Thursday, 21 June 2012

Stockholm calling!

Things have been a little quiet on the blog for a week but not without reason.  We have just been on our annual roadtrip back to Sweden.

Travelling here takes a LONG time, especially with a baby, a toddler and a bus that won't go above 50 miles per hour, but we wouldn't have it any other way.
Each year we return to the little red sommarstuga (summer house) in Sweden to enjoy the warm summer months and live together with Farmor and Farfar (and Faster and her family too!).

I really love the summer house tradition in Sweden.  It is quite common for families to come together each summer to enjoy multigenerational living, the great outdoors and many many summer traditions that I hope to share with you. 
These types of houses are very common in the Swedish countryside and almost all families have some kind of access to a summer house, this of course is in sharp contrast to the English use of the word which conjures up images of well to do families holidaying in their posh second homes.

When I first came to Sweden I remember being extremely surprised by the climate and the fact that usually Swedish summers are warmer and drier than in the UK.   My mum struggles to comprehend this and I completely understand why when you look at a map and see how far north we are here, but I promise you mum it's warmer here than you think!
These photos were taken close to midnight the day we arrived and yet it's not dark!  That's because we are on the cusp of the summer solstice and tomorrow we will party all day to celebrate Midsommar - I'll be sure to tell you a lot more about this.


  1. So *that's* why all those Scandinavian descended families I know still keep summer cottages up in Minnesota, Upper Michigan, Wisconsin, etc.! I've wondered where those traditions came from....

    Have fun!


  2. How lovely!!!!
    I went to Sweden when I was 7 and I still remember these lovely typical houses. I can't wait to hear more about all the traditions of the summer :-)

  3. Oh my! Your pictures are just superb and it looks like you are going to have a brilliant summer. Cool that you have also an internet access ^^


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