Archive for November, 2010

30 Nov 2010

Colder than in 100 years

No Comments Weather Down Under and Up Above

I’m off to Stockholm tonight, attending a training class there the next couple of days an to my horror I read in the news today that they expect it to be freezing cold in the Capital this week, actually colder than in 100 years to be exact. Plus there will be more snow. Great!

The temperatures are actually a lot lower than normal, for this time of the year, in basically all of Sweden. It’s the NAO, the North Atlantic Oscillation, that’s causing this cold weather. Normally the phenomenon results in mild westerly winds sweeping in over Sweden but now it’s in a negative phase which leads to those westerly winds ending up further south and instead cold air from the north flows over the country.

The same thing happened last year and then it lasted for a long time resulting in a long, cold and white winter but according to the Swedish Weather Bureau (SMHI) this doesn’t neccesarily mean that the whole winter will be this cold, it can change quickly. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that at least the temperatures go up a bit. I don’t mind the snow but the cold is not my friend!



Läs mer om vad som förosakar det rådande väderläget och föklaringen till varför vintern kom så tidigt på SMHI’s hemsida – HÄR.

30 Nov 2010

Nov. 30 2010

1 Comment Pic of the day, Sverige

Walking on the plowed ice roads in the harbour of Luleå. (Sweden)


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29 Nov 2010

Josh Groban – Noël

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Since it’s not so popular that I play Christmas songs at home (:P) I just start my workday with listening to one of my favourite Christmas albums - Josh Groban‘s album from 2007 Noël. Below is one of the tracks on the album – Little drummer boy.

29 Nov 2010

Nov. 29 2010

No Comments Australia, Pic of the day

An Australian Water Dragon. (Australia)

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28 Nov 2010

Advent

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It’s the first Sunday of Advent today and in Sweden that marks the start of the Christmas festivities. Today more Swedes visit church, to get together (to sing well known Christmas hymns) than any other time of the year. This first Sunday is also the day communities decorate their streets and squares with wreaths, garlands, lights and Christmas trees.

It’s also the day when you light the first candle in the adventsljusstake (Advent candle holder). The candle holder has four candles and each Sunday until Christmas a new candle is lit. For me personally Advent means that not only my candle holder is placed on the kitchen table but it also means that my electrical candle holders are in place in my windows as well as my stars and my Advent Children are up too. Read more

28 Nov 2010

Nov. 28 2010

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Archipelago of Blekinge. (Sweden)



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27 Nov 2010

Nov. 27 2010

1 Comment Australia, Pic of the day

One of Anna’s favourite Aussie animals. This beauty sat in a tree right by the road and Anna was just 1 meter away from it when she took the photo. (Australia)

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26 Nov 2010

Things you didn’t know you needed

1 Comment Random

I know I try to keep the blog about our everyday life and things and traditions that has to do with Sweden and Australia only, but sometimes I get a bit sidetracked and those blog posts end up in the category Random stuff. This blog post is a typical example of this.

I found this cookie cutter at Crate & Barrels homepage and I think it’s safe to say that it can be classified as a thing you didn’t know you needed. All you need to do is roll out the dough and then let this rolling cutter cut a quick series of cookies in mini holiday shapes: tree, bell, gingerbread boy, stocking and snowman. Handy huh, since cutting with normal, single shapes is such a tedious work…or?! :)

26 Nov 2010

Shut the fuck up, please

No Comments Quote of the day

26 Nov 2010

Nov. 26 2010

2 Comments Pic of the day, Queensland (QLD)

Paronella Park, Queensland. (Australia)

 


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