Summer vacation

We were away over the weekend last week to celebrate Rickard’s sister and her husband’s 40th birthdays. His was in June and hers is in September so they invited us and 23 other friends and family for a party at their summer place in the Bohuslän archipelago.

It was a great party and totally worth the ten hours travel to get there and back again.

Since we were on an island we were served shellfish for dinner. These are langoustine, crabs and shrimp, served with home made aïoli and cheese pies. So good.

We were invited to spend the Sunday there too and drive home on Monday but Rickard’s brother and his fiancée, L, had work on Monday (we drove up together) and it was Isabel’s birthday (and our wedding anniversary) so we drove home again on Sunday afternoon. It took 5 hours with a nice stop half way home for a bit of supper at L’s parents’ house.

The Monday was Isabel’s 9th birthday and we celebrated with the family with a pizza party (no time to make more elaborate preparations) and home made cupcakes.


Lime-vanilla cupcakes with a lime cream cheese frosting and raspberries and blueberries.

Hi-hat cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes with piped meringue, dipped in chocolate.


Tuesday that week saw the start of our rest-of-the-year project. We are putting in insulation in the attic and making it into two rooms for the girls.


This was the starting point (after we had cleared out most of the junk we had stored up there because we could). I’ll probably cover the build over the coming months.


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