Monday, October 20, 2014

October on Djurgården

Flickorna Helin & Voltaire  |  October on Djurgården on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

I'd had enough of brooding at home, so this weekend I spent an afternoon in the city with my friend Johanna and her darling daughter Selina. First we met at a bookstore where I picked up textbooks for my new Swedish class (more on that soon!) and then we took a long, brisk walk along the waterfront with a view of the harbor and all the boats being readied for their winter hibernation. When we reached the bridge to Djurgården we crossed over and switched from clickety-clacking along the city streets' cobblestones to crunching through the leaves blanketing the park.

Fall splendor  |  October on Djurgården on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Fall colors  |  October on Djurgården on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

There's a windy path from the entrance of the island (which is basically a nature reserve) to the castle-like Helin & Voltaire café where we were headed, which besides being special to R and me, is also quite special to their family, too. All that fresh air, those gorgeous colors and watching Selina playing her role of an autumnal sprite perfectly—running down the paths, picking up leaves, dancing under trees—was enough to make anyone suffering from even the slightest bit of seasonal blues feel lighthearted. Just look at her joy!

Selina  |  October on Djurgården on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Selina  |  October on Djurgården on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Selina  |  October on Djurgården on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Selina  |  October on Djurgården on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

We soon came upon the ever charming Helin & Voltaire, a place I've now visited in three out of the four seasons: in winter dusted with snow, on a drizzly spring day when the colors were unbelievably vibrant, and now in the fall with blazes of orange all around. I'll have to make sure to pop over next summer to finally enjoy (iced?) coffee and a baked treat on the terrace to complete the cycle.

Inside we indulged in coffee (for the ladies), fresh-pressed orange juice (for the little lady), blueberry pie with vanilla sauce, a macaroon, and two bewitching little chokladbiskvier (almond flour cookies dipped in chocolate) while we had a good, long catch-up.

Then we headed back out where I snapped a few pictures of this loving mama-daughter duo—their tender bond is too beautiful of a thing not to capture.

Johanna & Selina  |  October on Djurgården on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Johanna & Selina  |  October on Djurgården on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Johanna & Selina  |  October on Djurgården on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

I snuck in a picture of us two, too. When we first met up earlier in the day my heart got all gooey and melty when I saw Selina was wearing something familiar on her little hands and her preciousness as she ran to a flowering bush to pick flowers for her mama and papa was too much for me to resist grabbing her for a squeeze and a smile.

J. & Selina |  October on Djurgården on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

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