Monday, June 16, 2014

The weekend is over...

...although for a retired couple like us, there's not much difference between weekdays and weekends any more!

First, we had an overnight visit from Marcia and Rutger, along with Tim, and his visiting American girlfriend, Ashleigh. They wanted to give her a good dose of Swedish culture, so a night of stuga life was on their travel agenda. We were thrilled to oblige with archipelago hospitality. Rutger, as usual, manned the grill, and we finished the evening with Holland's 5-1 rout of Spain in the World Cup.

They also surprised me with an early birthday present: a case of Pripps! As has been well documented here, I love my Pripps, and 24 cans are always welcome. But a case, delivered to the house, is immeasurably more valuable, and a very welcome gift, indeed.

On Sunday, Olle and Annika, along with their grandson, Erik, invited us along on a boat ride to one of the little islands for a hot dog cookout. We sat on a rock and watch parent terns teaching their babies how to fish. It was better than any nature channel I ever saw! It was a beautiful —and tasty— afternoon. A few photos are up on the June flickr page.

Today, Sooz is going to take the noon boat to Stavsnäs for a two-hour shopping jaunt. We need a few provisions for the next few days, but she's also going to stock up for our return visit in July. We'll leave the fridge and freezer on while we're gone, which will ease our shopping burden when we're back.

The weather has been good; a bit cooler and cloudier today, after an enormous windstorm on Friday night. Thankfully, we didn't see any damage on our laps of the island, although it was apparently worse in the northern archipelago. The forecast looks decent for midsummer; cool, but it should be dry for our dancing around the stång!

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