Monday Randoms

I’m taking a walk every day despite the gloomy weather. I wonder how the clothespin got there?

branches_in_snow
There is so little snow.

lichen
Bearded.

wood
Humans were here.

pallets
And there.

Here Comes The Snow

snow on autumn leaves || by marion

first snow in the forest || by marion

snowy fir branch || by marion


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Mist And Sun

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This happened over the weekend.
Perfect timing for this week’s photo challenge: Transmogrify.
It had been a while!

In The Autumn Forest

autumns birch leaves || by marion

On the last day of August, I took a little morning walk.

Path in the forest || by marion

I followed the path into the forest.

Autumn forest lingonberries zoom || by marion

The floor was covered with red blueberry leaves and lingonberries.

mushroom || by marion

It’s been rainy lately and now mushrooms are popping up everywhere.

Autumn forest floor lingonberries ||by marion

As I explored and took pictures, the wind made a nice rustling sound in the trees above my head.

mushroom || by marion

It really really looked like a fairy tale forest.

Lingonberries || by marion

Quiet, and full of treasures.

Autumn forest floor mushrooms ||by marion

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Fields And Skies

Field turning yellow, cloudy skies || Västerbotten countryside || by marion

Field turning yellow, cloudy skies || Västerbotten countryside || by marion

Green fields are turning yellow, wild geese and swallows are back.

Field turning yellow, cloudy skies || Västerbotten countryside || by marion


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One Year Of Jam

Home-made jam || by marion

Wild blueberries || by marion

Raspberry and blueberry jam || by marion

Raspberry bushes || by marion

Wild blueberry and raspberry jam || by marion

Wild blueberries in the forest || by marion

Blueberry, raspberry & plum crisp || by marion

Blueberry picking forest view || by marion

Little jars, big milestone!
Last August, I made jam. August is there again: here in the north of Sweden, raspberries and wild blueberries are ripe and delicious. There’s still a jar of jam left from last year, and now I’m making more. Full circle!

On this journey to growing & foraging more of my own food,  the most important lesson I’m constantly learning is to lower my expectations and set reasonable goals.

Making one year’s worth of jam was my goal for last year. It was reasonable: raspberry bushes grow on their own in our garden, requiring zero maintenance except one yearly trimming. As for blueberries, well, the forest all around is full of them.

We’re celebrating the new berry season with Natalie’s fruit oatmeal crisp. Let me tell you, it’s delicious. After investing in a berry-picker comb, we set a new reasonable goal for this year: make another year’s worth of jam, plus freeze some fresh berries to enjoy next winter.

This is nothing like self-sufficiency, but there’s something so deeply satisfying about seeing those jars pile up. Not too little, not too much, just what we need plus some to give as gifts. Growing our own food, one little step at a time.

My super simple wild blueberry/raspberry jam

  • Servings: about 3 jars
  • Time: about 20 minutes
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This is how I make my summer berries jam. I don’t even use any special jam sugar or additional pectin, but usually it sets just fine. I reuse peanut butter jars (such as pictured above) I save all year long. While I cook the jam, I sterilize the jars by putting them in the oven at 100°C for about 20 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 800 g crystal sugar (I use organic white sugar)
  • 1 kg fresh berries
  • 1 squeeze of lemon juice

Directions

Mix all ingredients in a large pot. While stirring, bring to a boil, boil until a foam forms, rises on the sides of the pot and falls again. Reduce the heat and boil for a 5-10 more minutes while stirring. Pour still hot into sterilized jars. Close the jars and put them upside down to cool. The jam will seem liquid but will set as it cools.

 


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Solstice Skies

summer solstice sky, västerbotten, sweden, by marion

summer solstice full moon, västerbotten, sweden, by marion

summer solstice sunset, västerbotten, sweden, by marion


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May Snapshots

birch leaves With may came green leaves,

field green fields,

seedlings and tiny green seedlings.

splitting firewood There was firewood to cut and split.

rainbow One day there was a rainbow.

blooming tree The tree started blooming.

evening walk I went on many evening walks.

sunset The days got longer and longer,

early morning mist and now there are bright nights and this early morning mist is back.


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One May Evening

spring flowers

grass along a red wood wall

straw

rut in the field

dandelion

horsetails

… watching the earth turn green once again.

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The Golden Hour

Field Västerbotten Sweden

willow buds

Tree Västerbotten Sweden

Barn Västerbotten Sweden

willow buds

… at this time of the year, comes just before dinnertime.

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