Join allotment owner and food-waste blogger Mårten Thorslund at our first neighbourhood harvest festival!
On 24th September 2016 between 10am and 2pm, celebrate the end of growing season at Lillkalmars Odlingsförening (growing association) by
- taking along up to five types of apples for the apple experts to tell you what kinds they are;
- take along your nicest apples to be turned into apple 'must' (drink) for a small price;
- take up to two bags of rotten and fallen fruit that will be turned into biogas;
- having a chat with the council about how they look after the parks, trees and animals in our neighbourhood;
- buy fruit, vegetables, flowers, coffee and cakes;
- get apple tree advice from the experts and
- follow a guide around the allotments.
For more info, check out www.danderyd.se/skordefest, find info about allotments at www.lillkalmar.n.nu and to read (in Swedish) about the food we waste, see Mårten's blog at www.matsvinnet.se
What to do with all the rubbish
Ok, so not the most exciting topic to report on but, hopefully, a useful one! For those of you who find yourself with rubbish that needs taking to the tip/dump (we had old insulation to get rid of), here is our local refuse centre:
It looks a bit like a commercial port, with digital signs and helpful (rather bored-looking on a weekday!) staff in florescent jackets. Normal household rubbish is deposited in containers below the level of the road on the left side as you drive in.
ReUse and Myrona - two charities that sell used furniture and household items - have large, well-marked containers for your once-loved bits and bobs. Happy, er, dumping!
I had planned to write about interesting things I found at Cranberry Corner when I popped along to the 'sensommarkväll' - late summer evening - last Thursday. There were lots of interesting things and I came home with some wonderful Tarocco Orange Crabtree & Evelyn hand cream and a Mill & Mortar Röt Dukkah spice box, as well as many ideas and pictures of furniture that I'd like.
But. I wanted to share something else. Lisa, who has run the store for the last few years, remembered me. From when I last spoke to her, briefly, 2 years ago, she remembered that I had been in Sweden for 3 years and I, very pregnant, had stayed at Danderyds Gästeri with my mother when I first arrived. She could recall that despite being surrounded a room full of people happily chattering and shopping.
For me, it is exceptional customer service (and memory!) to be able to recall a customer from some years earlier. Despite having a very full store full of people, she also helped my friend with a question about chairs and served us something bubbly and yummy. When stores have open evenings and special events, the level of customer service (or lack of it!) becomes much more apparent. Not only we were very impressed with Lisa, there were staff all over the place so someone was always available to answer questions and wrap everything we bought.
The store carries lots for the garden - much from my previous 'local' garden, Kew Gardens. There is lots for the kitchen and for dining, including Bruka's current lines. I like the bits of furniture that Lisa finds, which change with each season. There are candles in all shapes and sizes and electric lights and lampshades too. Cranberry Corner carries plenty from recognisable Swedish brands but amongst them, things from further afield and are original and different.
I'll be going back because I have my eye on a side table but would recommend it anyway for those with interiors to decorate and mouths to feed. Or just to go and chat with Lisa!
Tulips for 20kr
Today we checked out the new Plantagen garden centre at Enebyängen and got some lovely purple cut tulips for 20kr.
A spacious, light, bright, airy space, the store feels purpose-built, like a giant green house with opening roof panels. It is rather an improvement on both the Mörby and Frescati sites. Frescati remains the largest store selling outdoor furniture etc. and the three stores are operating together. The selection at the moment contains most house plants, decorative accessories (some very pretty things) and lots of seeds and their related equipment.
Now, we just need the snow to go and spring to start so we can start planting things.
I'm an English gal with a Swedish husband and children living permanently in Danderyd. These are my thoughts on what is going on around here.
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