Author Archives: Sabinas

Apricot Abundance

Valais, the canton where I live, is the third largest canton of Switzerland and the sunniest part of the country. It is the country’s most important wine producer and famous for its apricots. Apricots originally came from China and arrived … Continue reading

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Golden Marigold II

During three weeks the little jar with marigold petals in sesame oil held its sunny space in my bookshelf. Then I carefully poured its contents through a small-meshed sieve to eliminate the petals. My calendula oil was ready! This herbal … Continue reading

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Barelegged Summer Bliss

During my childhood in Småland, Sweden, there were two sure indicators that summer had arrived (since weather in Sweden was not always a reliable one): strawberries were ripe and us children would run around with bare legs. Never mind if … Continue reading

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Days & Nights in Nature

During summer I’d like to spend my whole life outdoors. Due to electricity and water some things have to be handled in the house, though, like cooking and washing. However, almost any other activity be moved outdoors! Even ironing: with … Continue reading

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Golden Marigold I

Where I live, marigold is almost seen as a weed: it grows easily all over the place. However, unfortunately not everywhere: it didn’t use to grow in my garden, so I threw out some seeds and now it thrives here … Continue reading

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Aging Well

The question about my age has never bothered me (except during my teenager teenage years, when people always thought I was much younger…). When I turned 60, however, I suddenly realized that “old age” was quickly approaching. This realisation made … Continue reading

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Fresh Herbal Teas

Herbal teas made with dried herbs can be enjoyed all year round, but nothing beats fresh herbs in summer! It’s a completely different experience using the herbs fresh from your balcony or garden, both for the eye – I love … Continue reading

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Face Your Fears

During a long train trip that I recently took, I pondered the question “What is my greatest fear?”. In order to live a peaceful life I feel it’s important to do these kind of reflections from time to time. My … Continue reading

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The Happy Amateur Hiking Guide

In my youth I always saw myself as a Lone Wolf and didn’t want to conform to any “group activities” or groups. When I moved up to the Alps, however, I realised that it was not the best way to … Continue reading

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Wonderful Wildflowers

Spring is the season for wildflower abundance in the Alps and every flower lover’s paradise! The variety seems endless; flowers come in all shapes and colours and here’s just a small selection. This pink flower is surely found in other … Continue reading

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