Sadly, soon enough we’ll have to consider the Swedish summer a chapter coming to an end. The evenings are getting darker for every day passing and this morning I actually had to find my stash of winter clothes and dig up one of my long-sleeved sweaters.
But the fall sneaking up on us is, in my opinion, not a bad thing at all. I find it kind of liberating to get rid of the feeling of obligation to spend every waking minute outdoors, always up to something. Now I can allow myself to spend my evenings on the couch watching films, which is something I really love doing! And there is a lot of interesting Swedish film! A few I’ve been planning to see for some time now is for example “Flickan“(The girl) and “Snabba cash” (Easy Money).
I’m sure I will also spend some time at the movie theatre where I most definitely will watch “I rymden finns inga känslor” (Simple Simon) and “Himlen är oskyldigt blå” (Behind Blue Skies). Bill Skarsgård, the son of Stellan Skarsgård and the younger brother of Alexander Skarsgård, plays the lead part in both films.
Bill Skarsgård as Simon in "I rymden finns inga känslor" (Simple Simon). Photo: Naive AB
Chanterelle joy! A feast for free! Photo: Jens Randecker
A gray day in the office. Perfect for summing up this long, hot summer, which in my case had many highlights. Let me share ten of them with you:
- The weather.
Sweden had the warmest summer in ages, with a record temperature of 35°C (95°F) in Målilla on July 11. (The highest temperature in Sweden since July 1994.)
- The people.
The hot, sunny weather made people more relaxed than usual and more inclined to talk about other things than the weather. I also had time to meet up with some of the favorite people in my life.
- The shellfish.
Spent some time on the Swedish west coast, in Hunnebostrand, where the mussels, shrimps and crayfish were fresher and more divine than ever.
- The fish.
Took the boat out among the west coast islands. Got four mackerels that were thrown straight into the pan to become a yummy lunch.
- The chanterelles.
The forest was also good to us. Found a large patch invaded by my favorite mushrooms, the golden chanterelles. Joy!
- The blueberries.
The same forest excursion also blessed us with enough blueberries to make a mouth-watering pie for dessert in the evening. (Although I must say that they are really boring to pick, tiny as they are.)
- The crickets.
The nights were accompanied by the constant “singing” of crickets (chirping?). Although quite annoying, it reminded me of how unusually Southern European this Swedish summer was.
- The grill.
Pretty much every night was barbecue night. There’s nothing to get the appetite going like the smell of freshly grilled food. And the crickets kept on singing.
- The new potatoes.
Our own teeny-weeny vegetable garden produced some delicious miniature potatoes that went very well with whatever was on the grill. And the crickets played on.
- The holiday.
Much of the above had not been possible without the generous Swedish holiday entitlement. As a state employee, 30+, I get 31 holidays a year. Thank you, Sweden! And goodbye crickets!
Every summer has its own soundtrack and so will the summer of 2010. Here is a small selection of Swedish music frequently played this summer:
- Robyn – Dancing on my own
- Swedish House Mafia – One (Your Name) feat Pharrell
- Oskar Linnros – Från och med du
- Darin – You’re out of my life
- Tove Styrke – Million pieces
What music will make you think of the summer of 2010?
And by the way…don’t forget to pay a visit to our Music room where you will find plenty of great Swedish music!