Even though I’m nowhere ready to go on holiday yet, we can still see certain things telling us that summer is on its way. Yesterday was the annual staff Summer Party at work, at our owners’ holiday farm, some 40 miles south-west of the Stockholm City Center. We had a lovely evening out in the country, playing games and eating (too much) barbecued meat with lovely salads. I meant to have an early night, but in the end, I didn’t get home until 1.30am. As far as work parties goes, this was a true success!
We also have another bank holiday coming up here in Sweden, Midsummer’s Eve, or St John’s Eve. Midsummer’s Eve always fall on the day before St John’s Day. St John’s Day is supposed to be the birthday of St John the Baptist, and indeed both Denmark and Norway refer to Midsummer’s Eve as St John’s Eve. While we Swedes dance around a pole decorated with flowers and blue-and-yellow ribbons, the Danes and Norwegians make huge bonfires (which most Swedes tend to reserve for Walpurgis Eve, 30th April). Midsummer’s Eve tend to be celebrated by meeting family and friends, if possible out in the archipelago or in your summer house, and eating, amongst other things, pickled herring of various kinds. Personally, I’ll probably just buy myself a jar of herring and some fresh potatoes, and maybe some cold cuts.
Another tell-tale sign of summer in Stockholm is that the City Theatre Company (Stockholms Stadsteater) start doing their “Park Theatre”, a programme of performance in the various parks here in Stockholm. I’m debating whether or not to go to a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (in English) tomorrow, but I might just head for an early night. We shall see.
Apart from this, most of my spare time is spent looking things up for my holiday in late July/early August, where I will both visit my beloved London, and to see the Blessed Virgin in Walsingham. A much awaited holiday which will hopefully help rest and recover after a full-on prime season at work.