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Trip Start Feb 14, 2007
Trip End Mar 14, 2007

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Yes, Simon is officially better at all winter sports than me, although I have been having a good shot at toboganning where I can. Gem and I think he has not lost his childhood fearlessness, and will have a go at anything, he is straight down the advanced slope at the skifields, I watch in awe. Meanwhile... I take the kids skis down the smallest hill and stack it, I am totally over getting snow down my pants and beeing freezing, so I quit, and will just drink 'Soppa' (warm juice) on the sidelines. Skating was the same, but the crosscountry skis were better. All fun and so novel. And Iäm glad I've had a shot at least because you donät get snow like this every day! (Except in Jönköping!)
It has snowed every day, weäve made snowmen and snow angels and done all the aforementioned sports. Weäve been for great walks through the forest which have been amazingly scenic. Vera has the cutest little backpack she sits in to go walking and has been really weell behaved. We even heard, then saw, a woodpecker yesterday (it was smaller and had a red behind, ID that one for us would you Craig/Joel =). In summer Gem picks her own camomile flowers to make tea with, and the forest is full of blueberries, just fabulous.
Gem has become quite the baker, but is so modest and says its nothing, and that most Swedish housewives are great bakers, they have the most amazing array of tasty looking cakes in every shop window. ANd did I mention their tradition is morning tea with 7 types of cake (and I haven´t seen a fat Swede yet!)
Jimmy's family have been lovely and we went there for a Sunday lunch (skated and skiied there too). They had those wooden butter spreader untensils Claire brought back from Sweden in 1998, they really do use them!
Gemäs Swedish is really good, and is communicating like a true Swede. Vera is really cute, and noisy, itäs been really nice to spend some proper time with her.
The main highlight has been the snow, it is like nothing I have ever seen before, and often feels like North America/Canada (probably where we get more of these images from in Oz) the rivers are forzen over, we walked out onto one the other dfay, and people fish through holes they drill into it, the tennis courts of summer become iceskating rinks for winter and the kids can ski like pros  - no fear. If I can find a snow dome from here I will buy it, as it just has bene like that the whole time.
Anyway, we're supposed to be going down to the proper slopes tonight, but I might give it a miss, I'm so bruised already!
A really, really great experience anyway, I would love to come back in summer as under all this snow it sounds very green and lush, you can pick blueberries all day, how grand, and swim in the lakes (unimaginable right now!)
And they live in Husvana, the home of Huskvana power tools motorbikes etc. Itäs really forested which is nice and Gem and Jimmy's place backs onto great forests.
Must run and play in the snow,
Love Jillskä and Simön
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