Let’s take our coffee in the garden today. Last weekend it was almost summer, now summer is surely here. We’re having a high of 75 today and 80 next week, before it dips down for a few days with rain. This is pretty much how the summers are here. We might have a few days in the low 80’s, but most days are usually around 75-78 during the summer. The nights are cooler. When you walk out in the morning the grass is often covered with dew. To me this is perfect. How would you like your coffee today?
Celery in a hanging pot on the wall outside my house. I really need to thin it out today.
It is so green and lush everywhere. I walked around the house taking photos to show you some of the flowers in bloom. There are hundreds of other plants that I do not know the name of. I believe some of them are wild herbs that I could use in some way, I just don’t have the knowledge. I’ve joined some facebook groups, and read some articles online to learn more about that. In the US I had a plant app on my phone telling me, it worked really well, but I have not found anything that work like it should for our area. Our soil is rich and natures abundance is overflowing.
It’s been an intense week at work, as I expected. It’s been productive and I am satisfied with the result. I still have some work that I need to do today, not overwhelming, but some writing that I am going to tackle this morning. Due to the business of the week I had some things to do around the house yesterday, and I still have some things to do today. In the weekends I let everything take the time it needs to take, no stress. Yesterday we walked to a lake, we do that most days, but yesterday my daughter jumped in for the first time. I’ll wait and let the water warm up a little before my first swim.
My landlords parents lives a few minutes away from us, and they invited us to fika (Swedish for coffee and a conversation between friends) yesterday afternoon. It happened that my daughter and I just baked two Tiger Cakes (vanilla/chocolate). I still have cake left, would you like to try some? My daughter is having a picnic with her school next Friday, and I am not sure I’m going to have the time and energy to bake anything during the week, so I figure we bake something this weekend and put it in the freezer. My daughter never had Tiger Cake before, but she had seen a picture and really wanted to bake one. It is just as easy to bake two as it is to bake one, so we did. Now we could bring one with us. We practiced social distancing sitting outside in their backyard. It was a pleasant afternoon. My daughter likes them a lot. She’s always connected well with elderly people, and I encourage that. There is so much wisdom there. My landlord parents are very kind people. They have a beautiful garden with a great variety of vegetables that they are growing. Among other things they have enormous amount of rhubarbs growing, and they are kind enough to let me pick whenever I want.
I picked some last weekend and made a rhubarb pie. I picked some more after our fika. I am going to try to make some marmalade today. I’ve made different types of jam many times myself, but I’ve never tried to make marmalade. I saw a recipe yesterday with rhubarbs, lemon and ginger that I am trying. I’ve had sliced rhubarbs, grated lemon peel, and lemon juice soaking on my counter overnight. I’m excited to see how it’s going to turn out. If it’s good I’ll share the recipe 🙂 I better get going in the kitchen.
How are you? How is your week?