I love living on the island all year around. One might think it would get boring after a while but there is so much to do. All the little ponds and lakes have filled up during the week with kids and adults ice-skating. It must have been a hard job to clear the ice, a few days ago loads of snow fell and the traffic in Gothenburg was brought to a stand-still. My husband took the bus in but stayed on it and turned around because the school closed and no trams were running. Since the temperature has stayed low the snow is still there and it is like every photographers dream come true. So pretty. I am supposed to do a lot of other things this week but couldn’t stop myself scavenging the house for old rolls of film. I brought four cameras with me and a mix of new and old film, they all got used up. Then yesterday the mist came and the sun so I biked down the harbour as fast as I could in the snow to get there before the fog lifted. It was absolutely breathtaking. Almost to the point where you don’t want to take any photos because they are just going to look photoshopped(my mobile photos really doesn’t do its justice). Most of my film is black and white though and after some good advice from my analogue Facebook group and some googling I’ve decide to develop the film in Caffenol(I’ve thought about trying this for many years but just haven’t gotten around to it) which also solves my problem with wondering if my developer is too old. Caffenol is made of washing soda, vitamin c and salt so that’s another perk not having to use bad chemicals. As soon as I get a spare minute I will try it and promise I will report back if it works!
A few mornings ago I woke up to a winter wonderland! Usually it will snow, everything’s white for a day and then it turns into a grey brown mush and melts away but now it’s really darn cold out there. So yesterday I decided to make the most out of the weather and have a barbecue down the beach. It would have been nice to go ice-skating on one of the ponds but I banged my knee up the day before. All excited I packed a bag, dressed warm and asked the family to get ready just for them to turn me down. It’s too cold, it’s too early, it’s Sunday…loads of excuses but eventually they felt sorry for me and gave in. Coming down the beach was just glorious! -13°C(warm if you compare with North of Sweden where it’s -40!) and blazing sunshine. Loads of people were out walking, pulling their kids along on sleds or another popular method, tying one or two sleds to a moped. We had a simple bbq with hotdogs and marshmallows and I ran around taking pictures with my camera for the day (an Agfa Clack). Then my daughter said it would have been nice with a swim, just what I had been thinking. We packed up, walked home to pick up towels and back to the sea for a dip. I told her about ten times that she could chicken-out if she wanted to but she actually did it! As the responsible parent I am I told her to keep her hat on. The temperature of the sea was 0°C and it had started to freeze over in some places, give it a few days and it will be frozen all over. It was surprisingly bearable, with the sun warming us we didn’t even have to rush to get dressed. Well, apart from my poor toes, took a few hours to get the feeling back. I asked my daughter if she enjoyed it and she replied -No not really but now I feel very proud of myself. And so she should be!
It’s been a while… I decided to switch off for Christmas holidays. No Facebook, email or blogging. Now I still haven’t decided wether to get back into it or not. I did so much and so little! Relaxing, eating fantastic English and Swedish xmas food, board games, read 4 (yes four!) books and plenty more. Almost finished knitting a huge blanket, tidied(didn’t happen before xmas) properly, fixed my moped with a new exhaust pipe and lots more. Facebook and other medias are so important for marketing but personally I could do without it. That said when I look back at my blog I am so happy with it, as a means to keep track on all the great things about living on Hönö, disasters, failures and last but most important to remind me what a mountain I climbed to get the barn up and going as a gallery. I guess the answer to my own question is there already.
rock’n roll ginger cookies
Wilfred- the Indian snow gost
digging trenches for the chicks
Harvest in January