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!


The best ever!

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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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And so it falls again.

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I knew the snow was on its way but according to yesterdays predictions it wouldn’t show up until late afternoon, so is anyone surprised it snowed like crazy here already when I got up at 6:20 am πŸ™‚ The flakes are the semi big ones that keeps on falling forever and really builds up to highs heights. Now the predictions says we’ll have snow falling until tomorrow evening and this time I’m afraid they might be right πŸ™‚

 

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I've sen a lonely Raven fly around a few days now and that's unusual here. Normally they are at least three or four and sometimes as many as twenty at the same time.

I’ve sen a lonely Raven fly around a few days now and that’s unusual here. Normally they are at least three or four and sometimes as many as twenty at the same time.

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There’s a wind too that makes it rather nasty out there unless one can find wind free places. The bog close to the trees are such a place so that’s where we walked this morning. I must admit that I was rather surprised that the ice carried me since it has been rather warm during the days. I might go there next walk too just because it is so quiet there and it feels like the rest of the world doesn’t exist. On our way to the bog we saw a fox, a bit too far away but still near enough to be seen clearly. It knew very well that we looked at it but it just didn’t care. I understood that we never would be able to catch it even if we tried πŸ™‚

 

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I’ve cropped these photos of the fox a lot so You would be able to see it properly.

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The worlds biggest cross-country ski race (Vasaloppet) is on tv at the moment. If one isn’t interested in cross-country skiing it’s the most boring tv program there is, even more than those very quiet documentaries we Swedes seems to lave to make. You know the ones where almost nothing is said and the person they are filming eat breakfast or drink coffee while the radio is turned on in the background sending a local radio station with music no one really listens to any more πŸ™‚ The radio and the slurping of coffee or porridge are the only sounds in the entire documentary, usually they film something outside the windows, like birds eating in the snow os a car passing by on the snowy road. Those programs are not fun and Vasaloppet is even more boring.

 

The joy of having a stick with a plastic ribbon attached to it :-)

The joy of having a stick with a plastic ribbon attached to it πŸ™‚

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He has a ribbon on his stick!

He has a ribbon on his stick!

Give me a ribbon stick too!

Give me a ribbon stick too!

Well, who wants a ribbon anyway :-)

Well, who wants a ribbon anyway πŸ™‚

They started this race in memory of how the noble man Gustaf Vasa escaped the Danish soldiers, using skis and on the way towards Norway asked the people to help him fight the danes. Well, the have the race in the opposite direction so the finish line is where he was supposed to have started from and it turns out that he actually had now idea what skis are πŸ™‚ They found a letter written by him where he asked what those wooden things were πŸ™‚ He was a despot as king and gladly killed the men who finally helped him to the power. His sons were all more or less insane and did their best to kill each other too, Eric the 14th was poisoned with arsenic put in his pea soup when he wasΒ arrested while one of his brothers took the power.

 

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It is time to get out on a walk again I think and perhaps I must shovel away some snow from the entrance stairs when we come back home again. I’ve filled the bird feeders but I’m pretty sure I’ll have to do it again, lots of birds out there and very little else to eat since the snow covers everything.

 

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Have a great day!


I miss all the exiting stuff.

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I spent most of the working day in the neighbor factory so time passed by so much faster than I ever could hope for. We had a rather beautiful morning here, -10C (14F) and lots of rime on the trees. We even had a beautiful sunrise and I hope the few photos I took with my Kodak Retinette will come out good. It didn’t take long until the clouds covered the sky and temperatures rose so nothing stayed until I came home from work.

 

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It was around noon when I suddenly realised that the air in my face-guard started to become really hot and the temperature in the paintbox rose dramatically too. The overall I wear doesn’t breathe at all, which is a good thing since the paint is very toxic. So it started to feel like I was working in a steam bath. I had to sop working and walked around to see if there was a fire going on somewhere πŸ™‚ The cause to this was most likely that they had opened up a huge door and the cold air outside must have reached the sensors. Cold sensors mean they send signals to make it warmer in the paintbox and there ai was sweating like a pig πŸ™‚

 

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The first thing I hear when I came back to my usual work place is that we’ve had a fire in the big oven at work, around noon! It wasn’t a big one and they could easily put it out with a normal extinguisher. The other painter at work, he works at a smaller paintbox with its own oven, noticed that there was unusual much smoke up by the roof and since he hadn’t let out any smoke in the department he walked to the big oven and looked in to it, good thing he did πŸ™‚ It turns out one of the heaters had become way too hot and broken down. Normally that just means it stops but not today.

 

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Note to self, almost all older cameras need much better light to get less grainy photos :-)

Note to self, almost all older cameras need much better light to get less grainy photos πŸ™‚

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The heater was easily swapped to a new one and they have now cleaned the oven so we can start working as usual tomorrow morning. Exiting things liuke that never happens when I’m around πŸ™‚ It is easy to joke about it, that’s one way to sort of keep that bad thoughts about what could have happened if things gone wrong. I am very happy things like this rarely happens at all.

 

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I deleted most really bad photos so these were all photos left taken with the Nikon this time.

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It is time to make something to eat and I think I’ll have cocoa today.

Have a greta day!


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.

 

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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 si far away but I can see it :-)

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I can’t say I feel much better but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel today. It seems however that the cold now concentrates its strength towards my throat, I’ll fight back with honey and ginger mixed in luke warm tea because if one heat up honey too much it becomes just plain sugar to be honest, all the good bacteria in the honey dies if the temperatures rise too much.

 

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I would have loved to have pineapple slices again today but I didn’t stop at the grocery store toi get any more so today I’ll have either preserved pears or peaches, not in their own juice though. Can’t remember if I’ve ever seen pears or peaches preserved in their own juice, it’s usually either syrup or water. The ones in water never taste especially nice I’m afraid so I tend to avoid those.

 

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It will start to get slightly warmer now but that also means we’ll have the risk of getting snow. The predictions say snow for Thursday and since it is something I really don’t want more off I guess they’ll be right this time πŸ™‚ Only 13 days left of February so at least I know a spring will come and I do hope it will be an early one so we don’t have to wait until the end of April this year.

 

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It is time for that tea even if it will keep me awake all night, I doubt it though since I’m so tired that I could fall asleep right here in the kitchen in front of the laptop πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!


Just too much work in my condition :-)

Still old photos during the work week. Still a bit too dark to get any photos on our evening walk but it's getting close now to have enough light.

Still old photos during the work week. Still a bit too dark to get any photos on our evening walk but it’s getting close now to have enough light.

I was absolutely sure I hadΒ a high fever when I woke up this morning at 4am. I didn’t wake up because of that though but the totally awful smell from the bathroom which filled the entire cottage. Both cats needed to go, one used the litter boc and the other the shower floor. In a way I was happy about the shower floor, he could have used a much worse place πŸ™‚ Anyway, I knew I must be dying from a high fever.

 

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Turns out I was just fine πŸ™‚ Sort of annoying when I really didn’t feel like it. So off to work I went and even though the day passed very fast it still was a bit tough when feeling like death was waiting around the corner. Still I don’t feel I can stay at home if I don’t have a fever, that would feel like I was cheating sort of.

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I would still have to get out today since I was out of toilet paper, I can live without food for a while but I can’t live without toilet paper πŸ™‚ I also wanted some sliced pineapple, the kind which is preserved in its own juice. I could of course buy a fresh one but then I would have to peel it and it’s always hard to figure out when it is just enough ripe and if it is too ripe it’s just disgusting. When I would peel it the juice would stick to everything and after all I am close to death having this cold, even if I don’t have a fever, so that’s just too much work πŸ™‚

 

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It was rather cold last night so I was pretty sure I would have to scrape ice from the car windows but 10cm (4 inches) of snow all over the car had stopped ice from building up so I came very early to work today πŸ™‚ Tonight will be down to -16C (3,2F) but now I don’t have any snow on the car so I guess the ice will be there tomorrow instead. If You don’t get a blog tomorrow please send someone to check if I’m frozen solid beside my car after trying to get rid of the ice while being this sick πŸ™‚

 

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The fire is burning in the stove and now I’m of to eat sliced pineapple in its own juice.

Have a great day!


Couldn’t be a much better morning.

View from my entrance.

View from my entrance.

It was cold during the night, almost -15C (5F) and the world had been colored almost totally white. What was even better was that we had a quite thick fog too and no wind at all, so our morning walk was rather pleasant and we were all painted with some frost in our hair. The sun did shine through the clouds after a while and has kept on shining more or less the entire day. It’llΒ be like this for a few days now, too bad I’ll be working all day.

 

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This year my lime tree gave me three small limes and two days ago I harvested the first one, We all know that limes are pale yellow-greenish when we cut them open so guess if I got surprised when this first one was brightly orange πŸ™‚ I’ve never heard of a lime having orange fruit pulp and it looked rather amazing to the green outside. It tasted as it should though but the taste was stronger than I had thought it would be since it doesn’t get especially much sunlight here during the winter. I’ll photograph the next one if it is as orange as this one.

 

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We walked down to the creek later on and I didn’t know that the horse guy would be working today. I didn’t have any digital camera with me so when he and the horses suddenly walked out in front of me there just wasn’t time enough to adjust the camera to take a photo. We walked up-stream and I did think that I should save the last photo just in case we would be lucky again but how big would the chances be that I would be able to adjust the camera before he had went on elsewhere?

 

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So I took that last photo on the roll and guess if I got annoyed when we met him again, standing still while cutting down a big tree stump, against the light so the last fog could be seen in the distance! It is one of those photos I’ll never take I’m afraid πŸ™‚ It is like when one is out fishing and almost get that big fish and no one believes the story since there is no evidence πŸ™‚

 

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It is time to take a last walk before it gets dark I think. Tomorrow the sun will stay up until one minute after I’ve stopped working πŸ™‚ It won’t be long now until I’ll have enough daylight to get some photographs when the dogs and I are out walking after work, I think a week or one and a half.

 

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Have a great day!

 

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Well, it is winter after all.

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They predicted chances of sunshine today so I’m not the least surprised that we now have a snow storm passing by πŸ™‚ It seems it has hit all over southern Sweden and that all weather sites missed to predict it πŸ™‚ I think that we’ve gotten almost 5cm (2 inches since we went out for our morning walk just before eight this morning and it just keeps on falling.

 

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It didn’t look that bad to be honest but it turned out that those blue clouds were filled with snow.

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We walked to the little lake in the forest again, I would have liked to walk down to the creek but it is more or less impossible to walk there now and I’m not sure if the guy with the horses are out during the weekend. His horses don’t care about my dogs but I still don’t want to disturb them while they are working. It would not be a good thing is we accidentally scared them, horses are big You know πŸ™‚

 

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My Hasselblad camera is a so-called medium format camera, the film is bigger than those to a slr camera. Medium format cameras give totally square photos and one can only take twelve photos on each film roll. For a reason I don’t know it’s much more expensive to develop those films even if it is exactly the same film as the 135 films (but bigger then), so they use the same chemicals. That’s why I use my Hasselblad camera so seldom. Instead I’ve used the Zeiss more often, it use the same kind of film but instead of totally square photos it takes slightly less wide photos so I can get 16 photos from each roll of film. I hope You can follow what I mean πŸ™‚

 

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This was once a bike, probably used all the time back in the days.

This was once a bike, probably used all the time back in the days.

The film to my Hasselblad is loaded in a special cassette which when it is loaded is attached to the camera body. One day I learned that they have made film cassettes which gives the same size on the negatives as on the Zeiss camera so I can take 16 photos with my Hasselblad too! I found one on our eBay (which we call Tradera) and won the auction fairly easy. I tried to get some info about it on the net but it seems medium format fanatics doesn’t like it, the negatives should be square and that’s it πŸ™‚ I’m not a fanatic so I thought it was great and today I started using that cassette πŸ™‚ I do prefer to take many photos for less money if I can πŸ™‚

 

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So anyway, it was quite pleasant when we started our walk, a weak wind and I could see rips in the sky showing a blue heaven. It changed quickly though and soon the snow started to fall. I have to admit that I didn’t notice it much as long as we were walking in the forest but on our way back it snowed so much sometimes that it was hard to see any longer distances. Still, the flakes are mostly small so it takes some time until it becomes especially much on the ground.

 

I normally take photos of this tree with its funguses but closer to the ground. I'm walking on the ridge around 15 meters (much the same in yards) up and could take a closer look at the top of the old tree. There are a few funguses gowing even higher.

I normally take photos of this tree with its funguses but closer to the ground. I’m walking on the ridge around 15 meters (much the same in yards) up and could take a closer look at the top of the old tree. There are a few funguses growing even higher.

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Now I’ve started a fire in the stove and am about to make some cocoa. I have a headache, my throat is sore and I’m really tired. I do hope this is as worse as it will get but I doubt it πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!

 

This is the same tree as the previuous photo but much closer to the ground :-)

This is the same tree as the previous photo but much closer to the ground πŸ™‚

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If it doesn’t get worse than that.

Still too dark after work to take any new photos, so You'll see a mix of everything today.

Still too dark after work to take any new photos, so You’ll see a mix of everything today.

Yesterday morning I was quite sure I wouldn’t be able to go to work today, I couldn’t speak and my throat was hurting too but off to work I went. Today I was back to normal, I do hope this was the flu I got this year, I would be lucky if it didn’t get any worse than that πŸ™‚ We’re all very tired at work though and we all have more or less stuffed noses. Could be worse I guess πŸ™‚

 

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Almost all snow we got yesterday melted away and the snow falling now won’t give us any thicker layer. It is what we call kulsnΓΆ, pebble snow. Looks much like hail but are soft and that kind of snow fall never lasts for long. The temperature is dropping though and I might try to take a walk on the bog this weekend if it gets cold enough.

 

Four from the Zeiss.

Four from the Zeiss.

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I wonder how much trees they have cut down by the creek, I’ve heard the machines work all week when I’ve come home after work. So I’ll suspect the worst but hope for as good as possibleΒ πŸ™‚

 

Four from the digital Nikon D70.

EightΒ from the digital Nikon D70.

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The fire is burning in the stove and I’m about to make me something to eat, I’m not really hungry so it might be popcorn today too πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!


If I would think like a forest owner….

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We’ve had a cold and sunny day here today, even after I had come home from work. Normally the sun is behind clouds when we get out on our walk but today it showed itself several times even if it was just for a few minutes at a time. No wind what so ever so I would have loved the weather anyway πŸ™‚ It was so cold that in places where the sun couldn’t reach there still was frost on all the plants.

 

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Tomorrow we’ll be back to warmer weather again (not much warmer though but above 0C (32F) ) and with it both rain and snow will fall they say. We’ll have some semi strong winds too but not as bad as it was last time. To be honest, I didn’t notice the wind much last time since it was stopped by both my neighbors cottage, garage and the forest, I actually barely could hear it most of the time.

 

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We went down to the creek like always after work on Fridays and before we reached the forest I understood something was wrong, I could see something looking like a tractor and that’s never good news. I was right, they were cutting down trees just beside the path we walk on and most of the trees growing by the creek too. If I would think like a forest owner I would say it was about time they did something to that area, the trees grew so close together that they never would reach any bigger heights.

 

Never a good sign to see  a working machine there, the only way it can come from is from the other side of the forest.

Never a good sign to see a working machine there, the only way it can come from is from the other side of the forest.

This is where I always take the creek photo, looks a bit different now.

This is where I always take the creek photo, looks a bit different now.

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Well, I’m not a forest owner so I mostly felt a bit sad to see what they were doing. Now it is not all bad because this will help all spring flowers that grew by that creek. In a year or so the ground will be covered with violets and white wood anemones. It will look amazing and I’m pretty sure the ferns will gain from this too, just imagine how wonderful it will look when all those ferns lean over the water! Β Still I’ll miss the shade the trees gave and I guess one of the fly free zones now are gone for years to come. Unfortunately this will not affect the tics at all and they are plenty down by the creek.

 

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The fire is burning in the stove and it is time for me to make something to eat.

Have a great day!

 

They had also been up by the bog to cut down some trees the storms had destroyed. This is the tree stump on where the tiny spruce was growing. The tree stump is badly scarred and the tiny spruce is now gone. Most of the mossy tree funguses are still there though, at least on this side og the stump.

They had also been up by the bog to cut down some trees the storms had destroyed. This is the tree stump on where the tiny spruce was growing. The tree stump is badly scarred and the tiny spruce is now gone. Most of the mossy tree funguses are still there though, at least on this side og the stump.


There really is no place for short chubby fingers.

The Minolta X300. I only got 15 photos from a roll of film which should give me 36 photos. I guess the camera froze like so many elderly does when the temperature drops that much.

Taken with the Minolta X300 (and the four after this one). I only got 15 photos from a roll of film which should give me 36 photos. I guess the camera froze like so many elderly does when the temperature drops that much.

We’ve had a wonderful sunny day here with very little wind as well. I got the chance to experience it some when I walked to and from the neighbor factory where I worked for a few hours today. It was the kind of day when it felt like the best thing to do was just to jump in the car and drive away but I couldn’t for two reasons.

 

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The first reason was because too many hadn’t come to work today so they really needed another painter and the second reason was that I had to replace the two lights above the license plate on the tailgate. I knew both of them had broken already yesterday so the first thing I did when I came home was to bring all screwdrivers I have, the two tiny lightbulbs were already waiting in the car.

 

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All photos I took with the Kodak Retinette became really grainy and I think it has to do with really bad light. Next time I’ll use it will be on a sunny day. These four and the four after are taken with the Kodak. All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

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I had to have the flashlight in my mouth while I kept the tailgate in a hight where I easily could work. Naturally the screws were of a kind which I didn’t have a screwdriver for. So I talked with the handyman at work, he who fixes all problems we have with almost everything at work and he had the right tool. So as soon as I came back to work I started changing those lightbulbs.

 

I do like them anyway.

I do like them anyway.

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The first thing I do is to drop the tiny screw so it landed between the license plate and the tailgate. I could feel that it would be easy to pick up so I continued with the other one. It is amazing how hard those tiny bulbs sit and there’s really no space for short and chubby fingers πŸ™‚ I did get it out after a while and when I was about to pick up the screw that I dropped I managed to push it down behind the license plate.

 

These four are taken with the Hasselblad camera out on the bog when I got a bit lost :-)

These four are taken with the Hasselblad camera out on the bog when I got a bit lost πŸ™‚

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This is the tree I recognised when I went out the next weekend and realised I was so close to almost walk the right way :-)

This is the tree I recognised when I went out the next weekend and realised I was so close to almost walk the right way πŸ™‚

The plate is made of plastic but I didn’t dare pulling too hard to get the screw out, so I gave up after a few minutes and called our handyman and asked how I would remove the plate since there were no visible screws to remove. He really tried to explain to me but in the end he had to come out and help me πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Turns out those plastic plates can take a lot before they break and to be honest, it was stupidly easy to remove it πŸ™‚

 

I had the Zeiss with me that time too. These four are taken with that camera.

I had the Zeiss with me that time too. These four are taken with that camera.

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So now I drive legally again, well almost because another lightbulb broke so now I need to go to the petrol station on my way home tomorrow and get a new one πŸ™‚ It is time for something to eat and hot cocoa, the night is chilly!

 

These last four are taken with my Nikon D5100 last Sunday.

These last four are taken with my Nikon D5100 last Sunday.

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Have a great day!


They sure weren’t going to make it easy for me.

There was a slight wind when we were out walking so there might not be any snow or rime on the trees tomorrow.

There was a slight wind when we were out walking so there might not be any snow or rime on the trees tomorrow.

I woke up around 4am today by the nasty smell of cat poop. It is impossible to ignore so up I went and down to the bottom floor. I walked very carefully just to avoid where ever it might be laying on the floor, Teodor doesn’t go to the litter box if his brother has been there before him. But I had to sort of apologize to him because he had actually gone to the shower and pooped where the water goes down the drains.

 

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I do prefer that he goes there than anywhere else to be honest. The smell was truly nasty but what was even more nasty was all the worms I saw. My first thought was that I would need to get some wormingpills directly after work but then I remembered that I should have some in the cupboard that contains everything and right I was. I had just enough pills for all of them, the dogs too πŸ™‚ The dogs were no problem but the cats did struggle a bit. Thankfully none of them tried to bite me but they sure weren’t going to make it easy for me πŸ™‚

 

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So glad to have done the job without injuries on either me or the cats and that I wouldn’t have to go to the pharmacy anyway I relaxed and tried to get that awful smell out of the cottage. I think it took around 20 minutes before Bertil threw up and he too had worms. I’m pretty sure 20 minutes is too little for the pill to work so I had to go to the pharmacy anyway. I think he got so surprised when I wanted to give him another pill when I came home from work so even if I just dropped it down his mouth he swallowed it without any fight this time πŸ™‚

 

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It was no fun in the grocery store, people in the town of FalkΓΆping just don’t understand how to behave in the isles. If you have missed something in an isle you just don’t try to turn around with the cart in the isle when they are trying to fill up the shelves with new items, it is especially bad if you don’t understand that the isle is just too narrow to do such a thing because you will get stuck :-)One shouldn’t just leave the cart either because the ones behind might want to continue with their shopping and not wait until the person finally have found what ever it was.

 

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Another thing that isn’t good is to decide that all the rest of the customers are walking in the wrong direction and refuse to step aside when you meet them. I think that, for some reason, that it might be they who are right since they all walk the same direction. Some people just don’t understand that πŸ™‚ Well I got out in one piece and fetched my phone and drove home. Isn’t it fun how many different sizes a sim car can have? It must be a rule that the new phone never should have the same kind that is in the old one. So here I have this new phone but I can’t use it πŸ™‚

 

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Something even more fun is that when one is waiting to reach an operator and is number two in line, the old phone decides that this was boring and turn itself off πŸ™‚ The first time I only waited for twenty minutes, the second for twenty-five πŸ™‚ But I’ll have the new sim card on Tuesday they think. Life is just too fun sometimes πŸ™‚

 

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It is time to make some tea and something to eat. Tomorrow will be chilly too but after that it’ll get warmer again. Oh the joy of driving on slippery roads on Monday πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!


I did wonder if I really was any better.

Todays photos are taken with the Edixa Prismaflex.

Todays photos are taken with the Edixa Prismaflex. Standing photos will be more manageable if You click on them.

I started to get bored yesterday so I thought that must mean I’m getting better. So off to work I drove today, the morning was slightly chilly -18C (-0,4F) and the ice on the car windows sat as if it was glued πŸ™‚ Can’t even pretend I didn’t think that I still might be sick and should stay at home one more day πŸ™‚

 

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I had a rather calm day but I’m still so tired that it would be really nice to go to bed already now but I will fight and not go to bed until 9pm πŸ™‚ I must admit that it feels nice to know that it is Friday tomorrow and that my work day ands at noon πŸ™‚ I’ll drive to FalkΓΆping to pick up my new phone so I might as well buy everything I need during the weekendΒ in the super market since that’s where they have the package delivery place now days.

 

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It is just as cold now as it was this morning but all weather sites says that we on Sunday will get much warmer temperatures and it will stay warm for several days after that. Normally I would say I like it but it is still so early that we most likely will get nasty cold weather again so it could just as well stay cold until spring. The roads will be very slippery for a while now and that I don’t like. I don’t mind if the snow melts away though πŸ™‚

 

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It is time to put more fire logs in the stove and to make myself something to eat. I do hope it isn’t as cold tomorrow morning as it was today, it took a long time for my fingers to get warm again πŸ™‚

 

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My old home town was snowed in today.

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My old home town was snowed in today, they got almost 40cm (16 inches) of snow during the night and early morning according to the news. Nothing worked, especially not the trains and trams. The occasional bus managed to go but most seemed to stand still. This is a city close to the ocean so it isn’t often they get that much snow. I remember the last time they got even more snow there and it was November 17th 1995. It fell so much snow that it took them four days to get the traffic to work again.

 

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I had a day of from work that day or a night of since I worked nights and was out walking with my dogs in the snow storm, they loved to jump into the huge snow piles, some over 1,5 meters high (much the same in yards). Cars were just left in the middle of the roads and people were locked in at Volvo where I worked at the time, they refused to let people out until at least the bigger road outside the factory was cleared πŸ™‚

 

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Here today however we might have gotten 5cm (2 inches) of snow and the rime we had got replaced by a thin layer of snow instead, almost as beautiful since the snow is very fluffy. As You all know I’m not a big fan of winter but it would be better if it stayed chilly until spring arrived because the roads will be nasty slippery when nit starts to thaw again and it will by the end of this week according to all predictions. So when that finally happens I do hope it stays above freezing point.

 

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It is time to start a fire in the stove, we’re not even close to any thaw tonight or the coming days so I better start now so the warmth stays in the cottage all night. There’s no wind to talk about so that won’t be any problems.

 

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Have a great day!

 

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There was dripping from the roof.

Yes it is back to older photos again.

Yes it is back to older photos again.

I’m not sure what it is I’m having but I’m not feeling well. Freezing a bit, nausea a bit, hot a bit and very tired. I also have pain in every muscle I have but I think I can blame that on the walk in deep snow yesterday πŸ™‚ I guess those three hours helped what ever it is I have to break out.

 

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Dill, the most important spice when it comes to cooking crayfish.

Dill, the most important spice when it comes to cooking crayfish.

 

So I’m not surprised that the sun shone all day today when I really couldn’t be outside enjoying it. It was still below 0C (32F) but the sunshine was so warm that I could see dripping from the roof and lots of the rime has fallen of the trees and bushes in my garden. This warmer weather didn’t stay for long though, it has already started to drop and tomorrow we’ll also get lots of snow, so fun.

 

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