Weekend Coffee Share – Celebrating the arrival of spring

Welcome to the weekend coffee share! Can I get you a cup of coffee? Or if you’d rather I’ll make you a smoothie? 

I had a wonderful fruit smoothie with orange, banana, apple, and hemp seeds earlier today. I’d love to make one for you if you want to try one.
Since we are sitting at the balcony I’ll tell you that my tomato plants are doing OK, no tremendous amount of growth since last week, the weather have not been very warm (low 60’s.)
The different types of mixed salads on the other hand are doing great. We eat salad from the balcony as a side to our dinner almost every night.

This is going to be a shorter coffee share than usual. The weekend is almost over. We celebrated Valborg at Falu Copper Mine last night. 

The garden at the entrance showed some signs of spring.

Falu Copper Mine “Stora Stöten”

Valborg is a very old tradition and used to be all about scaring away witches and bad spirits through lighting big fires (majbrasor) for protection and making a lot of sounds to scare off evil forces. Nowadays, Valborg is all about celebrating that spring finally arrived.

Majbrasa- Valborg celebration at Falu Copper Mine

It was a very festive evening and night, and I really want to share some photos with you. This was the first time that my daughter got to participate in a big celebration, (due to the pandemic that’s been terrorising the world since we moved to Sweden.) It was a worthy celebration of spring, with hundreds of people. We both felt that it was a bit strange to be around so many people again, but strange in a nice way.

There was singing, and speeches, and happy people all around. Some of the speeches were about world peace, and the Ukrainian flag was flying high next to the Swedish flag. 

Falu copper mine is one of the world’s best-preserved mining landscapes, once the world’s largest copper mine, today a part of the World Heritage Falun, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. I have two short videos in my instagram post from last night, if you wish to see. It was a really cool place to celebrate at. We met many people we know, and it really was a great, exciting night. My daughter was wired up for hours after we got home, and we spent today relaxing at home.

I hope your weekend was great. I’ve already visited some of you for a cup of coffee, and I am going to try my best to visit the rest of you within the next couple of days. Work and school is crazy busy for a few more weeks, and we are starting to look forward to our summer holidays. Thank you Natalie for hosting the weekend coffee share. I’d love it if you’d tell me a little about what’s going on in your world!

Love,

Maria

Published by Maria

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat; mind, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. I now reside in the region where I was born Dalarna, Sweden. I am a mom, a teacher, a minimalist and a gardener. Love, Maria

16 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Celebrating the arrival of spring

  1. How lovely to see a Valborg celebration, my mother says that there are fewer of them these days and that people hesitate to organise them. That seemed so sad to me because I have such lovely memories from past Valborg celebrations. Also, I didn’t know the copper mine was a UNESCO site! Well deserved, it’s a fascinating place there.
    Your tomato plants look great! Mine are growing quite large now and some of them need to be moved to a bigger pot. It’s still a bit too early to plant them outside.

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    1. I am happy to share the celebration with you. There was at least four this year, in and around Falun that I was aware of. Someone said that there was about 2000 people at the one we visited at the mine.

      I should probably have waited a while longer to put my plants outside, but I am so impatient with plants…LOL. Can’t wait to see yours!

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  2. It’s fantastic that you and your daughter got to see her first Valborg celebration together, and you’ve started enjoying your gardening results (salads). Thank you for sharing this with us at #weekendcoffeeshare. Have a great week ahead!

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  3. Happy May Day! Today was the perfect temp and sunny, a ‘welcome spring’ kind of day. And my tulips I planted last fall are blooming, making me super happy. 🙂
    Glad to see things are returning to ‘normal’ there. Your smoothie looks and sounds delicious! Have a great week ahead. ❤

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    1. Thank you John! It was a fun celebration, and they had the fire under control. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday have been very windy, but luckily Saturday was not. Have a great week my friend.

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  4. Hi Maria!
    I enjoyed your videos on Instagram and your photos too of the celebration of Spring. Your garden is looking good even though the tomatoes are a little slow, how cool you are able to eat salad almost every night. I know you are very busy and will catch up when you can. I shared that it was Murphy’s birthday May 1st, he turned 4 yrs old. I always love catching up and may you and family have a wonderful week! 💞

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  5. What a lively festival with a nice large bonfire. And also your tomato plants are getting nice and tall. It can get hot where I live so I have to make sure my tomatoes get enough water.

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    1. Thank you Julie 🙂 I do remember how I watered my plants twice a day when I lived in California. You usually don’t have to do that in Sweden.

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    1. Thank you! How fun that your brother in law got to enjoy ot in Stockholm. It is about two hours from here. Valborg is a big event 🙂 I hope you are enjoying a great weekend!

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