Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share! What can I get you? The coffee is strong, and the tea is ice cold. So there’s been many great weeks so far this year, but I believe this week takes the prize!
The week started with my daughter’s birthday on Monday. We celebrated with family, and she was so happy. There was gifts and cake.
On Tuesday she had a birthday celebration with her best friend, my daughter is not a fan of big parties, but love to celebrate with the ones that means something to her. The girls had so much fun! They played, had lunch and cake, and played some more. There was a ”fishing pond” (the kids gets to fish small gifts with a fishing rod, and an adult is behind a curtain and attach gifts to their fishing rod.) One of my friends came over to style their hair. It was perfect. After playing intensely for five hours my daughter fell asleep at 8pm and slept for more than 12hours!
On Wednesday we went to Mora, where one of my brothers live. We had dinner at a really nice restaurant with my brother, my sister in law, and my nephew. Mora is a picturesque little town and there’s many wonderful places to enjoy a meal there. We spent the night in Mora.
Early Thursday morning my daughter and I took a bus up to the mountains. It was a three hour ride up to Fulufjället National Park. It was a very pleasant ride (clean and comfortable bus, great air-condition,) through beautiful landscapes. I could easily see myself living almost anywhere along that drive. Hiking at Fulufjället National Park is something I’ve been wanting to do for several years, and I am so grateful that it finally happened. I had really high expectation but the reality was a hundred times better than any of the photos, or films I’ve seen about the park. The weather was perfect, 35F in the morning and around 75F later in the day. The air was cool and crisp, and the sky very blue.
We had planned a shorter hike to a famous waterfall, Njupeskär (less than 3US miles back and forth.)
After hiking to the fall, which we enjoyed tremendously, we had lunch at the restaurant near the entrance. The food was excellent!! I had a vegan burger with homemade spicy avocado cream, and sweet potato fries. My daughter had waffles with cream, and cloudberry jam.
After enjoying the meal we decided to look at the nature learning center next doors. It was beautiful, and very informative about the local plants, animals, history, and geology. I purchased a beautiful coffee table book about the park there.
Perisoreus infaustus is the symbol of this park, in Swedish Lavskrika. We learned that they are very curious and bold. When I was trying to zoom in for a better picture of one of them (impossible since they danced around all the time,) the bird I was trying to photograph landed on my left little finger for a few seconds.
After some coffee we decided to go for another short hike before heading back to Mora. The landscape didn’t disappoint this time either. It was a very long, and totally magical day! We spent another night in Mora.
Yesterday we packed our bags and took the bus home to Falun in the morning. This trip proved to me once again that I can manage without a car, and live a rich, full life. This month it’s exactly three years ago I decided to sell my car and see if I can manage without one. I definitely can. The bus ride between Mora and Falun only takes 1,5 hour, and most of the day was spent quietly, relaxing at home (read:watering plants, and reading books.)
Today I rode my bike up to the gardening plot early, early, to beat the heat of the day. I watered my plants and bushes, mowed the lawn, trimmed some edges, and picked several gallons of berries. There’s an abundance of raspberries, and blackcurrants at the moment. There was also some ripe redcurrant and gooseberries, but not as much.
I am so grateful for the love of family and friends, great health, vacation, gorgeous nature, clean air, good food, an abundant harvest, and life itself! This summer really is one of the best summers. I hope your week is fabulous! Thank you Natalie for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share.
Are you enjoying summer? Or perhaps it’s winter where you are? Tell me what’s going on in your neck of the woods! I am off to the beach 🙂