Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! There is regular hot coffee in the French press (very strong,) ice tea and ice coffee. What would you like?
Thank you for having coffee with me this weekend. I always look forward to having coffee with you. This weekend I’ll tell you that this is my fourth week of vacation and its not until now I feel completely relaxed. It took four weeks to settle down! It’s been an unusual year that’s for sure, and a non-stop, never ending list of things to do, even though I’ve tried my best to not plan anything for my evenings and weekends, still, life as a single mom is really busy. Not complaining, just staying real. I am so grateful for this long break. I have three more weeks of staycation to enjoy.
My daughter’s cough is finally better. We’ve enjoyed some walks, but she doesn’t have her usual energy, I bet it’s going to take some time to get back to that. She is much happier though. When she feels up for it we are going to take this thing out for a stroll.
Do you know what this is? I bought two of them this week, one for my daughter and one for me. She’s never used one of these before. I asked the same question in a Facebook group I’m a member of, and learned that it looks like a contraption they use for finding shark teeth in Florida! LOL. That is not what this is..
These little things are for harvesting berries, especially blueberries and lingonberries. That way you don’t have to pick the berries one by one, you make a sweeping motion with your hand on/over the berry bushes and get the ripe berries, that you put into a bucket next to you. When you get home you’ll have to go through your harvest and take the occasional leaf out, but this is still a much faster method than picking the tiny berries one by one. My little sister and I loved to go to the forest and pick berries when we were kids. We did not enjoy sorting them afterwards as much.. something you have to do the same day (preferably. They get very wet if you don’t.) We have tons of blueberries ripe in the forests around us right now, and in a while there will be lingonberries. I love having blueberries on my yoghurt, or warm oats in the morning. Making tea out of dried blueberries is a favourite in the winter as well. Depending on how much we pick (= my daughter’s endurance in the woods) we might make blueberry pie, and jam as well.
Our ‘Sugar Daddy Peas’ just keeps coming. We’ve had a steady harvest for several weeks. Not a huge harvest, but very enjoyable. Most of them are being picked by my daughter before I get a chance. I like that. I want her to eat more fruit and vegetables. I don’t mind if she eats them all.
The nights this week have been in the low 40’s (Fahrenheit) and the days in the low to mid 60’s, cloudy, windy, and rainy, a big difference compared to the temperatures we had in June (90F and sun.)
I don’t know if we’ll get any cucumbers. Do we have enough warm days left?
Same goes for the bell pepper. Their growth have been standing still for a couple weeks. At least that is what it looks like to me. Hopefully some sun next week will kick them into a growth spurt.
My garden is not super happy, but is doing OK. If we get some sun next week we should be good. I believe we are suppose to get very pleasant temperatures in the 70’s. It’s clear to me that a greenhouse is needed, sooner than later, to even out the temperatures.
The wind broke some leaves of my zucchini plants this week, but at least they are still alive, and there is some flowers budding.
Below is a short ‘Bush Cherry Tomato’. They are also showing some flowers, but no tomatoes yet.
Naturally I am hoping for a harvest, since I have put some effort to the garden. However, this is a learning year in this new location, and I will not be super disappointed if I realise that I’ve been over optimistic growing all this without a greenhouse. This is not California, and it takes a little more to succeed here. I have a vision for what I want to do when I get my own place. My vision include a big greenhouse/chicken pen, and a vertical Hügelkultur garden in connection to the greenhouse.
Do you need a refill on that coffee? What have you been up to this week? Are you on vacation? Enjoying summer so far?
During these rainy, cold days I’ve been reading a lot. I told you last week about reading the first book in a series about Julius Caesar, I finished the third book this week, and started to read another series by the same author Conn Iggulden.
These are in Swedish, but you can find the English version by googling the author. I enjoy reading books in both English and Swedish. I’ve come to where it really doesn’t matter, I read as fast in both languages and understand the context in between the lines. I’m very happy to be in this place. Did you know that my New Years resolution 2011/2012 was to improve my (school) English? I was already reading books in English every now and then, but always had to have a dictionary next to me. I started to blog in English to challenge myself, I’m so sad I deleted that blog, I would have loved to go back and read my struggling blog posts from back then. I did not plan to ever move abroad when I made that New Years resolution, but before the end of the year I found myself living on 80 acres in the Sierra Nevada’s, (CA. ) Be careful what you wish for 😉 Are your reading something good at the moment? What’s the weather like in your area? Tell me in a comment!