Another day dawned and with aÂ prearrangement made the night before, the good doctor and Andy rose atÂ 5 a.m to go kayaking on the lake and were luckyÂ enough to share the experience with a beaver who, it appears was totally unperturbed by this strange yellow beast elsewhere on the late. After the thrill of the dawn experience, the adventurous kayakers returned to their beds. The Irish, on the other hand, at least Simon and Nora, emulating Unoâ€™s Caroline, took an early-morning plunge in the icy lake with, I suspect, more on their Unoâ€™s lover!
Later that morning, Michael, who had been in town to refuel the car, returnedÂ exultant having achieved what most of us take for granted in our ownÂ backyard.. However, in Sweden it is all done with credit cards at the pump with the instructions written in SwedishÂ Somehow, Michael got through this arduous process without too long a queue of cars behind hooting impatiently and as a result returned here triumphant,
Today, the morning was spent by the Irish family collecting a huge bowl of raspberries from Williamâ€™s garden in hisÂ main house (Kallhagen) and the German family messed about in boats on the lake.
I spent the morning doing my blog and catching up on e-mails etc. InÂ the afternoon we went off to look at the little house owned by William (Akroken) which Michael is hoping to purchase. He had some ideas about extending it and it needed to look in situ, so to speak.
In the late afternoon our numbers swelled to 18. William came with his son Leo, 13, and Leoâ€™s mother, Lena; by Kent, our nearest farmer neighbour and by Timi, a Finnish naval captain who was convalescing from a rather nasty operation. All seven nationalities sat down to a splendid meal, in the garden, rustledÂ upÂ from odds and ends but nevertheless very palatable.
Unfortunately, I had an accident with my laptop and managed to knock a cup of tea over the keyboard. As a resultÂ for a while the whole thing would not work at all. In desperation Michael cooked it in the oven, at a fairly low temperature, and this seemed to a have salutary effect on most of the functions except that one corner of the keyboard stillÂ refused to work and went into a noisy complaint whenever I pressed any of those particular keys. The biggest loss was my Dragon voice recognition. It kept telling me that what I was trying to access was incompatible or invalid, which of course is complete nonsense but nevertheless it meant that I would not be able to continue writing this blog whilst in Sweden, certainly not using that particular versionÂ