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.