Summarize summer

And then it was over. That amazing, long summer that seemed endless but proved to be way too short. Sometimes it feels like summer is all about collecting memories to remember in November and I have found that the best way to do that is to summarize summer a bit. I did it back in 2013 and that really helped me put some perspective over the summer. I don’t know why I didn’t do it in 2014 but in 2015 I was too caught up with the wedding and all, and suffering from post-wedding coma. Last year, well, from the blog I gather that I was way too caught up in thinking about socks to care about anything else. This year though, this is it. I’m summarizing summer to remember in November. Poetic, huh?

This has been a summer filled with travels. But let’s start from the beginning.

I kick-started summer with an intense week that started off with a party and a good friend’s thesis defence. I knit. It was a long defense, but super interesting, and I made good progress on a sock and danced the night away. I remembered how much I love dancing and I really should do it more often.

That same week I went to no less than two concerts. The first was Little Mix and me and my four friends were probably the oldest in the audience, a part from the accompanying parents to the thirteen year olds that contained the bulk of the audience. We danced and had fun and it was awesome.

The second concert was Håkan Hellström, an artist I’ve seen many times before. This time though, I fell in love. Not in Håkan, he captured my 16 year old heart a long time ago (well, 16 years ago) and even though I mostly listen for nostaligic reasons these day, he will always hold a special place in my heart. No, Håkan had a guest with him on stage, a super cool woman (seen in white in the picture) that I immediately wanted to know more about. I googled and I was hooked. Silvana Imam might be the coolest person ever and the rest of the summer has been defined by her music. I simply love it! All of it.

There was also another concert this summer – The Stars from The Commitments, at the beach in Ravenna. And yes, they did play Mustang Sally.

The thing I’ve done the most this summer is working out, which also means that I’ve been listening to music a lot. I’ve worked out in Edinburg and at home, indoors and outdoors, and it’s been great.

Scotland set off what would also be the summer of castles and palaces. I’ve been to the Holyrood castle, the residence of Queen Elizabeth II when she’s in Scotland. And I’ve seen…

…Sterling castle…

…Edinburgh Castle…

…Borgholm castle…

…Wik castle when me and Emma went swimming in the lake, and…

…Skokloster castle where there was a Jane Austen exhibition and me, Agnieszka and Hanna went there to have a look at, drum roll please…

…the very shirt worn by Colin Firth when he takes a swim in the lake at Pemberley as Mr. Darcy in the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice. The. Very. Shirt. Mhm!

We also saw some other really cool clothes from the Movies. Here is the wedding outfit that Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy wore in the same production. We also got to try on some really awesome poke bonnets (Bring the bonnet back!). Speaking of bonnets…

My friend Elina works out the Skansen outdoor museum and me and our friend Fatou went there to see her. Elina can really sport a bonnet. We had a great time, all of us and it was a perfect summer day in so many ways.

This summer has also included some really good food and drinks.

There is no summer without strawberries (I also tried a scottish strawberry flavored cider and it was good but the whisky flavored one was better).

A trip to the UK wouldn’t be complete without afternoon tea. With champange!

And pastries.

Fried vegetables are really the best thing ever and Woodstockholm Vinbar knows how to do it.

Along with the best desserts too! The wine was good too…

Scotland knew its ciders…

…and Italy its drinks…

…and pizza obviously.

Öland also offered some really good food, like this mybakelse for example.

But really, this summer has been all about the ice cream. From Italy with italian gelato…

…and capital ice cream (yes, Fatou is having an ice cream burger!)…

…to ice cream from Öland. So good, all of it!

And with a stop in Söderköping on the way. The ice cream was as delicious as I remembered it from last time and I got to see a lock again! How I’ve missed them! We never got to see it in action but it was still really awesome just to know it was there.

Since one of my New Year’s resolutions was to learn to drink whisky, I was pretty happy to visit some whisky distilleries while in Scotland.

The best one was Glengoyne and I think it’s safe to say that I have learned to drink whisky now. Not the smokey stuff, but the delicious single malt with a hint of honey.

This summer also offered beaches (this one in Ravenna)…

…both home (this is Borgholm) and abroad,

(I never Went swimming in Loch Lomond though)…

…and…

…a number of…

…pretty…

…amazing…

…sunsets.

I got to hang out with family…

…and friends…

…and men in kilts.

I got to sport my sunglasses, which might be the best sunglass purchase I’ve ever made, and I took many selfies with my mother, who was a little less impressed by the whole selfie thing than me, but she was a good sport about it anyway.

Julle on the other hand, he prefered taking pictures himself most of the time.

I got inspired to have an equally great library as this one in Bologna,

I visited cathedrals, baptisteries and churches,

I saw amazing and really old mosaics and I’m so thrilled about the craft,

I climbed that hill and I watched extraordinary nature.

It’s really been an amazing, long, funfilled summer but no matter how impressed I am about it all, mosaics, highlands, beaches, oceans, ice creams, whisky and chathedrals, the one cathedral I always want to come back to, is this one, the one further down the street from home.

“Beach baby, beach baby there on the sand”

Last day at the beach. I’ve been bathing in the ocean, I’ve been eating strawberries and I’ve enjoyed the sun. Simply a day to remember in November.

My cardigan is coming along nicely and even though it’s not very summer-y, with it being a dark purple woolen cardy and all, at least my stitch markers are summer themed. I haven’t seen any dolphins but I have seen sea shells and I’ve worn beach appropriate shoes.

Now it’s time to start preparing for fall but I  will stay in summer mode for just a few more days. After all, it’s not even mid-August yet.

Two years!

“If you find a non-knitter who thinks what you do is clever, beautiful and artistic; who never asks for knitted stuff but wears it with pride when you give it to him or her; and will help you carry home a whole fleece or a stack of stitch dictionaries without once implying that you might want to get a grip – marry that person.” From Knitting Rules! by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, p. 8.

And I did!

Without hairbrush but happy anyway

After a week of this (and some other things as well), I’m back home where I belong. It’s been an adventure but home is where your stash is. I’m back with my tea, my couch, my cardigan and my knitting. What I don’t have is my hairbrush since my luggage got stuck in Frankfurt when we had a very tight connection and had to run from one gate to the other in order to catch the plane. I prefer getting home though, even without luggage, over spending the night at the airport. Hopefully the luggage will come tomorrow. Luckily I had my glasses and my knitting in the carry-on so everything is really okay (except I quite need that hairbrush, but that is solved as well since Julle is a dear and picked up a new one for me). My newest life hack is to always keep my glasses in the carry-on, should I wear contacts when I fly.

Gone South

I have relocated for the week. There is no knitting (I know, I need to fix this at some point) but instead sun, warmth, ice cream, some swimming in the ocean and mosaics. I’ll catch up once I get back to the stash (home is where your stash is, right?) again. In the meantime you can find me either under a parasoll on the beach or inside a 1500 year church, both equally lovely😊

“Jag vill bara leva för alltid, för evigt, baby låt oss leva här”

Such an amazing day! I went to Stockholm and visited with my friend Fatou, we had breakfast and went for a walk, had great ice cream and in the evening I met Agnieszka and we went to Fatou’s work, a lovely wine bar, where we had amazing wine, great (so great!) food, listened to the best nusic, and met darling people. It was the perfect summer evening. I even got to teach a friend to knit and he was really good. We’ll have to do it again, both the knitting, the wine, the food, the music (Silvana Imam!) and the company. A summer filled with days like this is really more than one could ever ask for.

Can’t hold us down

I got a gift from Agnieszka today. This has so many levels to it, and especially since it’s on a pocket mirror which means I can show it while I put on my lipstick. I highly doubt this is the opinion of Jane Austen, she expresses the opinion of the society, in an ironic way. It’s as true today as it was in the 1810’s, society is afraid of women who know anything. But women know, will always know and have always known. Society might try to take that away from us but but they can’t. They can’t!

Three flowers

The plan was to go on vacation today but that didn’t work out so I’ll work Monday as well. That didn’t mean that I couldn’t celebrate vacation anyway, or at least the weekend. I started by working out, a great class that made me so happy, the new Sh’bam release is really extraordinary. Then I went out to dinner with friends and had the best time. On my way back home I found that someone had put three flowers in my bicycle basket, which was a sweet surprise. I hope it’s a sign this summer will continue to be fantastic. I really hope so. 

A pink cloud

This is a very long week, the last before some vacation. I have so much to do and to stay sane I go to the gym in the evenings. The only thing that reminds me that it’s actaully summer is the landscape I run past on my occasional runs. Today I found a pink bush which slowed me down and gave me a worse time but it was worth it, one have to stop to smell the flowers sometimes, even when out on a run.

Now it’s knitting time for the rest of the evening.

To know where to put the effort

It’s midsummer’s eve and even though it looked like it wouldn’t be much of a shebang over here we did it anyway. Low key but classy. Casual in some ways and high rolling in others.The Christmas curtains are still up but we have strawberries and chocolate so who cares about the curtains? Everyone is happy and relaxed and full and did I mention there are strawberries?

Happy midsummer knitting!