While we were in Sweden we went for daily walks with our baskets to collect berries, herbs and flowers in the surrounding nature – for eating, for conservation, for pressing, for flower crowns and for learning more. I made a small photo-story for Lille Nord with pictures from our walks. Our walks weren't particularly long in distance, just around the house or down the gravel road past the old, longsince closed down congregation house and maybe to the secret abandoned house in the woods, but in time they were quite during. We had to stop every 5 seconds, discovering something new, talking a bit, finding treasures, tasting the not-yet-ripe blackberries once again just to be sure. Our baskets got filled with grasses, pebbles, branches, berries - and flowers, of course. Walking with small kids is so much easier when the walk has a purpose. Out of some wooden boards and clamps we found in the barn, we made a very simple flower press and so we decided to collect as many different types of flowers we could find. Back here in Copenhagen it was a great pleasure to open up the flower press again to see some of our finds neatly pressed and filled with sweet memories of warm summer days.
The beautiful book is Claus Meyer’s Naturalmanak on Nordic flowers, berries, fruits and mushrooms. We found great pleasure in it to look up things we didn’t recognize and to read more. The book is structured around the different seasons and following each season is a chapter with recipes and ideas on how to use, preserve and dry the different herbs, fruits and mushrooms.