Spring picnics – Swedish style

Classy picnics with tablecloths and everything

Swedish springtime can be cold and rainy, but folks are so eager to get out during the long days after a dark winter that picnics with heaters, blankets, and fires are pretty common. On my visit to BC last week, I had some Swedish-style picnics with my family.

Puffer jackets around the fire
Sometimes it was sunny enough for sandals!

We had a picnic (almost) every day and hardly got rained on at all!

We had some pretty awesome meals in the yard, since we didn’t have to carry anything very far

Introducing Vin Diesel

This post has nothing to do with the fast and the furious, and no apologies for that.

Giant Maine Coon sitting on the fence

While visiting my parents in March, I saw a cat in the backyard as I was doing dishes. I tiptoed outside to try to convince the cat to be petting, but she came running right over, and purred REALLY loudly. Mum came out to see her, and said she sounded like a diesel, so that’s what we called here. David decided one name wasn’t enough, so she became Vin Diesel.

She makes herself comfortable on Mum’s recliner

She is comfortable coming inside, and has event gotten some treats left over from the last friendly neighbour cats that moved away a year ago. She has been visiting almost daily and usually gets up to some cute hijinks during her visit. She is really big and fluffy, and she seems smarter than usual, so we suspect she is a Maine Coon.

Like she owns the place

Of course, Diesel can’t be the cutest kitty of all time, since that title is held by long-departed grey kitty (see below). However, she does seem to be the cutest kitty currently.

Your kitty is great and I’m real happy for you, but grey kitty is the CUTEST KITTY OF ALL TIME

Still standing

Dimly lit at mid-day in late December, this topped fella stands in Mt Doug Park close to Elizabeth’s place.

The days are getting longer and spring is generally a more hopeful time, but even the late December day in photo had some sunshine. Sometimes ‘still standing’ is a real accomplishment (even if your branches are mostly gone).

Tweets

A bit ¬†late to the party, but I started a twitter account and that is where many of my work photos and news is ending up these days. ¬†Even if you don’t have twitter, you can see my feed on the ErgoLab website. ¬†If I post less on this blog, you’ll know why!

More art cards

This one was for Elizabeth and Erik

As promised, here are some more art cards to draw up during cold days and send in the mail. ¬†I didn’t make or send any heart-shaped valentines this year,¬†but feel free to interpret these with a loving spirit.

This one was for David and Kinoi
This is for Bridget and Ed, inspired by a fermentation cookbook gift from Bridget and a trip to Korea.
The kim chi card contained this poem, co-written by Graham and me.  Maybe you had to be there? 

Ferry photos

Everyone likes the Ferry!

Graham's modeling shot #1
Graham’s modeling shot #1

That is not strictly true. For folks that live on the Island or who take the ferry a lot, the ferry is an inconvenient, expensive, and time consuming necessity for getting back and forth to the mainland. When I lived in Victoria, I felt that way; the ferry was something that you rush to, grumble about, and then ignore while you read your way across.

Township on the ferry LIKE A BOSS
Township on the ferry LIKE A BOSS

Now that I live on the prairies, I miss the ocean and the ferry feels like a real treat. I’ve taken a handful of ferry trips since moving away from BC, and for the most part I now spend them as a tourist: walking on the decks, looking out at the water, and marveling at the scenery ( and occasionally looking for wildlife).

David and Graham were kind enough to also be up for a walk on the decks, even though it was a bit chilly and windy in December.
Selfie with another ferry in Active Pass!

Of course, being on the island is great too and is really the point of it all.

David’s modeling shot on the beach in Mt Doug Park