Only two Friday themes left chosen by Annika and Desiree, unfortunately I missed last Friday’s theme which was “a 6-month photo review”. Today’s theme is “Summer day / evening” which is fitting as today is Midsummer’s Eve in Sweden! Next week the theme is “The light of the city” and then we take a break until September.
I wanted to write about summer evenings, but then I recalled that I wrote a post about that topic last year…
Summer nights in Sweden need to be experienced – they have a special light, also in the south of the country where the midnight sun doesn’t shine, and the nights are very short – especially in June and July…
This is one of my all time favourites among my photos! My parents and I were on our way home on our bikes from a dinner with friends. It was the 27th July and probably around 10 o’clock at night and the mist was creeping up from the river…
So, maybe I should write about a summer day instead? I am going home to Sweden next Thursday and I am, of course, already planning what I want to do:
Wake up relatively early in the morning. Maybe walk to the baker’s trailer by the camping to buy some fresh rolls. Fetch the newspaper from the mail box on my way back. Prepare breakfast and settle down on the deck to read the newspaper while eating. I will read almost every article in the paper – I savour every opportunity to read the actual paper version instead of reading in front of the computer!
After breakfast I will do the dishes, no dish-washer in the summer house – that would almost be a sacrilege! Summer houses are supposed to be simple. In our old summer house we didn’t have hot water in the kitchen for many years and we had to take a small bucket to the bathroom to get hot water for the dishes.
Maybe my sister and I will take the bikes to Åhus – cycling along the bike path through the forest. My friend P No 1 (who is getting married in two weeks’ time in Strasbourg) and I did a similar excursion last year. In Åhus we will check out the flea market shops, the designer shop called Percy’s and have an ice cream on the Ice Cream Boat. I wonder if they will have my favourite flavours Citronmaräng and Knäck this summer as well? On our way back we might choose to visit Äspets Rökeri, a smokehouse run by a friendly Dane, to buy some warm smoked salmon and mackerel.
When returning home we won’t be very hungry after the big ice cream but we will make a light lunch with salad, Lingongrova (my favourite Swedish bread) and smoked mackerel.
In the afternoon my sister will go to the beach as she is almost as sun-loving as our mother. I might join her, or decide to stay around the house to read in the hammock. It is so peaceful to rock back and forth in the hammock, listening to the wind in the pine trees, the occasional car driving by on the road and people walking to the beach, so after a while I will put down the book and have a nap instead.
All of a sudden it starts to rain, and my sister comes rushing home from the beach. We gather inside and play a game of Skitgubbe (card game) while the rain pours down outside.
The smoked salmon will be dinner tomorrow night, and instead we make a barbeque dinner with oven-baked new potatoes. My father will stress us to have the meat ready when the coals are just right to put the skewers / kebabs on the grill.
After dinner my sister, mother and I go for a walk – heading down towards the sea, turn north and walk along the beach, passing the fisherman’s cabin and then walk west on the winding road. We walk past the summer houses painted in different colours while the sun is setting ahead of us. Just before the main road we turn to the left onto the trail / bike path where my sister and I cycled this morning. We meet a few people walking their dogs and we say hello, not because we know them but because you always greet people when in the countryside / forest. The evening walk is the perfect ending to a summer day in the summer house in Sweden… In one week’s time I will be there!
Here are the other Friday bloggers:
Anki, Anna, Annika, Christel, Curieux, Desiree, Emma, Erica, IamAnnika, IngaBritt, Jemaya, Lena W, Leopardia, Mais-oui, Marie, Mia D, Millan, Minerva, Moster Mjölgumpa, Musikanta, Nilla, Norrsken & Stjärnfall, Petra H, Saltis, Sara, Simone, Sparkling, Strandmamman, Taina, Under Ytan, Victoria V and Västmanländskan.
We are not celebrating Midsummer’s Eve today, but tomorrow we are having a Swedish Midsummer picnic by the beach! Swedish B and I have invited the Swedes we know in Puerto Rico, including one guy who we haven’t met yet as he lives in Ponce, and other friends, both local and international. Let’s hope we are luckier with the weather than the Midsummer’s Eve party in Sweden last year… It is after all the rainy season in the Caribbean and it rains almost every day!