några höstbitar

Såhär såg det ut på dansen i måndags när vi helt oplanerat var sådär lite extra snygga ihop.

Såhär såg det ut en morgon för några veckor sedan när Lisa och jag hade ätit frukost och var extra glada åt hösten.

Såhär såg det ut hemma hos Sofia en fredagkväll när Tove och Karin och Sofia och jag pratade om livet samt tramsade i största allmänhet.

Såhär såg det ut på Notting Hill härom tisdagen när quizlaget Morrans Vänner återförenades efter ett långt uppehåll (som liksom alltid berodde på att jag jobbar alla kvällar. Vi kan bara quizza på sportlov och höstlov. Men bättre än inget!). Den här gången vann vi inte men var snygga ändå.

Och såhär såg det ut när det var fina dagar i den här rysligt vackra staden jag bor i.

I övrigt: Jag är ute och går. Tolvtusen, femtontusen steg om dagen helst. Jag har det bra, men jag har börjat längta efter min flytt nu. Nu vill jag att nästa sak ska hända. Nästa sak är att jag ska flytta till England. Och det är ju inte vilket äventyr som helst, det.

National Youth Choir of Great Britain | Hide and Seek (arranged by Christopher Gabbitas)

more larking around in northern england part II

Here's a bunch of other things I did and saw over my autumn break in the UK, that didn't fit into another blog post (also including two photos from the Midlands, despite the misleading blog post title! :)):

We stopped in Birmingham to hang out with Liam's family. One of the first things he said to me about his sisters was that he's very thankful to have grown up with four women in the house (I am too). Another thing he said was "they're all completely mental". Obvs, I adore all of them. This is Bella and Bracken.

Chester. You know I like it.

We're so good at lazy Saturday mornings. Especially lazy Saturday mornings which last all day.

So this is the shittiest photography of fireworks ever; I didn't care to adjust the settings properly, too busy enjoying the show. It was bonfire night (UK culture thing!!!) and Liam took me to see the fireworks and I loved it so much. I've only ever seen yellow and green and red and purple; this one had pink and light blue as well, and so many shapes and patterns I'd never seen. I was mesmerized and delighted, and Liam said afterwards that he enjoyed seeing me watching the fireworks as much as he enjoyed watching the fireworks. Get yourself an HSP partner y'all! It pays off!

And the day before I left, we went to Manchester.

My date for the evening. Also probably for life.

We had yummy dinner at Leaf.

And we had tickets to Matilda at Palace Theatre! I had been looking forward to it so much since I've loved the book since I was little, and have listened a lot to the music lately. The lyrics (by Tim Minchin) are brilliant. And I'm really happy to say that the musical does the book justice. I enjoyed it so much.

(More larking around in Northern England part I is a blog post from May; here it is.)

Peter Lemarc | Nonsomdu


You know that feeling of peak happiness, that happens now and then; the feeling that now, now, right this moment, everything is perfect; I am happier in this moment than I've ever been before, ever? I had it this Sunday. For hours. I love how that feeling hits me, fills my lungs with new air and gratitude.

There's this thing that Liam does, which is to take me to see pretty places just because I love it. So when we have a weekend at home (which we almost never do, because too many fun things happen all the time, but I appreciate it when we do), we tend to spend the Saturday doing nothing (we're so good at that!), and the Sunday going on a daytrip to somewhere beautiful, like Caernarfon or the Peak District.

So last Sunday, Liam took me to Snowdonia. I want to go for long walks, and Liam doesn't want to walk at all necessarily, so we compromised and picked a short walk. :)

We walked around Llyn Idwal. It was drizzling here and there, very mild, and the air tasted wonderful.

And it felt so much like home, but closer: Landscape like this is many hours trainride north of Gothenburg, and you can't go there to hike this time of year (because snow and storms). I can't even tell you how much I loved it. And the colours made my knees weak.

We had Jaffa Cakes!

I've tried so many times, talking about hiking, to describe what it is that makes me so happy about mountains and views like this. I always fail.

I've learned now that England and Wales only have 13 national parks, so obviously I've now decided that I need to go see them all. I can't wait. Let me know if you want to come!

However, be warned: Any walk with me will take at least 50% longer than you're used to, because of constant photo breaks.

light across the mersey

Wednesdays are Mersey Swing days, and last Wednesday, Liam was teaching and we had dinner with friends planned, so we decided to go up to Liverpool a bit earlier than usual.

We had a yummy lunch at the Egg and then I left this cutie there to work while I went for a walk.

It must be difficult to be Liverpool and have the weight of the Beatles constantly on your shoulders. But this particular bit of Beatles related art, I quite liked.

I'm really enjoying getting to know Liverpool better.

Liverpool is pretty in general, but this bit is my favourite. I love walking along the docks, and look at this light! I want to eat it!

After my walk we met up with Mersey Swing friends at Pen Factory.

And then it class time with Jane and Liam, before heading home again (well. We also stopped at the pub for a drink with a group of dancers before going home, because as you know it is impossible to ever do anything in this country without stopping at the pub).

More from my autumn break here.