Weekend Coffee Share – Inspiration for the new school year

Welcome to the Weekend coffee share! Can I get you a cup of coffee? Or tea? How are you? 

This week have gone by so fast. The weather’s been beautiful, around 75F most of the time, cooler at night. On Wednesday there was a meeting at my daughter’s new school, they showed us more of the school, and we meet the mentors. I talked to some of the other parents, and that felt great. Everyone was very nice. Both my daughter and I are happy with her new school. It’s well organised and seem to have great teachers. There’s a new principal starting this semester and I liked what she said during her introduction speech as well. 

Dalecarlia Hotel & Spa, in Tällberg (Sweden)

On Thursday and Friday I attended a teachers’ conference with my new colleagues. It was very inspiring. The conference was located in a beautiful setting at Dalecarlia Hotel & Spa, less than one hour from home. It was 120+ teachers attending, principals, and lectures in special needs education. This years focus areas were presented to us, and suggestions of ways to reach the goals that were set. The lectures were very inspiring, and we were also given time to have reflective conversations with our teams, and write educational plans.

The food was wonderful. We all had a two course meal in the magnificent restaurant Thursday night, and a lovely breakfast buffet Friday morning. I really like my new colleagues, and I feel that we all opened up more during these two days of inspiration. I wouldn’t mind having a start-up like this at the start of every new school year! I also talked to many teachers from other schools in our district. It was a great opportunity to learn from each other and be inspired by the amazing job of our colleagues. 

During another work session with my team we choose to sit outside, under the restaurant.
The ever present view of Lake Siljan surely inspired us!

After the work day was finished on Thursday one of my closest colleague and I decided to take a walk down to lake Siljan. Yes, you may recognise that it is the same lake that I’ve written about on several other occasions. It is a huge lake located in the middle of our region Dalarna, covering an area of 112 square miles (290 square km; including Orsa and In lakes, 137 square miles [354 square km]), it is Dalarna’s largest lake. There’s several towns and villages built all around the lake. Including the town where I was born, Mora, and the town where we went camping the other weekend, Rättvik.

The walk was slightly longer than we anticipated, but was well worth the trouble. The water was almost as warm as the air. Tällberg, the name of the little village where the resort is located is as picturesque as they come these little villages around Lake Siljan. There’s old farms, and log houses/cabins built centuries ago, carefully kept and restored. Many of the new houses are built with the same methods and materials to blend in. It is almost painfully beautiful.

Lake Siljan

When we got back to the resort we enjoyed a lovely two course meal in the restaurants, followed by drinks at the huge balcony watching the sunset over the lake.

I’m thinking about printing, and framing this one.

My photos doesn’t do justice to the scenery, but perhaps you can get a sense of the experience. I can highly recommend an in person visit! I am extremely grateful for this kick-start to the new school year. I can’t imagine a more inspiring way to get started.

This weekend my daughter and I are doing little things around home that needs to be taken care of. I am going to work at my garden plot at some point. I’m in the process of preparing a new hugelkultur bed. In other words, a relaxing weekend. I also have plenty of inspiring books to read, related to school/work and others (gardening/homesteading books.)

Thank you Natalie for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share. How is your week? What are you up to this weekend?



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 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 kindergarten teacher, a minimalist and a gardener. Love, Maria

16 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Inspiration for the new school year

    1. Det är verkligen underbart fint. Jag hade också varit där tidigare, men inte på det här stället. Jag är nog mest fascinerad av det gamla kulturlandskapet runtomkring.

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      1. My youngest is excited to go back, but a bit worried that his best friend will be in a different class. My oldest is back and forth about it all. He has had some trouble with bullying. I think once they get back into the grove of it, they will be okay.

        Have a great Sunday Maria.


  1. Maria, Thank you for your weekend coffee share and beautiful pictures. I’m glad that you and your daughter both had a positive start for a new school year. The conference hotel and your two-day stay look wonderful. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much Natalie! The hotel with the lovely surroundings was a wonderful experience. Have a great rest of your weekend, and new week to come.


  2. Fabulous resort! What a great treat that much have been. Glad your new position is going well.
    Your weather looks and sounds wonderful. Enjoy your garden time!
    Not much news here, still dry, but getting cooler, still summery. The goldenrod is in full bloom!

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    1. Yes Eliza it was a wonderful resort, and a marvellous experience. The surrounding landscapes with old orchards, wild berries, and log cabins are like from another time. The weather have been perfect. I’ve gained some important knowledge about gardening in the area by talking to new people this week. I don’t have som much experience form gardening here, and the climate is different, I now know a few things I’m going to change next season. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend Eliza ❤


  3. Hi Maria!
    What a wonderful way to start the new school year, WOW! I can imagine the beauty as your photos are magical even though I know it’s even better in person. My favorites are those sunset photos, definitely worth printing to frame them to admire!! You live in such a beautiful area, the lake and surroundings look so peaceful and inspiring too. ❤️
    I’m hoping to write a coffee share this weekend. I’ve taken a long break and it’s long enough now I’m not sure where to start to catch up, but maybe that doesn’t matter. I’ll figure it out but have been enjoying my summer! I’m thankful you can share with me on the other social media where we are friends. ♥️ Sending hugs to you and your daughter!! 🤩🥰💞

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    1. Yes, it’s been a great start! There’s going to be some hard work and challenges to come, but with this start I’m as ready as I can be.
      I have missed your blogging, but living in the moment (as I know you’ve done this summer) is always the right choice. ❤

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  4. Hi Maria, not sure I have visited your blog before. loved the pictures all of which seem to me to be frameable. I am glad that you both had the opportunity for a reflective start to a new school year. Michele


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