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!