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They’re here!

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The morning was foggy and slightly chilly today but there was no wind so I decided not to wear my yellow cap even if the hair on my skull only have grown a mm or so. I could hear the birds singing spring songs and I heard a goose honking somewhere in the distance. But no sounds from any crane, they have arrived though. I checked yesterday and the first ones came here two days ago. The mobile homes are never wrong :-)

 

After breakfast rest for the bulls.

After breakfast rest for the bulls.

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The sun broke through the fog when we came home and it’s so warm that I don’t have to start a fire in the stove and not even a single of the radiators works now, it’s not that warm outside though, barely above freezing point. I know there most likely will come a nasty setback with lots of snow and cold winds but I can’t help feeling spring has arrived :-) I’ll enjoy it for as long as I can.

 

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Even the trees and plants down in the cool cellar feel something, it’s usually rather cold down there at this time of year so the plants are still hibernating. Now however new leafs can be seen on almost all of them. Fig leafs, Kiwi leafs and Katsura leafs are the latest ones to show so now I must check quite often so they don’t dry out too much and I need to keep my self calm so I don’t drown them with too much water either.

 

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I watched After Earth with Will Smith and his son yesterday evening. I’ve heard that it is really bad but had to check for myself. I laughed out loud several times during the first minutes of the movie because it is truly a bad performance from Will Smith :-) :-) :-) He is a great comedian but this is no comedy and he failed throughout the entire movie. His son however did what he could with his part and he might be a good actor if he likes to be one. I normally disconnect the logic part of my brain when watching movies like this but the story in this movie is so illogical quite often that it was impossible :-) :-) :-) Do I regret buying the film? No I love really bad movies and it was on sale, very cheap :-)

 

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I’ve vacuumed the floors and washed them too. It is so warm here right now that I walk barefoot and the feeling of walking on newly washed floors is quite nice :-) It is time for some tea and then a small nap I think.

Have a great day!

I’ve spotted the first mobile home.

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It feels like an early autumn day outside, the sky is grey and a nice calm rain, almost drizzle is falling. It’s rather warm too, we’ve had 5,3C (41,5F) today and I can’t remember having it this warm ever since I moved up here. It wasn’t that unusual when I lived by the ocean though, we rarely had real winter there and if it actually arrived it was so cold and windy that it was impossible to stay outdoors for more than a few seconds, ocean winds can be so nasty.

 

This is what's left from the snow fall we had long ago.

This is what’s left from the snow fall we had long ago.

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I lived not especially far from the ocean but hills stopped me from seeing the water except for a tiny gap, just big enough to show the sails on a bigger sailing boat :-) In warm summers weak winds carried the smell of salt water and rotten sea weed, strange combination but I’ll always connect it with warm summers. But I didn’t live far from forests either, Gothenburg is a city filled with parks that are more or less real forest. Lots of smaller lakes around too and I think that no matter where one lives in that city one is never further away from water than just a few minutes. Still the only thing I really miss when living here is the ocean.

 

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I’ve spotted the first mobile home down by the lake, that is a just as sure spring sign than any bird or flower :-) I wouldn’t be surprised if the first cranes will come within a few days or if they actually already have arrived. My work friend saw the first Lark last weekend so I’m pretty sure I’ll see them here this weekend. I do love sign of spring but it is way too early, winter can still arrive and stay way in to April or early May. But I’ll enjoy them anyway, at least if winter does arrive it won’t stay for too long :-)

 

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I couldn’t find anything interesting to watch on tv tonight, not even the Knowledge channel had something that caught my interest, the only one I could think of watching is a rerun and it wasn’t that interesting to be honest :-) But I have lots of dvd’s I haven’t watched yet so I guess that it either will be an early night or watching a dvd.

 

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Have a great day!

 

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Still warm and nice here.

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I’ve been to the neighbor factory today so I know the weather was very pleasant and the sun even showed itself.  I must admit that I more than once was thinking about just jumping in to my car and drive home when I came back to my normal work place :-) But the day passed fast and I did see the sun go down behind the clouds like a giant orange blob in the sky.

 

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The ruin of the abandoned church here in the village.

The ruin of the abandoned church here in the village.

 

My feet have been unusually cranky this week and it feels like I have a misplaced bone in my right one, as if it has sunken down and got caught beneath the other tine bones in there. Or that a new bone suddenly decided to grow beneath the other ones :-) It feels like my neck and right shoulder have given up totally now, we have been painting a lot of lockers and the working posture could be better to be honest. I’ll buy a heat pad plaster on my way home tomorrow, it should sit on the sour spot for eight hours and it usually takes away the pain. Tonight I’ll use my electric heat pad while watching something on tv.

 

There should be lots of graves around but the church was abandoned in the 17th century and I'm not sure they used tombstones back then. If so this square one could be a tombstone. I didn't climb down to check though :-)

There should be lots of graves around but the church was abandoned in the 17th century and I’m not sure they used tombstones back then. If so this square one could be a tombstone. I didn’t climb down to check though :-)

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Nothing much else has happened here otherwise. I’ve told my dogs that if they wake me up at 4 am again just because they think it is fun that I’m up I will throw them out to the dog yard :-) It seems to have worked because they did leave me alone this morning but naturally I woke up anyway :-) Tomorrow I won’t mind though because that’s around when I get up on Fridays anyway, I start one hour early and stop working at 12. 

 

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The little lake.

The little lake.

Up on the ridges.

I’ll try this road next time instead of up on the ridges.

 

It is time for a pot of something, I haven’t decided yet and something to eat too of course. Soon the weekend is here :-)

 

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Have a great day!

Congratulations USA!

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Today I’ll start by congratulating USA since You got both the silver and bronze medals in the cross-country world championship! It was a huge surprise, very few had heard those women’s names before :-) and that makes it even more fun that You won those medals! We took the gold and the fourth place and the Norwegians had a bad day by having the wrong kind of ski wax on their skis. They’ll come back and take all the other medals instead :-) they usually do. I didn’t sleep in front of the tv because I was at work but I have been reading about it on the net.

 

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The day has been really warm but a strong wind has made it a bit nasty to be outside. I worked in the neighbor factory today and decided not to wear my yellow cap, it’s so close so it doesn’t even take five minutes to walk there. I did regret it after just a minute or so :-) But tough as I am I didn’t walk back to get it :-) I would like to say that’s how vikings do but really can’t since I’m too much russian and Serb to be saying that :-)

 

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The swamp behind my garage.

The swamp behind my garage.

 

I now have daylight when I come home after work and it’s more or less daylight when I reach work in the morning. Today the sun rose at 7:16 and went down at 5:23 in the after noon. The sun has the chance of showing itself six more minutes every day now (which it rarely likes to do I’m sorry to say) so soon I won’t think of when it rise or sink at all :-)

 

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These coming photos were of cours taken before the snow melted away.

 

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The fire is burning in the stove but the heat seems to have problems spreading in my cottage, I guess the wind comes from the only direction where it hits my cottage, it happens so rarely that I always forget how much colder it feels indoors. The thermometer however says it isn’t any colder and I guess it knows that better than I do :-)

 

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It’s time for a pot of tea and something to eat, I still have a ciabatta I think so I’ll just fill it with things I like :-)

Have a great day!

 

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Snow drops.

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Snow drops.

I looked down in to one of the flower beds on the north side of the cottage yesterday afternoon and saw to my surprise that the Scilla sibirica is on its way up. So I walked to the east side of my cottage and saw to my even bigger surprise that the snowdrops are up and flowers! I don’t think they’ve ever been flowering this early here. I also heard the Common Buzzard, they are at least two weeks early this year :-)

 

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I don’t trust the weather predictions but they are nice to see because they show above 0C (32F) both nights and days ten days ahead. Normally they show really cold temperatures after four days but not this time :-) This might actually be a bit problematic if it gets warmer because the seeds I’ve sown need at least a month and a half of below 5C (41F) to start germinating. Well I guess I could lose one year if it actually would stay warm and not get cold later on as it usually does here.

 

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I was looking through the spam mail I’ve gotten lately and surprisingly many American credit companies wants to loan me a lot of money :-) I wonder if they would be just as generous if they knew I live in Sweden :-) Besides they are most likely not legal businesses anyway. A Veronica gets lots of offers from Swedish companies though. I wonder why they think a Veronica has that mail address since it starts with r and c :-) Lately I’ve also won a lot of money in the Euro lottery, I think it’s so nice that I don’t have to pay anything to win there :-) especially since it’s millions of Euro I’ve won :-)

 

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I’m just about to make a few warm sandwiches, the fire is burning in the stove and I’m just waiting for the oven to get warm enough. I bought some ciabatta’s and I think I’ll try them, normally I would use some other kind of bread but I really want ciabatta today. I’m not sure what I’ll put on it though, ham or spotted sausages or perhaps even sliced Wienerwurst. I thought I had tuna at home but I thought wrong :-)

 

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Have a great day!

You can thank me later :-)

Winter wonder land, so fun.

Winter wonder land, so fun.

I’ve done what I can to make winter leave northern America and most likely arrive here instead, I’ve shaved my head again :-) The predictions says it will stay fairly warm and my hair just got too long now, it’s impossible to get rid of the powder paint on my scalp. Long hair and sweating sort of makes thee powder to concrete and that’s not nice :-) You can all thank me later by sending expensive and luxurious gifts :-) :-) :-)

 

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The sun did actually show for a few seconds every now and again.

The sun did actually show for a few seconds every now and again.

 

The little hair that will grow up in a week will be enough to keep my head warm just in case it does get colder again. The snow we got during last evening and night did stay and we still have some on the ground but it is melting fast now. The wind and relatively warm air do the job well. It’s no nice day outside though just because of the wind, as soon as one walks in the forest however it almost gets too warm so I walked big parts with the jacket open this morning. We walked where I didn’t think I would again since I can feel I’m not allowed there, the Forbidden Forest.

 

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It didn’t fell that bad today but we did leave the area sooner than I had thought because suddenly the stench of wild hogs became very strong and we walked straight in to where they had planned to stay during the day :-) They had left just before we arrived though, sometimes I’m glad I have to shout after my dogs, it does warn any wild animal that we’re on our way towards them :-) We turned towards where the creek is and walked beside it down stream and followed it for a while. A fox had just passed where we had walked just a few minutes earlier, too bad I never got a chance to see it, just its paw prints in the snow.

 

and in to the Forbidden Forest we went.

and in to the Forbidden Forest we went.

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Lots of fairly big ant stacks here.

Lots of fairly big ant stacks here.

 

My neighbors came out when we passed their cottage and told me they had been baking yesterday and wondered if I wanted some of it :-) What a question :-) :-) :-) It was actually my favorite cake but I can’t for my life remember what it is called :-) I had it in my head until I sat down and started writing this post :-) It was delicious and just what I needed after our morning walk :-) I’ll tell You what it’s called as soon as my brain starts to work again :-) It is a cake I often buy when it is my time to buy something to the coffee on our weekly meetings in the painting department.

 

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The cross-country ski world championship (and ski jumping) goes on here in Sweden right now. As usual the Norwegians dominate it and will most likely take most gold and silver medals as they always do. Needless to say cross-country skiing is gigantic in Norway and their skiers are seen more or less as semi gods. It’s fairly big here in Sweden but i slowly dying I think. It’s fairly big in Finland and Russia too but not in the rest of the world. However that doesn’t mean there isn’t any good skiers from other countries, Canada for instance has already two medals. I tend to sleep very well in front of the tv when they show it :-)

 

This is where the stench of wild hogs hit us, the dogs loved it, me not so much :-)

This is where the stench of wild hogs hit us, the dogs loved it, me not so much :-)

So we turned towards the creek and followed it down stream.

So we turned towards the creek and followed it down stream.

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The laundry is done and is drying outside in the patio, the fire burns in the stove and it’s time for a pot of tea and a nap in front of the tv, cross-country skiing is on :-)

 

I'm glad the hunters never shot any fox :-)

I’m glad the hunters never shot any fox :-)

Sune, always happy :-)

Sune, always happy :-)

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Have a great day!

Today the geese arrived.

Grey and dull but sooo nice!

Grey and dull but sooo nice!

Unfortunately I never got the chance of taking a photo of them flying by because we were walking in the forest when they passed above us. I could hear them for quite some time but couldn’t figure out where they were until they were straight above us. I saw them only long enough to see that it wasn’t Canadian geese but that’s it.

 

Even if it was so quiet that it felt like we were the only ones alive I could see signs of other being around :-) The smoke coming out of the chimney and the horses eating :-)

Even if it was so quiet that it felt like we were the only ones alive I could see signs of other being around :-) The smoke coming out of the chimney and the horses eating :-)

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It’s a bit fun, I’ve been grumpy about not being able to walk in to the bog through the forest on this side of the village since hunters have been out there, now when they have stopped for the season I had no wish to go in there this morning :-) Instead we walked to the little lake in the forest and up those ridges again. I think they mostly consists of sand, gravel and stones and that it was the big ice that once created them so many thousands of years ago. 

 

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They have tried to see if our bog was a good peat bog so here and there I can find some square holes in the ground, now filled with water and possible perfect places for water voles. But our bog isn't a peat bog, it is just the opposite, full of lime.

They have tried to see if our bog was a good peat bog so here and there I can find some square holes in the ground, now filled with water and possible perfect places for water voles. But our bog isn’t a peat bog, it is just the opposite, full of lime.

 

The ice age didn’t just stop and started to melt away the ice in a steady flow, some years were warmer and some colder and every now and again the ice stopped and deposited lots of debris (like sand, stones and gravel in huge piles that became todays ridges). Here the ice must have grown and shrunk since there are several ridges with steep walls and small valleys in between. Some places are like big pots with no way to go down to the bottom since the walls are so steep.

 

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Well the small dogs and I may have made it down but not the old guys, they had problems enough when we found a road leading down into one, up however was no problem at all. They have cut down the trees there from time to time, some just a year ago or so but some trees are old and very high. I found two spruces that must have been at least 40 meters high (more or less the same in yards) and they must have been old because our spruces usually never get higher than 50 meters.

 

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We walked the same way up on the ridge at first but turned right when I found an old road to walk on.

 

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In some of the valleys trees grow so close that it is impossible to walk there.

 

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Here’s one of the easy to reach valleys and they have of course cut down trees there. All trees are big but some are even bigger. I can imagine how great the micro climate is down there.

 

 

The walk was really nice since the wind didn’t blow and it neither rained nor snowed, that will all start later today. It’s a few degrees above freezing and I could walk all the way with my jacket open. It was so quiet when we started walking that it felt we were the only ones alive, not even the birds made any noise :-) Suddenly when we had walked quite some distance on those ridges I heard a rooster! I then realised that if we had had a frozen bog I would have been able to just continue on the ridge we were walking on until it reached the bog and then we could have walked home that way :-) Now we had to turn back again, we were out walking for almost two hours :-)

 

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Some however have at least a small glade where one could walk.

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Hector was the one who decided in what pace we should walk because last week we did a bit too much walking in perhaps a bit too fast pace for him so he had big problems walking our last walk for the weekend, he limped so bad that I was worried it might have been too much to recover from. But today all went well and he’s ready for another walk :-)

 

An old road went down one of them though and that road leads to the cottage that is even more remotely placed from the world than the one I live in :-) The road isn't used much though, they have a better one they use, close to the farm with the two horses I often show here.

An old road went down one of them though and that road leads to the cottage that is even more remotely placed from the world than the one I live in :-) The road isn’t used much though, they have a better one they use, close to the farm with the two horses I often show here.

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I estimate that these trees are around 40 meter high and they weren’t the highest.

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The fire is burning in the stove and I feel it is time for me to take a small nap. The dogs and cats are already sleeping so I think it isn’t more than right that I can do that too :-)

 

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Have a great day!

Trumpet swans have arrived.

No snow :-)

No snow :-)

It is snowing outside my cottage, the same kind of small flakes that never seems to land anywhere even if it continues to snow for hours. It’s too warm outside at the moment so e´ven if it should actually land somewhere it won’t stay for long. According to the weather predictions it will stay above 0C (32F) all night but I rarely trust those predictions. I won’t go anywhere tomorrow anyway so let it snow if it so wish :-)

 

Trumpet swans (or Song swans as we call them). They arrived a bit early but this winter is unusually warm.

Trumpet swans (or Song swans as we call them). They arrived a bit early but this winter is unusually warm.

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I worked in the neighbor factory today so time passed quickly. The job in itself is no fun but it is something different to do and that usually means time pass by fast. We had our weekly meeting when I came back and after that it was only 40 minutes left until I quit for the day. 

 

We have some ice left though.

We have some ice left though.

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Like almost always I passed by the super market to get fire logs and food for the weekend and today I also wanted sowing compost. I only needed a small bag so naturally they only had big 50kg (110 pound) sacks :-) Well I might need some later in spring so I bought it. It was a bit tricky to carry that bag and a package with fire logs (10kg, 22 pound) from the car in to the kitchen at the same time :-) I’m so glad none of the dogs thought it would be a good time to walk in front of me on my way in :-) Last night Orvar almost pushed me down the stairs when he suddenly decided to rise when I tried to pass over him :-)

 

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I’m in an argument on facebook right now. Some people there think it would be a good idea to deny people health care and even revoke citizenship if they have  been down in Syria to fight for IS. I think that is a very stupid idea, only dictatorships have laws like that and if one opens that door just the slightest, voices will be heard who wants to do the same to other people who do things they don’t like. All in good intension of course but the road to hell is filled with good intentions. I say that we should arrest and prosecute them as fast as we can (something they never answer me on what they think about that) but to remove human rights is not the way to go!

 

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People who wants to have laws only existing in dictatorships are no better than the ones they want to punish! Where do we draw the line? Should we do the same to people committing horrid crimes here in Sweden too? If we revoke their citizenship, where should we send them? If we deny them health care are we then better people? For some strange reason they don’t think to think the same about Swedish nazis fighting in Ukraine, where’s the difference? People who reason like that never seem to be able to see more than one step ahead, if even that. It scares me who low people can sink!

 

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The bog is soaking wet rihgt now. We couldn't go far before the dogs started to sink down through the ice.

The bog is soaking wet right now. We couldn’t go far before the dogs started to sink down through the ice.

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Well it is time to give all the animals something to eat and then something to me too :-)

Have a great day!

 

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The brain arrived.

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Today was the day when we would get back “the brain” to our paint box, the one that can be programmed and then work without anyone doing much more than see if we need to change program because something new is going to be painted that needs more or less paint pressure and so it did. Now it’s so much more intelligent or lets say it’s much smarter so it actually can tell us exactly what’s wrong when something goes wrong.

 

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And so it did after only a few minutes :-) It turns out that if one puts around 80 000 volts into a big object (that’s what we charge the powder paint with so the entire thing we paint then gets charged too) it suddenly disturbs a sensor so it can’t communicate with ” the brain” :-) We already knew this sensor sat in the wrong place but the old brain couldn’t tell us what was wrong, just that something  was and then it chose any kind of alarm and stopped the machines from working. Now we know better :-)

 

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This is actually a rather easy thing to correct but it will take a few days to build a frame that we can place some distance away from the painting box but still not be in the way for the coming material and naturally that’s only the place we really have very little space to place anything :-) But the good thing is that the brain works perfect but we can’t use it until we’ve moved that sensor. So we are still working with the machine in manual mode and that means I’ll have to check it more often and really keep an eye towards it just in case wider material is on its way so it doesn’t crash in to the painting guns because those are nasty expensive :-)

 

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It is hard to photograph sparkling water drops as it is, it was even harder in dark green moss.

It is hard to photograph sparkling water drops as it is, it was even harder in dark green moss.

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It took some time to understand what was going on so we didn’t do as much as we had planned today but I have to admit that the day passed fast :-) Now it’s only Friday left until the weekend comes and Fridays are short days :-) Now I have almost daylight when I go to work and I have daylight when I go home after. The roads are great since it is so warm so now I feel some kind of hope that we’ll get a spring this year too :-)

 

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The fire is burning in the stove and it is time to make a pot of tea and something to eat. All the animals have had their dinner and now they all sleep somewhere in the cottage. I feel like joining them :-)

 

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Have a great day!

It might make me more effective.

We got one really foggy afternoon last weekend.

We got one really foggy afternoon last weekend.

Tuesdays are usually the worst day in the week but I must admit that today passed very quickly. I was working in the neighbor factory and they have removed all but one clock from the walls and that one is both tiny and far away from where I work so I never had the chance to look at it :-)

 

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I guess it helped that everything worked as it should and I had no problems at all to get it right. I can’t say what it is I’m painting, it’s no secret but that company doesn’t like us to talk about what we’re doing there. I can however tell You that I paint parts to giant heat exchanger because that is what that company makes. 

 

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Home sweet home.

Home sweet home.

 

There were several people working in the hall next to my paint box when I first started painting for them some years ago, so if I needed a break I could just go out from the box and have a chat with any of them. Now it’s only me left, they have moved all the other workers into the big factory hall. I guess that might make me more effective but it sure is boring :-)

 

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I thought I had sown all the seeds that needs a cold period but this morning I found some more packages :-) One of them is a pink colored dandelion, it isn’t especially tough so it won’t spread especially well unfortunately, it might even die before it flowers even once :-) I was thinking of sowing them now but I had no sowing soil so I need to remember to buy that on Friday on my way home.

 

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It is time for a pot of tea and something to eat.

Have a great day!

 

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