The Atlantic and I

Mid-October 2013. Later in the year than this I’ve never swum in European waters, but I’ve long dreamt about taking late baths in the sea. Yesterday the temperature of the water and the air was the same, nineteen centigrades. The occasional early-morning-walker on the boardwalk, a fisher on the cliffs, but I was the only one who undressed and walked into the water. Soft, welcoming, nearly no waves. And completely carefree: no need to think about sunscreens, the risk that someone would steal my things or even about having to wriggle decently into my clothes.

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A month ago I swam in the biggest Swedish lake together with my cousin. On the way back, he remarked that it was odd I didn’t have a car, that he had difficulties imagining not being able to take the care somewhere else. He has a point, but I might as well ask how one can live in a place where a one hour walk doesn’t take you to the ocean.

Oscar and Alberto find new friends

Oscar is a fish and Alberto is a bird, both created by Alice Diniz. They came with us from the crafts fair in Vila de Conde in early August this year, They now sit on the mantlepiece together with ceramics we have brought back during previous somewhat longer trips, the nameless cat from Interios in Vilnius and Eldregn by Eva Troedsson at Keramika Fantasia in the south of Sweden.

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These all have been love at first sight for P and me, and I think they also get on well together. Somehow they create the colourful contrast the ornamental woodwork on the mantlepiece needed not to get too pretentious.

My 1002nd post will be in English

As soon as I had figured out a good name for my blog, I started one in my mother (and father!) tongue in 2007. My blog experience was unilingual until now, except for my participation in a collective professional blog in the language of my now country of residence. I had in fact never thought of blogging in English until some 10 days ago. The idea was born out of my motivation to contact directly with a couple of fellow English-speaking bloggers I’ve recently found.

It seems appropriate to start this just after completing 1000 posts in my first blog. That same blog will remain my main blog, and this one will be a complement. I’m aware of the risk of overburdening myself, and therefore my ambition with this one is a post per month. If I sometimes feel like more, fine, if I sometimes don’t manage to do even that, well the first one to have to bear with me will be me.