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HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!!!!


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Superstorm, Frankenstorm, Hurricane Sandy 2012


Sandy has made land fall and has wreaked havoc in 11 states in the USA. All of us living longterm or temporarily out of the USA are today with heavy hearts. We wish a speedy recovery of all that has happened and send our hopes that your strengths come to the surface when needed. I address especially residents of New York. I know the strength of all the residents and I also know that in times of trouble, New Yorkers reach out to help each other. Please continue in this most beautiful and humane way to share a city.

Here at Gullringstorp our hearts go out to all who have been affected by Sandy and to name a few:

Marianna: Manhattan, NY

Alison: Manhattan, NY

Erin: Brooklyn

Pauline and family: Near Battery Park, NY

Rhona : New Jersey

Valerie : Bronx, NY

Nicky and Ava Gardner and family: Upper East Side ,Manhattan, NY

Seasonsgirl: Virginia

Sandy leaves death, damp and darkness in wake

NEW YORK (AP) — As Superstorm Sandy marched slowly inland, millions along the East Coast awoke Tuesday without power or mass transit, with huge swaths of the nation’s largest city unusually vacant and dark.

New York was among the hardest hit, with its financial heart in Lower Manhattan shuttered for a second day and seawater cascading into the still-gaping construction pit at the World Trade Center. President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in the city and Long Island.

The storm that made landfall in New Jersey on Monday evening with 80 mph sustained winds killed at least 16 people in seven states, cut power to more than 7.4 million homes and businesses from the Carolinas to Ohio, caused scares at two nuclear power plants and stopped the presidential campaign cold.

The massive storm reached well into the Midwest: Chicago officials warned residents to stay away from the Lake Michigan shore as the city prepares for winds of up to 60 mph and waves exceeding 24 feet well into Wednesday.

“This will be one for the record books,” said John Miksad, senior vice president for electric operations at Consolidated Edison, which had more than 670,000 customers without power in and around New York City.

An unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater — 3 feet above the previous record — gushed into Gotham, inundating tunnels, subway stations and the electrical system that powers Wall Street, and sent hospital patients and tourists scrambling for safety. Skyscrapers swayed and creaked in winds that partially toppled a crane 74 stories above Midtown.

Right before dawn, a handful of taxis were out on the streets, though there was an abundance of emergency and police vehicles.

Remnants of the former Category 1 hurricane were forecast to head across Pennsylvania before taking another sharp turn into western New York by Wednesday morning. Although weakening as it goes, the massive storm — which caused wind warnings from Florida to Canada — will continue to bring heavy rain and local flooding, said Daniel Brown, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

As Hurricane Sandy closed in on the Northeast, it converged with a cold-weather system that turned it into a monstrous hybrid of rain and high wind — and even snow in West Virginia and other mountainous areas inland.

Just before it made landfall at 8 p.m. near Atlantic City, N.J., forecasters stripped Sandy of hurricane status — but the distinction was purely technical, based on its shape and internal temperature. It still packed hurricane-force wind, and forecasters were careful to say it was still dangerous to the tens of millions in its path.

While the hurricane’s 90 mph winds registered as only a Category 1 on a scale of five, it packed “astoundingly low” barometric pressure, giving it terrific energy to push water inland, said Kerry Emanuel, a professor of meteorology at MIT.

Officials blamed at least 16 deaths on the converging storms — five in New York, three each in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, two in Connecticut, and one each in Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia. Three of the victims were children, one just 8 years old.

Sandy, which killed 69 people in the Caribbean before making its way up the Eastern Seaboard, began to hook left at midday Monday toward the New Jersey coast. Even before it made landfall, crashing waves had claimed an old, 50-foot piece of Atlantic City’s world-famous Boardwalk.

“We are looking at the highest storm surges ever recorded” in the Northeast, said Jeff Masters, meteorology director for Weather Underground, a private forecasting service.

Sitting on the dangerous northeast wall of the storm, the New York metropolitan area got the worst of it.

An explosion at a ConEdison substation knocked out power to about 310,000 customers in Manhattan, said Miksad.

“We see a pop. The whole sky lights up,” said Dani Hart, 30, who was watching the storm from the roof of her building in the Navy Yards.

“It sounded like the Fourth of July,” Stephen Weisbrot said from his 10th-floor apartment.

New York University’s Tisch Hospital was forced to evacuate 200 patients after its backup generator failed. NYU Medical Dean Robert Grossman said patients — among them 20 babies from neonatal intensive care that were on battery-powered respirators — had to be carried down staircases and to dozens of waiting ambulances.

Not only was the subway shut down, but the Holland Tunnel connecting New York to New Jersey was closed, as was a tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Brooklyn Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and several other spans were closed due to high winds.

A construction crane atop a $1.5 billion luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan collapsed in high winds and dangled precariously. Thousands of people were ordered to leave several nearby buildings as a precaution, including 900 guests at the ultramodern Le Parker Meridien hotel.

Alice Goldberg, 15, a tourist from Paris, was watching television in the hotel — whose slogan is “Uptown, Not Uptight” — when a voice came over the loudspeaker and told everyone to leave.

“They said to take only what we needed, and leave the rest, because we’ll come back in two or three days,” she said as she and hundreds of others gathered in the luggage-strewn marble lobby. “I hope so.”

Trading at the New York Stock Exchange was canceled again Tuesday — the first time the exchange suspended operations for two consecutive days due to weather since an 1888 blizzard struck the city.

Fire destroyed at least 50 homes Monday night in a flooded neighborhood in the Breezy Point section of the borough of Queens, where the Rockaway peninsula juts into the Atlantic Ocean. Firefighters told WABC-TV that they had to use a boat to rescue residents because the water was chest high on the street. About 25 people were trapped in one home, with two injuries reported.

Airlines canceled around 12,500 flights because of the storm, a number that was expected to grow.

Off North Carolina, not far from an area known as “the Graveyard of the Atlantic,” a replica of the 18th-century sailing ship HMS Bounty that was built for the 1962 Marlon Brando movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” sank when her diesel engine and bilge pumps failed. Coast Guard helicopters plucked 14 crew members from rubber lifeboats bobbing in 18-foot seas.

A 15th crew member who was found unresponsive several hours after the others was later pronounced dead. The Bounty’s captain was still missing.

One of the units at Indian Point, a nuclear power plant about 45 miles north of New York City, was shut down around 10:45 p.m. Monday because of external electrical grid issues, said Entergy Corp., which operates the plant. The company said there was no risk to employees or the public.

And officials declared an “unusual event” at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey Township, N.J., the nation’s oldest, when waters surged to 6 feet above sea level during the evening. Within two hours, the situation at the reactor — which was offline for regular maintenance — was upgraded to an alert, the second-lowest in a four-tiered warning system. Oyster Creek provides 9 percent of the state’s electricity.

In Baltimore, fire officials said four unoccupied rowhouses collapsed in the storm, sending debris into the street but causing no injuries. Meanwhile, a blizzard in far western Maryland caused a pileup of tractor-trailers that blocked the westbound lanes of Interstate 68 on slippery Big Savage Mountain near the town of Finzel.

“It’s like a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs up here,” said Bill Wiltson, a Maryland State Police dispatcher.

Hundreds of miles from the storm’s center, gusts topping 60 mph prompted officials to close the port of Portland, Maine, and scaring away several cruise ships. A state of emergency in New Hampshire prompted Vice President Joe Biden to cancel a rally in Keene and Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, to call off her bus tour through the Granite State.

About 360,000 people in 30 Connecticut towns were urged to leave their homes under mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders. Christi McEldowney was among those who fled to a Fairfield shelter. She and other families brought tents for their children to play in.

“There’s something about this storm,” she said. “I feel it deep inside.”

Despite dire warnings and evacuation orders that began Saturday, many stayed put.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — whose own family had to move to the executive mansion after his home in Mendham, far from the storm’s center, lost power — criticized the mayor of Atlantic City for opening shelters there instead of forcing people out.

Eugenia Buono, 77, and her neighbor, Elaine DiCandio, 76, were among several dozen people who took shelter at South Kingstown High School in Narragansett, R.I. They live on Harbor Island, which is connected to the mainland by a causeway.

“I’m not an idiot,” said Buono, who survived hurricanes Carol in 1954 and Bob in 1991. “People are very foolish if they don’t leave.”

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Hays reported from New York and Breed reported from Raleigh, N.C.; AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein contributed to this report from Washington. Associated Press writers David Dishneau in Delaware City, Del., Katie Zezima in Atlantic City, Emery P. Dalesio in Elizabeth City, N.C., and Erika Niedowski in Cranston, R.I., also contributed.


Hurricane Sandy


I had planned a really silly goat post for today but I feel this is a much more important message.

This storm sounds like something to be concerned about. It’s not everyday that New York is warned of such impending danger. There have been mandatory evacuations called for which means this is a storm to take seriously. But, I do know New Yorkers, they are resilient and strong and are hopefully prepared for what ever comes.

Even though all this is true, I would still like to say here that I am as concerned for the residents of NY and the east coast.

I have a regular reader whose home was also threatened by the storm. I have wished Seasonsgirl  at http://seasonsgirl.wordpress.com all the best as well as everyone in Sandy’s path.

 

From all of us at Gullringstorp, we are thinking of you and want you to please stay safe!


Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap


Hej from Gullringstorp!

My lovely goats have provided me with plenty of fresh goat milk. In fact, so much milk that I was able to launch my business making

100 % Natural Goat Milk Soap. Thank you to all my beautiful ladies for their wonderful milk.

I am pleased to announce that Li’l Sis has gone into her very first shop, here in Sweden!

 

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Welcome to my website :      www.lilsisgoatmilksoap.com

 

 


The First Snow of the Season


I felt snow in the air for the past couple of days. I never knew I would be able to tell when there was snow in the air, but I can ! How cool is that?

Leif has started to rake up the Autumn leaves after the rain finally stopped. I could see leaf piles appearing at Gullringstorp.

One of the first clues to the coming snow, was the gray skies, then the temperature.

This is the temperature finally got above 0 degrees C by the afternoon

This is the temperature finally got above 0 degrees C by the afternoon

This was my view looking out my kitchen window toward the stable

This was my view looking out my kitchen window toward the stable

This is the view from the side window in the kitchen.

This is the view from the side window in the kitchen. You can see the hedge on the left dropping its leaves.

There is just one pile of leaves at Gullringstorp, surrounded by a light coating of snow

There is just one pile of leaves at Gullringstorp, surrounded by a light coating of snow

As the afternoon made its way toward evening, the temperature dropped again

As the afternoon made its way toward evening, the temperature dropped again

The beautiful Autumn colors of Gullringstorp shine in the first snow of the season

The beautiful Autumn colors of Gullringstorp shine in the first snow of the season

 

I know it’s not much , but it was so wonderful to look out the windows at this snow as it fell. It was windy sand very cold so it was a beady snow. I watched the snow from my desk out my office window. It fell like tiny beads that were blown around by the strong wind. then it was fun watching a those beads of snow hit the roof of the garage and bounce off to a new destination.

First beads of snow then the flakes will come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I am so, so, sorry… BRANCHES AGAIN !!!!!


Our autumn is really beautiful and colorful, but much too much rain for my liking and that of my goats. Some goats don’t mind the rain , I was not so lucky, maybe just one or two of my goats don’t mind the rain.  When this happens, especially for more than a couple of days, we must step in and assist our “house-bound” goats.

As long as Mother Nature delivers us rain, day after day, then there will be BRANCHES…

Our boys got their branches first and my how they enjoyed them

Our boys got their branches first and my how they enjoyed them

Our little Flynn, just over 2 yrs old and a wether has been moved with Nanna . the other bucks thought he was a girl and you can imagine it hasn't been so pleasant for him.

Our little Flynn, just over 2 yrs old and a wether has been moved with Nanna . the other bucks thought he was a girl and you can imagine it hasn’t been so pleasant for him.

Alika enjoying her branch. We have to be imaginative in how we place the branches. they can not be just placed on the floor of the boxes. By nature, goats are browsers, so they need to stretch their necks upward to enjoy the leaves

Alika enjoying her branch. We have to be imaginative in how we place the branches. they can not be just placed on the floor of the boxes. By nature, goats are browsers, so they need to stretch their necks upward to enjoy the leaves

Alika's box pals, Keriana and her daughter Fiona enjoy their branches

Alika’s box pals, Keriana and her daughter Fiona enjoy their branches

In the dim light of their box, Pumpkin and her daughter Rose enjoy their branches
In the dim light of their box, Pumpkin and her daughter Rose enjoy their branches
Our little Rosie who is looking more and more like her mother , stands in the dimly lit box with her branches

Our little Rosie who is looking more and more like her mother , stands in the dimly lit box with her branches

Our tiny ladies, our Pygmy ladies enjoyed their branches

Our tiny ladies, our Pygmy ladies enjoyed their branches. Here are two, Ivy and Petunia.

Ivy is too tiny to stretch her little neck upwards so she must get on the table

Ivy is too tiny to stretch her little neck upwards so she must get on the table

Ivy's daughter tiny Surprise is there on the left

Ivy’s daughter tiny Surprise is there on the left

Here you can se all our tiny ladies with their branches

Here you can se all our tiny ladies with their branches

Our tiny ladies

Our tiny ladies

Petunia is up with her branches

Petunia is up with her branches (Oops, she’s a bit blurry)

Tiny Surprise

Tiny Surprise

Iris enjoys her branches

Iris enjoys her branches

Yummy !!!!

Yummy !!!!

Our little Baby Boy has grown so big and is so full of fur and so stocky, I now call him Bear or Björn

Our little Baby Boy has grown so big and is so full of fur and so stocky, I now call him Bear or Björn

We have many evergreen trees at Gullringstorp, so these branches really make the stable smell like Christmas, a bit early, but very nice.

We have many evergreen trees at Gullringstorp, so these branches really make the stable smell like Christmas, a bit early, but very nice.

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As you can see not only are all the leaves stripped but now so is the bark

With the grounds, intermittent rain and the goats can not go out into the enclosure. Here they enjoy a branch between showers in the back play yard

With the grounds, intermittent rain and the goats can not go out into the enclosure. Here they enjoy a big branch between showers in the back play yard

Here two little families, enjoy the big branch. Hilda and her two sons, Winston and Phillip, Keriana with her daughter Fiona.

Here two little families, enjoy the big branch. Hilda and her two sons, Winston and Phillip, Keriana with her daughter Fiona.

Happy goats

Happy goats

Yummy !!!

Yummy !!!

Hilda and one of her sons, winston enjoy that branch outside in the dampness

Hilda and one of her sons, winston enjoy that branch outside in the dampness

Fiona and Phillip enjoy the branch

Fiona and Phillip enjoy the branch

Winston and Phillip got the branch to themselves while the others ran and played inside

Winston and Phillip got the branch to themselves while the others ran and played inside

Sweet little Winston, on his own. Independent little fellow...

Sweet little Winston, on his own. Independent little fellow…

Indoor Activities allow the little ones to integrate into the herd as a whole. Here Winston meets one of the big scary adults

Indoor Activities allow the little ones to integrate into the herd as a whole. Here Winston meets one of the big scary adults

Hilda and Alika spend some time together

Hilda and Alika spend some time together

The hens are allowed into the goat's play area to enjoy the grass and branch

The hens are allowed into the goat’s play area to enjoy the grass and branch

One of our hens enjoying the branch

One of our hens enjoying the branch

Fiona doesn't mind sharing with the hens

Fiona doesn’t mind sharing with the hens
No one seems to  mind the hens

No one seems to mind the hens

Hilda keeps a close eye on that hen

Hilda keeps a close eye on that hen

 Goats and hens, oh my ......

Goats and hens, oh my ……

Nanna take a trip into the hen' s yard and on the way out, the entrance frame looks appealing

Nanna take a trip into the hen’ s yard and on the way out, the entrance frame looks appealing

Winston likes,  his hens

Winston likes, his hens

Eugene, our Brhama rooster decided to come and check out that branch. He seems to be in a hurry..

Eugene, our Brahma rooster decided to come and check out that branch. He seems to be in a hurry…

Well it wan't the branch he was after, it was the lovely patch of dirt exposed as his ladies scratched the grass away. Maybe they found some tiny worms.

Well it wasn’t the branch he was after, it was the lovely patch of dirt exposed as his ladies scratched the grass away. Maybe they found some tiny worms.

Peanut discovers the hens and the hen yard

Peanut discovers the hens and the hen yard

Welcome back for our Indoor Activities for rainy days! I feel like a cruise activity director, hee hee…


The Colors of Autumn at Gullringstorp


Gullringstorp  comes alive with color during the Autumn months of October and November.

I hope you enjoy:

 

 

A cherry tree

A cherry tree

This little tree was planter by us and it has grown into a real beauty

This little tree was planter by us and it has grown into a real beauty

All the trees around Gullringstorp are turning beautiful colors

All the trees around Gullringstorp are turning beautiful colors

What gorgeous colors

What gorgeous colors

 

What a lovely color this cherry tree has turned

What a lovely color this cherry tree has turned

 

Even the hedges are turning different shades of yelows, oranges and browns, just before they drop all their leaves

Even the hedges are turning different shades of yellows, oranges and browns, just before they drop all their leaves

I hope where ever you live, you are able to enjoy the wonder of nature’s brilliant Autumn colors.

 

 

 


Chickens, Goats and Dogs! Chickens, Goats and Dogs! Oh My!!


We have had lots of rain lately so our goats are not really going out.  I have heard of people who had goats that enjoyed or didn’t mind the rain, but not Gullringstorp goats. They really hate the rain, so we have indoor activities instead.

Our chickens, on the other hand seem to love the rain. Our Brahma chickens really like the rain and stay out till they are soaking wet. I always worry that they may get sick or something, but I think chickens can take it.  No one has gotten sick yet and they really do get  soaked.

 

Here are chickens, goats and a dog:

Max in his warm rain gear

Max in his warm rain gear

Max in his warm rain jacket and boots as he takes a pause on our deck

Max in his warm rain jacket and boots as he takes a pause on our deck

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Hilda and her sons, Phillip and Winston explore the chicken yard

Hilda and her sons, Phillip and Winston explore the chicken yard

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Hilda and her boys

 

The wind blows the chicken's feathers as they enjoy the wet grass

The wind blows the chicken’s feathers as they enjoy the wet grass

One of our roosters, Eugene and one of his ladies

One of our roosters, Eugene and one of his ladies

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Eugene checking on his other lady, Henny Penny

Little Fiona and Phillip enjoy the chickens

Little Fiona and Phillip enjoy the chickens

                                                                                                                                Brahmas love the wind and wet grass

Our Brahma chickens love the wind and wet grass

Max stays out of the way when the big goats are out and about

Max stays out of the way when the big goats are out and about

Hilda and Nanna have some hay in the corridor

Hilda and Nanna have some hay in the corridor

Little Winston meets Nanna

Little Winston meets Nanna

Our little Nanna

Our little Nanna

Fiona plays with Phillip

Fiona plays with Phillip

Hilda and her son Phillip stand in the yard in between rain fall

Hilda and her son Phillip stand in the yard in between rain fall

Little Phillip

Little Phillip

Indoor fun with Hilda, Alika, Pansy and Poppy. Peanut meets little Winston

Indoor fun with Hilda, Alika, Pansy and Poppy. Peanut meets little Winston

  1. Poppy and Pansy with little Winston

    Poppy and Pansy with little Winston

    Peanut, Pansy, Hilda and Little Phillip in the yard between showers

    Peanut, Pansy, Hilda and Little Phillip in the yard between showers

    Winston and Phillip in the chicken yard

    Winston and Phillip in the chicken yard

    One of our lovely hens

    One of our lovely hens

     

    Fiona in the chicken yard

    Fiona in the chicken yard

    Our chickens have dug under the fences , my husband repaired them. Here my husband digs under the door to the yard.

    Our chickens have dug under the fences , my husband repaired them. Here my husband digs under the door to the yard.

    My husband decided that these concrete slabs will keep our chickens inside their yard

    My husband decided that these concrete slabs will keep our chickens inside their yard

    Leif makes sure that the slabs firmly in place. By the way, what do you think if the beard.. He grew this for me while I was in NY.

    Leif makes sure that the slabs firmly in place. By the way, what do you think if the beard. He grew this for me while I was in NY.                                                  I have always wanted to see him in a beard. I love it!

     

    Welcome back for more activities at Gullringstorp !

     

     

     

     

     

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Autumn at Gullringstorp


Autumn has come and it really feels more like Winter. The temperatures have dropped and we have hit  the minuses  several days. This means that my husband Leif has had to build a fire a bit more often. Gullringstorp is heated by a big furnace in our basement. We burn wood to heat the water and send hot water to all the elements throughout the house.

Autumn here in Sweden is jut a hop skip and a jump away from Winter. Much has to be done  to prepare here at Gullringstorp.

Here is a little peek into our world here at Gullringstorp during Autumn:

Because of all the rain we have had this month, the hens yard was just mud. We not only cleaned out their house, but we gave them some recycled hay from the goats boxes for under foot in the yard. They really liked it.

Because of all the rain we have had this month, the hens yard was just mud. We not only cleaned out their house and gave them fresh straw in all their boxes.                                                            We gave them some recycled hay from the goats boxes for under foot in the yard. They really liked it.

As the Autumn wind blew their beautiful feathers , our hens enjoyed hunting and pecking for grain in the hay

As the Autumn wind blew their beautiful feathers , our hens enjoyed hunting and pecking for grain in the hay

Happy hens !

Happy hens !

Eugene is just looking over his newly decorated yard. I think he approves

Eugene is just looking over his newly decorated yard. I think he approves

Recycled hay was placed on both sides of the hen house, for everyone to enjoy

Recycled hay was placed on both sides of the hen house, for everyone to enjoy

One of our 4 cats, Pip relaxes on a warm shelf in the bedroom and enjoys the blowing leaves, birds and neighbor cats in the back area

One of our 4 cats, Pip,  relaxes on a warm shelf in the bedroom and enjoys the blowing leaves, birds and neighbor cats and other activity out the window

Juliet is comfortable staying in the warm cozy bed for most of the Autumn days

Juliet is comfortable staying in the warm cozy bed for most of the Autumn days

Tasha also enjoys a spot at one of the many windows

Tasha also enjoys a spot at one of the many windows

When Pip has had enough of the outdoor sights, he relaxes on my antique rocker upstairs

When Pip has had enough of the outdoor sights, he relaxes on my antique rocker upstairs

Everywhere you look, here at Gullringstorp in the morning, you can see frost on the fields and grass

Everywhere you look, here at Gullringstorp in the morning, you can see frost on the fields and grass

 Autumn morning frost

Autumn morning frost

Frosty lawn

Frosty lawn

 

The goat's enclosure

The goat’s enclosure

Crunchy frost grass in the enclosure

Crunchy frosty grass in the enclosure

A frosty enclosure

A frosty enclosure

From The Local ( Swedish news in English)

While some countries marked World Animal Day on October 4th, Swedes were out in force to celebrate something completely different: National Cinnamon Bun Day. 

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The opportunity to sink ones teeth into a warm, tasty concoction of cinnamon-infused dough is also popular among tourists who happen to find themselves in Sweden in October.

“It’s a typical Swedish thing that a lot of tourists have heard about,” Isabella, a worker at the Gateaux coffee bar in Stockholm‘s Gallerian mall, told The Local.

Cinnamon Bun Day is a fairly recent tradition, created in 1999 by the Hembakningsrådet (Home Baking Council).

The group decided that creating a national cinnamon bun feast would be the best way to celebrate the organization’s 40-year anniversary.

Today, a mere 13 years later, most people consider Kanelbullens Dag as much of a Swedish tradition as Midsummer or the Nobel Prizes.

In Stockholm’s bustling Gamla Stan, Espresso House barista Jenny marvelled at the buzz Cinnamon Bun Day created among tourists visiting the Swedish capital.

“It’s a good day here in Gamla Stan because of the tourists,” she told The Local.

She explained that tourists remain captivated by Sweden’s famous cinnamon buns and are curious to find out how a pastry came to have its own national day.

While it’s hard to come by statistics on exactly how many cinnamon buns are downed in Sweden on October 4th, one bakery in Eskilstuna in central Sweden claimed that they sell 50 times more buns on Cinnamon Bun Day compared to a regular day.

“In my eyes, the cinnamon bun is the optimal pastry. It’s like everything fits. The shape, the flavouring…everything,” baker Magnus Spångberg at the Konditori Alexandra bakery told the local Eskilstuna Kuriren newspaper. 

 

We like all other Swedes enjoyed our cinnamon buns (Kanelbullens). I warmed ours up a bit in the microwave. Yummy!!!!!

We like all other Swedish people,  enjoyed our cinnamon buns (Kanelbullens). I warmed ours up a bit in the microwave. Yummy!!!!!

Autumn is also time for my famous bubbling hot beef stew! Warms the heart with memories of days as a child and warms the body for that long walk to the stable

Autumn is also time for my famous bubbling hot beef stew! Warms the heart with memories of days as a child and warms the body for that long walk to the stable

A new delivery of oats and bags of muesli for the goats. Always a beautiful sight to me

A new delivery of oats and bags of muesli for the goats. Always a beautiful sight to me

A full coffer of oats !!!

A full coffer of oats !!!

New straw for the goats

New straw for the goats

 

Our Winter wood supply for our heat and behind the tarp is all the new straw. Look down at the bottom to see the plank that my husband placed to keep it in  to hold the tarp in place during windy, rain or snowy days

Our Winter wood supply for our heat and behind the tarp is all the new straw. Look down at the bottom to see the plank that my husband placed to keep it in to hold the tarp                                                            in place during windy, rain or snowy days

I am also using the cool Autumn days or evenings to make soap with the milk my ladies provide:

My ladies have been busy supplying m e with lovely warm goat milk

My ladies have been busy supplying me with lovely warm goat milk for my soap making business

A new batch of Milk and Honey soap made with my goat's milk.                                          Available at www.lilsisgoatsmiksoap.com

A new batch of Milk and Honey soap made with my goat’s milk.   Available at http://www.lilsisgoatsmiksoap.com

 

 

Happy Autumn everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A City Girl Turned Country Gal Visits the City Part II


Hej and welcome back for Part II:

Manhattan, New York is full of wonderful sounds and flavors. You are also assured of having visual pleasures  like none other.

Enjoy…

The city is a treat for the ears. Street musicians can be found everywhere:

Street musicians performing in costume on the subway platform

Street musicians performing in costume on the subway platform

This group can   frequently be seen and enjoyed while sitting on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

One can also see New Yorkers practicing the right to protest issues that need attention

One can also see residents of New York practicing the right to protest any issues that need attention

You will always be able to hear New Yorkers expressing their thoughts on current issues

Freedom of speech can be seen as New Yorkers express their thoughts on current issues

An employee of a toy shop displays a new product, the zebra on wheels

An employee of a toy shop displays a new kids product, the zebra on wheels

Sky writing can be seen between the large buildings in Manhattan on this clear and beautiful day

Sky writing seen between the large buildings in Manhattan on this clear and beautiful day

Another wonderful sight in Manhattan and pleasurable afternoon , street fairs! They are so much fun!!

Another wonderful sight in Manhattan and pleasurable afternoon , street fairs! They are so much fun!! Booths full of great products and food. Street fairs can be visited most weekends.

New Yorker residents love , I mean really love their dogs and cats. They can be seen everywhere as you stroll the streets of Manhattan:

Here a pet dog takes a break as the baby gets a snack

Here a pet dogs take a break as the baby gets a snack

This little fella enjoys being carried around the city

This little fella enjoys being carried around the city

This is not an unusual sight in New York

This is a common sight in New York, tiny dogs in carry packs.

A happy city dog

A happy city dog joined owner on a trip to get groceries

You can see just about every breed of dog within one afternoon

You can see just about every breed of dog within one afternoon

Iconic NY, yellow cabs and dogs

Iconic NY, yellow cabs and dogs

This pampered Upper East Side pup just stepped out of his doorman high rise residence

This pampered Upper East Side pup just stepped out of his doorman high – rise residence

A sleepy Shibainu takes a break

A sleepy beautiful Shibainu takes a break

I wonder if these two are related. I meet brothers and sisters all the time.

I wonder if these two are related. I meet brothers and sisters all the time.

This is another special sight in New York, shop pets. Here is Judy who relaxes in her pet shop. She greets the customers with soft purrs and a dance around your feel. What a treat!

This is another special sight in New York, shop pets. Here is Judy who relaxes in her pet shop. She greets the customers with soft purrs and a dance around your feel. What a treat!

Hej Judy !

Hej Judy !

Here is a very special lady:

Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner

This is actually an common sight in Manhattan. There are special strollers made for dogs and I have seen them all over the city.

Ava Gardner was a rescue dog after being shot by NY police. When the policeman saw what has happened, felt awful and acted immediately. He quickly got this dog to the vet for treatment. This dog was lucky  to survive the shooting which left her with only 3 legs,  but even luckier to be adopted by Manhattan residents Nicky and her husband Michael.

There is a book”Chronic City” by Jonathan Lethem . “It is a work of fiction about new york city and there are several crazy prominent characters in it and ava is one of them.   The author fell in love with her classic pitbull grin and warmth “.

You can read a review of this book in this New York Times Review:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/25/books/review/Cowles-t.html  

As you can see, at 7 years old, Ava Gardner is a very happy lady indeed as she views Manhattan’s sights from the comfort of her doggy stroller. Ava’s adopted daddy is a bookseller in Manhattan and here is a short film about him and his books:

http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2011/07/12/the-secret-bookstore/

http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2011/theres-no-place-like-here-brazenhead-books/

Thank you Nicky for letting me take Ava Garner’s photo and thank you for sharing her story with me!

I hope you have enjoyed a tiny slice of New York , as seen through the eyes of a City Girl turned Country Gal on a visit to the City!