Thursday, December 31, 2009

Never too cold for a BBQ

Yes, in Sweden it is never too cold to go out with family and friends and start a fire.
Just for the record, temperatures are around -5 C right now...
I couldn't smell anything from the distance we walked by those folks today, but I am guessing that they had Glögg (some sort of Glühwein) and tasty sausages on that fireplace to heat up.

What a nice and cosy way to get ready for the big party tonight! :)

Yesterday was a nice day too.
I went with Cleo for a walk through the nature reserve "next door".
The cattle is gone and we don't have to watch out for the bull anymore. Only for huge rabbit holes!!!

The sun was shining and while walking into her direction we enjoyed the warmth on our faces.
On the way back we were facing the cold wind coming from N/E and that was absolutely not fun at all.
I decided to take a shortcut across the neighbors pastures, climbing over barbed wire and the fence they keep the sheep in all summer. Luckily they are inside now and the electric fence is not hot. :)

Cleo loves to stand on these big rocks, sniffing and looking...

Aren't those berries pretty?!


I love it when the sunlight flows through the tall trees!

Today's the last day of the year.
We (Hasi and I) just talked about this when we were walking in the woods earlier...

We look back on this past year with peace in our hearts and a very satisfied feeling.
It has been a good year.
It's been a busy year.
Full of new things and people to learn about.

Yes, we plan on moving again in spring.
Not because we have to but because we want to.
Now that we don't have horses anymore, this place is just too big for us.
And we want to live in a more quiet area.
We miss the days where we could look out the window in the morning and see the Moose standing out in the fields.
We are worried for Missy when she goes out, although she stays around the house and never crossed the road before.
And Mika isn't allowed to go out by himself anyways. Not here.
We are renting now and if we don't find a nice place to buy within the next 3 months, we'll be renting again.
We want to take the time it takes to find a place that really suits all our needs and most of our wishes.
Of course, we are not looking forward to packing up and unpacking AGAIN so soon.
But we know it will be worth it.

Well, it's time to start preparing for tonights party.
We'll be visiting and partying with friends.
At first it was planned that we would spend new years eve here at home and I bought all the groceries yesterday. Then a friend called and all the plans changed.
Now we'll be going somewhere and we'll just bring the food with us.

But before I get all busy in the kitchen I'll fix us a nice Cafe Latte!

Weather you are going to have a party or you just spend a nice quiet evening at home and you are not even staying up for the Wiener Walzer (in Austria everyone is dancing to the Wiener Walzer at midnight), have a great evening everyone!

I wonder what people here in Sweden do except for drinking Champaign and kissing and hugging...
I wonder if they dance too...

Bye Bye 2009!



  1. Your photographs are just beautiful. I think my favorite is the tree line behind the stone fence.
    wishing you both a very Happy New Year and wishing you nothing but good things to come to you both in 2010!!...debbie

  2. Beautiful shots HBFG! I LOVE the one of Cleo up on the rock. She looks so proud and majestic!

    Happy New Year to you and yours - all the best in 2010!

  3. Cleo is a little rock climber isnt she?
    We are going to have family over
    Our son and his fiance anre in New York City to see the ball drop.
    Happy new Year and lookinf forward to reading more of your blog and seeing your awesome photos in 2010

  4. Lovely series of shots!
    Happy New Year and the best in the year to come.

  5. Onward into the NEW Year!!!! Hip, Hip Hooray!!!!


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