Puppy love
July 31, 2011 11:48 PM



While I was browsing through photos on my computer today I happened to stumble across my all time favourite Lisen photo. It's of Lisen saying goodbye to one of her puppies. So of course I had to post it! And oh how it brought back memories!


Lisen had her 12! puppies in the summer of 2005. And before each pup moved to his or her new family my sister captured some last one on one moments between mum and pup on camera. This photo is of one of those moments.

Now I had moved from home back then so I wasn't around to say goodbye to all puppies. Although we did visit them in their new homes later of course. But my sister said that she always felt like Lisen knew when each pup was going to leave home. Because Lisen was always a bit extra attentive with them during those last one on one moments. Which is what I think this photo has captured.

Lisen was an amazing mum by the way! :-) I have written all about when she had her puppies in my post My Lovely Dogs. I have also posted lots of photos of them on Lisens blog Lisen.eu And I do love to visit those pages sometimes. Because they help to remind me of all those wonderful puppy moments! Ahh! :p


/A.L


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Flying art
July 27, 2011 9:20 PM



Lisen and I are housesitting at my mums. So earlier today I went outside to see if I could find anything fun to take photos of in her garden. And I found flying art!


Butterflies!


Hungry butterflies.


Beautiful butterflies.


Butterflies all over the place.


Even a moth???


Who practised camouflage.


I also saw a lovely ladybug.


But she flew away pretty quickly.

It must be nice to have wings like that, to be able to fly around wherever you like. Perhaps make some flights to alicante. Hehe. Oh well, butterflies sure are beautiful. As are ladybugs too. And I'm so glad I got to enjoy the flying art they are today. :-)

/A.L


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Vacuum cleaner - a Swedish pastry
July 24, 2011 5:59 PM




Besides being called Dammsugare - Vacuum Cleaner this pastry/coffee cake is also known in Sweden as Punschrulle - Punch Roll and Arraksrulle - Arrack Roll. Names it has been given in reference to its appearance and flavor. Although I'm sure it goes by other names as well.


The outside of this pastry is made out of green marzipan which has been dipped in chocolate. Inside is a mix of cookie crumbs, punch liqueur, butter and cocoa powder.

The tale is that confectioners in the olden days used to gather cookie crumbs from the floor ("vacuum") then mix in punch liqueur to cover up the taste of old crumbs. So the name Dammsugare - Vacuum cleaner of course refers to the practice of gathering crumbs to put inside the pastry. Punch/Arrack Roll refers the liqueur taste of the pastry (arrack is an ingredient in punch liqueur).

The origin of this pastry however is a bit unclear because several different confectioners have claimed they invented it or learned how to make it from some unknown confectioner. Which also makes it difficult to pin point a year or country of origin for this pastry. But the Dammsugare - Vacuum Cleaner is widely known as a Swedish pastry and it can be traced back to the early 1900s in Sweden.

Today this pastry is one of Swedens most loved coffe cakes and we eat millions of them every year.


The reason I even wrote this post is because I got treated to these home made Dammsugare - Vacuum Cleaners yesterday at my mums. She had never made them before so they looked a bit, ehum, well home made. Hehe. But they tasted great!!! So Thank You mum! :p

Link to an English recipe of --> Vacuum cleaners/Punch Rolls/Arracks Rolls

Sources: ravi.se, wikipedia


/A.L


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Fruits and flowers along the way
July 22, 2011 4:35 PM



Lately the Swedish weather has been dominated by clouds and rain. Not the perfect summer conditions, but a pretty great weather combination for Lisen and I to walk in. So yesterday we went on a 6k walk to visit my sister. Along the way grew lots of lovely colorful flowers and wild fruits like cherries, raspberries and apples. In other words - it was a perfect photo opportunity for me! :p


At the start of the main road of fruits and flowers.


Cherries.


Yum for me! Yuck for Lisen.


Raspberries.


Another yum for me! Not so much for Lisen.


Rowanberries. Hm. More beautiful than yum for either of us, hehe.


Lovely wildflowers! Not sure what they are called though...


Ahhh!


Not sure if you can see it but the raspberries (bottom middle) grow right next to the wildflowers and rowanberries.


And here we are a bit further down the road where apple trees grow.


Big apple trees!


Packed with apples. Not ready to eat yet though.


My good doggy Lisen. Who had to do a lot of waiting along the way because I took so many photos. Oh well, I'm sure she didn't mind (too much). And in the end we arrived safely at my sisters where we had a nice visit. So it was a "fruitful" day indeed! :p

/A.L


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Crazy Farmers Day Market in Ronneby
July 18, 2011 10:22 PM



I recently visited a lovely market called Tosia Bonnadan - Crazy Farmers Day in my neighbour town Ronneby in Sweden. Ronneby is about 30 kilometres from Karlskrona where I live. And it was a beautiful photogenic day so of course I snapped some shots while I was there. :p


Many of the market stands were lined up along the Ronnebyån - Ronneby river.


The Crazy Farmers Market is quite popular and attracts about 100 000 visitors during its three days every year. Quite a lot of people for a town with about 29 000 inhabitants.


A fun and refreshing market stand/truck this year was this flower auction type of event thingy, something I had never seen before. An energetic, "mad scientist" type of guy shouted out with German accent from his flower truck that he sold the cheapest and best flowers of the entire market. Boy was he popular! Not only among those who wanted to buy some cheap flowers but also among those who just wanted a bit of entertainment. Lol!


Langos!!! Yay! I simply cannot leave a market without eating one of these babies!!! Lol! However I didn't order my usual toppings this time. Instead of red onions and caviar I had pineapple and curry with shrimps and sour cream on my Lango. A combination I'll definitely eat again! Hm... Which reminds me... I have to find out when the next nearby market is. Because now I feel like eating Langooooooos! :p

/A.L


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Fallen tree
July 14, 2011 7:44 PM



Today I decided to take Lisen to the forest. However, we didn't get very far...


Because of this fallen tree... I actually got out of the car to try and pull it aside. But nope, I couldn't even pull it an inch! Lol! Nothing else to do but reverse the car about 100 metres to the beginning of the forest road and start our walk from there instead. Lisen looked a bit confused when I had to reverse all the way back.

So when we got to the fallen tree she decided to conduct a complete inspection of it.




Hm..


I also decided to do a little inspection of the fallen tree.


Meaning a few close ups with my camera. Hehe.

But despite the tree roadblock and constant pouring rain we did indeed have a fun visit to the forest today. :p

/A.L


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Views from the highest point
in Karlskrona, Sweden

July 10, 2011 10:04 PM



I got a gift card from my mum a while back for an afternoon buffet at a local cafe called Cafe Utkiken - Cafe Lookout here in Karlskrona, Sweden. This cafe is located at the highest point in Karlskrona which is called Bryggareberget - Brewer Hill. So of course I grabbed my camera and shot a ton of photos while I was up there. Below are some of them.


The name of the road up to Bryggareberget is Kärleksstigen - Love Trail. Such a cute name I think, hehe.


View of Karlskrona from Bryggareberget. The big roof in the photo belongs to the old German Brewery estate. This brewery was founded by the German brewster Philip Kraan in 1693 and was in business until 1972. Today the estate is used for offices.


Another view of Karlskrona. Actually the city of Karlskrona is made out of a bunch of small islands.


Straight ahead is Karlskronas main island called Trossö which is where our city centre is.


To the right is Karlskronas main road called Österleden which leads into Trossö.


View of the other side of Österleden.


Almost looks like I live in a jungle. Lol!


Karlskrona water tower is also located at Bryggareberget.


Cafe Utkiken at Bryggareberget. Which is where I had my afternoon buffet.


It was very hot outside on this day so we sat downstairs in the shade instead of on the balcony.


And this is what my gift card bought me. A baked potato, baguette, different fillings, pasta salad and other different salads. Everything tasted alright.

But the best part about Bryggareberget is of course the views! :p

/A.L


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Lyckeby river and The Crown Mill in Sweden
July 7, 2011 3:30 PM



Even though I live in quite a small suburb called Lyckeby, a few kilometres outside of Karlskrona in Sweden, there sure are a lot of things to see around here! Like:


Lyckeby river. Lyckeby river is a 90 kilometres long river that flows through south-eastern Småland and East Blekinge in Sweden. And I pass this river many times around different places in Lyckeby on my walks with Lisen.


One of my favourite places to see this river is from this little bridge about 5 minutes from my home. And I love the sound of the waterfall here! I also really enjoy to see the water run through the mill.


So I recorded this panoramic view video from the bridge with the hopes of making Lyckeby river more vivid to you.



The Crown Mill (orange building) lies next to Lyckeby river. The bridge I recorded the video from is right behind the mill.


The Crown Mill info sign. Which is where I found out that:





Another interesting, and perhaps unexpected, fact about The Crown Mill in Lyckeby is that it's actually part of the World Heritage list. A list where the most outstanding cultural and natural environments in the world that are of great importance for all humanity, like the pyramids of Egypt, are included. (Find out more about the World Heritage list at: whc.unesco.org)

These are just two of the Lyckeby sights which make the small suburb of Lyckeby in Sweden a lot of fun to walk around in! At least I think so! :p

/A.L


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My one year blogoversary!
July 4, 2011 10:50 PM



One year ago today I published my first post on this blog, yay! And yikes how quickly time flies by! But I'm so glad I decided to start this blog, and even more glad that I still love working on it. Because I was a bit afraid I'd lose interest in it eventually. However that is absolutely not the case! I'm still constantly thinking of what I can post about, what new pages would be fun to add and how I can improve this blog. I have also realized that I will never finish this blog, it's under constant construction. Lol! So my first post --> "Still under construction, but getting there" is kind of as much current today as it was one year ago.

Now there are so many reasons why I continue to blog, but the most important reason is that this is indeed the perfect platform for me to utilize my creativity. Even when a post take many hours to complete, those hours fly by because I enjoy it so much! A truly wonderful feeling!

And although I write this blog because I want to share my life, Sweden and lovely Lisen with the world, I also write it very much for myself. I actually think is fun to read my posts sometimes. Hehe. Because it gives me a well needed perspective of my life, a bit of distance I suppose. As well as a reminder of events, moments and feelings I might have forgotten if I hadn't written them down. However I would be lying if I said comments, follows and visitor counts doesn't matter to me, YOU DO! And I'm truly grateful for every single one!

On a more personal life update note. It's now July, the big vacation month in Sweden. I guess I'm on vacation? I say that because work has been very slow lately so I'm not sure what to expect... Anyway, the weather has been so so, kind of humid and cloudy all weekend. Not so humid today though, but cloudy. Lisen is very energetic these days, lol! Almost like a pup again for some reason? But I love it! It's great to see her happy and healthy. I have some fun plans ahead, which I of course will write about here, but I don't want to jinx anything by writing about it before it happens though, hehe. Ops, does that make me superstitious. Hm? Oh well. All in all life is aaall good right now and I would describe this past year as a calm and enlightened one for me, on many levels. :-)

/A.L


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Pigs ear and camels
July 1, 2011 1:03 PM



Some random moments caught on camera.


It's miiiiiiiiine, she says! Lol! Lisens with her favourite treat in her mouth - pigs ear.


Which I bought for her at the Leaf market.


And on my walk with Lisen a few days ago we saw these camels, not exactly a common sight here in Lyckeby, Sweden. Lol! Of course they belonged to the visiting circus here, but still, looked pretty funny I thought. :p

Happy weekend everyone!

/A.L


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July 2011
Puppy love
Flying art
Vacuum cleaner - a Swedish pastry
Fruits and flowers along the way
Crazy Farmers Day Market in Ronneby
Fallen tree
Views from the highest point in Karlskrona, Sweden
Lyckeby river and The Crown Mill in Sweden
My one year blogoversary!
Pigs ear and camels
 
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