So far it has been rather nice.

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It is supposed to be raining here right now, it doesn’t. I’m not complaining, just saying that they haven’t been quite accurate in their predictions 🙂 They also predicted, when I checked this morning, that we wouldn’t get any sunshine today, we did 🙂 It is a low pressure that gives them problems with their predictions, they just can’t figure out how fast it will move eastwards.


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I thought this was what we would see from the sun today but it broke through quite a lot.

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The church in Vilske Kleva.

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If You look almost in the middle of this photo You can see another church, the one in Östra Tunhem.

The day has so far been rather nice with slightly higher temperatures than predicted too. A strong wind does its best to destroy the feeling of spring but it has failed miserable, the wind is nicely warm but so strong that my cottage is trembling and squeaking when the gusts hit. That doesn’t happen often, normally the wind can’t reach my home. Still, it is rather nice outside and we’ve been on walks two times already and after this we’ll go out again, if the rain actually doesn’t come.


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We walked up the "new" road this morning.

We walked up the “new” road this morning.

It wasn't hard to figure out which way to go to see how much they had cut down. The timber lorries have been driving here a lot.

It wasn’t hard to figure out which way to go to see how much they had cut down. The timber lorries have been driving here a lot.

I stood outside when I repotted my pelargoniums (some of You english speaking call them geraniums), it turned out to be rather practical since all the dry and loose soil flew away with the wind 🙂 I also repotted an old Flowering Maple (Abutilon and we actually have the same name on it in Swedish). It didn’t look too happy and I hope it survives. I have taken cuttings from it before and took a few today as well. Still it would be nice if the old one survived because they can actually become rather big after a few years.


I stopped before we reached the place. It is a big area.

I stopped before we reached the place. It is a big area.

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Only because they cut down the forest it doesn't mean these guys are heartless, Look how they have saved the ant stack from being destroyed.

Only because they cut down the forest it doesn’t mean these guys are heartless, Look how they have saved the ant stack from being destroyed.

I have a few more plants to repot, like my passionfruit vines but I’ll wait with those until the wind doesn’t blow that hard. No big plans for the rest of the weekend though, I rarely have any big plans at all to be honest 🙂 If the rain starts to fall I will watch one of the movies I bought yesterday, if it doesn’t I think we’ll be outside for most of the day, well I will take a short nap though after the walk we’ll take after writing this.


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Tonight is Walpurgis night and it is celebrated in big parts of this country with huge bonfires and choirs will sing songs about spring too. I doubt that anyone can have a bonfire today because of the wind and any choir being outside in the wind will blow away 🙂 It is a rather big day here even though no one actually knows why we celebrate it 🙂


The rest of the photos comes from the Minolta 7000.

The rest of the photos comes from the Minolta 7000.



Walpurgis was if I remember right an English princess who became a nun in Germany and fought against witches which all were evil of course with great success. To be honest, the witches I know wouldn’t hurt a fly but lots of christians who I know would gladly kill anyone in the name of the religion. That was unfortunately the way christianity was spread not by free choise but by violence and death.



Cropping film photos doesn't work as good as if theyhad been digital.

Cropping film photos doesn’t work as good as if they had been digital.


It is time to take that walk just in case rain actually would start falling.

Have a great day!


8 responses

  1. Caryn

    Hi Christer,
    If the lumber lorries keep using that road, they’re going to be scarping off their oil pans or some other important piece of the under carriage. Those look like deep ruts.
    Nice of them to save that ant stack though it does look a bit worse for wear.

    I love the photo of Sune with his tongue sticking out. He looks like he’s saying “Ew this stick is off.” 😀

    Here it is very sunny with a cool breeze. Everybody in town must be out and about. The traffic was thick. This might also be the first yard sale Saturday of the yard sale season so the early bird bargain hunters were out in force. There’s one around the corner from me that has a bicycle which keeps catching my eye. I will avoid going in that direction. I don’t need a bike.

    Today, I’m going to repot the little quince. He’s growing through his peat pot. That’s the extent of my gardening.

    Enjoy the day.

    April 30, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    • Hi Caryn!

      The lumber lorries doesn’t drive on those roads, only the ones cutting down the trees. The lorries stop where the ant stack is. They have made it to a place where the lorries can turn around.The ant stack was damaged a bit when they cut down the trees to make that place bigger, earlier it was just a thing forest road.

      It does look like he’s saying that 🙂 but he kpet on chewing so I guess he liked it 🙂

      We rarely have yard sale days here, it has become more popular but it is still a rather small thing. It would be fun if we had it too, who knows what one might find 🙂 The problem with old bikes is that they often are so beautiful that one wants to buy it even if one doesn’t need it 🙂

      So it has grown that much already! The ones I have grow a bit slower 🙂

      Have a great day!


      April 30, 2016 at 4:41 pm

  2. Hi Christer, the first few photos looked rather dreary in this post, but by the end, it seemed like the weather was improving. Nice photos of Nova and Sune and they did seem to sit still for their photos. We are not quite having warm days consistently and this is confusing many of the spring flowers like the tulips. We go out with a walking group several times a week and this week a woman said that all her tulips had “died” because the overnight temperatures were quite chilly. Even the trees have not really budded out yet.
    Yard sales are popular already and I have seen quite a few when we have been out driving on weekends. Lately, I have found some bargains in thrift stores and not been looking at the outdoor sales.

    May 1, 2016 at 2:06 am

    • Hi Beatrice!

      That’s because the first photos were taken yesterday with my digital Nikon when the weasther was so so and the last ones with my film Minolta during sunny days 🙂

      The weather is really mixed here too but it was still April (we’ve just moved in to May here now 🙂 ). It should be a more reliable weather from now even if the odd snowfall still might show up. Our plants are more used to colder periods so most of them are just fine. I think most of our plnts react to the light rather to the temperature so they must be prepared to big variations in how warm or cold it might be.

      Yard sales are rare but there is one thrift store in the willage where I work but it has a bit of odd opening hours so I rarely go there.

      Have a great day!


      May 1, 2016 at 4:30 am

  3. Du hade två foton med kyrkor på och sen skrev du lite om vad kristendomen gjort för mänskligheten under årens lopp. Instämmer till fullo! Det har gjorts en massa hemskheter i religionens namn och jag har mycket svårt för religösa fanatiker av alla sorter. 😦
    När det gäller kyrkor så kan jag dock med glädje beundra själva arkitekturen, dom kan vara mycket vackra. Gotland är dessutom landets kyrktätaste område med sina c:a 90 stycken – men är man ateist så är man – så deras aktiviteter är inget vi varken deltar i eller besöker! 😦 😦
    Här gav mig vädret nästan en chock i morse när jag klev ut för att gå den första rundan med Santos; Det var +12 grader och vindstilla! 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Igår kväll satt vi för första gången den här säsongen på altanen för att ta ett glas vin. Då gällde det att ha två tröjor plus vinterjacka på för att man inte skulle frysa!! 😦

    May 1, 2016 at 8:29 am

    • Hejsan Susie!

      Ja tyvärr har ju kristna varit rent djävulusiska genom tiderna. Tyvärr finns det ju rätt många sådana kvar men tack och lov är ju de flesta helt annorlunda numera, i alla fall i lilla Sverige. Jag älskar att gå in i gamla kyrkor bara för att sitta där, det är så fridfullt och som du skriver arkitekturen är ju helt fantastisk!

      Solen håller på att bryta igenom molnen nu men det verkar ta sin tid tills den har vunnit 🙂 Hinner nog med en kopp te och en macka innan det är dags att gå ut och njuta av vädret 🙂

      Ha det gott!


      May 1, 2016 at 8:54 am

  4. Dianna

    Here I am again! It is Beltaine today and although I can’t be in a forest I am spending outside! Connecting with nature is just lovely! Love the way those guys stacked the wood, very tidy! 🙂 I made a quinoa salad for our supper. I think it will last us the whole week as I made a ton!!! Well off to wander my gardens and see whats coming up! Have a lovely evening!

    May 1, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    • Hi Dianna!

      We had big demonstrations in all big cities yesterday since May first is the workers day here. It is the only holiday we have that isn’t religious in any way. Too bad it came on a Sunday 🙂

      Yes they are rather tidy to be honest.

      I have never had quinona in any way, must try it I think 🙂

      Have a great day!


      May 2, 2016 at 6:08 pm

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