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This is my mans plot (but it would be nothing without me!)

Salamu Aleikum! Now that winter is here and we are all dead from the inside and out, it is time to plan for better things to come. Like spring and a new growing season. In these theoretic times that acquire knowledge and a hunger for information, I am so lucky to be married to a natural science interested teacher! And to share our plot with a soil expert is another bonus. I just can’t stand natural science! As soon as I here the word my ears switches on the mute button and my mind drifts to the fuzzy and warm world of the Humanities. Aaah…people. Knowing about plants and what they do is a must, and unless you are willing to spend the rest of your life getting all the emperics and then pass on the knowledge to your grandchildren, you better start reading. I don’t, my husband does all that for me!

Wherever I go in the flat there is a bunch of papers with plants written on them, or drawings of the plot and which hour the sun sets in which month and so on. On every paper the sides are filled with scribbles about the natural world. He reads about every plant and remembers it! In this very moment he’s writing about polyculture that he thinks we should try. Thank god for him!

He is the one who, well actually we both have designed the plot but he is the one who knows what we are doing and why. It’s not like I’m completely clueless, but I find myself wondering what I would do if it was my plot and mine only. Strongwilled as I am, I don’t think much would be different. Except for example, Rachid thinks we should have alot of edible perennials, I agree but would I do the research to find those perennials? No! Would he? Oh yeah! I’m gonna try to force him to write a post about it all, so that I don’t accidently learn something.

News from the plot: we bought berry bushes! At this place, which was awesome! We go four raspberry bushes, two yellow and two red. And two blackberry, without thorns! One gooseberry, one blueberry plant which is very exciting. And one white currant and two black currant. We planted them along the sides, to shield a bit from the wind. Slideshow time!

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On the way home we passed a yard sale and Nick bought a huge glass thing in which we hopefully will brew beer from our own hops. Does anyone have any information about beer brewing? I went in to the swedish beer brewers organizations website and they we’re all like “yeah it’s real easy, as long as you know about…….” 5000 things I’ve never heard about.  So I don’t. But I am very excited nonetheless! Someone will do the necessary research, and it wont be me!

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Slånbärssaftglögg! (Sloecordialmulledwine?)

Helloooooooo! Today was (yes it’s 3.30 pm and the day is coming to an end. Scandinavia! Whoo! Whoo!) a gorgoeus sunny day and I checked the paper to see if we’d had frost here yet. We had so that meant I could go down to the beach and pick some slånbär (sloe) to make saft! Saft is a swedish thing that I am oh so grateful for that I have never seen anywhere else, except other scandinavian countries (Scandinaviaaaaa!! Whooooo!). It’s basically a very concentrated fruit or berry juice that you mix with water right before you drink it. It has tons of sugar so it lasts forever and it is delicious! Although we allegedly already had frost, I put the berries in the freezer. I did this because they contain some sort of toxic cyanide that makes the berries really bitter and sour but that goes away with the frost. After that it’s a three day process to make the saft and after that I thought I’d use it to make glögg! Glögg is another swedish invention that I’m very grateful for! It’s a spiced wine that you drink warm at christmas with chopped almonds and raisins. I will not make the alcoholic version, swedes tend to put vodka and other stuff in their glögg, but I go all saftglögg! I will get back to you with the details.

Sloe grows everywhere around my parts and in all of Europe, you can even find it in north africa! It grows like a weed and has tons of berries that most birds don’t like due to its toxicity before the frost. So if you see berries like these, pick them and make saft! It is truly delicious!


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