Weekend Fun

Edmund de Waal at Artipelag

Edmund de Waal at Artipelag

It’s been a fun weekend! Here’s what I did.

  • Watched Jrette’s dance show, snappy and lively!
  • Inspired by Kate Feluś’s fine recent book Secret Life of the Georgian Garden, I made syllabub (whipped cream with lemon juice & rind, wine, sugar and a dash of grand marnier), and ate it while checking on the (encouraging) progress of our three tiny rose bushes.
  • Logged nine geocaches and failed to find two. One hadn’t been visited in the past nine months and contained no less than three travel bugs that had been languishing there. I brought them along and placed each in a different cache in a far more frequently visited area.
  • Watched the orange rabbit who has taken to munching for hours on the lawn outside our kitchen window, where hares sat a lot last year.
  • Visited the beautiful and beautifully sited art museum Artipelag, viewed a double-feature of Morando, who obsessively depicted pots, and de Waal, who obsessively mass-produces pots. At least Mrs. Rundkvist liked them.
  • Read Albert Sánchez Piñol’s 2012 historical novel Victus about an 18th century military engineer.
  • Played Yggdrasil (failing to prevent the Twilight of the Gods) and Plato 3000.
  • Scrubbed the carved 1970s sign with my surname on it that sits on the street end of the garden shed. It needs oiling.

What did you do, Dear Reader?


  1. #1 BirgerJohansson
    May 8, 2017

    Got snowed on 🙁

  2. #2 Eric Lund
    May 8, 2017

    Saturday was pretty well rained out, but Sunday was a much nicer day. In my garden, the flowers on the magnolia tree are just opening, and the phlox are starting to come into bloom, as are the blueberry bushes. The trees are leafing out, so at least we will have shade the next time it hits 30 degrees C.

    On my to do list: install the house numbers I bought last fall. I have had too many pizza delivery people knock on my door when they were looking for the house at the other end of the street–apparently having my house number on the mailbox isn’t good enough. I also suspect that at least one GPS map software company has the addressing on my street backwards.

  3. #3 Martin R
    May 8, 2017

    Our magnolia is also on the verge of bloom! We’re at N 59° 17′. What’s your latitude?

  4. #4 Eric Lund
    May 8, 2017

    I’m at about 43 N, but I’m also in eastern North America. Which means that despite being at the latitude of southern France, I have a climate more like that of southern Sweden. That’s how big an effect the Gulf Stream has on northwestern Europe.

  5. #5 Eric Lund
    May 8, 2017

    Or to put it another way: You are at about the same latitude as Churchill, Manitoba. That’s the town where the polar bears congregate while waiting for Hudson Bay to freeze over. A major river enters the bay around there, so that part of the bay freezes earlier than parts that are further north but with saltier water.

  6. #6 Martin R
    May 9, 2017

    Here’s hoping the Gulf Stream stays where it is!

  7. #7 birgerjohansson
    May 9, 2017

    The cold has made the birds re-discover the balls of tallow I put out for them in April.
    Debunked! Ditch the Stradivarius? New violins sound better: study https://phys.org/news/2017-05-ditch-stradivarius-violins.html
    Defeating evil http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/the-chosen-one

  8. #8 BirgerJohansson
    May 10, 2017

    Another thing I did. Logged on internet:
    “Emaciated, unrecognisable’: China releases human rights lawyer from custody” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/10/emaciated-unrecognisable-china-releases-human-rights-lawyer-from-custody

  9. #9 Thomas I
    May 12, 2017

    Magnolias have been blooming here in Malmo since 3-4 weeks ago.

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