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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.


Sweden’s National Day June 6th and New Business Launch Party


June 6th was Sweden’s National Day along with the launching of my new business!

I decided to have my launch at Bosse’s Pub since this community is very close to our hearts. We have a neighbor who supplies our hay and straw. Another neighbor supplies oats for our goats. All love to purchase our Gullringstorp Äggs (eggs).

In short, we have had a lot of interest in our little herd from our closest neighbors so they were the first to see the products of our hard work and their contributions.

Swedish flags flew in the wind all over Sweden on this day. There was a flag flying at Bosse's Pub also

Swedish flags flew in the wind all over Sweden on this day. There was a flag flying at Bosse’s Pub also

I presented my new business and offered snacks of fresh cut veggies and dip with delicious fried chicken wings. Beverages were also available including snacks such as chips and cheese balls.

Our Gullringstorp Eggs from our free range hens  were available for purchase

Our Gullringstorp Eggs from our free range hens were available for purchase

Snacks that are typically on offer at the Pub were presented along with beautiful wild flowers

Snacks that are typically on offer at the Pub were presented along with beautiful wild flowers

My presentation was kept under wraps until all invited were there

My presentation was kept under wraps until all he guests were there

My guest begin to arrive

My guest begin to arrive and chat before coming up to the Pub

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Once my presentation began, I revealed my new products; 100% Natural Handmade Goat Milk Soap

Once my presentation began, I revealed my new products; 100% Natural Handmade Goat Milk Soap

After my presentation and everyone got information sheets and samples, my guest enjoyed some yummies

After my presentation and everyone got information sheets and samples, my guest enjoyed some yummies

It was a great presentation, but I must say it was a real pleasure watching my neighbors enjoying my cooking!

My presentation went better than expected. I even attempted to give the entire presentation in Swedish, with a little help from my husband.

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I must say it was a real pleasure watching my neighbors enjoying my cooking!

Everyone tucked into the yummies while I answered questions about my new products and our goats

Everyone tucked into the yummies while I answered questions about my new products and our goats

Yummy !

Yummy !

I never expected to make sales on my launch party and very first presentation of my new business and products. I made several sales even though I provides sample travel size Milk and Honey soaps for everyone.

I never expected to make sales on my launch party and very first presentation of my new business and products. I made several sales even though I provided sample travel size Milk and Honey soaps for everyone.

In addition to Li'l Sis Goat Milk Soap sales, we had Gullringstorp egg sales !

In addition to Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap sales, we had Gullringstorp egg sales ! WOW !!!!

We had a wonderful evening and I really was pleased with my presentation. I was made to feel very much at ease in front of my neighbors who really enjoyed hearing of my new business. I answered many questions and I felt very good about the interest in my new products.

I have since been asked to speak in front of important meetings in our kommun and political meetings to speak about starting a business as not only a woman but an immigrant in Sweden. One of our local newspapers has done an interview at Gullringstorp about my new business and our goats. There are at least 3 other publications who are scheduling interviews.

If I can contribute and give support and encouragement to other immigrants, especially women to help them start their own businesses, I will be happy.

Welcome to Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap. My website is still under construction but will be up soon: As of July 8, 2012 my website is now live: www.lilsisgoatmilksoap.com


Our New Neighborhood Pub


One of our neighbors built his own pub. Kjell.  Kjell came to our rescue with his big machinery,  when we had a terrible storm a few years back that took most of our trees out front. They don’t live very far away,  so in true country Swedish style, we walked to the new pub.

When we arrived, it was absolutely beautiful. We spent a wonderful Spring evening enjoying all of our closest neighbors. We lucked out with nice weather to be able to sit outside and enjoy friends.

This new pub sits proudly on a hill

This new pub sits proudly on a hill

When I said we lucked on the weather, that didn't mean sunshine and warmth of Spring. As with every Swedish Spring, we were cold

When I said we lucked on the weather, that didn’t mean sunshine and warmth of Spring. As with every Swedish Spring, we were a bit cold

There's our straw supplier on the left

There’s our straw supplier on the left. Malin who lives on the same property as her family, stores her beautiful motorcycle at Gullringstorp over the winter months

Our hostess on the left

Our hostess on the right, Kjell’s wife

There's the man that empties our sewage tank

Kenneth who empties our septic tank joins the conversation and has a smoke

Just like at Bosse's Pub, there is no smoking inside the pub

Just like at Bosse’s Pub, there is no smoking inside the pub

It's customary in this area to bring a gift for the hostess and they are displayed on the treat table. We brought eggs from our hens

It’s customary in this area to bring a gift for the hostess and they are displayed on the treat table. We brought eggs from our hens

Here is the treat table with gifts from some of the guests and there are our eggs

Here is the treat table with gifts from some of the guests and there are our eggs

This is the bar area of our new neighbor Pub

This is the bar area of our new neighbor Pub. There sits a can of hot dogs that are traditionally served toward the end of the evening

There is a nice supply of beer (öl) for those who enjoy beer

There is a nice supply of beer (öl) for those who enjoy beer

Two neighbors, catching up

Two neighbors, catching up

Bosse enjoying being a guest at the new Pub!

Bosse enjoying being a guest at the new Pub!

My husband on the left and our neighbor who is a fireman and also a farmer with his father. They supply our goats with oats

My husband on the left and our neighbor who is a fireman and also a farmer with his father. They supply our goats with oats

Everyone is having a fine time

Everyone is having a fine time

The ladies catch up on the local happenings

The ladies catch up on the local happenings and enjoying a hot dog

Look closely at the hands! What do you see? Hot Dogs !!!!

Look closely at the hands! What do you see? Hot Dogs !!!!

My husband is enjoying a cup of wine and a hot dog

My husband is enjoying a cup of wine and a hot dog

All you could think to put on your hot dog is available at the bar

All you could think to put on your hot dog is available at the bar

My husband decide to man the bar for a while!

My husband decide to man the bar for a while!

Just look at the beautiful "burn" work on t he ceiling wood

Just look at the beautiful “burn” work on t he ceiling wood

Still a bit cool outside but sitting outside was no issue

Still a bit cool outside but sitting outside was no issue. Malin’s son sits near the man smoking. We had a lovely chat, he and I.

Our hostess

Our hostess, Kjell’s wife

This the father  of Magnus the fireman and oats supplier. He and his wife love to come by to enjoy the goats

This the father of Magnus the fireman and oats supplier. He and his wife love to come by to enjoy the goats

Neighbors catching up......

Neighbors catching up…..

This Kenneth who empties our septic tank

This Kenneth who empties our septic tank

Bosse visits with our local fireman's mother

Bosse visits with our local fireman’s mother

It was a lovely evening. We all enjoyed each other’s company and  the new Pub was beautiful and really cozy.  I hope to spend many more pleasant evenings there.