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Yes that it how it feels when looking at the thermometer in the morning and it shows 10C (50F) and when looking out the window one see that mist is covering the ground. Yes that is how one feel when walking in that cool air, in the mist and no horse flies bite and no forest flies annoys :-) Today might be the hottest day for this time and tonight a cold front from north will reach us and give us both rain and thunder. I won’t however say the same thing on Thursday when all weather sites predicts we only will get 14C (57,2F) but it will only last for a day they say, with my luck it will last longer though :-)

 

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Yesterday we had a weak wind helping us through most of the day but today the Norwegian weather site says we most likely will have no wind at all big parts of the day. I did the mistake to take a walk yesterday when the wind suddenly stopped to blow and it took hours for Orvar to get back to normal after that. Well we all were quite beaten after that walk and none of us moved for a very long time :-) I refuse to complain about the heat though, the spring and early summer was so cold that this was what I longed for and finally my vegetables have started to grow and the first tomatoes have started to change color from green towards something yellowish :-)

 

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The birds don’t sing as much any longer and soon the mornings will be totally quiet again, except for the twitter they always have during the rest of the year. I saw the first formation of geese this morning, they won’t head south yet but it is a sign that times have changed and autumn slowly will come closer. I also heard a lot of cranes in a field not far from here so now they too gather in groups to eat as much as possible before the move south. Today I also heard the funniest sound from a bird, at first I thought it was a cat fight going on but suddenly I heard the most beautiful song strophe and it was the same bird making both sounds. Normally my guess would have been a starling but this was a lonely bird (starlings are never alone) way up in a tree and it was impossible to see it. I do wonder what it was!

 

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It is a semi bad year when it comes to horse flies and their relatives. I’ve been through much worse but this is bad enough. I’ve read that dark clothes will keep those nasty flies away (and white clothes to avoid mosquitoes but they don’t bother me that much) I can say that it isn’t fully true, I got bitten several times yesterday so here it is thick clothes that keeps them away, so thick they can’t get through it that is :-) Several of those nasty buggers have found their way in to my cottage as well but so far I’ve managed to kill them all without anyone of us getting bitten by them. I know they are great food for birds but I really don’t care :-)

 

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I have way over 100 photos I could show You today but that’s not gonna happen :) But I’ll save the left overs for a rainy or perhaps a snowy day. It is time to have some breakfast, as always all the others have already gotten theirs. I’ve done the laundry so now I have no chores to do when the heat hits properly, it is still only 23C (73,4F) and quite lovely outside, even the flies are reasonable calm right now. They will get insane the closer we get to that eventual thunder though, they always do.

 

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Looks like this spider got lots to eat during the night.

Looks like this spider got lots to eat during the night.

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Have a great day!

 

She took a look at us when we passed and she wasn’t an especially stressed mother to be honest. This is I guess one of our deers :-)

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A few flowers, a bird and a katydid from my garden right now. This is the flower of the rose the birds refuse to eat the rose hips from.

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I think this is Delphinium oxysepalum.

I think this is Delphinium oxysepalum.

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My red leafed elderberry bush flowers now with pink flowers. Too few to make any lemonade from I'm afraid.

My red leafed elderberry bush flowers now with pink flowers. Too few to make any lemonade from I’m afraid.

Red leafed Ninebark.

Red leafed Ninebark.

Californian poppy, self sows good here which I like a lot.

Californian poppy, self sows good here which I like a lot.

Peony of some kind, smells wonderful. Not all of them do, some smell just awful :-)

Peony of some kind, smells wonderful. Not all of them do, some smell just awful :-)

A young Katydid, this one was tiny and these grow rather big and can bite really bad.

A young Katydid, this one was tiny and these grow rather big and can bite really bad.

This is bought as an Alstroemeria litgu but it might actually be a A. aurea. In milder climates than here this can be a terrible weed, beautiful weed though :-)

This is bought as an Alstroemeria litgu but it might actually be a A. aurea. In milder climates than here this can be a terrible weed, beautiful weed though :-)

The hot weather doesn’t allow much action.

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I had planned to mow my lawn today but I’m not sure it is such a good idea when it is way over 24C (75,2F) already at 7:30 am :-) It was so warm in my cottage last night that it actually feels chilly with 24C :-) I have to say that I slept rather well though, despite the heat and woke up as I always do around 4am not feeling tired. I do now though so I’ll take a small nap after writing here.

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It was so warm outside though that lots of flies already were up and about and one big cloud covered the sun most of the time sort of destroying my morning walk because it was a bit tricky to get those towards the sun photos I like to take :-) I’ve gotten a few mosquito bites by now so the immunity to the itching has started to set in, too bad it doesn’t work on the horse flies, it hurts so bad when they bite and after it itches like crazy.

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Suddenly he just looked up above the high grass, my old stalker :-)

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He still hung around when we walked back the same way we came.

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My first single-lens reflex camera was a Minolta XG1. I was around 20 and asked my friends to follow me down to the camera store (I don’t think kids today know that they actually existed once upon a time, today they buy their cameras via the web or in any electronics store), they were so much more experienced than I was and I didn’t want to be fooled by the clerks in the store to buy something I really didn’t want or need. We went down and the first camera I looked at was this Minolta. My friends explained the pros and cons with the camera and was ready to check some others when I said I wanted it :-)

 

I was just about to take one of those grumpy Bertil photographs when a horse fly suddenly bit him bad on his leg.

I was just about to take one of those grumpy Bertil photographs when a horse fly suddenly bit him bad on his leg.

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Still a few dew drops haning on to the grass.

Still a few dew drops hanging on to the grass.

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These two were my very best friends and both should know how I was thinking and how I would react when they followed me to the store, one did but my other friend got really angry at me :-) You can’t just say that this is the camera You want when You haven’t looked at any others he said :-) Up to this day I think he’s mad at me for not looking at other cameras :-) The other one whom I spent almost every day with since we met at school just smiled as I remember it, he most likely knew this would happen :-) He was/ is a Nikon guy and so am I too today since they don’t make Minolta cameras any longer.

 

Rosa nitida, a really small rose rarely higher than 30 cm (14 inches). This one is a bit paler in its colors than they usually are.

Rosa nitida, a really small rose rarely higher than 30 cm (14 inches). This one is a bit paler in its colors than they usually are.

Filled Rosa majalis.

Filled Rosa majalis.

Jacob's ladder, the blue one.

Jacob’s ladder, the blue one.

Astrantia major.

Astrantia major.

The pure white Foxglove. It is rare that they don't have those spots inside but many of my ones are whithout any spots.

The pure white Foxglove. It is rare that they don’t have those spots inside but many of my ones are without any spots.

Anyhow, I used that camera for years and liked it a lot (I never say I love things, after all they are just things) but after having it in a garden center for several years and the rise of the digital cameras I sort of forgot about it and moved on to the digital side in life :-) One day I found it again and after cleaning it up as good as I could I still had one big problem, there a rather thick line of algae in the viewfinder :-) It covers about a third of it and it makes it hard to focus on what I want to photograph. So I thought I would open it up and clean it out but I was worried that I might not get it together again so I wanted a similar camera that I could use if I wanted to if this one never would become a working camera again.

Here are the first photos in years taken with myn old Minolta XG1. It was difficult to focus because of the algae. The film also gives nature slightly different colors than a digital camera would.

Here are the first photos in years taken with my old Minolta XG1. It was difficult to focus because of the algae. The film also gives nature slightly different colors than a digital camera would.

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So what to do? Well I took a look at the Swedish eBay, called Tradera. I couldn’t find that camera at the moment but I did find the one coming after mine, the XGM. They work very much the same but the m variant had one thing that made it even better than my old camera, when using it in manual mode I still could see what time the camera would use if it could choose. Both cameras are half automatic, one chose the aperture and the camera chose how fast it would be. In my old camera I would have to check what the camera would choose and then change it to what I would like it to do, with the xgm I can see that already in the viewfinder while having it in manual mode and quickly just adjust the time to what I want it to be.

 

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I really like this one! My favorite for today!

I really like this one! My favorite for today!

The only problem was that the seller had put in two more different Minolta camera bodies and I thought that would rise the price and I really didn’t want any of the other two :-) But the beginning price was really low so I placed a bid and won, once again the package fee was almost as big as what I bought the cameras for :-) It stood in the add that the person didn’t know if any of the cameras worked so it was a gambling to buy them. I have only checked the XGM and the only thing that one needed was new batteries, it works perfectly! So now I can pick my first camera apart to clean it up and even if it would be sad if I couldn’t put it together again I still would have an almost similar camera left and my old one would look nice as an ornament :-)

 

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So what about the two other cameras? I’ll most likely just put them away since I didn’t want them in the first place, I feel that I have enough cameras now :-) I know some may wonder why bother with these old cameras, are they better? NO, the digital cameras are better in all ways to be honest but I like that I have to think before taking a photo because I can’t just delete a photo when it is taken when using film. So I really need to get it right immediately. Much also depends on the film, like how colors shows in the photo, the film doesn’t always give the correct colors and that gives the photos an old-time charm no digital taken photo does unless it is heavily edited.

The rest of the photos comes from my "new" Minolta XGM.

The rest of the photos comes from my “new” Minolta XGM.

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It is impossible to have too many photos showing that root cellar :-)

Also, one more thing! How many of us actually print out or order photo copies of our digital photographs now days? Most save them in an extra hard drive and almost never look at them again. I miss the old days when we bought a good-looking album to put our photographs in, I still open up my old ones and look then through every now and again. I almost always delete my digital photos, I only order them as paper copies when I use them to make Christmas cards. Even if I don’t order paper copies of my film photographs I still have the negatives so I can do it whenever I want to.

 

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It is time for a short nap before it gets too hot, this will be a day of watering tomato and passionfruit plants and relaxation. The hot weather doesn’t allow us to do much more to be honest. It is vacation and I love it :-)

 

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There was an unsused roll of film in the camera when it arrived and of course I used it but it looks as if it was damaged by something and I've picked out the two I like most from that roll of film. This and the next one, I might show more from that roll later on.

There was a unsused roll of film in the camera when it arrived and of course I used it but it looks as if it was damaged by something and I’ve picked out the two I like most from that roll of film. This and the next one, I might show more from that roll later on.

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Have a great day!

Vacation time.

I'm not happy with my photos today, it was just too hot and too many flies around to concentrate enough. This is Rosa glauca.

I’m not happy with my photos today, it was just too hot and too many flies around to concentrate enough. This is Rosa glauca.

I think it might be even hotter today but it is impossible to say since the thermometer just now shows how warm it is in the sunshine on the north side of the cottage :-) We’re all rather calm and most sleep on the spot they find coolest, well not all because Sune sit in the sunlight out in the garden :-) He had a bath in the creek to be honest so I guess the remaining dampness in his fur might cool him down still. Either that or something must be really wrong in his head :-) :-)

 

I have several wild roses in my garden and most of them look very much alike.

I have several wild roses in my garden and most of them look very much alike.

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But then again, I saw a neighbor mowing grass when I came home after work, he didn’t have any shirt on and was slightly brighter than the sun :-) I guess he’ll have some problems tonight when it starts to hurt in his skin because he must have burned himself rather badly in this heat and sunshine. We walked out to the forest on our walk because there’s much more shade there but not only that, there are also one zillion flies, so many that even the dogs just wanted to get out of there as fast as possible. Very few biters though thankfully.

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We heard the most strange sound out on the bog while we were there. Have You ever heard a Harrier plane take off? It sounded just like that but quieter. Both the dogs and I tried to see what it could be but saw nothing. Bertil refused to follow us to the bog at all which is even just as odd. We couldn’t stay to investigate what it was because of the flies, I’ve seen strange things out there but this was the first time I’ve heard something strange.

 

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I mailed three films to get developed on Thursday and today I got the photos on their website. I used my old Minolta XG-1 and another Minolta which I will tell You more about tomorrow, I’m just too tired and too warm to write all that today :-) But most photos actually turned out quite well this time, I have missed my old Minolta :-) So I’ll sit down later to make those photos smaller and edit them some if needed, I might turn down the highlights some since some are over exposed.

 

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I brought home Hector today and he came in a very nice looking wooden urn. I thought he would come in a paper box or something like that. So he is at the moment standing on the linen cabinet and I’ll give him a better place when I have cleaned up my sitting room properly.

 

My neighbors two hives :-)

My neighbors two hives :-)

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My Bladder senna ( Colutea arborescens) flowers now.

My Bladder senna ( Colutea arborescens) flowers now.

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It is time to feed the dogs and to give me something too. Today was the last working days before vacation starts on Monday but to be honest, it does feel like vacation started today :-)

 

It is more pink than it shows here, the shadow made it look strange in the colors.

It is more pink than it shows here, the shadow made it look strange in the colors.

Rosa rugosa.

Rosa rugosa.

Big betony, Stachys macrantha. Many relatives to this one are terrible weeds, this is just very much a weed :-)

Big betony, Stachys macrantha. Many relatives to this one are terrible weeds, this is just very much a weed :-)

Mock orange.

Mock orange.

Seed sown Iris.

Seed sown Iris.

Have a great day!

What goes in must come out :-)

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I woke up in the middle of the night, yesterday was quite hot so I kept on drinking lots of water and drinking lots of water means one must let lots of it out too :-) It was actually quite dark and I was surprised to see that the moon was full, so naturally I had to bring out the camera. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep well after that, I rarely do if I wake up like that. The morning was quite wonderful though, no clouds and only 4,6C (47,5F), they had said it would be a warm night but I’m glad it wasn’t, our cool mornings are the only time we are fly free now :-)

 

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The temperature had risen to almost 20C (68F) when I drove to work and it just kept on rising, it was 30C (86F) by the time I drove homewards. I really can’t complain about it finally getting warm but it is quite b´nasty to work beside a hot oven and a huge hot washing machine all day when it is as warm as it is now. The humidity itself is so nasty that we try to go to other places in the factory where it isn’t so warm. I suddenly remembered that the AC unit in our office is working all day long, so I sneaked in there a couple of times to cool down some. Too bad that one must go out to the heat again :-)

 

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I did worry a´bit about the dogs because they never drink any water when they are in the doghouse/ yard. I don’t know why, they have two big bowls and it is the same water as we have here in the cottage, they drink a lot of water here but never in the doghouse/ yard. Well, they were all fine when I came home so I guess they drink just enough here in the morning before I leave for work.

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There’s really no need to water anything in the garden just because we’ve had a few days with warm weather but I have some annuals that grows fine and thought that since I still had to water the tomato plants I might as well water them too. I also have a few passionfruit plants that should love this heat and I better water them today when I actually think of it than tomorrow morning when I most likely will forget about it :-) I was hoping to see some flower buds by now but I guess it hasn’t been warm long enough for that to happen. Even the squash and pumpkin plants refuse to grow.

 

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We’ll have this wonderful weather until Sunday but on Monday it will cool down again, it won’t be cold though, around 20C (68F) and that’s more my kind of temperatures :-) We’ll get some rain too they say but it is still too long into the future to believe :-) The evening is quite wonderful now, warm with a weak wind. The sheep calls to each other but the cows are quiet. This is how summers always should be :-)

 

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Tomorrow I’ll go to the vet station to bring home Hector, after that I’ll go the opposite direction to get Orvar’s medicine in Falköping and as soon as I come home it will feel like vacation time even if it doesn’t start until Monday to be honest :-) I might go to the tea and coffee shop to buy some tea and a big ice cream :-)They don’t have many flavors but the ice cream is so delicious and the cone is sooo big :-)

 

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Have a great day!

We’re having a warm, sunny and nice evening today.

The Blue hour. To be honest, the blue hour is when the sun sets and the darkness comes and this was to be honest taken when the sun was about to rise.

The Blue hour. To be honest, the blue hour is when the sun sets and the darkness comes and this was to be honest taken when the sun was about to rise.

We woke up early as always and went out for a walk, before the sunrise! I can actually already now see the changing to shorter days. Ok, most people won’t since they aren’t up and out walking at 4 am :-) But it was a nice morning, wind free and fly free and any fly free morning is a good one :-) Ok they are usually calm at that time anyway so I guess it was the sunrise I liked most.

 

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They have now cut even more grass on the fields so it was almost fly free this afternoon too :-) The day had been cloudy (except for the early morning) but the clouds went away just when I came home. It is getting warmer now so all sheep were sleeping up at Stone Circle Hill as I call it since it looks like there’s a circle of stones up on the top of that small hill. This week will be really warm and sunny they say but it will turn next week to more unsteady weather with some rain as well. Who is surprised? after al it is next week my vacation starts :-)

 

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I normally don’t do anything the first week anyway but this year I had planned it a bit different. I was thinking of going to the lumber yard to get most of what I need to fix the roof at the entrance and the rest of what I need to finally get started on that greenhouse of mine :-) The predictions are after all long-term predictions so who knows what the weather will be like, after all they seems to have problems predicting even an hour ahead :-) I can’t be too lazy this year though, after all four weeks pass faster than the light when it comes to vacations :-)

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It is time for something to eat. It feels like I’ll miss this cold after all but I will keep on putting ginger in my tea just in case and I think I’ll have a cup now too even if I risk staying awake the entire night because of that but I am almost as tired as yesterday and I could have had an entire pot of coffee yesterday evening without having sleeping problems :-)

 

Even big crows have younglings that still scream for food :-) The photos are a bit blurry but it isn't easy to focus when they don't stand still :-)

Even big crows have younglings that still scream for food :-) The photos are a bit blurry but it isn’t easy to focus when they don’t stand still :-)

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This is the same crow as the black one (ours is a sun´b species) it's just the colors that are a bit different.

This is the same crow as the black one (ours is a sun´b species) it’s just the colors that are a bit different.

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Have a great day!

 

Blackberry flowers. I doubt that any berries will ripe this year since they are so late.

Blackberry flowers. I doubt that any berries will ripe this year since they are so late.

Raspberry flowers.

Raspberry flowers.

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I was rather angry when I finally reached her.

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This has not been a good day and I’m not meaning the less good weather. I’ve been tired and grumpy and the pain is back in my shoulder. I had to paint lots of those lockers again and even if I used my left arm and hand while painting I still needed to use my right arm when painting the lockers from beneath. I’ll use a heat pad plaster again tonight and hopes it helps.

 

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Last week an idiot (normally I like this guy but last week he was an idiot :-) )came to work despite having a nasty cold, he was almost not able to talk and he didn’t only sound miserable, hee looked it too. Naturally he then started to spread the cold at work so today my work friend (the other painter in my department got so sick he had to go home. The fun thing is that he and I always have breaks at the same time and work close together. I do hope my grumpiness isn’t because I’m about to get that cold too, especially since it later this week will reach up to 29C (84,2F). Those colds we get when it is hot tends never to leave us. My throat is a bit sour and my nose is stuffed but nothing worse so far.

 

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We did get some sun now in the afternoon but it has been a cloudy and somewhat rainy day here otherwise. I didn’t mind actually, it didn’t feel that bad going to work when it rained this morning :-) So even if I had woken up as early as usual we wouldn’t have taken any morning walk, the rain poured down :-)

I didn't take many photos on our walk today but here are some more photos of flowers in my garden.

I didn’t take many photos on our walk today but here are some more photos of flowers in my garden.

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I brought down the tv to the bottom floor yesterday. Orvar comes up sometimes but he doesn’t like walking up the stairs even if I now have anti slipping strips glued to the stairs. So I felt a bit sorry for him, being alone on te bottom floor. So I brought down the tv and after that I tried to put the antenna cable as good as possible so we wouldn’t slip or trip on it when going down. I used see through tape and it looks a bit fun but this is just temporary until I can buy the right things to attach it to the walls and stairs.  I thought of course this would make the old guy happy but oh no :-) As soon as we all were in the sitting room he walked out and stayed in the kitchen :-) :-)

 

Clematis integrifolia.

Clematis integrifolia.

White Foxglove.

White Foxglove.

A day lily of some kind. I got it at a plant swapping day two years ago.

A day lily of some kind. I got it at a plant swapping day two years ago.

Geranium.

Geranium.

When Hector died I actually decided I wanted him cremated separately so I could spread the ashes here by the bog or dig it down here in my garden. Usually I never do that but for some reason I made that decision this time (and naturally I must go on doing that from now on :-) ). It was supposed to take three weeks to get him home but he didn’t! At first I didn’t say much more that I really hoped they hadn’t lost him but the lob´nger it took the angrier I sounded. Today a vet tried to reach me but I didn’t hear the phone, for some reason we kept on missing each other all day. So finally I said to them that I REALLY hoped this call was about Hector and the poor girl in the phone started to run around to both find the vet and to see if he had arrived :-) It turns out the call was about Hector finally arriving to the vet station. I’ll bring him home on Friday.

 

Rosa rugosa.

Rosa rugosa.

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Red Foxglove.

Red Foxglove.

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The evening is cloudy but warm and rather nice, I wonder if we’ll get thunder later on. I’ll have a cup of coffee to see if my head ache will go away and by having that risking not to be able to sleep but I’m so tired today that I think coffee won’t be any problem at all :-)

My Black Walnut.

My Black Walnut.

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I never remember this rose name. The grape behind it is a River Bank Grape (Vitis riparia). I never get any grapes and it turns out it’s best to have two different plants since they can be either male or female or both :-)

There was one more photo from the forest after all :-)

There was one more photo from the forest after all :-)

Have a great day!

New Neighbors.

My new neighbors :-) The cows moved out from the pasture a few days ago and yesterday the sheep moved in. None of them seemed happy about it, both cows and sheep made quite a lot of noise all day :-)

My new neighbors :-) The cows moved out from the pasture a few days ago and yesterday the sheep moved in. Neither of them seemed happy about it, both cows and sheep made quite a lot of noise all day :-)

It looks like it is the Norwegian weather site that once again is right about today’s weather. The Swedish one said sunshine all morning and cloudy for the rest of the day, The Norwegian said cloudy this morning and lots of sunshine for the rest of the day. The morning has been cloudy but the sun is now starting to look through the clouds. You might think that I’m a bit obsessed by weather and yes I might be because I’m Swedish. A survey shows that the only people talking more about the weather than the Swedes are the Chinese :-)

 

My wild roses are now all opening up.

My wild roses are now all opening up.

I have no idea where the other two horses were.

I have no idea where the other two horses were.

My neighbors cat, I think it is a Maine Coon. He came running towards us, not looking too happy to see us when he suddenly stopped. Bertil came around a corner and it looks like that little cat of mine is the ruler of the area :-)

My neighbors cat, I think it is a Maine Coon. He came running towards us, not looking too happy to see us when he suddenly stopped. Bertil came around a corner and it looks like that little cat of mine is the ruler of the area :-)

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It has been a nice cool morning though and we walked by the fields and since they have cut the grass in most parts of them there’s very few flies around. You might think I am a bit obsessed by flies too and yes I truly am, that is how one becomes by living by a bog :-) I love this place but if I had known how much flies there are here during summer I most likely wouldn’t have moved here :-) Now I can’t even think the thought to move, I hope to live here until the day I die (despite all nasty flies :-) ).

 

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People allergic to grass pollen have problems now.

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Tragopogon pratensis. It has edible roots and I've read that young stems can be used as asparagus. It grows everywhere here so perhaps I should try it.

Tragopogon pratensis. It has edible roots and I’ve read that young stems can be used as asparagus. It grows everywhere here so perhaps I should try it.

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My neighbor the bee keeper now have two hives! The bees were swarming yesterday and he was lucky to have a box to place them in. He then bought new parts so now he has two hives :-) I have to say I am a bit envious but still, I know my limitations and I know that I have enough with the animals living with me as it is but still :-) I think they will have to wait until I retire and then I’ll also have chickens :-)

 

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I have no idea what kind of bird this is but his song is more interesting than beautiful though. Hard to come close to as well.

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He did let me come a bit closer but it is a good thing I had my tele-photo lens :-) Quite beautiful don’t You think?

The bee keeper. Well he doesn't have any bees in there but I thought this would be a good photo :-)

The bee keeper. Well he doesn’t have any bees in there but I thought this would be a good photo :-)

The only thing I’ll do today is the laundry. I don’t have that much since I’ve washed some things during the week, something I normally don’t do. After all it is only I who lives here so there’s never really much laundry as it is :-) Tomorrow starts the last week before my vacation starts :-) Four weeks and I’ll save one week to use around christmas. I think this christmas will be the last for a while when it is enough to use five days of vacation and a few compensation hours to get at least two weeks off from work :-)

 

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Have a great day!

 

Some photos from my garden.

Some photos from my garden.

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Lots of irises flower now.

Lots of irises flower now.

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Clematis tangutica.

Clematis tangutica.

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Rhododendron catawbiense.

Rhododendron catawbiense.

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He started to follow us :-)

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I’m waiting for the grass to dry up some so I can start mowing the lawn, I still get soaking wet on my feet if I walk around int it now. It is however a rather wonderful morning, just enough warm to say it is summer bit still cool enough to keep most flies calm. Lots of them are sitting on my wall facing the sun, they need to warm up a bit too before starting the chores of the day :-)

 

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The flies move away when they have cut down the grass so now I love to walk there.

The flies move away when they have cut down the grass so now I love to walk there.

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I didn’t have to worry about Orvar not eating those pills, I have absolutely no idea what they can taste like since they don’t even smell anything but he gulped them down. To say they are chewable is perhaps wrong, he didn’t have the time to chew at all :-) The only problem is that the two others believes he’s getting a treat :-) So I better find something to give to them too :-)  I’ll give him these pills tomorrow as well but after that I must give him the last of the old one, I refuse to throw anything away that isn’t bad.

 

Somethimg didn't look like it usually does when I looked towards the trees.

Something didn’t look like it usually does when I looked towards the trees.

A Roe deer buck was resting in the early morning sunlight.

A Roe deer buck was resting in the early morning sunlight.

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I must by a new hedge trimmer, The hedge has become very high, which I by the way like a lot but it will soon be too big to handle. I like how it makes it impossible for people to see what I’m doing or not doing in my garden :-) and I also like how it slows down the eventual wind that reach my home during storms. I don’t like how it is a safe heaven for mosquitoes and flies though :-) I was thinking of cutting away most of what is towards the garden but leaving the parts closest to the road and cut down that next spring. Then I still will have some protection during the winter winds. I also need to chop down a lot of the Hungarian lilacs, I like them (the flowers don’t smell that much) but they are just way too big as they are now.

 

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They are good protection for smaller birds though so I won’t thin them out too much. Today however is a do very little day, besides the lawn mowing that is. It will be a fairly nice day with temperatures up to almost 20C (68F). To be honest, I would be happy if the temperature stayed around that temperature all summer long, it is not too hot and not too cold, it is just perfect. I say this Knowing that next week most likely will give us temperatures up to 30C (86F). I know I really can’t complain if that would become true, not after all the whining I’ve done about it being so cold :-)

I noticed that the buck we just had passed started to follow us from a distance :-) Suddenly he ran across a filed, over the gravel road and stopped in another field. He stood there just watching us while we passed :-)

I noticed that the buck we just had passed started to follow us from a distance :-) Suddenly he ran across a filed, over the gravel road and stopped in another field. He stood there just watching us while we passed :-)

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It is time for a pot of coffee and then some playing time with the dogs, sooner or later the grass will have dried up enough to be cut.

 

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Have a great day!

I really hope they taste something wonderful :-)

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So I went to the pharmacy after work to get Orvar’s medicine and some heat plasters for my shoulder, the heat plasters are supposed to sit on the shoulder for around eight hours so they are easier to use than my electric heat pad. I’ll just put it on tonight when I go to bed and then let it do its miracles during the night. The medicine Orvar takes is a fluid so guess if I got surprised when it turns out the vet had changed it to pills, chewing pills it says. I really hope they taste like liver or something otherwise there’s no chance in hell Orvar will chew anything :-) :-) :-)

 

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But she did write the prescription so I can use it five times! That has never happened before and unfortunately (but really good to be honest) she also wrote down that I should get a huge package each time, they didn’t have that at the pharmacy so instead I got loads of smaller packages instead this time :-) There’s now an order on that big package in my name so I’ll bring it home next Friday after work, when my vacation starts :-)

 

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I also went to the pet store since I never came around to fish for any fish to have in my big water barrels. I had planned not to use the aquarium this coming winter but I really need to since I bought six small goldfish. I’ll put it in my cool cellar during winter instead. There’s plenty of light and just enough cool for the fish to have a nice winter. Goldfish are cold water fish and likes a cold winter to calm down, warm water all year round is not especially good for them. Fantails however likes it a bit warmer so I decided not to buy any of those.  So now there’s three in each water barrel and I’m hoping they’ll eat any insect larvae that tries to grow up there.

 

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We now have a new disease spread by tick in this country. I can’t remember the name on it but it behaves much like malaria. The good thing is that one won’t die from it unless the immune system is extremely weak :-) It is the small things we must appreciate :-) Lots of ticks around this year but it comes and goes in waves. Some weeks none of the dogs have any and other weeks they have plenty on them. Some just walking around but some already drinking their blood. So far I’ve had two that bit me and two just walking around on me. I truly hate those nasty animals!

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The day has been rather lovely with sunshine and almost warm temperatures. Now clouds cover the sky though but it is still almost warm. They say we’ll get really warm weather next week so we’ll most likely think it is way to hot since it has been so cold until now :-) It is time to get something to eat, all dogs and cats have already had their dinners :-)

 

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Have a great day!

They will come to empty an empty bin, twice a month.

Yesterday evening outside my gate.

Yesterday evening outside my gate.

I’ve learned one important lesson today. If You use Your hands to put on liniment on Your body, it doesn’t matter how much You wash Your hands, there will still be some on Your hands and You will know that if you eat a cracker when the mouth starts to burn :-) :-) :-) You will also, after a while feel the odd taste from that liniment but it is too late by then :-)

 

This morning on our walk.

This morning on our walk.

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I've seen very few cranes this summer, this is the first one since late spring.

I’ve seen very few cranes this summer, this is the first one since late spring.

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I got a letter about collection of wasted food yesterday. They will now put up another bin outside my home and I’m supposed to put all the food I won’t eat in it. I don’t have any food left over like that, I plan carefully how much I make and if I should have any food left closing in to be too old I have three dogs that gladly eat it. I can call them and say I don’t want that bin because I don’t have and food I want to throw away but if I do they’ll charge me 520 Swedish kronor ($ 60 US) more every year!

 

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They will empty this empty bin every second week and they will empty the old one every fourth week, they one I usually fill in two weeks :-) :-) :-) This will cost me 1630 Swedish kronor every year (around $ 181 US). It is always impossible to even try to discuss with these people so I’ll just do as they wish and let them empty this empty bin as often as they wish :-) :-) :-) If they should start complaining about the empty bin being empty I’ll just buy a loaf of bread and toss it in every now and again, it will be cheaper than paying that extra fee for not having that extra bin :-)

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This is what happens when environmentalists goes haywire, they will now send this garbage truck all over the county so many more times spewing out fumes and carbon dioxide and help the greenhouse effect even more. I guess they care more about emptying empty barrels than the climate in the long run :-) But I guess at least some people won’t lose their jobs when they do like this and that’s a good thing after all :-)

 

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I’ll get Orvar his medicine tomorrow. I bought the horse version when Hector was still around but that isn’t necessary any longer. So I called the vet station and unfortunately another vet than the one I’ve usually talked to answered my call. I told her why I suddenly wanted the dog version of the medicine and that another vet already had checked my dogs. I thought that was it but oh no :-) She had checked the journals and it said nothing about Orvar getting any medicine. I explained to her that it was written on the other dog, who no longer is around and she would be able to find the medicine in his journal.

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So I thought that it was it but oh no :-) She then called me again and said she had found the medicine but not that any other vet had checked them. I then told her that the other vet didn’t think it was necessary to take a lot of blood tests and other tests when she clearly could see that both dogs were fine. I could hear that this vet wasn’t happy about that at all, I guess she really wanted to bring in more money to the vet station :-) But I could also hear that since she knew who the other vet was that it was a lost battle for her :-) So finally she agreed to write a prescription for the medicine, this only took two days and guess if I’m happy I still have a week left of the old medicine :-)

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They were supposed to build a bridge over the creek this time, so the beavers won't be able to do what they did the last time. So what did they do? It's exactly the same as it was before :-)

They were supposed to build a bridge over the creek this time, so the beavers won’t be able to do what they did the last time. So what did they do? It’s exactly the same as it was before :-)

It is time for something to eat and then some tv watching before going to bed. My shoulder is so so now. It doesn’t ache in the places it did before, it aches in a new place now :-) Tomorrow is a short day though and then I’ll have the weekend to rest before the last week before vacation starts :-)

 

A few Edixa photos.

A few Edixa photos.

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Have a great day!

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