Written by Annika Olsson / October 18, 2019
It's that time now. The time for pumpkins and halloween, bus and candy. The time when so much goes in the color orange ... or in the yellow of the fire it was called when I was little.
Where did the extraordinary word really go? Orange. A word that is so much simpler than the word orange…. how do you actually spell orange in curved form?
Well, at least I've been to Österlen and bought myself some pumpkins.
In Löderup there are large fields with pumpkin crops.
It looked so hilarious that we had to stop and perpetuate the peculiar sight of shining bright yellow bowling balls scattered across large fields. Then they drove to the small farm shop where they could buy pumpkins of all colors and varieties.
Many people may only think of halloween and carved brilliant pumpkin faces. But in fact you can do a lot of pumpkins. Last year I did pickled pumpkin which became goddess for all winter dinners.
Quote of the day:
It is when you realize that you do not understand anything that you have finally understood.
Hi. Welcome to my blog.
My name is Annika Olsson. I love animals and nature. I live with my husband, our dogs and cats in a wonderful place - Gyllebo in Österlen. I try to enjoy life in all places and gather at those little moments. I love to photograph and tell about big and small in my life, my thoughts from day to day. A lot of nature pictures and photos from my everyday life. One and another wise quotation is often included in my posts. Welcome to me!
First I want to wish you all a really good continuation !!
Think so lucky we are who live here in Österlen. Here is so much wonderful nature to enjoy. Obviously, we have, of course, throughout our long-lived country!
That early morning when the weather almost reminded of an early spring day, then my dog and I walked all the way up to Stenshuvud.
At Krivareboden the sun was shining so it looked as if the small shed was almost in flames in the early morning.
In the sky, the white line was gossiping that there were people who were either on their way away or home. I enjoyed standing with both my feet on the ground just this morning.
Naturum lay there on the hill and looked to proudly guard its beautiful nature.
I decided to walk up to the top of Stenshuvud. My legs felt light and every step went like a dance.
Up there on the top, it's so strikingly beautiful. Up there on a rock I sat for a long time, immersed in my own thoughts. Johnny lay on my feet and enjoyed me scratching him behind the ear with distraction. Life becomes kind of so simple here.
Then it was time to go all the way back. Though you always come down.
Quote of the day:
We open the book, the pages are empty. We fill ourselves in with words. The book is called "Opportunities" and the first chapter is New Year's Day.
I wish you all a nice day and a really good start to the new year. Remember that the power of thought is stronger than you can imagine, so think positively. Hope that YOUR new book will be a fantastic story. And just because a chapter is a little boring does not mean that the whole book is a waste.
Today I just want to wish everyone a really happy new year. My wonderful family, my friends, co-workers, all you cute blog readers and the rest of the world.
Some of you are struggling with things you should not struggle with, and to you I want to send some extra love and thought and hope.
My tip when life is tough, it is to go out into nature, stretch your arms towards the sky and smile the biggest smile you can. Feel the wind in your face and for a little while just be breathtakingly happy no matter what… You can try it with!
Happy New Year!
Quote of the day:
365 new days, 365 new chances
But one day at a time. Bams from me.
Fighting with other people in the middle-aged, it's not my melody at all. Though here in Österlen it is a completely different thing. Here you are instead received with a big hug, and by the kiophyster does not feel a thief. Instead, there is calm and harmony. Much like when you pick berries in the forest. The enjoyment is the main thing and if you find something this is pure bonus.
Stefan and I were driving a round. Mostly to enjoy, and perhaps to find something "good to have". The first stop was fantastic Hylkegården.
I looked longingly at the Odd Molly clothes that were reduced in price, but instead it was Stefan who bought himself a nice sweater. Last Christmas sweater in navy blue, he must have spilled some chlorine on his stomach, so you can imagine what it looks like now…
Then came cozy Micke in his own high person snuggling in the store.
Our next interim hour stop went on Karl-Fredrik at Eklaholm. Half the price of everything Karl-Fredik proclaimed with such a happy voice that only he has.
We should have a bulky zinc bucket when we quenched the stove, Stefan said.
I myself found one on the roof for expensive pot, though it is half the price so it is. And I'm pretty weak for beautiful pots that you know. But most of all, I wanted a rusty thing for the garden.
For a long time, we sneaked around and enjoyed and smacked everything there was to find bargains.
Quote of the day:
Being slim is quite ok. Not being slim is also quite ok. Being curvy is quite ok. Not being curvy is also quite ok. But coming up with derogatory comments about how someone's body is designed is never okay.
Have a nice day and say good things to each other because it is always quite ok.
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Yes, I really love scents. Most of all I love good scents of course. But I can actually enjoy a bit of a heavy manure scent on an early spring day as well, although it probably would not be as pleasant to have just that smell as eu de toilette in a bottle.
Nothing smells as lovely as flowers. I love hyacinths extra much. Right now, a lovely amaryllis that I received from Karl-Fredrik on Eklaholm stands in a vase at my home. Three cherry-colored hyacinths that come from "Sussie's flower corner" spread their fragrance throughout the kitchen.
Now that the darkness is sinking over our Austrian landscape, I should be able to crawl up on the sofa and click home a new perfume for myself from the net. One I haven't had in a long time, but I love ...
Sometimes change can hurt, but when you change, you understand that the process was necessary.
Tip: One of my favorite perfumes is Clinique Aromatics Elixir, which you will find HERE. It is not a strikingly beautiful packaging, but the scent appeals to me, and I often return to it. A real summer perfume that I also often return to is Dolce & Gabbana's Light Blue HERE it makes me think of sweet summer memories. Do you have any favorite fragrance?
Wet dog can also be a favorite fragrance ... but neither do the smell be nice in bottle I think ...
That wonderful morning this Christmas, when I was walking on the beach in Knäbäck. That beautiful morning, my fine Johnny dog also came along.
It is very rare that my Johnny is allowed to run loose and completely uncoupled in public place. Not at all because he's a dangerous or nasty dog. No, it is almost the opposite - he is extremely affectionate and he also loves people of all his heart.
Johnny is a guard dog in the defense and thus trained to look up and tell where there are people. This training has made Johnny think that everyone is just as happy that he is coming storming as the extras that are on his service dog training. Since I fully understand that people can be afraid if a big black maniac comes towards them, I carefully choose the times when he can run free as he wants.
That beautiful morning at Knäbäck didn't see a man. Then we took the chance and both I and Johnny enjoyed for full mugs.
Seeing Johnny take his slightly mischievous "bitch dips" and then try to dig holes in the sand that was constantly covered by the salt water from the sea was a lovely feeling. For a good while, he and I wandered side by side and just owned the world. But when we approached Stenshuvud, there was a leash again. Johnny seemed pretty happy with it too.
Dog owners, for both small and large fur coats, must show respect I think.
Quote of the day:
Besides our own thoughts, there is nothing that we have full power over.
Have a nice day and hug from me.
If I was a little angry at the gray-gray weather of Christmas Day, everything was forgotten and forgiven on the second day. So, what a wonderful day!
Me and the dog Johnny started our day by the sea. The sun was coming up and the wind felt almost lukewarm against my cheek.
It was almost completely silent in addition to the harmonious sound of the ocean's still waves. That sound that touches the soul.
Even Johnny looked to be taken by the moment and on the border of religious ... if there is a dog god now. Of course it does!
Johnny and I walked quietly with our noses facing Stenshuvud.
It was Christmas Eve, but it almost felt like an early spring day.
Johnny and I enjoyed the morning and wandered for a good while this day, though the pictures I save to another post.
Quote of the day:
The mind says, continue. Heart says, stop.
Do it sometimes dear ones. Stop, breathe and take everything around. Everything wonderful just there.
Hug from me.
Taking a nap in the morning and lying under blankets and snouts is nothing for me. Not even if it's Christmas morning. No, instead my daughter and I ended up a little unplanned at the Roma memorial, which is located in the marketplace in Kivik.
Seeking to meet yet another snowy and sunny day, we hopefully fired up from our beds. With whose thermos freshly cooked milk chocolate carried our journey to Kivik's market field.
But it was neither a winter-white landscape nor a beautiful sunrise. It was simply gray, wet and overcast. But still as adorable as a gray morning can probably only be on Österlen.
Instead of enjoying some sunrise, we walked away and visited the monument erected in memory of the Romans. And where does such a monument really fit better, than in the marketplace where the Roma have always been an obvious feature of the annual market. Something that in my own childhood really belonged to the market.
After a morning walk across the market field, our chocolate tasted divine. And as fast as time now goes, it will soon be market again and then I will be back in this field, rest assured.
Although it is rumored that this year's market would have been the last one, I do not really want to believe it until I see it ... The one who lives must see and rumors should not be attached to.
Quote of the day:
I woke up. I have clothes to put on me. I have running water. I have food to eat. Life is good. I'm thankful.
Have a nice day.
I hope you are doing well here on Christmas Day. I wish everything really got exactly as you wanted it on Christmas. I have had a fantastic Christmas with loved ones around me. That was exactly what I needed most.
At home with me, most of the plots and Christmas ornaments have been left in their coffin. Even the traditional nativity scene with the little Jesus child has been left in the hiding places. Not only a Christmas candy is made and even the liqueur cakes are not made after Mom's recipe.
My strengths already thawed this summer and after that I have really got to choose what to take my energy. But my new Christmas decorations have created a Christmas atmosphere so it splashes on it instead.
This year, flowers and candles have been responsible for the magic of Christmas, and really not much more than that.
And as a little Christmas present from Mother Nature, we also got a white winter at the bottom right in the right corner of Österlen. Even though we celebrate a white Christmas indoors with us, I love when nature also invites a little.
All I want is
- to take photo
- to drink coffee
- to travel around the world
- to meet new people
- to be happy
Have fun and hug from me.
Then we finally got a white Christmas in Gyllebo. I just love it!
With some pictures from an early Christmas Eve, I just want to check in here on the blog and wish you all a wonderful continuation of Christmas.
I will dedicate my day to a little recovery in my own company. Maybe enjoy a lovely walk in the woods, me and the dogs.
Inside our house, this year's beautiful Christmas tree boasts. Of course an Österlengran from Jeppssons in Stiby. As beautiful as always.
Life is all good cozy.
Quote of the day:
Now I have set my wave in the closet and there it can stay until it has said sorry.
Maybe there are more than me who feel a little tense about the stomach like this at Christmas time. Although that usually balances out again when everyday comes, I think. As a true Scania girl, I enjoy all the traditional Christmas food that is offered these days. Yes, I like almost everything - except grilled "pig feathers", or pork paws as some call this delicacy.
Have a good time and hug Annika
I hope you have a nice Christmas morning. Maybe you stay in your beds and think about doing so for a long time or you sit at a rich breakfast table and enjoy. Some of you may be on your way to an early Christmas lottery.
My camera and I have a few days off, so I offer some archive images.
Today I was going to take you on a small turn along the Österlenleden trail.
It was a day a couple of years ago that my daughter and I enjoyed a late summer day with some hiking here at home. Our journey went from Vitemölla to Brösarp.
We both love our Austrian nature. Beautiful beach flowers grew in the sand and in their place there was that special "black sand" which is a little rare for the beaches here.
We took a break at the wonderful chair by the lone tree a bit from Klammersbäcksmynning. The chair now nowadays has been joined and become two. We passed the old Ålaboden Stenören.
But the time goes fast when you walk and we were there at Haväng's bathing place and Verkeån's mouth.
Our legs were stiff so we continued smoothly with Brösarp in sight. Through the wonderfully beautiful Skepparp the trail that we followed went.
Our hike continued all the way to wonderful Hallamölla. But you might see more about another time.
Quote of the day:To truly experience a landscape you have to walk through it. Even a bike goes too fast.