I’ve never understood why we now days celebrate midsummer, why are we celebrating that we no turn towards darker and colder days again, especially since our summers are as short and usually chilly as they are. But old traditions die hard as we say here 🙂 Back in the days this was a time to celebrate fertility for livestock, fields and humans. Today it’s mostly a time to have fun, eat a lot of food, usually get nasty drunk and there will be a lot of kids born in nine months from now 🙂
This morning lots of people will go outside, no matter what kind of weather we’re having, to collect lots of flowers and birch twigs. Those will later on be used to dress the Midsummer pole. Some of it will also be used to make wreaths to wear on our heads. Around 1 pm people then will start to dance around the pole to songs like “The little frogs”, The priests little crow and other traditional songs sung both now and at Christmas when they all dance around the Yule Spruce. After the dancing most people will return home to start eating.
We Swedes don’t have that much variation when it comes to holiday food. You will always find pickled herring at any holiday table here (we tend to have a smorgasbord on holidays), You’ll also find meatballs, prince sausages, salmon in many variations and a few different salads. Then of course there’s always one seasonal thing too, like ham at Christmas and lots of eggs at Easter 🙂 If You could get a look at our tables You would very quickly see that Swedes eat anything that is pickled, we must have over hundred variations of pickled herring for instance. personally I just can’t eat it so I have prince sausages and meatballs instead 🙂
Tonight however is one of the most magical nights there is and lots of the beings are out and about. I don’t think our trolls become stone or burst when being hit by sunlight, that would be rather difficult since we actually have sunlight here from time to time and the sun now is up for over 18 hours and our trolls are much like us humans with farms of their own and really can’t cope by just being up while the sun is away during summer. The mountain trolls however is different, big, shrewd and a bit evil as well but they live far from here 🙂
So I wouldn’t be worried if I met a troll while being out walking tonight, I’m not even sure if I would recognise one since they usually keep their tails hidden but I could of course try to see their ears, which are slightly pointy. I would however stay away from many others like fairies, nasty little things that loves to spread diseases and death to especially children. The Lantern Man would have problems luring me out on the bog since it is so bright outside all day now 🙂 For the ones having an Ash tree on their property it might be a good thing to sacrifice something for the tree, like water if the summer is dry or fertilizers now when summer is wet. That’s a good way to keep the Ash tree lady away from the home, she isn’t nice to have around otherwise.
If You are unmarried and wants to know who Your future spouse will be You can get to know that this night. Just go out and pick seven or nine flowers (depending on which tradition one follows) and climb seven or nine fences and (be quiet all the time untill you fall asleep) put those flowers under Your pillow during the night and You will dream about the coming one. While You are out and about at night You might as well collect as much dew as You possibly can since it has healing powers that You might need during our long and dark winters.
One way to collect a lot of dew is to take the wreath You made earlier today, drag it in the wet grass, drie the wreath and save it for that Christmas bath. Put the wreath in the bathtub and then join it for a long nice bath, that will help You staying healthy through the rest of the winter. The midsummer dew could also help when baking or brewing beer 🙂 this was also the night to collect as much medicinal plants as one could, they would be extra potent if picked this coming night.
I would dare to say that today also would be a very good day to plant a Care Tree. A Care Tree is tightly connected to the well-being and fortune to the property one lives at. Different beings can take a home in that tree ( like our gnomes, grumpy old long bearded but very small beings, or Wight’s or guardian spirits) and as long as one doesn’t disturb it, like taking even a single leaf or injure it in any way no harm will come to the home on that property. If, however, one would injure that tree in any way the property and family living there is doomed. I have two Care Trees in my garden, two different Rowans 🙂
The Church did try to make this a Christian holiday, that was what they did. They used an old pagan tradition and made it Christian. Here however they failed miserably 🙂 I doubt that anyone who isn’t Christian actually knows that our midsummer also is John the Baptist’s day, to be honest I don’t think many christians know that either 🙂
It is time for a short walk again, it doesn’t look like it will rain for a while now so we better get out there while we can 🙂
Have a great Midsummer’s eve!
The rain started falling already yesterday and kept on falling almost all night, it did however keep calm when we went out on our morning walk, very odd 🙂 I had borrowed the pickup truck at work so I would be able to get to work today, I’m glad I don’t get easily seasick because one will be if sitting in that one for too long 🙂 But I got to work so who am I to complain. You might think that I now will complain about the weather and about how cold it is ( I had to start my radiators yesterday because of the cold weather and the high humidity) but not this week. The weather is always! bad around midsummer here 🙂
I called the garage rather early in the morning and they told me that it was the sensor on the cam shaft that had more or less broken down and the car was already fixed, they did warn me however that when that one breaks there will most likely be another sensor malfunctioning rather soon but we could always hope for the best 🙂 So there I was at work with my car not far from home ready to be taken home again. They would most likely close early at the garage but that in itself was no problem, I could just go there and pick it up when I wanted to. The key would of course be hidden somewhere only I would knew where it was. I’ll pay the bill next week, so I have no idea what this might have costed 🙂
I work at a place that thankfully always tries to make it easy for us if our cars (or pets or what ever) breaks down so we agreed that I would take the bus from the village where I work, change bus twice, get my car and then go back to work just in time to when the other painter would go home for the day. It sounds easy, doesn’t it 🙂 The first bus only went down to the highway and the next one would come after 25 minutes. That in itself would be no problem if it hadn’t been for what week it is, the week when the weather always is bad 🙂
I stood there by the road, not far from a petrol station waiting for the bus when the wind started to blow really hard and the rain started to pour down and the fun thing is that here’s no shelter against the wrath of the weather. It was too far to go to the petrol station because if the bus would come early I would have no chance to jump in because they don’t stop if no one stands by the bust stop 🙂 The sun started to shine as soon as I jumped in to the bus 🙂 The rest of the trip was rather uneventful though. Another and child came in to the bus and now days we have to wear a seat belt if the bus is equipped with those. A flashing light kept on telling her that she needed to put it on and she got so annoyed that she changed seats to one that didn’t have that flash near the seat 🙂
So I took my car and drove back to work and I must say my soul cried when I had to pass my own village to get back to work, I would rather have driven straight back home instead but a promise is a promise so I had to pass and keep on driving to work. I must say that very few have such a good place to work as I have and I wouldn’t change to any other place even if I would get a bigger salary. Colonel Hati, as I call my car, behaved exemplary all the way to work and home again and I do hope he continues to do so 🙂
Tomorrow is midsummer’s eve and even though it isn’t a holiday very few work and it is a paid day off from work. It is almost or just as big as christmas but all pagan. All magical and mythical beings will be out and about tomorrow since the night is especially magical. They are of course out and about now too but they will most likely be easiest to see tomorrow if one so wishes. I’ll tell You more about it all tomorrow. Today I’ll start showing photos from both the Hasselblad camera and the Edixa. I bought a tele-photo lens for the Edixa so it was mostly because of that I used that camera. Almost all photos were over exposed but rather easily edited.
It is time for something to eat and then I’ll see if I can find anything interesting to watch on tv, I doubt it though 🙂
Have a great day!
I woke up early as I have done for a while now, I guess I really should put up that old pull-down I have so it doesn’t get so light in the bedroom that early 🙂 The sun was up and even though it was a bit chilly I still only wore a fleece jacket and it turned out to be perhaps a bit too thin 🙂 Today we went out to the bog because I thought that the sun perhaps would help give a nice morning mist.
The sun never got any chance to do so because suddenly clouds covered the sky but it was nice anyway. It turns out tat I should have walked by the fields instead because it was fog clouds that flew in over the village. Just typical, yesterday we walked by the fields and couldn’t even find a spider web because the dew had already dried up by the time we went out.
My car has been acting a bit odd lately, twice on my way to work and almost always twice on my way home from work it has sort of hawked itself. Nothing much but enough to make me notice it and almost always on the two same places on the road too. As soon as it has done that nothing more has happened. Yesterday it coughed clearly instead and that was totally impossible not to notice but as soon as it had the motor worked smoothly again. This morning was just the same but the coughing was really bad.
I drove in to the unmanned petrol station in the village where I work and filled it up and when I was going to start the car it just refused! I called my work friend so he could come and tow me away to work. I said let’s try and start it while we’re running, he didn’t think it would work but what did I have to lose? It started directly but sounded as if it was breathing for the last time 🙂 I drove to work and when I had stopped the motor I tried to start it again but it was impossible.
So I called the garage in Gudhem and even if they weren’t sure they would be able to fix my car this week (Midsummer is one of the biggest holidays here) I could place my car there if we were able to get it to start again. So at noon I went out and it started directly and the motor worked so nice 🙂 So I drove to the garage and when I had turned off the motor and tried to start it again it just refused 🙂
I’ll call them on Thursday to see if they have been able to fix it, Everyone I’ve talked too, including the garage thinks that it’s just a sensor that is malfunctioning but no one say the same sensor 🙂 🙂 🙂 There must be millions of sensors controlling this 🙂 The problem this time is that the garage owner just sold the car we usually can use so I saw myself getting a few more days off from work but oh no! The work friend that helped me this morning will come and get me tomorrow morning and I will borrow the pickup truck at work to get home in the evening 🙂 I can borrow it over the weekend too as long as they can use it during the working days.
So lets hope it just is a sensor and that it is easily fixed, I do like my SAAB a lot. I took the bus from the garage and had to walk 5 km (3,11 mile) to get home. It was supposed to rain according to the predictions I saw this morning so who of You are surprised that the sun shone and a wind kept it just warm enough all the way home 🙂 It is time to have something to eat and then some play time with the dogs.
Have a great day!
It has been a nice day here from what I’ve been able to see at work, mostly sunny and not too windy but perhaps a bit cool. The predictions have changed slightly so the rain that was supposed to come tomorrow will come on Wednesday evening and then it will continue to rain for several days. I guess however that prediction will change several times before the rain is supposed to come 🙂
My right shoulder aches something badly now so I’ll end this post now and put in lots of photos instead 🙂 I’m soo looking forward to next Monday when I’ll see the doctor again. See You tomorrow!
Have a great day!
It’s quite nice today, as long as the sun isn’t stopped to shine by any clouds. It has been raining all night so once again the water barrels are filled and even though it only was warm for a few days it’s possible to see how much the plants liked this rain and cooler weather. Not as if we even was remotely close to anything that could be seen as an almost dry period but they still seems to enjoy this.
I’m not sure how they do it, the plants that is but they can feel the difference between a shower and I if I have been watering them, perhaps it’s the difference in temperature that always follows a shower but never when they are watered by a hose? We went out much later than we have been these last few days, we didn’t get out until 7 am, one could think it wouldn’t make much difference but it does when it comes to the angle of the sunlight and I could actually hear a car driving down the big road 🙂
I was sitting watching tv yesterday, thinking about making a pie when my phone suddenly rang. It was my neighbor calling to ask if I wanted some strawberry cake 🙂 She was standing just outside my door 🙂 It was delicious! I do have the best neighbors one could ask for 🙂
Today is laundry day and I’ll do it just after posting this. I don’t have much today because I did wash a few things during the week, I am a bit messy sometimes and I always drop something on my clothes especially if they just have been washed 🙂 I’ll also replant some of the seedlings I have, I could plant them directly in the flower beds but then I must remember to water them every morning because sandy soil dries up as soon as the sun hits. So it is better to have them in pots in the shadows at first so they’ll get a bigger root system and therefore will get an easier start in the flower beds.
Well, it is time to do that laundry. It will most likely dry fast because the wind will blow and we’ll have lots of sunshine today, northern winds will keep it cooler here for some time now but at the moment I’m happy as long as the sun shines 🙂
Have a great day!
I woke up at 4 this morning and it was impossible to go back to sleep again, it had been very warm all night even if I had had the windows open all the time. So instead of lying there waiting for better times we went out on our morning walk. The dogs liked it a lot even if they looked a bit confused to be forced outside at that hour 🙂 I did wear a fleece jacket even it it wasn’t necessary, not even the mosquitos were especially interested in us 🙂
There were no cows in the pasture this morning and I had problems finding any wild animals too. I did see a fox from a big distance but that’s it. Some deer jumped away in the forest when they heard us coming and I heard some cranes flying to a field nearby and of course the sounds of thousands small birds singing in the trees telling all other birds that this was their territory and all other birds would do best by staying away 🙂 It was thankfully too early for any man-made sounds though and I still haven’t heard any tractors or four wheelers driving around in the village.
We’ll have another warm and nice day here even though, according to predictions, the clouds have arrived a bit too early. It’s the thin kind of clouds still, the thick and boring ones won’t arrive until the afternoon and the rain won’t start falling until the evening. There’s a weak wind blowing so today will be a good day to mow the lawn. it won’t be so hot that I’ll boil inside while mowing and the wind will keep most annoying flies away. As soon as the warm weather arrived so did the wasps, I’ve seen more of them this week than I did the entire last summer and Sune managed to walk on one yesterday and got stung in the paw. No big swelling though so I guess the wasp had very little chance to actually push in any poison.
Besides the mowing I won’t do much today. I’ll repot the last plants that needs repotting and I might make myself a pie, if I do I’ll try the combination nectarines/ Aronia berries 🙂 I still have plenty of those Aronia berries and I just don’t like to throw them away. I will also take a long nap, I can already feel that going up at 4 am is a bit early even for me 🙂
Have a great day!
The temperature took a giant leap upwards today and it didn’t stop until it reached 27C (80,6F) 🙂 It’s always a bit shocking when it jumps up high like that when it has been autumn cold for such a long time. But I must admit I love it 🙂 I think I do because I know that it already tomorrow afternoon will turn towards cooler again 🙂 It is a bit much for old Orvar though, his legs wobbled even more when we were walking in the sunlight but got calmer when we reached the shadows and he could rest some.
He’s fine now though after resting for a long time indoors and his appetite is as good as always. I have to keep an eye on him and his food though because Nova was quite nasty towards him this morning growling until she could steal it from him. Sune isn’t much better but more easily scared if I yell 🙂 They did it again so this time I gave Orvar a treat but not Nova and Sune, missing treats can be a good help when telling dogs that they are very wrong in what they’re doing 🙂
I decided they day was too good to waste on mowing the lawn, so I repotted some plants instead and realised I have loads of seedlings that need new homes, either in the flower beds or in pots until I find a spot for them. Too hot to do anything about those now anyway so I’m thinking of doing tat tomorrow evening since they have predicted some rain tomorrow night. I’ve also managed to take a short nap and it was quite nice but I doubt it will help me staying up tonight 🙂 I’ll most likely fall asleep shortly after 9:30 tonight like always 🙂
The forest flies are back, can’t say I’ve missed them but at least they’re just annoying, not biting. I’ve seen plenty of dragonflies, very many hornets and several butterflies too today. None sat still long enough to get photographed though so You’ll have to trust me on that one 🙂 My tomato plants are doing fine and I have several small tomatoes growing already, photo will come tomorrow. So today has been rather nice so far, especially since I only work till noon on Fridays 🙂
It is not an eat a lot food day today, I think I’ll just have some yoghurt and granola.
Have a great day!
Finally it feels like summer has arrived, today we reached 22C (71,6F) and a weak wind blows and it’s quite nice outside. We woke up at this morning and went out for a walk before we had any breakfast. The cows were quite loud and it sounded as if they were communicating to herds further away. When one group quieted down another answered.
It feels hard to have to go to work after a morning walk like that but I do like to be able to pay my bills so off to work I went 🙂 It has been one of those days when some parts have flown away and others have felt like time stood absolutely still. I’m having trouble with my right shoulder again so I’ve an appointment at the doctor in Monday two weeks. It’s times like this I’m so glad I’m ambidexter 🙂 Next week is a short working week though. Midsummer is almost as big as Christmas here, perhaps even bigger and I’ll tell You more about it next week. It is an all pagan holiday though even if the church has done its best to make it a Christian one 🙂
I went out with the Hasselblad camera yesterday so I finally could send in three rolls of film to be developed. The one I placed wrong in the camera so I never got any photos 🙂 was the roll where I had been to the old tomb field, so I’ll have to go there again some other time, preferable when it is foggy, there’s nothing like old graves and fog 🙂 especially if the sun is breaking through too at the same time.
It is time to make something to eat and after that I’ll get out into the garden so I can play with the dogs, one never knows how long this weather will stay.
Have a great day!
We woke up at 4:30 this morning and since the sun was on its way up I thought we just as well could take a walk. I have to admit that I got a bit surprised when I saw how cold it was outside -1C (30,2F). The world wasn’t covered in white but the frost did cover lots of plants even though the sun heated up the air rapidly.
We walked down the road towards the fields and later on the creek so we would be as much as possible in the sunshine. The dogs didn’t mind if it was cold but I did 🙂 I brought the camera with me so all photos You see today comes from our morning walk. I had hoped that I would see the fox that usually walks at the end of that road every morning but I guess we were a bit too early this time.
The day has been even warmer than yesterday and I don’t think we’ve had any wind at all either. So I only wore a t-shirt on our walk this afternoon. I brought the Hasselblad camera with me, there was still five photos to take before I will send the film rolls to get developed. I took some what I think really nice photos but to my surprise there will be no photos from this roll of film, I’ve put it in backwards 🙂 ( The film is covered by paper on the backside so no photos if it is put in the wrong way 🙂 ) I tried to roll it back again so I could start all over but I failed miserably 🙂
It is time for something to eat and to see the news on tv before I go to bed.
Have a great day!
if I told You that the day has been just wonderful with lots of sunshine (shining through lots of tiny clouds) and relatively warm too? I talked with my neighbor when we came home from our walk and he sounded really surprised when he said, this is nothing at all like the predictions for today 🙂 I’m not sure why he was surprised though, after all most of us were working today and since when have they come even close to what they have predicted lately 🙂
So it was very nice to walk out to the bog with the dogs after work and I would have had the door open for much longer if I had had any mosquito nets at home, I’ve tried to kill one who has been flying around my head for a while now. I guess we’ll have plenty of them if it stays this warm from now on (around 19C (66,2F)) but I’ll take it with a calm mind, I tend to get immune to the itching after a few bites anyway 🙂
I still have some replanting to do and lots of seedlings needs new homes in the flower beds, I was so grumpy yesterday that I took naps most of the day 🙂 several hours actually but I was still tired already around 9 pm so I went to bed and slept until 4:30 this morning. I guess I needed that because I’m not even close to as tired today as I’ve been these latest two weeks when we have been working overtime almost every morning.
I will continue to boil minced meat to Orvar even if his stomach seems perfect right now. One third of his meal is minced meat, one third is his normal dog food and one third is boiled rice. He loves it and now when Hector isn’t around any more he get to eat it all himself. Hector was a wonderful dog but a bad food thief 🙂 🙂 I do miss him a lot, my special guy. I tend to look back to see where he is every time we’re out walking because he always wanted to go behind me and last of us all so he could keep an eye on his pack 🙂
It is time to make myself something to eat, all the others have already gotten their dinner now. I once read that the leader of the pack, the human that is, always should eat first, what nonsense 🙂 Sune would go insane if he had to wait until I had eaten and it would have been impossible for me to enjoy any food while he would sit next to me more or less howling until he got his food 🙂 🙂 🙂
Have a great day!