Soon Christmas!

Not only for Christmas!

I fancied something different for afternoon tea today, instead of a cake. Not that this treat is difficult to make. Not at all!

You need this for two servings:

2 medium sized apples – preferable those crisp, juicy, a bit tart apples.
Peel them and cut into about half an inch big pieces. (1 to 2 cm) Make some smaller and some a little bigger. Put the pieces in a pan and add water till just above the apple level.

A handfull of dried plums – without stones!
Cut them in small pieces and blend with the apple.

Add a big tablespoon of honey, about a teaspoon of grained cinnamon, a pinch of grained clove (optional), a dash of fresh lemon juice and some zest of orange and lemon.

Cook until the apple pieces are almost done. Taste it to a balance between the sweetness, the tartness and the spices. Then take the pan off the heat and add while stiring, a tablespoon of potato starch blended in half a cup of water (about 1 dl). Very quickly the fruit-mix will thicken and you don’t have to pour all of the starch mix in the pan, if you think it’s thick enough without.

I served myself this wintery treat luke warm with some roasted pumpkin seeds and ice cold coconut cream.


P.S! DON’T use wheat flour in this to thicken it!
Maize starch might do, but with the potato starch you get a clear jello-ish look of the compote. I don’t know what it would look like if you use tapioca as thickener. .


Cold days

A cold beautiful day, and luckily no snow. Yet…


So still within the comfort zone, relatively…
… and thanks to some work done among weed and wild bushes, we can now see some of the landscape beyond the chestnut tree

Weekly Photo Challenge: New Horizon


Soon moving from here and now…

… to there and later
which then will be –
here and now!

Weekly Photo Challenge: New Horizon

(P.S. There is actually no snow here right now – nor there.)

An oldie, but goodie

Relax, is the theme for WPs Photo challenge this week.
But to make it clear, I don’t generally find buildings relaxing.
Particularly not these kinds made of concrete and glass, and mostly gray.
But to make a colorful image out of such a mostly gray photo – that is relaxing!
And a lot more calming to look at…


Weekly Photo Challenge: Relax

… and while performing a huge cleaning-process among my photos, I found this.
I’ll keep it!

Peace & Quiet

A sofa…
An unread book – or a pile of…
A warm and cosy blanket…
A pillow – or why not three…
being all surrounded

A cup o’ coffee…
Some cookies…
No one coming…
No one calling…
peace and quiet

Just I, me and myself…
And all the time in the world

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relax

How about…

… a mid-day stroll on a cold, sunny day.


Weekly Photo Challenge: not this time of the year without

… and no snow – thank goodness

I Heart You


Weekly Photo Challenge: It’s not this time of year without… Love

And that goes for everytime, anytime, everywhere…

It’s time

… for oranges. Any sort, any size, big or small. Just oranges!


Weekly Photo Challenge: 
It's not this time of the year without: 
Fruit! Especially oranges!


I tried to find chaos – but found only peace…


Weekly Photo Challenge: Chaos

Soft autumn…

… in the gap between October and November…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transmogrify


Weekly Photo Changings: Transmogrify

Searching for Mr Spock


Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

On the edge


Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge



If you’re expecting the Light, don’t turn away from the source, or you may only see the shadows
(Was just reminded of  Platos allegory about the cavern)


The library


Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror



Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror

Something fishy is going on…

… and someone seems to to be left behind…



Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame

Framing summer

… and keeping as a memory


Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame

Browsing the city…

… inside that folder hidden in my photo library
… finding that I don’t have that many photos
taken from walkabouts in the city
… not at all as many as I could have had

if I only…
would do walkabouts in the city

but ifs never accomplish anything


… but I like this image from february 2015…
a brisk day, I remember

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

Once upon a moon

Neither from the apartment where I lived before nor nearby I could see the stars as bright, nor the moon as big and shiny as I do here. The air is quite clean to breathe, and there’s a magpie couple living in the birch just a few meters outside my patio.
It’s quite breath-taking!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare


More enjoyable than fun, maybe…
More beautiful than fun, maybe…
But the entire sky, every cloud there was, was pink, orange, golden…
even when I first saw the beauty, facing east
the photos don’t do the moment justice
WPC: fun

Looking eastwards at 8.30 PM
Now 8.45, went for a short walk – and I couldn’t resist playing around with this photo, also partly to “hide” the villa

Fun, fun, fun

Working on the novel…
Having a 27 inch screen is marvelous! I can have three documents side by side if I want to (and need it) And still be able to comfortably read and write.

Oh, this writing is so fun!
… and yes! I have intentionally blurred the text…

IMG_1988Weekly Photo Challenge: Fun


Between the raindrops

I was sneaking out for a wee drop of coffee between the scattered showers yesterday morning. Are you sure it isn’t October already?
Well! Yesterday was yesterday, today the rain is just pouring down. Constantly…


If it wasn’t for all the green stuff out there, it would have been november. And it seems that only the west-coast in south of Sweden suffers from this non-summer-ish weather. Further north they have SUMMER! At least so far…

But it’s a lovely weather to sit indoors and reed, write and take naps in.

The narrow path…

I kind’o prefer this one ….IMG_7897small


…over this wide boring one… IMG_7894small

You kind’o get me, don’t you?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Narrow