Our newest member of our Gullringstorp family, Boris is doing just fine.
He seems to be enjoying his new home. He watches the cats and our little Max through the plexy glass on his enclosure. He can be found on every shelf and resting area provided him. He has finally found his heated shelf and seems to enjoy it. He hasn’t started to eat yet but I offer him a nice bowl of delicious chopped veggies: kale, carrots, zucchini and apple. If the plate is untouched in the evening, it goes into the chicken’s bowl. He will soon start eating. He’s still adjusting.
I am so glad he is here with us at Gullringstorp!
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.
Station 2: Driving!!
Station 3: Tossing Frogs Luckily they were NOT real frogs, but jelly frogs!
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
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!
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. 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.
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.
After the songs we had desert and coffee.
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) ! 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.
So far, you could see that we ate our way around Paris. What can I say, we like our food and has Paris has the most fantastic food. Well, we didn’t just eat our way around Paris, we enjoyed many cultural pursuits as well. This City Girl turned Country Gal really enjoyed the city, once again!
My daughter and I love ballet and especially the Paris Opera Ballet :
We also enjoyed some great exhibits in some of the museums in Paris:
Just some of our favorites:
My daughter especially loves the bookshops in Paris. She speaks and reads French fluently so the bookshops are a delight for her. I enjoy them also, even though I don’t speak French:
Shops and Holiday decorations in Paris:
Sorry I forgot some food photos:
No trip to Paris would be complete with out a trip to Notre Dame:
We were able to book seats for the Messiah at the Theatre des Champs-Élysées- what a wonderful experience:
This next video I took from our seats way up at the top, over heads, while standing and leaning. Honestly, it’s mainly for listening to not really viewing because of my view. Sorry. Maybe you can start the video and then close your eyes and just listen. I hope you can still enjoy this beautiful encore:
The beginning of the New Year has been very busy here at Gullringstorp and at Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap. After all the fun of the holidays, it is time to set down some plans for the new year and to start putting those plans into action. I have been trying to get up to date with my blog after the holiday absence. I still have much to share about the goings on in my stable.
Before it’s too late, I would like to share a bit of our annual Holiday trip to Paris. This is our 11th year, just my daughter and I we stay at the same family run hotel, visit our favorite restaurants , book stores, churches and museums. We have been lucky to be able to attend wonderful ballet while in Paris for the week before Christmas.
I would like to share some Paris moments with you:
Delicious food and treats of Paris:
Welcome back for Part 2, museums, ballet and Holiday sights in Paris.