Sunday, June 26, 2011

Midsummer in Sweden


Last Friday, June 24, was Midsummers Eve in Sweden. It is a really old tradition where people get together with their friends and relatives. Usually, everyone leaves the cities and go out in the countryside and celebrate the longest day of the year. Well, the day when there is sunshine the longest. In some parts of Sweden it is sunshine the whole day and the whole night. It is called midnightsun and is a large tourist attraction.

Common things to do on Midsummers Eve are:

  • Raise a Midsummer Pole. You put leaves and flowers on a long pole and erect it somewhere. Then you dance around it. The music is mostly old childrens songs and folk music. 
  • Eat traditional food. In Sweden that is most often "sill" (pickled herring) and potatoes. With that, there is the "snaps". And of course you sing some "snapsvisor". 
  • Barbecue and party as usual. 

I myself had a really good time by the Midsummer Pole. There is this song called "små grodorna" which means "the small frogs". Perfect for me. I danced it over and over and over until my head spun.

After that, I did a really good job of turning some good meat to coal on the barbecue.

Bye bye!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Lots and lots of Janne Groda

We got a package today. From China. With loads of mini-versions of me! But it looks really really crowded there in that vacuum packed bag. Nonetheless, everyone of my small clones is smiling. As we always do. And who can avoid smiling in my company? Consider then if there is hundreds of me stuffed together.It's a veritable smiling party.

These stroller toys will be available for purchase this summer and autumn, depending on where you live.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mail from Marky

Look at this cool dude. It's Marky, from Essex in England. His mom Danielle says that he likes his LipFish clothes. That's always great to hear. We wouldn't like to make bland and uncomfortable clothes. That just wouldn't do!

Marky even has a blog of his own, although I suspect that Danielle might be helping him a little bit. There was a whole lot of things for young toddlers on it.

Keep up the good work Marky. Don't be a stranger.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Art from Denmark

Today I got a mysterious package in the mail. From Denmark. Hmm, I thought, who do I know in Denmark? Well, it turned out that the package was from a new friend and not an old one.

These marvellous paintings came from Lise Højer. It's the baby dinosaur Boing Boing and Lola Ladybug! Turns out, both she and her children adore us. Well let me tell you Lise, we adore you just as much right back. You have created great art and really stunning portraits.

I will send an answer to your fabulous letter real soon.

P.S Lise have a website of her own. Check it out -

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Birthday greeting to a very special someone

This is Maxim, who had his third birthday yesterday. Maxim and his mom really likes the LipFish clothes and we send our love right back to you.

Happy Birthday Maxim! We hope that there will be many, many more.

By the way, June 6 is also the National Commemoration Day in Sweden. So one could say that you share your birthday with a whole country. Aint that neat? Hurra, hurra, hurra, hurra, as we cheer in Swedish.