Arrivals and returns

With the new year, winter finally made a (late) arrival. In January we got severe minus degrees and even had 3 snowstorms within just 2 weeks. One of them bringing almost a meter of snow basically over night. There was a lot of wind during the storm leading to snowdrifts and fallen trees, which in…

Snow and alpacas

It snowed all day and all night yesterday and I awoke to a white landscape with more snow still falling. The temperatures are now steadily below 0°C and the snow is still left this time (YAYY!!). Around midday, after a cozy breakfast and yet another movie, we drove to a nearby farm that has alpacas!…

2 Years in Sweden

2 years ago today, I was sitting in a rented transporter with my Dad, driving the second half of our trip from Neuss, Germany to Östergraninge, Sweden. We had slept in a hotel in Jönköping and were driving through dense fog towards Stockholm, where the sun was breaking through the clouds, letting frost sparkle everywhere.…

Autumn, Winter and Goodbyes

I know I write this in almost every post, but - oh my, has time flown again! It feels like it was just yesterday when I was outside late at night, admiring the beautiful bright summer nights and longing for the stars and now the winter solstice is already behind us again. After a hot…

The darkest time

After the long summer and intense autumn that we have experienced this year, the darkest time has begun. The sun goes up later and later each day and rises earlier and this continuous change has become all the more apparent after the beginning of daylight saving time. It's incredible to think, that there are still…

Autumn

Within what felt like the blink of an eye, summer was over and autumn was in a rush to turn into winter. I still can't believe how fast this summer was over and yet how much has happened! I have reached my goal of picking 1l of every berry - blueberries, lingonberries, raspberries, black currants…

In the Swedish mountains

On Monday, last week, I started my little journey to visit Michelle in Lofsdalen. I was a bit tired from the restless night, but really excited to see my friend again and spend some quality time. The weather was expected to be awful on that day. Dark and stormy, but she had heard about some…

An evening shock

Last week, I went to Lofsdalen, to visit my friend Michelle. On the last day at home however, something awful happened. I was sitting at my desk, editing some photos of my recent berry picking adventure in the forest and trying to organize myself before my travels in order to make sure I wouldn't forget…

Picking cloudberries

'Tis the season. Not christmas of course (not yet anyways), but berry season! YAY!!Now one after another, all sorts of berries start to ripen and are just sitting in the forests, waiting to be picked. One of the earliest to be out is the cloudberry. It is typically found in swampy areas and wetlands, so…

Gardening

Last year, I was so busy with learning Swedish, trying to accustom to the culture and my surroundings, integrating myself in the local society and finding a job; all while also still being in nature, photographing and learning what to do and not to do around here, that I was a bit sloppy regarding my…