Cold.

I turned on a radiator.

I've now used my mormors (grandmother on my mother's side) camera. It is a Gevabox that gives 8 photos on a 120 roll film. It has one speed, around 1/30th of a second and three apertures (8, 11 and 16) so it was a bit tricky to use it :-) I used a ISO 50 film. I'll show a photo per day or so and this is the first one. I really liked it but I guess I could be a bit biased since it was my mormors camera :-)

I’ve now used my mormors (grandmother on my mother’s side) camera. It is a Gevabox that gives 8 photos on a 120 roll film. It has one speed, around 1/30th of a second and three apertures (8, 11 and 16) so it was a bit tricky to use it πŸ™‚ I used a ISO 50 film. I’ll show a photo per day or so and this is the first one. I really liked it but I guess I could be a bit biased since it was my mormors camera πŸ™‚ There are different distance settings though so it is just to estimate how far away the thing is I want to photograph πŸ™‚

The day has been and still is rather cold and windy but the sun has shined almost all day so it has been bearable but not more.It seems to have been raining quite a lot during the night but nothing can really be seen in the creeks and there are no puddles around that would be great mosquito nurseries either. My water barrels however are full again.

 

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It even got so cold and with high humidity yesterday that I turned on a radiator in the livingroom and I did close all windows too. If the wind calms down I can turn off the radiator again tomorrow and open up the windows too I think because they have changed the predictions to much nicer weather than they did just a day ago. We’ll get sunshine again and the temperature will rise to the high 16C (60,8F). It does look like all my plants survived the frost night the other day and without damages too πŸ™‚

 

I don't see damselflies especially often here, this one was the second in at least the last ten years.

I don’t see damselflies especially often here, this one was the second in at least the last ten years. If translating the Swedish name it would become Maiden spindle.

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Starlings. There were so many that not all could be photographed at the same time :-)

Starlings. There were so many that not all could be photographed at the same time πŸ™‚

I’m so tired today but I don’t know why, usually this cold weather does the opposite to me. I fell asleep in front of the tv as soon as we had come home from our walk πŸ™‚ If it hadn’t been for the flies annoying me I would most likely have been asleep yet πŸ™‚ I guess it could be because Nova has kept on waking me up at 4am every morning this week. I would most likely have woken up shortly after that time anyway but it is something else to be woken up with the help from someone else. Today however she didn’t, this time it was the alarm and that felt even worse πŸ™‚

 

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It is time for another pot of tea and after that perhaps another walk, the weather isn’t inviting so it all depends on whether the dogs get impatient or not πŸ™‚

 

The one I buy all my film from sometimes sell packages with mixed films, black and white but with different ISO's. This is a roll with ISO 3200 so it is very light sensitive, nothing to be used on a sunny and bright day so guess if I felt lucky that morning we got that really thick fog :-) I still had a few photos left to take so I took them another early morning before the sun had risen too high. So here are three photos taken with my Hasselblad.

The one I buy all my film from sometimes sell packages with mixed films, black and white but with different ISO’s. This is a roll with ISO 3200 so it is very light-sensitive, nothing to be used on a sunny and bright day so guess if I felt lucky that morning we got that really thick fog πŸ™‚ I still had a few photos left to take so I took them another early morning before the sun had risen too high. So here are three photos taken with my Hasselblad. Not even that camera could make the film less grainy because that light-sensitive film is alway very grainy.

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I really need to clean out that film cassette before I use it again πŸ™‚

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Have a great day!

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We had our annual road association meeting yesterday evening, something we all fear will drag on and on until we all think bad thoughts about what we want to do with the person/ persons who are responsible for just continuing talking about other things than the road. It was the best meeting ever πŸ™‚ We were just five people there, we agreed on everything and I think the meeting took around ten minutes, we had coffee and cookies for an hour after that πŸ™‚ or as we call if we had a fika πŸ™‚

 

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I woke up to a nasty cold world at around 4am this morning. Nova is not a cuddly dog anytime really but she has decided she will be that around 4am every morning. I really can’t get angry even if I would wish that she could be it slightly later in the morning πŸ™‚ Anyway, I looked at the thermometer and it showed -2,6C (27,3F) but the sun was rising so we went out for a walk. It was enough with a fleece jacket as long as we walked in the sunshine, it was far from enough when we walked in the shadows πŸ™‚ Still I didn’t mind, no flies were out flying in those temperatures and it looks like my tomatoes survived yet another frosty morning!

 

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We’ll be at the edge of a low pressure tomorrow and all weather sites predict lots of rain during the night and the Norwegian even predicts thunder. It will be a bit too cool tomorrow but it all depends on which side of the low pressure we’ll be on. I really don’t want any rain but I guess that since the ground is as dry as it is most will just be sucked up by all the trees and the grass but I fear it will wake up all those blood sucking biting flies. We already have some of them, the biggest ones that can be heard from a great distance but those are easy to keep on a distance (which means easy to hit in the air πŸ™‚ ).

 

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It is time to get something to eat and I think I’ll grill some grill sausages, our hotdogs are anything but nice so I do anything to avoid them πŸ™‚ not even the dogs eat those πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!

 

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Guess if I got surprised!

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Summer has returned for an afternoon but that was something I really couldn’t believe this morning when I went ou to the cat to get something I had forgotten. There was ice all over the car! I had just woken up and was so tired that I didn’t go inside again to bring the camera πŸ™‚ It was -2C (28,4F) as coldest this morning. I have to admit it surprised me quite a lot πŸ™‚

 

This is how it looks by my gate. Not especially fun to walk through there after rain has fallen :-) I'll start cutting it down as soon as it doesn't flower.

This is how it looks by my gate. Not especially fun to walk through there after rain has fallen πŸ™‚ I’ll start cutting it down as soon as it doesn’t flower.

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Hundkex, or dog bisquits in English. A bit early this year. To be honest it might just as well be wild carrots or something else very similar but I call all of them hundkex πŸ™‚

It must have been during a very short time though because my tomato plants looks just as good as they did before. None of the weather sites had predicted this or even come anywhere near that low temperature, they all predicted 8C (46,4F). I wonder if I could have forced them to get me new tomato plants if they had died πŸ™‚ No idea to sue anything in this country, if one would win the best one can hope for is a “Good for You” and a tap on the shoulder. If one lose however one must pay the winners legal fees and all the rest.

 

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The Rowan's flowers doesn't smell especially nice if one comes close but from a distance they smell fantastic.

The Rowan’s flowers doesn’t smell especially nice if one comes close but from a distance they smell fantastic.

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Lots of flowers that really shouldn’t flower yet flowers out there in the nature. It is odd to see all the flowers in bloom that shouldn’t flower at the same time πŸ™‚ It isn’t that strange to be honest, spring sprung already in early March here, can’t remember if that ever has happened here during my lifetime.

 

If You find lilacs in the middle of a forest there once must have been a cottage there.

If You find lilacs in the middle of a forest there once must have been a cottage there.

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This and the rest of the ophotos are taken with the Hasselblad camera.

This and the rest of the ophotos are taken with the Hasselblad camera.

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It is time to make something to eat and I’ll take the risk of having a cup of tea too. I’ll keep the kitchen door open for a while longer, the dogs loves to run in and out chasing each other πŸ™‚

 

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Bjertorp Castle.

Bjertorp Castle.

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Have a great day!


Sooty.

The first strawberry flowers are open in the forest now. There are no strawberries in the world that taste better.

The first strawberry flowers are open in the forest now. There are no strawberries in the world that taste better.

Sorry but I’m really late again today, it is something with Mondays that slows me down πŸ™‚

 

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The "clean" road isn't that clean any more :-) but today they started to fix it again so I guess it will be covered in grass pretty soon again :-)

The “clean” road isn’t that clean any more πŸ™‚ but today they started to fix it again so I guess it will be covered in grass pretty soon again πŸ™‚

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So I’ll come back tomorrow to write something. TheΒ weather has been the same today as it was during the weekend and it was almost frost this morning and it barely reached 10C (50F).

 

The forest owner has already planted new trees where they cut them down this winter.

The forest owner has already planted new trees where they cut them down this winter.

Small yet but many.

Small yet but many.

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Tomorrow they say we’ll reach 20C (68F) and it will drop some on Wednesday again. I’m not sure I like that πŸ™‚

 

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White lambs where ever I look now :-)

White lambs where ever I look now πŸ™‚

Suddenly this one shows :-) She's the only black lamb, her sister is the white one beside her.

Suddenly this one shows πŸ™‚ She’s the only black lamb, her sister is the white one beside her.

It is time to make something to eat, I think I’ll grill some sausages.

Have a great day!

 

They normally only name the breeding rams when they register the lambs but they made an exception for this little lady.

They normally only name the breeding rams when they register the lambs but they made an exception for this little lady.

Her name is of course Sotis (Sooty) :-) I think I'll get the chance to see her grow old, she is a favorite amongst us all :-)

Her name is of course Sotis (Sooty) πŸ™‚ I think I’ll get the chance to see her grow old, she is a favorite amongst us all πŸ™‚

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I’m to my surprise not cranky.

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I’m not sure why, knowing myself rather well this is a day when I really should complain about the weather but I just can’t πŸ™‚ It is slightly above 4C (39,2F) and it won’t become much warmer and we’re having an intense drizzle but still I just can’t complain πŸ™‚ It was actually quite nice when we were out walking this morning.

 

Cherry trees in bloom everywhere.

Cherry trees in bloom everywhere.

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I have one cherry flower at the moment but the tiny shrub is too small to be seen here :-) I will get more in a few days when my Sand cherry bushes starts to flower.

I have one cherry flower at the moment but the tiny shrub is too small to be seen here πŸ™‚ I will get more in a few days when my Sand cherry bushes starts to flower.

I am however not sure I’ll keep this positive attitude towards the weather since the wind seems to get stronger. Today is a day that people allergic to pollen loves, the wet weather will make sure no pollen flies around in the air making their lives so much easier.I don’t want any frosty nights from now on, the cherry flowers can’t take any frost at all but apple flowers can still produce apples as long as they have been pollinated before the frost comes along.

 

Breakfast time.

Breakfast time.

All calves look exactly the same this year :-)

All calves look exactly the same this year πŸ™‚

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Soon the time is over for the white wood anemones.

Soon the time is over for the white wood anemones.

Tonight’s the night when the big final in the Eurovision Song Contest will start. Russia is the big favorite in the betting firms with Australia just behind. I don’t think the Russian song is the best but his performance is, My favorite is Australia, it is the best song but her performance is rather boring to be honest. Sweden belongs to the top five too according to the betting firms and Justin Timberlake says that it is his favorite according to the newspapers.

 

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Last summer, I think it was, I bought a little machine that makes ice cream. Well that is a lie to be honest. It is two bowls that you put in the freezer until they are deep frozen and one lid with an electric mixer which rotates very, very slow. One put the batter in the deep frozen bowl, put on the lid and start the mixer. After around 5 minutes there’s something very similar to ice cream, like soft ice cream. Ona can of course make real ice cream batter but for two bowls only (one bowl is like one portion) that’s just too much work.

 

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This and the rest of the photos were taken with the Ambi Silette.

This and the rest of the photos were taken with the Ambi Silette.

So instead I filled the bowl with yoghurt and it works really good. I put in a variety called Samoan which contains peach, kiwi, mango, pineapple and passionfruit juice. Normally that yoghurt is a bit too sweet but when frozen this way it becomes a bit towards sour instead, just perfect! I also bought a yoghurt with vanilla, apples and cinnamon and I’ll try that one later today. I am rarely at home when the ice cream truck comes to the village and if I don’t bring a cool bag when I’m at the grocery store any ice cream will melt before I come home so this is a pretty good solution.

 

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It is time to make a pot of tea and I’ll show the winner in tonight’s contest in tomorrow’s post.

Have a great day!

 

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It is a new day tomorrow.

Today all photos comes from two old cameras. The first ones comes from an Agfa Ambi silette. A rangefinder camera  often called the poor mans Leica. Leica cameras are amongst the few cameras that actually are pretty expensive no matter how old they are. Not so with Agfa cameras but this one is really good. I only have one lens and it is a 135mm telephoto lens.

Today all photos comes from two old cameras. The first ones comes from an Agfa Ambi silette. A rangefinder camera often called the poor mans Leica. Leica cameras are amongst the few cameras that actually are pretty expensive no matter how old they are. Not so with Agfa cameras but this one is really good. I only have one lens and it is a 135mm telephoto lens.

It hailed heavilyΒ yesterday evening and since temperatures were low all night lots of it covered my car when I woke up this morning. Thankfully the sun showed for a minute or two so it was easy to get rid of before going to work. I think I had driven for five minutes when the snow started to fall. Even I had to admit to myself that it looked pretty but I was a bit worried since I now have summer tires on my car.

 

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The pretty feeling soon vanished because the longer I drove the more it snowed πŸ™‚ At one point it was so hard to see the road that I thought it would be best to stop and slowly drive home again. The road was however so warm that the snow melted as soon as it hit so I continued to work. Just as I arrived the snow stopped falling and I could see some sunshine again. It lasted until I was about to go to the neighbor factory to work, just before I was leaving the snow started to fall again. So even if it is just 200 meters (much the same in yards) to the other place I took the car πŸ™‚

 

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Nothing worked as it should today πŸ™‚ It took quite some time until I even could start working. Something must have been wrong with the paint because it was looking like cement and nothing I did made it better πŸ™‚ I had painted for a while when it suddenly felt like something was tapping me on my head, strange since I was the only one there. So I turned around and saw that the hose from the paint pump had broken and it sprayed me all over my back πŸ™‚ I wear an overall that won’t let any paint through so that didn’t bother me that much.

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The worst thing was that everything was covered in paint and my gloves got slippery and it took almost half an hour to fix the hose. I hadn’t worked for long when something else hit me in the back of my head, this time it was the hose for the compressed air that broke πŸ™‚ It just took twenty minutes to fix that hose so I could start working again. I don’t have any clock in there so every now and again I must check the clock in my mobile phone. Guess what? The zipper broke on my overall!!!

 

The rest of the photos comes from an old camera called Balda Jubilette. It is a viewfinder camera so one has to estimate the distance to the thing one wants to photograph. I am surprised over how good this camera was. It does seem that I have a light leak in it somewhere that I must find.

The rest of the photos comes from an old camera called Balda Jubilette (pre WW2). It is a viewfinder camera so one has to estimate the distance to the thing one wants to photograph. I am surprised over how good this camera was. It does seem that I have a light leak in it somewhere that I must find.

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I can’t even be in the paintbox if that is broken and it would take too long to go back to my ordinary workplace to get a new overall so I had to go outside, now without any snow falling but with a strong wind instead. I did manage to fix it, at least so I could continue to work. I’ll bring another one next time I’ll go there, on Thursday they say. It took me twice as long to paint what I should today and I’m so glad that the day is over. From now on it only can be better.

 

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It is time to eat something and after that I’ll sit in front of the tv being grumpy all evening πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

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I woke up to a world covered in snow and I didn’t like it. The night had started rather cold and it had dropped down to -7C (19,4F) before the clouds came and covered the sky. It was less cold when I woke up but the sight of all that snow made me cold inside instead.

 

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The cats like to sleep in the grass collector when I'm not at home :-)

The cats like to sleep in the grass collector when I’m not at home πŸ™‚

I could see that the sun was trying to break through though so out we went and I did have hope that the sun would show while we were out walking. How wrong I was, even though the clouds did get thinner no sun showed. Instead the snow started to fall again but since there was almost no wind it actually didn’t feel that bad anyway. I can even say that I would have liked it if this had been around Christmas πŸ™‚

 

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None of the weather sites had predicted anything else than rain so snow was not even something I have remotely considered to see. It all melts down pretty fast though so even if we just had a shower of pebble snow (looks like hail but is soft and very light) it can’t be seen on the ground any longer. I’m not sure I’m glad I changed to summer tires even if the law says we must but this is April and weather can change in a minute.

 

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I did mow the lawn yesterday and even though I knew the grass had been growing quite a lot I still got surprised over how much grass the collector collected. I had to empty it several times, perhaps a good thing since it most likely insulated the compost against the really cold night. I normally just let the mowed grass stay on the lawn, it gives back the nutrition to the poor sandy soil I have.

 

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It is time for a pot of tea and after that another walk I think, I do hope it won’t snow any more now.

 

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The poor Heron was just as surprised by the snow as we were.

The poor Heron was just as surprised by the snow as we were.

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Have a great day!


The fairies were dancing.

Fairies dancing above the water or they could just be mist rising when the sun is heating up the cold water :-)

Fairies dancing above the water or they could just be mist rising when the sun is heating up the cold water πŸ™‚

It is a cold but sunny morning here and we were out walking as soon as the sun started to rise above the horizon. The frost cover wasn’t as thick that I had thought, the below freezing degrees started already yesterday evening. The absence of wind made it much nicer that it was to be honest.

 

Here are a few more photos from our walk yesterday.

Here are a few more photos from our walk yesterday.

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I do like the old outhouse attached to the shed :-)

I do like the old outhouse attached to the shed πŸ™‚

The rain they had predicted for today is now moved to Sunday, that means I’ll have to mow the lawn no matter if I want to or not πŸ™‚ If I wait another week the grass will be so long that my mower won’t manage to cut it and who knows if we’ll have sunshine next week, they are wobbly enough to predict the weather just a day ahead so just imagine how bad it is when they try to do it for a week πŸ™‚

 

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I shouldn’t have slept that long yesterday even if I most likely needed it. I had problems falling asleep and I woke up just after 4 am too but I did feel relaxed so it was a good sleep the little I got. I can’t say we have daylight already at that time now but it sure shows that the day is close. Today the sun went up at 5:32 am and soon we won’t have much night at all here and further north they won’t have it at all since the sun will stay above the horizon 24/7.

 

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This hare came suddenly jumping towards us and it could look like she was a bit insane risking her life like that but it was really a smart move. We were probably standing very close to her young ones and she would know that she could lure us away from them and then run away from us.

This hare came suddenly jumping towards us and it could look like she was a bit insane risking her life like that but it was really a smart move. We were probably standing very close to her young ones and she would know that she could lure us away from them and then run away from us.

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Lots of birds are singing and we heard a deer warn about something with is odd barking but we didn’t see any other animals today. We walked to the clean creek but it was even too cold for Sune to take a bath today, I even saw some ice at the edges of the water. Mist “pillars” were rising by the little lake and according to folklore that’s fairies dancing before the day starts. Fairies are actually quite nasty beings, they love to give children diseases and they might even kill them if they want to.

 

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The wind has started to blow some so I guess the grass soon will have dried up enough for me to mow it. I better check all the electric cords so they still work, I had problems with one of them last summer if memory serves me right. I think I’ll have time for a pot of tea before mowing though πŸ™‚

 

This and the rest of the photos comes from this mornings walk.

This and the rest of the photos comes from this mornings walk.

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Have a great day!

 

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It changes quickly.

The swamp behind my garage.

The swamp behind my garage.

Is anyone surprised if I say that we almost all day had grey and rainy weather? πŸ™‚ They had predicted sunshine from the morning but it didn’t show up until just before I stopped working πŸ™‚

 

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We also had a nasty wind all day, not that I noticed it much here before I went to work but I did notice it very well on the road to work πŸ™‚ It had also calmed down pretty much when I came home so the walk was really pleasant. Sune took a bath like always in the clean creek and Nova rolled around in the dry grass.

 

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So I was sitting here in the kitchen looking at Facebook when suddenly the cottage got hit hard by a strong wind, the entire cottage trembled and suddenly the ky got all black and rain started to fall. The wind hit several times and I started to wonder if we could have a tromb nearby. A tromb is a small tornado which can damage houses if one is unlucky.

 

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Β  The wind was so hard towards the door that I had problems opening it but I couldn’t see any tromb, doesn’t mean we didn’t have one though. They usually only show on warm summer days but it did get rather warm pretty fast so that could have triggered one to start. Now it has stopped to blow but the sky is just as black and it rains some.

 

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

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That was probably the most exiting thing that has happened here since the farmers garage blew up in the air πŸ™‚ It is time for tea and something to eat.

Have a great day!


It is a day for reading.

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Today has been anything like spring like, it has been more like an autumn day. Cold, a bit windy and rainy. We have been lucky when going out though, only drizzle as worst. Still, I’m thinking of going to the wood shed to get some logs and start a fire in the stove, mostly to get rid of the dampness that has eaten its way in to the cottage.

 

The Elm trees are in bloom.

The Elm trees are in bloom.

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The weather has however made me read a lot instead, at the time I’m reading J.K.Rawling’s book FantasticΒ beasts and where to find them. It is actually an encyclopedia with some funny notes but I have to say that the film seems very much more fun πŸ™‚ I’ve only seen one trailer and they have taken huge liberties when making it and that’s a good thing. The book as it is now would be a lousy film πŸ™‚

 

The Alder trees are in bloom too.

The Alder trees are in bloom too.

Mute swans.

Mute swans.

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Β  I’ve done some laundry too but that’s it, this is not a day with lots of energy to waste I feel. I might make some pancakes and after that I’ll keep on reading or start hibernating til it is warm again.

 

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Have a great day!

 

Two taken with the Hasselblad.

Two taken with the Hasselblad.

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