangerous like its waiting for a curious creature to get too close to the edge….

    Here’s to staying calm and cautious


  12. Hello friend so sorry this is a little late I had started reading then remembered I had to get a friend to an appointment. All is well. The quarry looks amazing, its great to connect with a bit of our homeland history. I love the colours of the surrounding buildings, a little brightness in what must have a very daunting work environment at times. Many years ago my Dad took me to an old quarry with an old billy cart he made we had so much fun, in hindsight I think our guardian angels may have been very busy. lol. Have a fantastic weekend.


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