Archive for August, 2009

Home grown peaches

Monday, August 31st, 2009

I have a baby in the garden, that is if you could call a peach tree a baby. I have never cared so much for a tree or a plant before as for my beloved peach tree. Peaches you think, in Sweden? The secret is a Lattvian variety called Riga that was planted early spring this year in a big pot on my terrace facing south. It starts flowering early in the season before the bees are awake which means you need to hand pollinate the pretty pink flowers with a brush. You need to cover and protect the tree from frost and cold nights during blossom so it won’t freeze and drop all flowers. And you need to uncover it so it won’t get too warm during warmer days. So that is why I call it a baby, it needs a lot of care. But the reward is so worth it. Succulent, sweet and wonderful peaches far away from store bought. Too tasty to use in baking so we just ate them directly from the tree. This first year we only got 15 peaches, but hopefully there will be more next year. Below are some photos from April when the tree flowered til early August when the peaches were ripe.

Peach tree flowering in April.


Early June.

Early June.

Late July.

Early August. Time to indulge!

Space candy winner!

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

And the winner is….


…comment number 3! Chosen by www.random.org. And comment number 3 is Markus. Congratulations!

Thanks everyone for participating. I loved reading what you would bring to space, and it got me very hungry! Since I haven’t updated the blog for almost 3 months I didn’t think anyone would find back, so thanks for that! :-)

I’m back & celebrating with unique space candy that you can win!

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

I know, it’s been a while. Or actually a long while. Never the less I’m back and I have something special for you! Today the Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang was supposed to go to space but for some reason they postponed it until tomorrow. Christer will be bringing 33 bags of the Swedish candy Bilar on his space shuttle. Bilar means cars and that is what the candies are, car shaped. However for this special occassion a very limited batch of space shuttles has been made instead of cars. 100 bags have been produced and 1 of them arrived in my mailbox today. And hopefully I’ll be sending it to YOU!

So what do you have to do? Leave a comment where you write what food you would miss the most if you would go to space (Writing in Polish or Swedish is totally fine with me :-) Don’t forget to leave your email address so that I can reach you. On Friday the 28th of August I’ll draw a random winner. And to make up for my absence I will also add a bag of my favourite cars, Sura Bilar, sour cars.

Edit 29th August: For winner look here. Thanks for participating!