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This is one of those days when it is just too good weather to stay indoors and surf the net. It is actually a bit too warm but a strong wind takes care of that problem. It also keep most flies away, they started early this year but aren’t that many yet but still as annoying.

 

One of my tree peony have three buds this year (it had eleven last year). This is how the first one looked yesterday.

One of my tree peony have three buds this year (it had eleven last year). This is how the first one looked yesterday.

This is how it looked today.

This is how it looked today.

This is the second one,. The third has still not opened.

This is the second one,. The third has still not opened.

So I’ll come back tomorrow, they predict even warmer weather but we all know how good they are predicting the weather here in Sweden so it could just as well be icy cold, I don’t trust those meteorologists for a second:-)

 

My first tomatoes.

My first tomatoes.

This rhododendron is the only one the deers eat almost all winters so this is a very rare sight :-)

This rhododendron is the only one the deers eat almost all winters so this is a very rare sight:-)

The Naranjilla likes our cool nights but doesn't like the strong winds we're having today. It is thorny even on both sides of the leafs :-)

The Naranjilla likes our cool nights but doesn’t like the strong winds we’re having today. It is thorny even on both sides of the leafs:-)

It is time to go outside again and to play with the dogs.

Have a great day!

 

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It’ll be a lazy day.

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According to the weather sites it is raining here right now but as far as I can see through the windows it doesn’t. Showers are of course always hard to predict, it might in fact rain on the other side of my cottage without me knowing it. It is a fairly warm morning with a brisk breeze and high humidity and it could have been rather nice if the humidity had been lower. The more the day passes by the better the weather will be and the lower humidity will be as well.

My neighbors calves all look the same but the ones the castle has look al very different.

My neighbors calves all look the same but the ones the castle has look al very different.

I wonder if this is a Red Kite. It does look like it.

I wonder if this is a Red Kite. It does look like it.

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We walked down to the creek this morning and there was this rather big raptor up in the sky, normally they never come especially close but I was lucky today. I now know it is a Kite and I think it is a Red Kite which is rather rare here in Sweden. I did see a deer too and some Greylag geese but that was it when it comes to wildlife this morning. Of course I saw lots of small birds but they didn’t come close enough so I at least could try to identify them. I did however find lots of wildlife in Sune’s fur when we came home, I had to pick several ticks and I got all of them before they had bitten. They are now all dead:-)

 

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I’m now taking the chance or risk that we won’t get any more frosty nights here so I am placing all the remaining potted plants I have in the cottage in the patio instead. The roof seems to make the place rather frost safe, unless it drops down to -7C (19,4F) or lower which isn’t unusual the last frost night here. It is like nature wants to show that we never can relax totally and just shows of that last frosty night:-) So today I’ll take out the three passionfruit vines, the Lime tree and the last pelargonium. It is amazing how much more light I have in my home now:-)

 

A little of what flowers in my garden right now, This is Spanish bluebelle, a pink one.

A little of what flowers in my garden right now, This is Spanish bluebell, a pink one.

Prunus pumila.

Prunus pumila.

Japanese quince.

Japanese quince.

The Aronia has beautiful little flowers.

The Aronia has beautiful little flowers.

I still have the last laundry to do but besides from that I’ll most likely have a lazy day today. I might start sowing some vegetables but then I need to weed the last part of my vegetable patch and the weather isn’t that nice yet. I’ll see if I do it later when the humidity is much lower. It will be a warm week ahead of us so I’m thinking of mostly making salads to bring to work. Like chicken salad one day, pork the other (much the same as the chicken one, I just put pork in it instead:-) ) and so on.

 

The Columbines popped up so fast that I barely noticed that they had started to grow.

The Columbines popped up so fast that I barely noticed that they had started to grow.

Bleading Heart.

Bleeding Heart.

Paeonia vetchii.

Paeonia vetchii.

My Haberlea rhodopensis is now so big that it almost suffocated my Ramonda myconi (Pyrenean violet) but I think and hope I saved it just in time.

My Haberlea rhodopensis is now so big that it almost suffocated my Ramonda myconi (Pyrenean violet) but I think and hope I saved it just in time.

It is time to start with the laundry though and after that a pot of tea:-)

Have a great day!

 

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I haven't seen the very pregnant cow this morning, I do hope that calf is out by now.

I haven’t seen the very pregnant cow this morning, I do hope that calf is out by now.

It’ll only take seven years or so.

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We don’t have any sunshine but it is fairly warm and low humidity makes it feel even better. The weak wind just makes it more pleasant so I really can’t complain today. Well it would be about the flies then but to be honest, they aren’t as many as I feared. I guess I can thank the draught we’ve had for a while now. Living in a boggy area means the ground never really dries out too bad.

 

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We walked in the village this morning. They cut of the gravel roads so cows can walk between pastures so we are a bit blocked while walking around now. Yes we can pass but with two dogs terrified by electric fences and cows it is a bit problematic.

We walked in the village this morning. They cut of the gravel roads so cows can walk between pastures so we are a bit blocked while walking around now. Yes we can pass but with two dogs terrified of electric fences and cows it is a bit problematic.

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I was thinking that I would start chopping down my lilac hedge as soon as the flowers starts to wither but I can’t do that. I don’t know how many birds nests there are in there but one is enough for me to wait until Autumn comes and all small birds have flown away. One nest is so close to my gate that every time I walk out of my garden the chicks starts to scream for food:-) I do hope it is too hard for my cats to reach it, Teodor is the one most interested in hunting birds but he is just too fat to even come close to the nest and I hope Bertil doesn’t care. He is however a master in hunting mice and voles and those I don’t care if he takes.

 

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There’s this one cow that is very pregnant in the cow pasture right now. She has been standing still at the same spot all day looking miserable. She did walk a bit to get some fresh grass to eat but it is very easy to see where the calf is:-) I’m pretty sure we’ll have a new calf in the pasture by tomorrow morning.

 

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Today was a perfect day to mow the lawn and by the sound of it many neighbors thought the same thing. The more trees and bushes I plant the faster I mow the lawn:-) My plan is to have so many bushes that I just have paths going around the entire garden so mowing will take even shorter time. The only problem with that is the cord since I have an electric mower. It will most likely get caught here and there but I see that as a minor problem.

 

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I have two kinds of grape vines in my garden and they are amongst the hardiest and most pest resistant one can find. One is the American Frost grape (Vitis riparia) and the other the Asian Amur grape (Vitis amurensis). I have a problem with my frost grape though, it only produces male flowers so I never get any grapes but this year the amur grape flowers too so I have high hopes of at least get a few grapes this year:-) I have sown more frost grape seeds though and if they germinate it’ll take around seven years until I get any flowers on those new vines:-)

 

Four photos I took with the Ambi Silette.

Four photos I took with the Ambi Silette. By now I should remember this: Never towards the sun with old cameras:-)

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I also found a small pot that I sowed something two years ago and two small plants are growing in it now, the problem is that the name tag is gone:-) I’m not quite sure what is growing:-) It might be a service berry but it could be something completely else too:-) I’ll know when it is bigger I hope:-) Do You remember when I told You two peonies had germinated and started to grow? One is dead and the other one doesn’t look too good, I’m afraid one of the cats walked on it but it is still green so I still have a tiny hope it will survive. If this had happened when it was two years old it would have survived but they are very vulnerable the first summer.

 

These four are taken with the Zeiss. These are the last ones for this time.

These four are taken with the Zeiss. These are the last ones for this time. All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

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I think it is time to make some frozen yoghurt, I think I have some vanilla yoghurt in the fridge. Perhaps I should make some kind of dinner first though but I’m not really hungry.

 

The last four today are taken with the Hasselblad. Sometimes it is hard to see what it was that looked so interesting that I wanted to photograph it :-) I think there might be two root cellars in this photo :-)

The last four today are taken with the Hasselblad. Sometimes it is hard to see what it was that looked so interesting that I wanted to photograph it:-) I think there might be two root cellars in this photo:-)

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I'm pretty sure there is a root cellar here too :-)

I’m pretty sure there is a root cellar here too:-)

The hunting group hunting here has a huge hunting lodge

The hunting group hunting here has a huge hunting lodge.

Have a great day!

I need more space for my trees :-)

This calf used the last rays from the sun to enjoy the evening to the fullest yesterday.

This calf used the last rays from the sun to enjoy the evening to the fullest yesterday.

It was quite pleasant outside this morning, around  8C (46,4F) and the birds sang as loud as they could. What is quite pleasant in the morning isn’t necessarily pleasant in the afternoon, it wasn’t much warmer when I came home from work. The clouds cover the sky but they are so thin here and there that the sun can shine through them every now and again. When it does wearing a fleece jacket is too much.

 

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It is even more dry in the ground now after the thunder showers than it was before. So there isn’t especially many flies in the forest right now but down by the creek it was on the way to become nasty, they always want to look how my ears and nostrils look from inside and I really don’t like that:-) The good thing was that they refused to leave that area so as soon as we walked away from the creek we were fly free.

 

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I thought I would grow melons this year so I bought the hardiest kind I could find. We call it Mango melon but I found the English name Vine peach. The instructions say to prune them heavily otherwise they will take over totally. On the net I found that they will taste best if one preserve them in syrup, they don’t taste a lot raw but then again can be used as a sweet cucumber instead:-) I sowed a lot of seeds just to be sure I would at least get one plant, I now have at least ten growing in my kitchen window and more seeds are germinating:-)

 

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I still haven’t figured out where I’ll plant my tiny hazelnut bushes, they will grow big soon enough so I better find the right places from the start. They now grow in pots so I can think of this all summer before I need to plant them because I also have to think about where I want to try the Shagbark hickory:-) I really need to become rich so I can buy more land to plant all my trees:-)

 

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No sunshine to enjoy this evening though.

No sunshine to enjoy this evening though.

It is time to feed all the animals and perhaps myself too. I bought some grilled chicken on my way home today, I’ll see if I can make something tasty with it or if I’ll wait until tomorrow to have it. It is odd, it doesn’t cost more to buy a grilled chicken than an ungrilled?!

 

The rest of the photos are taken with the old Zeiss.

The rest of the photos are taken with the old Zeiss.

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Old grave that I saw when we walked on the pilgrimage while waiting for my car to get new tires.

Old grave that I saw when we walked on the pilgrimage while waiting for my car to get new tires.

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Have a great day!

 

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The obligatory double exposure :-)

The obligatory double exposure:-)

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Guess if I got surprised!

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Summer has returned for an afternoon but that was something I really couldn’t believe this morning when I went ou to the cat to get something I had forgotten. There was ice all over the car! I had just woken up and was so tired that I didn’t go inside again to bring the camera:-) It was -2C (28,4F) as coldest this morning. I have to admit it surprised me quite a lot:-)

 

This is how it looks by my gate. Not especially fun to walk through there after rain has fallen :-) I'll start cutting it down as soon as it doesn't flower.

This is how it looks by my gate. Not especially fun to walk through there after rain has fallen:-) I’ll start cutting it down as soon as it doesn’t flower.

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Hundkex, or dog bisquits in English. A bit early this year. To be honest it might just as well be wild carrots or something else very similar but I call all of them hundkex:-)

It must have been during a very short time though because my tomato plants looks just as good as they did before. None of the weather sites had predicted this or even come anywhere near that low temperature, they all predicted 8C (46,4F). I wonder if I could have forced them to get me new tomato plants if they had died:-) No idea to sue anything in this country, if one would win the best one can hope for is a “Good for You” and a tap on the shoulder. If one lose however one must pay the winners legal fees and all the rest.

 

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The Rowan's flowers doesn't smell especially nice if one comes close but from a distance they smell fantastic.

The Rowan’s flowers doesn’t smell especially nice if one comes close but from a distance they smell fantastic.

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Lots of flowers that really shouldn’t flower yet flowers out there in the nature. It is odd to see all the flowers in bloom that shouldn’t flower at the same time:-) It isn’t that strange to be honest, spring sprung already in early March here, can’t remember if that ever has happened here during my lifetime.

 

If You find lilacs in the middle of a forest there once must have been a cottage there.

If You find lilacs in the middle of a forest there once must have been a cottage there.

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This and the rest of the ophotos are taken with the Hasselblad camera.

This and the rest of the ophotos are taken with the Hasselblad camera.

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It is time to make something to eat and I’ll take the risk of having a cup of tea too. I’ll keep the kitchen door open for a while longer, the dogs loves to run in and out chasing each other:-)

 

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Bjertorp Castle.

Bjertorp Castle.

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Have a great day!

I liked the start of the day anyway.

It was already less thick when we got out, I couldn't see this road at all when O woke up :-)

It was already less thick when we got out, I couldn’t see this road at all when I woke up:-)

Yesterday was a horrible day at work, I don’t know how it was outside though. It might have been rather wonderful since the day was so warm but it was also mostly cloudy they said. I had the big luck to hand paint all day so the already hot factory was even for me since the air from the oven hit me all day. I don’t know how much water I drank but it was too little. The big problem is that what goes in must go out too:-)

 

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I woke up to a very foggy morning today, it was so thick that I couldn’t see my neighbors cottage and it is just 20 meters (much the same in yards) away:-) I hurried out with the dogs because as soon as the sun started to warm up the already warm air the fog thinned. We were able to enjoy it all through our walk though. It doesn’t happen often but today even the forest were  full of fog.

 

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I went home a bit early today because thunder arrived and the lights were blinking at work. It hit somewhere in the village where I work and was moving eastwards so I figured it would arrive here at home before me if I stayed until my working day ended. It hasn’t arrived yet because it moved very slowly. I have heard it in the distance and the site Real Time Lightning Map (click on the red text and a new window showing the site will pop up, it works all over the world) shows that the thunder is just north of where I live.

 

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I better stop here just in case it turns south, I can feel how it is getting colder by the minute now so I guess it is:-)

 

 

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Have a great day!

 

This little one was born just outside my kitchen yesterday morning.

This little one was born just outside my kitchen yesterday morning.

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It was a bit akward to walk the first time :-)

It was a bit awkward to walk the first time:-)

It’ll be hot!

The Chinese rhubarb (R. palmatum) is about to flower now. This is not a rhubarb to be eaten, unless You want to be poisoned :-)

The Chinese rhubarb (R. palmatum) is about to flower now. This is not a rhubarb to be eaten, unless You want to be poisoned:-)

I must admit that I never thought this day would be as nice as it has and still is. Not much sunshine but warm and a just enough cool wind to make it even more pleasant. The morning was warm enough but the humidity made me sweat like a pig, I was stupid enough to wear a fleece jacket, it is so worn that it gives very little warmth to be honest but it still was too much.

 

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I did the laundry and everything dried within an hour. It’s almost a pity I didn’t have more when we have this weather:-):-) I put the potatoes in the vegetable garden while the laundry was drying and noticed that the sand closest to the flowerbed beside was bone dry, no wonder my rhubarbs grow so bad there. So I watered the vegetable garden and also those flowerbeds where I sowed annuals this early spring. Lots of them are showing already so a bit more water doesn’t hurt.

 

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It is so fun to play in the high grass. After that I need to go through their fur for quite some time to find all the ticks before they bite.

It is so fun to play in the high grass. After that I need to go through their fur for quite some time to find all the ticks before they bite.

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I’ll bring out all my tree tomatoes (Tamarillo) and Naranjilla plants too today, tomorrow might become one of the warmest days ever in May, they predict that it’ll be 27C (80,6F) here! ( the record is actually 32,5C (90,5F set in 1892) That is a temperature we rarely reach during hot summers here:-) It’ll be a joy to work in the factory beside the huge oven and washing machine:-):-) The combination of nasty high humidity and temperature is nothing I look forward too.

 

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I saw that my tomato plants have tiny tomatoes growing on them now:-) I still have those plants in too small pots but I don’t have enough soil at home to replant them, I better remember that tomorrow on my way home from work. I must also remember to buy sticky fly papers, yes it is the season of those little beauties:-) The forest flies are already here to annoy me but still not that many that I feel the need to bring my mosquito hat. Lots of butterflies, bumblebees and the first big dragonfly or as we call them Troll Spindles. No hornets yet though, I do like those friendly giants.

 

Four photographs from the Ambi Silette.

Four photographs from the Ambi Silette.

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I doubt that I’ll write anything tomorrow if it gets as hot as they predict, my brain will be fried and I’ll most likely be dehydrated no matter how much water I drink at work tomorrow. It’ll cool down a degree or so by Tuesday though so if You don’t see anything here tomorrow You’ll most likely find something on Tuesday.

 

Four photographs from the Zeiss. I do like this first one just because it looks like it was taken during the 1950's :-)

Four photographs from the Zeiss. I do like this first one just because it looks like it was taken during the 1950’s:-) and I see now that it also is very blurry:-)

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It is time to make a big pot of tea and after that I’ll start to bring out all the plants, it’ll be empty in my windows tonight:-)

 

The four last ones are taken with the Hasselblad.

The four last ones are taken with the Hasselblad.

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Have a great day!

The ticks are thriving.

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High humidity, cloudy sky and warmish isn’t that nice to be walking in to be honest, it is the high humidity that sort of dampens the joy of being out walking. The weak wind there is doesn’t help much but the humidity has already sunken quite dramatically so it does feel better when sitting here in the kitchen with the door open. The clouds are thick but every now and again there’s a tiny rip in them allowing the sunshine to hit the ground for a few seconds at a time.

 

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A bit hazy here this morning.

A bit hazy here this morning.

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No rain is predicted for today so the grass might get a chance to dry up and I a chance to mow it. They predict some sunshine for tomorrow though so I guess I’ll get the chance then if I can’t do it today. To be honest, the predictions change just as much as always so it might end up with a hurricane instead:-) I won’t complain too much as long as we don’t get frosty nights, I’ve started to bring plants outside for the summer so frosty nights are a no-no from now on.

 

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Lots of wild flwers in bloom now, like the Forgetmenot.

Lots of wild flowers in bloom now, like the forget-me-not.

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A lot of white ones too. I have them in my garden too plus the pink one.

A lot of white ones too. I have them in my garden too plus the pink one.

We walked in some high and wet grass this morning and that is tick paradise. I picked over twenty crawling ticks from both dogs and a few that already was sitting there drinking blood. Nast creatures and they aren’t even especially popular amongst animals as food. Most birds avoid them so it seems they are here on this planet top spread diseases and death. I guess that’s important for nature too, there would be too many animals around otherwise but I still can’t pretend to think ticks are something we really need:-)

 

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We walked to the little lake for the last time this season. Too much stinging nettles grwoing there now.

We walked to the little lake for the last time this season. Too much stinging nettles growing there now.

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The Lily of the Valley flowers too now.

The Lily of the Valley flowers too now.

The worlds biggest half marathon takes place today in my old home town.  64 000 people have signed up to participate! I did it once and that was quite enough for me:-) They have a good weather to run that far today, not too hot or too cold. There is always some people who do this that really shouldn’t and heart attacks aren’t uncommon amongst them. Even worse are damaged knees or other joints though. The Beekeeper usually run but I did see his car here this morning so perhaps he doesn’t this year.

 

Here are eight photos taken with the Hasselblad camera. The river Lidan in the village Tråvad.

Here are eight photos taken with the Hasselblad camera. The river Lidan in the village Tråvad.

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Canadian geese are always nesting there and they can be rather nasty if one comes too close :-)

Canadian geese are always nesting there and they can be rather nasty if one comes too close:-)

It is time for a pot of tea before I do anything else today. Sune  is sleeping on the kitchen stairs, there’s some sunlight hitting it at the moment and Nova does the same in the living room, I would like to do the same but I know I’ll sleep for too long so I think I’ll skip it:-)

 

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Have a great day!

There’s something special with early summer rain.

We have plenty of crab apple trees here. The bees loves them, both the honey bees and the solitary and bumble bees too.

We have plenty of crab apple trees here. The bees loves them, both the honey bees and the solitary and bumblebees too.

There is something special with early summer rain, it sort of brings out all the smells and scents there is and make the day better even if it is grey and dull. We’ve had that kind of rain today and it was so nice to be out walking after work even if it rained quite a lot in the beginning. The birds loved it because they sang even higher than usual. The sheep however wasn’t happy at all, they just stood there looking on the ground rather miserable:-)

 

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I had to pick up two packages today and naturally they weren’t shipped to the same place:-) One package was to be fetched in Falköping and I really dread the traffic there on Fridays. It is odd, the town is really small but the traffic is just as bad as it is in our big cities:-) I also needed to buy more ink to my printer but that store is of course placed in the other side of the town:-) I was however lucky both times with finding a parking space and that is quite an achievement since all parking is free there.

 

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The first Skogsstjärna (forest star) to open up.

The first Skogsstjärna (forest star) to open up.

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I thought it had rained quite a lot today, it looked that way when watching it but I guess the raindrops were small because the ground is just as dry as before just beneath the surface. So I guess I still can hope for a mass death amongst the fly larvae:-) Too late for the same when it comes to mosquitos, we have plenty already and several attacked me in the forest today. I get immune towards the itching rather fast thankfully so mosquitos don’t disturb me that much to be hones even though that annoying sound they make tends to drive me slightly mad:-)

 

The Jays are doing a great job with sowing oaks :-)

The Jays are doing a great job with sowing oaks:-)

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Two clematis that flowers in my garden now.

Two clematis that flowers in my garden now.

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I’ll have at least one Shagbark hickory growing here soon, I saw that one of the nuts now has cracked and a root is looking out:-) I wouldn’t mind if the five or six other nuts do the same even though I only can have one in my garden. Well that is if the climate continues to give us short winters. They really don’t need to be warm but they do need to be short. The Black Walnut is slowly opening up its leafs and it is now almost six years old and perhaps 140cm (56 inches) high:-) I feel that I might have a few trees that will grow a bit too high for my garden but at the time they will be that big I’m most likely dead and gone anyway:-)

 

The rest of the photos today comes from the Ambi Silette.

The rest of the photos today comes from the Ambi Silette.

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I have had a few more rolls of film developed and I’ll start shoving those photos today even if I haven’t shown all from the previous time, the last ones from then are not especially good anyway to be honest:-) Today You’ll see photos taken with the Agfa Ambi Silette but later on there will be photos from other cameras too.

 

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They had to dig shallow ditches to drain a lot of water from this field. They could after a while plow it without getting stuck.

It is time to get something to eat, the animals got their food for oven an hour ago. Nova is a bit picky with what she eats so now I’ll try another kind and if she likes it we’ll continue with that one. Today she of course ate it with joy but that was only because it was something new:-)

 

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Have a great day!

Every second day weather.

Oak leafs grow fast when they finally starts.

Oak leafs grow fast when they finally starts.

Summer is back for a day and will be gone tomorrow. The predictions for the weekend have varied so much that anything can happen. They haven’t predicted snow so I wouldn’t be surprised if that is what we’ll get:-)

 

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Yesterday I brought a shovel to work and started digging in one of the forgotten gardens that belongs to the factory. I dug up four small hazelnut bushes, well bush is perhaps a bit much to call them yet but they will be one day.  I did of course ask the factory owner first:-) I still haven’t planted them because I don’t know exactly where I want them to grow, after all they will stay there for many years to come. So at the moment they are standing in plastic bags on the north side of my cottage.

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He told me that on his property there are some trees he can’t identify, not even those working on the university can figure out what they are. It seems that a previous owner had an arboretum with lots of unusual trees. Unfortunately my boss didn’t know that and cut several of them down. Lucky enough some have spread to the forest which he also owns so not all trees are lost. By the way, do anyone of You know about a conifer with short needles that when cut gets bright orange wood? It fades a lot when it dries though. The bark is light in color and smooth.

 

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Nova doesn't bathe so Nova is hot.

Nova doesn’t bathe so Nova is hot.

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Paris quadrifolia.

Paris quadrifolia.

I’ll go to his forest one day and take photos of the trees which are unidentified so I can show photos too. I have a few things myself that I can’t identify either because the magpies have taken all the signs :-) 

 

In my garden. Rheum palmatum.

In my garden. Rheum palmatum.

I never remember the name on this one but it is a Ranunculus species.

I never remember the name on this one but it is a Ranunculus species.

All my apple trees are more or less in bloom now.

All my apple trees are more or less in bloom now.

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It is time to get something to eat and then I’ll watch some tv. I’ll also try and find the mosquito nets so I can have the kitchen door open for a longer time every evening, the mosquitoes are getting plenty now and I have already gotten the first bites.

 

35 meters of flowering lilacs, the first ones smell nice but after thatb it gets too much.

My fan shaped apple tree. It has flowers open but just a few yet.

My fan-shaped apple tree. It has flowers open but just a few yet. Unfortunately most of it is hidden by the Aronia:-)

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35 meters of flowering lilacs, the first ones smell nice but after that it gets too much.

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Have a great day!

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