You can see what we do for the bulk of our summer holiday by looking at the Mollaryd tab. However, we don't just lounge around the cottage, swim in the lakes, cycle through the forests or go fishing - there are lots of other things to do in Sweden too.

Most summers we travel across southern Sweden to the island of Öland. Nick's uncle and aunt have a house there and his cousin Annika lives there too with her family, so it's a chance to socialise and have fun.

The beach at Äleklinta - great for swimming, skimming stones and watching the sun set while BBQing on the beach. 

There is a cabaret every year that showcases Bea and has Alex as the master of ceremonies. The undoubted highlight of the show every year are The Fabulous Nilsson Sisters - no one who saw it will ever forget their rendition of "Who let the dogs out"! 

We also usually head down to Varberg on the west cost of Sweden to spend some time with our good friends, Hans & Gerd at their summer cottage.

We also try to manage an ice hockey pilgrimage each year to see some Elitserien matches and to see Borås HC if we get the chance. These trips are usually in October half-term or just after new year. If we are lucky we can combine these trips with some fun in the snow and a trip to Hockey Monkey to stock up with new ice hockey equipment.

When Alex & Bea were younger we used to go skiing every February. They learnt to ski (as did Nick & Penny) in 1998 and we all kept returning every year. We really liked the Åre area, near Östersund in central Sweden, which is the location of Sweden's World Cup ski slopes. We stopped going skiing in 2003 when we chose to have holildays in South Africa or the Caribbean instead - there weren't enough parental holiday weeks in the year to accommodate both!