Category Archives: spring

Walk with me

walk with meIt was such a lovely day out today, and the first one after a row of crappy rainy days so I wanted to bring you with me as I walked down to “my” lake.

It’s mine on the premise that I have adopted it.

I didn’t edit this clip a whole lot, or at all, since I just wanted to show you the joy of one of the first warm days.

The water is very high and its extremely windy, otherwise I usually sit at the end of that little pier with my legs in the water. ūüôā My happy place.

I think this weekend is the one for the first dip of the year. I went in as far as my shorts allowed me and it was 15 degrees, but I definitely think a quick dip is necessary! And I have to try out my new bathing suit!

Raise the sound ¬†a bit to hear all the nature. ūüôā


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How to reluctantly mend a sun roof

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Ok, so this lovely sun pavilion from IKEA, that we have thoroughly enjoyed (I don’t like direct sun) is way more sturdy than its fabric roof. That nicely ripped last year. The pavilion makes like a little private room on the deck and we certainly do not want to be without that this year.

Little lonely piece hanging on through the winter.

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Huge rip in the roof, if I would put this up it would only rip more, and IKEA has decided not to sell replacement roofs this year… How were you thinking there IKEA? I wish I had known that last year, I would have prepared one for this season. Apparently they are planing to bring them back next year.. may I suggest you add a darker color to the assortment, IKEA.IMG_0922

So, what to do, I have to throw my sewing skills at it to try to fix it. I have this sturdy outdoor fabric, fabric scissors and the plastic gun. I only want to use the white parts of course, so there will be lots of cutting and piecing together.  IMG_0912

I’m not aiming for pretty here, I’m aiming for “hold on fore one more summer”.IMG_0924This fantastic little gun shoots H shaped plastic pieces through the layers of fabric and holds everything in place, and is way less hassle than needles. I will sew first, and then cut away any excess fabric.

IMG_0925Closeup of te little plastic H:es

IMG_0928Lots and lots and lots of sewing later, here we are! I said I was not aiming for pretty. But I think it will hold.

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And we have a sunroof again! Yay! But as a counter weight to all the effort I put in, we broke one of the outdoor sofas in the putting it up process. ūüė¶ Now we need new outdoor furniture!IMG_0934

Look, it seems to be working. IMG_0936

Closeup of one of the smaller places. Think of the algae as part of the garden. IMG_0938

And our lovely view, from the SHADE on our deck. IMG_0939

Maybe this blog has taught you something, like; buy replacement roofs if the frame seems way sturdier.


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Through Sweden, With Spring

Since I feel a bit like crap, but contented crap, if there is such a thing, after hosting a fabulous birthday party for 15 people I love very much, as an aspie and introvert, that is a bit draining and I have mostly been sleeping since, I will share some of the pictures I took (mostly from the car) on our recent trip to Stockholm. Even though you can just barely see the spring arriving, it’s still beautiful.

Lovely weather on the way home there. Obviously these are non edited pictures taken with an Iphone, but still. I love to live in a country where there are lots of open spaces, countryside, fields, lakes, animals and forests.

Driving through swedenThe winter is so hard, so dark and so depressing this far north, but that makes the coming of spring so much bigger and such a huge miracle! The first tussilago = coltsfoot flowers along the roadsides are truly a thing to marvel about, to take pictures of and carefully pick one or two, but leave most for others to see. And then spring sort of slowly explode, plant by plant. I have so many spring-flowering plants in my garden because of this, lilac, rhododendron, and daffodils to name a few, spring is my favourite season, f**k the hay feever!


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