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I’ve paid my bills.

The photos today can be two weeks old, like this one.

The photos today can be two weeks old, like this one.

I’ve worked two hour over time and I’ve paid my bills so the rest of the evening is chore free. You might wonder how I can write this at the usual time of a working day if I have worked two hours with over time? Well it is simple, I got up at 3:45 this morning and started working two hours earlier than normal. I like it better than to come home two hours later. I still have the evening like always and can do what ever I need to do. It’s also very nice to be able to have a fire burning in the stove for a couple of hours before going to bed.

 

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The night was a bit chilly so I had to scrape the car windows before leaving and the roads were covered with black ice here and there but only for short distances thankfully. I saw a lot more deers close to the road than I usually do and even if IO like seeing them I don’t want them close to the road. The dogs didn’t care about them at all though :-) They were in my team leaders office all day and I forgot that they hadn’t had a chance to do their business before going in to the factory, so Sune peed on the floor after a while :-) No carpet in there so it was an easy clean up.

 

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The sun shone all day and I enjoyed every second I got outside every time I went out with the dogs :-) We were in one of the forgotten gardens and even Nova could be without a leash there, she and Sune chased each other my entire lunch break so they slept like babies for the rest of the day :-) I sat on an old stair in the sunlight just enjoying the day and the old boys walked around sniffing on every tree and bush they could find and there are plenty of trees and bushes there. Too bad we had to go inside again.

 

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So now we’re home again and my feet are killing me, especially my toes seems to want to end it all :-) The fire is burning in the stove and I feel ready for the bed :-) But I’ll stay up until normal bed time otherwise we’ll only wake up in the middle of the night and then I’ll be just as tired tomorrow :-)

 

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Have a great day!

Could have been better.

The photos today will be a mix from this weekend and the weekend before.

The photos today will be a mix from this weekend and the weekend before.

Nova woke me up at 3 am this morning, someone had thrown up by the entrance door and most likely needed to do it again. All dogs ran out and I cleaned the floor while waiting for them to come in again. I couldn’t fall asleep properly after that so I am a bit tired today. I also went down into the cool cellar and watered the plants I have there, it isn’t especially cold there yet so they still need some water. I could hear the wind roar but it was absolutely calm in my garden.

 

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When I came home and opened the door an awful smell hit me in my face. I had to shower the big boys so what ever it was that smelled had to wait until I had done that. Even when I shower them in the garden I have warm water, I just connect the garden hose to the kitchen water tap so I really can’t see why they prefer to shower outdoors. But I managed to get them in to the bathroom even though Orvar did protest some by sitting down :-)

 

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I took then outside again so they could shake off most of the water, well some anyway and went inside again to find from where that awful smell came. Then I suddenly heard a cat somewhere, it turns out Teodor had followed me into the cellar this morning and I had locked him in :-) There are some really big pots with lots of soil in them so I can’t for my life understand why he pooped on the floor?! Cat poop smells really awful :-) I won’t know where he peed until one of the plants die I guess because that he does in the pots. He has killed some plants in my home by doing that. It doesn’t smell when he does it but I caught him in action one day so now I know why those plants suddenly died :-) Good forbid that he actually would use the cat litter box :-)

 

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I put the envelope with the two rolls of film in the mailbox today and I’m really looking forward to see how these photos turns out. I think I might have at least two really good photos but I won’t know until they send me an e-mail with a link to a site where I can see them long before they arrive here in my mailbox. I’ll bring the dogs with me because I’ll work over time but I’ll write something here in the blog anyway.

 

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Have a great day!

There’s a new boar in the forest.

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I know it’s dumb to trust weather predictions but they say we’ll get sunshine on Tuesday and lots of fog on Wednesday. I wouldn’t be surprised if they come true because they are working days when I won’t be able to go outside anyway :-) It will also stay warm for a few more days but it looks like we’ll get colder and perhaps sunnier weather during the weekend. But that’s so far away that I just as well could ask a fish if that will happen :-) It seems they barely can predict the weather for more than an hour ahead despite their mega big and fantastic computers.

 

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Yes we walked down to the creek this morning. I love walking there but it gets a bit boring taking the same kind of photos every time :-) Well that is how it is when one refuse to go elsewhere :-)

Yes we walked down to the creek this morning. I love walking there but it gets a bit boring taking the same kind of photos every time :-) Well that is how it is when one refuse to go elsewhere :-)

 

They have been right about today though, grey and dull  and a bit more windy than it was yesterday. I met the hunters yesterday when they were going home and we were going out for a walk. They don’t like trophy hunters, the ones that shoot deers and big wild hogs just because they want to put up something on their walls at home, they like me think that hunting is for controlling how many deers, moose and hogs there are out there in the forest so that they don’t become too many and later on starve to death or die from diseases they wouldn’t get if they weren’t too many. 

 

We walked down stream on one side of the creek and upstream on the other side.

We walked down stream on one side of the creek and upstream on the other side.

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They also told me that One Eyed Rune most likely is dead now, by old age. They had found a dead one-eyed deer in the forest with no injuries. He was old so that’s no surprise but I’ll miss the old buck. None has seen Longhorn in a long while, they really wanted to get rid of that one since he injured other deers with his sharp antlers, I guess the lynx took him first. There’s also a new boar ruling in the forest, he’s smaller than the previous one but seems big enough to know he’s in charge. He had passed one of the hunters while he sat in a hunting tower, studied the hunter for a while and then slowly walked in to the forest again :-) It’s strange but they seems to understand when the hunter hasn’t a big enough rifle to shoot them because when they have no hog is to be seen :-)

 

I'm pretty sure it is a water vole that lives there. It looks like the opening is used often anyway.

I’m pretty sure it is a water vole that lives there. It looks like the opening is used often anyway.

Could it be that someone has slipped on the bridge and fallen in to the water? :-) Now it is impossible to slip and the railing is strong :-)

Could it be that someone has slipped on the bridge and fallen in to the water? :-) Now it is impossible to slip and the railing is strong :-)

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A fire is burning in the stove and I have a big cup of tea by my side. Soon it’s time to take another walk and after that to see if the laundry has dried because it is hanging outside on the patio. I doubt it is dry though, the wind is blowing but it is chilly enough to keep it wet I’m afraid. Tomorrow I’ll send the two rolls of film to be developed, this time I’m really looking forward to see the result because I think I have a few pretty good photos, perhaps one might be good enough to become the Yule card. If so You might get the card a bit late this year :-)

 

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A tiny cat in a big world.

A tiny cat in a big world.

Actually, it is a very tiny cat in a really big world :-)

Actually, it is a very tiny cat in a really big world :-)

 

Have a great day!

Something is burning my eyes.

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I used ISO 4000 to be able to get any photos. That’s why some might look a bit gravely.

Something is very wrong and nothing prepared me for this! The sun is shining! They didn’t predict this at all, on the contrary, so now I think I need to go to my car to get my sunglasses :-) I had to hang a big towel to cover the window in the kitchen door since it was impossible to see what I was writing on my laptop :-) and I couldn’t see much og the photos I took this morning either before the towel came up :-) I am however very pleased with this weather and I better enjoy it because a new low pressure is waiting to fly over my country and we might even get some snow tonight but that will melt away long before I wake up.

 

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It got slightly cold during the night since the sky cleared up and as lowest it hit -3C (26,6F) but with the help of the sun it now is balmy 3C (37,4F) :-) But it wasn’t cold long enough to make any frost even if we had really thick fog. It started think and by the time we came out for our morning walk it thinned out a lot but suddenly even thicker fog rolled in over the fields again. Too bad that it is hunting day today because it also looked as if it was very thick in the forest and by the bog. Of course no hunter went out hunting in the fog, they wouldn’t have seen anything anyway but fog can vanish fast and if it does they’ll go out and that’s not a good time to wander around out there :-)

 

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The fog was still around when we came home after our walk so I left the dogs in the cottage and went out for a walk, the exact same one I’ve just walked, with my Hasselblad camera. I did exactly what the light meter told me when I took the previous roll of film but today I under exposed some photos and used the telephoto lens all the time. For You not familiar with under expose means it means I made the photos slightly darker by letting the shutter work a bit faster than what the light meter told me. It might work really good but can also be a total failure by making the photos almost totally black :-)

 

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As many of You know we Swedes don’t say that winter (or any other season) starts at a special month, we go only on average temperature. We say summer begins when the average temperature is above 10C (50F) for an entire week (winter is when the temperature is below 0C (32F) during a week) . But I would like to say that even if we actually still is on summer and autumn temperatures here in southern Sweden winter started this weekend because so did the cross-country ski world cup and the ski biathlon world cup. From now on that will be shown on tv as soon as someone thinks about skiing :-)

 

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I emptied the big water barrels I have in my garden yesterday and brought in the gold fishes and the koi carps. One koi was dead but all the others were just fine. The water smelled nasty but it is after all more or less aquarium water since the fish have lived there since spring. I had planned to have them in a plastic bucket all night so they slowly could adjust to the temperature here in the cottage but I hadn’t noticed the thin crack in the bottom of the bucket but I did when I walked in the water that had leaked out on the bathroom floor, so they had to move in a bit earlier than I had hoped. But they all looked fine this morning so I hope they all feel fine too.

 

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It’s time for a pot of tea and then a walk, hopefully in the forest. The hunters are usually not that patient so they should be out of there before 1pm. But they did bring a dog today and I guess they all might stay out there until it has returned to its owner. It has been very quiet though so I doubt it has been running around especially much before they gave up.

 

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Growing in my hedge.

 

Have a great day!

Swedish meatballs are after all delicious.

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Multisport is one of the toughest sports in the world and the World championship took place in Ecuador last week. It includes several days of running, biking and white water rafting and Sweden did of course send a team to participate in it. They were four travelling to the championship but five returning. The team was resting high up in the mountains when a street dog suddenly came for a visit, he was dirty and hurt and looked hungry so one of the team members gave him a meatball because he had just opened a tin with meatballs to have as dinner.

 

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He didn’t think more of it but the dog did :-) He decided to become a member of the team and started to follow them and they named him Arthur. No matter how deep the mud they were running through was he just continued and he didn’t care that they were forcing through jungles either (well Swedish meatballs aren’t famous for nothing :-) and he was probably the first human to ever be kind to the dog ). But then they came to the white water rafting, (70 km (43,5 miles)) sorry, it was 700km (435 miles nothing else) all in the functionary team said that they had to leave him so they prepared to say good bye. 

 

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Well Arthur thought otherwise, Swedish meatballs are after all rather delicious :-), and started to swim after the rafts. One of the team members then stopped and went back after the dog and placed him on his raft (I guess all team members thought the same) and lend the dog his jacket. Every now and again Arthur jumped in to the river to get a fish and when he returned the team member put his jacket around him. He said it was a bit hard to paddle with a dog in his lap but he just couldn’t leave the dog. 

 

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He had already decided to bring the dog with him home to Sweden when he crossed the finish line but we do have very strict rules when it comes to bring a dog to this country from outside the EU. He called Swedish authorities and first they said ok but then they changed their minds because they read in the news papers that the dog was injured and thought it might be too much for the dog to fly all that way. Also, the dog wasn’t vaccinated towards rabies and that’s a must. He didn’t have a micro chip either so they could identify him when he arrived and if he was coming here he would have to sit in quarantine for four months and that costs a fortune.

 

Yes this is the time of year when even Nova is allowed to walk without a leash, in places where I can see if there are any hares :-)

Yes this is the time of year when even Nova is allowed to walk without a leash, in places where I can see if there are any hares :-)

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They had finally stopped shedding fur and now they start again. Yay!

 

 

It is amazing what people can do when they want something. They found a vet that vaccinated Arthur and also gave him that vaccine and cleared him for transport to Sweden. But there was still no ok from Sweden. Finally the minister of social affairs in Ecuador helped and they got the last paper for an ok from Sweden 20 minutes before liftoff :-) Yesterday the dog and the team arrived to Sweden :-) They think Arthur is seven years old and I do wonder what he will think of our winters after living in Ecuador all his life :-) My guess is that the quarantine cost will be enormous (around 50 000 swedish kronor, around $7150 US) but so many people have loved this story that I guess that he will get financially help from lots of people here.

 

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I wonder if this is an old millstone from when they just put a few seeds on the stone and crushed them by dragging another stone over them? That would explain why it has an indentation.

 

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Here is a link to the Swedish article with photos of the dog, the new owner and the entire team. Arthur!

Have a great day!

They don’t like it but they do it.

No more puppy photos but I hope Bertil is a good replacement.

No more puppy photos but I hope Bertil is a good replacement.

The fire is burning in the stove again, it didn’t last evening because the chimney sweeper came here today and I never have a fire in the stove the day before that person arrives. They don’t vacuum hot ashes, which is fully understandable and I only had a plastic bucket to spare for ashes. Not a good thing if the ashes still is hot :-) I normally never stay at home when they come here, instead I leave the doors unlocked. I would never do that if I lived in a village or town but no one finds this place even if they have a map or follows the directions from a GPS :-) :-) :-)

 

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It seems as if the panic Orvar and Hector always had when I tried to get them in to the shower is gone now. They won’t go in there willingly and they try to refuse for a while but it is actually possible to shower them indoors now :-) So much easier now in winter since it is pitch black outdoors and trying to hold a flash light at the same time I must hold a dog and shower it at the same time is a bit tricky :-) I have to clean the entire bathroom after they have been in there, oh the joy of having big dirty dogs :-) :-)

 

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We might get frost this weekend so I’ll load my Hasselblad camera with film and hope for the best. It would be nice to get some frost photos with that camera or some fog photos but it lately we’ve only had fog when it is a work day and we haven’t had much frost at all to be honest. Winter will come but I already have one roll of film waiting to be shipped to be processed. It would also be fun to get some photos with sunlight in them, I can’t remember when I saw the sun shine the last time :-)

 

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Talking about photos! I must find a Yule card photo now! I thought I had lots of time to do that but now I’m a bit late. I would like a fun photo but I’ll take what I can get since I have so little time left to do it. It will most likely not be taken with the Hasselblad camera though :-) I can’t even pretend those photos are good enough yet :-)

 

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It’s time for a pot of tea and perhaps something to eat as well. Tomorrow’s Friday and a short working day and I was thinking I would look through all the old photos to see if I should post any here.

 

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Have a great day!

Are You tired of puppies yet?

This one was also called Orvar and he's Orvar and Hectors uncle. He was the biggest of them all and I think he actually was a bit bigger than my Orvar who is 5 feet high when he stands on his hind legs.

This one was also called Orvar and he’s Orvar and Hector’s uncle. He was the biggest of them all and I think he actually was a bit bigger than my Orvar who is 5 feet high when he stands on his hind legs.

Are You tired of Puppies yet? Because I also found the photos from the first bunch fifteen years ago. That experience was totally different but oh so scary anyway. You know how it is when they show this on tv, the bitch is just lying there, says a weak humph and there the puppy is. Well, Viran was nothing like that. For one thing she just couldn’t stay calm at all but walked or ran around already in the early morning. Then around 2pm she started to howl and she didn’t do it quietly :-) I wasn’t sure about this behaviour so I called the vet. I took a look at her when he answered and screamed in his ears, she’s standing outside and it just pours out of her, has the water broken now?

 

You'll also see some photos that show the surroundings where I lived back then. I lived in a cottage with cold water and a compost toilet. I did have electricity though :-)

You’ll also see some photos that show the surroundings where I lived back then. I lived in a cottage with cold water and a compost toilet. I did have electricity though :-)

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My vet, who is a very calm man then said, she’s outside You say? Are You sure she isn’t peeing? Of course she was :-) She doesn’t howl especially loud either he said. Why don’t You just take a long walk with Your other dog? Viran will take care of this herself You know. I did try to take a walk with my other dog, Sickan, but Viran refused to stay at home by herself. Taking a walk did at least quiet her down some but not much :-)  Around 6 pm the howling stopped and the, for a better word, screaming started and now she really ran around the entire cottage. I called the vet and he just calmly said, I’ve heard worse. Just leave her alone, why don’t You take a walk? I didn’t :-)

 

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There are root cellars everywhere in that area and I guess anyone can use them if they fix the doors.

There are root cellars everywhere in that area and I guess anyone can use them if they fix the doors.

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The screaming continued constantly and I’ve always wondered what my neighbors might have thought about it because she could be heard all over the area despite all the doors and windows being closed. At 8pm she also started moaning and that together with the screaming pushed me to what I could take. I called the vet and I could hear that he either was at a party or had guests at home :-) I think he by then had understood that taking a walk was out of the question so he told me to perhaps read a book or try to rest before it started and yes he had heard much worse :-)

 

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I had a huge lawn at that cottage.

I had a huge lawn at that cottage. The red in the background is my root cellar I wish I had it today.

 

I was thinking of calling him again around ten that night but since nothing much had happened since the last time I thought it was no idea. Viran had now started to make her bed with such frenzy that nothing was in one piece any longer :-) My other dog refused to come close to either of us, she just jumped up into my bed and fell asleep :-) At  pm I remembered that I had read in a book that she most likely would like some help from me so I started to prepare with cloths and handkerchiefs. At 11:30 the screaming was so loud that I felt I was going insane :-) So I called the vet again and said that I had never read that anything like this was supposed to happen. Then he said something very smart, don’t read those books, they have very little to do with how it can be and they just make You worried when You read them but I can hear it’s close now.

 

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I remember taking this photo and how I was thinking that I never would see them this calm again :-)

I remember taking this photo and how I was thinking that I never would see them this calm again :-) The brownish dog is Sickan. She was a mix between two swedish hunting dogs and Golden Retriever. She loved to follow tracks but never cared about chasing any animals.

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He was right, her behaviour had changed to even worse so I came closer to her with a big handkerchief. Viran was one of the kindest animals I’ve ever met so her reaction was nothing I had expected. She threw herself towards one of corners in the kitchen and pressed her back towards it and showed me all! her teeth :-) and at the same time she screamed and moaned also growled towards me and it sounded like that growl came from hell itself :-) :-) :-) So there shes stood at one corner of the kitchen screaming like insane and I sat at the opposite corner screaming like insane too :-) :-) :-)

 

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This is Albert. He had semi long hair that was sort of wiry.

 

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Sickan and Erna never liked each other. Once every year they had this huge fight about who would be the leader and even if Sickan was much smaller she always won. I never interfered, I just took them to the vet if they needed it. After each fight they accepted each other and stayed calm for one year.

Sickan and Erna never liked each other. Once every year they had this huge fight about who would be the leader and even if Sickan was much smaller she always won. I never interfered, I just took them to the vet if they needed it. After each fight they accepted each other and stayed calm for one year.

 

At 00:00 she suddenly got totally quiet and pushed for all she was worth and pressed out two puppies at the same time, well one might have come a second before the other but I wasn’t really that close so I could see it :-) She looked at me and sighed loudly and then she sat right down on the puppies :-) I had to lift her up to be able to reach them :-) :-) :-) Besides looking for the placenta she really didn’t care much about them. It was the biggest and smallest puppies that was born first. After that it all happened fast, one after another popped out without too much work for her.

 

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Too bad this is a bad photo. This is Maxi (his name when he lived with me was the Norwegian Öiwind :-) ). He was the father of Orvar and Hector.

Too bad this is a bad photo. This is Maxi (his name when he lived with me was the Norwegian Öiwind :-) ). He was the father of Orvar and Hector.

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Six puppies were born before 1 am that night and even if Viran didn’t show much interest in them at the beginning she became the best of all mothers for them. Things finally calmed down after around two hours and my other dog and I was falling asleep in a sofa beside the kitchen. Just before I fell asleep I hear a tiny bump in the kitchen so I went up to see what it was. Viran looked just as surprised as I felt when we saw a seventh puppy on the floor :-) It was rather tiny and looked a bit different from the other ones. Greyish and it looked to have long hair too. I didn’t think it was alive but dried it and shook it and suddenly he started to breathe. He became one of the biggest of them as adult and he also became the father of Orvar and Hector. Too bad that their mother was their father’s sister :-) :-) :-)

 

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Viran was the smartest dog I’ve ever met and the most funny one too. Have You read about Marley, the worlds worst dog? Let me tell You that Viran was just the same :-) She destroyed three refrigerators in her life, one garage door and managed to open up a door that we humans had big troubles to open up. There’s a man who still remember ( even though it is over thirteen years ago) when he saw my then three dogs running around on the streets in a big city because of that :-) :-) :-) I can tell You so many stories about that dog and maybe I’ll do one day.

Have a great day!

Down the memory lane, with puppies.

It isn't the best of photos but I still love it.

It isn’t the best of photos but I still love it.

I rarely walk down memory lane but yesterday I did when I found lots of cd’s with my old photos. There were especially three that I found that made me just sit down and watch over and over again. The first cd had photos from fifteen years ago but they were put on cd ten years ago. The second and third was taken eleven years ago. The quality isn’t too good but I just couldn’t stop looking at them :-)

 

Hector. He was mostly alone already from the start.

Hector. He was mostly alone already from the start.

He wasn't liked by his sisters or his mother. Orvar has never cared about how anyone is but he liked to play with his sisters so He spent most time with them.

He wasn’t liked by his sisters or his mother. Orvar has never cared about how anyone is but he liked to play with his sisters so He spent most time with them.

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Today You’ll see photos from the second and third cd and I think the first photos were taken just days after Orvar, Hector and their two sisters were born. Everything went wrong that time. Their grandmother had puppies five years earlier and that is a story to tell and I will when I show those photographs but everything went as it should. When her daughter Erna was about to give birth to her puppies everything went wrong.

 

The others had loads of fun together ...

The others had loads of fun together …

and Hector spent most time alone.

and Hector spent most time alone.

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She had shown signs that she was about to have them but nothing happened. She walked around a little and moaned a little but nothing happened. I did look around to see if I could see some green spots anywhere, because the amniotic fluid from dogs get green when it dries up. I did worry and this was on a Friday evening and I didn’t sleep much that night. The morning after I rang to my vet station and unfortunately only a big animal vet was in and he didn’t care much about dogs and said that nothing sound wrong and so it went on the entire day. On Sunday morning I found the green spot on a white t-shirt that I had given Erna and it was totally dry.

 

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I called the vet again and he had no wish at all to check on my dog and he refused to call any of the other vets either. He just told me to call the animal hospital in the nearby town Skara. I had done so several times but they had, for the first time ever, closed because of stomach flu. Finally I found a vet that at least could check my Erna, unfortunately she was just a substitute and didn’t have the right equipment but luckily enough one of the ordinary vets at that station came in and checked Erna. It didn’t take five seconds before she started using the phone.

 

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He did try to play with the others sometimes but he just doesn't get how to interact with other dogs. Mostoy it ended with his booth sisters chasing him away. So Hector became my little buddy. His mother wasn't nice to him until after she was eleven years old but his grandma loved him from the first second.

He did try to play with the others sometimes but he just doesn’t get how to interact with other dogs. Mostoy it ended with his booth sisters chasing him away. So Hector became my little buddy. His mother wasn’t nice to him until after she was eleven years old but his grandma loved him from the first second.

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Orvar.

 

At first she called the animal hospital and of course got the same answer as me and then she called my vet station. Finally the idiot vet understood that he had made a fool of himself and the vet station, still he claimed it would take half the day before any other vet could come in, which was such a stupid lie since they all lived close to the vet station. She finally found an animal hospital that could help directly, only one thing was a bit bad. It was in a big city 50km (31 miles) away and I had no idea where this animal hospital was placed.

 

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To make a long story about driving there much shorter I found the place by mistake :-) The first they said when she had checked Erna was that they doubted she would survive and it wouldn’t be easy to hand raise puppies but who cares about those petty things :-) It didn’t take especially long when they came out and said there were eight puppies, four would  die or was dying and four were just fine. So I decided they should concentrate on the ones that would survive.  They came out with the four healthy ones and one of them was twice as big as the others and it was most likely he who had stopped it all and that dog was Orvar :-)

 

How fun they all had..

How fun they all had..

Here You see another family member back in the days, the cat Cosmos.

Here You see another family member back in the days, the cat Cosmos.

but Hector sat by himself.

but Hector sat by himself.

 

By the time I could drive home with the puppies ands Erna who had made it through the cesarean it was starting to become dark and the first night with frost was about to start. I hadn’t slept in 48 hours but was strangely awake :-) and my brain worked in mysterious ways. I thought for instance that the car was breaking down all the way home and the only thing I could think of was if I would be able to carry both Erna and the puppies all the way home :-) :-) :-)

 

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Even though Erna probably was one of the worst mothers ever she still didn't allow her Mother Viran, to help out. Viran was the mother of all living things even if all living things didn't want that :-) It wasn't until the puppies were around 8 weeks old that she finally took over no matter what Erna thought of it. She became Hectors best friend.

Even though Erna probably was one of the worst mothers ever she still didn’t allow her Mother Viran, to help out. Viran was the mother of all living things even if all living things didn’t want that :-) It wasn’t until the puppies were around 8 weeks old that she finally took over no matter what Erna thought of it. She became Hectors best friend.

Yeah, You get the picture. Hector is alone.

Yeah, You get the picture. Hector is alone.

 

So now I sit here eleven years later with the two surviving puppies that’s left. The two sisters are gone and I can only hope the two brothers still have at least a few years left. I could smell that sort of nice but disgusting breath puppies have of sour milk when I saw these photos again, strange how memories work :-)

 

Viran.

Viran.

I did worry that Cosmos would leave because of all the tough love he recieved but he just loved playing with them :-)

I did worry that Cosmos would leave because of all the tough love he recieved but he just loved playing with them :-)

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Have a great day!

 

Erna was my little girl but to be honest, she was pretty nasty towards other dogs :-) If they didn't recognize her as the queen of the univewrse she simply bit them until they did :-)

Erna was my little girl but to be honest, she was pretty nasty towards other dogs :-) If they didn’t recognize her as the queen of the univewrse she simply bit them until they did :-)

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Can You see how much she looks like Nova. She was just twice the size :-)

 

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By the way! They were so ashamed over how I had been treated by that big animal vet that my vet bills were much lower for quite some time afterwards :-)

I wouldn’t mind some sunshine.

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It is so dark now when it is cloudy that I need to use ISO 4000 to be able to take any photos.

Another grey and dismal day here but at least the rain is still not falling, that won’t start untill tomorrow they say. The wind blows hard too and I hope that will help my laundry that I’ve hung out to dry even though the humidity is high. This is a day made for reading or watching a movie, I’m not sure which I’ll do, I’ll decide what after the walk the dogs and I’ll take after writing this.

 

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The Forbidden Forest.

The Forbidden Forest.

 

We walked down to the creek this morning and followed the creek upstream. Bertil followed us and when he started alarming we turned back homewards. We had been standing still at one place for a few minutes when he started so I guess wild hogs were coming our way and I doubt we would have the same luck again if we came very close to the hogs like we did last time :-)

 

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It was quite nice out there as long as we stayed away from the wind, lots of birds are chirping and big flocks of them fly around from tree to tree looking foir mostly seeds but also bugs that hide in the bark. I filled the bird feeders when I came home, I still have plenty of seeds left from last winter and it looks like they still are good since the birds gulp them down.

 

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So far it’s mostly Bluetits, House sparrows and Great tits by the feeders, the rest will most likely not turn up until it’s tough finding food in the forest and fields. The Bull finches will most likely not show up until there’s lots of snow covering the trees so they can’t reach the buds they like to eat.

 

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I tried to get in to my old computer during the week. I can’t remember the pass word :-) The lead I’ve given myself is movie. I know that it isn’t the name of the movie but something in the story. I know that as soon as I can remember what movie it is I’ll know the pass word but I can’t for my life remember what movie it is :-) :-) :-) I was so close one morning, I was sort of sliding in and out of a dream when suddenly I started to remember what movie it is and got so exited that I woke up with a jolt and forgot it immediately :-) :-) :-)

 

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It is time to take that walk before it gets even darker than it is now, the sun never reaches especially high here now so it gets dark very fast when the sun is gone. Today the sun went up (behind the clouds) 7:56 am and will go down 3:45 pm and it just keeps on for another month until it finally turns again.

 

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Have a great day!

I have one growing, just in case.

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It’s a grey windy morning but without the fog they had predicted I’m sorry to say. Fog just make any day so much nicer., especially now when it’s autumn and dreary. But I guess it might be too warm for autumn fog, I’m not even sure it was this warm last year at this time and last year was warm. It stays around 7C- 10C (45F- 50F) even during the nights at the moment. Normally it should be just around 0C (32F). 

 

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Last winter killed a lot of my plants and I guess it was because they aren’t used to warm winters. I live on a cold spot so normally it is as cold here during winter as it is in the upper half of this country. Well, I can always get new plants and won’t complain because I like these warm winters and I guess we better get used to them since the climate is getting warmer. Not warm enough for a mango tree in the garden I’m afraid :-) I di however have a tiny one growing by my kitchen window just in case :-) :-)

 

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I also have several passion fruit plants and am hopeful that they will produce at least a few passion fruits next summer. I’ll just plant them towards the south heading wall where the wind won’t reach them and they’ll do the rest. They and the honey bees my neighbor keeps and all the other kind of bees that lives here. All farmers here grow ecological so no pesticides are sprayed and no other poisons are allowed either, that’s why we have so many cats here and all strays that may pass by will find a home in any of the barns they might like. They’ll also be fed besides the mice eating so that they want to stay for as long as they live.

 

I didn't take that many photos this morning but thankfully I have plenty left of those I was supposed to show You during the week.

I didn’t take that many photos this morning but thankfully I have plenty left of those I was supposed to show You during the week.

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I also have a Poinsettia growing there. Do You remember that I bought two last winter and told You that they most likely would die within a few weeks :-) One actually survived and is now a rather nice little bush. It is possible to make it flower year after year if one can give it absolute darkness for 14 hours every day in up to six weeks, naturally some flower anyway but never those I’ve had because they normally just die instead :-) I think I’ll try to give it that much darkness by just putting it away in a paper bag as soon as I come home from work, even the light from a lamp is said to be too much light.

 

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It is time for a pot of tea and after that a nap I think, or perhaps I’ll watch a dvd instead.

Have a great day!

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