We finally landed up here, and ohh, it's no disappointment. The first days have been more idyllic than the pictures can capture, at least if you ask us as parents. A & I have been busy, yes, but the girls have been playing, playing and playing - together. And they play so well together. What more could you wish for. They have secret places and plays; they only come into the kitchen to pick up a plate with sandwiches and then they are off again. Frida Viola helps her little sister up the stairs, through the high grass and into the guest cabin - their new sacred place where adults are not welcome. So this is what a shift of place and more time can do.
We made a small selection of some of the books we have packed for our three weeks of summer vacation in our Swedish country house over at Lille Nord. We love reading, and especially up here where we have plenty of time, but no TV, limited Internet and a scarce selection of toys. The books we chose for Lille Nord are all beautifully written and illustrated by Nordic authors and artists – and all bring on the feeling of the eternal summer or touch a theme that is normally hard to handle and talk about and requires a bit more time.
“Dom som är kvar” ["Those who are left"], cleverly written by Karin Saler and beautifully illustrated by Siri Ahmed Backström, both from Sweden is about the loss of a beloved person, and how those who are left have to handle grief, anger, despair and the incomprehensible. This book hit us very strongly, but it opened up to good talks about death and sorrow. The book is published by Swedish Urax. Do go to their website and web shop to see more of their fantastic selection of books you won't find anywhere else.
“Mit lilla skattkammare – Sommar. Visor, ramsor och småsagor” is a collection of traditional Swedish summer songs, rhymes and short tales that all spread the fragrance of summer, the feeling of warm skin and worriless days with eternal light and sun. It is published by the legendary Swedish publisher Natur & Kultur. Altogether, the book, the CD that comes with it and the beautiful, colourful illustrations by the young and very talented Swedish illustrator Matilda Ruta, bring us a sparkle of the magic of Summer with its hopes and expectations, its dreams and fairy tales.
We always bring this very old and tattered copy of Elsa Beskow’s beloved “Peter in Blueberry Land” (1901) with us on our summer trips. It has nurtured many plays and fantasies about the tiny forest and berry fairies and it’s perfect to bring along when you go for blueberry picking. We love the story about Putte [Peter] who touches the magic wand of the Blueberry King and suddenly finds himself in a miniature world, both very familiar and strange.
Read more about the books at Lille Nord – and have the sweetest summer, full of readings, talks and fairy tales.
We left the warm city to go to the sea and it was a welcome change of air. We are counting the days now and talk alot about our house in Sweden. Will there be many wild raspberries this year? Wonder if the blueberries are ripe? Did the mice take over the kitchen?
We are also talking about what to do and see... Maybe some new favourite places will be discovered this year. Did any of you go to Småland and do you have any nice recommandations...?
We are longing for vacation now. Copenhagen is so warm and it seems as if everybody else have left the city. Soon we will too. These are all photos from the past month that somehow go well together. I found a swimsuit that has just the perfect Swedish summer feeling look. It will be perfect for days at the lake.
My mom has been here for some days and it has been such warm and beautiful summerdays. We took the girls out for picnic at our local prairie again, and it was just as magical as last time. While Molly was napping in the shadow I made Frida Viola a wild flower crown, and once it was on her head, she wore it as the most natural thing in the world. I love how a simple thing like that can set off fantasy and play. My mom left earlier this evening and the girls already miss her.