I've been able to take some small walks around our neighborhood and I'm so thankful for that. The flowers that are blooming right now are oh so spectacular.
Today is Swedish National Day so it's a public holiday here. It wasn't a holiday until recently and Swedes still don't really know what to do with this day. They never had to win independence from anyone. They embody their culture more fully on the upcoming midsommar holiday, celebrating the long light of summer. But they are always happy for a holiday so we are happy to join them in a day off work!
Today was picture perfect, the kind of weather that you dream about all winter long. When it gets like this in Stockholm there is just no better place on earth. So Doug asked me how I felt about venturing out on the boat and I said I was game. My short outings had gone well, the boat seats are cushioned, and I thought it would be just wonderful to get out. We called our friend Jen to enjoy the day with us and give a hand with the dog and the lifting as those are both no-no activities for me for another 5 weeks.
Boy am I glad we ventured out! The water was still, the sky without a cloud, the sun warm and refreshing. We headed south to our new favorite little spot, the Artipelag. Free boat slips, great walking paths, most beautiful café in Sweden, easy swimming access, beautiful bathrooms and loads of sunshine. What is there not to love?! I was nervous that the bouncing and jostling might be a bit much but it was such a great smooth ride. Tanner and I hunkered onto the back seat and allowed the lull of the motor to bring on a restful nap.
|A wonderful place to recuperate!|
|Gorgeous outdoor café|
|Our view for the afternoon|