Spring is not yet here in Boston, we still have minus degrees at night with snow on the side of the roads. However, this doesn’t mean that we haven’t had any glimts of spring here and there. About a week ago, we had a warm day where I had to take off my jacket when biking. I lived on that for days!

Anyway – as I know that spring is on the way, I have started thinking about an upgrade on my bike. That, and the fact that both my tires are so old that they need to be replaced. And that my brakes don’t really work in wet conditions. I found that out the hard and scary way.
As my first tire blew, I borrowed a friends bike and realised how amazing his bike was and how dangerous mine really was. It’s incredible how you get used to things. Dangerous and wobbly things…

So, I have now started to think about what I want in a bike and I think I might try going for a cheaper bike. A comfortable bike where I can add a basket on the front and one that has a parcel shelf on the back. Oh how I sometimes miss European ‘lady bikes’.

So, I’ve had a look around at other people’s bikes and online and I think a Schwinn or Huffy cruiser or hybrid might be the best option for me. I’ve been to some big chains around Boston but they have yet not arrived in stores yet. I could just order something online and hope for the best, but I like being able to see and feel it beforehand. So perhaps renting a car for a day and drive out to the bigger chains outside might be in order.

I think the only question now is – what colour do I want?

Cream Schwinn

Light blue Huffy

Turquoise Schwinn

Light blue hybrid Schwinn

Purple/white Schwinn

Green schwinn

 

 

Are you sensing a theme yet?

Today it has felt like spring and when walking to the food shop I saw people without coats, eating ice creams and enjoying the sun. I, on the other hand, still had my long warm coat. I don’t really trust it to be spring yet and dislikes being cold. A lot. So I’m playing it safe!

As I came home and started preparing the food menu for the week a head, I remembered the rhubarbs I bought the other day from the reduced section. It was time to cook them, but I wasn’t sure just want to do. I didn’t have time for a crumble or something complicated. So I just made some simple rhubarb jam.

I washed them and chopped them up finely, put them in a pot with a bit of water and a couple of squeezes of Madhave’s Vanilla Agave and boiled it down until it was just mush. I also added a tiny bit of the home made vanilla sugar I have in the cupboard, just to calm down the tanginess of the rhubarb, but not as much to make it too sweet.

After it had reduced in to a mushy jam, I poured it in to a jar. It will be perfect with some of the Greek yoghurt I have in the back of the fridge, or with some fluffy whipped cream if I can be asked to whip it up. Even just the smell is divine and makes me think of summer nights and swimming in lakes.

Just the colour of the sliced rhubarbs makes me think of caramels and pretty dresses, just look at it!

Looking through photos from last summer made me realise how much I long for the sun to come out again. It struck me in Sweden in May that every spring, people (including me) are always surprised that spring is coming. Especially after the dark and cold winters, it feels as if you’ll never experience warmth again. I couldn’t believe how much easier and happier everything felt and I had that same feeling again two days ago. These kind of photos are the ones that makes me smile and lets me know that everything will be alright.