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A healing autumn day at Österlen

The summer guests have closed their houses for the season and autumn colors the landscape fire yellow. The wild boar bleats on the harvested fields and the only thing that continues to thrive in the fall are the dark red winter apples and beets. The blasts of the beets still stretch towards the warm autumn rays of the sun and the frost does not feel far away. It is now that I love Österlen. The paradise of the misty meadows. Sweden's Tuscany, minus the hills. My husband tries to convince me that Scania is not flat at all. I look around me. Ok, it's not completely flat, but no one can bring themselves to call Skåne too mountainous. Not even cool.

We are at Österlen and soak up energy during the day. To think about something other than yesterday's sad farewell. Life goes on for those of us who are left. The job is due on Monday. Winter is coming soon. Nothing stops, even if it feels like it sometimes.

Österlen seems to know that we need a little love. From Malmö's rain, the sky clears up in Kivik. The apples in the apple board sing on the last chorus. We are trying to figure out what the theme of the painting is this year. We fail the old man Googling and google for real. The motif must be Stenshuvud's rocks, beaches and coast. Over the years I have seen several of Kivik's apple paintings, this was not my favorite.

There is no better comfort food than a really good pizza. Fridens gård outside Kivik undoubtedly competes for the title of Sweden's best wood-fired pizza. With ingredients such as smoked pheasant, locally produced ham and truffle salami, this luxury pizza is flattened and baked with flair. Despite it being the middle of October, there is a steady stream of lunch guests this Saturday. A lovely place that became home to all of us. The slightly bohemian feeling lays down like a warm woolen blanket for the soul.

Drive around on small roads among apple trees and tractors. Shopping for some good products at Kivik's shop. Must from this year's harvest, marmalade, lemonade, elderberry bubbles, tea and sweets. We may be shopping for comfort a little, but these are things that will be enjoyed to the fullest in Stockholm. Good and well-produced food is always a good buy.

End the Österlen tour with an apple cake with custard and a hearty mug of coffee at Hylkegården. The coffee is not Skåne cheese. How lucky. Skåne cheese is not my favorite. My sensitive Northern taste buds prefer medium roast.

Happen to drive a little wrong on the way home and end up on small narrow roads across the Scanian landscape. Skåne is beautiful in its desolation out here in the countryside. We are all very tired. Someone is sleeping in the back seat. I sleep in the back seat. The others look out through the window over fields, meadows, pilal alleys and farms. The tensions and migraines from yesterday's farewell are beginning to subside. It's time to turn the page.

We are at Österlen and soak up energy during the day. To think about something other than yesterday's sad farewell. Life goes on for those of us who are left. The job is due on Monday. Winter is coming soon. Nothing stops, even if it feels like it sometimes.

Österlen seems to know that we need a little love. From Malmö's rain, the sky clears up in Kivik. The apples in the apple board sing on the last chorus. We are trying to figure out what the theme of the painting is this year. We fail the old man Googling and google for real. The motif must be Stenshuvud's rocks, beaches and coast. Over the years I have seen several of Kivik's apple paintings, this was not my favorite.

There is no better comfort food than a really good pizza. Fridens gård outside Kivik undoubtedly competes for the title of Sweden's best wood-fired pizza. With ingredients such as smoked pheasant, locally produced ham and truffle salami, this luxury pizza is flattened and baked with flair. Despite it being the middle of October, there is a steady stream of lunch guests this Saturday. A lovely place that became home to all of us. The slightly bohemian feeling lays down like a warm woolen blanket for the soul.

Drive around on small roads among apple trees and tractors. Shopping for some good products at Kivik's shop. Must from this year's harvest, marmalade, lemonade, elderberry bubbles, tea and sweets. We may be shopping for comfort a little, but these are things that will be enjoyed to the fullest in Stockholm. Good and well-produced food is always a good buy.

End the Österlen tour with an apple cake with custard and a hearty mug of coffee at Hylkegården. The coffee is not Skåne cheese. How lucky. Skåne cheese is not my favorite. My sensitive Northern taste buds prefer medium roast.

Happen to drive a little wrong on the way home and end up on small narrow roads across the Scanian landscape. Skåne is beautiful in its desolation out here in the countryside. We are all very tired. Someone is sleeping in the back seat. I sleep in the back seat. The others look out through the window over fields, meadows, pilal alleys and farms. The tensions and migraines from yesterday's farewell are beginning to subside. It's time to turn the page.

About the blogger

Travel blogger, gastronaut, photographer and family adventurer with over 55 countries in his luggage. Eva loves trips that include beautiful nature, hiking boots and well-cooked food. On the travel blog Rucksack she takes you to all corners of the world with the help of her inspiring pictures and texts.

2 Comments

  • Diana's dreams
    24 October, 2018 at 14: 45

    So beautiful in Österlen, hugs Diana

    Reply
    • Eve on rucksack.see
      24 October, 2018 at 22: 15

      Of course it's Diana! Love Österlen! If I hadn't been a northerner, I would probably have been able to say that Österlen is Sweden's most beautiful area 🙂 Hugs!

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