They have it on film!


Below 0C (32F) temperatures this morning and sunshine too. I would think that would give some nice rime on trees and bushes but to my disappointment it didn’t. Just a thin layer of frost on the grass and on a few spruces. But it was a nice morning walk and my neighbors were up and about fixing some outdoor light strings. They did put up one yesterday and they wanted to have it on blinking mode but they realise it blinked so fast it would give someone an epileptic seizure so they changed that 🙂



Too bad the photo doesn't show the colors properly, there's blue, red and yellow lights in this light chain. They have now put up one on the cottage too with icicles.

Too bad the photo doesn’t show the colors properly, there’s blue, red and yellow lights in this light chain (perhaps green too). They have now put up one on the cottage too with icicles.




I too fixed my light chains. I can’t have one in my apple tree, water seems to find its way in to the sockets making my fuses pop so I moved them to the garage where the sockets are placed so the roof covers them. I did place that awful light chain, You know the one that would look like it was dressed with spruce twigs but just looked really bad? 🙂 around my kitchen door on the back of the cottage and then it shows that only the first half of it has working lights!! So I had to pick it down again. The last one didn’t work at all so I’ll toss away those two and perhaps buy a new one tomorrow morning when I’m going to town.







Yesterday I told You about the Lindorm, today I’ll tell You about a relative to it that we still to this day have in one of our lakes. It might be a relative to the one they have in Loch Ness, the Sea Serpent. We cal the one we have in the lake Storsjön Storsjöodjuret. Most of these sea serpents live in the ocean and can be so big that they block an entire fjord if the want to. They are believed to live in caves waiting for big school of fish to pass so they can eat them but back in the days they quite often were waiting for fishermen. They would rise up in the air and then fall down on the ships and break them to pieces. After that they ate all the fishermen.







We had/ have? (haven’t been seen in ages) one here in one of our fjords (Gullmarsfjorden) . That one used to lay his huge head on the beach, used its hypnotic gaze to lure livestock and humans straight into its mouth. The one we have in Storsjön however is much calmer. According to legend it was created by two trolls that failed while making a magic potion and instead created the sea serpent with a black snake body and a cat-like head. The beast jumped out of the cauldron and in to the lake and has been there since then.







In the late 19th century even the king (Oscar 2nd) contributed with money to catch it, thankfully they failed, perhaps the sea serpent doesn’t like piglets but my guess is that it is too smart to be caught in a huge fox trap. It still shows itself every now and again and they tried to protect it, it’s nest, younglings and eventual eggs by law but the highest courts found that it is impossible to do so unless one actually know that such an animal exists. Then they put out cameras in the lake filming 24 hours a day and they actually caught something 2008. Here’s a link to a YouTube film that says showing the sea serpent in the lake. It’s from a swedish news program but they show the videos that is said to show the animal: Storsjöodjuret


Sune doesn't stand a chance when they are chasing each other :-)

Sune doesn’t stand a chance when they are chasing each other 🙂





It’s time for another walk with the dogs and then back to start the fire in the stove. It will be warmer later on and we’ll have both rain and snow they say.

Have a great day!


12 responses

  1. jaz

    hi christer! it is so nice to see that people are decorating for xmas around you! you started a trend in your village! is decorating getting more popular all over sweden? we are having really warm weather for a few days and then a storm moves in for xmas! it’s almost time to open you gift? joyce

    December 21, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    • Hi Joyce!

      It seems I did 🙂 But yes, cecorating with light chains/ nets outdoors is getting more and more popular. It will get warmer for a few days agin, then colder and then warmer again 🙂 No white Christmas here though.

      We open up our presents on Christmas eve, so it’s three more days 🙂

      Have a great day!

      December 21, 2014 at 1:43 pm

  2. Robin Larkspur

    Hi Christer!That’s creepy about the hypnotizing sea monster. It would make a scary sci-fi movie, wouldn’t it? I watched the video..I wonder if it could be an oarfish? We haven’t put any lights up this year! I am sad, but not in my control. Happy winter solstice!!!

    December 21, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    • Hi Robin!

      I do like this creature 🙂

      The problem with the oarfish is that it only lives in salt water and this lake is a fresh water lake. So I still say it’s a giant sea serpent 🙂

      I took a few photos of my lights and the new ones at my neighbor, I’ll post them tomorrow.

      Happy Winter Solstice!


      December 21, 2014 at 6:06 pm

  3. Det är nått konstigt med utomhusbelysningarna! 😦 Hur man än bär sig åt, rullar upp dom eller lägger dom i en specialpåse eller kartong, så är alltid hälften av lamporna döda när man plockar upp dom inför nästa jul!? 😦 😦 Man kan ju undra vad det är för litet odjur som förstör dom när dom ligger i julskåpet under året? Är det möjligtvis någon liten hemsk sak som du kan berätta om….. 🙂

    December 21, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    • Hejsan Susie!

      Hos mina ljusslingor handlar det nog om brott i ledningarna, men jag tycker nog att de skall hålla mer än ett eller två år. De är nog gjorda för att ge upp fort så att man måste köpa nya 🙂

      Har inte hittat någon mytisk figur som gillar kablar eller el, det finns dock några nyare som jag har hört gillar just el 🙂 Får se om jag kan hitta något om dem 🙂

      Ha det gott!

      December 21, 2014 at 8:02 pm

  4. Dianna

    Hi Christer! Believe it or not, we are at -1 today! What a beautiful day! We have had freezing rain, a bit of snow and now its just melty and mushy outside. Perfect!!!! Oh but don’t worry – by this time next week our high will be -18 (so “they” say). I am enjoying every bit of it right now that’s for sure!! I have made 145 butter tarts, 6 dozen thimble cookies :), 3 dozen mocha crinkles and about one million ginger snaps. I am done baking. For Christmas anyway! 🙂 Happy Solstice!!! Once I get off this laptop I am going to do a little welcome Solstice ritual….to bring back the light. So excited that the light will be coming back now. I won’t be tired at 6 p.m. anymore!! Well, to be honest, we won’t notice much until about the end of January but its coming and that’s exciting! Love the tale of today! I could only imagine something with a head that big! Yikes! Have a good Sunday evening!

    December 21, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    • Hi Dianna!

      I’m just waiting for winter to hit us and hit us hard 🙂 They say El Niño will stop in early January and then we’ll get the cold and nasty weather. I really need to win the lottery now so I can move south 🙂

      Still no coookie baking here but I might start tomorrow if I can find the energy 🙂 Tomorrow will be just as short here but at least I know it will change from now on 🙂 I’m soo looking foirward to spring now!

      I think that sea serpent would make a nice pet 🙂 and it would fix the food itself so it would be cheap to own 🙂 🙂

      Have a great day!

      December 21, 2014 at 8:30 pm

  5. Hi Christer,
    I really like that last photo. The grass looks like ocean waves with the frost being the white foam. Lovely.

    Considering all the great photos we get back from Mars, the Moon and the bottom of the Mariannas Trench, you think it would be fairly easy to get some decent shots of Nessie, Bigfoot and Storsjöodjuret. Instead we get grainy photos of ghostly images of things that may be anything.
    We have a big lake monster in New England. It’s called Champ and lives in Lake Champlain which is another of those old, deep, lakes. As far as I know, Champ doesn’t hypnotize people and lure them to their deaths. He just lures them into leaving behind lots of tourist dollars. 🙂
    There are two more monsters living in Lake Cayuga NY which is not that far from Lake Champlain. These two serpents are reputed to have a taste for human flesh. Apparently they don’t market themselves as well as Champ because I only just found out about them.

    Cold, damp and piddling snow here today. It’s not quite winter solstice time; another 30 minutes to go, but Happy Winter Solstice!
    I was visiting my brother and his kids today. All of a sudden my brother said he couldn’t wait for Daylight Savings Time. We all agreed. 🙂
    Enjoy the evening.

    December 21, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    • Hi Caryn!

      I like the one above that photo, something with the light in it that I like.

      Perhaps we should ask NASA to try to get some photos of all these creatures 🙂 They do seem to have the best equipment 🙂 It is amazing though that no one have managed to get a good photo of any of these creatures 🙂

      There has been sightings of a monster in our next biggest lake too but no one seems to be interested in that one, most people seems to believe it’s just a gigantic pike 🙂 That in itself is interesting I think because this one would be around 5-6 yards long 🙂
      I have heard about Champ but I didn’t know where it lived. Well there must be more than one in each lake unless they live for ever 🙂

      I actually have to agree on that even though I really don’t like daylight savings time 🙂

      It has stopped to rain and the predictions says sunny weather and above 32F. I’ll beleive it when it happens 🙂

      Have a great day!

      December 22, 2014 at 6:04 am

  6. Hi Christer,
    I love the stories you tell. Sweden has the most interesting magical creatures. Here on the cape we seem to have some haunted houses but no unidentified creatures.

    The day stayed dark, cloudy and cold. Rain is coming for Christmas.

    All my presents are wrapped, and the only ones here are for Cape people. All the rest arrived at their destinations, including Colorado. My brother-in-law called as he is wrapping the gifts from me which were sent directly from the place where I ordered them. His cll got me to wrapping mine, and I’m glad it is now done.

    Have a good day tomorrow!

    December 22, 2014 at 4:58 am

    • Hi Kat!

      I do like these old stories 🙂 You may not have any magical creatures but You do have the great white in the ocean during summer!

      They have changed the predictions here again so at the moment we’ll have rather pleasant weather from now on until late evening at christmas eve 🙂 I won’t beleive it until I see it though 🙂

      I’ll do my food shopping today and after that I’ll just take it easy, well I must vacuum the floors and scrub them but that will go fast 🙂

      Have a great day!


      December 22, 2014 at 6:10 am

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