A quick round up of the curated week that was. Feel free to follow along on Instagram: lou_loulouloves
- Last weekend was fantastic. The sun was shining for the most part, a fresh layer of snow on the ground. For the first time since arriving, we put housie things and trips to Ikea on hold, and ventured out into nature. So nice to say the least! We spent most of Saturday walking on frozen lakes. (Stockholm is full of forests and lakes, so there are plenty to choose from.) We headed out to Hellasgarden, a national park where there is plenty of winter activities for all. We usually swim here during the summer, but some fools of people decided to take the plunge in winter. People were seriously jumping in, then walking back to the sauna casually like it was a fine summer’s day. Swedish people find this ‘invigorating’. I find it captivating that they find it invigorating. But they also eat fermented herring, so they are not to be trusted.
- Sunday saw us out and about again, hiking in a frozen forest. We rugged the kids up and set out on foot. Complaining levels were quite high at some stages, but they did really well considering they are more used to having sand in between their toes, instead of snow. We made it to the edge of a lake, lit a fire and enjoyed a hot chocolate. TSH, who is at home in the great outdoors, was rather amused at my choose of hiking boots – patent black leather Doc Martins. Well it was a step up from my Uggs boots that had nearly killed me in a slide-down-the-mountain incident a few days prior. You can take a girl out of the city…
- We kept Miss 2 and 4 home from preschool on Tuesday and in the afternoon, I took them into the city for a library visit. So cute to hear all of their comments and to experience the big wide world through their eyes. The purpose build library is amazing and on a rainy afternoon during school holidays, there was a 30 min wait. There were mini-moments of closeness with each of them, reading books, playing board games, listening to Swedish librarians play guitar. But the moments were very mini I must say. I don’t think literacy was top of their care list, but running around climbing on things and screaming in glee seemed to be.
- On Thursday night there was a knock on the door. Who could it be? TSH was working nights so it was just me with the girls. I opened the door and found myself face-to-face with Bosse, the tall Swede. He explained to me that he was the local fish van man. The fish van what? Turns out that fish van men loaded up with sustainable MSC certified, bone-free, snap frozen Norwegian fish of all types, go round selling their wares late at night and everyone loves it. Far be it for me to rock the Nordic boat, so I bought 7.5kg’s! I couldn’t believe my luck. I’d put it out to the universe that I wanted to be even more lazy, and well well, bulk frozen high-quality seafood (some of it zero waste) turns up on my door.