Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Favourites of the Fall

I can't believe fall is already pretty much over! More and more, I feel the urge to document things, so I don't forget the best moments. I started thinking "What were the best moments of the fall?", and I thought I would share them with you, if you allow me. :-)

French -- This fall, I decided to make an effort to incorporate French into my daily life. Yes, French is my mother tongue and, yes, I write in French everyday as a translator, but since moving to Sweden I hardly speak or read French anymore and I missed that. I decided this needed to change. I borrowed French books from the city library, went to cinéma français at least twice a month with Mr. AS+AS and francophile friends, and traveled to France. Although the trip was admittedly not primarily for the purpose of reconnecting with the French language, it felt good to speak French as well as replenish my "new words" little notebook. I also realized during our trip that, despite what Mr. AS+AS says, his level of French is quite impressive and that there is no reason, aside from habit, that we should not speak French at home.
Foodie Pleasures -- It's also been a foodie fall for us. We picked tons of berries and plums in August, and made jams of all sorts this fall: black current, ginger-lemon-plum, and cinnamon plum butter. Then, apple season started, and we spent many afternoons making dried apples, and... Mr. AS+AS made 150 litres of apple cider! Anyone fancy a bottle of homemade cider?
Cycle commute -- I cannot believe it when I hear people from Gothenburg complain about how "bad" the bike paths are. If only you knew! If only you knew how horrible the bike paths are where I come from! (i.e. Toronto) I thank the Lord every day for the luxurious segregated (segregated!) bike paths I get to employ every time I head to the city center. And with the colours of the fall, my bike commute has been even more spectacular.
Trail Running -- Fresh air, the leaves changing colour, the sense of community from running in a group.... I've continued to enjoy training in the forest with my running club this fall, with the added enjoyment of discovering a sauna tucked away in a corner of the showers. Ah! I'm a complete addict now. And feel myself becoming more Swedish each day. This fall I was able to celebrate the end of my marathon training season with the Nice-Cannes marathon, and I'm finding it pretty nice now to have the pressure lifted and to be able to run for pleasure without worrying about speed. It also means I now have more free time to do other things... namely, sewing. :-)
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Cozy up at home -- Swedes have perfected the art of cozying up the home, with different traditions that make darkness fun. I've enjoyed lighting candles and brightening up our apartment with those colourful lamps. I've also not been feeling too guilty about spending evenings catching up our TV series, wrapped up in my big duvet and drinking liters of green tea. (Yep, in case you were wondering, this is what's happened to my sew-jo.) Nice thing is, the cozying up season is far from being over. The best has yet to come with cinnamon-ginger cookies and mulled wine season only beginning this weekend.

Thanks for allowing me to share my favourite things of the fall, and I wish all of us a wonderful and productive winter!

13 comments:

  1. Sounds like you've been having a great time! I know what you mean about the bike paths, in New Zealand there is plenty of mountain bike trails and forest rides but the cycle ways into the city still need way more development when compared to Europe!

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    1. Yeah, like in Canada. People still find it difficult to accept the idea of less space for cars and more space for bikes. People are still too attached to driving. Which is understandable, in a way, given the way the urban planing has evolved, with the suburbs being so spread out.

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  2. i would love som cider! my Mr brews beer, fancy a trade?
    i'm glad to see you are settling in and loving all the good things sweden has to offer. i cannot wait for the week-end to come so that i can hand my window stars and drink som mulle wine!
    also, congratulations on your marathon! i cannot wrap my head around the idea of running 42k... makes you a bit of a superwoman in my eyes that you did!!

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    1. That trade sounds like a brilliant idea, Joëlle! When is you beer going to be ready? Ours this spring. I guess we will have to organize a fabric shopping session somewhere to arrange this trade. ;-)
      I'm no super woman for running marathons, trust me. I firmly believe that if I can do it, anyone can do it.

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  3. What a lovely post. I'm already a complete 'swedophile' and keep telling my husband one day we need to live in Sweden. This post just made me want to pack up and go now. :)

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    1. Yes, Sweden is a pretty amazing country. :-) You should totally do it!

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  4. Sounds like an amazing autumn! I want to go to there! (Don't remind me about the TO bike lanes.... I may have to move there soon.... sigh)

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    1. Oh, but Toronto is fantastic in so many respects! Yes, you might miss you the decent bike lanes of MTL, but think of all those Queen West fabric stores!

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  5. Thanks for the post. It's great to see how you are doing!

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  6. Bonjour ! Je viens de découvrir ton blog par le biais de celui de Zoe. Je suis française et je suis heureuse de trouver une francophone ! Si tu as envie de discuter en français...
    Ton blog est vraiment sympa et j'aime suivre les expatrié(e)s et leur expérience d'un autre pays (comme toi en Suède). J'aime aussi la couture.
    Tu es Canadienne ou Française ?
    And I also speak English of course!

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    1. Salut Val! Heureuse de trouver ton message sur mon blogue aujourd'hui! As-tu un blogue ou une adresse courriel par l'entremise duquel je pourrais te contacter? N'hésite pas non plus à m'écrire à allstyleandallsubstance AT gmail. :-)

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    2. Non, je n'ai pas de blog (pas assez de temps entre mon job à plein temps, mes 3 filles, la maison, la couture, .......).
      Je t'envoie un petit message à ton adresse gmail, comme ça tu auras mon adresse.

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