Weekend Coffee Share

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?

It’s 8am this Sunday morning in Dalarna, Sweden and about 50F, it will get a little warmer later today. It’s been a very comfortable week with highs in the upper 70’s. Let’s sit down on the porch for a few minutes. There is rain in the air today, and we are suppose to get thunderstorms this afternoon. How are you doing?

I’ve already been working three weeks after my staycation. I’m definitely in work mode now! The fall semester is busy, with new children and lots of fun plans for special days, on top of the exciting curriculum that we work with every week. I’ve been starting to take walks in the forest on my break at work, to clear my head and stay grounded. Not every day, but some days. It feels good. 

This Friday my daughter had Doctors appointments, and I went with her of course. She’s been avoiding some activities that she usually loves, and I’ve been worried about that. A couple weeks ago she told me that it’s because her feet hurt so much (pointing towards her ankles.) Naturally we needed to look into that. The Doctor could see why the joints in her ankles had troubled her, we took tests, and got some medicine to help with the inflammation. The medicine she got already taken her pain away, which is a great relief. I can already see more of her usual self. Today she wants to pick blueberries, a couple days ago she would not have suggested that herself, as she tried to avoid walking as much as she could. We are going to go out in a minute, for a little bit, I’m not letting her overdo it, but it is good for her to walk a little.

When we were at the hospital we both got really hungry in the middle of the day, the hospital food didn’t seem too tempting, and we walked outside. We saw a sign that said cafe, and followed the arrows to the wonderful place in the photo above, a beautiful oasis hidden among big pines, right next to the hospital, only minutes from the main shopping street. The food weren’t that exciting there either, but it was incredibly beautiful, and the ice-cream was delicious according to my daughter.

We’ve been eating a lot from our garden this week; celery, zucchini, bell-pepper, and we had tons of oregano on the pizza we made last night. I cleaned up a little in the garden this weekend, taking some plants that have served their purpose away, and there was some yellow leaves that needed to go. Fall is on its way. I’m checking the night temperatures every evening, making sure that we aren’t in for our first freeze. I’m letting the majority of the bell-peppers stay on the plant as long as possible. They are big now, and I could pick most of them, but I would like to let them stay as long as possible. I’ve never had bell-peppers this big before, and I am very happy about them being this big here, in Sweden, without a greenhouse, or any kind off shelter. I’m learning a lot this year, gardening here for the first time. It is true that I was born in Sweden, only 1,5 hour from where I live now, but I moved further north when I was 4 years old, and I have zero gardening experience from this area. I try to see what the locals are growing, and add some things that I believe are possible to grow here. The area Dalarna,  is known for its fertile soil, but somewhat unpredictable weather. It’s common for Swedes from other parts of Sweden to have a second residence here in this region, where they have a garden, enjoy the many lakes, and deep forests. The locals in general are outdoorsy people, and many have gardens. Some of the most common crops grown here are; potatoes, onions, carrot, Swiss chard, lettuce, beets, radishes, apples, strawberries, rhubarb, red currants, black currants, and raspberries. Some people grow zucchini, and I do see some greenhouses with tomatoes. 

How is your week? Please tell me in a comment!



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. 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

36 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share

  1. Hi Maria,
    not spoke for a while so it’s good to check in with you. Yes, the season is about to change, and I’m happy about that-I love the half of the year that runs from September-February. These days the seasons are one of the few things we can rely on!
    I checked out your link to Dalarna. Having only been to Stockholm, where everyone seems to be able to speak good English, I just wondered if that is the same where you are now?

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    1. Fall and winter are lovely seasons 🙂 In CA they were my favourite for sure.
      Yes, everyone in Sweden speaks English, more or less. (If you search really hard you may find an elderly person, or a refuge not speaking English, but that is rare.) You start learning English somewhere between preschool and 2nd grade, depending on the school you attend, and continue having English in school at least throughout 12th grade. Swedes likes to travel for leisure, to study, and work and if there isn’t a pandemic going on they travel a lot, and practice their English. Many people also speak either one, or all of following languages German/French/Spanish/Sign language. Maybe you should bring your family for a visit when all the craziness ends 🙂

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      1. Yes I’d like that.
        And Swedes and people from other countries put us English to shame in regard to speaking foreign languages. I think we travel the world expecting everyone else to speak English.

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  2. Thank you for the delicious french roast coffee! I needed the extra caffeine to get thru this weekend. Feeling a bit tired as my work week drags on. Can’t wait for Tuesday!! My next day off. I LOVE the little cafe you found and am glad your daughter is feeling better with her ankle pain after seeing the doctor. I so enjoy your gardening tips and your updates as you learn your region. One day I will be out there to visit in these pretty months of summer! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! ❤️❤️❤️

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  3. Sweden is so beautiful. My parents have visited several times and mys sister once, but I haven’t been there – your photos make me want to visit! I’m eating pretty close to what you are, adding tomatoes and garlic, all from a local farm, not my own garden. Love the location of that cafe – it looks like it is a million miles from anywhere, not next to the hospital and close to the shopping area.
    Glad you discovered the issue your daughter was having so she can enjoy outdoor activity again.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you Trent! It is so awesome to eat by the season 🙂 I love that! I can’t wait to have my own garden to plan and plant perennials that will come back again and again. I hope all the improvements with the house is going well 🙂

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  4. It is so scary when our children are acting outside of their norm and we know it is because they are feeling unwell. I am glad to here that your daughter is feeling better and coming back to her regular self.

    Congrats on your garden. I am struggling with garden envy this year because mine just didn’t do well.

    Thanks for the virtual cup of coffee and I hope you have a nice week.

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  5. is it just me or doctor’s visits carry a sort of anxiety that on one hand you hope they dont find anything which is its on kind of scary or that if they find something its not something thats scary hahaha yeah we can be funny individuals and when everything works out you get surprised on what all the fuss was about.
    Glad the daughter is doing ok ^_^
    Thanks for the coffee and all the best with the gardening

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  6. I hope H is feeling better… do they know what caused the inflammation?
    Sounds like you are well into work mode, I’m glad it keeps you contented.
    Your garden sounds like it has grown well, and you are already planning next year’s – a true gardener!
    We’re in what I hope is our last heat wave of the summer, but we generally get a few hot days in early Sept. We’ll see… it sure has been a really hot summer. I’m glad we have as much forest as we do, it’d be worse without all those trees conditioning the air.
    Bet you are glad you are not in CA right now. The fires are awful and millions are suffering from their effects. It is a beautiful state, but CC is challenging the folks that live there and I don’t see that changing, only getting worse. So sad.
    I’m still in gardening mode with clients’ and my own to care for. Leaves are starting to turn color, the stress from lack of rain pushing them earlier than usual. Equinox is fast approaching and the gardens will be winding down. What will I do with myself then? 😉
    Have a good week ahead!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment. She is not in pain anymore. They do know, so now we can deal with it.
      It is bittersweet when you start to move towards the end of the gardening season, but in a way it clears the way for new beginnings and a chance to undo mistakes. 🙂
      I am very happy and relived to not be in CA at the moment. It was scary to have the fear of forest fires hanging as a dark cloud above you. Your garden looks lovely, at least what you share of it. I am sure it is all loveliness 🙂 Enjoy your new week.

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    1. Thank you! The trees are a type of pine “Tall”. The two common types of pine trees in Sweden are “Tall” these tall ones in the photo, the other is “gran” that looks like a Christmas tree. There are other types as well, but you see these everywhere.


  7. Maria, Glad to hear your daughter’s ankle pain has been treated and you’re enjoying a new school year. That cafe’s location looks lovely. Thank you for the coffee share. Enjoy your garden harvest and have a wonderful week!


  8. Happy that you are surrounded by the wild and able to enjoy the garden and the berry picking with your daughter. Lovely! Glad to hear that you are enjoying the activities involved in being back to teaching and guiding the children through their school days. We are having much consternation, here, about getting back to school. Things are hotting up. Mainly, people’s anxiety levels. There seems to be a disjointedness between realities and people’s expectations of accomplishing perfection. Best wishes for you and all of the children and community as the pace of life picks up!

    Much love!

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  9. Great having coffee with you even though I am a tad late. I loved seeing the place in the woods and so happy to hear that your daughter is doing better.
    Glad you listened to her and got it taken care of.

    Aren’t you glad that you are. It in California… those fires are horrible!

    Take care of yourself and sending continued success for your daughter.

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  10. That cafe looks so inviting. I can almost imagine staying in a corner sipping hot coffee or coco and reading a book, ahh, what I’d give for peace and comfort on a weekend. haha. I hope your daughter’s ankle is healing well, good to hear that it’s responding to the medications. I miss a good walk in nature and I hope I get to do that again soon. It’s hard to get out of the city in this pandemic situation that we have. One upside though is that we have a lot of fruits and vegetable coming down from the mountains as they are abundant this time of the year. I have some Philippine limes that I planted in April and they’re growing quite well. Other than that, I have some ornamental plants that manage to thrive over the past months. I hope I could get into planting some more vegetables soon. Thanks for coffee.

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    1. Ooo yes, I imagine reading a book at this cafe would be just the perfect thing to do. You might have to watch your feet, the ducks were pretty unbothered by human presence, I believe they are used to being fed.

      It’s so nice that you can grow lime I would need a greenhouse to do that. Best of luck with your garden 🙂 Thanks for having coffee with me.

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  11. Wishing your daughter the best. The garden sounds absolutely, as do fresh eats from there. I’m in a tiny city apartment in California so there’s little room for homegrown treats. It is something I miss from the days I lived on a farm. 🙂 Though here, figs and lemons and avocados and mint often just fall into the street because they grow so commonly– so there is that! 🙂

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