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Exploring Kvalmsö

I’ve been dying to head out to this island nature reserve since I read about it.  It’s another one only accessible by foot or boat, and has oak meadows, open pastures, flat rock, and beaches.  It’s quite a long hike for little legs (around 5km from the car and back), and so I planned to take some food to eat, cooked on the fire pit once we reached our half way point (details of that will be in another post!!).  So, with the snow falling gently but persistently all day, we decided it was as good a day as any to set off on our adventure 🙂

It is going to be so lovely to see how all these places change over the course of the seasons.  We walked over a very wide track, and a lovely bridge took us from the mainland onto the island.  From there we walked around the southern part of the island to make it to the nearest fire pit.  There is a lovely little cove there and I am already planning returning when it’s warm for a day’s adventure there splashing in the shallows and trying to catch mini beasts in the water, and again using the fire pit for our meals.

The children were tired after the walk there but pottered off to investigate every rock and tree, as their curiosity doesn’t stop their tired legs!  We all refuelled and after we packed up, were keen to get going to get some warmth back into our toes and fingers.

They did so well especially as it was the afternoon, so had already had a morning playing outside and in the snow already.  All three are now snuggled up in bed, safe in the knowledge that their hike for the week is done, and they have a few days to recover 😉 !!!!!



Country Kids

Dummy Trees and Love Trees.

I am going to start doing things a little differently regarding home education, and the blog 🙂  Each week we have a theme we follow from the nature curriculum.  We have been doing this as well as independent maths, Swedish and English.  I am now going to try and incorporate everything, plus some art and craft under that week’s theme, and then write about them in separate categories (I have now given the blog a category menu as I had written so many posts, they needed splitting up a little).  Then the week will be finished off on the blog with a nature curriculum overview (similar to what I have been doing), going through what we have been doing in our journals and reading.  The hope is both lives and blog will flow a little better and be less disjointed.  There will be other adventures in between, but this just helps me get my head around everything I want to do for the children….there is so much out there as a home educator and wanting to explore a new country, it can become a little overwhelming sometimes (well daily, when adding in the general amount of work looking after three children in itself entails!!).

So, this week our topic is winter trees.  Today, due to swimming lessons late afternoon, our plan was to do our weekly exploring hike of a new area, and at the same time collect supplies for the winter tree activities in the week ahead.  I am discovering I need to bribe the children outdoors for a hike (the walks tend to be freezing and long for little legs), but once they are outdoors they have a blast.  So the bribe of choice every time at the moment is geocaches!  So, off we set to an island called Dragsö, which meant that we could head back to the swimming lessons without too much of a problem.

We were totally unsuccessful in our geocaching quest, but that doesn’t matter, and isn’t really the point!!  The main thing is that we had fun on the way and also learnt a thing or two.  The first geocache in the hunt was near a “pacifier tree”.  We came across these on our first forest walks shortly after moving to Sweden.  We were deep into some woods one day, when we came across a tree with hundreds of brightly coloured dummies hanging from it.  I thought it was a rather a strange thing to find in a wood, and carried on.  Then when we started investigating the woods which we live by, we discovered one in there too.  On researching this, this is the way Swedish parents encourage children to sensitively part with their dummies.  It becomes a special adventure for the child and family to say “goodbye” to their dummy, and the child hangs it onto the tree.  So, that is one Swedish tradition we now know about that we didn’t previously.  However, we couldn’t locate the geocache.  What did happen though, was that all three children found the ice over the sloping rocks made a fabulous slide!!  So we stopped and played a while 🙂

The second geocache site was where we found a love tree!  A special love tree sculpture (by Lars-Erik Sundin) has been placed at the top of the north west lookout point.  Here, couples in love, seal their love by attaching a padlock with their initials to the tree.  Tradition says you throw the key away so that the love is everlasting. I have also read that a lot of proposals happen here….thankfully today my three didn’t bulldoze their way through one of those!!  We had a good look at the tree and a chat (my trio aren’t quite ready to comprehend that romantic notion so were all rather puzzled by the whole idea!), and then some tree climbing ensued after not locating the second cache either!!

So 0/10 for cache finding, but 10/10 for nature’s playground opportunities and 10/10 for learning new things!  That made it a pretty successful hike.  We got loads of supplies for the week’s activities………oh, but we were late for swimming!!  You can’t have it all though when steering three children through the day!

On the Hunt for Bronze Age Rock Carvings.

So, off hiking into the woods we went today, as I started going along with my only resolution of the New Year….to explore the wider Sweden, now that I felt I had truly explored our island.  Although, I am sure it will still throw me some lovely surprises in the future!  The first place I wanted to head to was Hästhallen where there were some Bronze Age Rock Carvings.  Opposite the woods that they were in, is a nature reserve too, so I thought we could investigate that afterwards.


We were not disappointed.  Due to it being below freezing and in the middle of winter we had the historical site to ourselves 🙂 However, we did have to brush off quite a few pine needles from some of the carvings that were filling the grooves, being in the middle of a pine forest! These rock carvings were discovered in the mid 1700s and at the time the landscape was totally open.  They date back around 3000 years from the Bronze Age.  They depict ships, animals, figures, and the sun amongst other things.  The children were fascinated (and had a very rapid introduction into not trampling all over the rocks they were carved on!).

After spending some time taking photos and chatting about them, we decided to check and see if there was a geocache in the area, and there was…only about 130m from us!  Off we set, and with the clue written in both Swedish and English this time, we were fairly confident that we might find this one.  It was hidden in fab place in amongst rocks, and the children got it out easily.  There wasn’t enough loot for everybody to have something, so we decided to just add to it instead.  However, there was a travel bug on a keyring, that had originally travelled from Germany.  The idea is that you photograph where it has been, and then pop it into another geocache, and fill the details in online.  However, we aren’t really doing geocaching at that level at the moment.  We are keeping it simple while they are young, so we took a photo for our memories and put him back…..I don’t know when we’d next head out geocaching and I’d be very likely to forget him when we do!!  But we learnt something new and all three thought it was a great idea.  I am also loving that the mini men like signing their names too on the logbook…still surprises me!

We returned the geocache to its cosy location and headed back towards the nature reserve.  After a below freezing picnic…bbbbbrrrrr……we found a great rock field that the children had a blast playing in.  They made up imaginative scenarios, they pretended to make fires to drink their hot squash beside, and they generally scrambled and climbed everywhere!

So, our first destination has been explored.  I have definitely got one more planned for this week, before our little lady heads back to school next week.  Then we will just have to keep a little closer to home as we only have the afternoons to use, but still enough time to leave the island with her wonderfully early school finish times 🙂  Even the drive home was a stunner……

Completion of the Island Exploring!

It is exactly 2 months since we moved into our new home on the island, and today we spent three hours exploring the last part of the west side, that we hadn’t managed to reach before.  We have done an awful lot of walking, and have re-discovered that the term “footpath”, is a very loose description in Scandinavia (we have previously walked in Norway).  We have waded through bogs, pushed through walls of reeds, and today we had to work out where the path went through dense trees and bushes, and under our feet were mossy boulders as the pathway!  You certainly don’t go out for an easy cross country stroll here.  We had Dadda with us today, and whilst we were trying to put what we saw on the map onto the ground (i.e. a path marked on the map, but only what looked like an animal track on the ground), he found another app with a much better map of the area.  It actually put us on the map and the supposed paths too (Google maps doesn’t go into enough detail for our area), so we could actually work out that something that didn’t look like a path, was in fact the way we needed to go.  As we pushed through the undergrowth, the closer we got to the seashore, we found someone had very kindly tied ribbons to trees and bushes to mark the path.  So it is very remote, we’ve had a difficult walk to get there, and then we pop out onto the rocky shore to find someone has built their hut there!!  It does make you wonder how!  I have to give it to them, they have very peaceful surroundings (as long as we are not out for a walk), and a stunning view!

We have found some lovely places on our walks, and have definitely got our favourite spots, and it will be interesting to watch these change now as the seasons go by.  I feel that we have thoroughly learnt our way round the island and its remote countryside, and now we can start exploring slightly further afield, and more of the beautiful nature and scenery the country of Sweden has to offer.


Solo Exploring Hike

img_0915Today all three were in school again for the morning, so after I’d driven and done the just over 2 hours it takes to do the shopping, I really felt the need to stretch my legs in the winter sunshine.  There’s the south west part of the island that is uninhabited, and a few weekends ago we’d tried to link up paths from the beach on the south part, to the south west part.  We had been thwarted, but I think had got very close to managing it.  I wasn’t sure about the route I was taking, so I really needed to head out without the children on this one so I didn’t make them walk in unnecessary circles!  I had 90 minutes before I had to collect our little lady (who finishes first today), so put my boots on, and joined the Swedish cult of power walking!!  It went really well, and I located the footpath through the woods, and did eventually manage to get out onto the peninsula we’d been heading for a few weekends ago.  On the way back, I did notice the path split the way I was going and then to the right as well, so it may well join up with the part we had been doing, and maybe we need to tackle it from the way I was coming from today.  I have been loving their short school days as it allows us lots of time together still, but when you’ve taken on a walk a little too far for the time available you realise just how short their day is….I was doing a hiking jog back to school to get there on time!  I had been rewarded though with some amazing views on the end of the peninsula, and some crystal clear icy cold water.  Walking through the woods it was so quiet.  Not a sound.  So peaceful.  I did stop to wonder how many moose and deer were possibly watching me!  The views were amazing, and now I can take the trio down that route.  There a couple more on the uninhabited west side that I need to investigate, and I think if the weather is ok, I may try on Thursday, but set off first thing so I’m not panicking about the distance to cover to get back to school!!  Solo hiking is something I am not used to either.  When the children were in school/preschool in the UK I had my lovely collie dog, Jack, with me, and it was so lovely just being the 2 of us sometimes.  Then since March there has always been children at home.  So having lost Jack after 12.5 years, and all children occupied this morning, it was a very strange experience to be on my own.  No responsibilities, quiet, but a little lonely.

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We have discovered from our little lady that now she has her library card the school are asking her to choose an english book she’d like to read, and then ordering it in for her brand new!  I can’t believe how much the school are doing for her, and looking after her so well.  She has chosen the first Harry Potter book, and she’s just finished the whole collection through for the first time and really enjoyed it.  We own from book 4 onwards, but not the first three.  So she’s asked them for that one.  Within 48 hours it had arrived, and she gets some time at school when she can read it.  Her class are fascinated by what she is reading and how she makes sense of all the words!  So, the school/island library will now be slowly building up an english written section!  Lets hope she chooses some good books in the future 🙂  It just makes us so happy, how much the school are doing for her and thinking about her, and helping her to feel settled and happy there.

Once we had all back home today, as seems to be happening frequently at the moment, the plans were cancelled.  This is because she was creating in her bedroom, and to my surprise the mini men were making things with pens and paper that involved writing their full names, and asking me to show them how to write other things.  It’s amazing to see them wanting to do this, and taking the initiative, so I am happy to cancel whatever I had in mind, and encourage it whenever it takes their fancy.  I’m pleased they can put pen to paper and write their letters, and their full names, and want to write more words….and all without a minute in school 😉  I caught them doing their own maths the other day too….mini man no.1 was trying to tidy up a number of little toys, and mini man no.2 was commenting along, “if you have 5 toys and I take 2 away, how many have you got now?”!!!!!  It made me chuckle so much, and it went on for quite a while too.  They wouldn’t have ejoye the formal education set up in the UK, but they have shown they are learning and doing just fine with the very ad hoc method we have got going on, as well as learning through their play, and most definitely through their tidying up!!!

Tired Legs, Rosey Cheeks, and Pink Noses!

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Today we were starting out at the main beach on the island for our hike, and trying to walk round to the next large peninsula.  There is no footpath marked on any maps (map 1), and we added what we managed to do onto our map afterwards (map 2).  It was one of those gorgeous winter days that are bright but freezing.  We set off, and at first we did find a footpath that wasn’t too bad, and we hoped it would go on round to meet the other footpath that was already on the map.  However, about halfway through the outbound leg, the footpath got very heavy going, especially for little legs.  There was a lot of clambering over boulders, pushing through long reeds to avoid the boggy areas, and lots of clumps of ground tripping them up!!  Eventually, unfortunately, the path fizzled out.

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I hadn’t bothered to take our map, that is a work in progress, out with us, trying to conserve it a little knowing there was no footpath marked on there.  However, having got home and seen just how close we were to a path running down the island onto the peninsula, it might have helped to guide us a little away from the water into the woods to try and pick up that path, and then use it out onto the peninsula.  For another time, maybe we’ll try the path heading south and work back from that and see if we can get the two to join up that way.

img_0801 img_0800 img_0799 img_0798 img_0795We turned back and headed the way we came.  The three little people did very well.  We walked for about 90 minutes and it wasn’t easy terrain, but we got minimal grumblings and they kept going.  Once we got back to the main beach, they played on the swings and the beach while I set up a now very windy picnic.

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I had brought the Kelly Kettle with us to have warming drinks with our sandwiches and soup, and then to toast marshmallows for pudding.  However the wind had picked up so much, that if we toasted marshmallows over the kettle base, the children would have been set alight by the flames.  One thing about Sweden and the outdoors, is that there are designated barbecue areas everywhere, even somewhere that is remote and you would have walked to.  So to avoid disappointment, we decided that we would try and start our tiny marshmallow toasting fire, in one of the huge fire pits on the beach!  At least it was protected from the wind and lit, it just flew through our small amount of twigs we’d brought for the kettle base.  It served a purpose though, as we had toasted marshmallows, and had our first experience using a Swedish outdoor fire pit 🙂

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Bikes, Hikes, and a Surprise Geocache

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The mini men have been desperate to ride their new bikes all week, but due to them not being able to start off on their own, and being a bit unreliable, I’ve not braved taking them out on my own.  So, first thing this morning, before their gymnastics, we headed off to an open space for them to have a good ride, as well as accidental game of bumper bikes!  The next job of the day was to plant some apple seeds.  We have left a very small, but bursting with life garden back in the UK, full of roses, fruit trees, and a riot of colour for at least 8 months of the year.  I know we have arrived here in autumn, but there needs a little bit of input to create colour and attract more wildlife come the summer, other than reindeer.  Oddly, I will be more restrained and there will be less put in it than the UK garden, as the rest is sooooooo big and will take a lot of looking after.  So, in an attempt to get things started, we have planted 6 apple seeds indoors, to see how we are doing by the warmer springtime with them.

img_0676 img_0677 img_0678The afternoon saw us head out to explore the south west part of the island.  This is largely uninhabited, apart from the odd dwelling here or there, and is definitely, wild, rugged, and exposed to the elements.  It was certainly a very fresh walk, and as usual, extremely beautiful.  We set off with a rough idea of where we were going, but as usual footpaths appeared that weren’t marked, marked footpaths never occurred, and then I had a marvellous idea.  Turning on the geocache app, I remembered 1 of the 3 on the island was located down this end of the island.  We were only 450m from it (only…..for a little child’s legs, turned into there and back being 900m which is practically another km added onto their walk, but they were up for it, and we were rewarded with the view).  We popped out of a heavily wooded area, to be greeted with a wide view of the open sea, it was beautiful.  Not another soul in site added to its beauty as well.  It would have been even better had we been able to stay for the sunset as that was amazing, but we may not have made it out the woods again as it would have been extremely dark.

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We did indeed manage to locate the geocache and signed the log.  We were really pleased as the other 2 on the island have eluded us so far.  When we eventually turned round and had walked back home, we had been out for 2 hours and 45 minutes.  They had walked incredibly well and certainly enjoyed themselves, as well as getting the added bonus of a geocache.  I think though, by the time the log fire was lit with a couple of stories on the CD player while I made supper, the fresh air and exercise they had done hit them, as all three snuggled under a blanket on the sofa.  Another very lovely day as a family, very laid back, no rushing to activities that take up half the day (the boys gymnastics is 45 minutes total and just 100m from our doorstep), and lots of healthy outdoors life and views to be had 🙂

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Freezing Hikes and Birthdays

img_0582 img_0583 img_0584On Saturdays it seems we have now got into a bit of a little rhythm.  The mini men have an hours gymnastics just 100m from our house, while us girls play, or as was the case this weekend, quickly wrap birthday presents and bake surprise birthday cakes for the next day!  We then head out for a family hike for a few hours, often taking Dadda to see what discoveries we have made in the week.  This Saturday, we headed back to the north east corner where we’d been on Friday.  After we’d shown him where we’d walked the day before, we headed down the east side of the island southwards following a footpath to see where it would go.  I have got three different maps, none of which have all the footpaths on, so I’ve mapped all of them onto a master map.  However, it seems the Swedes like surprises, and even using three maps, I have by no means got all the footpaths mapped.  Therefore, we head out on these walks with a basic route planned, and then try and map any new paths we find as we go along, or remember a path disappearing off in the distance to return back to, in order to explore and map that!  I hope one day to have made a more comprehensive map of the island and how it can be explored on foot as it is truly beautiful.

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I love that all three of our little people are happiest outdoors and exploring, and don’t seem to find a 2 hour hike tedious at all.  They seek out lots of fun things to do on the way (and I always have an emergency stash of sweet treats hidden in case morale does dip!).


img_0591Sunday was our mini mens 5th birthday…they arrived with a bang, 5 weeks early, 5 years ago and have kept us on our toes ever since!  They are very loving, kind, hugely energetic, and a very cheeky pair of monkeys!!!  For their presents this year, amongst other things, they received snow suits, and bikes….so on a day when the temperature was -8 degrees and ice was thick, we wrapped them up in oversized snowsuits and taught them to ride a bike 🙂  They were very gun ho, pedalling off as fast as they could, leaving Dadda and myself running down the road after them.  They did so well, so they seem to be able to balance we just need to teach them to start now (they were braking, but it was on ice so there were a few skids that sent them flying).  We popped up to the pizza restaurant for a pizza buffet lunch, before heading back home for birthday cake and a movie.  They have had a lovely day, constructing lots of Lego, reading new books, and learning to ride bikes.  I can’t believe they are five.  The years fly by when children are little anyway, but I have find it’s gone in an even faster blur with the twins as I have had no time to breathe!  Tomorrow is the start of a new week, and the little lady will head back into school, this time for a full week.

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Sjöscouten, and Oh Boy What a Day!!


The view as we pulled up in the car to drop the little lady and I off for our day with the scouts

img_0283Today was a chance for our little lady to go over to an island the scouts own, for a trip.  As she was one of the younger ones, I was allowed to come too if I wanted to, and as others had parents going I went along to find out where they go, what they do, and be a bit of moral support for dropping her in at the deep end with Swedish!!  It was a gorgeous day, and the view when we pulled up was stunning.  No one had told us anything about the mode of transport, and meeting in bridge road, I’d assumed it was over a bridge.  Apparently not, as a little boat pulled up and we were asked if we owned life vests (a staple item in a Swedish household, and soon to be one in ours!!).  Luckily some people had thought to bring spares for us 2, and she is now very worried her main Christmas present will be a life vest!!  Some older scouts were already on the island, with more joining them, and they would be staying over night there.  So, with no risk assessments, and no forms to sign, we hopped into the boat and were off.  Today was a day where the older ones taught the little ones some skills, and then tomorrow some parents would join the older ones and staff to help to do a little renovation on the scout hut before the winter sets in.  Last winter the ice in the sea completely dislodged the jetty and took it out to sea, and they had to retrieve it!!  It’s a slow business getting supplies over too, as the small boat is loaded and shuttled over with planks of wood etc and does shuttle runs like that.  But what a fun way to start our day!!

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The Swedes, like the Norwegians, like to eat their lunch early, so as soon as we arrived, after a brief chat, it was down to the business of cooking.  The older ones were using an open fire, but the little ones learnt to use trangias.  They did the cooking themselves and cooked meatballs (to our little ladies delight), pasta, chopped cucumber, and they decided to experiment and go picking berries and added it into the pasta!!  Once they had cooked it, we retreated indoors out of the icy wind to enjoy eating it.


After lunch it was time to get down to business, and the older ones set the little ones a series of fun scenarios, which then incorporated the children learning various skills, such as knots and teamwork.  We bimbled all over the island and the views were amazing.  After all this activity it was time to retreat back to the hut for pancakes (made by the older ones), sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon on top, before catching the ferry back towards the mainland.  Our little lady had loved the amazing day, and I couldn’t believe how lucky she was to be part of this outdoor lifestyle.  The older scouts really interacted with the younger ones and helped look after them, and everyone was full of questions and interest about our situation.  They made sure she didn’t feel left out and that language was not a barrier.  For me it was nice to see how she interacted with her peers and how quickly she has become so settled and genuinely happy and confident in amongst them.  When we reached the mainland, one little boy spontaneously threw his arms around her to give her a hug goodbye.  Everyone has been so welcoming and caring. After all that fresh air, and another hour and half in the garden when we got home, I am hoping she sleeps well tonight 🙂

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Meanwhile the boys had a lovely day with their Dadda, they did their gymnastics like a  pair of monkeys, and then I’d left them with a bit of a task list of some of the left over moving in jobs to complete.  They also have been offered a visit to the förskola on Monday morning, despite the official letter saying they were now in the queue, so we will walk over to take a peak at that 🙂

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Gymnastics, House Visit, Woods, and Ski Slopes.

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Saturday morning saw us all head off to the mini men’s first taste of their new gymnastics sessions.  They were both very excited about this.  It was the first thing mini man no.2 would try out, and wasn’t so worrying for us grown ups as we could sit inside the gymnasium and watch this session.  So, off we all toddled for a bit of moral support.  They had a fantastic time, and the girls running the session were really good with them.  It was quite a large group of children their age, and they started with a lot of running games to warm up.  Then they did a few stretching games to learn some stretching basics, followed by around 40mins of a basic circuit, with a break half way through for a snack and a drink.  They jumped from a horse onto the trampette and onto a mat, they did an aided plank position, they climbed up onto a horse, swung on the rings, and then dropped onto their bottoms, they went along a beam in a sideways monkey bar manoeuvre, they did burpee jumps over a bench, then they did an aided handstand exercise, and lastly a roll tuck down a sloped padded foam slope.  So lots of happy fun and exercise was had by both.

After they had finished, we headed over to the new home which will be ours on Monday, to learn a few things from the current owners.  For example, heating and water systems, the log fire burner, where things are, and just how things work generally….and to my joy, in the brand new kitchen, they already had a great rubbish sorting system in place!  The children were thrilled and very excited as it was their first time in the house, and had a lot of investigating to do.  They liked their rooms, they liked the house, one trialled the loo, and then they released a lot of energy running around the garden.  After we had done that, and been reassured by the owner that everyone is really nice on the island, and there is a real sense of community, and people will help us settle in (so much so that their friend will be our little lady’s new school teacher!), it was lunchtime, so we decided to investigate the island’s restaurant/pub/bakery/cake shop/sweet shop/cafe, and have lunch.  A massive pizza, three big traditional Swedish cakes, a coffee and a Swedish beer (for us, not the children!) and a playtime later, we headed back to our stuga very excited about our new life and home-to-be from Wednesday, and wanting to move in straight away!

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Sunday saw us getting Dadda out in the great outdoors to show him where we had been exploring in the week.  We went into the woods behind our stuga but walked a little further this time to show the children the downhill ski slope, which they ran down and back up again, twice (!), mid 2 hour walk!!!  Crazy things.  This down hill slope has a right angled turn mid slope so it should be quite an interesting place come the winter!!  It was a long steep run down, and all three were getting quite giddy about the fact that there might be a chance to ski in the winter (us grown ups are now crossing our fingers that snow appears! If not, we only need travel a couple of hours north where the snow is more guaranteed).  So we had another morning out in the Swedish countryside.  After lunch we headed off to look at furniture shops.  We are going to pop the twins into a room together in the new house, therefore we will have a spare room as we hope people, especially the grandparents, will be out to stay.  We went on a recce for a double sofa bed for our spare room.  While we were out we took advantage of Dadda driving so I could have a good look around at what shops are where, so I can begin to get things when we need them, other than food!


You can just see a tiny blue blob running down the pathway, just before the 90 degree right turn!! It gives a little perspective, but it looked a lot steeper!!

When we got home, things were beginning to get exciting as I needed to pack 3 suitcases (well pack is a very loose term, more like throw things in!).  Tomorrow, we exchange all the money on our new home, and then we are going to head over to it to do a few jobs; hang the central light fitting cables we have bought (in Sweden you take these with you when you move), measure some dimensions so we have a rough idea where we are asking removal men to put things without changing our minds too many times, install locks on the medicine and cleaning products cupboards, take the fire extinguisher over, plus these three cases.  We have 6 cases in total between us, and we aren’t going to get them all in the car in one go, hence packing as much as could tonight, to take with us tomorrow.  It’s all getting very exciting though now, and I can’t wait to be back on the island tomorrow.  Our little lady also has her first Swedish ballet lesson in the afternoon as well, so there is a lot happening tomorrow.  Just have to get through the first bit at the estate agents without the children taking his office apart too much!


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