We’re visiting Markus’s parents right now. It’s been pretty cold and windy, but just being here makes it feel like a proper summer holiday. I love this place. 🙂

On Saturday Markus’s dad took us berry picking. It’s a good berry year this year and it would be a shame not to take advantage of it. I plan on going hunting for blueberries myself when I get back home.
Saturday though, the target was cloudberries:

Imaginary Karin - cloudberries

I don’t know if you’ve heard of them before? Apparently cloudberries only grow in the northernmost parts of the world, like northern Europe, Russia and Canada. They look kinda like raspberries, but are bright orange and grow in marshes and similar wet areas. They are very rich in vitamin C and you can make a seriously delicious jam from them.

I like them very much, but they can be a pain in the ass to pick as they grow on wet ground. It can be unstable (and, you know, wet) to walk in and you will most likely be surrounded by a million mosquitoes. I could definitely feel it in my feet the day after,

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HarrbÀcksand

The weather hasn’t been warm enough to allow for a swim in the sea, but we went out there anyway. It’s not far from where we live (this is a coastal town after all, I tend to forget that sometimes) and it’s nice to just walk around and look at the pretty scenery and take pictures. 🙂

HarrbÀcksand

Unfortunately the coordinates on the bench doesn’t quite match where it’s standing… I tried them on Google Maps and the needle pointed to a spot south of there. Somewhat of a bummer.

HarrbÀcksand

HarrbÀcksand

The dogs camouflage colours work quite well it seems, even in this setting.

HarrbÀcksand

To my surprise BOTH of them voluntarily walked into the water. The big guy had to go first though, and then the little guy followed. ^_^ And afterwards they both complained about sandy feet…

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Imaginary Karin - midsummer 2013 drawing

A little more than a week ago, on June 21st, was the summer solstice. Midsummer, the longest day of the year. So this means it’s summer for real now and I for one just started my 4 weeks long summer vacation!

Freeeedoooooooommm!!! as William Wallace would’ve put it :yay:
(sans the decapitation)

Our only plans this year is to go visit our parents and also a short trip to Stockholm, which will be fun as I’ve never been there as a tourist before. Other than that I’m just going to be as lazy as possible. 😉

Is anyone else doing anything fun this summer?
Or maybe you live on the other side of the equator and is in the middle of winter right now..?

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When Markus was born back in 1987 he, according to his mother, came out with blue skin. This was due to oxygen deprivation from a serious congenital heart defect. A syndrome called Tetralogy of Fallot.

He had his first surgery at only a couple of months old when they took a large vein from his right arm to make new tubing for his heart. This was only a temporary solution though, and at 3 he had the “real” surgery when they patched his heart up for good.

The operation was successful and he went on to live a fairly normal life – until he was 18 when he had a serious episode of Ventricular Tachycardia. It’s like a heart attack (closest example I could think of) except it’s caused by the heart freaking out and starting to beat incredibly fast, to the point it’s not really beating as much as cramping, preventing the blood from passing through. That is as serious as a heart attack and yes, he could very well have died that day.

After that they put an ICD in his chest. It’s sort of like a pacemaker except it only activates in case of emergency.

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So Netflix are producing their own shows now. As someone who constantly fail to follow shows on TV Netflix is a knight in pixel armour. Them making their own shows is a rather exciting new form of publishing if you ask me, the biggest advantage being that this way they can release a whole season at once instead of forcing you to wait a week between episodes.

Btw, what do you call a show that’s made for a streaming service? Netshow? Stream-TV? 😕

Anyway, they have two Netflix-produced shows out (in my country anyway) and I’ve watched them both:

Lilyhammer

Lilyhammer

What happens when a New York mobster gets relocated to a small town in Norway? Well for starters hilarity ensues.
It’s not a serious mobster drama by any length, nothing like The Sopranos or the Godfather, this is much more lightweight and comical. The mobsters are very stereotypical mobsters and the Norwegians are very stereotypical, eh, Norwegians.

American Frank Tagliano goes under witness protection after testifying against his boss. He need to hide and chooses the least likely place he can think of (and also because he saw the winter Olympics) which is Lillehammer,

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