Sångshyttan Micro Calendar2024-06-01T15:55:58+00:00

Sångshyttan Micro Season Calendar

Inspired by Japanese tradition and Alexa Firmenich on her blog Lifeworlds, we now create a micro season calendar. We follow life on the farm as it unfolds over the course of a year. It describes different events and important relationships that we have with the more than human world on the farm. Instead of dividing each day into one of four seasons, the Japanese calendar is divided into 72 different sections. Each of these sections lies within one of 24 divisions, all of which have been given descriptively beautiful names. The 72 sections (or kō) only last for about five days each, but still perfectly describe what happens as life blossoms and ebbs.

10 – 14 June / Tawny owlets cries for food

We put up a birdhouse för owls and then one June day four years ago we heard exciting sounds from our so-called  Linden church - a collection of trees forming a large room. We couldn't recognize the sounds we heard but then we realized it was the owlets screaming for food and the adult birds flying in and out. We crept in and everything went quiet. We sat very still for a long time and then, on the branch we suddenly saw them. Over the years a new family has gathered in the birdhouse and now, during this micro season,

4 – 9 June / Black flies and Dragonflies

Rain and the moisture bring out the tiny little bloodsuckers. They come in droves. It stings and itches. If you stay outside for too long, it feels like they've got into your ears, under your eyelids and under your skin. When the sun shines, the dragonfly hovers and its wings glitter like gold in the sunlight.  Black flies (Simuliidae ) are food for dragonflies (Odonata) and other animals. The circle is complete.

30 May – 3 June / Flowering breakfast

Now begins the most wonderful time when all sorts of edibles can be collected from the site. In the morning, a smoothie as rich as possible including many different species. Here: Ladys´s mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris), Water avens (Geum rivale), Bitter vetch (Lathyrus linifolius), Red clover (Trifolium pratense), Ground elder (Aegopodium podagraria), Wild chervil (Anthriscus sylvestris), Sorell (Rumex acetosa), White currant leafs (Ribes rubrum), Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) blended with frozen Raspberries (Rubus idaeus), Brassica oleracea var. italica and Green pie (Pisum sativum subsp. sativum) from last year.

25 – 29 May / Timothy life

Grass has always been an important relationship on our farm. Especially timothy, Phleum pratense,  which is one of the first grasses in the early summer. Many of the wreaths are tied by hand without strings or other aids. As decorations, birthday greetings, or exhibitions. The grass in harmony with the work of the hand and the beauty of the bound creations that emerged

20 – 24 May / Southern winds brings swirling swifts

I'm standing outside the house, barefoot in the grass. Feeling the warm southern winds caress my cheeks. The ear perceives it first, a quick sucking sound of birds sweeping close over my head. Then I hear the whirring sound,  the familiar joyful sound of summer. The Common swift (Apus apus) has come and summer is really here. I respond with a summer cry. We are alive!  

15 – 19 May / Dandelion blooms between Mayday tree and Lilac

Back in the 17th century, a French shoemaker is said to have put a sign on his door that read: free between Mayday tree (Prunus padus) and Lilac (Syringa vulgaris). Not a very long vacation though... a few days with the sun and warmth and everything happens at once. Under the trees, the yellow Dandelions (Taraxacum) shoot up and suddenly the lawn is not green but yellow. I think of all the wonderful paintings my mother made of those yellow meadows that has brought so much joy to so many.

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