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

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

The water tower/ lookout tower in Falkรถping. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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 ร„ngar (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 theย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 aย creek ๐Ÿ™‚

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10 responses

  1. Caryn

    Hi Christer,
    Leave it to Sune. Where there’s a creek, there’s a bath. ๐Ÿ™‚

    That mill run was probably bigger in the past. If they’re not maintained, they tend to fill in over the years. My back swamp used to be a hay field and cow pasture in the late 19th century. The remains of the old drainage ditches could still be seen when we played down there as kids but they’re all filled in now. The main ditch is still there because I suspect it was a small natural stream anyway.
    Of course your mill run might have had a small dam somewhere upstream so the water would run faster by the mill wheel.

    That’s a lot of cranes. And a lot of caravans, too. Do the people camp out there overnight or do they camp somewhere else and just park there to view the birds?
    Agreed. Your view of the birds was much more beautiful. You got some great shots.

    It’s cold and raining here today. But the birds are singing. Well, they are when the hawks are not around. I was out back with Piki Dog early this morning when two red tail hawks sailed in and landed in the trees overhead. They watched Piki Dog for a few minutes but decided he was too big to take and sailed off to the neighbors’ huge pine trees. Fatness has its advantages, I guess. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Enjoy your day off.

    March 28, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    • Hi Caryn!

      Now he has learned which creeks are allowed to take baths in and which ones aren’t ๐Ÿ™‚ The ones with rusty water are the no no’s ๐Ÿ™‚

      One can see that they have altered the way the creek flows now, the old strem hjas flat stones in the bottom and on the sides, I haven’t seen signs of a pond though but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was one once though, most old mills I’ve seen has had one.

      That’s what will happen to the bog here, they won’t clean out the ditches in the bog and many land owners around aren’t allowed to do it on theirproperties either, still they say they are protecting the area and preserving it as it is now ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      They camp there for several weeks, some even follows certain cranes all the way to their nesting places. Well if they have the money and time why not but I do feel it is a bit odd ๐Ÿ™‚
      To be honest, how fun is it to stand amongst loads of people photographing cranes just a few yards away ๐Ÿ™‚

      I think much the same when eagles fly above Sune ๐Ÿ™‚ They too must realise he’s way to heavy for them even if he looks rather small ๐Ÿ™‚ The wind has become even stronger and the rain will start any minute now I think.

      Have a great day!

      Christer.

      March 28, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      • Caryn

        It occurred to me, watching the red tail hawks watching us, that if a hawk lands where everything around can see him, he’s more than likely just window shopping at the grocery store. ๐Ÿ™‚ When I first got Rocky, the red tails checked him out, too. One circled above us for several minutes before making an extremely low but very leisurely pass over our heads. It was just checking. Could be food, might be a toy. ๐Ÿ™‚

        March 29, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      • ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t mind them window shopping as long as it stays that way, I really don’t like impulsive shoppers ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

        March 29, 2016 at 6:01 pm

  2. jaz

    it is officially spring then! the cranes are back and the jackdaws are on the chimneys! i usually hate summer’s arrival but this year i have so much to do before the wedding that i want it to move slowly! i am going to enjoy each minute of spring!

    March 28, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    • Hi Joyce!

      Yes it is ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes this year You won’t have a chance to hate summer, You’ll be too busy ๐Ÿ™‚
      I do hope You’ll get a long spriung this year!

      Have a great day!

      Christer.

      March 29, 2016 at 5:56 pm

  3. Christer,
    Gracie is my first Boxer not to mind rain so maybe she’d go swimming if she got the chance. Shauna would go only as far as she could without getting wet when she squatted in the ocean water. Maggie didn’t like the water at all.

    Th rain was heavy all day long. The streets had huge puddles. I was glad to get home and dry. The rest of the week will start to get warmer. It’s about time.

    I wish we had something like the cranes. They are lovely.

    I hope you enjoyed your day off today.

    Happy day tomorrow!

    March 29, 2016 at 3:20 am

    • Hi Kat!

      Nova is no fan of water ๐Ÿ™‚ Sune can’t wait to jump in to any water so they are very different. I think Sune is like my old Sickan, she wouldn’t hesitate for a second to swim out into the ocean, she just couldn’t get enough of it ๐Ÿ™‚

      Lots of sunshine between the clouds here today but it started to rain when we were out on our walkk after work. Mostly drizzle but even a shower or two.

      It’ll stay just below 50 here this week but it looks like we’ll pass that from Sunday and I do hope it continues to get warmer!

      I did enjoy my two days of from work and I’ll have that next week too ๐Ÿ™‚

      Have a great day!

      Christer.

      March 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm

  4. Dianna

    Hi Christer!! This is possibly the funniest thing I have ever read!!!!! I could just hear the cranes talking to each other!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    April 4, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    • Hi Dianna!

      ๐Ÿ™‚ The male sort of wandered away with a hurt pride ๐Ÿ™‚

      Have a great day!

      Christer.

      April 4, 2016 at 6:58 pm

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