It’s amazing, every year around this time (or a bit earlier) the birds have their babies and the trees come to life. The sun is shining and the air is warm. I just love it! The best thing is looking forward to the summer. Unfortunately during summer we tend to have long (almost never ending) lists with things to do, so we forget to enjoy the season we’ve been waiting for…
A free day!!! And the Swedish national day, the 6th of June is celebrated all over the country and in many places with a BBQ.
When the weather is like this most people spend their vacation outdoors. July is the month when most have their four to five week vacation, many go abroad for one or two weeks. But Sweden is at its best this time of the year.
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.
During summer a lot of people smoke fish or meat on the countryside. Very common meats are beef, moose, deer, raindeer, turkey and ham. This is not what we normally smoke though, it’s kangaroo and ostrich…
Celebrating like always with a buffet (pickled herring, This years potatoes, bbq, rhubarb pie and custard) and soon the mandatory strawberry cake🍓🍓🍓🍰 And a lot of beverages and "nubbe" 😉👍😁
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 sun will never set (in the north it never sets in the summer, you have midnight sun).☀️
Late spring, early summer is a great time. Birds singing, temperature rising and people going to fairs and other outdoor activities 😊 and lots of flowers everywhere. Best time to visit Sweden!!
The perfect combination of temperature and light at evenings (and even nights)…. that’s the recipe for the perfect strawberry! Sweet yet a bit fruity with just a hint of tartness. Mmmmhmmm