Summer Is Icumen In… Maybe

Sumer is icumen in,
Lhude sing, cuccu;
Groweth sed
and bloweth med,
And springth the wode nu;
Sing, cuccu!

Middle English Summer Poem

Since Easter, the weather has been utterly gorgeous. Last weekend, the temperature was easily in the twenties. If it stays like this until September, that would do me just fine.


In Wickerman style, on the last evening of April, Swedes gather for bonfires and choral singing.

No nude jumping over fires, and no human sacrifice, however

However, the next morning…

Any white rabbits were snow covered.
Mayday Snow

Others in Stockholm had it worse!

And yet, a few hours later…

Mayday Sunshine
Mayday Sunshine

Spring Sunshine

Once again on our favourite walk down by Lake Mälaren, in 17C sunshine. Kids decided to hang out at home, so a nice calm time for us.

Very sad to see that our nice Sunday afternoon café at Riddersvik has closed down

Riddersvik Café is closing
Riddersvik Café is closing

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Swedish Spring Has Sprung

In Sweden, Spring officially starts on the first of 7 days when the average temperature is above freezing. This means it’s only possible to refer to it retrospectively, as you can only assess it after a week.

In Stockholm, this occurred on 21st February, so it’s apparently been Spring for a fortnight.

(No, it’s not this far into the Spring yet)

Update: 9th March

We went for a walk round the neighbourhood yesterday, and the feeling has totally transformed. There were kids from age 5 out on their bikes, entirely unsupervised, and a feeling of lazy warmth was everywhere. And this in 10C!

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Unpacking At Last

At last! Our removals have arrived!

The van with 2 guys pitched up last Saturday evening. Now our house is set a wee bit back from the road, with a drive. This caused a fair amount of teeth sucking about how they were to get the stuff up to us, as the 2 trailer lorry (of which we were about 1/4) wasn’t going to get reversed up or down the drive. Fortunately, we didn’t really bring any furniture as most of ours was IKEA, and what’s the point of paying to ship IKEA furniture here? Unless you’re planning to take it to the forest and return it to the wild. So 90%+ of our delivery was boxes, which they could carry one at a time up the drive.

Sunday was a mandatory rest day for the guys, so they parked up just along the road for the day – to the bemusement of the neighbours. And at 8am on Monday morning, they started carting boxes and dumping them in the garage. Since then, we’ve been progressively carting them out of the garage and unpacking them, and finding homes for the content.

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Sunday Walk, Hässelby Coastline

Repeating last week’s Sunday walk, but with a working camera. Primus and Secondus were refuseniks, so just Lucy, Tertia and I.

This week, though, the ice on the lake has frozen. We saw people out on the ice, perhaps testing it for thickness and safety.

Well earned reward

Walking home

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