It is after all the workers holiday.
It rained all day yesterday and after that the cold came with the fog. So I woke up to a rather white world covered in frost. I had gone out just before I went to bed to cover those plants I have on my patio and that turned out to be a good thing. Strangely enough it doesn’t look like the more sensitive plants I have in my garden got damaged, like they usually does.
It was quite nice being outside walking though since there was and still is no wind. The birds sang and the Black Grouse roosters are still trying to impress the ladies 🙂 They tend to keep doing that long after any lady cares about it though and yesterday I could even hear them in the evening. The roosters tend to get a bit crazy and never really understand when it is time to stop 🙂 It was really wonderful out there, at least until a framer or one of their employees started driving around on a four-wheeler. Why is it that they don’t think they need a muffler on those things? They never change them after they have broken!
Today is May first, the workers day in big parts of the world and a holiday in Europe at least. People used to be out demonstrating for better living conditions but now days we tend to rather see the brave few on tv instead and use the day for a picnic or going to the summer house 🙂 This day used to be about getting better conditions for all but today people tend to see it like “I want it better but I really don’t care about others”. I’m not going to demonstrate but I still sympathies with those old ideals.
Instead I took a two or was it three hour nap 🙂 after that I vacuumed all floors and after that I also scrubbed them. I was thinking of doing the dishes too but stopped and thought that would be a bit too much, after all this is the workers holiday 🙂 The weather isn’t especially inviting even if there’s no wind. Still rather chilly and cloudy. The entire weekend will be like this but it will get warmer and sunnier again as soon as we start working on Monday 🙂 So typical 🙂
So, yesterday was Walpurgis night and no one here really knows why we celebrate that day, we’ve changed it to a day to welcome spring even if it doesn’t feel like it’s here right now 🙂 We have also renamed Walpurgis to Valborg, a more Swedish name even if it isn’t especially common to be honest. I think the only Valborg I’ve ever met (but can’t remember it because I was too young) was my grandfather’s brother which one of his wives (I think he had a few) was named Valborg. Walpurgis however was an English princess that became a nun and later on an abbess. She is said to be very successful in converting pagans to christianity and that usually means that if they didn’t want to do it they would be killed. The Christian church has always been rather successful in turning pagans that way.
But I doubt many know anything of that here in Sweden, so after they have celebrated the return of spring many seems to think that they need to get really drunk and start destroying other people’s properties, I guess it is much like St Patrick’s day 🙂 🙂 🙂 It is worse around the universities and close to the capital though. I couldn’t find any info about that in this part of the country, we have it around Easter instead 🙂
It is time for something to eat and after that another walk.
Have a great day!