Archive for February, 2016

Toast and marmalade.

Only older photos today, this one is from the Edixa Reflex.

Only older photos today, this one is from the Edixa Reflex.

It is amazing how some days just pass by faster than light, still I can’t remember that I did especially much. To be honest I barely remember what I did πŸ™‚ I painted some and I cleaned some but nothing special to be honest. I looked out the windows every now and again too and did get a bit annoyed to be honest.

 

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Yesterday they did promise lots of fog and we got none, still we got lots of sunshine instead so I didn’t mind that much. Today they had promised lots of sunshine and we had fog and frost all day πŸ™‚ All day I wished that I could be here at home, walk with the dogs and take lots of photos. There was some daylight left when I came home even if I had stopped by the grocery store on my way home. I just brought the Hasselblad camera with me and I do hope the photos didn’t become too dark. We’ll know when the film is developed.

 

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I was cleaning the paintbox when I suddenly got a craving for toast with orange marmalade and cheese. I don’t know where that came from but I knew that I would have to go to the grocery store to get that white bread that is inedible unless one toast it, orange marmalade and some cheese because I didn’t have much left at home. I actually came home with most of it but instead of orange marmalade I had picked up a jar with apricot marmalade and one jar with pear marmalade πŸ™‚ I think any of those will do to be honest.

 

The eight last photos comes from the Edixa too.

The eight last photos comes from the Edixa too.

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It is time to bring out that toaster of mine, I rarely use it so it always smell a bit odd when I start it up, just like old electric radiators that hasn’t been used during summer and as soon as they are started all the dust gathered inside them burn up πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!


It is another world out there.

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I really need one of those maps orienteers use so I better know where I am while walking on the bog. Not that I was lost but I did try to find where the lake is and I know I was close today but I should most likely have walked a hundred meters or two (much the same in yards) by the creek before I walked out on the bog. I have watched maps here on the net but they don’t show the creeks especially well and then it’s impossible to know where one really is.

 

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We didn’t get any fog as they had predicted and the sun shoved up much later than predicted too but there was no wind so it was quite nice anyway. Nova thought it would be a good idea to get down to the badgers den, twice but I managed to stop her in time :-)Badgers are nice animals but I doubt even they would like a dog visit while they were sleeping through the winter πŸ™‚

 

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I have no idea what scent those two dogs smelled when we went out on the bog but they started behaving crazy so I had to leash them. Not that it helped much because both still tried to follow the track after what ever it was that had passed πŸ™‚ Β As soon as we had passed bridge number three to the other side again they started to behave normal again and chased each other all the way home again. The sun broke finally through the clouds when we were on our way home and it has kept on shining all day long.

 

We call these huge rocks for Gianmt throws. Old folklore says it was giants who threw them when they heard the church bells sound, they really don't like that sound. So far they've always missed all churches :-)

We call these huge rocks for giant throws. Old folklore says it was giants who threw them when they heard the church bells sound, they really don’t like that sound. So far they’ve always missed all churches πŸ™‚

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Later we went out to the bog again but to where we usually walk. To be honest, I didn’t think the ice would carry me but it did, lots more trees here that shadows the ground and much less grass that weakens the ice. It is so nice out there, no sounds from the outside world reach us, it is a totally different world out there. Today I heard how the male Jay sounds when he wants to impress his female and I have to say it sounded very exotic. I didn’t understand what bird it was until I saw it. I thought they only screamed like they always do πŸ™‚ The Swedish name for the Jay is Nut screamer πŸ™‚

 

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All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

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I’ve done the laundry and it is now hanging outside to dry, doubt it will though since I hung it on the north side of the cottage and there’s no wind at all. Doesn’t matter as long as it get that smell before I bring it in to dry instead πŸ™‚ It is time to give the dogs and cats their food and after that I might get something myself πŸ™‚ By the way! I only have twenty percent space left here so I’ll soon move again to a new blog with much the same name. I’ll tell You several times before I leave this place and I’ll give You the address several times before I do too.

 

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Have a great day!


Couldn’t be much better.

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The day has been a perfect springwinter day. The night was pretty chilly and they day has been sunny and reasonable warm. The weak wind has done a good job making it feel much colder though so I’ve tried to stay out of reach for it most of the time. One good thing in springwinter is that the mud still is deep frozen during the warmer days so we are always pretty clean after our walks.

 

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Yesterday on my way home I thought I saw a crane but believed I must have seen wrong but the news says I did see right πŸ™‚ It seems all birds now think spring has sprung and not far north from here several thousand trumpet swans are resting by a lake, still not a record number but chances are big they will break it. The first Doves have arrived to the village too, it looked like it was the Stock dove (Columba oenas, here in Sweden we call it Forest dove) and not the biggerΒ  Common wood-pigeon (Columba palumbus, here we call it Ring dove since it has a white ring around its neck). I could also hear and see the first Common Buzzard.

 

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I don’t trust the birds though, they’ve been very wrong so many times before. Some weather institute is predicting a very warm spring here and I think it is the one that predicted that we were going to get a nasty cold winter this time πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ So I guess it’s best to make sure I have plenty of fire logs and wood prepared because they always seems to get it wrong πŸ™‚ I wouldn’t complain if they were right for once and that we’ll ge a dry spring too, so all fly larvae (the biting and blood sucking ones), mosquito larvae and ticks we still have around will die. I just saw the first flies warming up on my south heading wall, even though they don’t bite I do wish the birds will take them all πŸ™‚

 

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I've always thought this looks like a big rib cage from a big animal but it is actually the rests of a juniper bush which was cut down long ago :-)

I’ve always thought this looks like a big rib cage from a big animal but it is actually the rests of a juniper bush which was cut down long ago πŸ™‚

I should have sown the first tomato plants now but I didn’t remember it until today and now I can’t remember where I put all the different seeds I have πŸ™‚ A good thing with tomato seeds is that they seems to last forever, they just take slightly longer to germinate if they are several years old. Last year was a really good tomato year and that was still a rather crappy summer here, so I’m hoping for a warm spring and a really warm summer this year. I’m also waiting for the potatoes I’ve ordered, I’ve gotten the bill via e-mail but no signs of any potatoes yet.

 

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IΒ΄ts time to take another walk with the dogs before they’ll have their dinner and the :sun will go down. Today the sun went up at 7:08 and it will go down at 5:30 this afternoon. The sun now stays up between 4 to 6 minutes longer every day now πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!

 

Here are four photos taken with the Nikon F 401

Here are four photos taken with the Nikon F 401

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I can feel how it heats up the air.

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I didn’t paint much at work today, a guy from the manufacturer of the paintbox came and would help us because we couldn’t get the machine to work in automatic mode. It has been put in manual for some time because some sensors got crazy when we painted big things. We put electricity in to powder paint and that sort of charged the things we painted too and all sensors got so confused with all that electricity that they didn’t know what to do.

 

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But we don’t paint those big things any longer so we wanted the machine to work as it should but it just refused to do so. Turns out that some sensors had been so damaged, perhaps from the electricity that they no longer worked at all. We did however get the machine to stop painting when there was nothing to paint πŸ™‚ He also explained how we could adjust the machine in ways we never have understood that we can. If we actually remember any of this next week things will be much easier.

 

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The sun has been shining all day and it does heat up the air much more than one might think it could this time of year. We walked to the creek today but up-stream and continued far longer than we have before. There are some really swampy places on the way and old Hector could never pass those places without the risk of sinking down in mud, no such problems with Nova and Sune though, this time it was I who had some problems jumping far enough πŸ™‚ We came to a wood bridge called bridge number three and crossed the creek but didn’t go especially far out on the bog, the ice isn’t especially strong after a day with sunshine.

 

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Most of the so called bridges demanded a much more brave man than me to cross :-)

Most of the so-called bridges demanded a much more brave man than me to cross πŸ™‚

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This one seemed extra tricky :-)

This one seemed extra tricky πŸ™‚

I know I wasn’t far from the lake but I knew that we had been out for some time and I wasn’t sure for how much longer the sun would stay (I had no watch or phone with me) up so we turned before we could see the lake. It turned out that we had been out for two and a half hour when we came home again πŸ™‚ We will have much the same weather all weekend, with cold nights and fairly warm and sunny days so perhaps we’ll take a try to reach the lame during the weekend again. I do hope we’ll get some morning fog so I can get some foggy bog photos πŸ™‚

 

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Bridge number three. The only one that felt almost safe to cross πŸ™‚

It is time to make something to eat and perhaps I’ll start a fire in the stove. The cottage is still very warm from all the sunshine which has flown in to my home all day long.

 

We saw the bog and then we went back home.

We saw the bog and then we went back home.

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I think this is one of the entrances to the badgers home.  I could see that one of the entrances were used regularily.

I think this is one of the entrances to the badgers home. I could see that one of the entrances were used regularly.

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Have a great day!

 

Four rather grainy photos taken with the Edixa Reflex. That camera needs a lot of light to take grainy free photographs.

Four veryΒ grainy photos taken with the Edixa Reflex. That camera needs a lot of light to take grainy free photographs. All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

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Not an eventful day.

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Taken with my Rolleicord (and the coming three too). I do need more light when I take film photographs.

I have to admit that I have very little to write about again. Nothing much has happened at work and here at home very little happens at all πŸ™‚ I do get a little daylight when I come home from work though and it isn’t many days left until the sun stays up long enough so I still can see it here at home when I come home after work.

 

This one has an odd shape for coming from the Rolleicord but the film hadn't moved as it should so I cropped it some.

This one has an odd shape for coming from the Rolleicord but the film hadn’t moved as it should so I cropped it some.

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The days are sunny and fairly warm now and the nights are clear and fairly cold, perfect springwinter weather. Too bad I have to work when the weather is so nice. They say however that we will get that kind of weather during the weekend too and I do hope the mornings will be just as foggy as they have been all week. I have my small Kodak with me in the car every morning so with a bit of luck they’ll be good enough to show here when the film is developed.

 

These three are taken with the Hasselblad and twelve photo cassette.

These three are taken with the Hasselblad and twelve photo cassette.

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The fire is burning in the stove and I’ll make some cocoa and a few cheese sandwiches. My favorite cheese for the moment is a dutch? one called Maasdamer. Not strong but full of flavors and it goes with anything, especially ham. Too bad I don’t have any ham at home πŸ™‚ I do however have sliced pineapple preserved in its own juice so I’ll have that afterwards.

 

These three are also taken with the Hasselblad but with the 16 photos cassette.

These three are also taken with the Hasselblad but with the 16 photos cassette.

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Have a great day!


I follow the American primaries with interest.

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Today have been just as exiting as watching paint dry but I did manage to get some photos on our walk after work! I did have to brighten them up a bit, except for the two last ones so You could see how dark it really was.

 

Crows.

Crows.

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Nothing much has happened news-wise so I’m following the American primaries as much as I can. Both sides are veryΒ interesting to be honest but the republican is really! interesting πŸ™‚ I guess You all know that if we could vote for the American president here in Europe there would never be a republican president. Last election (according to a huge survey I can’t remember the name on) around 88% of the European population would have voted for Obama and here in Sweden I think it was over 95%. So even most of our most right wing people would vote for a president from the democratic party.

 

This is the last photo taken today.

This is the last photo taken today.

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In most parts of Europe we don’t mix politics and religion and that I think is what most scares us about American politics, right wing politics that is. I think most of us thinks it is nice that You have a faith but that doesn’t mean You have the right to force Your beliefsΒ to control my life. Freedom of religion doesn’t mean the freedom of oppressing people with other believes. My personal thought is that religion should never rule the people of a country because power corrupts and who is to decide what interpretation of the religion is right?

 

Three from the Hasselblad with the  photo cassette.

Three from the Hasselblad with the photo cassette.

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It is time to make something to eat and then I’ll most likely fall asleep in front of the tv.

 

Three with the  photo cassette.

Three with the 16 photo cassette.

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The bog with lots of fog, who knows what lurks out there :-)

The bog with lots of fog, who knows what lurks out there πŸ™‚

 

Have a great day!

 

A double or tripple exposure from the Rolleicord.

A double or triple exposure from the Rolleicord.


New “old” photos.

All snow is more or less gone here now but I always have the photos to remind me of how bad it can be :-) The four first are taken with the Hasselblad camera and the 12 photo film cassette.

All snow is more or less gone here now but I always have the photos to remind me of how bad it can be πŸ™‚ The four first are taken with the Hasselblad camera and the 12 photo film cassette.

I’ve just downloaded lots of film photos so no blog today but I’ll show a few samples of what I’ve taken with the old cameras.

 

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This photo shows whythe Hasselblad was and still is such an expensive camera. When I've taken the exact same photo with any other camera all one has been able to see was dark, grainy photos showing nothing but black :-)

This photo shows why the Hasselblad was and still is such an expensive camera. When I’ve taken the exact same photo with any other camera all one has been able to see was dark, grainy photos showing nothing but black πŸ™‚

 

They’ve forgotten to scan one film though but that doesn’t matter as long as they have developed it and put it on the cd so I can watch it when it arrives, most likely tomorrow.

 

These three were taken with the same Hasselblad but with the 16 film cassette. They look more modern in their shape and allowes me to take 16 photos instead of 12.

These three were taken with the same Hasselblad but with the 16 film cassette. They look more modern in their shape and allows me to take 16 photos instead of 12.

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So welcome back tomorrow, who knows I might actually come up with something to write about, today my brain was empty so the photos saved me πŸ™‚

 

These last three were taken with my Rolleicord.

These last three were taken with my Rolleicord.

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I do like this one!

 

Have a great day!


It carried me but only barely.

I've always wondered why they have put ventilation on the lid to an old well? The well was the spare one since it always have water even during draughts but it is rusty and oily and taste rather bad.

I’ve always wondered why they have put ventilation on the lid to an old well? The well was the spare one since it always have water even during draughts but it is rusty and oily and taste rather bad.

We’ve had a rather sunny day so far even if the predictions this morning said cloudy all day πŸ™‚ Well there are clouds up there but big gaps in between them so it has been rather nice taking walks today. Not much sunshine when we were out early in the morning though but warm and almost wind free so I liked it anyway.

 

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We walked out on the bog but I wasn’t sure the ice would carry me since it has been so much warmer at nights than that they thought it would be. It did carry me but I could hear how it started to crack beneath my feet. Well the water isn’t deep but deep enough to give me wet feet if the ice would have broken πŸ™‚ So we didn’t go especially far since I could feel how the wind got warmer and suddenly it also started to snow a bit.

 

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I turned on the tv when we came home and they showed cross-country skiing and nothing makes You sleep better than a boring cross-country ski competition. I think seven of the eight first skiers were Norwegian, at least as long as I coped to stay awake and no Swede even close to the leaders. Yesterday evening they showed the third heat of the Swedish parts of the Eurovision Song Contest. It wasn’t as bad as last week thank god but it would have been nice if they actually could find a singer who could hold a tone! I’m pretty sure that they do what they can to make sure we won’t even be close to win this year again, this competition is a rather expensive thing to hold.

 

The sun started to show a bit when we were out on the bog.

The sun started to show a bit when we were out on the bog.

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It is time to make something to eat, I’m thinking grilled sausages. I have my electric grill, it is too warm to start the fire stove right now. I’ll make a few for me and one for the dogs πŸ™‚ I’m not sure how many sausages I have but if I have plenty the dogs will get one each πŸ™‚ At the moment Nova is snoring quite loud close to the kitchen eΒ΄radiator and Sune less loud just by my feet. They refuse to go elsewhere when they have seen me taking out the grill from the kitchen cabinetΒ πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!

 

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You can see some snowflakes if You look at the old stable.

You can see some snowflakes if You look at the old stable.


Springwinter day.

It looked rather nice for a while at least.

It looked rather nice for a while at least.

I think I would lie if I said we’re having another storm but the wind does blow rather hard today. It is well above 0C (32F) but the wind sort of destroy the feeling of warmer weather and the snow or/ and rain doesn’t help at all. Every now and again the clouds are so thin that the sun shines through but it really doesn’t help.

 

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Normally one would say that up here we have four clearly divided seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter but we Swedes have names for in the between periods too. Now for instance we have something we call springwinter. It’s not really winter any longer but spring isn’t near to start either. Nights are usually cold and days warm. It is sunny springwinter days that is perfect for those first picnics of the year. We just find a sunny spot where the wind doesn’t reach. One really feel energized after doing that πŸ™‚

 

A dead Juniper bush is a great place for lichens to grow on.

A dead Juniper bush is a great place for lichens to grow.

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Springwinter (in Swedish that’s one word so I write it that way in English too) is probably my favorite season, the birds sing, the sun stays up much longer and the first bulbs show and flower in the ground. Another season I like a lot is presummer, it isn’t spring any longer but really not summer either. Still rather cool nights (well it is never really warm here during nights, around 10-15C (50-59F) as warmest during summer nights) but days can almost be summer warm. There’s still no annoying flies disturbing but lots of “nice” insects flying around, the ones who doesn’t bit πŸ™‚

 

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Still a long time to presummer so I’ll have to enjoy this springwinter day as much as I can even if the weather really sucks πŸ™‚ I think I’ll take a nap and then we’ll go out on a walk again in the falling snow.

 

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Have a great day!


A rather nice day.

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No sun today, this photo is a week old.

It has been a rather nice day so far, I worked in the neighbor factory for a few hours and when I came back to my normal work place very little was left to do so I left almost an hour early. It is odd how very nice that can feel even if I should have stopped working at noon anyway, that hour can feel like an entire day πŸ™‚

 

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I drove to the super market on my way home, the only reason I did so was because I wanted to buy more fire logs. I must say I was a bit surprised when they didn’t have any. Instead they had real fire wood in sacks, not big but very heavy. They don’t last as long as fire logs would but it sure smells nicer when the real wood burns and I think real wood burning gives away more heat than the logs. Compressed sawdust is perhaps a bit too dense so they burn more slowly.

 

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It was quite warm when I came home and by warm I mean above 0C (32F) and the wind wasn’t too strong so it was quite nice to be honest. We walked down to the creek to see if they had cleaned up something and the horse guy had but not much. I’m still happy that I managed to walk there without falling or breaking a leg πŸ™‚ It looks like they this time only cuts down birches and I could hear him working somewhere in the forest but not see him.

 

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Both cats and dogs have eaten and now it’s my turn. I think I’ll do something easy like warm sandwiches, perhaps some ham and spotted sausages and lots of cheese. They show reruns of the old series Murder She Wrote so I’ll watch that while eating.

 

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Have a great day!

 

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