I looked down on the stairs this morning when I let the dogs out and it looked oddly spotted. I thought it might be birds that pooped all over it and didn’t think more of it. But it wasn’t bird poop, it was hail that had frozen to anything it had hit during the night, my car looked as if it had some kind of disease 🙂 It wasn’t especially cold outside though so I was surprised that it stayed for so long.
I had come two thirds of the way to work when I turned of the highway and in to the smaller road to work when the I heard an odd sound, sort of a pop. suddenly the signal for problems started to alarm in the car and the light showing the battery shone bright. I turned of the road, stopped the engine and started it again, just in case something would change but it didn’t. I started to drive again when I realised that it was very difficult to turn the steering wheel too.
I thought it was best to drive as far as I could and then call them at work for help and naturally I turned off anything that could use electricity. I had no problems, except for making turns, at all and came all the way to work and I called the nearest garage as soon as I came in. Thankfully They said I could drive down immediately but they didn’t think they would be able to fix the car already today, after all they can’t have spare parts for each and every kind of car. I guess I should see myself as lucky, this could have happened yesterday on the highway to the hospital.
So I drove to them and walked back to my job. Now I had to figure out how to get home after work today. I checked with the bus company and according to their calculations it would take one hour and thirty minutes to get to the castle by the lake and after that I would have to walk for minutes until I was home 🙂 Not an option if I wanted to work tomorrow again, I can imagine how my feet would feel after walking minutes in my work shoes 🙂
So I went to the factory owner and asked if I might borrow one of the company cars. They have one pickup truck, one van and one rather nice Volvo with automatic transmission. There was one more that needed to borrow a car so I thought I would get the van, not bad at all to be honest. But the other guy was nice and took the van so I could take the Volvo 🙂 I’m not used to drive without a stick so he had to explain some things to me 🙂 Cars don’t even have keys any longer 🙂 🙂 I would never had got that car to start if he hadn’t explained how I should do 🙂
Hopefully I’ll get my car tomorrow and I do miss it but it was nice to try the Volvo. It is time for something to eat and then I’ll read the latest Beetle Bailey 🙂
Have a great day!
So off I went to the hospital this morning, I realised I should have started a bit earlier and brought my digital camera with me because it was quite foggy outside the village and it would have been cool to photograph cranes by the lake in heavy fog. I did however bring a camera with me, the latest one and I took some photos in the city. I didn’t know how to place the counter on how many photographs I’ve taken and trusted a little red window in the bottom to show how many I had taken.
A big mistake because it showed how many photos I would have taken if I had used the old Kodak which takes 9 * 6 cm negatives, this camera takes 6 * 6 cm so I only took eight photos instead of the twelve I could have. I’ve now watched a video on YouTube how to put the counter on 1 again after loading the film 🙂 So I have now naturally loaded the camera with a new film and will bring it with me the next time I go to town, the 15th of April, that’s when I’ll pick up my new insoles.
I’ve heard that they made foot castings when doing this but things are upgraded in the hospitals too now days, instead they scan the feet. First I stood on something that looked and felt like a rubber cushion filled with some kind of liquid and then they scanned that. After that I just stood on the scanner and they scanned the feet again. I’m not sure how the cushion thing worked but I could see my feet on the computer screen. It takes a bit longer to get these insoles because of easter but I’m just happy I’ll get them.
I started to take photos already outside the hospital but continued down to the harbour (this city, Lidköping) is located just by our biggest lake (third biggest in Europe but still just a spit in the ocean compared to the big ones in North America 🙂 I also took a few photos by the town square. But You’ll have to wait for these photos for some time, I’ll send them to developing when I have three film rolls to send.
Lidköping is the richest (or the second or something like that) county in Sweden and it is sort of snobbish, it is the kind of town where one can see those tiny Smart cars or electric ones and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a run down house there and I must admit that I like the town. They know it’s a posh place but they don’t make a big deal out of it if You understand how I mean. Still they have all the same problems like all other cities but they have them in a fancier way 🙂
It is time for something to eat, haven’t had anything since pm and now it’s almost 8 pm.
Have a great day!
Yesterday the sun shone, it was very warm (over 12C, 54F) and the wind was weak. Angels flew in the sky praising the spring and the arrival of new life and then the first drop of rain fell and they all left 🙂 No angels praising in the sky today though, it’s rather chilly and the wind would probably blow them away and the rain really doesn’t help. It would have been rather nice if the wind just could have stayed away.
The birds were singing and flocks of cranes landed on the fields nearby telling the world they were here. The Black woodpecker were busy making a new hole to nest in or perhaps he was just impressing his date with fancy drum rolls. No other animals could be seen or heard though, I guess they did their best just to stay away from the wind too.
The laundry is already done and it’s now hanging outside to dry on the patio. It will take some time though since the wind blows so the rain will hit it but I’m in no hurry. The rest of today will be a do nothing day. I was planning on vacuuming the floors and scrub them too but the dogs will only mess them up again anyway as soon as they would get in again.
The teapot is filled and it’s time to make breakfast, I might take a short nap after that but I’ll check if there’s anything interesting to watch on tv, if not I’ll most likely fall asleep in front of the tv anyway 🙂
Have a great day!
It is a somewhat chilly and foggy morning but no wind so it is quite nice to walk around with the dogs, Bertil preferred to stay at home sleeping because he had been out all night. Teodor was also out all night and he’s sleeping on the kitchen bench on the other side of the table right now. They say the sun will show itself soon and stay for the rest of the day and it does look like the fog slowly is giving up right now.
I’ve started a fire in the stove, not so much because it was especially cold indoors but the Jackdaws are still looking for suitable chimneys to build nests in. I have a net on top of the chimney but that doesn’t stop them from poking down twigs and other things 🙂 My neighbor picked out four living and one dead Jackdaw from behind his fireplace last year so now he too have a net over the chimney opening 🙂
I spread ashes around the berry bushes and some of the fruit trees before I started the fire, ashes contains lots of nutrition and I know berry bushes love it, not so sure about fruit trees but I figured they would need some food too 🙂 Ashes also contains more lime than the lime one actually buy to spread in the garden so never pour out any close to plants that like a more acidic ground, they won’t thank You for it but most likely die or get very sick.
I’ll go outside and clean up after the dogs as soon as the sun make its appearance but first I’ll have some breakfast. The tea is already made so all I have to do now is to figure out what I want to eat. I always want white bread and orange marmalade and cheese when I’m out travelling but I almost never want that when being at home 🙂 I guess I connect that with warm weather and vacation 🙂 I never have fried food like bacon and eggs or pancakes in the morning, something the rest of my family seems to love.
I could have some porridge though but I feel lazy so it might just be a sandwich or two, I’ll see what I have in the fridge 🙂
Have a great day!
Nova isn’t happy with me at the moment, not only do I clean out her ear and drop medicine in it I also scold at her when she takes a roll in wild hog poop and not only that I shower her too 🙂 and I didn’t allow her to shake all the water off in the hall way either! I told her that if she ever rolled around in hog poop again I would leash her and not let her walk further away than one yard from me 🙂 She’s now upstairs and is very sullen and feel life is rather unfair 🙂
We had a maintenance day at work today so I didn’t have to do any painting with my arm waving around all the time. It does feel better but I guess all the rest that arm gets the better. So I washed the paint box and we changed the filters and I left half an hour early to do some grocery shopping instead. I know it might be stupid to leave half an hour early when I stop working at 12 anyway but I sure felt good 🙂 I’ll go to the orthopedist on Monday morning to make a casting of my feet so they can make those insoles for me.
I’ve bought another camera 🙂 Yes I can hear You thinking 🙂 Does he really need another one, doesn’t he already have around a gazillion of them? 🙂 Yes I have and no I really didn’t need one but I got it anyway 🙂 (I won’t look at the site any more after this 🙂 ). It is a Rolleicord and is made sometime between February 1938 to October 1947. It seems to work fine and I’ve loaded it with the same kind of film as my Hasselblad and the old Kodak use. I thought might bring it with me on Monday so I can take some city photos for a change.
The weather is really nice today, partly cloudy, a weak wind (at least here in and around the village) and fairly warm. Tomorrow will be nice too but after that the rain and winds will return. I don’t mind the rain even though we have way too much water in the ground as it is but I’m soo tired of the wind now. We can consider us lucky if it is calm one day out of fourteen. Why does it never blow when we need it on hot summer days? 🙂
It is time to give the dogs something to eat, the cats are outside most of the time now and they tend to like eating out so to speak 🙂
Have a great day!
I’ve been to the doctor this morning to check my feet and my right shoulder. It’s awful enough to drive in a storm as it is and it’s even worse when it suddenly starts to snow heavily and the sights is minimal at the same time as the wind does its best to push the car of the road 🙂 The snow fall only lasted for a few minutes though and was later replaced by rain. I thought they would have me waiting for quite some time because nothing much happened during the time I was waiting but just as the clock was 9:15 they let me in, almost on the second I had the appointment 🙂
We started with my feet and she didn’t like what she could feel at all and said that I really need insoles and gave me a referral to the orthopedist. I don’t even need to make an appointment, I’ll just go there when I can and they’ll do them for me 🙂 I wish it was that simple all the time when going to the doctors 🙂 After that she took a look at my shoulder.
That shoulder problems has nothing to do with any rheumatic disease, I’m just a bit worn out I guess 🙂 She then gave me a syringe with cortisone and local anesthetic but I can’t even pretend that the local anesthetic helped much 🙂 It hurts like h… when they give that anyway 🙂 It did remove the pain after for a few minutes though, it gave up just as I was calling work to say I wouldn’t come in today. He couldn’t have missed that the pain returned just that second 🙂 I’ll go tomorrow though but the doctor thought that since I work with heavy lifting and use my arms a lot it would be better to rest the shoulder today (it does feel much better already even if it still hurts a little).
I drove to the vet who is very close to my doctor and got a prescription for Orvar and Hector. Then I went back to where the doctor is because there’s also a pharmacy there. That didn’t take long so I drove to a store and bought some fire logs and after that I thought I would buy myself the annual hamburger with fries, they didn’t, unfortunately open until 11am and I really didn’t want to wait half an hour just to get a hamburger, so I drove home instead.
None of the dogs heard me arriving because tractor passed by just when I came close to the garage. I found both the old boys in the dog house to my big surprise! and they were so surprised when I came home early that they first didn’t understand that they could get out and go inside the cottage, they just stood there watching me 🙂 🙂 🙂 We managed to take a walk before the rain arrived and now it’s just pouring down outside. I’ll put more fire logs in the stove and then I think I’ll take a small nap.
Have a great day!
We had a cold morning after a rainy night but the road didn’t feel that slippery but I drove slower than usual anyway, I shouldn’t have been surprised but I did when the car slowly started to slide towards right on a long straight stretch 🙂 The tires got a grip as soon as they reached the grass by the side of the road and after that I drove even slower 🙂
The day however was just wonderful! No wind, sunshine and almost 15C (59F). I worked in the neighbor factory today so on my way back to my normal work place I took a short detour to the grocery store and bought myself an ice cream 🙂 It won’t be this nice tomorrow, the temperature will plummet and we’ll get some snow and rain too, typical early spring weather.
Hector’s legs have been unusually good this week, he has even been running some, something I’ve tried to stop him to do since he’ll pay for it later. But he was so happy that I just couldn’t stop him 🙂 Nova’s ear is better too but I’ll keep my eyes on it because I know how fast it can turn.
It’s time to make something to eat, I wish I had that pita filled with chicken spiced in an Indian way as it said on the package that I had for lunch today. Lots of flavors but still not burning in the mouth strong. I’ll make myself a cheese sandwich instead, that’s not too bad either 🙂
Have a great day!
We’ve had a really cold night and rather cold morning, the wind is still rather weak and the sun shines through the clouds to make it look a bit nicer than it is. Still it could be worse, the predictions says strong winds all day but so far it’s rather calm. Lets hope they have that prediction wrong too because we shouldn’t be able to see the sun at all right now 🙂
The birds don’t seem to care about any change in the weather though, they are still preparing for all the duties they’ll have the coming five to six months. Lots of singing and lots of gathering of nest-building materials. I’ll fill the feeders in a few minutes, I guess they’ll need any extra free energy to cope with the cold winds and nights.
Do You remember the dog Artur? The dog who got one meatball from a Swedish multi sport team and then decided to follow them. The members of te team fell in love with the seven-year old dog and one of them decided to bring him home to Sweden. That’s neither easy nor cheap to do when it is planned but they got lucky and the dog arrived to Sweden four months ago and placed in quarantine. Artur is now out of quarantine after four months and the first thing he and the one bringing him here did was to take a long run 🙂 From now on he’ll be a normal family dog but he will follow the team on competitions that isn’t too far away from home 🙂
The tomato seeds I sowed are now germinating and so are the seeds from the hardy Pelargonium (usually called geraniums in English) I had placed outdoors. They had already started outside and I thought it best to bring them inside since I didn’t know just how cold it would be and if that would kill those small seedlings. So it does feel very much like spring even though winter has made a short return to us.
Time for some tea and perhaps a sandwich or two.
Have a great day!
Yesterdays weather predictions was so wrong that I actually got surprised, we were supposed to get rain and snow during the day and just a few degrees above freezing. Instead we got over 50F and a dry day with some sunshine. The sun however didn’t show itself for more than a few seconds during the 85% solar eclipse, that I missed of course but a work friend managed to take a photo that he showed me afterwards.
Todays predictions however are rather accurate unfortunately. It has been below 0C (32F) all morning, it has been snowing and the wind has been awful. So we walked in to the forest to stay away from most of it. I did however go down to the lake to get some photos showing the cranes that hangs around and I realised that even by the fields this village is very much protected from the winds, it was just nasty by the lake.
I brought my old Kodak Browning No.2 with me and the tripod since it can’t go faster that 1/50th of a second. I’m not sure that helped especially much though, the wind was so strong that the tripod trembled and I had to lean towards it to keep it as still as possible. I could just find one place where the light might have leaked in last time I used this camera but taped every place that might let in light anyway. I’m pretty sure I stopped the leak and can only hope I managed to keep the camera so still that the photos will turn out good. I used the slide film rolls since it only is ISO 100 and that old camera would be impossible to use with any more light-sensitive film.
But I naturally also brought my digital one so I van show some photos today too. I didn’t take many though because it was so colds my fingers felt like they would fall off 🙂 Stopped me from thinking of my shoulder and feet though so it wasn’t totally bad 🙂 🙂 🙂 I’ll go there when there are more cranes (only around 4000 yet) and the weather is nicer. It is amazing that they don’t freeze to death in this weather no matter how much food they give them.
The sun is breaking through the clouds right now and the wind will calm down some towards the evening so we might get a nice last walk for the day. Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy, cold and the wind will return again. The temperature will go up and down like a Jojo all week but it looks like it will be above freezing during the days anyway. This is typical spring weather here I’m afraid but a month early 🙂
Have a great day!
We’ve had another wonderful day here, no wind almost sunshine ( the clouds were so thin that it shone right through them and 14C (57,2F). So who is surprised about the winter making a return here tomorrow when the weekend starts 🙂 but it will be short-lived, the warm weather will be here on Tuesday according to predictions. I’m not sure I believe them but I still hope they are right 🙂
I finally heard the Black Grouse this morning 🙂 I worried that we didn’t have any left any longer. I guess I’ve been out too late in the mornings on the weekends since I’ve waited for the sun to rise and daylight has been around for quite some time before that happens. There are now around 4000 cranes by the lake so it will soon be time for my annual visit to the lake to take some photos to show You here. They’ll also start the web cams tomorrow so I’ll give You a link to them if I remember. otherwise just tell me to do it if I forget 🙂
I might stop writing here for a while, not because I don’t want to but because my shoulder aches something really bad when sitting and writing. I have a doctor’s appointment next Thursday and it’s about my shoulder, my feet and my toes. They are all protesting against every move I take 🙂 I can only walk on my heels when I get up in the morning and it is a bit tricky doing that when walking down stairs 🙂 It gets better as soon as I have been moving around some but I think I need some special insoles in my shoes from now on.
I am lucky being ambidexter, both right and left-handed, because I now only paint with my left hand. Oh the joys of having rheumatism 🙂 🙂 🙂 So if I don’t post anything one day it is because it aches too much in my shoulder. I will however read blogs even if I might not comment. These things come and go in periods so it might get better already during the weekend since I won’t use my arm that much then but I will see the doctor anyway, after all that’s why I pay my taxes 🙂
Have a great day!
Another warm, sunny and wind free day here. It reached 13,4C (56,1F) here by my cottage and it will be much the same tomorrow and on Thursday. It turns on Friday when I only work half day and then it will stay bad all weekend and after that slowly turn towards warmer again. I’m not surprised that the bad weather will arrive already on Friday, why should it be nice when we are at home 🙂
Nights are a bit cold now though, I have been scraping my car windows before I’ve left for work both yesterday and today. It is so thin ice that I really don’t mind and I guess it’s good in that way that it keeps the plants calm, they would only freeze to death if they started to grow already now.
I had several flocks of cranes flying high above mu car on my way home and I think I heard a Cuckoo bird in the forest on our walk after work. It is way too early for them to be here already but it sure sounded like one. I haven’t heard any Black Grouse at all though and that’s very odd! I really hope the hunters haven’t hunted those, we don’t have that many and as it sounds no at all any longer.
It is time for something to eat. I have some Wiener sausages and hot dog breads or >I could make some sandwiches. I’m not really hungry but Wiener sausages are always nice 🙂
Have a great day!
I’m late as always on Mondays and it’s easier to be even later than normal when it is so light outside when I come home after work. I also hadn’t checked the photos I took yesterday afternoon and I got the cd with all the photos from the old cameras today. The one roll You haven’t seen was rather failed to be honest 🙂 There were a few though I still like a lot. I’ll show You all no matter how failed they are in these coming days.
This week will be really warm but we’ll get a setback next week they say. There will be snow falling and rather cold during nights but also during the days. We’ll be lucky if the temperature rise above 0C (32F) and I fear we’ll not be lucky. Just as well get that setback early so the damages on the plants is minimal. I saw that a few seeds of those I put out when we still hade those days of winter here have germinated. It is especially the hardiest pelargonium (they are usually called geraniums in English) so I’ll bring in that pot and place it in my cool cellar for a week. I must check the other pots as well!
I have very little else to say today I’m afraid. Hectors legs were much better today so I have high hopes that they’ll be their normal crappy self on Friday 🙂 Novas ear is still bad but it doesn’t hurt any longer. Sune took only one bath in the creek by the bog today and Orvar is like he always is, a bit confused but very happy 🙂
It’s time for something to eat.
Have a great day!
It is a sunny, chilly and windy morning but we walked down to the bog so it didn’t bother me so much. Hector has a bad leg day so we won’t take any longer walks until he’s better again. I think the running and jumping the other day may have been very fun for him but now it’s payback time. He’s in a good mood though and would rather die than not follow us on our walks.
I cleaned up the garden from lots of junk that has flown around in all the storms we’ve had this winter. Some of it was mine like pots but lots were things I’ve never seen before like plastic bags and candy wrappers. While walking around and realising I need to clean up after the dogs again I realised spring had progressed much further than I thought, spring flowers are in bloom everywhere now.
Crocus, hepatica, scilla and of course the snow drops are in bloom and more is on its way. The peach tree will soon show its first leafs if it doesn’t get colder again. It is way too early because the setbacks here can be cruel. Days can be way over 10C (50F) and suddenly a night or two with -10C (14F) comes and destroys it all. Last spring some plants didn’t recover again until late summer.
It is time to do the laundry, don’t have especially much today and the sunshine and wind will help to dry it up fast today. After that I’ll clean up after the dogs and then I think I’ll do some weeding in the flower beds. I’ll need a bigger vegetable garden this year, I might make the one I have bigger already today but I’m not sure I’ll have the energy for that 🙂
Have a great day!
The night has been rather cold and the morning walk felt somewhat chilly even though the sun shone with full power and there were only a few clouds around, the weak wind didn’t make much difference though. I could hear cranes shouting out on the bog and trumpet swans flew just a few meters above our heads. We walked to the little lake because I thought there might be a few birds there now but none could be seen, the lake had frozen during the night and the big lake would probably have some open water spots so they would go there instead.
I saw some new fence poles by the old decaying cottage so I guess that it soon will be torn down to make place for cattle. I took a few photos and You can see them in my NG photo album: National Geographic. Just click on the red text and a new window should open up showing my photos. You’ll also be able to see two that I took with my Hasselblad camera that I won’t post here. Nothing much happened during our walk though, not even the sound of aa animal moving around could be heard.
I bought some vegetable seeds when I was at the super market yesterday, they were for some reason price reduced with 20% so I thought why not 🙂 I bought a big pack with broad beans and normal sized packages with spring onion, broccoli, squash and different colored carrots. The ground here isn’t good enough for carrots though, too many pebbles in it so they split and get fun shapes but I was thinking of growing those in raised beds together with the spring onions. If lucky that will confuse both the carrot and onion flies.
I’m thinking of finding a potato that is resistant towards potato blight which is a big problem here, I guess the air is too humid so it thrives on my potatoes every time I grow them. I will of course also sow at least one pumpkin plant, after all I did get one pumpkin last summer even if I didn’t see it until all leafs had been frost-bitten 🙂 I’ll sow some tomato seeds today too, can’t live without at least a few own grown tomatoes 🙂
It is time for the last cup of tea for the day, after that a short nap and then we’ll head out for another walk. Nova’s ear seems better and doesn’t hurt any longer, I have plenty of medicine for her so I’ll just keep on dropping it into her ear for as long as it is needed.
Have a great day!
Once again the night was pretty cold and today it took a while to get temperatures above 0C (32F), there was still ice on creeks when we walked around after 1pm. But the sun is shining and the wind is blowing which makes it pretty cold. But I started to boil when we walked where the wind didn’t reach so sometimes I had the jacket unzipped and sometimes I wished for a scarf and my yellow cap 🙂 It looks nice when looking out the window though 🙂
It’s a bit strange because I still haven’t heard the Black Grouse out on the bog, the roosters are normally doing their best to impress the hen by now. I doubt that they started very early because of the lack of snow so they already are done, they can go on way in to June even though no hen even are close by then.
I thought Nova had hurt her neck yesterday after playing hard with Sune, she came down the stairs with her head hanging low and complained when I lifted up her head. I massaged her neck and that didn’t seem to bother her at all and then I found a small injury that I cleaned but she still didn’t want to lift her head. Today she started to flap her ears again, I think it might be an ear infection, again! that gave her that pain. I cleaned the ear and dropped the medicine into it and she has no trouble at all to try to shake it out 🙂 and she has kept on playing hard with Sune so now I doubt that it is the neck at all. I’ll keep an eye on her though and if this continues we’ll go to the vet again.
There isn’t much to watch on tv tonight so I think I’ll watch a dvd instead, I have plenty I haven’t seen yet, the weather has just been too good and I’ve been too tired in the evenings. It’s time to give myself something to eat, all the animals have already eaten.
Have a great day!
We went out to the bog again today when I came home after work. Sune took a bath in the small creek and the Black birds were singing from the top of the spruces. I stood there for quite some time just listening and smelling the scents and thought that I wouldn’t miss humanity at all if I came home to find I was the only one still around 🙂 I really had no wish to go back home but it was getting cold and even if I love it out there I still don’t want to freeze to death 🙂
We were in no hurry on our way back and the dogs could take the time they wanted to follow every track they could find. Suddenly four cranes flew above our heads and they started trumpeting as soon as they crossed the fields behind the forest. The dogs were hungry though so they started to hurry homewards and when we passed my neighbor I heard the sounds from a contrabass, she is a musician and practice a lot. Today it was no music from what I could hear but more lots of sounds, sounded rather nice anyway.
The chimney sweeper was here today and finally I can have a fire burning in my stove, I couldn’t yesterday just because he was coming and naturally that was one of our coldest nights this winter 🙂 Tonight will be much the same they say so I’ll have the fire burning for as long as I’m awake today.
Two of the three film rolls I mailed on Tuesday are now developed and I could get the photos on the internet. One of them is the one I took with the old Kodak. They were all over exposed and I have a light leak somewhere in the camera. You can all see it to the bottom right in the photo and I wonder if the light leak then is on the upper left in the camera? The photo gets upside down inside the camera if I remember right but I’m not sure 🙂 I also got one of the Hasselblad film rolls, the one with ISO 800. They turned out pretty good but I’ll start showing them tomorrow. The last film will probably come on the net tomorrow.
It is time to put more fire logs in the stove and them give me something to eat. I think I’ll have cocoa today.
Have a great day!
For being a Tuesday this day passed relatively fast anyway, I really don’t like Tuesdays. On Mondays there’s still a bit of weekend in the body. Wednesdays are in the middle of the week, Thursdays are almost Fridays and Fridays are weekend but Tuesdays have nothing! Especially when the sun shines and all I want to do is to go out to my car and drive home to take a long walk with the dogs.
But I think it helped some with the rain falling when I drove to work and even if the sun shone all day after that the wind was so strong that it wasn’t especially nice outside anyway. It did also help some that nothing went wrong, at least not something I was responsible for 🙂 I had also ordered food at work, I have been a bit lazy lately and not cooked anything here at home and for once they actually had used some spices 🙂 a good thing since it was chicken curry I ordered 🙂
I got a call from the business that developes the films I’ve taken and it seems I had made a mistake when writing down what kind of films I sent them. I had written two color negatives and one black and white. It turns out that I had sent them one color, one black and white and one slide film?! I haven’t bought any slide film I said but she insisted 🙂 and yes I had without knowing it 🙂 When I first bought my Hasselblad camera I ordered film from a business and got a mail that they would ship it as soon as they had gotten it. It took five months and they also sold me the wrong kind of film 🙂
I never checked that when they finally arrived 🙂 The developing business said that it could be developed as a color negative film but that it sometimes gave odd results so I said that they should develop it as what it was and then she apologised that it would take one day longer to get it developed. I will survive I answered because sometimes they are so fast that I get the photos via the net just one day after I mailed the film rolls so one more day wouldn’t kill me 🙂
It is time to get something to eat. The wind is roaring outside so I’ll sleep well tonight, I always do when the storm hits.
Have a great day!
Today was just wonderful, I know because I worked in the neighbor factory and walked to and back from that factory. The sun was shining, no wind and we reached well over 10C (50F) during the day. I wished, while I was walking back to my ordinary work place, that the two factories wasn’t that close. Today I could have walked for miles. It isn’t that nice when the wind blows and snow or rain falls though 🙂
It was still very nice but much colder when I came home and we took our afternoon walk. The sun had just set when we arrived by the bog and I could hear cranes by the little lake in the bog. We saw Roe deers running away from a distance and I think I heard a moose walking out on the bog too. Sune took a bath in the creek as he always does if I can’t stop him in time 🙂 That dog just loves to swim no matter how cold it might be 🙂
I did bring my oldest camera with me yesterday afternoon, the Kodak No.2 Folding Autographic Brownie. I’ve figured out that it must have been made before 1919 and the fastest speed on the shutter is 1/50th second 🙂 So I brought the tripod with me to be sure to get as less shaky photos as possible. I used the black and white film, sort of fits with such an old camera and I can always explain any bad photos with the fact that I’m not good in taking photos in black and white.
I mailed the photo envelope this morning with two other rolls of film, if I’m lucky I’ll be able to see how they all turned out already on Friday. A thing I didn’t think of when I used that old camera is that it takes 6cm x 9cm photos ( I think that is something like 1 2/5 inches x 3 3/5 inches or close anyway 🙂 So instead of the twelve photos I would get from my Hasselblad camera I only got eight from this one. They better be good because they will be the most expensive eight photos I’ve ever taken 🙂
It is time for something to eat and some herbal tea or cocoa
Have a great day!
It has been a truly wonderful morning and it could only have been better if the wind had calmed down some. The sun is shining, birds are singing, swans, both mute and trumpet pass by in big numbers up in the sky and I saw two cranes but heard several while we were out walking. The sun will be blocked by the clouds later on today but the winds will finally calm down some. Tomorrow seems to be a fantastic day, too bad I must work 🙂
Another sure sign of spring hanging around is the Jackdaw’s hunt for a good chimney to build a nest in 🙂 So even if it isn’t cold indoors I will have the fire burning. I have a net strapped to the top of my chimney, the problem is that it doesn’t stop Jackdaw’s from pushing down sticks and other things they need to build a nest 🙂 I guess they think that as long as they can fill the chimney with the building material they’ll figure out how to remove the net later on 🙂
I would have liked to bring the Edixa camera with me on our next walk but there’s a problem, the film broke at the end in the cassette it comes in and now I can’t open the camera to remove the film and place it in a container where the light won’t reach it. Back in the days the film cassette came in a black plastic container but today it comes in a see through container?! So I think I must buy something we call electric tape, a sort of elastic black tape that I can cover the see through container with so I can remove the film and put a new one in it instead. I have two other films from the Hasselblad camera just waiting to be shipped for developement.
I also noticed that I have one film in my old Minolta camera that still has a few shots left but I can’t use that camera either because it needs batteries to work and I tend to forget to bring them with me so I get the right kind again :-), Soo many cameras still no chance of using them 🙂 I still haven’t tried my old Kodak No.2 Folding Autographic Brownie yet though (they made it between 1915-1926. It’s that camera I bought for less than 4$ US 🙂 It works just fine and I’ve seen it sold for much, much more later on. It is nice to be lucky once in a while 🙂 ). I just cleaned the lens which was amazingly easy 🙂 I would never dare to do that on any newer lens but this one was simple, just screw it apart and put it together again, it is impossible to do anything wrong 🙂 I think I’ll bring that one along on our next walk!
But first I need to do the laundry otherwise I won’t have any clean clothes next week, I don’t mind but I guess my work friends will 🙂 🙂 🙂 I hope we’ll have sunshine long enough so I can try this old camera but I haven’t decided if I should use the only black and white film I have or a color film, in a way it seems to fit better to use the black and white with such an old camera.
Have a great day!
We had sunshine yesterday, sunshine and 11,8C (53,2F) and life felt rather nice even though my shoulder still aches and my back hurts and the cold that never really breaks out made me tired and gave me a head ache. But who can go on being grumpy when the Canadian geese pass by and the Lark is singing high up in the sky? I had my jacket open when we were out walking after work but I really just could have left it at home.
Today however is a bit different, really strong winds, cloudy and “only” 5,4C (41,7F) but the lark is still singing up there even though it had some trouble to hover in the same place as it normally does, the winds are a bit too strong 🙂 I was planning on walking to the little lake by the ridges this morning, I thought there would be some birds hanging around but the winds made it just too nasty to walk by the open fields.
This week I saw the full moon and the sun at the same time 🙂 The sun was setting on one side of me and the moon rising on the other side. I thought this must be very rare but then I started to think about how it is here in summer, the sun is up shining for eighteen hours and the moon is often showing during the days here, so I must see this many times to be honest, I’ve just never really thought of it before. It was cool though 🙂
The time when I can take photos after work when we’re out walking has started now, the photos are a bit dark but just that I can make me feel happy 🙂 so You’ll see a few of those photos today that was taken during my internet absence.
I’ve realised that I no longer can drink tea or coffee in the afternoon, that happened over a night! and I think that is the reason for me not being able to sleep very well. As soon as I stopped drinking after work I started to sleep much better and that annoys me so much, I love my pot of tea before going to bed in the evening. Yes I know that there is caffeine free options but none of them taste like the tea Earl Grey 🙂 I’ll survive without it but I’ll miss it a lot 🙂
So here I sit with my last cup of tea for the day, better get used to it and perhaps stop having any at all. The fire is burning in the stove and all the animals are sleeping. Sune beside the radiator here in the kitchen, Orvar and Hector in the cool livingroom. Teodor has chosen the hall way between the kitchen and livingroom and Nova is upstairs. Bertil? have no idea, he might be outside catching voles.
Have a great day!
An American weather institute, can’t find the name on it right now, has predicted the warmest spring in a long time here in Sweden, a bit wet but warm. Normally this would make me happy, not the wet part perhaps but the warm. Normally I say because the same weather institute also told us that we would get the coldest winter in ages this time and so far they’ve been very wrong 🙂 This is probably the warmest since they started to record the weather 🙂 🙂
You got the cold winter instead, so now I fear we’ll get the coldest spring in ages with lots of snow (they also predicted that the winter before this one would be nasty too and got it really wrong that time too 🙂 ) . So far every prediction they have made has been just the opposite to what really happened 🙂 So a warm spring prediction from them could risk to be a deadly cold spring instead 🙂
I’ve been sleeping bad lately, my back hurts and my shoulder aches (I’m pretty sure that’s the reason for sleeping bad) and I feel rather grumpy to be honest, so I’ll take a break from the internet until Saturday. It’s not the right mood to be writing a blog unless You don’t like long posts where I mostly will complain about what ever is in my mind at the moment 🙂
Have a great day!
It’s just as warm today as it was yesterday but not nearly as nice to take walks, the winds are blowing hard and the forest is the only place to be if one wants to avoid the winds. However it isn’t a good thing to walk amongst trees if one of them suddenly give up and breaks or falls. The temperature will drop though and I just saw the first snow flake fall outside my kitchen door window.
It won’t stay on the ground though, it will still be too warm and later on the rain will start to fall. I doubt I’ll take another walk if this weather continues, if it does I think the dogs will have to do with the garden. This will be a day of total laziness and most likely dvd watching. It is the last day of the cross-country world championships and today it’s the 50km men. I can always take a nap in front of the tv as long as that goes one 🙂 I used to think it was fun to watch cross-country skiing but now days they often start all at the same time and that usually means no one will try to ski away from the others making the race rather uneventful. Nothing really happens until the last km.
My throat is sour and my neck stiff, I really hope It doesn’t mean I’m about to get the flu, it hits everywhere now I’ve read. None of the flu shots that has been available seems to work either, no I didn’t take one so at least I saved that money 🙂 🙂
I suddenly remembered that I can’t have a day of total laziness, I have the laundry to do and I really need to do it because I have no clean clothes left to wear 🙂 But besides that I will be lazy.
The fire is burning in the stove and I’m about to make a pot of tea. I better do that laundry now, the longer I wait to do it the less I want to 🙂
Have a great day!