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Getting back in old habits again.

You thought there were lots of flies around Sune the other day. That was a good day, this is how it usually is like on bad days :-)

You thought there were lots of flies around Sune the other day. That was a good day, this is how it usually is like on bad days :-)

Last day before going back to work again so I started to go back in to old habits too. The laundry is done and the dinner for next week is done as well. It’ll be something like pulled pork (it’s ham though :-) ) and this time I could use some of my own grown vegetables, like red onions and small squash’s :-) I could have taken a few broccoli buds too but I still have very few of them and I want my carrots to grow some more before I start using them.

 

I didn't takje especially many photos this morning, so lots of them are from yesterday afternoon.

I didn’t takje especially many photos this morning, so lots of them are from yesterday afternoon.

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We’ll have a semi sunny day here today but a bit chilly perhaps, the warm weather will arrive tomorrow (is anyone surprised :-) :-) ) It’ll only last for two days though but it does feel like the weather is mocking me :-) I really dislike starting up the workplace after our vacations because there’s always something that goes wrong. Last summer someone had shut down a few things that isn’t supposed to be shut down, ever. So it took almost half a day to get things running again :-) This year I’m not even sure how many of us that is supposed to come back after the vacation, some have still one week left before they have to start working.

 

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This flag has something to do with the region I'm living in and the EU. I've only seen it around here to be honest and I found out it had something to do with the EU.

This flag has something to do with the region I’m living in and the EU. I’ve only seen it around here to be honest and I found out it had something to do with the EU.

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But I still have today and today I’ll go to the annual plant swapping day. I have fewer plants that usual with me because so much that I’ve sown are late because of the rather chilly weather we’ve had this July. The strange thing is that I this year will get lots more ripe tomatoes than last year even if the days are cooler and less sunny. I guess our relatively warm nights might have helped me with that. I’m pretty sure I won’t get any pumpkins though, none of the four plants I have haven’t even started to flower yet.

 

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Autumn is on ts way, red elderberry berries.

Autumn is on ts way, red elderberry berries.

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Nova is sleeping in the sunshine on the kitchen stairs and sounds as if she was suffering bad :-) She sounds like that when she’s enjoying life but it did scare me the first time I heard it because I couldn’t figure out what was wrong :-) :-) Old Erna had just the exact same sound, otherwise all my dogs have been quiet if they enjoyed a moment in the sun or what ever it was they liked at the moment. Cats are easier that way, the purring sort of shows pretty clear what they feel :-) (ok, I know they can do that when they are really afraid too but if they are it’s easy to see as well :-) ).

 

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I could mow the lawn today but it won’t run away if I don’t :-) if the predictions are right the grass will have dried up rather well until tomorrow afternoon and perhaps even better until the day after and it is always easier to mow dry grass. The last days raining is still caught in the grass and the morning dew just made it even wetter. I better wait another day I think :-)

 

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It is time for a pot of tea and after that a walk I think. The plant swapping day won’t start until later this afternoon.

 

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This is one of those potted roses one can buy everyb winter. They are much hardier than one might think and this one has been growing in my garden for years.

This is one of those potted roses one can buy everyb winter. They are much hardier than one might think and this one has been growing in my garden for years.

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Have a great day!

The Tsar’s photographer.

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I’ve been longing for a sunny and chilly morning for over a week now and when it suddenly comes I almost miss it :-) I did stay up much longer last night but that usually doesn’t make me sleep any longer in the morning like it did today. So I wasn’t really awake when we hurried out to take our walk before the flies were warm enough to start flying around and annoy me :-)

 

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A thunderstorm passed by yesterday. At first it didn’t look as if it would come here at all, it sort of hovered above the same area to the west of us for quite some time. I could hear and see it but at the same time have some sun shining over the village. When it finally decided to come here too it was rather weak but the raining was quite heavy instead.

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The weather didn’t allow much else to do than to stay indoors yesterday and to be honest I really didn’t want to go outside to meet those flies. So instead I checked the web site for the company that developes my rolls of film. It turns out that they don’t start developing any film again until week 33. Most people take their vacation around this time of year since long. This period is actually called the industrial vacation time because back in the days all factories closed at the same time here so everyone working in any kind of factory had vacation at the same time :-)

 

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Anyhow, it turns out that they have an exhibition with photos taken by the Russian Tsar’s photographer, Prokudin-Gorskij. He took color photographs long before they really could make good color photographs. He took three photos of the same object with black and white film but with three different colored filters on the lens, a technique developed by a photographer called James Clark Maxwell.  He sometimes used a normal camera, sometimes with 3 cameras photographing the same object at the exact same time. I really like these sometimes over 100 years old photos so here’s a link to the exhibition: Prokudin-Gorskij

 

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Traditionally Swedish cow pastures have lots of trees in them, they can almost be forest like in many places. This is something the EU doesn’t like so if the farmer wants the EU grant they need to cut down lots of trees and therefore kill plants that only live in pastures like ours. Thank You EU for killing our rare nature.

I was planning on walking through the cow pasture because I heard the cows rather far away. Guess if I was lucky to see these cows before we went in there :-)

I was planning on walking through the cow pasture because I heard the cows rather far away. Guess if I was lucky to see these cows before we went in there :-)

The web site should open up in a separate window. When it does You’ll see a photo showing a book that has been made and to the right of that photo You can see a headline saying “Bilderna” which means the photographs. I think You can figure out what each and every gallery shows, like Arkitektur means architecture and so on. Take a look at these galleries they are well worth it, I think the colors in these photos are better than what most films manages to show now days.

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It is time to make some breakfast and I’ll have tea with that I think. Only two days left and then it’s back to work. I did win the lottery yesterday but only $8 US and that’s not enough to stop working I’m afraid :-)

 

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Have a great day! 

I can not say I have not rested this vacation.

Growing on the beekeepers root cellar.

Growing on the beekeepers root cellar.

I had hoped I would be able to do a lot of things while being on a blog vacation but the weather hasn’t allowed any outside work and I didn’t receive the phone call I wanted either, I need new rims to my car so I don’t have to get the summer tires taken off so the winter tires can be put on. It is so much easier to have separate rims to them. I still hope for that call (from my work friend who has those rims and will help me to put on my summer tires on them) though because I don’t start working again until Monday.

 

Growing in my garden. The Siberian Hollyhock.

Growing in my garden. The Siberian Hollyhock.

Day lily.

Day lily.

Honeysuckle.

Honeysuckle.

I never remember the name on this one. Likes to grow where the ground is wet and spreads nicely if allowed.

I never remember the name on this one. Likes to grow where the ground is wet and spreads nicely if allowed.

It has been raining a lot here and thunder has been close even if it hasn’t been above my cottage. they believe that we’ll have much the same weather through August and that September might be warmer. Statistically it should be like that they say but I’m not sure statistics works any longer, the climate change sort of put all the old statistic in the garbage bin. Well I can’t say that I haven’t gotten enough rest this summer :-) It is more or less the only thing I’ve been doing :-)

 

Bladder senna (Colutea arborescens).

Bladder senna (Colutea arborescens).

Cercis canadensis (eastern redbud). I've sown it myself and it is quite tiny yet.

Cercis canadensis (eastern redbud). I’ve sown it myself and it is quite tiny yet.

Autumn phlox.

Autumn phlox.

A honey bee visits my Aron's rod (verbascum chaxii )

A honey bee visits my Aron’s rod (verbascum chaxii )

We didn’t take any morning walk today, I was in no mood of walking in clouds of flies even if most of the biting ones are gone by now I still don’t like the others either :-) I do wear my mosquito hat most of the time while being out on walks but I’m still rather tired of them now. The dogs didn’t seem to mind that we didn’t take any walk either, the kitchen door is open all day so they can always go out into the garden whenever they like to.

 

We actually got sun for almost an hour the other day.

We actually got sun for almost an hour the other day.

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The colors on mushrooms aren't always water proof. This one was red before the rain started.

The colors on mushrooms aren’t always water proof. This one was red before the rain started.

My neighbor the farmer believes that I might have a badger’s set in my garden :-) I have seen the paths it has made here and it has tried to dig a hole just beside my patio but gave up that idea rather quickly. I guess three dogs is a bit too much to have that close even if they wouldn’t harm it in any way :-) I do have a lot of bushes covering those places it might choose as a new home so it is hard to see if it has dug a hole elsewhere in the garden. I’ll know better when winter comes.

 

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I wouldn’t mind if it did chose my garden as a home as long as it doesn’t try to dig down beneath the cottage. So if I find that is has dug a hole in an appropriate place I’ll leave it alone, I’m pretty sure we’ll get along nicely as long as I can teach the dogs not to try to play with it :-) Orvar tried that once and I can say the badger wasn’t happy at all :-) It didn’t try to hurt Orvar because all it wanted to do was to get away from that crazy dog :-) I’ll let You know if I find anything.

 

I would never have seen it if it hadn't landed on the pind while I was looking.

I would never have seen it if it hadn’t landed on the pind while I was looking.

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Himalayan Balsm (Impatiens glandulifera). It’s a beautiful weed that will suffocate any other plant trying to grow there it grows. It is an annual which would make it easy to get rid of one would think but it isn’t. It’s actually a road You’re looking at :-)

We think that my neighbor the Bee keeper’s bee hives will survive. The queens haven’t come back as far as I know but he thought he could see that new queens were growing so he moved some of those cells to the second bee hive. There will however be no honey produced this year, they barely have enough to survive a mild winter to be honest. He will of course give them food during the winter so they aren’t dependent on what they can scrape together thankfully. Still, I don’t think we’ve had such a good berry summer for ages. I’ll get more blueberries on one bush than I’ve gotten in total all three years I’ve had blueberry bushes in my garden :-)

 

This is the weather we mostly had this week.

This is the weather we mostly had this week.

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It's a good year for thistles.

It’s a good year for thistles.

It is time to make a pot of tea and after that a nap I think. I’m hoping that they today have developed the four film rolls I mailed last Friday but it is vacation time so it might take some time more.

 

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Have a great day!

Lots of napping now.

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It’s slightly warmer today but not much, just enough to wake up the flies so they can annoy us again.  We had big clouds arround us when we went out to the bog an hour ago but I wore my mosquito hat so they didn’t bother me that much, the morning walk, when we walked in to the village however was quite nice. I think the horse fly season is over now even if there still will be a few around for a while more.

 

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Besides being to the super market this morning I’ve done very little. I’ve napped for quite some time, watch some tv and thought about making some tea :-) The weather isn’t allowing much else to be done to be honest. It drizzles at the moment but I think we’ll get showers later on tonight. Tomorrow will be an all rainy day and so will Wednesday too.

For a while I thought both of them were dead but then the brown one moved his legs some :-)

For a while I thought both of them were dead but then the brown one moved his legs some :-)

The old tombs.

The old tombs.

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Where goes the line bewteen tombs and graves? I guess these ones should be called graves.

Where goes the line bewteen tombs and graves? I guess these ones should be called graves.

Normally I take a blog vacation on my first week of vacation but this time I thought that as long as I don’t do much else I might as well continue to write. I will however take a short break until Friday. I doubt much will happen here since the weather is like it is.

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It is time to feed the dogs and later on I might make some pancakes again. Or perhaps I should make some warm sandwiches, I have a few ripe tomatoes that I can pick and put on them :-)

 

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There were only a few flies around us when wew were out walking yesterday.

There were only a few flies around us when wew were out walking yesterday.

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Have a great day and see You on Friday!

 

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It feels like thunder.

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I’m glad I mowed the lawn on Friday because it would have been rather messy to try to clean out the lawn mower after the rain we had yesterday. To be honest, we didn’t get that much but the showers that passed by was heavy and I’m glad we weren’t out walking when they came, we had just managed to go inside when they did :-)

 

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Today has started out rather calm with no wind and a cloudy sky, not even a drizzle here but that is about to change soon. The clouds are getting thicker and darker but I almost saw the sun for a few seconds ealier this morning :-)

 

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We might get thunder, the Norwegian site has predictions for it and the flies in the garden behaves rather nasty so I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened soon. This will in any case be a do very little day since the weather won’t be nice, with or without any thunder.

Magpies loves to play with anything they can find, both adults and younglings. The photos are a bit fuzzy since I took them through the windows.

Magpies loves to play with anything they can find, both adults and younglings. The photos are a bit fuzzy since I took them through the windows.

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It’s time for a pot of tea and after that a little nap perhaps.

Have a great day!

At least I got some mist.

I caught this one with my camera yesterday. All I can say that it is a species of  Blue Wing butterfly but that's it.

I caught this one with my camera yesterday. All I can say that it is a species of Blue Winged butterfly but that’s it.

The early morning was so nice, rather chilly, misty and sunny. Well there was this one cloud as there always is that covered the sun big parts of our walk but today I didn’t mind that much, after all I had the mist for a while. Every now and again the cloud allowed some sunshine to peek through so I more easily could see the spider webs and dew drops in the grass. Not a single fly was up in the air and that made it even better :-)

 

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We did get sunshine for a while before the big clouds arrived and now I’m only waiting for the rain, it will rain for at least two days now and lots of it will fall they say, perhaps as much as we usually get the entire month of July normally. I can’t even pretend that the rain is needed but at least I won’t have to water any pots for quite some time :-) In fact, I have even repotted some plants I plant to bring when the plant swapping day comes and placed them on the lawn so they’ll get soaked :-)

 

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There was no wind what so ever this morning but now I can see the leafs on the apple tree moving, we’ll get strong winds as well they say so I guess the bad weather isn’t far away now. It will come from east in the beginning and then turn to west so I won’t notice much of it here in the hollow where I live, my neighbors however will notice it since their cottage is placed much higher than mine is. I’m so happy it is because it takes almost all wind when the storms arrive and it can be so bad up there that it is impossible to sleep when it is as worst.

 

We have very few Bumblebee beetles this summer.

We have very few Bumblebee beetles this summer.

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I watched Enders Game yesterday and it was so good that I now feel I must find the book. The books are always better than the movies even if I have to say that the final fight between Harry Potter and Voldemort was much better in the film than in the book but I guess that was the exception to the rule. Otherwise the Harry Potter movies were so so to be honest.

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I feel that today is a pancake day. I haven’ made pancakes in months now so it’s about time. I always make two pancakes to the dogs to share, I’ve always wondered if they actually can taste anything since they just gulp it down :-) I’ll also watch more dvd’s since the weather won’t permit any outside activities later today and I’ll take a nap after posting this. I woke up a few times tonight so I haven’t slept that well. My own fault, never drink a lot before going to bed and don’t have the window open if it is pretty chilly already when one is going to bed :-)

 

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First however I’ll make a pot of tea and have a bowl with yoghurt and müsli.

Have a great day!

 

A Zygaenidae moth, which one I can't say until I can see how many red spots it has on its wings.

A Zygaenidae moth, which one I can’t say until I can see how many red spots it has on its wings.

It is quite pleasant today.

Once again the Magpies have brought their young ones to my garden. I just don't understand why since there are two cats and three dogs that would love to take them.

Once again the Magpies have brought their young ones to my garden. I just don’t understand why since there are two cats and three dogs that would love to take them.

We’re having a pleasant day today, a bit windy, a bit sunny and almost warm :-) I better save this day in my memories since they say that we might get up to 70 mm (2,76 inches) with rain this weekend. It all depends on where the heavy showers go of course. So I have been a bit active this morning. First I drove to the super market, it’s no fun being on the roads if it rains that bad.

 

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Not a cloud in the sky when we went out on our morning walk but there was a crane.

Not a cloud in the sky when we went out on our morning walk but there was a crane.

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Of course I forgot the list I’d written but I actually remembered it all anyway :-) They had 70% of on all flowers but I resisted the temptation and just passed by :-) I just bought what I wanted and left, I was home again even before an hour had passed and it takes around 20 minutes to go there :-) I also put the padded envelope with four rolls of film in the mail box when I went in to the super market. We’ll all be able to see those photos next week.

 

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I’ve also mowed the lawn this morning. I thought I just as well do it since it will rain more or less a lot these coming days. I have to say that I was surprised to see how much the grass had grown since last time I did it. The places I’ve looked at before mowing looked fine with short grass but most of the garden was otherwise :-) Long grass that didn’t dry up after the morning dew so it clogged up the lawn mower something nasty. Now it’s done anyway and hopefully I won’t have to think about it for another week.

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I have now watched two movies on dvd. Kingsman and Seventh Son. If You like 007 movies You will most likely like Kingsman! That’s all I’m going to say about that film. The Seventh Son, a fantasy movie was nothing I can recommend. Lots of good actors with lots of bad acting. It feels like they should have made at least two movies from this story, as it is now it’s just a waste of good actors. The special effects are good though and I think that one perhaps can enjoy this film a bit more if one has read the book/ books? before seeing the movie. Now I’ll find the book/ books? instead.

 

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It is time for a bit of lunch and after that a walk with the dogs. I think the biting flies now are dying for this season (well the moose flies are still on their way later when autumn starts), I didn’t get especially much bitten while mowing. The most annoying forest flies however are still plentiful but I’ll bring my mosquito hat, I don’t get annoyed at them as long as they can’t get in to my ears or nostrils :-)

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Have a great day!

 

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The first wild raspberries are ripe now and very delicious :-)

The first wild raspberries are ripe now and very delicious :-)

Today it wasn’t the sheeps.

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The morning is a bit crappy to be honest, cool but not chilly enough to keep the flies calm but I have to admit that most of the biting ones are gone now. It also rains every now and again but we were lucky to be rain free when we took our walk earlier this morning.

 

I didn't take especially many photos today, too dark and gloomy because of the clouds.

I didn’t take especially many photos today, too dark and gloomy because of the clouds.

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This morning it wasn't any sheep that was on the run, it was a bull calf :-)

This morning it wasn’t any sheep that was on the run, it was a bull calf :-)

I got my dvd’s yesterday :-) I was actually worried that someone was stealing my mail for a while, I didn’t get any and usually that’s something I like, no mail no bills :-) But since I was waiting for the dvd’s and never seemed to get the bill for the developing of those film rolls I had in the Minolta cameras I did start to wonder. I can happily say no one is stealing my mail but we do have summer temp mailmen :-) They really don’t have an easy job out here at the outskirts of the world :-)

 

It isn't the first time that happens :-) Normally there are more than just one though.

It isn’t the first time that happens :-) Normally there are more than just one though.

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I think he’s quite beautiful.

He was a bit stressed because the dogs and I stood at the place it normally gets in to the pasture again.

He was a bit stressed because the dogs and I stood at the place it normally gets in to the pasture again.

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It calmed down a lot though as soon as we had passed and it could go back tothe right spot again :-)

It calmed down a lot though as soon as we had passed and it could go back to the right spot again :-)

They need to find their way in a huge labyrinth of roads, some leading nowhere some leading to places that isn’t marked on any map and the gps’s can’t find :-) Lots of mailboxes don’t have any markings or names on them. I think they must have that but tell that to someone who have lived all his life out here and never can understand how difficult it is to find any place here unless one has grown up with all those tiny roads and paths :-) I really don’t trust what a gps tells me because it isn’t that long ago they told me I lived several miles away from where I actually live :-) That’s because the addresses are slightly illogical.

 

The rest of the photos You'll see today are flowers in my garden flowering right now. This is a Hollyhock. This is if  I remember right an ALCEA froloviana, growing in Siberis. It is said to have pale sulphur yellow flowers but it is extremely pale to be honest :-)

The rest of the photos You’ll see today (except for the four last ones) are flowers in my garden flowering right now. This is a Hollyhock. This is if I remember right an Alcea froloviana, growing in Siberia. It is said to have pale sulphur yellow flowers but it is extremely pale to be honest :-)

A Clematis I use as ground cover.

A Clematis I use as ground cover.

Aron's rod.

Aron’s rod.

Musk mallow.

Musk mallow.

For instance, my cottage and the cottage at the end of my road have the same address except for the numbers, the beekeeper has number one and I number three. Our neighbor in between however have a totally different address. That cottage has a much older address which they used over 25 years ago :-) :-) :-) It was the same where I lived before moving here. For some reason my closest neighbors there had a totally different address than I had, I had the same address as they had on the other side of a huge field several hundred meters (much the same in yards) away. Once there was a road between those and the cottage I lived in and the road stopped there. But that road became a part of the huge field and they opened up a road to the closest neighbors but kept the old address :-)

 

The grafted rose died and this is what showed up instead. To be honest, I like this one much better :-)

The grafted rose died and this is what showed up instead. To be honest, I like this one much better :-)

Daylily.

Day lily.

Lysimachia punctata. A true weed if anything is :-) Grows well together with the Blue Globe thistle, which by the way also is very weedy but very beautiful :-)

Lysimachia punctata. A true weed if anything is :-) Grows well together with the Blue Globe thistle, which by the way also is very weedy but very beautiful :-)

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It looks however as the poor summer temp mailman now finds his/ her way so I’ve gotten all the mail I’ve been expecting and it comes every day but very late. I guess the poor person will be just as fast as the ordinary mailman is the day the ordinary one comes back from vacation :-) I normally put letters I want to send in the mailbox if I don’t plan on going anywhere in my mailbox so the mailman takes it on the way back to the post office. I have four new rolls of film I want to develop but I’m not sure I dare doing that when we have temporary mailmen on the roads :-)

 

Some kind of Veronica, spreads happliy too.

Some kind of Veronica, spreads happily too.

Giant Seaholly.

Giant Seaholly.

Masterwort, Astrantia major.

Masterwort, Astrantia major.

A closeup on Aron's rod. I think this one is verbascum chaixii. Like most of its relatives it spreads happily too, almost like weeds :-)

A closeup on Aron’s rod. I think this one is Verbascum chaixii. Like most of its relatives it spreads happily too, almost like weeds :-)

They say we’ll get sunshine today and perhaps even a temperature up to 20C (68F)! I can actually see the sun shining through the clouds right now so perhaps they are right? I’ll know better later after a pot of tea and some breakfast.

 

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No it isn't fog, it is rain.

No it isn’t fog, it is rain.

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Have a great day!

I had to turn on the radiators.

The wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris) flower everywhere now.

The wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris) flower everywhere now.

I’m glad I wake up as early as I do because then I got the chance to be outside in a reasonable nice weather :-) Well it didn’t rain anyway and I almost saw the sun for a second before the clouds got too thick. I even think it was a bit warmer around 5 am than it is now :-)

 

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The fog was thick up on the mountain this morning.

The fog was thick up on the mountain this morning.

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I couldn’t hear a single bird sing this morning and even the sheep were unusually quiet. I’m not surprised about the birds being quiet, it is that time of year now when they stop singing because they are too busy raising their young ones and all birds know where the borders go between their territories. The sheep however are rarely quiet but I guess they could feel what kind of weather  we were going to get.

 

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Meadowsweet, Filipendula ulmaria. It can be used in many ways. It contains different salicylic acids and can be used against pain but one can also make lemonade from the flowers. Never tried it but perhaps I should since we have lots of it here.

Meadowsweet, Filipendula ulmaria. It can be used in many ways. It contains different salicylic acids and can be used against pain but one can also make lemonade from the flowers. Never tried it but perhaps I should since we have lots of it here.

Much of the Bulrush plant is edible like the roots but also the flowers part as long as it is green. I've read that they should be eaten like baby corn.

Much of the Bulrush plant is edible like the roots but also the flowers part as long as it is green. I’ve read that they should be eaten like baby corn.

I drove to the super market this morning too, I didn’t drive there until after 8 am since most people around here have vacation and I’m not sure if the dogs bark when I’m not around. I’ve heard they only bark if they see anyone walking close to the dog yard, they want to say hi I guess :-) Today I didn’t buy just what I needed but also what I might need later in the week, lots of guessing with other words :-) But I really don’t want to spend a lot of time driving around just because I need something that I could have bought last time I was there :-)

 

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Well one of them did make a sound :-)

The first flower on my squash plants. It won't give any squash since it is the only one.

The first flower on my squash plants. It won’t give any squash since it is the only one.

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They have told us several times that rain is on its way but been wrong, not this time though. It started when I was on my way home. Just drizzle at first, then light showers now and again with long periods without any rain. Now it pours down, sort of thunder showers but I don’t think we’ll have any thunder. It is as cold as it usually is when thunder comes though so who knows. It is so chilly indoors now that I started the radiator in the kitchen just to keep the dampness out of my home. There will be no more walks until this calms down :-)

 

My Hollyhocks are a bit over two meters high now (much the same in yards).

My Hollyhocks are a bit over two meters high now (much the same in yards).

Some of the Aron's rods flower now.

Some of the Aron’s rods flower now.

The following photos are from yesterday when the weather was a bit nicer.

The following photos are from yesterday when the weather was a bit nicer.

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So I might as well look at some of the dvd’s I have at home that I still haven’t watched. I’m a fan of animated movies so yesterday I watched The Penguins from Madagascar and I really liked it :-) Today however I think I’ll watch sci-fi movies. I had hoped the dvd’s I ordered last week should have arrived yesterday, they are Enders Game, Seventh Son and the seventh season of The Big Bang Theory :-) They were posted last Friday so perhaps they will arrive today instead, I do hope so because I really look forward to the big bang theory :-)

 

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It feels like I need to start the radiator in the sitting room too, I’ll spend lots of time there if I’m going to watch dvd’s and it isn’t nice to sit still and feel cold so I better do that. But first I’ll have a big pot of hot tea and something to eat.

 

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Have a great day!

I don’t mind as long as it doesn’t dig beneath my cottage.

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I must have had a fantastic dream last night because I woke up and felt disappointed that it wasn’t real :-) I can’t remember what it was all about, I seldom do but it must have been fantastic :-) One night when I just have moved here I woke up laughing like crazy, I have no idea what that dream was about but I continued to laugh for a very long time :-) I wish I could remember what I was dreaming, especially when I wake up either laughing or feel disappointed to wake up :-) :-)

 

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I did use quite a lot of the water in the barrels yesterday, especially the tomato plants needed water,this morning the barrels were full again so it must have been raining quite a lot during the night. This morning isn’t especially chilly but it feels like it is because of the high humidity. We went out early as usual and there’s this one place where we need to walk through a cow pasture to be able to continue on the road on the other side and go homewards again. The cows haven’t been there for a very long time so we have been able to pass without any problems, cows with calves will try to kill you if you bring dogs. We had passed through half of the pasture when I suddenly heard something strange.

 

There we stood, looking at each other.

There we stood, looking at each other.

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Yes, cows were in the pasture today :-) They got more surprised than we did so I managed to get the dogs out of the pasture before they came any closer and with no dogs no danger to me :-) They just stood there watching me and I was lucky because there were no calves close so I didn’t have to jump out of the pasture in a hurry :-) I even managed to take a photo before I too left the pasture. Nothing else happened on our walk though. This is the time of summer when birds stop singing so I only heard two birds this morning. They are all now just raising their younglings and after that they’ll eat as much as they can and fly south again.

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They say we’ll get sunshine later today, strong winds and not especially warm. It looks as if we should be happy if it reach 17C (62,6F) and if that keeps the flies calm I won’t complain. Normally those biting flies would start to die out now but this cool weather we’ve had have made everything late, I do hope their time soon will be over though. I wonder if this means the moose flies will be late as well, I hope they will be so late that they get hit withy frost as soon as they hatch :-)

 

I didn't take any more photos this morning but I did take a few yesterday afternoon.

I didn’t take any more photos this morning but I did take a few yesterday afternoon.

We have at least three nesting couples of Shrikes here. I think this might be a chick from this year or thge female.

We have at least three nesting couples of Shrikes here. I think this might be a chick from this year or the female.

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I planted some of my pink flowered dandelions in a flower bed some weeks ago and guess what happened? Yes my dogs ate them :-) :-) :-) I still have a few left though, I planted them in a big pot and so far they’ve been left alone by the dogs. I’m pretty sure a badger visits the garden during nights now, I can see tracks from them everywhere, they tend to walk the same way every time so they create paths rather quickly. One has dug very close to my cottage and that’s not a good thing. I’ve placed all kinds of things at that spot so if they come back those things will fall down on it and I hope it scares it from digging there again.

 

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These two photos show the males from the neighboring couples.

These two photos show the males from the neighboring couples.

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I do like badgers but it is not a good thing if they think that it would be a great place to have a set beneath my cottage. I really need to get one of those wild life cameras now, I wonder what other visitors I might have here. I don’t mind if the badger like to dig in other places though, it eats slugs and all kinds of things we don’t want in our gardens and they love to eat ground-dwelling wasp nests. I’ve found several wasp nests on the road this last week.

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If this weed had had bigger flowers it most likely would have been a popular garden plant. The flowers are tiny though, perhaps a gardener should try and make them bigger?

If this weed had had bigger flowers it most likely would have been a popular garden plant. The flowers are tiny though, perhaps a gardener should try and make them bigger?

It is time for a pot of tea and after that a nap I think, I hope I’ll wake up to sunshine and less humidity :-)

Have a great day!

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