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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Chanterelles with pepper steak

It’s been a while since I cooked anything advanced. These days the rule is the faster food the better, but it doesn’t mean we’re compromising on the taste! For instance, today I did some simple pepper beef steak with sea salt and fresh thyme (2 minutes on each side for medium rare). However, the chanterelle sauce that accompanied the meat really took this dish to the next level!

I’m so happy the chanterelle season isn’t over yet! Of course, this year we’re enjoying store-bought chanterelles instead of going to the woods and picking them ourselves like we used to, but still.

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Equestrian look

This season I do a lot of flirting with the equestrian look. Overall, equestrian look is extremely popular in Sweden among women of all ages and its practicality suits my style of living perfectly at the moment. Being a young mother means I have to do a lot of things on the go, and there’s not much room for planning ahead, so I need something easily variated and not too trendy. Another thing I like about the equestrian look is that you never have to (or should, for that matter) wear it full on. Just a couple of right details is enough!

And when it comes to adding accessories to this look, a greyhound feels like the second best choice after a horse!

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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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Bright spot

Here’s me on one of the city squares the other day. The Swedish climate doesn’t allow wearing this coat too often, but when I actually get the chance to put it on, it really makes me feel like a bright spot among the greyness!

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Fading garden hydrangeas

Today I picked some fading garden hydrangeas and I dare say they are even more beautiful than the ones in full bloom! They shift between green, pink and blue and make a wonderful autumn bouquet.

On a different note, right now I’m in the middle of writing a post to summarize my September and the end of August (I’m so busy living my life at the moment!..). It should be out tomorrow.
See you!

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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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