H.E.A.T at Rockbåten, photo by Pär Altan

lördag 25 maj 2013

Brunch cruise in Stockholm archipelago

What a day we had picked for our brunch cruise!! The weather was gorgeous, around 23C, sunshine and a breeze.

 Me and Helen on deck

 The new ride at Grona Lund

After finally finding a parking place on Strandvagen, which isn't easy, we headed to the boat. It's a steamship called Stockholm.
 The Danish Royal ship - Dannebrogen

On the opposite quay was the Danish royal ship, Dannebrogen. We thought it must have already come for the Princess wedding on June 8.
The Danish royals always stays on that boat during Royal parties instead of a hotel or castle.

 My beautiful sister in the ship and you can see the brunch table behind.

As soon as we had left the brunch started. There were all sorts of things, smoked salmon, herrings in all forms and shapes (which I don't eat), sausages, salads, bread, meatballs, chicken and much much more.

 Stockholm is beautiful!

The dessert table was just delicious!! And so it kept on. We were out for 3 hours and all the time Stockholm and the archipelago showed itself from the best side.

 Vaxholm's citadel

If you want to come to Sweden and Stockholm this is the time of year to do so. From mid May until the end of August it's just beautiful, but mostly now when everything is so light green, so many flowers, so many wonderful fragrances.
The beautiful little coast town Vaxholm

Tomorrow it's Mother's Day and the boys are coming over - all 3 of them!
That is very special and usually only happens on Christmas ;-)
And here's, of course, "our" wonderful hotel where we usually stay :-)

Take care everyone and be safe!

fredag 24 maj 2013

Busy, busy as usual :-)

I have worked hard since I last wrote. I have also planned and been on our Chairmen conference, which was very nice.

We started last Friday in the morning by having boardmeeting with the board. After lunch the chairmen (women mostly) came and we had a very interesting lecture in the afternoon which ended with questions and discussions.
After an hour of rest we met in the big dining room and we were treated a wonderful 3-meal course (which I had selected). First we had Toast Skagen, then we had fillet of hart with a deliciouse sauce of madeira. For dessert a fruitsallat with vanilla icecream.

After dinner a very good friend of mine, Chris who is troubadour, entertained us. Here is a sample of what he sang:


We continued on Saturday with the conference and had a very awarding day. After dinner, once again outstanding, with deer for starters, char with white winesauce for main course and a chocolate cake with rasberrysauce for dessert. Delicious!! We went down to the pub and the big TV where we saw the final of the Eurovision. A great show, I think, but we wanted Iceland to win. Not because it was the best song but because it would have been lovely to go there next year ;-)
But the right song won! I'm only sorry Robin didn't get more points. He was worth it and he was one of the few that really could sing.

Monday, Tuesday work again but we I enjoy it so much that it's just fun to go. On Wednesday after work me and my friend Carina went to the Royal Opera to see "Peter Grimes" by Benjamin Britten. We haven't seen any moderna opera before and we were pleasantly surprised. Great music and a very modern theme - the outcast being bullied and ending up taking his life. Wonderful, strong music that really got to you.

 Photo from the opera Peter Grimes in Stockholm
Then yesterday I visited my Mom together with both Emil and Danniel. It was Open House at the home where she lives. But when we came she wasn't well. She was so tired and I saw that she was in pain. She also looked like she was drugged,mainly because she couldn't open her eyes. So Emil went to the nurse and asked what medication she was on and they said none!
So when Emil and I went to grab some coffee we stopped by the nurse and I asked if they had checked on Mom and if she might have had a small stroke.
I also said she was in pain. So they decided to go to her and give her some painkiller which they did. Meanwhile Danniel stayed with her.
After we came back with no coffee (couldn't find it) but a small piece of cake Mom fell asleep and we could see that it was a relaxed and calm sleep. They said they would give her painkiller throughout the weekend and let the doctor see her on Monday. What would have happened if we hadn't been there? Would she had been in pain all the time?? Why don't they see?
Maybe because the new manager moved all personall around. 

Tomorrow me and Helen are going on a brunch cruise in the archipelago. That should be nice and good and give us a chance to talk without interruption.

Then on Sunday it's Mother's Day and the boys are coming home at 2PM :-)

Monday of course it's time to go to Prague which was my prize in the slogan competition :-)

So I won't be writing for a while again or maybe I will... It depends on how much we do in Prague ;-)

Take care everyone and be safe!

lördag 11 maj 2013

Birthday week with BBQ

This week was Emil's birthday. He turned 26 and is my youngest!! How can I have a son of 26 and he's the youngest? It's quite hard to take in that it was 26 years ago.

He was my easiest one to deliver :-) It took just over 4 hours from the first contraction until he was out. It was the day of the Eurovision Final and I remember Johnny Logan won. Amongst others were Gente di Mare and Israel's Huppa Hulle Hulle hulle.

The day was just beautiful with sunshine (although they had predicted rain) and a temperature around + 25 :-) Long time since that happened.
Anyway we had BBQ and each of us did our own skewer. We had fillet of pig and beef, sausages spicy and not so spicy, corn, tomatoes, red onions, mushroms and meatballs. To that I served fresh dill boiled potatoes and a wonderful sallat with avocado, feta cheese, sallat, cucumbers, tomatoes and onions. It was truly a feast. Jonas and Mandy also came and we had a great time together :-)

I have also been on a board meeting with the Rheumatic association as we have a chairmen conference next weekend so we needed to prepare and decide the program for the days.

After that it's only one week until Prague :-)

I also visited my Mom today. She was very tired when I came and she never really snap out of that. I don't know but she almost looked as she was on some medication. Even when we sat drinking coffe and talking she almost feel asleep and that is not something she usually does. She usually will be happy and likes to talk (although we don't understand what she's saying) but not today. I hope she's more alert next time. One thing is that they have changed all personal where she lives and to do that with people with Alzheimers is not a good idea. They get confused and worried when their routines are changed.

I hope you all have a good week and take care!

söndag 5 maj 2013

H.E.A.T live at Katalin

Here's another great video from H.E.A.T's performance yesterday night at Katalin. This is one of my favorites and especially with the sax player.

Great song, great musicians! Enjoy!

If you're ever near a place where H.E.A.T will play - go and see them! They are so awesome live. But if you don't have that opportunity do the next best thing and that is to buy their record - ADDRESS THE NATION.

In and out of trouble

H.E.A.T at Katalin in Uppsala

Here's a link to one of the songs H.E.A.T performed at Katalin in Uppsala yesterday night (or rather 2 songs). I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Great atmosphere, lots of fans and a big chunk of family, friends and relatives. We had a great dinner together (we were 36 in our "support" group). It's not that often they play near where we live so we all jumped to the chance.

Sorry for the bad photoquality on this video.

H.E.A.T at Katalin