I can’t understand the thing.

This house once had a grocery store at the bottom floor and after that a flee market. Now I think it's two appartments.

This house once had a grocery store at the bottom floor and after that a flea market. Now I think it’s two apartments.

I’ve got almost all sence of feeling back in my left foot and my legs don’t ache that much either so now it’s only the shoulder left to get back to normal. So I’ll use a heat pad as much as possible this weekend and hope for the best. We’re having a very mixed weather today. Windy and sometimes sunny, sometimes cloudy and sometimes cloudy or sunny with some rain falling at the same time. It will stay like this during the weekend but predictions change faster than the speed of light so I really have no idea what it will be like tomorrow πŸ™‚

 

I think this just is too big to fit in the "If it doesn't fit in the landscape it's most likely a tomb". But it sure doesn't fit.

I think this just is too big to fit in the “If it doesn’t fit in the landscape it’s most likely a tomb”. But it sure doesn’t fit.

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A mile stone. Back in the days they put up these stones every mile (I'm not sure how long a mile was back in the days). Some of these stones still stands are are taken care of.

A mile stone. Back in the days they put up these stones every mile (I’m not sure how long a mile was back in the days). Some of these stones still stands are taken care of.

I had found this road following, more or less, the big road so I wouldn't have to walk on the big road at all.

I had found this road following, more or less, the big road so I wouldn’t have to walk on the big road at all.

 

It was much easier to load the camera with film than I had expected even though there are two ways of making mistakes and I did one of them πŸ™‚ The first is that one puts in the film the wrong way, this kind of film, 120, is covered with a protection paper on one side and if one doesn’t know on which side it’s easy to put that towards the lens πŸ™‚ I did however another mistake. There’s a sort of metal rail on one side of the cassette where one loads the film, I didn’t understand that one is supposed tom put the film beneath it so the film stays flat. If not no photo will be good no matter how good photographer one is. I tried to fix it in the dark but since I couldn’t see anything and had to loosen this rail and tighten it again without really knowing how it was impossible, so I sacrificed that film.

 

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I could easily see the road and it looks lime it was used fairly often.

I could easily see the road and it looks lime it was used fairly often.

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Not such a bad idea actually because now I know I put in the film the right way and I also understand what to do when I’ve taken all photos. At the end of each film roll there’s a long part with only paper and at the end of that there’s a piece of tape. So one just rolls the entire film till the end and then tapes it together. I’ll show You when I’ve come so far πŸ™‚ I’ve also bought an old light meter and it works, the problem is that I just don’t understand how πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ So if You can find a manual on a Gossen Sixti lightmeter I’ll be ever so grateful πŸ™‚ I’ve searched the net but can only find photos of this lightmeter and many are for sale but no manual! So I’ll use my cheat sheet tomorrow when I’ll try the camera for the first time πŸ™‚

 

Parts of it went through rather dark forest.

Parts of it went through rather dark forest.

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Suddenly we reached this farm and were only a few yards away from where I wanted to go. We also reached a lot of barbed wire. The bas... had wired the entire area and there was no way to my goal.

Suddenly we reached this farm and were only a few yards away from where I wanted to go. We also reached a lot of barbed wire. The bas… had wired the entire area and there was no way to my goal.

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I’ll also need to check the manual for the camera and lens too, there are some things I’m not sure of, well I really don’t understand it at all but I do have that manual thankfully. I do hope that I’ll at least will be able to see what it is the photos are supposed to show when the first film is developed πŸ™‚

 

Unfortunately it can't be seen inb my photos but everywhere where I could have passed barbed wire stopped me. I could have walked there anyway but my dogs are afraid of cows and there were plenty behind the wire.

Unfortunately it can’t be seen in my photos but everywhere where I could have passed barbed wire stopped me. I could have walked there anyway but my dogs are afraid of cows and there were plenty behind the wire.

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Barbed wire here too.

Barbed wire here too.

and here too

and here too

 

It’s time to feed the animals and after that I’ll feed myself too. I won’t do much tonight, just sit still having the heat pad on my shoulder and hope that there will be anything worth watching on tv.

 

Yes this is that mound but seen friom the other direction. The barbed wire forced us back to the mile stone!

Yes this is that mound but seen from the other direction. The barbed wire forced us back to the mile stone!

But I had another road we coulΓΆd walk just in case. It meant we would have to walk on the big road for a few hundred yards but there was almost no traffic so it all went well.

But I had another road we could walk just in case. It meant we would have to walk on the big road for a few hundred yards but there was almost no traffic so it all went well.

They used to have at least one ostrige on this property but I couldn't see any when we passed.

They used to have at least one ostrich on this property but I couldn’t see any when we passed.

This house just don't fit together with any other house in the area :-) I've heard it's amazing inside and has some fantastic ventilation solutions we should use more here.

This house just don’t fit together with any other house in the area πŸ™‚ I’ve heard it’s amazing inside and has some fantastic ventilation solutions we should use more here.

The gate to the house isn't bad.

The gate to the house isn’t bad.

 

Have a great day!

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14 responses

  1. Caryn

    Hi Christer,
    The gate to the house isn’t bad. What an understatement. πŸ™‚ Looks like they have a bit of money to throw around.
    I like the little red house with the clothes line (?) that looks like a molting string of Yule lights. It’s missing some shingles from the roof but otherwise is pretty. The ostrich barn has an interesting roof, too. Sort of looks like it used to be thatched but now it’s moss with some wood underneath. Very odd.

    That mound could be tombs even though it’s huge. It might be multiple tombs or the tomb of an Over King that ruled many clans. Or it could just be a glacial rock that’s buried and grassed over.

    You might have been able to save some of that roll even without trying to mess about in the dark. I don’t remember how 120 film is organized but I think you could have repositioned it and sacrificed the leading part of the film. I think the parts that are still rolled up on the spindle would not be exposed to light. Maybe you should get a red light bulb in case of future malfunction. Or a black light-proof bag like they used to use for loading cut film.
    This interest in vintage cameras could lead to acquisition of weird peripherals. πŸ™‚

    It’s sunny and cool today. A lovely day. My snowblower is supposed to be delivered sometime today. I’m a little excited.

    Enjoy the day.

    October 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    • Hi Caryn!

      It’s pretty good that gate πŸ™‚ and there was no lack of money when that house was built. I think it costed twice as much to build as any normal house would πŸ™‚

      I missed that the little red house missed a few tiles, because that’s what it is. Shingles rae extremely rare here, I think I’ve only seen it once or twice in my entire life. That old barn once was thatched but it should be redone again, well it should have been done long ago but very few knows how to do it properly now days. I would like a house with a roof like that but there are so many regulations about roofs like that and so few experts that knows how to make them that it would cost a fortune and take years until anyopne could come and do the job πŸ™‚

      We rarely have those big tombs here, I think the one we have here in the village is one of the bigger in the area. But I agree, it could be several buried there or one mighty long forgotten king. They have several further north. I must see if I can find any info about it.

      There’s a slight problem with the cassetes to these cameras, they zero themselves as soon as one takes out the casette and I couldn’t make it take a photo until I had rolled in the film until it stood 1 in a little window on the side. I could of course have taken it all out, rewibded the film and started all over again but then again, my fingerprints were already on a big part of the film πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Now I know how to do it next time but I think I’ll need a red light bulb anyway, just in case πŸ™‚

      I hope that getting a snow blower doesn’t mean You’ll get an early and snowy winter πŸ™‚ I guess it’s more likely You’ll get a warm and rainy one instead πŸ™‚

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

      October 10, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      • Caryn

        35 mm film does that, too. Just keep clicking the shutter and forwarding the film 4 or 5 exposures. Should be enough to get past the ruined part.

        The snowblower didn’t come after all. I got an email after I posted here that it was still backordered and they needed me to agree that I still wanted it. Well, yes, I do still want it. I’d also like to know why they sent me an email that it would be delivered today and it had a tracking number attached to it. I put all those emails into a special Orders file. When I went to check what it said, it wasn’t there anymore. I had marked it Unread so I could find it easily. Nope. Very odd.

        October 10, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      • It takes ten spins to get that zero so half the film had already been rolloed up πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        Very odd indeed! Did someone else complain so loudly that they send Your snow blower to that person instead? I mean they did send You a tracking number so it was on the way! and how do mails delete themselves? Very odd!

        October 11, 2014 at 4:46 am

  2. Such pretty landscape. You are lucky you have such a nice place to walk. πŸ™‚

    October 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    • Hi kmac22!

      It will get even more beautiful from tomorrows photos but I do feel lucky to live here πŸ™‚

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

      October 10, 2014 at 6:03 pm

  3. 'Ellen in Oregon

    Hi Christer –

    I wanted to let you know that I was able to located a website (www.butkus.org) here in the US where the guy is a collector of Grossen manuals. He has quite a few listed that start with “Sixti”, but they all seem to be followed by additional model names like “Sixticolor” or “Sixtitone”. He also mentions that you can inquire about a specific manual not listed and he might have it. If he does have the manual you need, I would be happy to make the transaction since I already have a PayPal account and he only charges a couple of dollars for the transaction and then sends a copy of the PDF. I saw on another site a Sixtomat manual and a “Sixtry” manual on another, but those don’t seem to be a match. Let me know if you are able to access the http://www.butkus.org website, if not, tell me if “Sixti” is the complete name of the manual you are wanting and I can inquire from the 1st site. If he has the manual I can ask him to send the copy of the PDF to your email address. So, just verify if “Sixti” is the complete model name and what email address you would want the copy sent to. As soon as I find out if it is available, I will let you know. My email is

    October 10, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    • Hi Ellen!
      First I’ll explain why I edited Your comment πŸ™‚ I already have Your e-mail address because I’m allowed to see those when I read Your comments and it’s too easy for spam robots to pick up those e-mail addresses and then start sending You loads of spam.

      I hadn’t seen that site, thank You! I’ll check it out later and I’ll contact him to see if he has the manual for mine too. Mine is only called sixti, all the others are other kinds of light meters and color meters.

      Christer.,

      October 11, 2014 at 4:43 am

  4. jz

    hi christer! i sure am enjoying your walk! what does it say on that gate? you sure took me or a walk down photography memory lane! i ruined lots of rolls of film! joyce

    October 10, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    • Hi Joyce!

      It is a beautiful road to walk and it gets better from now on.

      It says Ekero and I guess one could translate it as Oak peace or Oak quiet.

      It is so much easier today πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I’ve always had 35mm before and I did destroy some of those during the years too πŸ™‚

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

      October 11, 2014 at 4:49 am

  5. Birgit

    Hi Christer,
    I’m late, could you find a lightmeter manual by now?
    I’m not sure whether it helps, but scans of manuals for older Gossen lightmeters are available for free download on the Gossen site. Unfortunately they are in German and I can’t find Sixti, just Sixticolor, Sixtino and similar.
    http://www.gossen-photo.de/foto_d_anleitungen.php
    Click “Γ„ltere GerΓ€te” (older appliances).
    Good luck! I’m curious to see the photos.

    October 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    • Hi Birgit!

      Thanks for the help! I did find out how it works but it seems it must be broken. I also noticed that my old school german helped me a lot even if I actually don’t remember that much of it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

      October 13, 2014 at 4:58 pm

  6. Birgit

    Hi Christer,
    me again. A hint on another German site. (I don’t know whether it’s useful as I haven’t used a lightmeter yet.)
    http://photobutmore.de/vintagephoto/belichtungsmesserel/#sixti1
    Der Sixti hat zwei Messbereiche – schwarz und rot. Die Bedienung ist simpel – mit dem Drehrad auf der RΓΌckseite muss die schwarze oder rote NachfΓΌhrmarke mit dem Zeigerausschlag zur Deckung gebracht werden. Im Fenster daneben kann dann auf einer zweiteiligen Verschlusszeiten-Skala die zur NachfΓΌhrmarke passende Blende (rot bzw. schwarz) abgelesen werden.
    Filmempfindlichkeit 9-27Β° DIN / 6 – 400 ASA
    Blenden 1,4 – 45
    Belichtungszeiten 30 – 1/500 sek.
    I hope online translation can help or I’ll try to translate tomorrow.
    A warning on top of this site: IF a lightmeter contains a selenium cell (Selenzelle) than it might not work anymore and the cell shouldn’t be replaced because it’s poisonous.
    Someone in a German forum wrote that the Sixti is a smaller version of the Sixtomat so perhaps a Sixtomat manual (see Gossen site) can help?
    Sorry if I spam you with useles infos, I just hoped that more informations are available on German sites since Gossen is from Bavaria.
    (Bad english, I need sleep.)

    October 13, 2014 at 1:42 am

    • Hi again too πŸ™‚

      No useless info at all! I think I translated the text better than Google did πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I suddenly understood how it all should work but it doesn’t react on light at all and I guess it is that cell that has given up. Now I need to find out if it is a selenium (isn’t that radioactive? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ ) or made from something else. The fun thing is that it came in a tiny leather bag where the first owners name and address is written πŸ™‚

      Thanbks again! Now I need to find out if I can change that cell πŸ™‚

      Have a great day!
      Christer.

      October 13, 2014 at 5:06 pm

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