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Neighbor Party August 2013


At a Neighbor Party, the hosts, organize the entire evening for us. There are the games that start the evening off, then we retire to indoors for a beautifully laid buffet. After the meal comes desert along with coffee, then godis (candy snacks) and snaps and cognac. There will be active conversation from the recent harvest, to hat or straw bales to tractors. Information is shared and everyone, up and down our table is engaged in a conversation. After tractors, our end of the table was relegated to discussions about goats, then the soap making business, then tractors again. Our hosts were kind enough to arrange for a mini bus to pick us all up at preplanned locations. This was so kind and allowed everyone to be  free to drink as much as they wanted and not have to worry about the drive home. When we arrived at our host’s Inn (Värdshuset) in the woods just minutes away from Gullringstorp, our hosts greeted us outside in the garden. We were told of the events of the evening. I am pretty sure that this tradition is only in our neck of the woods, but there are outdoor activities well planned out for all the guests to participate in. Everyone enjoys the fun , no matter how silly. It’s great to see all of our hard-working neighbors leave the worried of the world behind and just have FUN! Our Planned evening:

Station 1 :  Drinks!     We walked through the beautiful woods and came upon the first station. There we had our choice of drink,  beer, whisky etc.

Station 2: Driving!   We were all wondering what we would be driving. We soon found out.

Station 3 : Tossing Frogs !  Oh dear, I all could think was, poor little frogs!

Station 4: Hot Air Balloons! We had  no idea. We soon found out.

Station 5: Up  to our waist in water !!! Oh dear! Station 6: Tire toss! Tire toss???? Oh dear.

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Gathering at the Inn

Gathering at the Inn

Our hostes was there to greet us

Our hostess came out  to greet us

Our host also came to greet us

Our host also came to greet us

Our hostess filled us in on our activities for the evening

Our hostess filled us in on our activities for the evening

Gustav thought our activities sounded  fun

Gustav thought our activities sounded fun

photo 2  Station 1 Drinks.  I had a white wine and my husband had a whisky photo photo

Station 2:  Driving!!

Remote controlled driving!

Remote controlled driving!

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Station 3: Tossing Frogs  Luckily they were NOT real frogs, but jelly frogs!

A bucket full of jelly green frogs

A bucket full of jelly green frogs

This is the water bucket we tossed the frogs into

This is the water bucket we tossed the frogs into

preparing to toss little green frogs

preparing to toss little green frogs

Leif tossing while Irene keeps score

Leif tossing while Irene keeps score

Station 4: Hot air balloon  Object of the game was to hold a balloon between your legs and walk around a chair 3 times

Station 5 : Up to your waist in water !  We weren’t actually! there was a glass of water on a piece of paper and the object was to pull the paper without spilling the water. What fun we had and so many laughs

Hard to see, but there is the glass sitting on a piece of paper

Hard to see, but there is the glass sitting on a piece of paper

Station 6 : Tire Toss  For some reason, I was picturing tractor tires and this would be an event for the men. What a surprise to find out that  it was a bike tire to be tosses over the back of a wooden lawn chair. It was a lot of fun for all. I made it twice!

Go Irene !

Go Irene !

Almost there Irene !

Almost there Irene !

Go Leif !

Go Leif !

Bosse made it over the chair!

Bosse made it over the chair!

All our event photos are only of my other team mates. The other teams were ahead of us and we didn’t really see them except at the end when al got together at the end. IMG_5433 IMG_5434 photo 3 IMG_5437 After all the teams had completed all the events, we waited for our hostess to welcome us inside to sit for our meal and drinks. IMG_5445

a bit of nature brought inside

a bit of nature brought inside

We had a beautiful buffet in the next room

We had a beautiful buffet in the next room

A chiffonade was laden with many varieties of tea and beautiful antique tea cups

A side board was laden with many varieties of tea and beautiful antique tea cups

Two very old beautiful paintings were hung in the buffet room

Two very old beautiful paintings were hung in the buffet room

One of the many antuiqe liting fixtures that were in the Inn

One of the many antique lighting fixtures that were in the Inn

A delicious variety of salads were prepared for us

A delicious variety of salads were prepared for us

This was my plate, an assortment of salads, pork and the hame, onion and egg pie with a roll with cheese

This was my plate, an assortment of salads, pork and the ham, onion and egg pie with a roll with cheese

We had wine and snaps along with beer

We had wine and snaps along with beer

Our hostes had assistants to take our beverage orders

Our hostess had assistants to take our beverage orders. They were so nice.

Our host in deep conversation with one of the guests

Our host in deep conversation with one of the guests

We enjoyed the beautiful meal and then it was time for a traditional Swedish event, Snaps Songs. We each got printed out song lists with lyrics and even the name of a familiar song that was the tune for this Snaps Song. We had lots of fun and everyone participated, even my husband.

This song was about OP a favorite variety of Snaps

This song was about O.P. a favorite variety of Snaps

After the songs we had desert and coffee.

A sweet little cake and my tea

A sweet little cake and my tea

It is a Swedish tradition for someone to stand up and say a special toast of thanks to our hosts.  Our hosts were thanked not only for the wonderful time, but for the food , drinks and good company. This evening it was my husband.

After some time has passed and we have all had plenty to eat and drink, it’s time for an all time favorite at our neighbor parties, Grilled Korv ( Hot Dogs) ! IMG_5472 IMG_5474 To our hosts,  Ann-Marie och Carl-Eric, we send a warm THANK YOU for such a lovely evening ! To our neighbors we send a warmTHANKS for the evening’s  enjoyable companionship. To our neighbors who were unable to attend, you were  MISSED, but please enjoy the fun here.

6 responses

  1. Looks like fun was had by all. Glad to see your doing well. How’s the soap business? 🙂

    August 25, 2013 at 22:58

  2. Hej Seasonsgirl!
    We had such a fun time. I’m doing well and the business is doing well also. If you are interested, Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap ships Internationally.

    August 25, 2013 at 23:05

  3. Grüße aus Wien! I’ve been thinking about (missing) you and wondered why I hadn’t seen any of your posts in awhile. This is a lovely ‘hey, I’m back!’ – what an awesome party/experience. As much as I enjoy what they call ‘scheeky meeky’ (chicness) here in Austria, I have a soft spot for authenticity and good friends and you seem to have hit the jackpot here. Those games look like fun and everyone’s enjoying themselves – thank you for the pictures!
    I hope everything’s going well with you and your family. Looking forward to reading more!

    September 2, 2013 at 21:42

    • Hej from Sweden!
      Yes I am back after some difficult times London with my daughter having unexpected surgery. It took time to get back on track once I returned to Gullringstorp.

      Our neighbors are hard working folks; from farmers to firemen to septic tank workers to bakers and us goat farmers and soap maker. We all appreciated all the effort our hosts put into our evening. We just had so much fun and laughed together.

      I wish this kind of neighborhood togetherness for everyone.

      September 3, 2013 at 12:08

      • Oh wow, I hope everything’s on the upturn for your daughter.
        Sounds like a fine group of folks. 🙂

        September 3, 2013 at 13:44

      • Thanks Bahamian in Austria!
        She is fine and made a steady recovery and all is as it should be now. I’m just so fortunate and happy that I could leave my business and my goats and home to take whatever time was required in London.
        back home now in the warm neighborhood environment.

        September 4, 2013 at 15:04

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