Springtime in the city, always such relief from the winter freeze.
If you’re thinking about paying your first visit to Sweden, I’d say now is almost the time. Give it a couple of weeks more, until the trees have turned green, the wood anemones bloom and the sun’s a bit warmer. That’s when Swedes go through a massive metamorphosis from grumpy, idle, huddling moles to shiny happy people. Should your wish to cut a Swedish birch, you might have some trouble with the leaves that can be hard and sticky, but then again it smells wonderfully. Just give me a ring and I’ll show you how to remove those leaves without damaging your nails
Another thing about spring time in Sweden is that girls tend to throw away their trousers (sadly, few wear skirts for various reasons I guess) and happily put on their mini skirts. The shorter the skirt the better it seems. Sir T and I have made up a little story about a very strict lady who says that if the young lady wears her skirt too short, one should be able to see the stripes from the lady’s cane on her thighs. So whenever we see a girl with too short a skirt we smile at each other, saying that I do not see any stripes, do you?
That’s why this picture made me giggle a bit.
It also makes me think of a teacher I had in upper secondary school. She was very strict, British and taught geography – my worst subject – and everybody was a bit afraid of her. Even though corporal punishment is not allowed in Swedish schools, she was not afraid to make statements that one student “needed a smacking more often” and so forth. To me, a natural born spanko, this was of course a sweet melody. It was spring and I was wearing a skirt that at least reached “proper” above, when she walked up from behind, saying in her dry voice: “Showing or legs today, are we?” I blushed and stammered a “Yes, mrs H.” “How very brrrave” she remarked sarcastically and proceeded to her class, no doubt making them feel just as awkward as I did. I liked her no nonsense manner though, and still think about her from time to time. I wonder what she would have said if I had looked like the girl below
Have a great week.