Dandelion Sorbet

It seems to have become an annual tradition to make dandelion sorbet – and this time it was Alfie who suggested it…

So Alfie and I set about picking the dandelion heads…


Alfie insisted that we left some ‘favourite’ dandelions for the bees. And one we just had to leave because it was so beautiful….


The one on the left. We looked closely at it’s beautiful petals, the way it was so perfectly formed and it’s stunning colour. It made me smile to know that Alfie can appreciate such things, if you catch him at the right time! πŸ˜†

We then set about the giant task of cutting off the petals…..


Once we had boiled 3 cups of water, with 1/2 cup of sugar, and 1/2 cup of honey, we added the petals, and left the mixture to simmer for an hour.

Then we sieved out the petals, added 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, poured it in to a container, and put it in the freezer…but not before Alfie tasted it, to make sure it was ‘just right’…. πŸ˜‰

Valborg 2016

Every year, on the last day of April, the Swedes come together to celebrate ‘Valborg’- essentially ‘Walpurgis’ – and the ‘burning away of the Winter, the welcoming of the Spring’.

As is our annual tradition, we went to our scout one, where this year, Alfie and I worked on the fishing pool (fiskdam), and Maya on the chocolate wheel.

Thus, the photos I have, are courtesy of my husband…. 😊

This Last Week (or so)….

I’ve been a little behind at posting – mostly because I’ve been ill – so very ill – with a terrible sore throat and a terrible cough. Ted had it last week, and Alfie over the half term. I hope no-one else gets it…

Anyway, Richard has been away in the US, and my mum has been to stay. It’s been one of those chaotic weeks, with sick people, sleepless nights and argumentative little ones especially… But I suppose, some weeks are like that…

Still, we had some nice moments…at the ‘TjΓ€derstigen’ in Tyresta park…   

 
 …doing Easter crafts at the church playgroup…   

 …hanging out by the river in the forest…

 
…a trip to the aquarium….   

     

   

….and to the local play park…

  
 Alfie was proud of his bag he had sewn at scouts…  

 Maya turned 12…       

      

  

…and we have been looking for, and finding, signs of Spring…. 
      

    

And so that was this week…. 😊
 

  

 

 

A Beautiful Evening..

We are so lucky to live so close to the lake….

On Wednesday evening we were joined there by 22 young scouts, where we spent the next (almost) two hours learning how to be safe on the frozen lake, drilling holes in the ice, doing a torch lit quiz about the stars, grilling bananas with chocolate on an open fire, and just playing, playing, playing….and I was so glad Alfie joined our group this evening…it was truly wonderful…. 😊  

A Snowman In The Freezer…

Ted loves ‘Charlie & Lola’ books, and this one is his current favourite…..

  
…especially when they find a snowman in the freezer…. 

   

So I had gone ahead, and when it was really snowy, put a snowman in the freezer….  

….which we proceeded to experiment with….

   

  
  
  
  
Ted waited and waited for him to melt, remarking all the time about the little ‘caves’ that were beginning to appear…

….but in the end, he didn’t want him to melt, so we put him back in the freezer….

  
…just like Charlie and Lola… πŸ˜†

On The Ice Again!

This time with Maya, on our ice-skates…

There goes Maya…  

..with the sun behind us…

  
We skated to ‘GΓ₯rdensbad’ (the other bathing lake nearby)…

  
..before stopping for hot chocolate and saffron buns..

  
..and then skating back to ‘Krokodilbadet’ again…

   
 …enjoying a beautifully pretty walk home…

  
  
…with the sun behind us again… πŸ˜„β˜€οΈβ„οΈ….

  

A Day On The Icy Lake

Yesterday Leon and Alfie were off ice-skating with friends, and Maya was in a theatre performance at the Kulturhuset (it was the same performance as the one in November, and she was absolutely adamant at we should not come and watch this time, as it made her ‘nervous’ πŸ˜³πŸ˜‚) – so I was left with Ted, and we decided to take a walk along the lake.

We followed the ice-skate track from one lake to another. It took two hours (despite not being very far) in the lovely sunset, and it was beautiful!

  
   
    
 This area is called ‘Crocodile Rock’ – can you see the crocodile in the rock? 😊

  
My phoned ‘died’ of cold before we finished the walk (which ended in some dangerous sledging!) – but we had a very lovely time! πŸ‘πŸ˜„

The Gingerbread Building Exhibition 2015

Yesterday we went to the annual gingerbread building exhibition at the architectual museum. It’s a yearly competition, that both children and adults can enter…and it always as inspirational and fun every year. 😊

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   
Of course, looking at all that gingerbread did ensure the need to consider our gingerbread house that they made before Christmas….

   
 And after it was decided it was time to eat it, everyone joined in with the smashing and the eating….πŸ˜†

  
Delicious! πŸ˜ƒ