The kitchen door is open and it will stay that way until it starts to get cold again this evening. The wind that is comes from north-west and my kitchen door heads towards south-east. The birds are singing, the flies are flying and the old boys are asleep in the cool livingroom 🙂 Nova sleeps in the sun on the kitchen stairs and Sune runs in and out every two seconds 🙂 He’s having fun by himself since the others rather sleep 🙂
It was hard to believe that we would get this wonderful weather since the morning was even colder than it was yesterday morning and the clouds so much thicker and heavier. We even had some snow fall for a while, big flakes that fell so slowly that I actually thought it was beautiful, especially since it by them was so warm it melted just as it hit the ground. Orvar looked really fine the first two hundred meters (219 yards) but then his legs started to wobble again. Much better than yesterday though so I’m hoping this started only because the other dogs hit him while playing. It won’t go away once it started but perhaps it won’t get worse as fast as I feared yesterday.
The sun started to shine when I drove away to get cat food, something I forgot last Thursday. I brought the Hasselblad camera with me and took some photos on the way to the store and stopped by the lake on my way home. It’s amazing how many different languages I could hear there today. German, English, Danish, Flemish, Norwegian and Swedish of course but I also heard at least one language from Africa. I could of course not identify it since I don’t know what different languages they speak down there, I guess they speak more languages in Africa than in most continents. But it was very visible that these people had their roots somewhere on that continent. I’ll send the three rolls of film I have to be developed next week. I didn’t bring any digital camera so You’ll have to be patient.
Swedes are really boring when it comes to holiday food, we eat much the same things every holiday with only small variations. Pickled herring in oh so many ways, smoked, grilled and pickled salmon, meatballs and prince sausages is sort of the staple food we have. Christmas has ham and Easter has eggs and chicken of course. Many want something we call Äggost (egg cheese) and I do like that 🙂 It is made from lots of eggs, milk, sour milk or sour cream. Oven omelet with a stew made from chanterelle mushrooms is a must for many and I think I’ll do one today but with another mushroom because I don’t have any chanterelle here at home.
Today is the most likely day the risk of meeting warlocks and easter witches (or easter hags as the real translation is) begging for candy, we don’t have any kids in this village who will do that though, the one kid we have is too shy I’m afraid. Homes are now decorated with Påskris and naturally there are chickens and eggs on the drapes, table cloths and handkerchiefs. The witch is probably the biggest easter symbol we have here and Facebook has been flooded with witch jokes and how to fly safely and so on. The children have probably already gotten their easter eggs filled with candy already when they got up this morning. The eggs are made from paper and I’ve seen eggs so big that they most likely could contain more than four kilos (almost 9 pounds) of candy 🙂
The Easter bunny, or as we call it, the Easter hare, has never been especially popular here. We have him as candy and printed on the easter eggs but that is more or less it. I never really understood why a hare would run around and give us eggs at easter when I was a kid, I always thought that was a job for hens 🙂 We made lots of easter ornaments at school, like paper hen and roosters, chickens made with balls made from paper (can’t find any english name for them) and pipe cleaners. My mother has never been the nostalgic kind so nothing of that is left I’m afraid.
It is time for something to eat and a pot of tea. I think I might take a nap after that, I did that yesterday and slept for almost three hours and I was so tired when I finally woke up that I wanted to go to sleep again 🙂