They said it was gonna rain

So I decided to make the most out of the day and started off with running down the harbour. It was breathtakingly beautiful. I spotted a seal(if you look closely at the top left picture you might see it…)! I know there are tonnes of seals just a bit further out from the harbour but still get childishly happy overtime I see one. After the run I got my swim clothes and cycled down the beach. It was so still, not one person around and the water temperature was actually warmer than at land. We’ve had frost at night now the last couple of nights but still 10°C in the water. For lunch I bought some prawns and a crab claw from the fish shop. The crab was freshly cooked and still warm, yummy! I had a conversation with the fish shop owner about why most islanders are such chickens when it comes to swimming, they only do it in a pool or when they go on holiday in Thailand. She told me it’s because most people in the old days couldn’t swim. There was a fishing boat outside Knippla(one of the surrounding islands) in 1800 something that sank. 6 out of a crew of 8 drowned, the only two survivors couldn’t swim so they held onto bits of the boat to stay afloat while the others swam for shore, got tired and drowned. Herself hadn’t been in the water for 5 years!
After a few hours I started to feel a bit frozen so I went outside and did some digging. Not easy with the whole flower bed full of chickens. I put all geraniums in winter storage and planted pots of tulips fro spring. My plan is to bring them into the barn at night when they start to flower so the deer doesn’t eat them. Although, if the deer doesn’t eat them the chickens probably will but it’s worth a try.
Oh and the rain, yep it came, just as I planted my last bulb.

On the road again

IMAG3106 IMAG3107 IMAG3113 IMAG3120Finally I’m running again. I’ve not had time or the urge all summer but now is the time. Determined to take it easy for my bad knees and snapping ankles I started off with walking more than running, feeling surprisingly fit after summer. Yesterday I thought I I’d take a short run along the beach but it turned into a long one. It was so pretty and fun to to run/walk/jump on the rocks along the coast that I completely lost track of time. The surroundings are so breathtakingly beautiful and I also love the fact, something our Airbnb guested usually comments on, that during my whole run I only saw one other person. I went all the way out to the lighthouse, that area is called Hönö Head, and on the way back the water was so tempting that I couldn’t resist the urge and jumped in. The water was lovely, running back in wet underwear was not but definitely worth it! An hour and a half later, instead of the usual 30 minutes,  I dragged my legs home tired and happy. So much for taking it easy.

Tidy tidy tidy

Second hand finds

Second hand finds

Kitchen

Kitchen, yeah I know now it looks very dark but it’s because of all that rain outside

Bedroom

Bedroom

Kitch shelf

Kitch shelf

Hallway with fantastic seventies carpet

Hallway with fantastic seventies carpet

For once I timed it right and spent all day indoors tidying while the rain came down heavily outside. We signed up for Airbnb.com last year and now have almost all summer booked up. It’s a great thing I think, so nice to have people from all over the world come and stay and also that people are finding us at other times than summer. One girl came last November, she didn’t want to go for a sunshine holiday, liked the cold and wind and also felt safe booking with us, being a young single girl. Then we had a couple before Christmas who wanted to get the feel of Swedish Christmas. It rained most of the week but they were happy anyways. They went into Gothenburg for all the museums and shopping and down the harbour with all the Christmas lights and decorations. Great to think that there are actually people for every season! Now upstairs is quite “untouched”, still full of old things. I will try to keep it the same but improved. We’ve bought lots of things from the second hand that fits in but it’s still quite an eclectic taste. I’m very happy that we didn’t throw out the old plastic carpet in the hallway, still a shame that we didn’t try to save the old wallpaper that we found underneath, the newer old one. The “ketch-shelf” is filling up with old childhood memories and tacky holiday souvenirs. Today a couple from France arrived. We usually lend them our own bikes but now they are in such bad shape so we suggested to rent bikes. I called Paolo, the guy in charge, and he even delivered the bikes to our doorstep! The chickens are doing well. The hens as well. Seems like all that garlic and “filmjölk” did the trick. Bugget was very adamant to get the chickens out of the box so I took the net away. They eventually found their way out of the box but still haven’t ventured outside.

Island hopping

Wheelbarrows by the ferry

Wheelbarrows by the ferry

A little cottage to rent at Grötö

A little cottage to rent at Grötö

Sheep are used to clear the land

Sheep are used to clear the land

Grötö ticked off our list

Grötö ticked off our list

Landmark at Kalvsund

Landmark at Kalvsund

One half of Kalvsund looks like this and the other is densely populated

One half of Kalvsund looks like this and the other is densely populated

Two more islands to cross off our list! Yesterday we went to Grötö (Porridge island) and Kalvsund. Grötö was amazing. I’ll absolutely go back there some day!
I loved the peace and quiet (only 88 inhabitants), beautiful houses and gardens, nature and just a general happy feeling. There are no cars on Grötö, instead there’s a wheelbarrow parking place by the ferry. We cycled around it stopping for breaks and taking the scenery in, after an hour we’d circled the island and took the ferry to Kalvsund. Only two more islands to go and we’ve been to all ten.