Archive for October, 2015

I just hate those flies!

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This is a not doing much day, it is grey and somewhat foggy outside but rather warm even if it isn’t even remotely close to what they predicted earlier in the week. At least it isn’t raining even if we actually need quite a lot of rain now, mostΒ smaller creeks are now totally dry and even the bigger ones show signs of a draught here now. I don’t mind to be honest, I’m hoping this might kill lots of fly larvae who needs wet or moist ground to survive.

 

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Not much of a fog to be honest but it looks like it’s getting thicker now.

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We went down to the bog and the smaller creek today but I turned around quickly when I suddenly had at least four moose flies crawling around on my arms and hands at the same time. I think I had a few in my hair as well and that is truly a nasty feeling. They don’t die if one hits them either, they just shrug a bit and keeps on crawling around. Their bite is nasty and they spread the same diseases as ticks do. A moose fly looks very much like deer lice and I truly hate them. We really need a really cold night so they all die!

 

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I couldn’t get rid of that feeling some were crawling around in my hair so as soon as I came home I shaved it all off πŸ™‚ It was time to do so anyway but this helped me to actually do it πŸ™‚ There were no in my hair though and it still feels like they are there πŸ™‚ So now I need to find my baseball cap to wear as soon as we walk in to the forest again, there’s no need for one otherwise because it’s so warm still.

 

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It is time to start thinking of a photo to use as christmas card. I have a few old ones that I can use but I still have time to photograph something else if I want to. Traditional christmas cards here usually have red birds, like the Bullfinch, the Yule gnome of course. Pigs are rather common too and sometimes if it shows the nature there’s usually Red toadstools in them too. So the ultimate card should show all of those I think but I doubt I’ll manage to get them all in to one photo πŸ™‚ Especially the gnome will be tough to get πŸ™‚

 

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Not much water in the creeks now. We had gotten this far when suddeenly all the moose flies landed on me, they need wet ground for their larvae.
Not much water in the creeks now. We had gotten this far when suddenly all the moose flies landed on me, they need wet ground for their larvae.

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It is time to make a pot of tea and perhaps we’ll manage to take another walk before it gets dark again. Today the sun rose at 7:17 am and it will set at 4:20 pm and the days just continues to be shorter and shorter.

 

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Have a great day!

 

I still have lots of Minolta photos to show. I've noticed that if one comes close to what the camera can do when it comes to adjustments they tend to become more grainy and somewhat white grainy towards the bottom of the photo.
I still have lots of Minolta photos to show. I’ve noticed that if one comes close to what the camera can do when it comes to adjustments they tend to become more grainy and somewhat white grainy towards the bottom of the photo.

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I ate too much :-)

The cherry trees are the last ones to change colors this autumn.
The cherry trees are the last ones to change colors this autumn.

The day has been grey and gloomy and nothing much has happened. I worked in the neighbor factory today and came back just in time to our weekly meeting. A work friend had his 50th birthday not long ago so he brought us something we call sandwich cake. I’ve heard that this is something very Swedish so I don’t know if You know what it is. Here’s a link to some different ones I found on Google: SmΓΆrgΓ₯stΓ₯rtaΒ A new window should pop up if You click on the red text.

 

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It still looks nice around my cottage.

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It should be made a few days ahead to taste as best. The one we had today was delicious and one of the layers in it was filled with liver pate, something we Swedes love and often have on our sandwiches. But it can also be made with for example tuna and shrimps and the more luxurious ones can be made with lobster, nephrops and perhaps crab and shrimps too πŸ™‚ I ate so much that I’ve decided not to have any dinner but instead make a bowl with vanilla yoghurt, apple slices and cinnamon :-)There’s quite often fruit in it too, today there was pears and peaches in some layers and there’s always lots of mayo πŸ™‚

 

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We had a rather nice walk after work and I haven’t done much after that. It sounds as if they’re showing a Christmas episode of Simpsons on tv, normally they tend to show the old Halloween episodes now. I guess it doesn’t hurt to see something else for a change πŸ™‚

 

Four more from an old Minolta. It isn't easy focusing with these old lenses :-)
Four more from an old Minolta. It isn’t always easy focusing with these old lenses πŸ™‚

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It is time for that yoghurt and after that I’ll read two comic magazines πŸ™‚

Have a great day!


It passed the inspection but…

No new photos until tomorrow, so all photos today are more or less old.
No new photos until tomorrow, so all photos today are more or less old.

I went to the vehicle inspection again yesterday so it would be ok to keep on driving for yet another year and all went well but the inspector found that the petrol tank belt they had changed some weeks ago was attached in the wrong way, the guy who did it put in a lot of work to do it right but his brain sort of stopped working just as he placed that belt and did it in the wrong way so it can move and eventually fall off πŸ™‚

 

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He had even put in an extra security thingymajig but never used it πŸ™‚ so I drove to the garage and they’ll fix it next Friday. I ordered new winter tires at the same time, winter might come any day now even if the predictions says it won’t the coming ten days but You all know what I think of those predictions πŸ™‚ All the other work that had been done was ok though so now I don’t have to think about the vehicle inspection for another year πŸ™‚ They are talking about not having this inspection every year any longer but every second year instead.

 

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On one hand I like that because I get so stressed every time but then again, they do pick away the worst cars from the roads and I always know if I need to fix anything so my car won’t be dangerous to drive and I’m pretty sure they will make it even more expensive to do it when we only have to go every second year. So perhaps already next year I’ll be lucky/ unlucky to not have the inspection, it all depends on how one looks at it.

 

These four are taken with the Edixa.
These four are taken withΒ one of my Minolta cameras.

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It is time for some food and I think I’ll make some cocoa too. They said that we wouldn’t have any frost here for a while so I wasn’t the least surprised that we had it this morning and it does feel rather chilly outside right now so I wouldn’t be the least surprised if we had frost tomorrow morning as well πŸ™‚

 

The rest of todays photos were taken with my mobile phone.
The rest of todays photos were taken with my mobile phone.

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Have a great day!

 

I took these when I was walking from the neighbor factory where I work sometimes.
I took these when I was walking from the neighbor factory where I work sometimes.

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It is time to send those old film stars up in to space now.

I wanted tro catch the moon covered in thgin clouds tonight. But I either got this photo
I wanted to catch the moon covered in thin clouds tonight. But I either got this photo

The moon is full covered by a thin vail of clouds and the fog is slowly moving across the ground now. It feels like frost would arrive at any minute now but the clouds will be thicker the longer we move into the night so I’ll not scrape the car windows tomorrow morning they say.

 

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Today some of the photos will come from the folder "For a rainy day".
Today some of the photos will come from the folder “For a rainy day”.

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IΒ only had half an hour left to work when suddenly all went dark with a bang for a few seconds at work. The light came back but nothing worked as it should after that. The air compressor seems to have died and I really need that one to work if my machines will be able to work too. Thankfully they have an old spare one that they started just before I was leaving. But the painting machine behaved odd for a while too, it refused to blow back the powder that doesn’t stick to the material we’re painting.

 

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I don’t know how or why but suddenly it worked again. The ventilation gave up too so they had to call the Β maintenance man who just had left work, I hope he can start it up again because the ovens and the big washing machine just makes it too hot in the paint department if it doesn’t work. No one knows why this happened so we started talking about the big asteroid that will pass between earth and the moon on Halloween. We said that smaller objects now were hitting the earth making the electricity stop for shorter periods of time and then the big one will hit even if they say it won’t πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

 

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I guess it might be time to send up those old film stars so they can blow it up, after all they did it in the film Armageddon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

 

These are from one of the old cameras.
These are from one of the old cameras.

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It is time for something to eat and I think I’ll have cocoa today.

Have a great day!

 

This one is over one year old.
This one is over one year old.

I wish they could leave the time alone.

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I really don’t like the change of time, today I woke up at three am. For three weeks I’ve started an hour earlier every morning so I’ve been up around 4:40 in the morning and today we went back to normal hours which means I can sleep an hour longer but my brain really didn’t understand that so we woke up an hour earlier than last week πŸ™‚ I wish they just stopped this nonsense.

 

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But I did get a beautiful sunrise right in my eyes when I drove to work and a beautiful sunset when I drove home. it was more or less pitch black when I came home and since I couldn’t find any flashlight we never took any walk after work. I’ll have one tomorrow, restless dogs is no fun to have indoors πŸ™‚

 

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Lots of refugees are coming to Sweden now, mostly people from Syria but also from the other war hit countries nearby like Afghanistan and Iraq. So many are coming that we now have problems to find any places for them to live. I heard of one place far north called RiksgrΓ€nsen (something like the border of the kingdom or realm). It is a rather well known place to go skiing downhill but the hotels don’t open up until February so there are plenty of space to stay at right now.

 

One of the Minolta cameras.
One of the Minolta cameras.

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Taken when Orvar still was around.
Taken when Orvar still was around.

The refugees like it but the reporter described the place like “Something from the book The Shining πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Almost no people live up there and this time of year it’s shut down and deserted and I can understand how he was thinking but lets hope it stays by that πŸ™‚ We also have lots of poor people from south-eastern Europe here begging outside populated areas like stores. I’ve seen photos and reportage on tv that shows how they live in their home countries so I can fully understand why they go up here to get some money, they really have no hope where they are living.

 

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The little village where I work before anyone woke up.
The little village where I work before anyone woke up. I think this was taken a Saturday morning.

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We even have a lady sitting outside the grocery store in the village where I work. We talk Swedish with her and she answers in her language πŸ™‚ Many of these beggars are threatened and abused but so far this woman has been treated well. I guess those who hated these people forgot about them now when all the refugees comes, I guess it is hard to spread the hate towards several groups at the same time. Many of these people from southern Europe have realised that people tend to be kinder to them if they instead of begging sell things instead, so now many weave baskets or make other things that they sell to people passing by. I doubt however that this would work as well in such a small village as the one I work in.

 

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The rest of the photos were taken with the Edixa and the Jupiter lens.
The rest of the photos were taken with the Edixa and the Jupiter lens.

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It is time to make something to eat and then some tv I think. No photos from today since it was dark when I came home.

 

Up by the Abbey ruin in Gudhem.
Up by the Abbey ruin in Gudhem.

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A view over the lake and the mountain in the back is actually further away than it looks. It is called Kinnekulle.

 

Have a great day!


The sun is shining.

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This has been one of those days that despite wonderful weather outside I’ve mostly been indoors doing very little. Β I did take a nap today too but this time I think I only slept for an hour πŸ™‚ but I must admit that if it hadn’t been for Sune, he really wanted to go outside, I would most likely kept on sleeping for a few more hours.

 

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We went down to the creek and walked a bit upstream. The digger had pressed down thge grass nicely :-)
We went down to the creek and walked a bit upstream. The digger had pressed down the grass nicely πŸ™‚

I have done the laundry though and we have been out for a few walks but that’s it. I hope this is the last fight from the cold so I’ll get ny energy back again, especially since it from now on will be dark on my way to work and dark when I’m driving home again. I really need to win the lottery so I can get some daylight during winter too πŸ™‚

 

It was easy to see where the digger had sunk down :-) The ground was so soft that I didn't dare continue.
It was easy to see where the digger had sunk down πŸ™‚ The ground was so soft that I didn’t dare continue.

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I think we’ll go out for a walk again before the sun sets and it will get dark. After that I think I’ll need a pot of tea to be able to stay awake more than an hour πŸ™‚

 

Bertil's eyes glowed evelishly down by the creek :-)
Bertil’s eyes glowed devilishly down by the creek πŸ™‚

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Have a great day!

 

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Might as well bake a bread.

I took some photos of the night sky yesterday. ISO 4000 and the shutter open for 30 seconds.
I took some photos of the night sky yesterday. ISO 4000 and the shutter open for 30 seconds. So many stars shows so it is hard to see that this is the Ursa Major.

We’re having a grey and dull here with the occasional dripping from the sky. Not especially bad to be honest but not nice enough to want me to go outside. We did have sunshine this morning for around ten minutes and I guess that’ll be all we get today.

 

i THINK THAT vIRGO CAN BE SEEN SOMEWHERE IN ALL THESE STARS :-)
I think Virgo can be seen in all these stars πŸ™‚
I made this photo brighter and even more stars can be seen. Well both stars and galaxies but I would need a fantastic and expensive lens to see the differense :-)
I made this photo brighter and even more stars can be seen. Well both stars and galaxies but I would need a fantastic and expensive lens to see the difference πŸ™‚

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I thought it would be nice to take a small nap after the walk and slept for over three hours πŸ™‚ I guess I really need it since I’ve now had this cold for four weeks. I do feel a bit better though so I hope it’ll be all over after this weekend.

 

This is taken towards west, can't say much more about the night sky I'm afraid :-) I do have maps but the camera just shows too many stars :-) I'm hoping that tomorrow early morning will be clear so I can take a photo of Mars and Jupiter and Orion's belt.
I think this might show Virgo again but I’m not sure. Β I do have maps but the camera just shows too many stars πŸ™‚ I’m hoping that tomorrow early morning will be clear so I can take a photo of Mars and Jupiter and Orion’s belt.
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There were a few more gaps in the sky to let the sunshine in but now it is all grey up there.

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Tomorrow we’ll go back to normal time again and we’ll also stop working those earlier hours at work as we’ve had for three weeks now. I can’t say I like either change because now it’ll be dark when I drive to work and dark when I come home again. More and more people are protesting about the daylight savings time and we all want to have British time all year round instead. Naturally the politicians refuse to do anything like that even though they now know lots of people die of heart attacks just because of the time change.

 

These four photos were taken earlier in the week.
These four photos were taken earlier in the week.

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I’m baking rye bread right now and today I’m making it with the left over vanilla/ apple yoghurt, rosemary and some honey. Smells rather nice now when it is rising and I’m pretty sure it will taste good too πŸ™‚ I never follow any recipe, I just toss in what I think might taste good, the only thing I always have the same is the amount of fluid I’ll have in it so I know how much flour I’ll need.

 

These four are taken with the Edixa with the Jupiter lens.
These four are taken with the Edixa with the Jupiter lens.

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It is time to take out the bread and knead it some more before the second rising and then in to the oven.

 

These might be taken with the Minolta 5000 :-) I do get the feeling that all these photos taken with the older camneras are from the 1950's and I like that a lot :-)
These might be taken with the Minolta 5000 πŸ™‚ I do get the feeling that all these photos taken with the older cameras are from the 1950’s and I like that a lot πŸ™‚

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Have a great day!


So nice today!

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It’s a warm and sunny but slightly windy day here, last time I looked the temperature had reached 14C (57,2F) and our after work walk was really nice. I had my winter jacket on and as soon as we were out of reach for the wind it got too warm wearing it πŸ™‚

 

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I drove to the garage directly after work, the last thingy would be changed that they got an error code on andΒ I don’t think it took five minutes to change it. The garage owner however was out on an errand when I arrived and the employee didn’t know exactly what was supposed to be done so we both stood outside in the sunshine leaning towards the wall and just enjoyed life.

 

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I still haven’t paid the bill though, he doesn’t want me to do that until he knows the car is ok. So I asked him if I would start to cry when I finally saw it but he said no, no πŸ™‚ They have only put in used but functioning parts now because the car is old and soon it won’t be economical to repair it. This time however I have already paid so much in repair costs that I really need to keep it for at least one more yer πŸ™‚ I do like my car and I will keep it for as long as possible.

 

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Now I’ll drive around with this new thingy in my car for a few days so we know that it works as it should and that the car stops coughing while I drive around in it πŸ™‚ I need to buy new winter tires too soon but I hope this warm weather continues for quite some time because I’m so tired of paying car bills right now πŸ™‚

 

 

These four were taken with the Edixa and Jupiter lens. They show Gudhem's abbey ruin.
These four were taken with the Edixa and Jupiter lens. They show Gudhem’s abbey ruin.

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This is a copy of the grave after the ” Queen” (well she was called a queen even if the land she ruled over was quite tiny) who donated the money to build the abbey.

 

Yesterday a nazi went in to a school here in Sweden and stabbed two people to death with a knife. Two more are badly injured but it sounds as if they’ll survive. The nazi himself got shot by the police and died later in the evening too. Lately several refugee centers have been burned down so even if I got surprised that something like the school killing happened it still wasn’t totally unexpected. I’m afraid the brown ghost has risen again.

 

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I think these four are taken with the Minolta 5000.

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It is time to get something to eat and I’ll have a big pot of tea with it. I think I’ll watch some tv, not because there’s anything interesting but I do sleep so well in front of it πŸ™‚

 

This one is bad and I've cut out a small part of the photo. It shows EWuropean goildfinches. These four photos are most likely taken with a Minolta 300.
This one is bad and I’ve cut out a small part of the photo. It shows European goldfinches. These four photos are most likely taken with a Minolta 300.

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Have a great day!

 

I have no idea what camera I used here :-) Only seven out of thirtyseven was good enough to be able to see what the photos were showing :-)
I have no idea what camera I used here πŸ™‚ Only seven out of thirty-seven was good enough to be able to see what the photos were showing πŸ™‚ I think I might have adjusted the lightmeter wrong so it measured the light for an ISO 400 film instead of ISO 160 film πŸ™‚

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Finally!

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Nothing much has happened since Tuesday and I can’t think of anything to write about but they have finally developed my film rolls. From what I’ve seen so far one roll only have a few photos that are anything to have, the rest are too dark and just look strange.

 

The Broccoli flower is quite beautiful.
The Broccoli flower is quite beautiful.

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The best photos seems to come from the old Edixa with a Soviet lens called Jupiter 11. That lens is really good but this one is a bit odd because they did something wrong when they put it together, it says the aperture is as biggest when it actually is the smallest and the opposite πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It was a bit tricky to use it but I figured out how to use it anyway.Β 

 

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The Soviet factories didn’t always have the materials they needed and the quality could be rather sad even if it was something they wanted to export to the western world. I guess that the one checking the quality for this lens either were asleep or drunk πŸ™‚ But it works and is good, I just need to rethink how I’ll adjust it πŸ™‚

 

I brought the camera with me to work one day and stopped along the way to take a few photos. This shows the giant silo in KvΓ€num, there are several in the area and  it is possible to see more than one in some places.
I brought the camera with me to work one day and stopped along the way to take a few photos. This shows the giant silo in KvΓ€num, there are several in the area and it is possible to see more than one in some places.

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The house is now empty and they don't sell and Fiat's or Alfa Romeo's there any more. But they do sell used cars, just call a number one can see on a big sign in one of the windows :-)
The house is now empty and they don’t sell and Fiat’s or Alfa Romeo’s there any more. But they do sell used cars, just call a number one can see on a big sign in one of the windows πŸ™‚

I’ll leave You with some photos taken with the Edixa and the Jupiter lens.

 

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This is, if I'm correct informed, an ols smithy. The owner has been fixing it for years but the kids in the area loves to throw stones through the windows. The county refused to understand that it was kids doing this and threatened him with a fine if he didn't keep the place looking fine. It wasn't until the newspapers started to write about it that they finally understood and took back the threat :-)
This is, if I’m correct informed, an ols smithy. The owner has been fixing it for years but the kids in the area loves to throw stones through the windows. The county refused to understand that it was kids doing this and threatened him with a fine if he didn’t keep the place looking fine. It wasn’t until the newspapers started to write about it that they finally understood and took back the threat πŸ™‚ It is sad that they never want to understand anything until the news papers gets involved!

Have a great day!

 

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It was nice to be able to see the road I was driving on.

All photos today comes from the folder "For a rainy day".
All photos today comes from the folder “For a rainy day”.

We didn’t have frost or fog this morning, they finally got it right with the weather prediction πŸ™‚ It was so nice to not have to scrape the car windows and to actually be able to see the road I was driving on πŸ™‚ The big road (the one You could see photos from here in an earlier post) was almost totally empty and the car behaved as it should, I got this feeling of harmony and the feeling of that nothing can go wrong, so I was thinking that I could just go on driving until I had no more petrol in my car and then just keep going until the ocean would stop me.

 

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But I knew that those feelings soon would disappear when I came to a cross-road some miles away and then it would all go back to normal anyway. So I turned where I was supposed to and drove to work. It wasn’t too bad to work either to be honest and the day passed rather quickly. I’ll be working in the neighbor factory tomorrow and on Thursday so those days will pass fast too even if I’ll be painting really big things that weighs around 500kg ( over 1100 pounds) hanging in the air and really heavy to move even if I have the right equipment.

 

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This was what I could think of writing today, my mind is quite blank and I think I need more vanilla yoghurt with sliced apples and cinnamon πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!


Hard as concrete.

All photos today comes from the folder "For a rainy day".
All photos today comes from the folder “For a rainy day”.

Every time the fixed one error code in my car a new one turned up. When they thought they finally had fixed the last one they took a run with the car and just as they were turning off the motor a new error code turned up πŸ™‚ The car is old so they are mainly using used but working parts, otherwise I would most likely cry when I see the bill on Friday when they’ll fix this last thing (knock on wood).

 

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Despite predictions fog turned up last night and naturally we had frost too, I wouldn’t have mind it on a weekend but the ice was as strong as concrete when I tried to scrape the car windows and the fog was so thick that it was hard to see where I was driving. It was even worse than usual since I had left my car at the garage and used their pick up instead, it is like driving a battle ship compared to my own car πŸ™‚ But I have to say that it has a fantastic heater, it was so warm in the car that even after I had lowered it a lot I still had to drive with one window open πŸ™‚

 

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I found one with Orvar in it :-)
I found one with Orvar in it πŸ™‚

I met the land owner of most of the forest here when we were out walking after work. They had decided to destroy the latest dam the beavers had built upstream towards the bog. So they drove a big digger up on the rather soggy roads and got stuck. The reason the road was so soggy was because someone else already had torn down the dam πŸ™‚ Too bad they didn’t tell the land owner who now have the problem of trying to get the digger back to more solid ground again. I did think someone already had torn down the dam because the water level is quite high in the creek but no rain has fallen in weeks.

 

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It is time to make something to eat and a big cup of warm cocoa. They say we won’t get any frost tonight but I’ll believe it if it happens πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!


Just as they predicted.

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The sun has fought a long time now and finally it has done its job on the chilly, wonderful fog we had here all morning. I woke up to a frosty morning as well and I must say I enjoyed it a lot. I do prefer warm summer days but since I can’t stop colder weather from coming here I might as well just enjoy mornings like this πŸ™‚ I guess I’ll be happy for as long as we don’t get any snow πŸ™‚

 

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We walked down to the creek but I didn’t hope to see any hogs in the fog, the castles cattle was walking in the fields close to the forest and I’ve noticed that very few wild animals seems to like cattle or tame animals and tend to stay away when those are out in the fields. We were a lot down by the fields beside the creek yesterday too, I had brought my old Hasselblad camera and without noticing it I dropped the light meter. Not the best places to do that I’m afraid.

 

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I had of course not watched how or where I was walking around in that field but I knew I didn’t go especially close to the creek. If Orvar still would have been around this would not have been any problem, he was a master of finding dropped things. Nova and Sune however is rather lousy in doing that πŸ™‚ Orvar was a natural so I only gave him something to smell and then told him to find it. Nova smelled on the little bag where the light meter used to be in and ran away and Sune tried to chew on it πŸ™‚

 

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I walked around in that field for an hour and just couldn’t find it. The grass is semi long so anything that sort of slid beneath the grass would be hidden for the rest of the time. So we went home and I found another lightmeter on our eBay (called Tradera) and was quite annoyed that I had been so sloppy and dropped it. We went back there in the afternoon and after a while I started to walk perhaps 5 meters (much the same in yards) closer to the creek ands I found it πŸ™‚ Pure luck because I was close to kick on it before I finally saw it πŸ™‚ So I rushed home and went in on Tradera to reduce the size of my bid. Guess if I was glad not to win that light meter πŸ™‚

 

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It is time to make a big pot of tea, I’ve already fallen asleep in front of the tv twice this morning πŸ™‚ so perhaps it would be better to make a big pot of coffee instead πŸ™‚ I think they show NCIS Los Angeles soon and I guess that is a good as anything they show this morning. They tend to find way too many muslim terrorists though πŸ™‚ It may look like something else in the beginning but it always turns out that way. At least Hetty is an interesting person in that show πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!


Kind of useless fog.

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We didn’t get any frost last night and the fog we got was sort of a waste to be honest. It was more like a bit thicker haze and only made everything look grey and dull, all colors were dampened. The hunters arrived early too so we couldn’t take a walk in the forest either which annoyed me a bit.

 

Todays fog was kind of useless, it just dampened all the colors.
Todays fog was kind of useless, it just dampened all the colors.

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I tried to take photos of the night sky last night and scared my neighbor when I suddenly started to talk to her when she went out into her garden, I had turned of all my lights so she couldn’t see me and I thought it would be a good idea to tell her I was out there πŸ™‚ I think it was better to do that than that she would start to wonder what was moving around in my garden making quiet but odd sounds πŸ™‚

 

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But all photos came out rather blurry, the tele-photo lens is heavy enough for both my tripods to start moving slightly, I had the shutter open for 30 seconds. So tonight I’ll go outside again but with a much smaller lens and try it again and hope for the best.

 

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Trumpet swans flying south.
Trumpet swans flying south.

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Iron age graves and a twentieth century house.
Iron age graves and a twentieth century house.

It looks like the sun finally is breaking through the clouds and they have predicted a sunny afternoon so I hope they’re right for once. I really need to vacuum this place and to scrub the floors too but that can wait until tomorrow, I just don’t have the energy to do it now even if I have had a rather nice nap πŸ™‚

 

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Cranes flying south. The fog was much thicker higher up in the air.

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I could of course go outside to the wood shed to chop some fire wood but I think I rather make some tea and see if there’s anything on tv or take another walk with the dogs πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!


Another chilly morning.

I took a few photos around 7:30 outside my work place this morning.
I took a few photos around 7:30 outside my work place this morning. ISO 4000 and still the photos are rather dark.

We woke up to an even colder and foggier morning today, -4,5C (23,9F). It was beautiful but since I didn’t know what the road would be like and that it is impossible to see any animals close or on the road until it might be too late it was anything but fun to drive around in. So I drove rather slowly just in case.

 

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The first photo on my way home. I was alone on the road so I could drive rathger slow to take these photos.
The first photo on my way home. I was alone on the road so I could drive rather slow to take these photos. This is the church in KvΓ€num.Β 

I brought my camera with me so I can show You what the road home from work looks like now. This was actually the first time I had my camera on fully automatic mode and I didn’t like it at all. For some reason the camera decided to use the flash even though it was quite bright on my way home. I tried to edit it but those photos do look a bit odd but You’ll see what it looks like anyway πŸ™‚

 

This is the Vastgota plains so it is almost totally flat and farm country.
This is the Vastgota plains so it is almost totally flat and farm country.

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Here You can see the top of the church in EdsvΓ€ra.
Here You can see the top of the church in EdsvΓ€ra.

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I had to buy a new coffee maker (I make tea in mine most of the time) on my way home. I really wanted a small one just big enough to make two big cups but the problems with these small machines is that designers who make them always seems to think that the most important thing with them is to look cute, if it works pouring out anything without spilling everywhere isn’t that important. My last machine was like that so this time I bought a normal sized one.

 

The colors can be a bit odd since the camera insisted on using the flash which got reflected in the car window.
The colors can be a bit odd since the camera insisted on using the flash which got reflected in the car window.

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It is black and takes up way to much space so now I need to see what I really want to have standing on the kitchen counter. It did make hot tea though and that is so important that the space problem really is rather small πŸ™‚ I still haven’t gotten my films developed so I mailed the business yesterday and they answered that they are moving to a new place and that it will take some time until everything works as normal again but they have received my film rolls. I can be patient as long as I know the rolls have arrived to them.

 

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Finally at home walking with the dogs.

Finally at home walking with the dogs.

It is time for something to eat, the dogs and cats have just had their dinners. I think I’ll make some tea with my new machine, I woke up by coughing so much already before four this morning so I doubt that any tea will keep me awake for especially long tonight πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!

 

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It’s cold outside.

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I woke up to a foggy morning, with frost! Too bad I had to drive to work because the light was fantastic when it became strong enough. I did take a few photos at work but I haven’t moved them to my computer yet. I can mail them to myself which is the easiest way but I never remember to do it πŸ™‚ I did try Bluetooth a few weeks ago and that was more or less a disaster πŸ™‚

They have stopped hunting now, a neighbor herd some shots yesterday and no one was out in the forest today.
They have stopped hunting now, a neighbor herd some shots yesterday and no one was out in the forest today.
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Hazy building up to foggy.

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I placed the phone right beside the laptop and both it and both started to search after each other. It took twenty minutes until they found each other πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ The distance was less than two inches and still it took that long. When my phone finally started to transmit the photos I’ve chosen only one managed to arrive to my laptop πŸ™‚ I blame of course windows 8 even if it most likely has absolutely nothing to do with it πŸ™‚

 

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They say we’ll have much the same morning tomorrow and perhaps on Saturday too. I do like the fog when I don’t have to work, I’m not that fond of it when I need to drive around in it πŸ™‚ especially not when we have frost and the roads might be a bit slippery. In my mind, all the way to work, I see how big animals run out in front of my car and even though I do what I can to stop the car I fail and hit the poor animal. Guess if I drive extra carefully mornings like these πŸ™‚

 

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My car still acts a bit odd now and again so the garage has decided they need to drive around in it because they can see that things doesn’t work as they should when they check with the computer but they can’t see why and it seems that there are several different thing on the car that can cause this problem. So I’ll drive there on Monday morning and take their car to work. I think this is a better solution that to change each and every thing that might be the bad part, with my luck it would be the last part they change that would be the broken one πŸ™‚

 

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It is time for something to eat and I think I’ll have cocoa with it. I have been thinking of starting a fire in the stove but I don’t have much fire wood here in the kitchen and I really have no wish to go outside to chop some more, it is cold outside πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!

 

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We were lucky not to meet any of them.

Todays photos are a mix from yesterday and today.
Todays photos are a mix from yesterday and today.

The hunters were out in the forest today again and will most likely be out there the entire week. Most hunters take a week’s vacation when the moose hunting season starts so even if they already might have shot what they are allowed to they have nothing else to do so they’ll most likely go out there anyway πŸ™‚

 

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We walked in to the village yesterday and I really didn’t want to walk there again, so instead of walking on the road where they had put up signs we walked in the big cow pasture beside it. The problem was that I had no idea if the cows might be in that part of the pasture or not πŸ™‚ It is not a good Β thing to meet a cow with a calf if one is walking there with dogs.

 

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Lots of photos showing those trees, they do shine bright here in the village.

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But I figured that if we would see any cows and calves I would have time to toss the dogs over to the pasture on the other side of the fence, the cows would have no interest in me so I would be able to walk on one side of the fence and the dogs on the other. The cows know very well how the electric fence works so they would understand that the dogs would be no threat to their calves.

 

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We were however lucky and didn’t meet any animal until we were on Β our way out of the pasture and the one we met was a calf without its mother hanging around. It has been a nice day today but now deep grey clouds hang above our heads. There’s no rain predicted but even I can see that the nature now need rain, it is so dry that even the mushroom dries out and dwindles.

 

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It was easiest to walk where the cows walks mostly. That also meant that I walked in lots of cow dung πŸ™‚

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This was the only one we met.
This was the only one we met.

It is time for something to eat and a pot of cocoa. No need for a fire in the stove today and by looking at the predictions it won’t be necessary for some days more.

 

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She must feel comfortable when we come close, last time she peed while I was photographing her, today she pooped :-)
She must feel comfortable when we come close, last time she peed while I was photographing her, today she pooped πŸ™‚

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Have a great day!

 

The tree of many colors :-)
The tree of many colors πŸ™‚

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The first one for the season.

It was so dark outside this morning even after the sun had risen that I needed to use ISO 4000 and still the photos got bthis dark.
It was so dark outside this morning even after the sun had risen that I needed to use ISO 4000 and still the photos got this dark.

Yesterday it happened, I started the first fire in the stove for this season and for once I didn’t get a back draft. Normally I fill the entire cottage with smoke, the fire alarm starts shouting and I open the doors and shout to my neighbor that there’s no fire in my home πŸ™‚ I guess that could be a good thing if my home had been filled with bed bugs πŸ™‚ but it isn’t and the smoke smell stays in the walls for weeks. Not this year though πŸ™‚

 

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Lots of flocks with geese in the air this morning, all heading south.
Lots of flocks with geese in the air this morning, all heading south.

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I became even warmer when I was chopping the fire wood though. The handle of one of my old axes had broken and the ax itself was buried deep down into a big piece of fire wood. I couldn’t remove it so I had to get my big sledge-hammer and knock it down bit by bit. Naturally it was a piece of apple tree and there’s nothing as tough to chop as old apple tree. I was prepared to skip the fire when I finally managed to split it apart. I think I’ll go out to the wood shed to get some more fire wood today even if it at the moment feels rather warm outside.

 

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It has been cloudy all morning here but the predictions says the clouds will open up and that the afternoon will be rather sunny. The night will be cold though and both the big weather sites say more or less the same thing so I guess this might be predictions fairly close to the truth. I’ll need to be very alert on my way to work tomorrow since the moose hunting season starts and lots of people will be walking around in the dark in the forest stressing all animals and lots of them will be running out on the roads just around the time I’ll be driving to work.

 

I have thankfully some more sunny photographs from yesterday to show too.
I have thankfully some more sunny photographs from yesterday to show too.

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Lots of cars have been driving around on the small roads here too today and it is of course hunters preparing for tomorrow. They told me that they are allowed to hunt one moose calf this year and also a Red deer and something more I can’t remember and of course wild hogs but they can be hunted all year round as long as there aren’t any piglets around. I hope they’ll get what they want fast so I can have the forest to myself as soon as possible πŸ™‚

 

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It is time to take a walk with the dogs again, then the laundry and after that some wood chopping, I’ll be so tried after the wood chopping that I won’t need the extra heat from the stove to feel warm πŸ™‚

 

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It is hard to come close to a Jay.
It is hard to come close to a Jay.

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Have a great day!

 

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Passion fruit flower in my kitchen right now, not the one that we eat the fruit from though.

I don’t like some changes.

The gapbetween the clouds was just big enough to letbthe first light in.
The gap between the clouds was just big enough to let the first light in.

What insane idiot decides that the computer has the right to “make my photos better” when they are downloaded?? Yes I can change that setting but not until I actually knows this is what the computer will do. Of course it should have popped up a little note on the screen before the photos were downloaded that I could choose that as an option! So suddenly all my photos were very bright and those showing the sky showed a clear blue one instead of the dark grey we actually had here!!!

 

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I tried several times to take the photo when the light was reflected in one of the wings in the middle wind power plant :-)
I tried several times to take the photo when the light was reflected in one of the wings in the middle wind power plant πŸ™‚
European Jackdaws. This is a tiny flock compared to those in the cities.
European Jackdaws. This is a tiny flock compared to those in the cities.
We had some crows here too. They don't like Ravens and we have lots of Ravens here so the crows are a rare sight.
We had some crows here too. They don’t like Ravens and we have lots of Ravens here so the crows are a rare sight.

But firstly I had a big problem finding the photos at all. I saw how the computer downloaded them but I couldn’t find them anywhere and neither could the computer when I searched for them πŸ™‚ It took me several tries until they showed in the photo programΒ but I still couldn’t find a folder so I easily could find them again. I downloaded them to my editing program and did what I could to make the photos look as they did when I took them and not until I saved the photos after that editing a folder turned up. The problem was that the folder just was called 2015-10 the date of today didn’t show but that is at least an easy thing to change.

 

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I also noticed, while I was in the settings changing the make Your photo better thing that the computer also would download my photos to a cloud, hell no I said and changed those settings too! I have also changed some settings after Birgit told me here to keep my privacy as private as possible because windows will take any info from my computer and use it in ways I might not like. Ok, I don’t have any secrets but I still want them to ask for permission if they want to use anything I do on my computer.

 

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The sky looks very blue in my computer so I didn’t managed to get it as grey as I had hoped for. Thank you Windows 10!

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Well, I usually buy myself a present when it is Christmas so I think I’ll see if I can find a MAC on the Pawn shops website, anything must be better than Windows. I’ve also been thinking of Linux for a long time but never found a place from where I can download it, at least not a site I think is safe πŸ™‚ I think I’ll do that next time I get a new computer and if it isn’t a MAC.

 

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But besides from these annoying things it does work pretty good, actually a bit faster than it did when I had Windows 8.1 but I have to admit that it took quite some time until I figured out how to start the internet, they had changed that too πŸ™‚

 

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The morning has been chilly but not cold and the sky was mostly cloudy when we went out on our walk. I saw very few wild animals, a few deer and three swans flying by but that’s it. I did hear lots of geese though but they were o a field too far to walk to. Yesterday, on my way to work, a moose decided to walk out on the road in front of my car. I had already seen it so I managed to stop the car just a few meters from it. It was either a calf from last year or a cow without a calf. Beautiful animals but actually pretty dangerous, it happens that they kill people by kicking them to death.

 

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It is time to have something to eat and a pot of tea too I think, after that I’ll have a nap πŸ™‚

Have a great day!


Who should I believe :-)

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I’m looking at weather predictions, the biggest Swedish one says clear night and morning but cloudy afternoon and the biggest Norwegian says cloudy night and morning but sunny evening πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I do hope the Swedish one is right this time because I want to see the sunrise when we’re out walking tomorrow morning. So far we managed to stay away from the really cold nights that they’ve had further north but it’s just a matter of time till it happens here too.

 

A leaf on my Sorbus domestica, a Rowan species.
A leaf on my Sorbus domestica, a Rowan species.

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I went to the garage after work to pay my bill and to get the new rubber hose that never was put in to my car last time I was there and today I explained how the car behaves when it behaves very odd. The engine works fine on idle running and if I push down the gas pedal without having a gear on but as soon as I put in a gear the engine wants to die when I try to drive. It jumps badly for almost 200 meters (much the same in yards) but then suddenly works like a clock and continues to do so for several days.

 

Our oaks usually turns yellow and brown at the same time.
Our oaks usually turns yellow and brown at the same time.

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So I’ll call the garage on Monday so they can order the failing part and fix what we think is the last thing to fix, knock on wood! If I understood things right it is some kind of valve that doesn’t work properly. It is also time to buy new winter tires but after that I shouldn’t have to pay that much to be able to use my car πŸ™‚

 

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The Fire weed does get fiery red in autumn. But it got its name because it is usually one of the first to start growing where fire has hit the forest.
The Fire weed does get fiery red in autumn. But it got its name because it is usually one of the first to start growing where fire has hit the forest.

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I’m downloading Windows 10 right now, I got a message that I could do it for free now so why not. I know it still has some glitches and ideas that makes the computer work odd but I hope they have solved most of those problems by now. I really don’t like upgrades because I won’t be able to find anything as soon as I start the computer again but Windows 8:1 as I have now isn’t perfect at all either. I still need to unplug the modem every now and again to get anΒ internet connection. The only thing I can do now is to hope for the best and if I don’t return for a while You all will know why πŸ™‚

 

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I went down to that very old tree stump where the tree funguses are so old that moss grows on them and it looks just fine.
I went down to that very old tree stump where the tree funguses are so old that moss grows on them and it looks just fine.

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It is time for something to eat and it is a bit chilly today (even if the thermometer says otherwise) so I’ll make a big pot of cocoa too.

 

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It looks just fine until one look at the back side of it. Wild hogs have had a party with it.
It looks just fine until one look at the back side of it. Wild hogs have had a party with it.

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Have a great day!

 

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Time has just flown by.

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I got my car tax bill yesterday and that’s a bill to cry over πŸ™‚ It costs just as much as the latest car repairs πŸ™‚ They claim the bill is so high because these old cars lets out so much pollutions but to be honest, the vehicle inspections shows that my cars doesn’t let out more than any new car does. Well authorities never really care about reality to be honest, they care more about statistics and make-believe πŸ™‚

 

I saw how this heron landed in the creek and hoped to get a photo of it.
I saw how this heron landed in the creek and hoped to get a photo of it.
Naturally it flew away as soon as it heard us.
Naturally it flew away as soon as it heard us.
Just as it had flown away a second one lifted from the creek.
Just as it had flown away a second one lifted from the creek.

This week has passed so quickly! I think it has to do with my new working hours even if it only is an hour different but even if it isn’t to fun to get up an hour earlier it sure is fun to go home an hour earlier πŸ™‚ It will feel like I’m working over time when we’re going back to our normal hours after three weeks πŸ™‚

 

Sune did what he could to make me chase him to get that stick from him. He always did that with Orvar :-)
Sune did what he could to make me chase him to get that stick from him. He always did that with Orvar πŸ™‚

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A high pressure has placed itself in northern Sweden/ Finland and it makes the arctic winds fly down towards us but it stops all low pressures from west, so Denmark has had some rainy weather this week. The edge of the low pressure clouds however is just around here and so far it has stopped the frost from hitting us at nights but still let us see the sun during the days πŸ™‚ That’s my kind of weather but I know it won’t last for ever. They now have snow in the most northern parts of Sweden but I hope it will take a long time until it comes here.

 

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Nova isn’t much for sticks.
But she loves a good fight :-)
But she loves a good fight πŸ™‚

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I was thinking about writing something here today but it is totally gone from my mind πŸ™‚ I think I thought it was interesting but I’m not sure since I can’t remember πŸ™‚ It is time for something to eat and I think I’ll have a big cup with warm cocoa with it, it is after all autumn now.

 

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Have a great day!


We need more maples.

Todays photos are a mix from sunny yesterday and cloudy today.
Todays photos are a mix from sunny yesterday and cloudy today.

I’m late again so I’ll make this very short. The car is back and it didn’t cost so much that I wanted to cry. I just whined a little πŸ™‚ But they had forgotten one thing, a tube of some kind. They found that bad tube when we changed the rubber seal so it wasn’t noted anywhere.

 

The mountain is full of colors now. Never as colorful as the photos I've seen from the Rocky Mountains though but this isn't too bad either.
The mountain is full of colors now. Never as colorful as the photos I’ve seen from the Rocky Mountains though but this isn’t too bad either.

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We need more exploding red maple leafs!

 

So I’ll go to the garage after work on Friday and I’ll pay what it all costed when that tube is changed. I wanted to pay today but they insisted and I really didn’t want to argue about when I should pay my bill, at least not when it is they who want me to pay later πŸ™‚

 

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I still haven’t gotten those four rolls of film developed yet but I hope I’ll get them by Friday as latest. I think and hope I’ll have some nice photos on those rolls.

 

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Have a great day!


Yesterdays blog is almost unread.

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No blog today because I mowed the second half of my lawn after work and it was even wetter than the first half was and the grass was higher too, so now I have absolutely no energy left to do anything more than to fall asleep in front of the tv πŸ™‚

 

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Instead You can read the post I wrote yesterday, almost no one did according to the statistics πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day and see You tomorrow.


I have mostly slept today.

I imagined how I wouΓΆd be able to place lots of home growm pumpkins on this wheelbarrow. There is one tiny though :-)
I imagined how I would be able to place lots of home-grown pumpkins on this wheelbarrow. There is one tiny though πŸ™‚

I’ve been sleeping a lot today but I’m not sure to why I’ve been so tired I did go to bed a bit early yesterday and besides waking up in the middle of the night because it was too warm in my bedroom, I slept a few hours more than usual. We went out on our walk and the morning was rather nice even if the sky was more or less evenly grey all over.

 

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I fell asleep in the sofa as soon as we came home from our walk. Thankfully I woke up when they showed Phineas and Ferb on the children’s channel πŸ™‚ I fell asleep as soon as it was over and woke up just in time to see the Penguins from Madagascar πŸ™‚ and then I fell asleep again.

 

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They were not especially worried as You can see.

But I have actually managed to do my laundry and I have mowed half my lawn today. The lawn was so wet that now it mostly is a big green mushy porridge like surface. I was thinking I would mow some more tomorrow, perhaps all of what is left. It depends on how wet and how high the grass is out there but that part of the garden is usually much dryer than the rest of it is so I have hopes that I will be able to do it all tomorrow.

 

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Tomorrow I’ll start working an hour earlier than normal so I’ll go to bed a bit earlier today and I can feel that I will have no problems to fall asleep despite that fact that I so far have slept most parts of the day πŸ™‚ I guess the cold just hasn’t left me yet and does its best to stay πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!

 

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It stayed much longer than I thought it would.

Not much fog to be honest but that changed quickly.
Not much fog to be honest but that changed quickly.

They had predicted fog for this morning so I looked out the window as soon as I woke up and became a bit disappointed, I couldn’t see especially much fog to be honest, even less than normal on an autumn morning to be honest. That change quickly, it didn’t even take thirty minutes until we had thick and nice fog here.

 

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We started to walk just before the sun was about to rise above the horizon and I thought that as soon as thatΒ happened the fog would quickly evaporate and vanish but just the opposite happened, the fog just became thicker instead, it rolled around in waves so sometimes it was so thick that I barely could see the road in front of me πŸ™‚ That is fog as I think it should be but only on days when I don’t have to drive to work. I once droveΒ΄in such a thick fog that I missed the road I should turn in to, to reach my job, I drove for miles before I realised my mistake πŸ™‚

 

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We walked down to the creek but I didn’t expect to see any hogs this morning, they have fixed the electric fence again but I think they must change the battery because normally it ticks when power is on and today it was totally quiet. There were lots of cattle around as well and I’ve noticed that when ever there are lots of cattle around there’s very little wildlife around. I did see two deers but that was it. I didn’t even see any moose flies even if it was warm enough for them to be flying around, I know there are out there but I was lucky this morning.

 

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The fog stayed for several hours and I thought it would be a good idea to load one of my old cameras with black and white film and as soon as I was ready to go outside the fog vanished πŸ™‚ I can still see some in the distance so I hope it will make a comeback but I think that despite the cloudy sky we still are closer to sunshine than to more fog. That is what they have predicted anyway. I can always bring the old camera tomorrow morning, the chances of having fog in the mornings now in autumn are pretty big even if it only lasts for a short while.

 

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I think I’ll iron my jeans dry, they are soaking wet after the morning walk. I’ve realised I have bought fantastic shoes though, my feet were completely dry when we came home. I knew it was a good idea to buy shoes from a business that mostly sell clothes, shoes and other things to hunters. They might not be stylish but they sure keep what they promise!

 

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It is time for a pot of tea and then ironing my jeans dry πŸ™‚

Have a great day!

 

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