Tag Archive: seasonal rituals

Mar 17 2015

Wardrobe problems of the best kind

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I was almost 30 minutes late for work this morning … or more accurately, 30 minutes later than I intended to arrive (we have flex time so as long as I’m there before 9 a.m., I’m not technically late) … because I couldn’t figure out what to wear. Which is really ridiculous considering how little …

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Sep 30 2013

The Great Buckeye Harvest of 2013

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My Swedish hometown of Malmö is highly populated with horse-chestnut trees, and this is the time of year when the “nuts” are all over the ground just begging to be picked up. They remind me of the Buckeyes that are so prevalent where I grew up in the midwestern U.S., so I was really excited when …

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Mar 20 2013

The Easter feathers aren’t faring very well

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Sweden has this charming Easter tradition of decorating doorways and storefronts with bundles of thin wooden branches festooned in multi-colored feathers. I’m not sure how far in advance of the holiday it starts, but I noticed them for the first time (this season, anyway) last weekend. Most years, the appearance of these feathers would be …

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Oct 23 2010

The Buckeye Harvest was plentiful this year!

A fairly large stretch of Malmö's main canal is lined with what my Midwestern US childhood taught me are Buckeye Trees, but the rest of the world would call Horse-Chestnut Trees. I did not recognize them as such until the first autumn I lived here and came across the Buckeyes on the ground underneath them. …

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Oct 06 2006

Autumn: Now officially unavoidable

There are now some obvious signs that fall is finally upon us here in southern Sweden. We had lots of sunshine and unseasonably mild temperatures for most of September and it looked as though the trend was going to continue into October, or maybe that was just wishful thinking on my part.  Today, for the first time, …

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