Of waffles and spring

Every year, just after the Spring Equinox, the Swedes celebrate spring by eating waffles.

The sun was up early – casting a cozy golden glow on the day.

In the woods, I looked for signs of spring:

Glowing green cups of sunshine;

Melted ice puddles

Creating artistic reflections;

And the golden thread of a cobweb

Slung across a 1,000-year-old Viking rune stone.

The most delicious delicious sign of spring was found at home:

Golden heart-shaped waffles topped with fresh fruit.

The Swedes have been eating waffles to celebrate spring since the 1600s —

So it would be rude not to join in.

Do you suppose we could call them eggy-maniacs?

For more waffle, please visit: Our World.

102 responses

  1. Mouth watering food and the water reflection is amazing.

    March 26, 2012 at 15:56

  2. Love these pics!

    March 26, 2012 at 15:58

  3. lovely snaps!!!

    March 26, 2012 at 15:59

  4. antiquityandadventures

    wow fantastic…:-)

    March 26, 2012 at 16:13

  5. Pat

    What a wonderful tradition!
    Beautiful captures.

    March 26, 2012 at 16:30

  6. Second and fourth shots are mind blowing. I wish I can use one of these…Gorgeous:)

    March 26, 2012 at 16:35

  7. Oh my where do I start, waffles, and whipping cream, and then those photos…..amazing.

    Do you still have snow?

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

    March 26, 2012 at 16:44

    • There are patches of ice in the darkest parts of the woods, otherwise no snow at all. And the ice has gone off the lake too!

      March 27, 2012 at 08:43

  8. I believe this is the very first time I’ve been delighted, awe-inspired, and hungry all at the same time as the result of a post…

    March 26, 2012 at 16:49

  9. kpulsipher

    Such a warm glow!

    March 26, 2012 at 17:00

  10. Lovely work!:)

    March 26, 2012 at 17:11

  11. ok, i love waffles…better than pancakes, hands down….love that first pic…and how cool on that rune stone as well….very cool….

    March 26, 2012 at 17:23

  12. Delicious looking waffles! One of my favorite breakfasts!! Your captures are fantastic as always, I love the Rune stone and the beautiful reflections! Delightful way to begin my day! Hope your week is going well!


    March 26, 2012 at 17:28

  13. TexWisGirl

    wow, that looks yummy! i love the watery reflection shot, too!

    March 26, 2012 at 17:31

  14. I’m surprised to see Swedes eating waffles for breakfast. Perhaps it’s a dessert in Sweden, unlike the U.S. I love the spring photos and the golden sunlight to tie in with the golden waffles.

    March 26, 2012 at 17:41

    • The Swedes don’t eat waffles for breakfast… Perhaps for a snack in the afternoon, or as part of an evening meal.

      March 27, 2012 at 08:30

  15. I really want waffles now.

    March 26, 2012 at 18:32

  16. Wow, lovely pictures and alluring waffles:) Wish I could enjoy the treat too!

    March 26, 2012 at 18:35

  17. Oh, My!

    I am STARVING now. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.


    March 26, 2012 at 18:35

  18. I want to come to your world!

    March 26, 2012 at 18:57

  19. Beautiful photos! Wish we were as close to spring as you seem to be. We had snow again yesterday and last night. But today looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day!!!

    March 26, 2012 at 19:09

  20. Hoppas du nu har hittat några spår av Våren…annars får du väl komma hit ner. Här njuter vi av sol och värme just nu. Dina bilder är alltid helt underbara!

    My entry is here

    March 26, 2012 at 20:21

  21. Lovely pictures….you are a very good photographer…..and some våfflor did we get too:-)

    March 26, 2012 at 21:50

  22. Love the reflection photo, but the waffles got Boom and I as they look so good!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    March 26, 2012 at 22:08

  23. jbcuvelier

    They can call them anything they want to! I’ll help to eat them! lol
    That reflection shot,Fiona, is really nice!

    March 26, 2012 at 22:26

  24. just delightful images – that first scene is stunning. .. and what a delicious tradition! bon appetit! thanks for sharing.

    March 26, 2012 at 22:46

  25. sandy

    I wonder who picked waffles? It sounds good to me So that is what a rune stone really looks like. It is much more artistic than I expected it to be.
    Nice sun shot.

    March 26, 2012 at 22:54

  26. oooh – to be in the light of that first image.

    March 26, 2012 at 22:55

  27. What a great tradition. Waffles for spring sounds great to me. Beautiful shots from early spring in your part of the world.

    March 27, 2012 at 00:13

  28. I want that waffle!

    March 27, 2012 at 00:14

  29. lovely signs of spring. i love the artistic reflections.

    March 27, 2012 at 00:31

  30. I believe I inadvertently celebrated spring in the Swedish way — I made homemade waffles a few days after spring!!! Your photo looks way way way yummier! We don’t any good looking berries like that yet.

    March 27, 2012 at 02:40

  31. Beautiful pictures, and those waffles look really good too. Sounds like a great tradition.

    March 27, 2012 at 02:51

  32. Eggy-maniacs made me laugh.:) Wonderful captures.. and drool-worthy waffle and berries!

    March 27, 2012 at 03:07

  33. Such a yummy tradition. I feel all of you in this post❤

    March 27, 2012 at 03:22

  34. The rune was my favorite until I saw that waffle. Now I’m hungry! What a wonderful country!

    March 27, 2012 at 03:50

  35. That rune stone looks clear and vivid and beautiful, as do all these wonderful images. Thanks for this post.

    March 27, 2012 at 04:02

  36. I would not mind that tradition. Though I am not a local, the folks here love chicken and waffles. I just can’t get into it.

    March 27, 2012 at 04:04

  37. oh my, that makes me hunger for waffles. I love the glow in the first shot, and the reflections. and the light in the rune shot (I’d love to have that in my yard). your photos always blow me away. Happy day to you Fiona. and happy spring too.

    March 27, 2012 at 05:10

  38. Beautiful Spring shots.
    Sydney – City and Suburbs

    March 27, 2012 at 05:26

  39. onceupona

    A year has passed already… I remember this from last year! The waffles are picture perfect. Makes me hungry!! -Danette

    March 27, 2012 at 05:52

  40. your words and photos tell the delightful story…l feel like a bud soaking in this delicious sunshine. what a wonderful way to celebrate spring!

    March 27, 2012 at 06:13

  41. something good to eat makes the day even brighter ;))

    March 27, 2012 at 06:49

  42. Anonymous

    Yummy photos!

    March 27, 2012 at 09:01

  43. Each photo is a gemstone of light and art. I love the rune stone: today’s web, yesterday’s words.

    March 27, 2012 at 09:47

  44. Wonderful captures. Love the variety.

    March 27, 2012 at 10:17

  45. lindyloumacinitaly

    What gorgeous photos, the first and the third are my favourites.

    March 27, 2012 at 10:37

  46. What a yummy way to celebrate Spring. I love waffles and your looks so delicious. The shots of the sun rising and the shot of the rune stone is cool. Thanks for sharing your world, Happy Spring!

    March 27, 2012 at 10:53

  47. Francisca

    Dear LadyFi, I have so missed your beautiful, eye-soothing, soul massaging images. I’ve been behind the firewall erected by China to keep us off social media, and only recently I found a program to bust through… but it makes blog hopping sooo sloooow. This city I am in is also showing signs of spring, but not the fresh, bright, breath-in-deep kind you are showing us. Thank you.

    March 27, 2012 at 11:42

  48. Hi there – great set of pictures.

    I may make it my mission in life to transplant this tradition into Australia – World Village and all that kind of thing!

    March 27, 2012 at 11:56

  49. Ohhh those waffles… yummy yummy yummy !!
    Have a happy Springtime Lady Fi…
    Greetings from Holland,

    March 27, 2012 at 12:22

  50. waffle day. Oh I forgot about that. Looks so yummy I have to check if I can make some.

    March 27, 2012 at 12:53

  51. jcosmonewbery


    March 27, 2012 at 13:19

  52. Sarah

    It’s tasty custom on the Spring Equinox. we have おはぎ(rice cake covered with bean jam) on that day around. Great captures of the sun as usual.

    March 27, 2012 at 13:26

  53. What a lovely way to welcome Spring!

    March 27, 2012 at 13:31

  54. At last spring came to us. The last photo is just yummy.:)

    March 27, 2012 at 13:33

  55. I LOVE your photos…and the food looks most tempting!!

    March 27, 2012 at 13:49

  56. jenjilks

    Beautiful photos! We have a ton of syrup we need to eat up soon!
    My world!

    March 27, 2012 at 14:40

  57. Jeevan

    I like the crispy waffles and its delicious out there. Fabulous images… quite warmth!


    March 27, 2012 at 14:58

  58. Ah, I remember your waffle day post from last year or the year before – and that it came about because ‘waffle day’ sounds similar in pronunciation to something else, which is what the say really is. And now that you have shown us your waffles, I think I will make some for tea! The ancient Viking rune stone looks beautiful.

    March 27, 2012 at 16:16

    • You have a good memory. They call it Waffle Day because it’s actually Annunciation or Our Lady’s Day, which is Vår Fru Dag. If you say that quickly enough in Swedish, it sounds like: Våffel Dag.

      March 27, 2012 at 17:25

  59. brilliant captures!!!!!

    March 27, 2012 at 16:35

  60. Wonderful photos, great light and color, I like them all certainly that of the reflections in the water is my favorite.

    March 27, 2012 at 16:58

  61. gorgeous shots, and that waffle looks totally tempting!

    …and thank you for your kind get well wishes for my sister.
    much appreciated!!!

    big hugs!

    March 27, 2012 at 17:45

  62. The waffle looks like a great way to celebrate Spring. Perhaps we should start that custom over here. Your early morning photos are exquisite. I like all of them for the light and color that you’ve captured.

    March 27, 2012 at 17:53

  63. I don’t really need a reason to celebrate spring, certainly not when it’s made to look as fantastic as in your photos, but I’ll gladly make an exception for the waffle. Delicious.

    March 27, 2012 at 17:55

  64. Hi There, Oh–those waffles!!!! I can almost taste them… Wish we had that tradition here!!!! ha (Maybe I’ll just make it a tradition next year on the first day of Spring!!!)… They truly look delicious.

    I love your spring photos. The cobweb one is good –but my favorite is the first one –with the morning sunshine… Awesome.


    March 27, 2012 at 18:09

  65. JM

    Beautiful shots! And my mouth is watering now!:-)

    March 27, 2012 at 19:54

  66. What stunning captures, from the reflections in shimmery waters, to the sunset and yummy looking waffles. My grandchildren and I had waffles for breakfast, but not like yours.

    March 27, 2012 at 22:45

  67. Oh yum! I didn’t know about that tradition! I most certainly would celebrate that one!:)

    March 27, 2012 at 23:58

  68. so much beauty and then yum. that is a nice way to celebrate.
    i love the rune stone!

    March 28, 2012 at 00:23

  69. Stunning!

    March 28, 2012 at 00:41

  70. Al

    Excellent shots – that last one made me hungry. At least it’s almost dinnertime.

    March 28, 2012 at 00:45

  71. Great shots and I love the waffles story!

    March 28, 2012 at 01:52

  72. OH, here is full of tender and mellow spring! To visit your blog always gives me delight. I do not know how I can express the shades of lights which are gorgeous but delicate in your first photo. Over my vocabulary!
    Ladyfi, thanks a lot for sweet temptation!! Mouthwatering.

    March 28, 2012 at 05:22

  73. Wish I had known of this tradition, I love waffles.

    March 28, 2012 at 06:03

  74. how ever did you get this post to smell of glorious waffles!? The rune stone is getting pinned!

    Warm Aloha from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral


    March 28, 2012 at 06:22

  75. Woods and Sun – Thanks for sharing nature.
    And I am hungry – delicious dessert the last photograph.

    March 28, 2012 at 08:55

  76. Beautiful shots! Love the third picture the most and the last one – simply yummm!!:)

    My Yatra Diary…</a

    March 28, 2012 at 12:25

  77. sm

    beautiful pics

    March 28, 2012 at 12:35

  78. That rune stone is awesome!

    March 28, 2012 at 13:12

  79. Love all the photos…the rune stone was so interesting. The carving is so sharp after being out in the elements for so long. Thank you for sharing your beautiful images.

    March 28, 2012 at 13:58

  80. What a great tradition. I love the idea of waffles on the first day of spring. Maybe I will have to copy you all and do it here in Virginia. All of your photos are beautiful but the one with the reflections is by far my favorite. It is awesome. Such a nice post. genie

    March 28, 2012 at 15:30

  81. The last photo of Waffle looks like very delicious. I like the first photo very much.

    March 28, 2012 at 16:02

  82. Fantastic vivid colors and awesome selective focus in the image of the waffles! Now I’m hungry.

    March 28, 2012 at 19:59

  83. Great shots! Glad to see Spring is arriving in your part of the world. We are enjoying Autumn at the moment…

    March 28, 2012 at 22:10

  84. I’m a big fan of waffles. Eating them on the Spring Equinox sounds like a perfectly lovely idea to me!

    March 28, 2012 at 22:30

  85. Great series of beautiful photos, love them!
    Love waffles.
    Wish you a wonderful day.

    March 29, 2012 at 01:30

  86. How beautiful these are, and oooooooo, I want one of those yummy looking waffles!

    March 29, 2012 at 03:18

  87. The photos of nature are beautiful but they cannot top those waffles! Yum!

    March 29, 2012 at 04:47

  88. I love both waffles and spring, and your photos are lovely.
    The rune stone is fascinating!

    March 29, 2012 at 16:07

  89. Pass a waffle please! (who made them..it must have been the anklebiters) Lovely photos..spring has found you!:)

    March 29, 2012 at 17:31

  90. That one thin cobweb — My God, your eye for the beauty of nature is just stunning. Exquisite, as always. And waffles are my weakness!

    March 29, 2012 at 18:46

  91. Her også enestående vakre bilder!! =) Ser ut som du har hatt en trivelig skogstur, og med flotte bilder på kjøpet!:) Vaffeldagen har nok ikke vært så vanlig i Norge.. det er først kommet de siste årene.. tror jeg.. Jeg synes svenskene er mye bedre på å *feire* flere forskjellige dager enn oss her i Norge..:) Og for en fristelse det siste bildet her – mmmm! Jeg hadde faktisk tenkt å lage vafler på vaffeldagen, men jeg og min samboer var ute sååå lenge! Men uten at jeg hadde tenkt over det, hadde jeg kjøpt med belgiske vafler fra matbutikken.. :)) så da ble det jo vafler likevel..:)

    March 30, 2012 at 01:02

  92. There’s a lot to be said for tradition..and spring, especially when they both look sooooo good!

    March 30, 2012 at 14:36

  93. Beautiful morning light, an awesome stone, and delicious looking waffles!

    March 31, 2012 at 08:12

  94. And what, pray tell, do waffles have to do with the Spring Equinox? Not that it matters much, especially if I can have a plate of this yummy fare.

    March 31, 2012 at 08:39

  95. wonderful series like these captures very much
    hmmmm I am hungry now after seeing the photo from the waffle

    March 31, 2012 at 18:14

  96. Yummy, they are mouth watering!

    April 2, 2012 at 02:54

  97. Elephant's Eye

    Do ‘we’ still know what the Viking runes say?

    April 6, 2012 at 10:50

    • Yes. The rune stones have a sign nearby to let us know what the runes say.

      April 6, 2012 at 10:56

  98. Darling Grey

    Just found your lovely blog after searching for some pictures to accompany a blog-entry about childhood memories, funnily enough made in Sweden when I was young!
    I have borrowed one of your pictures, I hope that is alright! Of course linked to your blog. Hope you have had a lovely Easter!

    April 9, 2012 at 20:12

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