Our little lady goes to Sjöscoutkåren on a Tuesday, out on an island with an amazing view. Dadda attends the free government run Swedish lessons in the evenings, so the mini men have to tag along in their PJ’s starting their night’s sleep in the car. So with sunset now occurring an hour before Sjöscoutkåren, what better way to celebrate Alla Hjärtans Dag (Valentine’s Day) than with a sunset picnic. We lit a fire in the fire pit to keep us warm, we watched the sky change through a rainbow of colours, we listened to the bird song as they started to roost at dusk, we got to see a few murmurations, and we got to see the stars come out and spot a few constellations. It was only -2°C, there was no wind, and this sunset picnic was a perfect end to the day 🙂
For our sunset picnic I had made heart shaped sandwiches, served with a side order of jam croissants, and heart shaped Swedish biscuits (pepparkakor). I had also taken a table runner and a nice candle (that would stay lit outdoors!) to make it a really special sunset picnic. I wouldn’t normally be quite so extravagant outdoors, especially as I usually have to lug it up some hill! I completely forgot their fruit (bad mummy moment!!) but I did totally remember the marshmallows 🙂 I had taken flasks of hot squash and hot chocolate with us as well.
With the fire lit, we needed to put it to good use toasting some yummy marshmallows. Always a favourite. The stars were starting to come out by now and Venus was shining brightly. The children were trying to get snowballs to reach the sea, and we were treated to huge murmurations of birds. Eventually it was time to dampen the embers and head off to Sjöscoutkåren, but everyone was very chilled and happy having had their sunset picnic outdoors, listening to and watching a natural spectacle or two 🙂