I don’t know what happened but I wrote this post yesterday and saved it, watched some episodes of Brothers & Sisters (on dvd, 3rd season) with O and when I got back to the computer the post was EMPTY😦 So now I am re-writing it… Very annoying!
My sister didn’t come empty handed to Brussels, and these are some of the presents she brought for me, O and Sweet Pea:
She brought several books; some were loans, some were gifts and I have already read Johan Theorin’s Blodläge (The Quarry in English), I liked it very much just like Johan’s two first books. It is set on the small, Swedish island of Öland in the Baltic and is not a typical crime novel per se. I am now reading a book by another Swedish author, Louise Boije af Gennäs (not translated into English), and I really enjoy her new book Högre än alla himlar.
The Penguin book post cards were in a box of 100 that my sister bought a few years ago and she brough the “left-overs” for me to choose some favourites. I love their classical design!
O got spices / herbs for meatballs and for “summer dishes”, actually I am usually the meatball maker in the household but maybe he should give it a try now when he has a special ingredient!😉
And for Sweet Pea we got two classical striped onesies / body suits (onesie is actually a trademark, but what the Americans call the “infant body suit”) from the Swedish brand Polarn O. Pyret. They have been making striped baby clothes since 1975 and me and my siblings all wore the PoP stripes as kids (and our mother as well!!). I actually found an American blog post about PoP’s children’s clothes, and the writer even quotes the classic Swedish expression: “There’s no bad weather, only bad clothing”. It really sums up the Swedish attitude towards the elements, there are no excuses to not go outdoors even if it is raining cats and dogs! My Spanish sister-in-law told her daughter the other day that they couldn’t go to the playground because it would be wet after the rain…