Advent Calendar – December 2, 2019

Advent Calendar – December 2, 2019

December 2, 2019
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A beautiful sunset view of part of the Kiambere plantation, Kenya, taken by a drone. June, 2019.

This is the main reason why I went to Kenya. I started to save money through buying trees in November of 2015, and have continued doing so on a monthly basis ever since. When I found out I could place my savings in trees, I finally found what I’d been looking for, ever since moving away from home in the early 90s: An ethical, sustainable and longterm way to save my money.

Did you know that our shared savings have a greater impact on our climate and the environment than all the car driving in the world? I only found out in 2018, and it shocked me. But then I started to think more about it and realized that it makes a lot of sense. In many ways, the way my savings support various companies (either directly through owning stocks and funds, or though my savings account at the bank, which they, in turn, lend to companies) is quite neutral. Or anonymous perhaps is a better way to describe it? I mean, I am not an active shareholder, and even though I’ve tried to invest in “ethical funds” I am far from certain my money does good.

Until now that is. The money I use to buy trees for me, my company, my children and bonus-grandchildren, do good. Without a doubt. It comes at a risk, of course, but then again the possible return is higher than normal as well. And, on November 28th of 2019 I got my first payback from the trees purchased in 2015, so there’s no doubt in my mind that this is a savings scheme that works the way it promises.

Advent Calendar for 2019: sharing pictures and stories/reflections from my trip to Kenya in June. I went to visit “my trees” and get a hands-on experience of the social entrepreneurship of the Kenyan forestry company that I buy trees through.

Full disclosure: I am proud to say I am both a customer and an ambassador for the company. If you are curious to find out more, let me know and I’ll gladly get in touch with you! Here’s my sponsored link: 

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Advent Calendar – December 1, 2019

December 1, 2019
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I went to Kenya in June of 2019, spending nine days there, on a customer trip, where I and my fellow travelers went to visit trees that we’ve all been “saving in”.  
This is me and my roommate Lena Fridlund. We had a blast throughout the journey and boy, can we laugh together! Here we are on the grounds of the Utithini Primary School after the kids had gotten some gifts, brought to them by three of our fellow companions. Lena had a selfie stick with her, and the joy of these kids at being in the picture with us was indescribable. The trip was an impactful one for me, in so many ways, and I want to share this with you. So I decided to share a picture and a short reflection or story a day, as my advent calendar for 2019. So I want to do what these kids do so well: wave HI and extend an invitation to you, to join me here until Christmas is upon us! 

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#blogg100 – The hidden life of trees.

May 27, 2017
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This book, written in a wonderfully gentle and inviting way, is making me gasp, drop my jaw and realize the extent of my (and our!) ignorance. I simply did not know… and neither, likely, do you. Did you know that trees can taste? Smell? Feel? Communicate with their peers? That they collaborate in the most amazing manner, both within their own species, but also with other species – especially fungi – and  even with other tree species at times?

“I encourage you to look around where you live. What dramas are being played out in wooded areas you can explore? How are commerce and survival balanced in the forests and woodlands you know? This book is a lens to help you take a closer look at what you might have taken for granted. Slow down, breathe deep, and look around. What can you hear? What do you see? How do you feel?”

He writes about trees, wooded areas and forests… and it made my recent visit to a forest quite different compared to previous visits – as I looked around me, trying to take in all of the activities happening around me, activities I was blind to before. Most of which are actually invisible to the eye, and yet, knowing about them made the forest around me buzz in a way I’ve never experience before.

Dalby Söderskog

All the while I’m thinking of trees, I also hear Wohlleben talking directly to me. Asking me to take a deeper look at life, my life; my hidden life?

“This book is a lens to help you take a closer look at what you might have taken for granted. Slow down, breathe deep, and look around. What can you hear? What do you see? How do you feel?”

#Blogg100 challenge in 2017 – post number 88 of 100.
The book “The hidden life of trees” by Peter Wohlleben.
English posts here, Swedish at

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