Nature sure is beautiful in the early summer. Just look at this little mother and her children…
Today 14th of July the royal family celebrates the crown princess Viktoria’s 39th birthday in Soliden castle on Öland. In the evening there is an official celebration everyone can attend (or watch on television).
Sorry for the quality (the photo is taken from Swedish television, svtplay.se) from I think last year’s birthday celebrations. From left to right: prince Daniel (Viktoria’s husband), crown princess Viktoria, the King Carl XVI Gustav and his wife queen Silvia.
The “smultron” berry, a small wild strawberry. It is so Swedish that it appears in many summer songs and is a symbol for Swedish summer. It is traditionally picked and threaded on a straw like this. The berry tastes more than a strawberry (a more complex and intense flavor). It is summer in a little red package.
Summer is in Sweden as in many other countries the time when everything is cooked on the grill. Today is no exception (since the sun is shining the grill is out).
Lemon chicken (grilled whole on indirect heat), just squeeze a lemon over the raw chicken, add salt, pepper, garlic and any other favorite spice you might have all over the bird. Grill for about two hours (check the temperature close to the drumstick bone).
The whole day is about being with your family and friends, food and games. So now a game of good old fashioned “kubb” (wooden pieces you throw a stick at and try to get to the king before your opponent/s. 😎 And the summer will never set☀️
This week is a graduation week for many senior high schools/ upper secondary schools. Nice weather to celebrate in (lots and lots of parties, and probably a lot of alcoholic beverages too…). Birch twigs, blue and yellow balloons, flags, ribbons, strawberries, proms, songs, farewells with tears and laughter, food and white dresses / dark suits … are just a few of the ingredients in the festivities surrounding the end of 13 years in school.