Thursday, September 2, 2010

Happy Spring to the South of the World!!

Aaaah yes! Finally it is here..! Today is the offical 'first day of Spring' for us here in the lower half of the world. The 'Weather Gods' knew we needed more proof than the date itself and they blessed us with 25C (77F) and sunny! 'Tusen tack' for that!! :)

Sydney is a symphony of blooming Jacaranda and Magnolia trees at the moment!
This splendid picture by Corrie Bond found  via Santa Barbara Chic

As a Swede I am used to a very sloooow approach of Spring back home and when it finally hits it is as if a magic wand has touched my beloved countrymen - they are transformed from hibernating zombies to bouncy balls so full of energy that our fellow Continental neighbours shake their heads in amusement. 

Suddnely the Swedes awake. They blossom, tweet, sparkle and explode in tune with the awakening of nature and as a child I embraced a tradition of 'Spring Screaming' founded by a famous children's book character named Ronja Rövardotter (by Astrid Lindgren who also invented Pippi Longstocking). In consideration of my children and the public perception that their mother is (reasonably) sane, I no longer unleash the desire to stand on top of a mountain and holler in joy and honour of this most splendid season. Instead I do it quietly and inwardly.. and I whisper a heart felt welcome to the 'alfresco season' that will last well into next year for us!

xx Charlotta


Signe said...

Hihi, nordmenn er akkurat likedan :)
Og jeg elsker Ronja Røverdatter!!

Ha en fin vårdag :)

Jude said...

Happy happy Spring! Hope it's glorious & wonderful :)

Carole said...

Hi Charlotta, forgive me. I thought you were still in Sweden and I've just sent you some idiotic email.
You may be sane, but clearly I'm not!
Happy first day of spring!

ted and bunny said...

Spring-like wishes to you!

Today has been glorious here as we go into Autumn, the weather is better this week than through the most of August.

I'm trying to store sunshine in readiness for the Winter so that I have my own little solar supply to call on in times of chill!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh lucky girl! Spring wouldn't start here until September 21st. and apparently the season sticks very strictly to calendar! ha! it's freezing cold today. ahh can't wait for warmer days to come! xo

SAMI. said...

happy spring! it's nearing fall here in boston!! xoxoxoox

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Happy Spring Charlotta!!! Loved that first image to death!

Lumo said...

We Finns are the same when the spring comes... we wake up and start to smile again after the long winter (that is too soon ahead of us...).

I love spring and the positive change it makes in me and everyone around me.

*Ingrid* said...

Enjoy your spring Charlotta,here in Belgium it is almost fall but for my also a beautiful season,and I love your pictures too!!!!!!!!!

with love

Ludvigsdal said...

Ohh jag vill också ha vår! fast måste säga att idag har det varit en fantastisk höstdag i Skåne! kram

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

First day of Autumn here! Funny all this timezone malarky!

Nuit said...

aaaaaaahhhh!!.... beautiful, happy, warm post on spring. I share the feeling, i just love those first few days of spring, everything looks so pretty!

Stacey said...

Happy Spring to you dear friend! That first picture really took my breath away!


Have the most wonderful Spring, sweetie. Even though I know you will soon be experiencing fall back in Sweden. Enjoy every second :) xoxo

Terri said...

Happy Spring Charlotta! I hope it's wonderful!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, gorgeous! And here we are in the U.S., just getting geared up for fall! XX!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Oh Charlotta
You've captured the essence of spring perfectly!!!

Wasn't yesterday fantastic.. like a switch was thrown and here comes spring.. although cooler today!! I really miss the Jacaranda tree from my old place.. never thought I'd say that!! hahaha.. messy thing it is.. but have been running around capturing blossoms this last week... [bit late with my spring post.. have a giveaway up if you get the chance]

Happy spring my friend!!! Happy Days.. xxx Julie

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Oh by the way.. I will forever associate you with Pippy Longstocking now!! hehe

Tina said...

Sounds amazing! Ronja is such a nice memory from my childhood as well. What a girl!
Happy spring to you then, before you´re off to Sweden. Now you´ll be able to have the best of two worlds!
Lovely pictures as always!
Ps. Tack så mycket för din fina fantastiska kommentar. Har skrivit en liten tillbaka till dig på 'Komma hem'.
Lots of love and hugs!

Sarah B said...

Yay! Happy Spring to you too!!

Little Branch said...

Hurrah for Spring!!!! Please get in touch, would love to see you all before you jet off!

Mo x

Style Attic said...

Well, since I have to "fall" in love with autumn now, I am thrilled to enter the season knowing I can live through the spring and summer (my favorite season) with you! That is a lovely perk I just figured out about blogging. Light bulb, ON :) Keep the posts coming, I'll be at the window watching. I'll be sporting jeans and you'll be frolicking in the freeness of sundresses! Breath in, ahhhh, enjoy the 77F!

A Perfect Gray said...

beautiful, Charlotta. I do often forget how different our seasons are. A cool day here Fall moving into winter...all season bring their beauty, don't they!

love, Donna

Splendid Willow said...

Happy, joyous Spring Dear -- for another week - and after that you will be jumping in rich colored fall leaves in Sweden!

ox, MO

Sylvia said...

Enjoy Spring !
Here in Belgium it's almost Autumn, it's getting colder now.
Beautiful photos !
Best wishes,

dovecote Decor said...

Charlotta, your writing tickles me pink. Thanks for the smile on my face. I love it--zombies to bouncing balls. Oh I so do know the feeling. I'm happy for you in spring. We've had the hottest summer in the USA and can't wait for it to end--not fair--we waited all winter for it!!

shari @ little blue deer said...

I think you SHOULD stand and holler, Charlotta! ;) XX!

Greet said...

Hi Charlotta,
I am a little bit jealous of you!! I don't want summer to end!!! But I know for us here, cozy romantic days and nights are on their way!
Enjoy spring my friend!

A Room For Everyone said...

Hi Charlotte, I've missed your lovely posts. I've just read the last few..I love the little trip you took with the kids to the Kangaroo Valley. And this post about spring is gorgeous. I can just imagine the Swedes springing to life..Rachaelxx

The Simply Luxurious Life said...

These images are stunning, especially the first. Enjoy your weekend and your Swedish pizza in Sydney!!!! :)

The Zhush said...

In my opinion, early spring, with all its promise is THE best time of year! Enjoy it! :)

Sasha {Everything Fabulous} said...

I remembers also celebrating the first day of spring with so much joy and enthusiasm in Argentina {I am from the Patagonia with it's cold snowy winters}... it was almost like you got a new begging.. and the town would just be joyful...!!
Happy Springtime sweets!!! Hope it's full of alfresco dining, long picnics... and just a lot of laughter!!
what's a Swedish girl doing in Australia??

Sarah Verity - Verandah Home+Garden Living Solutions said...

Hi Charlotta,
I love your blog, and love that you're a design[er] conscious individual who's also a wife & mother too... I was introduced to it through a post on Absolutely Beautiful Things [Anna Sprio]. I particularyly love your recent blog on 'Spring' especially!
Looking forward to seeing more inspirational posts from you. Thanks again & regards,
Sarah [Verity] x
from Palatial Living

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