Whew! I haven’t had any spare time in over a week to sit down and continue my Swedish adventures. I think I left off when we departed from Mariestad for Ekjsö, to visit Rajne’s older brother, Ula, his wife, Molin, and their children, Moa and Viktor, ages 9 and 5. We were only spending one night and a full day with them, so we had to make the most of our time. We visited the historic town square, which is very charming, and walked down cobblestone streets. (By the way, I’m going to jump around a lot because the photos posted in a random order.)
Moa drew this exceptionally adorable hedgehog. She wanted to see my sketchbook, which didn’t contain much except some sketches for cute animal collages. Moa is a talented gymnast, and as I recently discovered, a naturally gifted artist. I gave her my box of Prismacolor pencils so she could continue making masterpieces.
Moa had never played volleyball before and spotted Rajne’s Spalding beach volleyball. She gave it a whirl, and blew us away! She picked it up in an instant. Solid bumps and good hitting! Whoa!
Viktor loves cars, trucks, bulldozers, etc. AND Legos. He made these super cool vehicles himself (with a little help from Moa at times). He has so much personality and is incredibly sweet and charming.
Yoohoo and Obax sitting pretty in our room overlooking the backyard.
Ula and Molin really keep the kids active. They also plan events for themselves, like competing in a 57 mile mountain bike race in Ekjsö!
Moa…gymnast, artist and super girl!
More volleyball practice!
This is a flamingo tree. I was captivted by it since I have never seen anything like it. Ula and Molin received it as a wedding gift several years ago. They don’t live terribly long, maybe just 10 years or so. Ula said the botanist splices one type of plant onto a tree and shapes it, kind of like a bonsai.
Molin made a delicious, fresh rhubarb pie for dinner. It was fabulous!
Some panoramic views of their beautiful home! Everything is so organized, functional, light and open.
Inside the cafe for kiva…
Check out the gorgeous riverside area! And Viktor!
A private courtyard…
Can you tell I’m getting worn out just reliving the excitement? Whew! And that was only a few days into the trip!
Spending time with Ula, Molin, Moa and Viktor was a real joy! Thank you so much for your hospitality and for making me feel so welcome! It was a pleasure to meet you!
(Forgot to mention this, in reference to the title of this post, McDonald’s in Sweden serve BEARNAISE SAUCE and give you BENDY STRAWS! Magical!)