Monthly Archives: January 2021

The best semla in town

Sven-Harry’s Art Museum is an amazing golden palace overlooking a big park in a Stockholm inner city area called Vasaparken. Sven-Harry Karlsson, a builder, built the museum, principally to house a replica of his house on the top floor. In this … Continue reading

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Remembering Louise Hallin

We surprised Evelyn today. Being a Saturday, she wasn’t expecting us to turn up on the island. Because The Perfect Swedish Family are having the girls tomorrow, we had to switch our Notholmen visit to today. Which is why we … Continue reading

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Making räkmacka

The world here is still full of snow. While no more has fallen, the temperature has remained well below zero and there’s been no rain. The crunch of boots and the silencing of tyres are still all around us. And, … Continue reading

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The personal snow plough

Cloris Leachman died today. An amazing character and comic actor with a lovely sense of humour. She was 94 and lived an amazing life full of joy and generosity. She was also an atheist. She is proof that you don’t … Continue reading

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Evaluating the tomte

I haven’t walked around our rather large block in the daylight for ages. It’s become our Constitutional pre-dinner walk but, this time of year, it’s dark. Which is fine because we get to see all the lights but, of course, … Continue reading

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The Polish Boys return…again

Today was about waiting. Waiting for the next dryer to arrive and be installed. Because of the waiting, I didn’t get to go for a walk in the snow. Mirinda did. A number of times. But not me. Sad, but … Continue reading

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Bringing electricity to Sweden

This morning I woke to weather warnings across the Stockholm area. There was going to be a lot of snow and the roads could be treacherous. Motorists were being warned to slow down. I wasn’t sure what to expect. At … Continue reading

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Who was Chun Se-Choong?

The island café was very crowded today. We put this down to the fact that, for the second day running, the weather was superb. So superb that big family groups decided to go out and enjoy it. When Mirinda asked … Continue reading

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Chinese, Nicktor style

What a glorious day! We saw the sun, the sky was constantly blue, it was a rare and beautiful thing. So beautiful that Mirinda hitched up the girls quite early and took to the forest. She saw few people, forded … Continue reading

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Skating on thick ice

Since we’ve been here in Sweden, we’ve been listening to a classical radio station through an app on my phone. The app is free so, because free isn’t exactly free, I get ads thrown up when I activate the ad. … Continue reading

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