I've had a couple of weeks off and a few more days to go before we come back home to the States. It's been an incredible past year and a half or so, in the very best way possible. Even so, I've missed moments of myself and the life I have created, like leisurely blogging and visiting blogging friends, crafting and knitting. I never knew a Slow Life could get so busy.
These long days of summer have brought back the Slow Life we had so consciously created and I feel nurtured and rested. Because the sun is up 22/23 hours a day here in Sweden, I haven't actually gotten on a time schedule. I find myself rising at 5:30 am and taking long walks or bicycle rides only to come back and fall asleep again.
There are twice daily coffee times with family and friends.
And then, there are the animals. We always look forward to our moments with them, the long walks out into the fields, the horseback rides, the garden bouts.
They are our loyal friends. One in particular we can always count on and that is Luella's dog Clover. A highly trained sheep dog, Clover is always waiting, always watching, ever herding , even when one doesn't feel like being herded.
There are many Clover stories throughout the years. The way she herds us into a group when we arrive before she'll say hello. The time she herded 5 cats who didn't think highly of being herded and just left the farm for good. Only one cat stayed behind, Viola, to be a constant companion or an oblivious companion is more like it. Viola deserves her own blog post. What a cat !!!
Two years ago I left Clover standing right in this spot.
When I pulled up to the house, she was still standing in this spot as if she had never moved. That's just my own illusion because the dog rarely stops moving. The other night we were having dinner and she lovingly rested her chin on my lap. It was the greatest of compliments from the greatest of friends.
As I wander around visiting blogging friends, you like Clover are right where I left you. Time has slipped by and life has moved on but I've got an ever growing list of crafting and knitting projects, wonderful recipes to try, and glimpses into the life you so lovingly share. Oh how it feels good to be back.
Here's to Summer Days and the inspiration they give.