Category Archives: My family and other animals

I have moved!

Now this is what I call a proper break from the blog! Hello again, dear readers!
I have missed you.

A lot of things have happened since we spoke last. The biggest one is that we have moved to a different city. Hannes got a new job, which gave us a choice of a few large cities to move to (Stockholm and Copenhagen among them), so exciting! We almost moved to Stockholm, but however, at the last minute we decided for Gothenburg.
Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden, and is also the place where both Hannes and I grew up. Who would have thought! This means our families  and most of our friends are always near, so we can hang out and Johannes gets to know them well.
We have only lived here a month or so, and so far I’m happy. I will tell you more in detail about our new place and other points-of-interest soon!

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Swedish Love Affair on Instagram lately

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With Greger and Titus (before he's had his hair done)

I’m going to share some of my recent Instagram shots for those of you who are not following me there (swedishloveaffair)!

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Me on the Christmas break in Gothenburg

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A couple of days ago in snowy weather. Wearing a cap knitted by my mother, of course!

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Reading one of Johannes' favorite books about the Moomins

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Yesterday at the children's library

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The lightness of being

Today I want to show you Titus’ new style! You can hardly recognize him now, right?

My mum got all the necessary equipment for grooming a poodle for Christmas, so one of these days she decided to try it on Titus. And voilà, here’s his new haircut! He got rid of so much fur (I kind of wish there was some use for it, though!).

He didn’t enjoy the process much, but he’s absolutely loving the result!

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Poodle grooming

The most spectacular thing about Titus is his enormous fur. It’s very thick, yet fine and light. It looks and feels amazing, giving him a very fashionable appearance. When he moves, the fur floats around him like some sort of smoke halo. People literally stop and stare on the street! Some take photos of Titus.

The thing with the fur is that it needs brushing and combing, preferably on a daily basis. My mum loves doing it, and Titus loves to be combed by her. The whole process can take up to an hour! Some day I will show you all his brushes and combs.

When it comes to me, however, I’m spoiled by years with just Greger. No brushing needed there, obviously (both Greger and I are very happy about it!).
Unfortunately for me and Titus, my mum has spent the last couple of weeks on the Canary Islands, so I was the one in charge for all the dog grooming. And that’s when things went awry. I think I may have skipped a couple of days of combing the fur, and now it’s all tangles and mats! I’m afraid we may have to shave him now. Just when Titus was about to enter another dog show (which he has a good chance of winning! He is a very fine dog like that.)!

Titus and Greger, poodle and greyhound

Titus and Greger, poodle and greyhound

Greger laughs when he hears all this.

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New family member

A gray Medium Poodle in what I think is Scandinavian clip

A gray Medium Poodle in what I think is Scandinavian clip

Today I have some happy news to share with you! Yet again, we have a new addition to our family. Please meet our new family member, this adorable gray poodle!
This is probably the cutest poodle I’ve ever seen! We haven’t decided on a name for him yet, but here are the ones we’re considering: Titus, Raphael, Balder, Tiger and Jupiter. My first choice is Titus and my second is Jupiter, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see what suits him best.

This is a highly intelligent dog, and I’m really looking forward to getting to know him. And of course, I hope that he and Greger are going to get along well, too!

Hope you all had a great weekend (ours has been pretty slow, as both Johannes and I have managed to catch a cold!..), and I will keep you updated!

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Dear readers!

Dear readers! It’s almost been two months since my last post. I apologize for this inactivity. I know many of you have been wondering about this, and I’ve gotten several worried emails from readers.

For those of you who were worried, rest assured that everything is fine. Actually, much more than fine. I am enjoying motherhood immensely, and I’m probably happier now than I’ve ever been. Johannes is almost seven months now, and he is still a perfectly healthy and really happy boy.

Of course, motherhood does take up a lot of time. As I’m sure you understand, this is the reason why I haven’t written anything here for such a long time.
I’ll explain what my life is like these days in more detail in an upcoming post.

I was genuinely nervous about checking the site’s visitor-counter. However, it turns out that there are still as many daily readers as ever (interestingly, the post about dating in Sweden attracts new readers to the site daily!), which made me so glad and made me feel really excited about starting running Swedish Love Affair properly again.

Which I will. There might not be several posts a day, but I will really try to share something each and every day. Also, check out my Instagram account @SwedishLoveAffair. Even if you’re not an Instagram user, you can still see all my photos by following this link.

Lastly, I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you. Thank you for your patience and for staying with me!

Yours,
Antonia

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Sea dog

Here’s my Greger looking like something that just came out of the sea.

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