In The Calm of The Swedish Forest
Story and photos by My Scandinavian Home.
In Sweden, there’s a season for everything. To me, the summer is about lazy days by the water when the sun sparkles like diamonds on the gentle waves. And when the leaves start to turn, we head to the forests to forage, take in the changing light and enjoy the sweet scent of spruce and pine. Every now and again we come across clearings where a shaft of light dances on the mossy knolls and allows the delicate Harebell to bloom. Little wonder these magical boreal forests covering more than half of Scandinavia are the inspiration behind the wonderful Skog collection from Skandinavisk. Their divine products come infused with delightful hints of spruce and pine needles, woodland lily of the valley, musk and aged leather. As part of my partnership, my family and I headed to a friend’s log cabin just North of Malmö to relax, play games and take in the calm of the forest first hand. As we pulled up, life’s stresses and strains immediately fell away and we were completely alone save for passing roe deer, foxes, squirrels and the silent badgers – never seen, but forever present!
Furnished almost entirely with second hand pieces and dotted with sheepskins, my friend’s cabin is understated yet super cosy! A wood-burning stove kept away the autumn chill and filled the cabin with a wonderful scent of pine.
The crazies enjoyed hot chocolate sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg, by the light of a lovely Skog scented candle. The only tense moment came when it was discovered the cinnamon buns were different sizes. A lengthy division process began, right down to the last crumb.
Pots, jugs and containers made from wood, stone and glass line the surface of the bookshelves adding a warm, personal touch. Beneath the shelving there was a great stash of board games which we played well into the night, being a tad competitive none of us were going to bed until we’d won at last one round!
A walk in the forest led us through a forever changing scene where dense ferns hid in the shadows, fungi clung to bark, and patches of vibrant green moss were lit by sudden streaming rays of sunlight. The only sound came from the distant sound of a babbling brook and the shriek of delight from one of the girls as they stumbled across a chanterelle.
That’s Per with the Skog hand cream – yes Per! In fact, it’s popular among EVERYONE in my family (there’s not much left after this weekend!). I guess it’s because it’s richly moisturising yet lightly scented (it contains aloe vera, shea butter, almond, apricot and beeswax with extract of birch bark). Did you know birch bark is an natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that calms irritated skin, stimulates circulation and helps skin stay energised?
A little book (Svampar: Lilla fälthandboken av Rikard Svartvik) helped us to identify mushrooms. However, I would never dare to eat any unless verified by someone in the know – and bearing in mind we were only accmpaniue by the odd roe deer, we only foraged for fun! We returned to the cabin relaxed, revived and with the faint aroma of pine, and fir in our hair – and in need of another cinnamon bun!
All in all, it was a truly magical weekend!
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