The First Year

StayCay –  Rental, Service and Inspiration

Happy Holidays

StayCay started with a belief in slowing down and focusing on important things; family, health, nature and being. Taking a vacation requires a cost/benefit analys that should not only consider a financial cost but a efficiency analys. For example, a vacation can be spent on an exotic island or it can be as simple as staying at home and visiting places and people we care about – a staycation.

To be sure, undertaking a journey across the world is an indulgence rather than a necessity.  It is a great way to expand our knowledge about the world and experience social interactions we would otherwise miss. Yet, these experience cost money and a tremendous about of time. Think about the endless hours spent searching for the best place to visit at the best price. Consider, the time it takes to pack, find someone to look after the place (watch the family pet), fix passports and visa applications, waiting in security lines and last but not least wasting time with entertainment systems while sitting on the airplane. Don’t forget unpacking and washing when you get home. I think you get my point, it is not only an indulgence of money but time.

A staycation on the other hand, allows you to save on accommodations and travel but also time and energy. By staying ’home’, you have money over for the activities you want and time to be with the people you have been missing while rushing off to work.

A middle option, somewhere between exotic vacations and staying at home, is the family cabin. The place were we can ’just be’ and indulge in the hobby we cherish. Yet, owing a family cabin is not only an economic luxury, it can also be a social liability for many extended families. How many times have you heard how the family cabin has been the catalyst for many uncomfortable or non-existent family visits?

2017 should be the year you try a 4th option – take a StayCay with us. We rent homes and cabins and add extra service to that your vacation is what it should be – time for slowing down and focusing on important things; family, health, nature and being. We have made a top staycation tips for 2017!

Chanterelle 'gold'.Tip 1: The North Woods

Hiking trails are  in abundance in Sweden. In the late summer you can hunt for the ‘gold of the woods’ – Chanterelles.

See Skåne by bikeTip 2: Kattegatleden

Bike Sweden’s West Coast on the inter regional bike trail.  Tip: Spend a relaxing week in Vejbystrand.

img_3034Tip 3: Midsommar

Every June, Sweden celebrates the longest day of the year. Every village has a special celebration. Pick wildflowers and make a crown for the dance.

vejbystrand beachTip 4: Vejbystrand

Enjoy our little village with a big heart. Tennis, sailing, football, music, the beach and the outdoor pool.

World class tennis in Båstad Tip 5: Tennis in Båstad

Watch tennis at its best in beautiful Båstad. Enjoy shopping, dinning and dancing.

Pyttebro - bridge over Rönneån from our StayCay boatTip 6: Skälderviken

Rent our StayCay boat and get out on the water and see seals, dolphins and more. Just a short trip the Vejbystrands harbor and you can set anchor på Hallandsväderö or Kullaberg.

Last year, we were able to help 10 homeowners rent out their homes and we are proud to have helped over 15 families with their ’staycay’ in our community. Our goal for 2017 is double these numbers. Hope to see you in 2017!

Making meaning: Ice-cream social

'Park Bench Philosopher'

When I grew-up we had the ‘Ice-Cream Social’. My grandfather made old fashioned vanilla ice-cream and my mother baked blueberry pies. This was our chance to eat the best pie and ice-cream our neighbours had to offer. Although there was never an official, ‘blue ribbon’ pie, everyone knew to come early, in order to have a chance to consume that pie you had been dreaming about all year.

Consumption is a changing concept. In medical terms it pertains to an infectious disease cased by the bacteria MTB or Tuberculosis. According to Wikipedia, consumption becomes dangerous or ‘active’ approximately 10% of the time. Consumption is also something the majority of the world is deeply embedded in. Our social, economic and political systems burn or grind depending on the levels of  economical consumption. Many scholars agree that economical consumption is, like the medical reference, dangerous – some of the time. Depending on your ideology, you might define too much consumption as being ‘dangerously active’ 10%, 20% or even 80% of the time.

Sustainable consumption is moderate consumption. One example of moderate consumption is second hand shopping. Donating, purchasing and supporting second hand shopping is fun, and it contributes to a sustainable level of consumption. The money collected from second hand shops often gets circulated back into our communities. Take for example, the Red Cross, Good Will or even our very local Vejby Loppis. The concept of moderate consumption is a popular concept and is being endorsed by large companies. In Sweden, garbage management companies, are making so much money off our waste that they are attempting to change our behaviour by encouraging, not only sorting of plastics, food waste, cardboard, glass and metal from the ‘rest’ of the garbage, but campaign  longer lasting products and buying building supplies (like kitchen cabinets, doors, windows) through second hand outlets.

I want to share my youthful sweet precious memories with my children and at the same time I want to teach them about sustainable living. Many things from my youth have changed and I have moved to the other side of the pond. Yet, wherever we find ourselves, human nature will create spaces for a local ‘modern’ version of the ‘ice-cream social’. If you are in town this weekend, come to our little Vejbystrand and see how popular and fun second hand shopping can be.

Special ‘Second Hand Farmers market” at Vejby Loppis in Vejbystrand. Come early – 11:00 – to check-out your dream items. Action and selling begins at 12:00. Entry cost, 20 SEK and includes coffee and a sweet bit to dip in your coffee. Please park at the public school – Magnarps skolan and you are sure to find a great treasure to take home or just enjoy this community event.

Park at:
Magnarps skolan
Magnarps Byaväg 333
266 53 Vejbystrand

Thank you Vejby IF for your Facebook post, NSR for information on your campaign, and my friend Sanna for sharing her spring cleaning pictures.

If you are unfortunate to miss this event, be sure to book for calendar for another community event in nearby Vejbyslätt.  Sommar Community Garage Sale on July 17th from 11:00 – 13:00. Search in maps for Vejbyslätts bygata – Once you are in Vejbyslätt, you can’t miss it!

Magnarp Home – Staycation Storybook

This StayCay Rental is located on the hillside steps aways from the sea, biking trails, open fields, playground and much more. Swish down to Magnarp’s harbor for lunch at the local seafood restaurant or buy fresh seafood to cook in this beautiful, unique home with view of the sea. 6 bedrooms (7 beds), 2 baths, 2 living rooms, laundry room, dinning room and eat in kitchen. The garden is large and private with separate covered eating area and trampoline. Want activity tips? StayCay can help.

Defining StayCay

I live in a little area in the highest point of Southern Sweden. It is officially called Bjärehalvön, Bjäre for short (a loved child has many names). This year I started a company that helps with local vacation home management. It is called StayCay. What? Why the name StayCay? I could draw a long vague anthropological account but I decide to make a short video instead. Enjoy.


Great day at the office

Last night we celebrated Valborg…

The last day in April we celebrate Valborg. We gather in our community, sing and light a fire. Welcome spring.
The last day in April we celebrate Valborg. We gather in our community, sing and light a fire. Welcome spring.

The 1st of May has always been a special day. When I was young we made Mayday baskets and left them at the door of our neighbor. The goal was to knock on the door, leave the basket and run home as fast as you could. If you got caught, you might get a kiss. The idea of leaving a little gift and sneaking away has stayed with me in  adulthood and in Sweden.

In Sweden, the 30th of April is called Valborg. Townspeople gather around a fire, sing songs and say farewell to the cold. Beautiful tradition. Beautiful evening. This morning, 1st of May, I woke up and continued a childhood tradition. I packed a Mayday basket – 5 hours cleaning service – and left it at the door of my neighbor. I did not get-a-way. I got a kiss (an emoji).

Thank you to those that support and encourage StayCay.

StayCay Service is available to help make your staycation in Bjäre Sweden a great vacation!

Take care of yourself and those that support you.

Vejbystrand – Staycation paradise

29 April 2016

April Month
04 Spring Road
Northwinds village

Dear April,

Thank you for bringing the sun. We enjoyed her warmth. When the snow fell that early morning, I brushed you off as a simple trickster. Teasing with the sun one day, freezing the evening air and filling the morning with fluffy snow. My cucumber plants victim and I dupe. I remind you, lagom är bäst – everything in moderation.

For you, I have written a little phrase, to explain you what we in Skåne Sweden think of your games.

Despite the fun your time is done
Valborg night and you take flight
We light a fire and you admire
that in Skåne…
maj maj måne

As a gesture of good faith, an attempt to put an end to disruptive behavior, I offer above video.

Please enjoy.

Sincerely yours,


Saturday Dilemma in Vejbystrand

Vejbystrand with a twist
Vejbystrand with a twist

When I moved to Vejbystrand in 2007, I was told Vejbystrand was a sleeping village. At the time, two neighbours warned, after 20 years they were still ’tourists’ never seen as ’local’. I listen with a sublime Bob Dylan the times they are a changin’.

This upcoming Saturday I have a staycation dilemma – too many things to do.

The possibility for sunshine invits a long walk along the beach, through Stora Hult, pass the blooming apple orchard and up to Lillaro Café. A delightful morning hike. If you have not been to this creative and charming destination, check out Joakim Lloyd Raboff’s Twin Peaks-like video sommarbesök hos Lillaro Café. With the artists permission, I reposted the video on StayCay’s Facebook page.   

Next? Vejby IF football match at 15:00. New grandstand, energetic players (I met one young man on my walk last week) and a community gathering. Sounds like my cup-of-tea. Unfortunately, I will have to make a rain-check.

What is competing for my time? Vejbystrands Cykelfest! We are invited to starters at 16:00 and hosting the main course at 18:00. If all goes well, 78 participants will converge at Hos Jonas at 22:00!

The times have changed. Vejbystrand is awake and welcoming! Love Vejbystrand – wishing you a great weekend.

Love Vejbystrand

Konstrunda i Skåne


Konstrundan 2016

25 mars – 3 april

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Konstrundan 2016


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