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Grattis på födelsedagen Malin


All of our nearest neighbors who get together on a regular basis at one of our 2 available pubs; came together to celebrate a Birthday. We were at Åsa and Kjell’s pub for the celebration party for their daughter Malin’s 40th Birthday.

Because the weather threatened rain for the evening, we drove the short distance to the event. We arrived ahead of our other neighbors that walked . Everyone waits on the road, either in front of their house or near their house for the neighbors to walk by and then join the group. We have done this but just not this particular evening. Shortly after our arrival, they  also arrived:

As Swedish tradition dictates, everyone lined up to give a formal greeting to the birthday girl

As Swedish tradition dictates, everyone lined up to give a formal greeting to the birthday girl

Malin received warm greetings, hugs and kisses from all of us

Malin received warm greetings, hugs and kisses from all of us

My husband in his "city " jacket stands with our nearest neighbor, Jonas

My husband in his “city ” jacket stands with our nearest neighbor, Jonas

Our birthday girl with a gift

Our birthday girl with a gift

The skies threatened rain, but we had luck; NO RAIN !!!

The skies threatened rain, but we had luck; NO RAIN !!!

The sun tries to come out for us

The sun tries to break through the dark clouds  for us

Two of Malin's 3 uncles who came to the party, one from Norköping and one from Linköping

Two of Malin’s 3 uncles who came to the party, one from Norköping and one from Linköping

Bosse who is our other nearest neighbor arrived with his Marilyn Monroe tee shirt

Bosse who is our other nearest neighbor arrived with his Marilyn Monroe tee-shirt

Another Malin, our neighbor with her two sons

Another Malin, our neighbor with her two sons

Like anywhere in the world, parties take awhile to really get going. Sweden is no different

Like parties anywhere in the world, they  take a while to really get going. Sweden is no different

The man in the center is Malin's 3rd uncle who came to celebrate her birthday

The man in the center is Malin’s 3rd uncle who came to celebrate her birthday

Åsa the birthday girl's mother and members of the band

Åsa the birthday girl’s mother and members of the band

Malin, the birthday girl in red, greets a co-worker and accepts her gift

Malin, the birthday girl in red, greets a co-worker and accepts her gift

Malin, her mother and son enjoy the gift brought by her co-worker

Malin, her mother and son look at the gift brought by her co-worker

The band members discuss set up plans

The band members have a chat with Bosse

These get -togethers give all of us a chance to catch up on what's been happening

These get -togethers give all of us a chance to catch up on what’s been happening

A furry party guest arrives

A furry party guest arrives

Party guests

Party guests

In keeping with Swedish tradition, most parties and meals are outside in summer months

In keeping with Swedish tradition, most parties and meals are outside in summer months

Looks like the party is now getting under way; a drink in everyone's hand !

Looks like the party is now getting under way; a drink in everyone’s hand !

Hej Malin !

Hej Malin ! (not the birthday girl)

Malin's husband lifts his drink to me..

Malin’s husband lifts his drink to me..

My husband and a really lovely couple. i tried to get Ola's attention

My husband and a really lovely couple. i tried to get Ola’s attention

There! That's better !

There! That’s better !

Our hay supplier

Gustav, neighbor and our hay & straw supplier

Another uncle, the 3rd of Malin's

Another uncle, the 3rd of Malin’s

Bosse

Bosse

Wow what a lovely spread! Fruits, salads, potato salad, and ham

Wow what a lovely spread! Fruits, salads, potato salad, and ham

More yummies...

More yummies…

A lovely beverage display

A lovely beverage display

All of us chipped in for a present for Malin; that is the large box on the grass. In addition to that , we all brought individual gifts

All of us chipped in for a present for Malin; that is the large box on the grass. In addition to that , we all brought individual gifts

Our birthday girl received several flower arrangements. We brought one in addition to another gift

Our birthday girl received several flower arrangements. We brought one in addition to another gift

Malin , the birthday girl sporting a new hair cut for her 40th

Malin , the birthday girl sporting a new hair cut for her 40th

Catching up

Catching up

The men are most likely discussing the weather and crops and when the straw will be in , etc.

The men are most likely discussing the weather and crops and when the straw will be in , etc.

This is Malin's new home that she share with her teenage son. The house was built on the same land where her mother Åsa lives with her new husband Kjell

This is Malin’s new home that she share with her teenage son. The house was built on the same land where her mother Åsa lives with her new husband Kjell

The band is all set up on Malin's new deck

The band is all set up on Malin’s new deck

I grew up crossing my fingers for luck and here in Sweden one holds ones thumb for good luck. Well we were holding and crossing hoping we would not have any rain

I grew up crossing my fingers for luck and here in Sweden one holds ones thumb for good luck.                                                                                                        Well we were holding and crossing hoping we would not have any rain

Time to enjoy the delicious food

Time to enjoy the delicious food

One of Malin's uncles

One of Malin’s uncles

Beautiful flower arrangements on the food and drink table

Beautiful flower arrangements on the food and drink table

We all enjoyed the meal

We all enjoyed a fine meal

This was my plate along with the print out of lyrics to many songs that we would all sing together during the evening

This was my plate along with the print out of lyrics to many songs that we would all sing together during the evening

Åsa, the birthday girl's mother got a bit teary as she read a poem she wrote to her daughter Malin

Åsa, the birthday girl’s mother got a bit teary as she read a poem she wrote to her daughter Malin

Malin  and others were teary eyed at Åsa's beautiful and heartfelt message

Malin and others were teary eyed at Åsa’s beautiful and heartfelt message

Malin's uncle tells us all a story about when Malin was little

Malin’s uncle tells us all a story about when Malin was little

Malin opened all her gifts as we watched. She became a bit embarrassed at all she received

Malin opened all her gifts as we watched. She became a bit embarrassed at all she received

One of her uncles explaining the gift he gave

One of her uncles explaining the gift he gave

We gave Malin a gift set of 4 Li'l Sis Goat Milk Soaps, Honey Calendula, Milk & Honey, Orange Cream , Lavender Bubbles plus a Li'l Sis bookmark

We gave Malin a gift set of 4 Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soaps:                                                                Honey Calendula, Milk & Honey, Orange Cream , Lavender Bubbles plus a Li’l Sis bookmark

Everyone stood and watched as each gift was opened

Everyone stood and watched as each gift was opened

Bella came out for a brief time to say hej

Bella came out for a brief time to say hej

The kids enjoy playing with Bella and Bella was in heaven

The kids enjoy playing with Bella and Bella was in heaven

The band has set up

The band has set up

Our entertainment for the evening was a great band. The music was a music that is very Swedish known as “dans band”.

We had a treat when Bosse sung for us:

We danced into the night and all had a wonderful time. I had a ball so much so that we excused ourselves, went home just across the road, milked our goats, fed them and tucked them in for the night and we returned for more fun. We all really enjoy each others company and we have a great time together.

I was among many who wished Malin a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!

3 responses

  1. Oh so very nice pictures you have taken Karen! Love them all!
    It´s really good times when we have our parties and pub-meetings 🙂

    I wonder if I can “borrow” some of your pics from Malin´s party, just for myself. I shouldn´t publice them. I didn´t take so may pictures, I think I was a little lazy on this party 🙂

    Kram från Kerstin (Vammelbygrannen)

    August 29, 2012 at 15:19

    • Hej Kerstin!
      Thanks and I am glad you liked my photos! I really enjoy photography and our parties and get-togethers are so much fun and we always enjoy each other’s company.
      Absolutely, you may borrow what you would like. No worries!
      Welcome back anytime!

      August 29, 2012 at 15:33

  2. Thanks Karen…so kind of you 🙂

    August 29, 2012 at 17:07

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