Over the years my lodgers and guests have been instrumental in passing on certain ideas and tastes to help mould me into the ultimate human I am to become. Well known additions to the improvement of me and my lifestyle include:
- my daily cup of REAL coffee (Thanks Elisa)
- vodka in warm milk with a spoonful of honey for those sleepless nights brought on by a head cold (thumbs up Cesare)
- and of course the delights of Poopourri adverts on uTube when you need a bit of cheering up (priceless Kaatje)
For a more detailed account, take a look at my 2016 post on the matter.
Now I’m pleased to introduce yet another Lodger Legacy and bring you the wonderful experience of Fika. This is the Swedish tradition of taking time out in your day to shoot the breeze with friends, colleagues and family. It can simply be enjoyed with a cup of coffee and some pastry or with any beverage you prefer. There is no set time for this event to take place but it is hoped it will be a daily occurrence. I’ve been assured it’s not the beverage or pastry which makes the Fika moment what it is but rather taking the time to engage with those around you.
I’ve fully embraced this concept as it gels perfectly with my own views on spending time with people whose company I enjoy. Luckily for me, I also happen to have my very own resident Swedish expert on the premises to indoctrinate me into the ways of Fika. Sadly he will shortly be moving to his new residence but the value of Fika will be his lasting legacy.
I urge all of you to join in this tradition, especially as we head into the Festive Season.
Last month we donated a total of £50 to our allotted charities Cat-Ching, Sheffield and Ebony Horse Club, London.
As is my practice, I've begun decorating the house for Christmas to the dulcet tones of my Christmas mix and Magic 100% Christmas. The stairs are done but the hallway and other areas are still a work in progress. I'm currently trying out the nighttime mode on my phone so there will probably be several artistically blurred shots in the mix. You can catch a look on my Instagram page.
Extra Special Thanks
Goes to all those lovely people who bought Zoo Nation and increased the coffers of our assigned charities.
And also to my Swedish guest, Hannes, for introducing me to the concept of Fika