Friday, May 31, 2013

May moments


(Or: let's focus on the good things)


The huge fires of Valborg, the day before May 1st. A traditional Swedish festival to celebraate springtime with bonfires and marshmallows!

A lovely springtime lunch (expecially when you're in a hurry!): fruit sallad&vanilla yogurt, yum!

A colourful outfit for a babysitting afternoon : )

Making new friends..


(..that come in different sizes..)

..and carrying the old ones with you - Elliot the Elephant was delighted to join us for a lunch in the countryside!


(expecially because after a scrumptious buffet there were giant jars of handmade cookies!)





And of course, exploring the beauties of Southern Spain with my boyfriend!

..who keeps cooking for me (spicy corn paddies with yogurt dip, here)..

..and providing home baked bread : )


And yes, when I'm in the right mood, I provide him some treats too : )



And that's how life goes on here in our little town.
We never stop thinking about the people who are not with us anymore, we always keep in mind how lucky we are to be able to share so much joy and peace.

Big hugs to all of you, amy friends, and my best wishes of happiness and luck to all of you.




Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ducklings!


Hi everyone, and sorry for the long silence!

I have been working like crazy, lately - which I suppose is good news for those who are waiting for a custom piece from me, I'm trying to catch up with my commissions list as fast as I can! : )

And while I'm still trying to reorder the hundreds of pics I took in Sevilla, there is something else I really really really want to show you.. ready for a cuteness overload? ; )

So, my bf and I have been running recently. And since we are kind of lazy, we need at least a good reason to gather our forces and get ouside. Our little treat is to reach the big park and feed the many ducks that happily live there. 
But.. surprise! There are several duck families with baby ducklings walking around the park, and since they are accustomed to human presence, they are also super friendly and confident in eating from your hand. And mama duck doesn't get upset if you gently cuddle her babies, as far as you keep feeding the whole family. : )













Friday, May 17, 2013

Spain, day 3


Hello from Sevilla! : )

This whole morning my sweet boyfriend was busy with his workshop, so I had to explore the town on my own.
And Sevilla is definitely the right place to wander around, because after every corner you might step into a beautiful garden, a ceramic mosaic on a bench or a quiet fountain in the middle of a little hidden square.

I decided to use the time for those activities that my boyfriend does not appreciate so much: art museums and a bit of shopping - which I do not enjoy much in my everyday life, but which can become a lovely experience when exploring the little shops and local markets of an unknown town.  : )










The only problem?
In the early afternoon it started raining, and at the same time I discovered that my companion would have been busy all day due to a meeting longer than expected. And I was freezing - Sevilla today was 5 degrees colder than southern Sweden! 
So, let me share something with you - if you find yourself  alone, wet and cold under the rain in a foreign city, and you still enjoy it, then you can tell for sure that the place is special! : )

Plus, the solution was obvious: extra tapas in a little bar, waiting for the sun to come back again (and it did, after a while) ; )



And this is me at the end of the afternoon, trying to find the courage for a little bath in the swimming pool on the hotel terrace - I had a bikini in my bag, but the wind was really chilly and in the end I did not dare (but maybe tomorrow I'll get braver). 
And at least from the terrace the view on the park was absolutely stunning!



We finally spent the night with a tour of tapas bars recommended by a local friend. And of course there is no way to tell if the cheese salad with almonds and raspberry sauce was better than the salmorejo with jamon, or than the roasted tuna slices, or than the pork stew, or than the secreto ibĂ©rico with caramelized onions, or than the chicken with bechamel, or than the bacalao bits, or than.. 
(fades into silence and food-induced sleep).