Midsummer in Småland

In Sweden we take our Midsummer celebrations seriously. This year I travelled down to Småland to spend Midsummer with my brother Jonathan and his family. I took the train after work on Thursday evening, and stayed until Sunday evening. It was great fun to see them all again, here is a selection of photos from the days.

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Their two cats have together six kittens, so the house was invaded by little fluffy monsters chasing flies and play-fighting with each other.
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My oldest niece is now turning 10. Crazy how quickly time goes. One of her birthday presents was a new fashionable hairstyle.
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This photo of the youngest one is taken by her big sister. It is fun that they have an interest in photography as well.
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Midsummer celebration at Åsensby.
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The youngest one doing her own version of the midsummer dance.
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In one corner there was a fish pond, yellow plastic ducks the kids got to use a fishing rod equipped with a magnet to fish out of the water. Their reward: a bag of candy.
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“Björnen sover, björnen sover i sitt lugna bo. Han är inte farlig, bara man är varlig, men man kan dock, men man kan dock honom aldrig tro.” With a roar the kids got up and chased down their parents.
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Jonathan and Sandra at Åsensby.
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Me and my brother
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They have a trampoline in the garden, and there just happened to be a broom leaning against the fence. Well, we put two and two together, and this happened.
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The Salvation Army has a little place called Soludden, which had a nice beach.
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The little one had a high fever and was not in the best of moods.
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Olav and Sandra out for a swim.
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Water wars! Chaos erupts on the Swedish shoreline.
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Olav with his latest chewing toy.
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The middle one has learned a new acrobatic trick that she wanted to show off.
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Jonathan and Sandra watching the sunset.
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There were more people that wanted a beautiful sunset photo.
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The next day started with some really good locally made ice cream.
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We went back to Soludden, and Jonathan and I went canoeing.
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Johannes in the canoe
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Soludden as seen from the water
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Sandra and the oldest one doing some water acrobatics.
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On the way back the mist was forming, so we stopped to take a photo.
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The little one was finally feeling better and wanted to go out and pick wild strawberries to make a smoothie for grandma who was arriving later that evening together with grandpa.
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Picking flowers. Flower, stem and root.
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Having fun on the trampoline with one of their friends.
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I might have photoshopped this photo a bit.
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Olav and one of the kittens.
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More kittens, this one was particularly brave.
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A kitten not quite as brave.
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Kitten in a boot.
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Grandma Margaretha and the youngest one. Grandma and Grandpa arrived to stay for two weeks just as I was leaving.

It was a great weekend, as always, many thanks to Jonathan, Sandra, my three nieces and the family friends I met.

— Johannes

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