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!
Park Life 2
Dear Kevin McCloud – can I please have this one?
Terraced housing, but not as the UK knows it.
Afternoon Street Sunshing
Tertia’s school building
Local Nursery – kids are outside through the winter as well.
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.
TV attached to the wall. Pictures looking for homes
Pantone Mug Tree
Daylight at Breakfast
Springlike Tuesday Morning, Ulfsundasjön. Slight sheen of ice remaining.
Winter is Back
Wintry Friday morning, Ulfsundasjön. Thick ice with snow lying on top.
You know you’re Not In Kansas when your local hardware store has a boating section.
Semla: Very Swedish spring buns. Dough contains cardamom, and below the cream is almond paste.
Labels on Everything. In Swedish.
More Labels, and a weekly timetable (cling paper whiteboard, not writing on the freezer door!)
By October, we knew that a move to Stockholm was a real possibility — Martin had a firm job offer, we’d all been at least a couple of times as tourists and there were many positives to going. But there was no point in imposing a move on the whole family. We needed to make it real, and to ensure the move was with everyone’s consent.