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hälsingesommar / summertime in hälsingland

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familjen fast

pappa & kusin julia

penny

hippie

tintin, hippie & penny

aska, elaine & hippie

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sirius & fendi

faldarello ♥ fantasium

astrid

astrid

astrid & oskar

midsommar på hagmyren

midsommar på hagmyren

midsommar på hagmyren

virkad rottweiler

hateya

anna & flocken, fotat av erik

berners och borders, fotat av erik

tintin, fotat av erik

hippie

hippie

anna & tintin, fotat av erik

elaine & penny

hippie, tintin & sirius

aska i lupinerna

Kusin Astrids student och bal, Sundsvallsdejt med bästa Faldarelloflickorna aka Elaine & Guldhundarna, lydnads- och agilityträning med familjen Mähler (som dock tyvärr inte fastnade på bild), en liten virkad rottweiler, midsommar på Hagmyrentravbanan med axelbränna och lillasysters hemmagjorda jordgubbs – & limecurdrulltårta, mera midsommar hos farmor & farfar innehållande trekamp i boule, chippning och puttning (är man på golfbanan så är man) som dock fick regnavbrytas och istället fick avgöras genom gin rummy-kortspel, besök hos Gittan och bästabernerna Yakima och Hateya, mer Faldarellokvalitetstid på Hudiksvalls BK och så till sist hemfärd genom ett lupinprunkande inland.

Nu några lugna dagar hemma i skogen innan jag tar med mig de fyrbenta och “flyttar” hem till Märit & hoffarna & katterna & kaninerna i Vålberg för att knäcka extra som kennelflicka (läs: pussa på hoffebäbisar hela dagarna) resten av sommaren. Tidigare idag packades fikaryggsäcken och de fyrbenta och jag begav oss upp till Sjötorp på berget. Sparkade av mig skor och strumpor, blundade och lyssnade på tystnaden och satte tänderna i en perfektmogen nektarin alltsom sommarvindarna smekte hår och kind och bara ben. Önskade att jag kunde spara fullkomlighetskänslan i en burk – inte för eget bruk under stelfrusna vinterdagar, utan för att portionera ut i färgglada kuvert och skänka till behövande.

Cousin Astrid’s graduation and prom, a Sundsvall date with our favourite Faldarello friends aka Elaine & the Golden Girls, obedience and agility training with the Mählers (unfortunately forgot my camera for that one), a crocheted Rottweiler, midsummer at the trotting course with burned shoulders and my little sister’s lime and strawberry cake, more midsummer at the grandparent’s including a thriatlon of boule, chipping and putting (why waste a perfectly good golf course?) that was sadly put to a stop by the rain and was instead determined by a card game of gin rummy, a visit with Gittan and Yakima and Hateya the Bestest Berneses, more quality time with the Faldarellos at the dog club, and at last a long drive home through a sea of wild Lupins.

Now, a few calm days at home before I take the dogs with me and “move” to Märit and the Hovawarts (and the cats and the bunnies) in Vålberg to help out as kennel girl (read: to snuggle Hovawart puppies all day long) for the rest of the summer. Earlier today, I packed tea and sandwiches and walked up the mountain with the dogs to a tiny cottage. There, I kicked off my shoes and socks, closed my eyes and listened to the silence, and bit into a perfectly ripe nectarine, and all as the sweet summer winds were caressing my hair, cheeks, and bare legs. I wish I could save what I felt then in a jar – not to use myself during bleak winter days, no, but to put into colourful envelopes and distribute to those in need of a little serenity.

england, day four – the national history museum!

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On our fourth day in England, we set off for London and one of our favourite places – The National History museum! Sadly, we just missed the Wildlife Photographer of the Year photo exhibition, but the NHS made up for it with an amazing butterfly farm. So, beware – lots of butterfly close-ups to follow in this blog post! :)

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On the train to London – enjoying some Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans that Sarah bought at the Harry Potter set tour.
Erik was brave enough to try a soap flavoured one, but we left the vomit and bogey ones in the box!

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We entered the NHS from the back exit and rode the escalator up into the earth itself!

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Wall decorations the Earth Hall.

the national history museum

Sulfur minerals on display in the Earth Hall.

kirsty and catherine at the national history museum

Goofing about in the minerals section.

dodo at the national history museum

Seeing the Dodo always makes me a little sad. ♥

butterfly at the national history museum

After lunch, it was time for the butterfly farm! Generously equipped with Catherine’s macro lens, I was in heaven!

butterfly at the national history museum

butterfly at the national history museum

butterfly at the national history museum

butterfly at the national history museum

butterfly at the national history museum

butterfly at the national history museum

Butterfly enjoying over-ripened pineapple. The smell was… interesting…

butterfly at the national history museum

butterfly at the national history museum

Semi-rotten orange, yuuum… :)

butterfly at the national history museum

butterfly at the national history museum

butterfly at the national history museum

butterfly at the national history museum

catherine at the national history museum

This one wanted to come home with us!

tea outside butterfly at the national history museum

Having tea outside after spending about an hour and a half with the butterflies.

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Back inside, through the front entrance this time. Saying hello to the Diplodocus, affectionally known as “Dippy”.

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We explored The Vault, which has the museum’s most expensive treasures. How about this diamond butterfly pin?!

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I just love opals – I could stand and look at their gorgeous colours for hours.

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Erik, Catherine, Kirsty, and Sarah, saying goodbye to Charles Darwin. Thank you for a wonderful, wonderful day out, Catherine & Co!

our third day in england – dinner with horace

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To round off our perfect day at the Harry Potter set tour, we decided to have dinner at the pub, The Yew Tree. The food is absolutely delicious there, and because England is such a sensible and civilised country, dogs are allowed to come into the pub area! So, the little Mastamariner mascot, Horace, joined our party! :)

horace & graham

Where’s your dinner again, Graham? ;)

horace & co

Everyone, including Horace of course, having a good look at the tempting menu.

horace

“Just order the sausages already!”

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Being spoiled with the excellent food service at Mastamariner kennel, Horace found the wait for our food a little tiresome.
To cheer him up, Graham gave him the owl he’d got for Horace in the Harry Potter gift shop. It made a great pillow.

horace & co

Then, the owl started moving about!

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Naturally, Horace had to put a stop to that kind of rowdy behaviour. We were in a respectable establishment, after all!

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And then the yummy, yummy starters arrived!

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Well, yes, of course Horace had a taste – why else would you bring your dog to dinner at the pub? :)

our third day in england – harry potter!

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A couple of weeks before we left for England, my “kennel dad” Graham e-mailed me with an idea. Would Erik and I like to go to the Harry Potter studio tour while we were visiting? OF COURSE we would! I had no idea this exhibition was running, but after reading up on it I got VERY excited! The tour would be full of complete sets and countless props from all eight Harry Potter movies – nothing could be a better birthday treat for a complete and utter Harry Potter nerd like me!

Below are just 18 photos from our fabulous day. If you want to see more, I’ve put up another 176 (!) photos in a public Facebook album that you can access by clicking HERE.

I want to thank Graham and Catherine as well for this amazing experience; I had the time of my life, and my inner Harry Potter fangirl was moved to tears several times during the day. :) If you like Harry Potter at all and have the chance to go, don’t hesitate!

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Sarah and Erik outside the studios by the giant chess pieces from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

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Before starting the tour, we had a quick look in the magnificent gift shop.

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The first part of the tour – the Great Hall!

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Costumes for Professors McGonagall, Dumbledore, and Snape before the teachers’ table.

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Onwards on the tour – the Gryffindor boys’ dormitory and Harry Potter’s bed.

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The Gryffindor common room!

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Professor Dumbledore’s awesome office.

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Prop detail – the actual Philosopher’s Stone used in the first movie!

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Possibly my favourite set – the Weasley family’s kitchen

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Statue from the Ministry of Magic during Voldemort’s reign – inscribed with the words “Magic is Might”.

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Cheers! Lunch time, including some refreshing Butterbeers. The studio tour is one of only two places in the world where the official Butterbeer is sold.

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Me and Erik outside number 4, Privet Drive. Sorry if we got dog hair on your doorstep, Petunia!

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Next up was the special effects exhibition – here’s Luna Lovegood’s roaring lion hat!

harry potter set tour

Ickle Hungarian Horntail dragon. O.o

harry potter set tour

Thankfully, the Dementor was only about half of its actual size, so it wasn’t as frightening as it might have been att full size.

harry potter set tour

Diagon Alley! So many cool details and things to look at!

harry potter set tour

And the grand finale – a perfect scale model of the entire Hogwarts castle. Photos can’t do it justice, but my mind was completely blown.
The light kept changing to illustrate different times of the day, and all the while the Hogwarts Hymn was playing. So beautiful.

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Back at home; Sarah enjoyed her huge, solid chocolate frog. :)

a few glimpses from the woods

dogs, nature, people, places
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Tintin, saying hello to our new neighbour dog, a ten-year-old Border Collie/Tervueren mix called Kimmie.

Assembling furniture – Tintin makes it twice the fun! :P

Afternoon tea – don’t judge the teabag, we hadn’t unpacked the proper stuff yet!

Welcoming Erik home from work. ♥

We certainly can’t complain about a lack of pretty and solitary places to walk. Hurray!

Afternoon “fika” by an empty cottage (belonging to a nearby farm) in the middle of the woods – with bones for some, of course!

Life has been worse! :)

“Excuse me, but… I think your fika looks tastier than mine!”

When could I ever deny her anything? :) Spoiled Ruth!

Today’s haul – the woods are full of delicious funnel chantarelles. My basket just wouldn’t fit any more!

Mr Tin in his favourite spot. ♥

 

vi lever! / we’re alive!

dogs, life in general, people, places
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Vips, så har det gått en hel massa dagar sen senaste uppdateringen. Men vi mår i alla fall bara bra! Vårsolen strålar energi ända in i själen på mig och plötsligt är jag sugen på projekt som att storstäda, tvätta åtta maskiner tvätt och rensa i förrådet – sånt som jag inte har orkat på evigheter. Känns skönt! :)

I fredags kom vi hem från en härlig vecka i Värmland hos Eriks föräldrar. Hundpromenader, handarbete, kortspel och mängder med god mat och fika, bättre kan man väl inte ha det? :) Sen vi kom hem har vi ägnat oss åt ovan nämnda projekt, plus att jag har sålt min själ till Ravelry, där både jag och Erik blivit engagerade i en underbar Harry Potter-grupp. (Nördparentes om någon undrar: man blir indelad i Hogwarts elevhem och har sen “classes” där man stickar eller virkar olika projekt som man får poäng för, och på så vis tävlar man om elevhemspokalen!)

Tänkte pytsa ut lite bilder ikväll, och här kommer första omgången. En underbar kvällspromenad på kanalbanken, 24 april.

Woosh, and all of a sudden several days have passed since I last updated. But we’re doing just fine! The spring sunshine is sending energy straight into my soul, and suddenly I’m inspired to take on projects like a big spring cleaning of the apartment, washing eight loads of laundry, and going through the storage room – things that I haven’t felt like doing in forever. It’s a lovely feeling! :)

Last Friday, we returned from a week in mid-west Sweden with Erik’s parents. Dog walks, fibercrafting, card games, and lots of good food and tea. What else could anyone wish for? :) Since coming back to Sundsvall, we’ve been busy with the projects mentioned above, and I’ve also sold my soul to Ravelry, where Erik and I have both become invested in a wonderful Harry Potter group. (Geek parenthesis for anyone who’s curious: the group sorts us into the four Hogwarts Houses, and then we take classes by knitting or crocheting different projects. The projects earn us points, and so we compete for the House Cup!)

I’m going to share some pictures from our days with Erik’s family, and here’s the first batch. We had a lovely walk along the little channel, on the evening of April 24.

nytt liv / new life

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Liten utflykt till Klampenborgs naturreservat, eller Dårholmen, idag. Vältrade mig i blåsippslycka, samt drack saft och åt pistagebullar i solskenet. En fin dag att minnas. :)

Today, we went for a short trip to one of the nature reserves in Sundsvall. I admired the new Hepaticas, and we had lemonade and cinnamon rolls in the sunshine. A lovely day to remember. :)

efter stormen / after the storm

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Vart tog vägen vägen? / Where did the path disappear to?

Bryggan är borta och marken under gräset har rämnat ner i vattnet.
The wooden jetty is completely gone, and the ground beneath the grass has given way and spilled into the water.

Bråte i småbåtshamnen. / Rubble in the little harbour.

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Förmiddagspromenad, kl 11:11 den 111111. / Morning walk at 11:11 on 111111.

Tassavtryck i frosten på bryggan. / Pawprint in the thick frost.

“Kan vi gå in och äta frukost nu, eller?” / “Can we go inside and have breakfast now, or what?”

alla helgons dag / all saints’ day

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I helgen har vi varit i Hudiksvall för att träffa familjen och ge oss ut på vår årliga Alla Helgons Dagsutflykt. De flesta av farmor och farfars släktingar är begravda i Jämtland, så istället för att sitta och bila runt till olika kyrkogårdar så brukar vi åka ut till havet. Där går vi en långpromenad, tänder vi ljus och har med oss fika. I år provade vi att skicka ut små flottar med värmeljus och rosor på, och det blev mycket skratt när vågorna skvimpade över och släckte de få lågor som inte redan blåst ut, och då flottarna obönhörligen drev in mot land igen. Farfar påstod att han ska prova med vindskydd och segel nästa år. ;) Lillasyster Ida gjorde en extra fin liten flotte åt vår älskade mormor som lämnade oss i somras.

Farmors fika behöver man aldrig bli besviken på – hembakt bröd med antingen tjock skinka, senap, äppelmos och plommon, eller ansjovis och dill. Till det hade pappa kokat ägg, och det fanns både chokladrutor och kanelbullar. Vi hittade till och med en bulle som var formad som ett E, perfekt till husse! Efter fikat tände vi fler ljus. Jag hittade en fin sten bevuxen med lysande gul mossa, nästan som ett litet altare, där jag tände ett ljus för Ellenor. Saknaden känns annorlunda ute vid havet än vad den gör vid en grav, och det var skönt att tänka på människor och djur som jag mist utan att vara ledsen.

Hundarna var förstås med, hela flocken plus farmor och farfars schnauzer Molly, och de riktigt njöt av att få rusa runt på stranden och i skogen, tigga skinkmackor och “hjälpa till” med våra ljusbestyr. Idag är de härligt trötta och ligger ihoprullade på sängen alla fyra. ♥

We’ve spent the weekend in Hudiksvall to hang out with the family and set out on our annual All Saints’ Day trip (it’s not the exact same day in Sweden, and this year it fell on November 5). Most of my father’s parents’ relatives are buried in another county, and instead of going here and there to different cemeteries, we make a trip out to the sea instead. There, we go for a long walk, light candles and, of course, bring “fika”. This year, we attempted to send little candle rafts with roses out to sea, and believe me, there was a lot of laughter when the little flames were blown out or drowned by waves, and when the rafts kept coming back to the shore. Granddad said that he would build little shelters against the wind and make some sails for next year. ;) My little sister Ida made a particularly nice little raft for our maternal grandmother who passed away this summer.

Gran’s “fika” never dissapoints – there was home-made bread with either thick ham, mustard, apple jam and plums, or sardelles and dill. Dad had boiled eggs as well, and there was both chocolate cakes and cinnamon buns. We even found a bun that was shaped like an E, perfect for Erik! After our “fika”, we lit more candles. I found a beautiful rock covered in bright yellow moss, almost like a little altar, where I lit a candle for Ellenor. Loss feels different out by the sea than it does at a grave, and it was nice to think about people and pets that I’ve lost without feeling sad.

The dogs were with us, of course – our whole pack plus my grandparents’ Schnauzer Molly. They were so happy to run around in the woods and on the beach, to beg for ham sandwiches and to “assist” us with the candle lighting business. Today, our Border Collies are delightfully content and they are all curled up on top of the bed. ♥