Spring is Sprung!

Trip Start Jan 08, 2010
Trip End Sep 27, 2010

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Flag of Sweden  , Gotland,
Sunday, March 28, 2010

This week Pete and I have moved into a new area of the house.  We are living in the room next to Emelie now and it is absolutely wonderful!  The room in beautiful and we have a lovely kitchen and sitting area with a window and flowers and calming blue colours everywhere.  Emelie is a great flat mate and good company - a few mornings this week we have come out to find the table all set for breakfast! Isn't that nice?

The snow is almost completely gone now and the flowers are starting to come out.  Some days we have been able to go outside just with a jumper on (only for a little while of course) and things are looking greener every day! It's very exciting to see the bulbs poking their little heads out all over the place.  We have been down to the Botanic Gardens a few times and the ground in some areas is just covered with bulbs coming up! Not too many are flowering yet but they open more and more every day.  There's one patch in the grass which is a perfect circle of some kind of flower.  They haven't come out properly yet so we will keep an eye on them and see what they are.  It looks like something the fairies planted to transport people to their world, just like a mushroom ring!  The crocusses are the most exciting because of their colours - we don't have much in the way of bright purple flowers native to Australia.  Emelie is going to take us to a forest with wildflowers soon, apparently the ground gets covered so thickly that whole areas become a sea of colour.  Very exciting!

On friday Pete, Emelie and I went to Daniel's house for dinner.  We had Swedish food for main course and Australian food for dessert.  It turned out to be a bit of a Christmas dinner because we had boiled potatoes and sill (herring) for entré and Janssons Frestelse and Swedish Meatballs for main course.  Janssons (pronounced Yonson's) Frestelse means Jansson's Temptation and it's a potato bake thing with sardines in it to make it salty (we made an unfishy one for me) and breadcrumbs on top.  The meatballs were very simiar to the meat paddies dad makes for barbies in Aus with beef mince, egg and onion.  I made a pavlova for dessert which went down a treat.  In fact Emelie said ''I think this may be the best dessert I've ever tasted!'' so can't get better feedback than that!  We even found a mango to put on top, but had to use frozen berries instead of fresh.  It was pretty good though, considering it's usually a Christmas dessert with summer fruit and we were making in Swedish almost winter.

It was a really fun night, cooking together then watching Monty Python's Now For Something Completely Different.  You will notice some odd attire in the photos... I'm not quite sure why but we were all wearing hats for the evening.  Someone wanted to see one of Daniel's Salvation Army hats so he brought out 2 of them and 2 of his regular army hats and for some reason they stayed on all night.  Seemed like a good idea at the time, as Dad would say.

Anyway, that's us for the week. Seeya!

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