It's almost New Year's Eve, time to reflect on the year left behind and looking forward to the year ahead.
Today I went out with my son to buy some firework. We also have safety-glasses this year. Safety and firework are two conflicting issues, so we're very careful. Let's hope others will do also.


Santa Claus

As you can see he is dressing up for "the most wonderful time of the year". Although he doesn't look very motivated. I guess because it's hard work: flying with reindeers...


Henning Mankell

The Swedish writer Henning Mankell is one of my favourites, especially the novels he wrote about Kurt Wallander. In fact I'm re-reading one of these novels now. Some books are just getting better the second or third time you read them.
I also like to watch the episodes made by the Swedisch television around this character. They also seem to improve everytime you watch them.
Pen and ink, 10x15 cm.


Dresdner Stol

"A Stollen is a loaf-shaped cake containing dried fruit, and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar. The cake is usually made with chopped candied fruit and/or dried fruit, nuts and spices. Stollen is a traditional German cake, usually eaten during the Christmas season, when called Weihnachtsstollen or Christstollen. A similar cake, found in Dutch cuisine, is called a Kerststol in Dutch, while in Italian cuisine the panettone also shows a likeness."
Source: Wikipedia.

It also happens to be one of my favourite type of breads/cakes. Especially when a slice is topped with real butter. Just delicious!


Sint Nicolaas

Sint Nicolaas is a mythical figure, known for his generosity and kindness to children. That makes nowadays in combination with his Catholic roots a somewhat inconvenient combination. But legends live forever and are standing above any suspicion. You can read his whole story here.