Det gick inte att ta miste på entusiasmen som Fredrik Eklund utstrålade när han lade ut den allra första bilden av sitt nya hus i Roxbury, Connecticut, bara 1,5 timmes bilresa från Manhattan.
"Det här har jag drömt om sedan jag var liten – vi är så lyckliga", skrev han då.
För tre veckor sedan flyttade Fredrik och hans Derek äntligen in i villan tillsammans med hundarna Mouse och Fritzy.
I ett inlägg från mitten av augusti står Derek framför huset och håller sin son Kai i handen.
"I natt kommer vi sova vår första natt i huset och vi kommer att sova som små glada griskultingar. Jag har så mycket att vara tacksam för".
Av de efterföljande bilderna att döma så stortrivs Fredrik och Derek som townhouse-ägare. Så mycket att han nästan har svårt att slita sig.
Dereks mamma kom på besök och överöses med beröm – inte minst för att hon uppfostrat honom så bra.
Läs också: Här är Fredrik Eklunds nya drömvilla
There she is, so happy in our country kitchen, almost ready for dinner. She was born in Zimbabwe, Africa. She grew her family outside Harare, with chickens, kittens and dogs running freely. Then she had a son named Derek. He grew tall and blond and kind. When Zimbabwe claimed its independence in 1980, and years later things started to get difficult, the country started to fall apart... 12 years ago she took her family to London to be safe. She is a survivor, she is strong, but it wasn't easy. She is beautiful, she is my angel. She holds me like I'm her son which I kind of am, since I married her son. Love you, Barbara Kaplan. You are everything; you give us life! Now, let's have dinner 😍👅
Fredrik Eklund har postat flera bilder från huset.
Läs också: Fredrik Eklund på Sverige-semester
Hundarna får ofta vara med.
When the sunset turns the pink rose‘ wine to orange. That's when the pups chase rabbits around the pond. When we're finally unpacked in the mansion. That's when we grill fish and make guacamole. When I light the first fire. That's when the stars and the moon look out. When I've been waiting a life time. That's when I've finally found my home. Yes, this is when I feel peace in my heart. 🙏
Lunch in the country. I grilled salmon marinated in ginger and garlic with wild rice and basil. Local kale with yellow mini tomatoes as a salad. Grilled corn from the farm next door with butter and salt. And my favorite rose wine in the world, the blue bottle with the pink flower: Clos Beylesse from Cotes De Provence. 😍 #FredrikTheFarmer
Walking around our pond in the early morning, grass still wet. So many memories re-activated. Take my five-year old hand, now. See how small and soft it is. Come along, inside, here. Let me tell you about the memories of mys, I thought they were long gone. Let me bring you with me to what I though I lost, perhaps we both lost, to what I thought we might never find again. Let me remind you too. It was summer, I was so young, Sweden so big, the world outside unknown then. There was no New York, nothing but love, family and mys. The room was silent, as I woke up naturally, not knowing what time it was, not really caring, no alarm clock, no beeping iPhone by the bed. Just silence and green leaves dancing outside the large window. The night before I had been reading old Donald Duck-cartoons by Carl Barks in the upper level of the bunk bed, now spread all over the bed. The special smell of the paper from then 20 years ago, the fiber within the paper itself, bleached yellow from two decades of sun light, the very same cartoons my mother had read as a child herself, in the very same bed. Black-and-white photos of her on the wall as a little girl, smiling at me with her hair out, then long and blonder. The large, round mirror hanging on the door, my little body reflecting in it, already tanned from the Swedish summer holiday sun, being at peace with it because there was no pressure to look or perform, just be. My little button nose, my big blue eyes, my blond hair. It was the summer of 1982 and my entire life was in front of me.
Welcome to FreDerek for a summer weekend! 😍 --- The last and third winner of my competition is Mandy Jewells, a psychotherapist that works with families in need. What a great mix we've got now: a realtor from Australia, a bee-honey entrepreneur from Canada and a therapist from the USA. Congrats to the winners to come to New York this Fall and see all its beauty. Next year I'm going to increase it to five winners, and my goal is to keep growing it from there every year to something hopefully very large. It's been so rewarding to pay it forward and connect so far, and a dream of mine for a long time to give people an opportunity which I never had when I was young. Thanks again and ❤️ /Mr Sell
There they stand, holding hands. Derek and Kai. In front of our new country house. 🙏 Tonight will be the first night sleeping in the house and we will sleep like little smiling piglets. I have so much to be thankful for! #familyfirst . . When it comes to the competition I announced two days ago here, to win a trip to New York, I've decided to not only double but triple the winners. I mean I had to! With so many amazing people enrolling here between IG and FB with their often touching comments, it was difficult to chose to say the least. Last year someone from Sweden won. But this year I've picked Mark Josem from Melbourne, Australia as well as Emily Briffa from Toronto, Canada. Mark is in real estate, Emily is not as she has her own business making bee honey. Both have been notified and jumped and screamed LOL. I hope I can inspire both to become more successful... and then make them laugh while showing them my city. Now, I've decided the third person will be from the US, it is time for someone amazing from AMERICA to win too, so I'll pick him or her tomorrow. Anyway, I'm going to group together these three people for a long weekend in my New York in October - on my dime. Love you all, thank you for your support and sweet words. ❤️