You can feel it in the air now
how summer is leaving and giving space for a new time to arrive.
Every year I’m surprised how,
after such a short summer that we have here,
the autumn still always feels so comforting.
It’s like seeing a friend I haven’t met in a long time.
When the time of the midnight sun and the bright nights are over,
it leaves the sky as a black canvas
where the stars and the northern lights
gets to create its masterpiece in the nights.
I think that says a lot about the reality
we live in here on earth.
How darkness is needed for us to see the light.
How the cold is what makes us feel the warmth of the fire.
How the space between the trees is what creates a forest.
And how the silence between our words
is what makes anything we say make sense.
How the nothingness is the frame for anything to be perceived.
How something has to be silenced for something else to be heard.
And how something dies to give life to something new.
We are getting so many tomatoes now,
so I don’t really know what to do with them.
I just wish that the tomatoes would have come a little bit earlier.
It would have been so nice to be able to
go and eat tomatoes like in July.
From experience I know that
the autumn here that’s when you can harvest things.
They are so good!
There is no way you can find tomatoes like this on the grocery store.
These are like 10 times better.
I feel so rich.
Want to go out in the forest, Nanook?
Do you want to go out and pick blueberries?
You’re so cute.
Nanook just turned 12 years old.
And we wanted to celebrate that day
with doing things that he loves to do.
I found an old video on my YouTube channel
that I recorded when he turned 4 years old, back in 2014.
Stay there while I hide these.
I was hiding sausage in the forest so he could go search for them.
I laughed so much when I saw that video.
It was so wonderful to see his explosive energy
that he had when he was younger.
That’s what friends are for.
Nowadays he’s getting tired easily.
And he has arthritis
and needs a bit of support in our everyday life.
But he’s a very happy dog
and seeing the joy in his eyes every day
is the best thing I know in the world.
Now on his birthday we decided to go to the same forest
and hide some meatballs for him to search for.
We tried to hide the meatballs.
Nothing wrong with your nose.
No, it works totally fine.
12 years today, Nanook.
Okey, I think
Daddy has to go back with you
and make you sit still while I go and hide them.
I’m gonna go back to Nanook now and let him search for the meatballs.
He loves to do this.
I cried a lot on his birthday.
I felt so emotional.
It was a mix of all the love and joy and gratitude I feel in my heart,
for all these years he’s been my best friend,
but also some kind of sorrow.
I know that 12 years is considered old for a dog his size.
And the past year it has become more real to me
that we won’t have each other forever.
And I still can’t stand that thought without feeling my heart breaking.
I just can’t see my life without him.
And I can’t see who I would be without him.
But right now he is here.
He is healthy, he is happy.
And that is all that matters.
And he is so loved,
not only from us but I know from so many of you.
He has the biggest fan base ever.
And I am so grateful for all of you who loves him so much.
I am sure he can feel that in some way.
More than ever I see every day with Nanook as a gift.
And he is the best teacher when it comes to being in the present moment
and feeling joy for the small everyday moments.
I really do believe that dogs are here on earth for a reason.
To teach us unconditional love and happiness for just being alive.
Today I’m going to do something that I’ve been wanting to do for so long
but I just haven’t done it yet,
I don’t know why.
I’m gonna do prints out of Nanook’s paw.
Putting some paint on his cute little paw
and then stamp it onto a paper.
I have bought this finger paint.
So it’s good to use on his paws.
I’ve had this idea for a long time
that I want to make a print with his paw on.
Both because we have a lot of Nanook lovers
that buy jewelry from us in the web shop
and when someone mention in the notes that they love Nanook,
we usually send a photo of him together with the order.
But I would also love to send a print of his paw.
You are so cute.
And I also have an idea about using his paw print as a template
for creating a little silver paw necklace and sell in the web shop,
and also sell the paw prints in different sizes
and make all the money go to different dog shelters in the world.
There is too much hair in between…
I don’t know if this is a good idea.
But I just love the thought of Nanook being able to help homeless dogs
in other countries.
I will keep you updated on this little project I’m doing.
So beautiful! Good Nanook!
Ahh so beautiful!
That one was really good!
Omg so beautiful!
This is just so beautiful Nanook.
Doing the paw prints melted my heart.
He’s such a dude.
And I really look forward to do something with his beautiful art.
I’m going to feed the cows.
I always give them a little evening snack,
especially now when the fields are becoming less green
because it’s getting colder.
They are soon gonna move back to the farm for the winter.
I guess they will only stay for a week more or something.
They really love to have an evening snack.
My cow Stjärna,
she is really good at letting me know when she’s hungry.
Stjärna, are you hungry?
Yes, you will soon get food.
She has a really loud voice.
She’s screaming at me in the evenings.
So many bugs.
Today as I sit here in my studio editing this video,
the cows were brought back to the farm for the winter.
It always feels a bit sad when they leave,
because they really bring life
to this quiet little village in the forest.
But now in the autumn, the grass is no longer growing on the fields,
so they will feel much better to come back to the farm again
and get plenty of food.
Do you see? It’s northern lights tonight.
I was just gonna go to bed.
There is our house.
And the northern lights are dancing.
I am so lucky to get to see this before I go to bed.
I’m sitting outside here in my garden now,
watching these spirits of the sky.
The green ones are the most common ones.
And then you can see purple.
And then sometimes if you’re really lucky, you can see red.
And I think that’s when the northern lights are really really strong.
I think it’s so fascinating because the northern lights are always very different.
Like this time the lights are like flames almost.
You see they are just coming up really quick and then disappearing.
Almost like a flame.
But sometimes it moves really slow,
like a dance.
And it’s going from right to left,
like a wave sometimes.
So it’s very different every time.
Sorry if it’s a bit laggy.
It’s not the best quality on this video but…
me being able to film it in real time,
it’s… it’s actually quite fascinating I think.
September has a very special energy that I really love.
It feels like a new chapter and a start on something new.
And I always feel very creative in the autumn,
and also very peaceful and calm.
Maybe it’s because I spend so much time in the forest this time of the year.
Picking berries is an important part of life here.
In August and September, the forest are full of blueberries and lingonberries.
And I want to make sure to pick plenty of them
so that we can eat berries every day the whole winter.
And I have been picking more berries than usual,
because it was a really good year with blueberries.
Every year me and my mom go out to pick berries together.
And it’s always a very special feeling that reminds me of my childhood.
I think picking berries is a really good way to socialize.
You go around in your own thoughts
and it can be totally silent for a long time.
And then suddenly we start talking
about the mysteries of life
or about my grandparents and how much we miss them.
My grandmother Iris, she loved to pick berries.
And my grandfather Frans,
he have planted a lot of the trees that you see on this land.
I think of my grandparents and my ancestors a lot,
since they have lived on this land 400 years before me.
And I am walking in their footsteps,
swimming in the same lake as they did
and picking berries in the same forests.
And they worked so hard.
I can’t even imagine the struggles that they had to go through.
Compared to them, I lived such an easy life.
For them it was about surviving,
feeding all their children and working hard in the forest.
I hope they lived through me in some way,
so that they can feel my gratitude for their hard work,
so that I could have this beautiful free life.
The coffee break after picking berries for a long time, that is my favorite.
Is there any coffee left?
Yes, it is.
Everything for the art.
For a good blueberry harvest.
Another bucket full of blueberries.
I have picked so much blueberries this summer.
At least 50 liters or more.
And the other night, it was -2 degrees outside.
And when the frost nights comes,
the blueberries start to become like soft.
Like…they start to die in a way.
So I really want to pick a lot of more blueberries now,
so I’m sure I have enough for the whole winter.
I want to eat blueberries every single day for breakfast.
I really enjoy being out picking them.
The problem is that it takes so much time to…
I don’t know what you say
Clean out all the leaves and other stuff.
That takes a long of time but…
it’s definitely worth it.
Now I’m going to go and pick some lingonberries.
And I know a good place where there usually grow a lot of lingonberries.
This is a beautiful evening.
Hello and welcome to Jonna and Johan’s blueberry sorting.
It will be an interesting night.
Johan was very happy when I came home with all these blueberries.
I think it’s good that you have something to do.
You need a hobby.
You have way too much time.
Yeah. I’m just sitting.
Just looking at the ceiling.
[Random conversation on Swedish]
Even though clearing the blueberries takes a lot of time,
it feels like a needed break
where we get to just sit down
and talk about anything and drink a cup of tea.
聊聊这 聊聊那 喝杯茶
We’re out with Nanook.
It’s 12:30 in the night.
So we’re taking the last walk with Nanook.
Do you see the clouds
is making the shape of angel wings?
Do you see, Johan?
Do you see?
I have never, ever seen anything like this.
The moon is in the center
and then these wings of the clouds are spreading out.
This must be a sign of something good.
I’m out doing some filming.
I’m by this beautiful little lake or pond.
I don’t know what you call it in English.
In Sweden you say Skogstjärn.
I was here a few years ago and I took a photo,
[Footage from 2018]
a photo that is one of my favorite photos actually.
I took a photo with this old instrument
called “Näverlur” in Swedish.
It’s an instrument that was used for herding
and also for scaring away animals like bears and wolves.
I can’t play that instrument.
If you’re good at playing it, you can do really cool sounds with it.
But I don’t know how to do it.
I can only make a like a trumpet sound.
When I stood here taking the photo in the middle of the night,
it was in July or August something.
Then suddenly I hear something
like a big animal coming here from the forest.
And I got so scared
because I was far away from the car.
So I just blew in this instrument
and it was like a huge trumpet sound all over the forest.
I didn’t hear anything after that,
so…I guess it helped.
So I really want to capture some beautiful scenes with mist
like mist dancing over the lake or in the forest.
Because I’m making a music video for a song that I’ve created.
And it’s gonna be inspired by the mist.
And I have so many scenes already with mist that I have recorded.
But I have some certain ideas that I really want to capture.
The mist is only coming when the air gets colder.
And I think it’s like 7 degrees outside right now,
so it’s pretty warm.
It’s a little bit of mist over the lake.
But when it’s frosty nights outside,
then it gets really misty in the mornings.
So I think I just gotta be up really early,
maybe around four or five
and hope for some more mist.
But this is also really beautiful.
I don’t think there will be any more mist tonight.
I will try tomorrow morning instead.
I was driving home
and then suddenly I saw the full moon rising above the forest.
And I just…
I got a shock because it looked so big,
especially when it rises above the horizon.
It looks so huge that it… it looks like it’s not real.
This is a beautiful view.
Thank you with all my heart for watching this video.
Take care and I see you soon again.
Sending you big hugs and lots of love.
You can feel it in the air now