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
Malin received warm greetings, hugs and kisses from all of us
My husband in his “city ” jacket stands with our nearest neighbor, Jonas
Our birthday girl with a gift
The skies threatened rain, but we had luck; NO RAIN !!!
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
Bosse who is our other nearest neighbor arrived with his Marilyn Monroe tee-shirt
Another Malin, our neighbor with her two sons
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
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, her mother and son look at the gift brought by her co-worker
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
A furry party guest arrives
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 !
Hej Malin ! (not the birthday girl)
Malin’s husband lifts his drink to me..
My husband and a really lovely couple. i tried to get Ola’s attention
There! That’s better !
Gustav, neighbor and our hay & straw supplier
Another uncle, the 3rd of Malin’s
Wow what a lovely spread! Fruits, salads, potato salad, and ham
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
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
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
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
Time to enjoy the delicious food
One of Malin’s uncles
Beautiful flower arrangements on the food and drink table
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
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’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
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
Everyone stood and watched as each gift was opened
Bella came out for a brief time to say hej
The kids enjoy playing with Bella and Bella was in heaven
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 !!!
On this windy , cold snowy March morning here in Östergötland, Sweden;
one of my readers became Mrs. with her Mr.
Like the swans who mate for life, I wish Johanna and her beloved a long and happy life together !
Congratulations Johanna !!!