Weekend Coffee Share – The last week of this chapter (summer vacation)

Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share! As you can see by the photo at the top we are not enjoying coffee at my house today. Instead of my cozy abode we are enjoying our coffee at the lovely summer cafe at Magasinet, a historic building in Falun, Sweden. This place plays a huge part in our local cultural scene. Many big concerts are held here, and during the summers amazing exhibitions takes place here. The height, and the angles of the building makes for an extraordinary experience, whatever it is you are enjoying here. 

Magasinet, Falun (Sweden)

This time it’s a fabulous art exhibition by the Swedish photographer and visual artist Erik Johansson we are enjoying. His latest exhibition Head in the clouds was recommended to me by a friend, and I am so happy that I decided to act on her recommendation. The 56 surrealistic worlds displayed in the exhibition opens up for new ways of thinking, and many interesting conversations. My daughter and I visited earlier today, and she was captivated by the surrealistic scenes, on the way home she was kind of angry, and later she started to talk about the photos again. With the glasses I’m wearing I see a lot of questions about our lifestyle and lifestyle decisions in Erik Johanssons art. Many of the worlds could be perceived as having to do with our environment and climate changes. I very much liked that they made my daughter think!

A sneak peak of the magnificent inside of the building.

Naturally I bought the book with a collection of the art displayed today, and many more surrealistic scenes from the artists earlier work. It is now showcased in my bookshelf, and you can have a look at it should you ever decide to come by for a coffee at my house.

How is your week? Are you working? On vacation? As I mentioned last week, this is my last week of vacation, I start working on Monday. ..at my new job! I am not nervous, but very excited about this new chapter of my life. It’s going to be a major change compared to my old job, even though I technically have the same job title as before (Kindergarten Teacher.) I have spent a considerable amount of time this summer, and in particular this week reading about, and researching the best approach to intercultural learning. Something I am going to put to good use as I humbly start this new challenge in a new school district. 

I’ve also spent a lot of time in my garden this week, and I’ve decided to add some more greens to my cold weather garden. I’ll be preparing some more gardening space (at my current lot,) and add collard greens (two different varieties,) and a rhubarb chard to my cold weather garden later this weekend. My winter garden will be rather big if everything grows; beets, cabbage, carrots, broccoli, celery, spinach, collard greens, and chard.   I will be covering the crops when the weather gets cooler. Next week we are looking at higher temperatures compared to this week, it’s going to be around 75/76F most of the week if the prognosis is correct, no need to cover up any crops just yet. 

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!



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 minimalist and a gardener. I'm also a kindergarten teacher with a dream of improving practices of teaching sustainability in kindergarten. To be able to engage in educational research I am working on my Degree of Master of Science, Main Field of Study: Educational Work. Love, Maria

29 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – The last week of this chapter (summer vacation)

  1. The photographer’s work is beautiful! Best wishes in your new job, Maria, I’m sure that you will do a great job. 75 degrees is a great temperature for you guys, it’s been under 100 degrees here for a few days as the monsoon season rolls on with higher humidity than usual. Need more rain! Be safe! ❤️🇸🇪 (i am having technical issues here, can’t hit the Like button, no idea why yet.)

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    1. I agree, he is very good. It’s easy to tell it’s a passion. So much thought, ideas, and hard work behind each piece to tell a story.

      Thank you 🙂 It is exciting with a new job, getting to know new children, new families, new co-workers, and all in a new environment.

      It is wonderful that you are getting some rain. enjoy the “cooler weather”. I hope it cools down more so that you can ride your bike again 🙂

      For some reason your comment ended up having to be approved this week, that usually only happens with people that never commented before. I hope your technical issues resolve. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend.


  2. Back to school already, it feels like summer break just flew by. But it seems you filled the time brilliantly and in exciting ways. That exhibition looks pretty wild! I like the cover art on the book. Fanciful!
    Your weather sounds so pleasant… we are in the midst of another multi-day heatwave. With no rain, the plants are suffering. Since our stream dried up, I added a shallow bowl of water to the garden for birds and bees. Every day they say we may get rain, but the clouds seem to go by us without one drop falling. I am being sparing with the hose and watering only the veggies and cut flowers that are on a soaker hose. I have trouble breathing out there, so must do outdoor things in short bursts or at the beginning and end of the day. It could be worse, we have a couple window AC units that make it bearable at least. You lived in Vegas, so you know relentless heat!
    Good luck with the job on Monday, I’m sure they are going to love you! 💜

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    1. In a way it feels like it flew by, but on the other hand it feels very long (in a good way.) I am very grateful for this summer, all the peace and joy it brought to our family. My kids have one more week of freedom before their school starts. I have planned one last outdoor adventure for them next weekend.

      I hope you get the rain you need. We’ve had some rain this week, but it looks like there will be none next week. I am sorry to hear that you are having a hard time with the heat health wise, I feel with you, and can relate to that. Like you yourself said a while back, we may have a longer gardening season 🙂 Still, I am very sorry about the challenges you are experiencing now. I enjoy your beautiful photos, as always. Thank you for your kindness. ❤

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  3. Maria, Thank you for your weekend coffee share. Magasinet looks like a beautiful building. I’m glad you enjoyed the art exhibit there. All the best with your new job on Monday and your growing garden.


    1. I am so happy to hear that Lizl! It was an amazing exhibition. I put. link to the artist site under his name, in case anyone would like to see more of his work. I really enjoyed it. Work, wether it is the written word, photos, or any other type of art that makes me think is highly appreciated. It definitely made my daughter think, and it is nice when something stir our emotions and minds like that.

      Thank you for your kindness ❤ Enjoy August ❤

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  4. That art exhibition sounds so intriguing! I am so glad you and your daughter were inspired by it to ask questions and have conversations with each other.

    Lots of luck on your new job! I am so glad you’re excited.

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    1. Thank you so much! I really like that cover too! The original art was displayed as a huge photograph at the exhibition. Thank you for your company. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend, and a great new week!

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  5. This is my kind of building and exhibit. I will look at more of her work. This building looks like our St. Lawrence Market from the outside. They also do exhibits, although there were none during lockdowns. I must look and see if they have one now.

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    1. Awesome! You have great taste! We didn’t have any exhibitions and things like that during Covid either, so it is so much fun now! Have a great rest of your weekend, and a wonderful new week.


    1. Thank you so much Terri! It was a wonderful summer. It was stress free, balanced, fun, relaxing, and I spent so much quality time with my children. The summer actually turned out better than I could have hoped for.
      I wish you the best of luck with your garden 🙂 I did get the seeds planted today that I had planned to plant. The abundance of raspberries this year is out of proportion. There’s so much raspberries that I haven’t had time to go blueberry picking once! Thank you for your kind comment. Have a wonderful new week my friend ❤

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  6. That looks like a very interesting exhibition! Is it composite photography? Or paintings? I don’t see it totally. But fascinating images. I hope you’ll enjoy your new job.
    We’re doing well, my husband started his summer holidays but I have things I need to do, although I’ll spend a bit less time on work during this period. I just started a new guitar course that will be absolutely fabulous, and will start a course in graphic design at UCD in Dublin (but online) soon. Busy times but all good things. Good luck with the development of your new garden!

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    1. It is a very interesting exhibition, Erik Johansson is a photographer and visual artist. There was a few videos of how he made the art, and the photographs he showed had hundred of layers in them.

      It is wonderful that you keep taking new guitar courses and graphic design! Online school is fabulous! I have three semesters left of my Degree of Master of Science, Main Field of Study: Educational Work (Magisterprogrammet i Pedagogiskt arbete.) I only attend school par time, since I work full time. It is a combination that suits me perfectly. Keep me on my toes 🙂

      Thank you for your kind comment, and enjoy your new week!


  7. Back to school already but it sounds like you are very excited and that’s what makes going to work so much better. You had a wonderful summer being at home with your family. What a treat!
    Your winter garden sounds amazing. You are amazing!

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    1. Yes, I had seven weeks off, so I am very content with that 🙂 It truly was wonderful. We made some trips within Sweden, which was all we wanted to do. Thank you for your very kind comment!

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  8. Thanks so much for taking us along (for coffee) to the Magasinet…what a treat! Such a beautiful building. Glad you and your daughter enjoyed the exhibit. I hope goes well with your new job. Here’s to a great first week!! Thanks for visiting my blog – and so nice to meet you:)

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    1. Very nice to meet you! Magasinet is unique in many ways, concerts there usually sell out very fast.
      Thank you for your well wishes 🙂 My new job starts in a couple hours, just enjoying some morning coffee at home first. Have a great new week!


    1. Thank you! I really like this place 🙂
      Sometimes that happens. I’m looking forward to reading a post from you when you do feel up to writing. I hope your new week is wonderful.


  9. Hi Maria.
    I’d not heard of the Magasinet. Looks like a place to stimuate thinking.
    And it’s a new job for you. I hope it proves to be a great move.
    I’m still on the road so am very late this week to reading other’s posts.
    Right now I’m watching the sunrise in Nevada. It’s desolate but beautiful in a way I know you understand.
    Thanks for another unique visit.

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    1. Hi Gary, thank you for your kind comment. A road trip! How exciting! For a while I owned a property in northern Nevada, and as I think you might know I lived at a ranch outside Reno for a while (my property was further North. And then there was that short chapter in Las Vegas of course..) Nevada is just like you said, desolate and beautiful. It holds a special place in my heart, especially the northern parts. I hope your new week is absolutely wonderful.


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