2014-07-25

End of vacation







It seems every blog I've visited lately has had pictures of home grown lovelies,
so I thought I would join in. We haven't grown nearly as much as we usually do
this year but we have some lettuce, spinach and - of course - pumpkins.




We are growing several different pumpkins this year, but we were late planting
so there is no fruit yet on the vines. But we have had some male flowers
so I'm hoping it's just a matter of weeks now before the girls start growing.


 

 It's been very hot here the last few days, so hot in fact that the Swedish
authorities issued a Class 2 warning. For American readers such a warning
about 30 degree weather might seem overly cautious, but you need to know
that we still don't really use air conditioning in Sweden. Many offices, schools,
factories and stores - and any and all homes - still only have heating.

Swedes also have no idea how to act in hot weather. Many try to keep up
the same pace as before, forgetting to hydrate - others just stop eating.
Others still desperately want to make the most out of summer and head
to the beach to lie dead still, frying in the sun for 5 hours straight...
 


Unlike kitties, who hide away all day and only come out
in the evening for their daily dose of cuddle


 My holiday is drawing to a close and this weekend I am off
to Hamburg for the year's most important trade show.
It's always inspiring but also very stressful. I have to find a balance,
keeping my budget and stock in mind while making new purchases.

What are you guys' plans for the weekend?





 




24 kommentarer:

  1. Congrats on your garden success! I failed T-T my pumpkins and squash were all dug up by squirrels. My roses look great though, so I'm thankful for that. :)

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    1. Oh no, stupid squirrels! (Though they are very cute)

      Radera
  2. Many people in the United States don't have air conditioning, either, That's why so many die on the East Coast during heat waves.

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    1. That's horrible. I just heard about this date being a 'Day of Death' in Greece since a heat wave killed 900 people there about a decade ago :(

      Radera
  3. Your plants look fabulous! 30 is not really hot by Australian standards, but it's all relative... what we consider to be freezing cold weather here, you would laugh at. ;)

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    1. Probably very true, though we are wimps when it comes to the cold down here in southern Sweden :)

      Radera
  4. So strange to me that air conditioning is uncommon in Sweden, not that it's a hot country, but here in Canada pretty much every public or work place, and most homes are air conditioned. Welcome home by the way! Can't wait to see the pumpkins when they do have fruits! Halloween approaches ;)

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    1. I would say that since the global environment crisis really started making itself known air conditioning is getting increasingly common over here too, but still not in our homes.

      Radera
  5. Jag har galet svårt att förstå de som solar och solar och solar när vädret är såhär, inser de inte hur ohälsosamt det är!

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    1. Jag fattar inte hur de orkar, värmen tar kål på mig och efter 30 min i solen vill jag bara in!

      Radera
  6. Well keep hydrated:)
    Have fun this weekend!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, but it was actually extra stressful this time. There was a "stau" on the autobahn to Hamburg so we didn't have the time we needed.

      Radera
  7. Your greens look impressive, I keep my fingers crossed that the pumpkins keep on growing! Here in Germany we are also suffering from the heat, I guess global warming now has finally become measurable for us normal people...

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    1. I saw our first girl flowers today! With any luck they'll be pollinated befor ethe day is through and soon pumpkins will start growing :)

      Radera
  8. Your lettuce got me hungry.

    I hope the heat doesn't claim any casualties.

    This weekend, I will spend at home being sick. I pulled a back muscle and have a nasty summer cold. Not cool. ;-(

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    1. I'm sorry you're feeling poorly! I hope it gets better soon.

      I never get hungry from pictures of lettuce. You're weird :) Pictures of creamy pasta though... *drool*

      Radera
  9. Your garden is looking great! Awww, look at that kitty!

    SvaraRadera
  10. Sorry your vacation's ending. Don't you wish those things could go on forever? Love your green things and the cat! Here it's 40+ everyday. I hide inside in the air conditioning. ;)

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    1. I wouldn't expect anything less from Egypt in July, but it sounds horrific!

      Radera
  11. Aww, your kitty is so cute! I did not know Sweden didn't have air conditioning, given that I grew up in Wichita Kansas where the summers are awful, air conditioning is one of those modern luxuries that I cleave to. Even where I live now, a couple of hours from Canada in the Inland Northwest, I pretty much want the air conditioner on all the time. I had a summer without it and was sick every day no matter how much water I drank and no matter how much I tried to rest. I don't know how you do it but I think it is awesome that you do!

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    1. Swedish summers are short and usually only around 20-25 degrees, so we've never really needed air conditioning. But global warming is making our summers warmer and winters colder every year :(

      Radera
  12. Ja idag är jag hemma för att återhämta mig från migrän, uttorkning-värmeslag-stark sol kombo. Chips o blåbärssaft är min återställare.
    Mina pumpor är som stora knytnävar :). Jag hoppas verkligen att jag ska få skörd i år. De ringlar sig långt iväg från pallkragen med kompost. Men de växer utomhus så jag får uppfinna något snabbt när frosten kommer (byggplast,fiberduk....)

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    1. Jag har också huvudvärk varannan dag och dricker massor med vatten hela tiden.

      Kul att höra att dina pumpor mår bra! Vår har skjutit iväg den senaste veckan och jag såg våra första hon-blommor idag :)

      Radera

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