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They couldn’t have cared less.

We had a nice sunrise this cold morning.

We had a nice sunrise this cold morning.

So I drove to the garage this morning before I went to the vehicle inspection and once again they turned of that light and once again it started to shine as soon as I drove in to the inspection :-) They couldn’t care less about it, didn’t even mention it. They did however find a few problems like a rusty break pipe that needs to be changed and since they found that they also say I need to change that extra break light I have at the top of my boot lid. Normally it doesn’t matter if that one works since it is an extra but since they found that rusty pipe I need to get that fixed too. They also found a broken light bulb in one of the blinkers. All lights have now broken I think. I’ve changed them one by one and the garage changed one extra yesterday and this morning that blinkers died too :-) :-) :-)

 

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So I have a new appointment at the garage next Tuesday but he wasn’t sure he could borrow me a car then, his daughters might need it. Well I’m not the one to complain about taking an extra day of from work :-) The weather predictions says fairly nice weather and fairly warm but we all know how predictions are, treacherous as best :-) So after that I’ll have to go to the inspection again and if everything holds I won’t have to worry about that for another year. I’ll soon be worrying about changing to winter tires, I have the tires but not the rims :-)

 

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I saw several flock of cranes lifting and flying south.

I saw several flock of cranes lifting and flying south.

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This is not from the morning walk as You can see :-)

This is not from the morning walk as You can see :-)

 

Do You remember when I told You about how they had connected my laptop internet with my mobile phone internet so that the data I pay for was used way too early? How they had given me a new phone number as well and that I was fairly confused about it all?! It turns out they complicated things a bit more after they called to see what I thought about the whole deal. Suddenly I seem to have yet another phone number connected to my mobile phone and they have disconnected the connection between the old laptop connection with the mobile phone connection. That I didn’t know or mind but they sort of forgot to tell me :-) :-) :-) 

 

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I learned that when the bill came and I had loads of numbers :-) I called the phone and internet company that uses the business I made the deal with (I think they own it actually) and they sorted out the mess as good as they could. I still have those extra numbers but won’t use them since they all are connected to my mobile phone and it seems I have double the amount of data to use every month in my laptop. To make this work I got a new sim card and today I have around 20GB to spend until it all starts all over tomorrow since it is a new month. I’ll never even speak to that business that created this mess again!

 

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We had frost here this morning but not much of it stuck to the plants outside and it wasn’t cold enough to kill especially many insects. So I saw a few butterflies and a few troll spindles (the swedish name on dragonflies) today on our walk after the inspection. Unfortunately I also saw a few mosquitoes. I killed four moose flies after our walk in the forest yesterday so I’ve decided I won’t go in there especially much until their season is over which would have been around now but it is so nice weather that I think they’ll hang on for some time more.

 

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Cabbage butterfly.

Cabbage butterfly.

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Autumn aster in my garden.

Autumn aster in my garden.

 

I’m still waiting for those film rolls I’ve ordered but they didn’t have the color films in stock so it might take some time until they come. I hope they will before this week ends though, it would be so fun to try the camera. I’ll write down all adjustments I do for every photo so I’ll know how to change it in the future if the photos come out bad or if they come out good I know not to change anything :-) It’s time for a pot of tea and then some relaxation, I was so stressed while sitting and waiting at the inspection that my hands trembled and I almost spilled out the free coffee they give us :-)

 

Geranium pratense leaf I think.

Geranium pratense leaf I think.

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Another species of autumn aster.

Another species of autumn aster.

Nanking cherry.

Nanking cherry.

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Larkspur.

 

Have a great day!

It shines like a lonely star in the night sky.

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I drove to the garage yesterday to leave my car there and to borrow the one from the garage which incidentally was almost the same car I have. Much newer but I must say I didn’t like it especially much, can’t put my finger on it though. There was plenty of petrol in it but as I drove homewards I could see how the meter rather quickly sank downwards. Still lots of petrol this morning when I drove to work though but as I parked the car at my space I only had that part called the reserve marked red on the meter.

 

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I'm pretty sure this is One eyed Rune.

I’m pretty sure this is One eyed Rune.

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I thought that either did this car drink petrol as an alcoholic drinks booze or there must be a leak somewhere. As soon as I drove out from the parking spot that red light started to shine. I figured I would have enough to go to the garage though so I started to drive away. Suddenly the red light stopped shining and then the meter moved upwards again so that I had almost as much petrol in the tank as I had in the beginning :-) :-) :-) I can’t say I felt less stressed :-) It started to drop again as soon as I came close to the garage. The owner said that a previous customer had told him that the meter had behaved odd when he had it and he had forgotten to tell me that :-)

 

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My car was ready and I had driven almost two meters (much the same in yards) when the engine light started to shine again :-) He took it directly and I stood there watching how he turned that light of and I drove to the store nearby to get some cat and dog food. As soon as I had started to drive homewards the light started to shine again :-) I know there is no problem with my car, I saw when the computer told us so, still that bloody light shines like a lonely star in the night sky! He told me to come by before I’ll go to the inspection if the light started to behave badly again, so I will. But he has an employee that said that they have given up on those engine lights at the inspection since they always shine but he couldn’t remember if the year my car was built belonged to those they just didn’t care about if the light shone. He thought it was up to -01 and mine is a -00.

 

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So all I can do is to go to the garage tomorrow and after that hope for the best :-) The only thing wrong with that car is that tiny light that just keep shining all the time :-) My dogs and I walked out to the bog when I came home and guess what, there are still some moose flies left and I think we got most of them with us home. I have killed two or three that was walking around on my head and neck already and it feels like there might be one more. It could be my imagination too, they are truly nasty so as soon as I feel something I believe it is one of those.

 

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It’s time for a pot of tea and then something to eat. I can sleep for long tomorrow if my dogs allow me to but I guess they won’t. I took the day off as I always do when it is time for the annual inspection, I’m so stressed even if I know there’s nothing wrong with the car that I rarely am useful at work anyway and now that little light just shines :-) By the way! Someone asked if there was any spaniel in Sune because it looked like that. Yes there is a lot of spaniel in him, 50% actually :-) His mother is an English hunting Cocker Spaniel. Hunting Cocker Spaniels doesn’t follow any of those rules about how a Cocker Spaniel should look, the only thing hat matters is how good they hunt. So his mother is a rather tiny dog 15 kg (around 33 pound) with very short ears. His father on the other hand is a Bernese Mountain dog, more than three times as big :-) An accident and the mother didn’t suffer even if her puppies were very big :-)

 

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Have a great day!

Really bad connection today.

Todays photos are a mix from both yesterday and today.

Todays photos are a mix from both yesterday and today.

I don’t know why though,perhaps it’s because of the strong winds we’ve had during the night? So it takes a long time to download any photos if they download at all. Too bad because today I have lots of autumn colors in them. It’s much warmer than predicted, just as warm as it was yesterday which isn’t that good when it comes to my indoor climate. I started the fire early this morning and now it’s hot as h… here. I had both a window and the kitchen door open for a while, besides from helping nothing it also let lots of mosquitoes in and now I have tiny blood stains all over my home :-) They might drink our blood but I’m not letting them out with it :-)

 

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I’ve just come home after getting a replacement car from the garage. It’s time for the annual vehicle inspection and that engine light still shines like a tiny star in the dark. That’s not allowed so it must be dealt with before the inspection. It doesn’t matter that there isn’t any alarm starting it, it is still not allowed during the inspection. The garage owner is a kind man so he said to call today so I could get the car now and not miss that much from work. I said that they are happy if I show up at all while my car is at the garage and that I just could wait until Monday morning but he insisted. Guess what kind of car the replacement car is? It is almost the same car I have, a SAAB 95 :-) I don’t like this one though, it’s something about it that I just can’t put my finger on.

 

She got just as surprised as we did when we stumbled upon each other.

She got just as surprised as we did when we stumbled upon each other.

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I don’t know what You are like but I can’t stand it when people tell me something, a story or joke or memory and they never come to the end because they always want to put in irrelevant things in to it. Like suddenly get lost in however the person was slightly older or younger than himself or if he had a sister living in a village no one ever have heard of :-) I could take it if he, because it is usually a he, told me that this particular sister had a thing for stuffed porcupines and jelly fish but that she stopped collecting stuffed porcupines after one fell down from a cupboard and hit her in the head. That would at least have been funny :-) I have a few people like that around me, the kindest people there is and I’ve noticed that I tend to snap at them if they do this too much. I feel so mean but I only have this life and it would be fun to hear the end of the story before I retire in 17 years or so :-)

 

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It’s time to make a pot of tea and after that I’ll kill some more mosquitoes. I’ll do my best to keep the mosquito population as small as possible next year :-)

 

 

Ravens playing in the air.

Ravens playing in the air.

 

Have a great day!

A quite nice morning here.

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Taken through my kitchen window so it is a bit blurry.

Everyone but me is sleeping. We’ve all already had our breakfast and we’ve had our morning walk so it is a perfect time to take a small nap, I’ll have mine after doing this. We’re having a quite nice morning, it’s just enough warm with sunshine and a slightly strong wind. I guess it’s much stronger outside this area since I live slightly lower down than the surroundings and the forest do take a lot of it too.

 

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Nova’s ear still look a bit red on the inside but she doesn’t flap her ears any longer so I do hope this is over for this time. I bought that ridiculously expensive food to her so that she would continue to eat and now she’s decided she doesn’t like it. She refuse to eat anything if she get even a single piece of it in her food :-) :-) Orvar can’t eat it since his stomach gets rebellious so Sune and Hector shares it happily :-)

 

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I tried my new camera on the tripod I already have here at home, the tripod is actually too weak to carry any of my modern cameras steadily, it’s the joint at the top that makes it possible to lean the camera at any angle that can’t hold any weight. But it turns out that this camera together with at least the small lens (that weighs 9hg, 2,1 pound) is so well-balanced that the camera didn’t tip over at all :-) I have to say I got rather surprised since it is much heavier than any of my other cameras.

 

I think this is One-eyed Rune. He was in no hurry to walk away when he saw us.

I think this is One-eyed Rune. He was in no hurry to walk away when he saw us.

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So all I can do now is to wait for that film to arrive, it’ll come some time next week and since I want lots of time to try to take any photos I’ll most likely not take a single photo until next Friday. After that I’ll have to send the film to a developer and it will take about a week until I can see any result :-) I will show You that first photo no matter how it looks :-) I might have to buy a light meter too but I’ll try to use one of the other cameras to help me with the settings on this one, I must read more about that until I can start using it.

 

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It’s time to make a pot of tea and after that I’ll take a small nap. No fire in the stove this morning, the sun heats up my cottage very well and the wind blows above my little home too.

 

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Have a great day!

 

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What You all been waiting for :-)

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They’re having the first autumn storm further north in this country, we have strong winds bt far from storm and we’ve also had rain most of the day. It’s that kind of rain that is like mist and eats its way in to the body in seconds, especially with lots of help from the wind. I do like windy days, especially now when it blows away most of the mosquitoes :-) It didn’t reach in to the forest though so we had to fight our way through a wall of them on our way out to the bog.

 

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I have a fire in the stove, not because it’s cold, far from it actually, but the dampness eats its way in to my cottage now when the wind blows so hard. I do like days like this when the wind bends the trees and leafs fly by my windows and I can hear the sound from the fire, all I need right now is some cocoa and a couple of cheese sandwiches :-) I won  dollars in the lottery this Wednesday but I didn’t buy myself any soft ice cream today, I’ll save that for a sunny day instead. I could have bought some chocolate but I forgot most of what I wanted to buy anyway, even if I actually had a written list with me :-)

 

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So now to the thing You all have been waiting for :-) I drove to the post office (in the grocery store in Gudhem) and I opened the package as soon as I sat down in the car. It’s very fine even though it is rather old. Not as heavy as I thought it would be though. Once this brand was seen as the Rolls Royce of its kind and they still are to be honest. A new one of this brand would cost me three months pay if I didn’t pay any bills and didn’t eat either and that’s the cheapest one they sell :-) To use this one will take much longer time, will be much more complicated and I’ll have to wait for the result for at least a week or so :-)

 

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Some of this brand actually made it to the moon and one became the first satellite made in Sweden, by mistake since an astronaut dropped it on a space walk :-) I have bought myself a Hasselblad camera (some of You guessed that but also took it back again :-) ). The model is called 500C and was made until 1970. I don’t think it can be called antique but vintage is probably right. I think I have the big picture when it comes to how it works even though it is a bit complicated :-) I forgot to open it up at the top when I took the photo but if one does one see that there’s where they have placed the view finder. I have to say it would be easier to have the kind of viewfinder we have on todays modern cameras because it must be hard to get a clear photo this way.

 

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I have found two businesses that sells both film and develop it too. I’ll also get a cd with the photographs and I can choose how many MB I want the photographs to contain. However, this camera uses a not especially common film called 120 (common when it comes to really old cameras and is called medium format film). These older cameras can be a bit slow but if one just place new grease in it, which is said to be very easy) it’ll go back to normal again. I thought I might need a light meter to be able to take photographs but I realised that the viewfinder get lighter or darker when I adjust the lens. 

 

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I can also tell You already now that this is not the camera one uses to take a quick photograph with :-) It might be a fantastic camera but it is not user-friendly :-) :-) :-) I found a manual on the internet and I’ll be reading that very carefully, it’s in English. So it will take some time until I can show You any result I’m afraid. I’ve ordered five film rolls with color film and one in black and white. I can’t take good photos in black and white so I’ll use that first to see how the camera works :-)

 

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Have a great day!

 

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Here it is :-) The lenses weigh around 2,1-2,2 pound each but I think the camera weighs slightly less :-) All adjustments are made on the lens and not the camera itself and the film is put in the back half of the camera which one take off and place the film in. Before one is able to take a photo a thin metal lid must be removed (slided out on the side) before the camera allows ant photo taking :-)

I wanted to cry a little.

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I’m late and I’m really hungry so this will be a short one. The first thing I bought has arrived and is waiting for me at the post office and I’ll bring it home tomorrow. I could have got it today but I wanted (well that’s not really the right thing to say :-) ) to pay my bills after work today.

 

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This is one of those months when all bills comes at the same time and I wanted to cry a little when I paid them all :-) In total I’ll pay as much in bills as I paid for my birthday present, a lot with other words :-) :-) :-) No problems to be honest since I put away money for these bills but still, it hurts in my soul :-)

 

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The Bog Ladies seems busy today. It is a bit damp and cold so I do understand why they lit their fires early.

 

All I’ll say about my present is that it weighs much more than I thought it would even if I knew it would weigh more. It will take longer time to use it and it is much more complicated than if I would use the modern thing I already have :-) :-) :-) but I’ve wanted this since I was a kid and now the opportunity came. To be honest, I don’t understand how it works even if I already have read a manual :-) :-) :-)

 

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Doves on their way south.

Doves on their way south.

 

It´s time for some tea and something to eat.

Have a great day!

They don’t die just because we have frost.

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As predicted the temperature dropped last night and it dropped all the way down to -5C (23F). It was too dark outside to get any photos I’m afraid but I can tell You that the world was sparkling in the weak light we did have. I also had to scrape the car windows but thankfully it wasn’t any concrete ice this time. The only good thing with scraping ice from the car windows is that they do get clean, especially the one in the back :-)

 

I used my old Nikon today and it isn't as good as the newer one when it comes to show true colors.

I used my old Nikon today and it isn’t as good as the newer one when it comes to show true colors.

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One could believe that these low temperatures actually would kill all the insects out there but oh how disappointed one would be when it got warm again :-) Still a few normal black flies around but it seems as if most moose flies are gone. They do have a short season as it is and it usually ends with the first frost. Mosquitoes however seems to thrive when the nights are as cold as this one was. There were a gazillion of them out in the forest and even if it doesn’t itch any longer I still don’t like it when they crawl around all over me.

 

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I didn’t buy myself a second one of the first one I bought to myself as a birthday present, instead I bought a second one of the second one, smaller though and lighter though (I hope :-) ) and now I’ve spent much more than I ever intended too :-) So no christmas present to me from myself this year.I still haven’t gotten the first thing I bought but I have the second one here at home and the second of the second thing is on its way since this morning :-)These things are used together but I can only use one of the second things at a time :-) I feel that I’ve given You plenty of leads now :-)

 

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It’s time to make a pot of tea and something to eat. I’ve struggled for a long time with the fire in the stove and finally it looks like I’m winning but there’s no use in putting the kettle on, it would take forever until that water came close to boiling. Thankfully I have my trusted water boiler to use instead.

 

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Have a great day!

I wonder.

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I wonder if tonight won’t be the first night with frost. I can feel it in the air, a kind of raw, nasty feeling that screams COLD COLD COLD! Just after I wrote that I checked the predictions and they too say frost tonight, not desperate cold though, just enough to kill all the dahlias I have out there. I will most likely have to scrape the car windows tomorrow morning too I’m afraid. The good thing however is that lots of moose flies will die and hopefully some mosquitoes too but they are a tough crowd that needs more than a light frost to give up.

 

Lots of small birds were flying in the sun, shining like silver and I was trying to get them in a photo. Nomatter how I tried none of them showed in the photo. Only this one shows a tiny bird in the middle of the photo.

Lots of small birds were flying in the sun, shining like silver and I was trying to get them in a photo. Nomatter how I tried none of them showed in the photo. Only this one shows a tiny bird in the middle of the photo.

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The rain was so heavy last night that the sound made it hard to fall asleep :-) I guess it might have been thunder in that sound too because it sure looked and sounded like thunder showers. It kept on raining until way in to today and only just before I drove homewards the sun showed itself. It never got ant warmer than 10C (50F) so the first thing I did after coming home after our walk was to start a fire in the stove. Even the fire seemed to think it was a bit too cold to use any energy to actually do something :-) But now finally it burns nicely in there and I hope the heat soon will have spread to the entire cottage.

 

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The first part of my own birthday gift has arrived and it was heavy, I wonder how much the mailman fought with that parcel to get it down in to my mailbox and still have room for the rest of the mail :-) Some letters were squeezed at the bottom but it turned out to be junk mail so I didn’t care. Now I’m just waiting for that second part to arrive so I can tell You what it is :-) From what I understand is the second part even heavier and it will not fit in my mailbox, that’s for sure :-) I have serious thoughts of buying myself  my christmas present already now too but if I do I can’t buy a single thing I want for the rest of the year :-). It’s much the same as the first thing I bought as my present but “more modern” and even heavier :-) But it might be something else similar to the second part instead.

 

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It is time for a pot of tea and something to eat. It’s already beginning to get dark outside and I can feel winter breathing down my neck.

Have a great day!

The fire is burning in the stove.

They don't know it's not their season to flower now.

They don’t know it’s not their season to flower now.

There’s a fire burning in the stove, not so much because my home is especially cold but because there’s a dampness outside that manages to break in like an unwanted thief in the middle of the night. It’s 10C (50F) outside and that is about what we’ll get today they say. The raining has already started some so that’s my excuse not to even try to mow the lawn today :-) The only chore I have is to do the laundry and I don’t have that much so it’ll be done rather quickly.

 

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They grow dill beside all those sunflowers. Dill flowers are most likely the most important spice we have this time of year because this is the crayfish season. It's also the fermented herring season but that's nothing I look forward to :-)

They grow dill beside all those sunflowers. Dill flowers are most likely the most important spice we have this time of year because this is the crayfish season. It’s also the fermented herring season but that’s nothing I look forward to :-)

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They had promised fog for this morning and it rolled on already last evening, for a while it was so thick that I couldn’t see the lights from my neighbors houses. The rain however came much earlier this morning than predicted so most of the fog vanished and we have haze as best now. I had hoped for some nice foggy photos from the bog but instead I got some hazy photos from the fields. 

 

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The birds seem to love this weather because they have been chattering a lot all morning. We’ve had rather quiet mornings here until now and it is a nice change. The mosquitoes seem to love this weather too and now I’m so bitten that I can’t feel the itching any longer, that’s a nice change too :-) It must be the same with the dogs and cats too because I can see how many mosquitoes that sits on them while we’re outside but none of them scratches themselves any longer. Lots of mosquitoes mean lots of food for the birds so they can build up a layer of fat for the coming winter so I guess it’s a win-win situation :-)

 

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I haven’t seen many deers this summer and I think that’s because they don’t seem to like cattle and we’ve had lots of cattle around this summer.

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I decided it was time to start the greenhouse lamp in the cellar yesterday and to pick down the more sensitive plants I have in pots and those I really want to survive the winter, like my Sharon fruit tree. Well it should have been a tree by now but the frost managed to kill most of it two autumns ago, the roots and a small part of the stem survived so now it’s more like a bush :-) It looks like it’s possible to take cuttings and root them in moist soil so I might have two more next spring :-) That is if I don’t manages to kill them down in the cellar of course :-)

 

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There was some fog yesterday afternoon but it wasn’t strong enough to fill the forest.

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It was a good thing I started that fire because the rain is now poring down like the Niagara falls, sitting here in my kitchen must be like going in one of those boats that drives very close to the falls but without the need of rain clothes. It’s time for some breakfast and then the laundry.

 

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It came back in the evening just before it went dark.

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Have a great day!

 

Troll butter.

Troll butter.

The last day with summer warmth?

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I woke up to a chilly and foggy early morning and it looked for a while as if the sun would break through the clouds but instead it turned and now later in the morning it’s even more dimmer than it was before. I don’t mind really, I like fog but it would be nice if it was a bit warmer by now. This is after all the last day with summer warm weather, tomorrow real autumn weather will come and I guess we won’t see weather like this again for the rest of this year.

 

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It is a bit surprising that Orvar reacts bad to even the slightest change in his dinner. He can eat the most disgusting things while we are out walking and nothing happens (well he does get a wobbly stomach sometimes and those times the things he has been eating is so disgusting that I don’t want to know what it was :-) ) but the slightest change in his normal diet and his stomach goes berserk :-) I bought that expensive food to mix with the ordinary so that Nova would start eating properly again, of course I must give all of them some and Orvar reacted directly. I’m so glad Nova wakes me up when he needs to go outside :-) So once again I have boiled lots of rice to put in Orvars food :-)

 

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So how did it go in the Swedish elections You might wonder since I said I would tell You last Thursday. It didn’t go at all :-) The only winner was the racists party. The government lost clearly but the opposition didn’t really win to be honest. The Social Democrats got more or less the same result as last election and so did the Left (former communists) The Environmental part had been rather cocky before the election and said they would be the third largest party, oh how wrong they were :-) They became smaller than before and no one but themselves are surprised. Moderaterna( the conservative) lost almost 30% of their votes and the smaller right-wing parties stayed more or less at the same point as they were before. The racists however is now the third biggest party with almost 13% of our votes and are now the tip of the scale. Especially since the right-wing parties are very hesitant with cooperating with the coming middle to left government. Most of us are guessing we soon will have a new election, one tat most likely won’t solve a thing.

 

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Scotland voted no for independence from Great Britain and since I don’t live there I have no idea if that’s a good thing for them or not but I was surprised to know that any person living in Scotland that also is a citizen of the European Union was allowed to participate in the voting. I think that’s a bit strange to be honest, I understand that any British citizen living in Scotland could vote but Swedes and French people? I’m not sure I would like any people not even a citizen in my own country would be allowed to vote in such an important question if anything similar was going on here. Am I wrong doYou think?

 

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I think I’ll take a walk in the fog again now when there’s lots of light. Hopefully it’s so cold that the moose flies stay calm if we go to the bog. I’m so tired of finding them hiding in my clothes, especially since it can be hours since I even was close to home. After that I’ll start a fire in the stove unless the sun has started to shine again.

 

Seen from my not so clean kitchen door window.

Seen from my not so clean kitchen door window.

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Have a great day!

 

Jay's aren't that common around houses here but my neighbor has a few smaller oaks with acorns, something the Jay loves. So I managed to get this photo while it was flying back to the forest. Their Swedish name is Nut screamer :-)

Jay’s aren’t that common around houses here but my neighbor has a few smaller oaks with acorns, something the Jay loves. So I managed to get this photo while it was flying back to the forest. Their Swedish name is Nut screamer :-)

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