Archive for March, 2016

She wouldn’t miss them at all.

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Nothing much to say today, it has been raining some and  then we’ve had some sunshine too and in between it was just cloudy. The weather jiggamathing in my phone told us that it snowed at work today, we looked out the windows and noticed that the sun shone stronger than it had in a long time 🙂

 

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I’ve picked away two ticks from Sune and one from Nova. I’m not surprised because the days have been rather warm. I hope thy got the only few we had around but I’m afraid I’ll have to remove plenty more soon. We are all hoping for a warm and dry spring, ticks don’t like that and the fly larvae will die if the ground gets too dry. I love animals but I have a few exceptions like flies and ticks 🙂

 

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Teodor met us on our way home.

Teodor met us on our way home.

Yesterday there were  19 400 cranes by the lake, the latest numbers hasn’t shown up on the web site yet. We are still far away from the record which is 26 500 and I think we won’t break it but who knows.

 

He talks a lot :-)

He talks a lot 🙂

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It is time to get something to eat and after that I’ll most likely fall asleep in front of the tv 🙂

 

Both he and Bertil just love Nova but honestly, she wouldn't miss them if they disappeared :-)

Both he and Bertil just love Nova but honestly, she wouldn’t miss them if they disappeared 🙂

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Have a great day!

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It won’t be long until they figure it out.

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It is so typical, I’ve woken up around 4am to 5am the entire weekend so I thought it would be easier to start the first day after daylight savings time. Naturally I felt like dead when the alarm woke me up at 5 this morning. The one day I would have liked to wake up just before the alarm started 🙂

 

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I just took a few pohotos today, the shower we see here hit us after just a few minutes.

I just took a few pohotos today, the shower we see here hit us after just a few minutes.

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The day has been so, so. Some parts passed so fast that I had hopes the week would too and some parts didn’t pass at all 🙂 but it has felt like it was Monday today, so now I must convince my brain that it is Wednesday tomorrow so the day will pass faster. Tuesdays almost never pass fast so I’m afraid my brain will think it is Tuesday tomorrow.

 

But I still have plent slightly older photos to show.

But I still have plenty slightly older photos to show.

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The old village school works as a café this time of year.

Lots of birds nest at the factory and most of them crap on our cars (I have to say that it is rare that they crap on my car though). Seagull nest on the roof and Barn Swallows and doves nest beneath a big roof where we have materials we’ll paint. So now they have done what they can to prevent the Barn swallows to nest beneath the roof but I’m not sure they are successful, they don’t seem to care about the doves that much though. The Seagulls however is something they fight with a rabid energy.

 

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They tried to shoot them but we were rather many who protested against that so they stopped, now they tries kites. Last year they actually managed to scare the gulls (they put them up after the younglings had fled the nest) but we’re not so sure they’ll work this year. The gulls are there watching the kites and they are very intelligent so I think it won’t take long until they figure out that those hawk like things never leave a certain area. Pigeons have already stopped fearing them 🙂

 

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I like Seagulls and since they don’t crap on my car I hope they’ll nest on the roof this year too 🙂 I do like the Barn Swallows but it is nasty with all that crap and it is so strong that the washing machine can’t get rid of it all, still it is nice when they fly in to the factory to pay us a visit before they fly out again to catch flies 🙂

 

I don't long back to this no matter how beautiful it looks :-)

I don’t long back to this no matter how beautiful it looks 🙂

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It is time for something to eat.

Have a great day!


So we went to the lake, as I had promised You.

The water tower/ lookout tower in Falköping. The clouds had gathered over the mountain but it was sunny everywhere else.

The water tower/ lookout tower in Falköping. The clouds had gathered over the mountain but it was sunny everywhere else.

Yesterday they said that the strong winds would be gone today, I don’t know what universe they live it but it’s sure not the one I live in 🙂 it is much nicer though and so far the day has been rather fine. Rain will come tonight though but will be gone by tomorrow morning. I think I like this strong wind after all 🙂

 

In to Forentorp we walked.

In to Forentorp we walked.

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We woke up pretty early today and since I had promised to go to the big lake this weekend to get some photos of the cranes I thought I just as well could do it today. I also had to fill the tires on my car with some more air and that would take quite some time and I really didn’t want the dogs to have to stay in the dog yard a day when I’m at home (Sweden has a holiday today too). So I put the dogs in the car and off we went. The first stop would be the petrol station to fill the tires and also to buy some oil, my car tends to eat it every now and again.

 

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The old mill. Unfortunatelythey have removed the wheel and the water now runs beside the mill. I guess that's one way to make sure it doesn't get water damages, it is after all severalk hundred years old.

The old mill. Unfortunately they have removed the wheel and the water now runs beside the mill. I guess that’s one way to make sure it doesn’t get water damages, it is after all several hundred years old.

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After that I drove homewards again but stopped at the nature reserve Forentorp Ängar (Forentorp meadows), You know where the old mill once belonging to the abbey in Gudhem. Unfortunately most pastures had signs saying cows and calves were walking in them so dogs weren’t allowed and the only open one was occupied by a woman and her Boxer, she was training it tracking. I guess she must have had some blood that she would drop every now and again so the dog could follow where she had walked.

 

The creek must have been bigger back in the days, this doesn't look like it would be strong enough to spin that wheel.

The creek must have been bigger back in the days, this doesn’t look like it would be strong enough to spin that wheel.

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and back to the car we walked again.

and back to the car we walked again.

So we didn’t stay there for long but continued to the lake. Since we just had our daylight savings time most people would still be asleep when we were there but I had forgotten about those staying here in caravans, most of them seemed to be outside looking at the cranes. Still I got some photos before we went home again and took a normal walk in the forest. Lots of birds are singing now so I do hope we won’t get a too bad setback even though it is more than likely that we will get. I can’t remember when we had spring this early before.

 

This is just around 300 meters (much the same in yards) away from where most tourists and cranes are but so much more beautiful.

This is just around 300 meters (much the same in yards) away from where most tourists and cranes are but so much more beautiful.

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I’ve done the laundry and I have a tomato sauce in the slow cooker, I’ve just started it so it won’t be ready for several hours yet. Tomato sauce only get better and better by the day so I’ll have it to work too 🙂 The clouds are getting thicker and thicker so perhaps it is a good idea to take another walk before the rain starts.

 

Hello darling, nice to see You again.

Hello darling, nice to see You again.

Should we give it a go?

Should we give it a go?

Oh grow up! in front of all these people?!

Oh grow up! in front of all these people?!

Okidoki, see You later then.

Okidoki, see You later then.

Have a great day!

 

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Some of all the caravans parked by the lake.

Some of all the caravans parked by the lake.

One better have a fire in the stove now so the Jackdaws understand that it is not a good idea to put sticks dowm our chimneys. This one however they've used for years.

One better have a fire in the stove now so the Jackdaws understand that it is not a good idea to put sticks dowm our chimneys. This one however they’ve used for years.

and Sune took a bath in the creek :-)

and Sune took a bath in a creek 🙂


The wind tells me otherwise.

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This could have been a rather wonderful morning if it wasn’t for the wind, strong and cold. If one can find a spot where it doesn’t reach though it’s quite nice. At the moment if sounds as if it reaches every corner og my cottage, so staying indoors feels like a good choice to make today. The predictions are actually right about the wind so I hope they are right about the temperature too because it will rise above 14C (57,2F).

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I had planned to clean up in the garden today and to be honest, the wind would help me get rid of it all. I wouldn’t have to do much but toss it up in the air and gone it would be 🙂 It is just too cold in the wind though so I’ll save it for another day  when the wind has calmed down and I’ll have to carry it away myself 🙂 The weeds and grass have grown very well this winter since it has been so warm.

 

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The old church ruin.

The old church ruin.

We walked to the little lake again this morning and this time I did hear some cranes there but I just couldn’t find any when we arrived, rather irritating 🙂 Lots of them flew above our heads though. There are now around 15 000 cranes by the big lake and more will arrive before most of them have moved to Norway. The ones staying in Sweden rest by other lakes (well of course the ones staying in this neighborhood rests by this lake too 🙂 ).

 

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I have now started the new place when this don’t have any more space. I still have around 400MB to use so the move won’t take place for another month or so, it all depends on how many photos I put in here. The continuing is called “The Cottage by the Cranelake. Still we have hope.” (click on the red text and a new window will open up to the new home of the cottage).   I am however not sure if I’ll keep how it looks, the bright white background for the text can be difficult for those having problems with their eyesight. I’ll see if I can change that to something less bright. There are other backgrounds but yesterday I couldn’t find anyone I liked.

 

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I’ll see if there’s anything worth watching on tv. The weather look so inviting but the sound of the roaring wind tells me it isn’t especially nice out there. Well I can always take a nap 🙂

Have a great day!

 

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A tad cold on my head.

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The night was rather chilly so the world was covered in a thing white frost layer, quite beautiful ans since the sun is slightly blocked by thin clouds it stayed for quite some time. Even though we went out later than yesterday the cranes hadn’t arrived and when they finally did we already had passed that field and I really didn’t want to walk back. These cranes are the local ones so we’ll get plenty of chances to see them later anyway.

 

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  I can’t decide whether I want to take a nap or to go on another walk. I did nap too long yesterday so even if I was really tired yesterday evening I still had troubles falling asleep. The problem is that if even if one set the alarm it is too hard to get up if one still is very sleepy 🙂 I’ve heard that a nap shouldn’t be longer than maximum 30 minutes, I’m not sure I would have heard the alarm after only 30 minutes yesterday 🙂

 

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I shaved off all my hair on my head yesterday and my skull had the colors I would think a zombie would have 🙂 Lots of pigments from the powder paint was still there despite me washing my hair every day 🙂 It was a bit chilly on the walk this morning, I didn’t wear anything on my head 🙂 but it is amazing how fast one gets used to it, it felt absolutely ok by the time we came home again.

 

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I think we’ll take a walk again and then I’ll see if I need a nap when I come home again. Today I was looking forward to watch an episode of Grimm again, channel six never change what they show no matter what holiday it is. Well it turns out they did this Easter. Ok, they’ll show Tintin (very, very big here in Europe) and after that Ice Age 3 instead but I wanted to watch Grimm, this latest season is really good!

 

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Have a great day!

 

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He's so fat now! He doesn't get more food than his brother Bertil but still he just gets bigger and bigger! I think he might be eating food up at the farm because they feed any cat who comes. They are organic farmers and all cats are welcome since they eat mice and rats.

He’s so fat now! He doesn’t get more food than his brother Bertil but still he just gets bigger and bigger! I think he might be eating food up at the farm because they feed any cat who comes. They are organic farmers and all cats are welcome since they eat mice, voles and rats.

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It has been quite pleasant.

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The day started out slightly foggy and drizzly, the fog gave up but the drizzle kept on until early afternoon. It has been warm though and the wind has been rather weak so it has been pleasant to take walks anyway. I had planned on doing some repotting of plants but instead a took a nap, an hour and a half long nap and the only reason I woke up was because of a telemarketer. I was actually quite happy she called so I finally woke up but not so happy that I bought anything from her 🙂

 

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I have tried to find any folklore about the beings and their activities at Easter but have found almost nothing, only the witches seems to have been active this holiday. I guess however they are out and about like always though even if humans were more concentrated on scaring witches. I did however find a lot of sites about the old Norse believes and can dig in to that if You wish to know more. The Norse beliefs (or Asa tron as we call it) is a growing religion here though even if few say it out loud yet. Almost all swedish names for the days in the week comes from the Norse gods. Monday and Saturday sort of linked to it too since Monday is the Moon’s day (it was pulled across the sky by the horse Rimfaxe) and the sun was pulled across the sky by the horse Skinfaxe).

 

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Tuesday (Tisdag in Swedish) is Tyr’s day, he was the son Of Oden. Wednesday (Onsdag in Swedish) is Oden’s day. Thursday (Torsdag in Swedish) is Thor’s day (His name in swedish is Tor) and Friday is Freya’s day (She’s called Freja in Swedish), Saturday however has nothing to do with any beliefs, it is the day for baths 🙂 Saturday is called Lördag in Swedish and to löga is to take a bath in old Swedish 🙂

 

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I had high hopes of seeing cranes by the little lake today but there wasn't a single bird of any kind there :-)

I had high hopes of seeing cranes by the little lake today but there wasn’t a single bird of any kind there 🙂

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It is time to shave off all the hair on my head again, it doesn’t matter how much I wash my hair, I can still find powder paint if I scratch on my skull 🙂

 

Instead I found the cranes just a few hundred meters (much the same in yards) away from my cottage. Unfortunately my camera preferd to focus on the trees :-)

Instead I found the cranes just a few hundred meters (much the same in yards) away from my cottage. Unfortunately my camera prefered to focus on the trees 🙂

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Have a great day!


Tonight they fly to the big party.

Old photos again today. I have a few new ones in the camera but I just didn't have the energy to get them in to my computer :-)

Old photos again today. I have a few new ones in the camera but I just didn’t have the energy to get them in to my computer 🙂

Tonight is the night when the witches flies to Blåkulla to have a party with the devil, at least according to old folklore. We actually call them påskkärringar which directly translated is Easter hags but the word kärring actually means my loved one in Swedish so it is hard to translate it good 🙂 Anyhow, tonight is the night. Blåkulla is most likely an island by the east coast of Sweden and its real name is Blå Jungfrun (The Blue Maiden). Naturally most of You think that witches fly by broom but not all do, many actually fly on an upside-down cow 🙂 Rather practical if one gets thirsty on the way 🙂

 

Three from the Zeiss camera.

Three from the Zeiss camera.

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Anything could actually work to fly to Blåkulla so to make sure nothing one owned would be used by the nearest witch they put away anything they thought could be used in sheds or barns and then they painted white crosses on the doors. But it isn’t only women flying there to be honest, there are also men and quite a lot of children too. One way to at least make life difficult for the witches was to, on Easter eve when they were flying back home again, start huge bonfires and use fire works. Today most of us think of the animals and the environment since there usually are lots of bad thing in the fireworks like led so we don’t use that much of it, there’s even talk about forbidding it totally and I won’t mind if that happens even if I think it is beautiful.

 

Three from the Kiev.

Three from the Kiev.

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One could say that this is the Swedish (and Finnish) Halloween because today in the eastern parts of Sweden kids dress up like witches or wizards and goes from house to house to get candy, we in the western parts do it on Easter eve instead. I doubt it will happen here though because the kids here are either too young or too shy 🙂 I don’t have any candy at home anyway so I do hope no one comes here 🙂 I will however look up in the sky to see if any witches fly over my cottage, I won’t start a bonfire or use fireworks but I will wave to them and wish them a happy easter 🙂

 

and three from the Retinette.

and three from the Retinette.

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It is time to make something to eat. I’m not sure if I’ll just make a few  sandwiches or if I should have a piece of the Småländska cheesecake (slightly different from the American one) I bought yesterday 🙂

 

and three from the folder "For a rainy day".

and three from the folder “For a rainy day”.

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Have a great day!


Not so many by the lake yet.

Only older photos today.

Only older photos today.

I can’t think of anything much to write about today. Nothing much has happened and nothing else seems to pop up from my mind either. Warm again today but we did have some drizzle on my way home after work.

 

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Yesterday there were 5100 cranes by the lake and they only count them every second day as long as we have that few ones here. Not until they reach 10 000 they start counting daily again. Lots of cars going to the lake though so I guess there are more people than cranes there now 🙂

 

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Time to get me something to eat and I do hope I don’t fall asleep as early in front of the tv as I did yesterday, at 7 pm 🙂

 

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Have a great day!


Turns out it is an old April first joke :-)

Taken with the Kiev 4.

This and the coming three are taken with the Kiev 4.

The thermometer says we’ve had 14,5C (58,1F) here today but it was quite cold when I drove to work this morning, I had to scrape ice from the car windows. We had the kind of fog that sort of looked like it was flowing like a river on the ground, unfortunately in places where I couldn’t stop to photograph it. It has been a slow day though, mostly because we didn’t change colors especially often. I think we painted black almost for 8 hours.

 

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I really have very little to say today. An old April first joke from 2007 has started to go around on Facebook here in sweden, it says that a Great White Shark has been spotted in Swedish waters 🙂 Even though I think the great white is a fascinating fish I still am rather happy we don’t have it here 🙂 We do have sharks but they are all very small. Occasionally we get visits from Greenland shark and the Basking shark but those are, even if they are huge rather harmless.

 

These five are taken with the Retinette.

These five are taken with the Retinette.

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This and the two next was taken in Falköping when I was buying fire logs.

This and the two next was taken in Falköping when I was buying fire logs.

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It is time to get something to eat I think. I’m so glad we’re having a short working week because I sat and wondered what day it was and thought it must be Tuesday since the day passed so slowly 🙂

 

and these four was photographed with my digital Nikon when we walked to the lake in the bog.

and these four was photographed with my digital Nikon when we walked to the lake in the bog.

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Have a great day!


We had spring on the spring equinox.

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We started our walk just as early today as we did yesterday but instead of going to the lake in the bog we walked to the lake in the forest. I thought it must have thawed that much so I would be able to see open water and perhaps some cranes too. The open water guess was right but there wasn’t a single crane there this morning, instead I saw three Mallards. I did manage to photograph them but to be honest, they are so tiny in the photo that it is hard to say whether they are birds or branches floating in the water 🙂

 

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I didn’t put on a sweater to have beneath the jacket which I was very happy that I didn’t. It was below freezing when we started but the sun warmed up so good that it would have been too hot after just a short while. We came home after an hour and a half but the weather was just too good so we only had something to eat before we headed out again. We walked out on the bog where we usually walk and even if it was rather warm already then the bog was just enough frozen to carry me most of the time.

 

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The cranes out there could easily be heard and I didn’t want to disturb them so I kept our distance all the time. Unfortunately I could hear the cars going to the big lake the whole time, I guess there are more people than cranes there now. Yesterday they counted 3800 cranes and by the sound of the traffic there must have been more than three times the amount of humans 🙂 I’ll go there next week instead so I can take a few photos to show You. I think I’ll go there early on Good Friday perhaps even before the people in the caravans go outside and it will be easier to get a parking space too if I go early.

 

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The first real good web for the year. I’ve also seen three butterflies.

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They put up parking meters everywhere around the lake this time of year and the money goes to feeding all the birds. 25 000 cranes and I don’t know how many geese, swans and ducks there are sure eats a lot 🙂 so we all pay the fee without complaining. As soon as the cranes have moved north (these flies to Norway) the meters are gone again packed away to get used next year again. I better make sure I have enough with coins, it costs around 20 Swedish kronor (around $ 2,2 US) to park an entire day there.

 

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There is actually three Mallards in the middle of this photo but not even if I magnifie the original photo they show especially well :-)

There are actually three Mallards in the middle of this photo but not even if I magnifie the original photo they show especially well 🙂

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I just did the last of the laundry when we came home and then we went out again. This walk was however a bit shorter and only took half an hour. I just checked the thermometer and it is 11C (51,8F) outside right now, not bad considering the predictions were much lower. The snowdrops are still the only flowers in bloom but the lungwort will open up any day now if it stays above freezing during the day. Also both Scilla and tulips have started to show above the ground now. I planted the Shagbark nuts I’ve had in the refrigerator all winter in pots and placed them outside by the north heading wall so no sunlight can reach the pots. They all look just fine so I hope that at least some will germinate. The black walnut has survived the winter without any damages at all, it is now six or seven years old and perhaps 1,2 meters high (around 6,3 feet).

 

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It's best to always stay close to a good chimney, one never knows if someone will try to take it.

It’s best to always stay close to a good chimney, one never knows if someone will try to take it.

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It is time to feed all the animals and after that I think I’ll have something myself too.

Have a great day!

 

From the Retinette.

From the Retinette.