What can I get you? The coffee is strong, and the tea is ice cold. We’ve had some really hot days this week, with high’s of 94F/34C. That is hot for our area. Around midnight Thursday it started to thunder, like no other thunderstorm I have ever experienced. The lightning struck all around us. Today it’s been raining all day with a high of 57! We enjoyed the warm days earlier this week, and now we’re enjoying the rain.
Mon-Thur I’ve been riding my bike up to the garden around 6AM to water the garden, especially all the new plants and bushes I’ve planted, before the heat of the day. Today there was no need for that! I am super happy with how things are progressing at my new gardening plot. Most days this summer I’ve done around 8miles/13km on my bike before 9am (riding uphills to the garden, and downhills home from the garden.) My daughter likes to sleep in, and when I get back home I can focus on her the rest of the day feeling great in my body, knowing that I’ve already had my main exercise taken cared of for the day, everything else is just a bonus. Some days we visit the garden together later in the day, but only if she feels up to it, if she’d rather do something else I am free to say yes to that.
There was several different varieties of raspberry bushes already on the gardening plot when I took over the lease, some where next to each other (likely intentionally planted like that,) but most were spread out all over the place. I’ve started to water them, and gently dig up the runners, planting them next to the others. This might be a never ending project, since raspberries are notorious for sending out runners, but hey..that’s the fun thing with a garden – it’s never done, it’s a never ending work of love. I’ve already eaten some of the raspberries, and within a week, or two, I believe there will be a bigger harvest.
This vacation is so much more than I expected going into it, and I still had pretty high expectations, and there’s two more weeks to go! I am filled with gratitude. My plan is to add a few raised beds for vegetables every year. I feel that I am on the right path to a more sustainable life, keeping my dream alive. I’ve made some wonderful new friends with similar interests, and my feeling of belonging and being a part of the local community is the strongest it’s been since I moved back to Sweden. I’m not going to lie, it was a big change coming back home after several years abroad, and then Covid hit the world right after our move.
Next week we are celebrating a big birthday, and afterwards we’ll have a little adventure. I’ll write more about the celebrations and the adventure next weekend 🙂 I hope your week is fabulous! Thank you Natalie for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share. Tell me what’s going on in your neck of the woods. I’m going to try to visit everyone’s coffee share some time this weekend.