Spring has already started to come by here in Lyckeby in Sweden with its lovely blue skies, singing birds and brighter days. And what better way to show off spring than with a few photos of my dog Lisen staring at a cat and posing in the sun. :p
My dog Lisen staring at a black cat (a cat who did not care much about Lisen at all by the way).
My dog Lisen and I went for a walk in Rödeby today and on our walk we stopped by the lovely sculpture "Rings On Water", which is placed in the middle of Rödeby Square here in Sweden.
"Rings On Water".
Even though I have lived in Karlskrona pretty much all my life I actually had no idea this sculpture existed until a few months ago. I discovered it when I did a some research for my post "Fish Market Square in Karlskrona" and Karlskronas most photographed works of art, the statue “Fisherman's Wife”. It turned out that Erik Höglund, who also created “Fisherman's wife”, had made several other sculptures placed around Karlskrona, whereof one was "Rings On Water".
Although Höglund's most famous artwork is "Fisherman´s wife", my favourite sculpture by him, ever since I found a photo of it online, is "Rings On Water". A sculpture I must have seen before, because I have been on Rödeby Square many times, nevertheless I cannot remember having ever really looked at it. So today on my walk with Lisen I decided to drop by Rödeby Square to take a closer look.
"Rings On Water" on Rödeby Square in Sweden by Swedish artist Erik Höglund in 1976-77.
Today we celebrate Fat Tuesday, also known as Fettisdagen in Swedish. This means that we eat a special pastry called Semla, or Lenten Bun, all across Sweden. Now a traditional Semla is made out of a cake of light wheat bread with a sweet filling of almond paste and cream and is very tasty. However instead of eating a traditional Semla this year I decided to try a different version where the bun was made out of Danish pastry dough and filled with a mixture of cream and almond paste, like in the photo below.
So this is how the non traditional Semla I ate this year looked.
This non traditional version was actually very tasty. The Danish pastry dough made the bun very light and fluffy and the cream and almond paste mixture was a great idea on how to change up the traditional simple filling. So all in all it was an excellent version of the Semla and I did indeed enjoy to eat it on this lovely Fat Tuesday.
To see what an original Semla looks like and to find out why we celebrate Fat Tuesday in Sweden feel free to check out my page --> Swedish Fat Tuesday Traditions
It feels like I am still trying to catch up with things from when I got back from my vacation in January. The main reason I am so behind with everything is because I have been working 10-12 hours almost every day since January 20th. There have been some changes at the company I work for so I have been asked to do other things than before, hence more work. However I am very grateful for that and I do hope I continue to get more work. Although it does feel weird not to be able to spend as much time in the Blogosphere as I am used to.
But, I, my blog and dog Lisen are not going anywhere. We are just in a more random post period right now. I truly appreciate all comments and feedback as always and will catch up with it all as soon as I get a bit longer breather than a few hours, which I think will be after this weekend.
Now while I have been swamped with work, a lot more snow has fallen outside. Which I love! Because with the snow comes a sense of calmness and light I feel , something very well needed at the moment. And because I work from home the only breaks I really get is when I take my dog Lisen out on walks, which is also the only time I have had lately with an opportunity to take some photos. So below are some recent photos of my neighbourhood here in Lyckeby in Sweden. :-)
The first thing my dog Lisen and I see when we come down the little hill from my apartment building.
Always extra fun to sniff in the snow it seems.
Snow in Lyckeby.
And it is on mornings like these I am very grateful my car is in a garage. :-)
One of the things I wanted to taste when I traveled to the US this time was a piece of Red Velvet Cake. This was of course because I had never tasted one ever in my life, I would have liked to but I do not know of any bakery or store that sell any kind of Red Velvet Cake in Sweden. And although I waited until one of my last days in the US to try some, I finally bought a Red Velvet Cupcake.
This is the Red Velvet Cupcake I bought, so pretty.
And even more tasty! :p
Now the red part did not really taste that much of anything I must say, instead it was the frosting which made the whole thing insanely delicious. I also bought a box of Red Velvet Cake Mix as a present to my sister so she could try, and bake, some back home in Sweden. And a few days ago she made the cake from the cake mix.
This is how it turned out, Red Velvet Cake made from cake mix.
Although it was tasty I must say that it did look a bit gruesome, like a bloody cake. Lol. But of course the color was one of the reasons I wanted to try this cake, it is very weirdly intruiging.
The cake basically tasted the same as the Red Velvet Cupcake, and once again it was the frosting that made the cake so yummy. Which makes me wonder what the red stuff actually is? And why it is called Red Velvet Cake? Hm? Anyway, I have now tasted some (twice) and I truly hope I get a chance to try more in the future. :p
It seems that winter, meaning freezing temperatures AND snow, finally has arrived here in Karlskrona in Sweden. And no one is more happy about that than my dog Lisen. So today we took a little trip to our favourite forest in Rödeby with my sister and her dog Diva to enjoy the lovely Swedish winter weather. Below are some photos. :-)
Snowroller Lisen. Almost 11 years old and still LOVES to play around in the snow. :p
But Lisen made me a bit nervous when she decided to walk on the ice...
Ahh! Winter. :-)
Though this is enough snow to make my dog Lisen happy, more snow is predicted to fall these coming days. Along with continued freezing temperatures. So all I can say is: "Hello and welcome Mr.Winter.".