Sisterly gifts

15 08 2011

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 BlodlĂ€ge (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 GennĂ€s (not translated into English), and I really enjoy her new book Högre Ă€n 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…

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11 responses

15 08 2011
Mary T

That’s so funny, I just heard the expression “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes” on the radio this morning! It was my first time hearing it and I thought it was brilliant 🙂

16 08 2011
petchie

Mary T, did they say on the radio that it was a Swedish expression? It is the main principle for any kind of outdoor activity, for example in the creches and schools it is very rare that you are allowed to stay indoors because it rains… And all Swedish children are equipped with rain coats and trousers, wellies etc. However, Spanish children not so often 😉
xxx

18 08 2011
Mary T

No they didn’t say it was Swedish! Irish are not very comfortable with their kids going out in the rain, most schools will keep the kids indoors during lunch if it rains… although most schools also close when it snows! I think we need to get better equipped for bad weather as our winters seem to be getting worse!

18 08 2011
petchie

In Sweden rain coats and “rain trousers” (?) plus wellies are compulsory equipment for children at creches! However, yesterday I read a Facebook status of a friend with 4-year old (?) twins and one of them had insisted on going outside in the pouring rain even though his teacher said that it was raining too much. In the end he played outside alone in the rain while all the other kids stayed indoors 😉
We bought O’s nephew a pair of wellies when he was 3-4 years old and he was sooo excited as he had never had a pair!! Don’t know if he ever got to use them though, it doesn’t rain that often in Spain and I guess people stay indoors when it does 😀 In Puerto Rico people were also very sceptical to going outside when it was raining even though it was so HOT! They would always warn me “it is raining” and look at me like I would catch pneumonia, ha ha.

15 08 2011
annajohanna

Kul att du anvĂ€nder mina foton! 🙂 Jag lĂ€ngtar efter att se Sweet Pea i PoP-klĂ€derna!

16 08 2011
petchie

Jo, hoppas att det inte gör nĂ„got att jag snodde bilden frĂ„n dig 😉 Jag med, jag tror att han kommer att vara jĂ€ttesöt! Att sedan kanske det bara Ă€r vi svenskar som uppskattar PoPs rĂ€nder i mörkblĂ„tt, allt ska ju vara ljusblĂ„tt i den hĂ€r delen av vĂ€rlden, Ă€r en annan sak 🙂
Kram

17 08 2011
annajohanna

SÄ klart att det Àr okej! Kram

15 08 2011
Anna (Sthlm)

Isolde har faktiskt inte ett enda “klassiskt” plagg frĂ„n PoP! MĂ„ste rĂ€tta till det alltsĂ„! De Ă€r ju sĂ„ fina de randiga!

Jag gillar ocksÄ de dÀr Penguin-korten!

MĂ„ste kolla in PoP-bloggen!

16 08 2011
petchie

Anna (Sthlm), det mĂ„ste du ju verkligen rĂ€tta till, Isolde kan ju inte vara utan de klassiska rĂ€nderna!! Sweet Peas bodies Ă€r stl 56 bĂ„da tvĂ„ sĂ„ han kommer ju att vĂ€xa ur dem snabbt, fĂ„r vĂ€l köpa nya pĂ„ julrean 😉 Visste du att det Ă€r samma designer, Gunilla AxĂ©n som designat PoPs rĂ€nder som de klassiska molnen (som i asken vi ocksĂ„ fĂ„tt av min mor och syster).
Penguinkorten Ă€r verkligen sĂ„ fina! Jag har gett mina syskon Penguin-muggar som jag Ă€r ganska sugen pĂ„ sjĂ€lv men samtidigt sĂ„ har vi sĂ„Ă„Ă„ mĂ„nga muggar redan…
Den amerikanska bloggen jag lÀnkade till Àr faktiskt en vÀldigt trevlig blogg och hon har dessutom skrivit om KÄnken i ett annat inlÀgg!

16 08 2011
desiree

FIna presenter din syster kom med. Himla söta de dĂ€r pop bodysuits. Perfekt med fler böcker till dig. Tror att min C precis lĂ€ste den dĂ€r kriminalromanen som utspelar sig pĂ„ Öland nu nĂ€r vi Ă„kte över med fĂ€rjan frĂ„n Visby till NynĂ€s.De Ă€r superfina de dĂ€r Penguin korten med sitt klassiska motiv.
Kramis

16 08 2011
petchie

Desiree, min syster Ă€r sĂ„ generös! Jag fĂ„r se till att hon fĂ„r fina julklappar och födelsedagspresenter av Sweet Pea 😉
Johan Theorins böcker om Öland Ă€r verkligen bra, mycket bĂ€ttre Ă€n de flesta andra svenska deckare… Och sĂ„ blir jag vĂ€ldigt sugen pĂ„ att Ă„ka till Öland igen! (Ă€ven tack vare dina inlĂ€gg om ert midsommarfirande dĂ€r)
Penguin-designen finns ju Ă€ven pĂ„ muggar och andra produkter – jĂ€ttefina!
Kram

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