Last summer cottage trips were rare as the sudden and surprising moving hassle took a lion's share of the time. I didn't have summer holiday eitehr - university started already at the end of August. I made do with some long weekends instead. Because of this the relaxion part of cottage life had to be skipped, but at least I could partake in the essential part: labour camp! The darkening autumn nights added to the challenge level, as all outdoor work had to be stopped much earlier than during summer. By six-seven in the evening the shadows were really long and the sun was setting, making it impossible to continue work safely.
The main agenda was wood chopping. The trunks had to be moved, cut, chopped, piled and covered. After Saturday's work there would be sauna, and Sunday was for finishing up and preparing the cottage for the coming winter. And of course this all was topped by a drive home. There was much to do on both weekends, as our neighbours had fell their forest, leaving some of our trees exposed. We had to fell some trees and make sure that they are appropriately handled for the winter so that they will not rot away.
Thankfully the work camp left some time for other activities too. On the first weekend I made traditional Finnish thin crepes with barley flour, and on the other one there was a village market. It is not a big market, but more like some local farmers coming together to sell their produce to the people who live or have cottages nearby. It all started years ago from cinnamon rolls and other bread things, but now the offering has expanded to cover meat, crepes, jam, vegetables, and this time there was also a sheep farmer with some yarn! I also got to enjoy a wood-burning sauna (it is different to electric one) and admire the last butterflies of the season.
Occasionally I return to these memories in the midst of the Stockholm greyness, and wait for the summer to arrive again.