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The midsummer pole broke...

The midsummer pole broke…

Last Friday we celebrated Midsummer Eve here in Sweden, a tradition that many people like and it’s even a national holiday.

The Midsummer pole after the re-set

The Midsummer pole after the re-set

We spent the Midsummer weekend with parts of our family at Wivan’s mom and extra dad’s place on the island Aspö outside the city of Karlskrona.

Our "Flores pannacotta"

Our “Flores pannacotta with berries”

A rainy ride on the ferry to Aspö

A rainy ride on the ferry to Aspö

The nights are bright and long in the summer in the northern parts of Europe. Even though we’re in southern Sweden it’s only a few hours that are dark during the nights.

The governor's recidence in Karlskrona, at 9pm

The governor’s recidence in Karlskrona, at 9pm

Afternoon walk

Afternoon walk

It was a bit funny on Midsummer day, when we took a walk and met so many others out walking – like it usually is also on Christmas day and New Year’s day.

One of many beautiful views

One of many beautiful views

Fresh strawberries, they're so tasty!

Fresh strawberries, they’re so tasty!

On a boat ride... Wivan caught in the life west and could hardly move

On a boat ride… Wivan caught in the life west and could hardly move

Anders on the boat - without getting sea sick!

Anders on the boat – without getting sea sick!

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An island of cows

There are so many cows in Flores and lots of small meadows. It’s fascinating to see how the farmers have prepared the land and built all the stone walls to keep the cattle in every spot possible, no matter how steep a hill or far a climb to get there.

Cows grazing down in a far-away valley

Cows grazing down in a far-away valley

This also means it usually isn’t enough for the cows to graze for a very long time, they need to be moved regularly, which also is a way of keeping the land open and control the vegetation.

Cows walking through Fazenda das Lajes

Cows walking through Fazenda das Lajes

All of a sudden when driving down the road, there is a small herd of cows, moving from one place to another. It’s something fun and loving about these procedures, the farming takes the time it takes, people are engaged in making it work, the traffic on the island is rather slow and this is just something that is part of life. Cows moving. And farmers. They walk and drive around their meadows, checking on the animals, milking or moving.

Passing cows on the road from Santa Cruz to Lajes

Passing cows on the road from Santa Cruz to Lajes


We’re grateful to be in this small island, experiencing all the little details of the local’s lives, from herding cattle to knowing when the delivery boat arrives and what days are good for drying laundry or making hikes.

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Cows and their calves resting

Now is the season for calves, by the way! And we love seeing the small newborn babies together with their moms out on the fields. Warm and dry weather is of course better for the small ones, so we wish for more of that!

// Anders & Wivan, cow-watchers

From France to the Azores

Early tomorrow morning we’re off to the island Flores in the Azores, the westernmost post of Europe! We have a house- and dog sit booked for two months, and look very much forward to meeting the spring at the island.

Picture of Flores, from casasacorianas.com

Picture of Flores, from casasacorianas.com

First time we looked at going to the Azores was around 2007, but then decided on going to Madeira instead. So now we’re really excited to be able to go!

Waterfall in Flores. Picture: geocaching.com

Waterfall in Flores. Picture: geocaching.com

So, what have we learned/seen/remembered after several months in southern France? Lots and lots of things of course! Some of them we’ve written about here on the blog, some are still only for us, and some we’d like to share with you now:

* It’s lovely to be in a country where dogs are allowed to go in to shops, cafés and restaurants.
* We love meeting with new people and to rely on that things are solved to the best.
* A lot of both the Swedish and English languages origin from French.
* It’s great to be able to be outside, to breathe fresh air and to see a lot of day light in the winter.

Picture from nature-volcano-tours.com

Picture from nature-volcano-tours.com

Since last Tuesday Wivan’s mom and extra dad have been visiting with us here in France. It’s been some really fun and lovely days together with parts of the family again. Now they’re on the road back to Sweden, in our car and we’ll fly off early tomorrow. So, this afternoon we have tried a few different ways of walking from our hotel to the airport, to be sure we find the way and have an idea of how long it takes! And after almost a full day in a room, it’s always nice to go outside for a while.

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Yesterday we turned the keys over to our parents

Tonight we’ll have a burger at another hotel in the area and then try to get some rest before our 6.15-flight tomorrow morning.

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Sightseeing in Vielha, Spain, last weekend

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Layndry in Les Pesques last week

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It's easy to see who's mom this is...