And so, nearly all my vacation is done and over with... This last week I'll do nothing but laze around and not do shit. Well, apart from the necessary, of course. :-P
So, as you saw on my previous post
, the midsummer trip and following week staying with my mom went really well! Better and more awesome than I had expected! So grateful for that! I love my mom to bits, and just to get to stay with her and be around her was bliss.
Anyway, we came home and we had just a few days and then my DEAREST snowstormskies
came over! Which was AWESOME!
She didn't stay as long as she did last year, arrived late on Sunday and left midday on Thursday. So, effectively we had three days we could do something fun and hang out. And that we did!
If you follow me on Instagram
, you've seen photos of what we've been up to already. :-) (I'm very active on Instagram...)
We spent one day at Karlsborg Fortress
, which is totally cool! If you want the history of the fortress either go there or check out the wiki-page I linked to there. :-D It's an incredible place. Biggest fortress in Sweden! And the short story is that it was built to protect Sweden's gold reserve, government and royal family in case Russia attacked. Historically Russia has been a very real threat to Sweden.
And the guided tour sure reflects that! It's called A Historic Adventure Tour! And an adventure it was. You get to see a movie about how life was like in the fort when it was active. And parts of the tour you get to experience loud fake bombardments and talking dolls as if russians are attacking the fort. So it was a bit hectic and.... quite exciting there for a while! I wouldn't recommend it for anyone with PTSD or any other mental illness!
Alexandra joined us to, and she might have been a bit to young. She was very frightened. The tour guide was great though, said she was a brave princess and feed her and the other kids 'gold coins', aka chocolate coins. :-) And both during and afterward we talked to Alexandra about it very clearly and properly and it seems as if she understood. She keeps saying since that loud bangs are bad. But that she's a brave princess. I couldn't agree more!
Pictures from Karlsborg: One
The day after that me and snowstormskies
decided to take a shopping and having a SPA afternoon. And that we did! I usually don't shop much, but I got inspired by snowstormskies
and do a fair bit of shopping as well. :-P Mostly useful stuff or things that have broken that I replaced. All good though! I did end up buying scented candles just like last year and the year before that. I guess that's tradition to do now when she visits. X-D
And of course that meant Alexandra got to have a calm day at home with dad, which I think she needed. :-)
So the spa was lovely and the shopping was nice and we ended up having a great dinner in the evening with Alexandra and Peting as well, so that was wonderful. :-)
Spa picture: One
Last day we got to do something together, we decided to go to Torpa Stonehouse
. It's a pretty cool medieval mansion/castle that has been in the same family since it was built... and still is. No joke. :-) I took snowstormskies
there the first time she visited, and she liked it so much she wanted to go again. So we did! The tour guide was really great, and did the whole tour in english even though she was very insecure in the language. She did great though! She even assured Alexandra there'd be no loud bangs! :-)
After we'd explored the house and all it's crooks, crannies, secret passages and all that, we went to a moderately small house outside where they sold a TON of handmade stuff! Like household items, knitted things, sewn things, leather work, metal work... You name it. :-D All handmade from people around the area. snowstormskies
LOVES that sort of thing, and so do I, so that was awesome! Aaaand... we spent some money there, no surprise. X-D
We also went to a neighboring farm/mansion that was a bit younger, I think they started out there during the 1500's... There to they sold a lot of handmade stuff and things, so... we spent some more money. X-D Alexandra got a giant handmade softie snake that she fell head over heels for!
So we had a really good time, you could say!
Pictures from Torpa Stonehouse: One
(Most are multiple images.)
Next day I helped snowstormskies
clean up the little cabin she stayed in at the camping ground here, Borås Camping
. She really enjoyed that little cabin, and it was really easy to clean up as well, to make it ready for the next person renting it. :-)
After that we went to have lunch, picking up Alexandra on the way. Peting choose to fix his own, since he felt his blood sugar levels had gone through the roof lately... Diabetes is such a pain, seriously! But we had a good time still, just us three girls. :-) Then we dropped Alexandra off, hugs all around!
Then I drove snowstormskies
to the airport, waving her off. That's always the hardest part. I love, love having her here visiting! And she claims it's good for her somehow. I'm just glad she enjoys my company enough to come visit me once a year. She already plans for next year... ;-)
Saying goodbye: One
So that was the first post! Next post will deal about... adventures with my brother, our kids and Astrid Lindgrens World!This entry is crossposted between LJ and DW. Comment where you are comfortable.