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The weather is sort of sad today. The sky is grey and we have the occasional wind gusts that shake the cottage but almost no wind in between, a bit hazy perhaps. The weather sort of gives the feeling that it has given up and really don’t know what it wants :-) It doesn’t even rain as they had predicted. Not even the birds sing as they have done a lot lately.

 

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That doesn’t mean the morning walk was bad,on the contrary. Very few people were outside, the only ones I actually saw sat in cars driving away from the village. It’s rather warm too so I didn’t need to wear a sweater beneath the jacket, to be honest I think it would have been enough with a thick sweater or perhaps a sweater and a fleece jacket.

 

The Stack ants have used the wall of the old coittage as a prt for their stack :-)

The Stack ants have used the wall of the old cottage as a part for their stack :-)

It was a bit dark in the forest.

It was a bit dark in the forest.

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I wasn’t sure if they would be working in the forest today so we walked to the little lake where we were the last week. The dogs were following some tracks I couldn’t see and was very interested in an open field where I guess both moose, deer and wild hogs walk around when it is dark. It used to be a part of the forest but all trees must have been cut down a few years ago. The dead grass is so high there so I couldn’t see if they had planted new tree yet. The law says they must and very few down here in the southern parts of Sweden dares not to. It’s another thing further north where fewer people live, people from the bigger cities buy a piece of land, cuts down the trees and leave with the money.

 

Suddenly there's a deciduous tree in the middle of the deep spruce forest. I guess it's just a matter of time until they cut down all these trees too.

Suddenly there’s a deciduous tree in the middle of the deep spruce forest. I guess it’s just a matter of time until they cut down all these trees too. All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

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I could see open water in the lake but it is hard to see any water at all to be honest :-)

I could see open water in the lake but it is hard to see any water at all to be honest :-)

We were out walking for almost an hour and a half and now all we want to do is to relax. The dogs sleep already and I might fall asleep in front of the tv, they show the world cup in slalom :-) I need a few cups of tea first though, I’ve been longing for that since we went out this morning :-)

 

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The tea is ready so I say good bye here.

Have a great day!

 

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If I would think like a forest owner….

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We’ve had a cold and sunny day here today, even after I had come home from work. Normally the sun is behind clouds when we get out on our walk but today it showed itself several times even if it was just for a few minutes at a time. No wind what so ever so I would have loved the weather anyway :-) It was so cold that in places where the sun couldn’t reach there still was frost on all the plants.

 

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Tomorrow we’ll be back to warmer weather again (not much warmer though but above 0C (32F) ) and with it both rain and snow will fall they say. We’ll have some semi strong winds too but not as bad as it was last time. To be honest, I didn’t notice the wind much last time since it was stopped by both my neighbors cottage, garage and the forest, I actually barely could hear it most of the time.

 

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We went down to the creek like always after work on Fridays and before we reached the forest I understood something was wrong, I could see something looking like a tractor and that’s never good news. I was right, they were cutting down trees just beside the path we walk on and most of the trees growing by the creek too. If I would think like a forest owner I would say it was about time they did something to that area, the trees grew so close together that they never would reach any bigger heights.

 

Never a good sign to see  a working machine there, the only way it can come from is from the other side of the forest.

Never a good sign to see a working machine there, the only way it can come from is from the other side of the forest.

This is where I always take the creek photo, looks a bit different now.

This is where I always take the creek photo, looks a bit different now.

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Well, I’m not a forest owner so I mostly felt a bit sad to see what they were doing. Now it is not all bad because this will help all spring flowers that grew by that creek. In a year or so the ground will be covered with violets and white wood anemones. It will look amazing and I’m pretty sure the ferns will gain from this too, just imagine how wonderful it will look when all those ferns lean over the water!  Still I’ll miss the shade the trees gave and I guess one of the fly free zones now are gone for years to come. Unfortunately this will not affect the tics at all and they are plenty down by the creek.

 

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The fire is burning in the stove and it is time for me to make something to eat.

Have a great day!

 

They had also been up by the bog to cut down some trees the storms had destroyed. This is the tree stump on where the tiny spruce was growing. The tree stump is badly scarred and the tiny spruce is now gone. Most of the mossy tree funguses are still there though, at least on this side og the stump.

They had also been up by the bog to cut down some trees the storms had destroyed. This is the tree stump on where the tiny spruce was growing. The tree stump is badly scarred and the tiny spruce is now gone. Most of the mossy tree funguses are still there though, at least on this side og the stump.

There really is no place for short chubby fingers.

The Minolta X300. I only got 15 photos from a roll of film which should give me 36 photos. I guess the camera froze like so many elderly does when the temperature drops that much.

Taken with the Minolta X300 (and the four after this one). I only got 15 photos from a roll of film which should give me 36 photos. I guess the camera froze like so many elderly does when the temperature drops that much.

We’ve had a wonderful sunny day here with very little wind as well. I got the chance to experience it some when I walked to and from the neighbor factory where I worked for a few hours today. It was the kind of day when it felt like the best thing to do was just to jump in the car and drive away but I couldn’t for two reasons.

 

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The first reason was because too many hadn’t come to work today so they really needed another painter and the second reason was that I had to replace the two lights above the license plate on the tailgate. I knew both of them had broken already yesterday so the first thing I did when I came home was to bring all screwdrivers I have, the two tiny lightbulbs were already waiting in the car.

 

All photos I took with the Kodak Retinette became really grainy and I think it has to do with really bad light. Next time I'll use it will be on a sunny day. These four and the four after are taken with the Kodak.

All photos I took with the Kodak Retinette became really grainy and I think it has to do with really bad light. Next time I’ll use it will be on a sunny day. These four and the four after are taken with the Kodak. All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

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I had to have the flashlight in my mouth while I kept the tailgate in a hight where I easily could work. Naturally the screws were of a kind which I didn’t have a screwdriver for. So I talked with the handyman at work, he who fixes all problems we have with almost everything at work and he had the right tool. So as soon as I came back to work I started changing those lightbulbs.

 

I do like them anyway.

I do like them anyway.

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The first thing I do is to drop the tiny screw so it landed between the license plate and the tailgate. I could feel that it would be easy to pick up so I continued with the other one. It is amazing how hard those tiny bulbs sit and there’s really no space for short and chubby fingers :-) I did get it out after a while and when I was about to pick up the screw that I dropped I managed to push it down behind the license plate.

 

These four are taken with the Hasselblad camera out on the bog when I got a bit lost :-)

These four are taken with the Hasselblad camera out on the bog when I got a bit lost :-)

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This is the tree I recognised when I went out the next weekend and realised I was so close to almost walk the right way :-)

This is the tree I recognised when I went out the next weekend and realised I was so close to almost walk the right way :-)

The plate is made of plastic but I didn’t dare pulling too hard to get the screw out, so I gave up after a few minutes and called our handyman and asked how I would remove the plate since there were no visible screws to remove. He really tried to explain to me but in the end he had to come out and help me :-) :-) Turns out those plastic plates can take a lot before they break and to be honest, it was stupidly easy to remove it :-)

 

I had the Zeiss with me that time too. These four are taken with that camera.

I had the Zeiss with me that time too. These four are taken with that camera.

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So now I drive legally again, well almost because another lightbulb broke so now I need to go to the petrol station on my way home tomorrow and get a new one :-) It is time for something to eat and hot cocoa, the night is chilly!

 

These last four are taken with my Nikon D5100 last Sunday.

These last four are taken with my Nikon D5100 last Sunday.

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Have a great day!

I wish it could make up its mind.

This photo is taken with a Kodak Retinette 1B. I need to estimate the distance to what I want to photograph and this time I estimated a bit wrong. Too bad because it is probably the best photo taken with that camera. All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

This photo is taken with a Kodak Retinette 1B. I need to estimate the distance to what I want to photograph and this time I estimated a bit wrong.  That camera does not like bad light at all! All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

I went out to the car this morning, expecting the wind to roar and howl but it was actually quite quiet. Naturally I then thought some well chosen things about the weather forecast companies and jumped in the car and drove away. I had to apologize in my thoughts to all those companies when I reached the open fields where the village ends, the car trembled in the wind :-)

 

These four are taken with an Edixa Reflex, I think I've only shown photos from this camera once before when I first got it.

These four are taken with an Edixa Reflex, I think I’ve only shown photos from this camera once before when I first got it.

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I think we’ve gotten enough rain to last us the year out by now, thankfully it will stop some time tonight, after that the temperature will drop below 0C (32F) and it will turn to snow instead.  After that we might get some sunshine but cold temperatures and those will stay for a few days when warmer weather will come back again. I really think it could decide itself to stay either warm or cold for a longer period, this is just stupid.

 

These four are taken with the Zeiss.

These four are taken with the Zeiss. It is a much better camera than the two before this one but it doesn’t like low light especially much either.

 

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Today actually passed rather quick and I’m surprised since Tuesdays usually are slower than cold molasses. Still nothing special happened but I didn’t get the chance to watch the clock especially much and that usually helps to make the day go by faster. I can now see almost daylight when I go out to the car after work, at least if the sky is clear and that always make life feel nicer after the long winter.

 

These four are taken with the Hasselblad camera. Do You remember when I drove to Falköping to see the doctor so he coulöd check that the toxic paint hadn't done any damage to me? This was the only photo I took in Falköping (with this camera) because the weather was so bad.

These four are taken with the Hasselblad camera. Do You remember when I drove to Falköping to see the doctor so he coulöd check that the toxic paint hadn’t done any damage to me? This was the only photo I took in Falköping (with this camera) because the weather was so bad.

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I really need a new vacuum cleaner now. The one I have sound more than it does so to speak. I have one of those combined water and dust vacuum cleaners and now it sounds as if lots of dust finally reached the motor in it. It takes lots of dust though because it is pretty big so I hesitate every time I see new ones in the super market and so far the old one still hangs around.

 

The last four are taken with the Minolta X300.

The last four are taken with the Minolta X300.

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It is time for something to eat and then some sleeping in front of the tv before I go to bed :-)

Have a great day!

Lots of photos to go through.

From the Hasselblad camera.

From the Hasselblad camera.

Lots of photos to go through today. Some good, some bad (that’s how it goes when one is trying the limits of old cameras :-) ) and lots of the frozen bog. I’ll take the evening to go through them and will be back tomorrow.

 

This one too.

This one too.

This and the next one is from the Zeiss.

This and the next one is from the Zeiss. All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

The storm is here I think, it sounds like it but like usual I can’t feel it since my neighbors cottage and garage takes all wind. It snowed a lot and then the rain came so the roads were anything but fun to drive home on but almost everyone drove really slow for once.

 

This is the best double exposure I've ever taken I think.

This is the best double exposure I’ve ever taken I think.

From the Minolta X300.

From the Minolta X300.

Have a great day!

I actually didn’t mind that much.

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I opened the door for the dogs yesterday evening and to my big surprise I saw that the world had turned white again. Not much snow, perhaps 2-3 cm (around an inch) and I thought that since it would be sunny and rather warm today it would melt away fast. So for once I almost liked it :-) and didn’t think much of it any more.

 

Trees are good for many things :-)

Trees are good for many things :-)

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We did get sunshine and it was rather warm too but that snow just didn’t want to melt away so we still have rather much of it left. It will stay above freezing though and they say it will both snow and rain tomorrow so my hopes are that it’ll go away by tomorrow instead.

 

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I had planned to go to the little lake today because I thought that since it was a few weeks since the hunters were here the last time they most likely would come today, after all it would be rather warm and sunny. So just before we were going out lots of cars passed by my cottage. There were no hunters where I had planned to walk today so it didn’t bother me at all for once. It was such a wonderful morning so we were out walking for one and a half hour.

 

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It wasn’t until I came home that I realised that there were lots of cars parked outside my neighbors cottage, I think their little daughter has her birthday today. So to be honest, there might not have been a single hunter here today :-) So we went out into the forest later on instead. Lots of fox tracks all over the village today, I think this is when the males starts courting their ladies so any time now we’ll be hearing that odd barking howling sound they make. It does sound very odd and perhaps scary if one doesn’t know what it is.

 

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I’ve done my chores, two rounds of laundry and that is extremely much for being me. I had a few beach towels and they are so big that it’s easier to do them by themselves. They’ve been hanging outside in the wind to dry and I just love that smell they have after drying in the wind.

 

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All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

I think I still can have a cup of tea before it’s too late and I’ll be awake all night so I better stop here :-)

Have a great day!

 

Ears flapping in the wind :-)

Ears flapping in the wind :-)

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A do nothing day.

The church in Vilske Kleva, up on the mountain.

The church in Vilske Kleva, up on the mountain.

We had a rather wide rip in the clouds where the sun would be able to shine through when it finally would rise but naturally that rip closed together as soon as the sun was about to rise above the mountain :-) I’m not surprised at all, that’s the way nature works when I want something, like sunshine :-)

 

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At least it didn’t rain so we went out into the rather strong winds and since it is rather warm outside I didn’t need any scarf and I think the wind did clean out my brain rather good, no dust in there right now :-) It did however not take long until the rain started to fall but at first it was mostly drizzle. Drizzle in strong winds are like a heavy shower on a wind free day :-)

 

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We rarely see crows here since we have so many ravens, so I was surprised to see two this morning.

We rarely see crows here since we have so many ravens, so I was surprised to see two this morning.

No hunters out today but I got a bit confused when I suddenly heard a shot. Another problem with strong winds is that it can bring sound so good that something happening far away will sound as if it was fairly close. Even though the sound was pretty loud it still had a kind of dampened sound so I figured that the hunter must be pretty far away anyway. I couldn’t see any tracks that would suggest that any hunters were out nearby so I guess I was right.

 

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They've cut down lots of small trees by the creek and it was a bit tricky to pass them without tripping :-)

They’ve cut down lots of small trees by the creek and it was a bit tricky to pass them without tripping :-)

This will be a do nothing day and that’s quite ok. Tonight they’ll show the second episode of the latest season of Grimm so I’ll have that to look forward to, the rest of the day will most likely be a book reading day.

 

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Have a great day!

The rain is nasty.

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The steady wind feels much stronger than they predicted but the gusts seems much weaker on the other hand. It isn’t as bad as I thought though. The rain however is a bit nasty, it is anything from drizzle to heavy showers and none of it is nice when one is out on a walk :-) Even the dogs hurried home today.

 

The last snow.

The last snow.

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I used to call this forest road "the clean road". Not so any more :-)

I used to call this forest road “the clean road”. Not so any more :-)

The mail hadn’t arrived when I came home and I’m not sure if I want to go outside to get it in this weather. I’m afraid I need to though, the lid on my box tends to open up when the wind blows this hard and everything inside will get soaked so I guess I better get out there to get it. I will get annoyed if there isn’t anything there when I finally get out :-)

 

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The fire is burning in the stove, not because it is especially cold but the humidity tends to eat its way inside. Today is a day for relaxing and most likely falling asleep in front of the tv. It is definetaly a day for hot cocoa and some nice sandwiches.

 

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Have a great day!

 

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Thor will make a visit.

No, there's no snow left. No new photos until tomorrow.

No, there’s no snow left. No new photos until tomorrow.

There was still some daylight when I left work today, the sky was clear so that did help to make the day look brighter. It was also very calm and it is the calm before the storm. The storm Tor (or Thor in English) will hit tomorrow and continue till late Saturday. The predicted wind forces vary a bit still but the gusts will be tough. To be honest, Tor will mainly hit Norway and he will be much more furious there, we’ll just be at the edge of it.

 

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The wind will come from south-west mostly so it will be my neighbors cottage which will get hit and that cottage will keep the wind away from my cottage :-) I will hear the wind though and I’m pretty sure it will roar. That’s the reason I don’t mind living down the chilly hole where I live because I usually never notice storms beside the sound from them. My neighbors cottage is placed higher up and they both hear and feel the storms, their cottage tremble when the gusts hit and the sound inside can be so loud that they can’t sleep. I always than them for having their cottage higher up than my cottage :-)

 

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I have my new phone now and since it is the same model as the one I had before the change has gone smoothly. I normally dislike changing phones because they never work the same way so it takes forever to learn the new one. I had to write down all the phone numbers from my contacts by hand though, as soon as one puts in the new sim card in the new phone the old one sort of dies. I couldn’t save my contacts in the sim card either since the old card was a bigger one than the new one. That I didn’t like.

 

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It is time to have something to eat and I think I’ll have a cup of tea even if it might make me stay awake all night :-)

Have a great day!

 

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It took a few hours.

I don't think I've shown this one before, taken with the Zeiss.

I don’t think I’ve shown this one before, taken with the Zeiss. All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

It has been so warm that most of the snow now is gone :-) There is however some ice left, especially where I have my gate towards the road. I noticed that this morning when I was going to work.

 

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The ditch that is supposed to take all the melted water has seen better days, it got a bit destroyed when they put down the sewer system last year. So I could see some ice by the gate and also a lot of water.

 

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These four are taken with the Edixa Prismaflex.

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I managed to get down to the gate without slipping to my big surprise  but I stood on the wrong side of the gate, the hasp to open it up was on the other side. So I took one step out into the ice and water. I felt how my foot lowly started to slide away all by itself and when I tried to stand more on my other foot it too started to wander away by its own accord.

 

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Everything happened in slow motion, I desperately tried to get a good grip on the gate but nothing helped as I slowly, slowly slid down into the water back first :-) It was so ridiculous that I just lay there on my back in the water laughing out loud as the water, rather cold I can tell You, worked its way in towards my body :-) :-) :-) I had to roll around to be able to get up while the water was running down my legs.

 

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I was thinking about going inside again and change clothes but decided that I just as well could drive to work because who knows if this had happened again the next time I reached the gate? It took a few hours but I did finally dry up :-)

 

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It is time for something to eat and some warm cocoa I think.

Have a great day!

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