Archives for category: Inspiration

One of my regular customers at the saturday market in Uppsala told me about a favorite new recipe – miso butter. Mine too now.

He uses it to dollop on boiled fresh asparagus, turning it into a delicacy. It can also be used on other vegetables, basting and even as a sandwich spread.

When you have herb miso.

Just take slice of bread – any bread will do – here it’s rye crisp or hard tack. Spread a little butter or such on it ever so lightly. Then top it with a wee portion of herb miso.

Crunch – you have a mouthful of tasty umame!

You’d be scared too if you saw who’s taking my picture.

It did amount to something.

A bit later…..,

What a composition – sunshine, mustard seed flowers and snow!

Altho you probably can’t see it, there are snow flakes in the air.

Not amounting to much, the flakes have been blowing in with the strong cold winds from the north east all day – enough for me to call it my first official day of winter!

April weather

Every year in the spring I go to the Stockholm garden show. In a way it’s getting old and boring, but I have to go to meet friends and get some stuff and inspiration.

Here are some picts.

The greatest surprise and inspiration were the rusty sheet metal containers. I’m going to have to get into welding. I’d like to sink a metal ring around each crop circle.

This girl was eager to tell me all about the situation in Africa for food, farmers and saving traditional crop seed. I was intrigued by the standing balls of straw – not bee hives or bird houses, but seed saving bundles!

Bird houses made by school children.

A shirt/jacket I wish I had bought.

A lighting rack for starting plants indoors I wish I had.

Some fencing

There was a portable heavy-duty frame with tarp roof that was being used to hang hamocks that they were selling. It won’t blow apart in a storm either. But it was from Hungary and not for sale. Next year maybe he said.

And of coarse I got some plants – a cold-hearty wisteria from Siberia and a golden cherry tree – from my favorite garden store in Finland – Blomquists.

It is however starting to warm up!

But not time yet to put out the tomatoes.

It is time to start hanging out the laundry tho.

Here’s a video from YouTuber Jonna Jinton

She lives a bit further north.


We have had a few glorious days of winter this last weekend.

You may notice that the deer have been pawing under the rose hedge. And they have made it a temporary sleeping place.

They seem to feel safe and secure close to us.