Major drought in all of Sweden

The sunny weather and heat cause problems not only for farmers and cattle owners, in many parts of Sweden the municipalities have decided to save water and lighting fires is prohibited (that means everyone has to take special care even when barbecuing).

Not a cloud in sight…. the driest summer since some time during the 19th century…


Warmest summer so far…

“Lieutenant’s hearts”, Dicentra spectabilis. A typical summer flower here.

This has so far been the warmest summer since 1889 (May at least, and it seems like June is no worse). Unfortunately, with the nice weather comes drought that results in grass and forest fires. AND it’s not even midsummer yet…

Crown princess Viktoria’s birthday

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, 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.