Dragonflies.

It was nice to be able to see the road I was driving on.

All photos today comes from the folder "For a rainy day".
All photos today comes from the folder “For a rainy day”.

We didn’t have frost or fog this morning, they finally got it right with the weather prediction πŸ™‚ It was so nice to not have to scrape the car windows and to actually be able to see the road I was driving on πŸ™‚ The big road (the one You could see photos from here in an earlier post) was almost totally empty and the car behaved as it should, I got this feeling of harmony and the feeling of that nothing can go wrong, so I was thinking that I could just go on driving until I had no more petrol in my car and then just keep going until the ocean would stop me.

 

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But I knew that those feelings soon would disappear when I came to a cross-road some miles away and then it would all go back to normal anyway. So I turned where I was supposed to and drove to work. It wasn’t too bad to work either to be honest and the day passed rather quickly. I’ll be working in the neighbor factory tomorrow and on Thursday so those days will pass fast too even if I’ll be painting really big things that weighs around 500kg ( over 1100 pounds) hanging in the air and really heavy to move even if I have the right equipment.

 

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This was what I could think of writing today, my mind is quite blank and I think I need more vanilla yoghurt with sliced apples and cinnamon πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!


I had to call them.

Yesterdays thunderclouds were huge, this is just a tiny part of the closest one.

Yesterdays thunderclouds were huge, this is just a tiny part of the closest one.

We have thunder clouds hanging around today again but still no thunder. It was a pretty nice day before they arrived, lots of sunshine and rather warm but now it’s mostly cloudy and rather chilly. It’s just beneath 13C (55,4F) and the air has the feeling of a just passed thunderstorm but no thunderstorm has passed, very odd!

 

Suddenly it was as if the night had arrived, too bad no lightnings struck while I took this photo :-)
Suddenly it was as if the night had arrived, too bad no lightnings struck while I took this photo πŸ™‚
It must have rained today when I was at work because everything was soaking wet when I came home.
It must have rained today when I was at work because everything was soaking wet when I came home.
A bit hazy on the mountain today.
A bit hazy on the mountain today.
The Portal.
The Portal.

I still haven’t been able to see any of the photos I mailed to be developed last week and that’s a bit odd too. They are usually very fast in developing the films, so now I’m starting to wonder if something has happened to the film rolls. I’ll mail them if nothing turns up later today. I really would like to get these rolls developed because I have plenty of photos taken outside this village and I would like to see if I managed to stop the light leaks in the old Rolleicord.

 

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It is a good year for grasshoppers, they were everywhere on the gravel road today. Can't remember when I saw this many before.
It is a good year for grasshoppers, they were everywhere on the gravel road today. Can’t remember when I saw this many before.

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I couldn’t wait any more so I called them πŸ™‚ They have a prolonged period at the moment so I will get my photos some time next week. I told them that as long as I know the rolls are there I’ll be very patient and I also told them that I thought they did a fantastic job and that I liked their service a lot. It’s never wrong to tell people that one think they are doing a very good job, that happens too seldom in my opinion.

 

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The Troll Spindle allowwd me to come fairly close today.
The Troll Spindle allowed me to come fairly close today.
This fly however wouldn't jave mind if I had come even closer. It is one of the biting ones.
This fly however wouldn’t have mind if I had come even closer. It is one of the biting ones.

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The sun is back again and so is the higher temperatures so I opened the kitchen door so that Nova can sleep on the stairs again and Sune on the ground just outside. We’re all just waiting for the time I’m starting preparing our food. They’ll have their usual and I’ll have some sausages and hotdog breads. The dogs will have some sausages too of course πŸ™‚

 

We have lots of butterflies now, most of them look like this one though.
We have lots of butterflies now, most of them look like this one though.
Kirengeshoma palmata, Yellow wax bells.
Kirengeshoma palmata, Yellow wax bells.
My biggest pumpkin.
My biggest pumpkin.
Lots of blueberries this year.
Lots of blueberries this year.

We” I better stop here and start with our food, I haven’t eaten anything proper since 5am so it is about time I had something to stop fromΒ feeling hungryΒ πŸ™‚

Have a great day!

 

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Sand cherries.
Sand cherries.

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An almoist three meter high burdock.
An almost three meter high burdock.

I wonder where my energy is?

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I worked in the neighbor factory today and that was just perfect since I don’t have any energy to do anything πŸ™‚ I went to bed already at 9 pm yesterday to the sound of a light rain and woke up a few minutes before the alarm started, only because Nova decided it was a good time to be scratched on the belly πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It was a good reason to be honest πŸ™‚ It continued to rain during the day but now the sun shines and the humidity is so high it feels like walking in a sauna.

 

I did take the same photo twice sometimes but with different setting, just so I could see the difference.

I did take the same photo twice sometimes but with different setting, just so I could see the difference. This one is clearly better that the top one according to myself πŸ™‚

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I bought a bag of tea and a bottle with green soap the other week, I know I brought it in to the kitchen but after that it has been gone πŸ™‚ So yesterday I thought that if I bought the same thing again the old ones would turn up, they always do. So I did that and the first things I found when I came home was the tea and green soap πŸ™‚ I know that the soap didn’t stand on the kitchen sink when I left home in the morning but it did when I came home. I’m pretty sure it’s the small ones that played a trick with me, there’s no other explanation πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

 

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I think this second one is the best.

I think this second one is the best.

The first film rolls are now developed so that’s what You can see here today, it’s from the Hasselblad camera. I like it how they make it possible to down load the photos before they send them home to me. Of course these photos aren’t the highest quality but good enough to show and I have edited them slightly. The film rolls I used this time was called Lomography and that thought it was some kind of brand but it turns out that it is a kind of photography genre. It all started with old Russian cameras camera called Lomo. It’s made totally in plastic, even the lens. The cameras also let in light and some people liked the style of those photos and a new genre was born.

 

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Some of my photos have an odd blue sort of foggish surface and I guess that can have to do with the fact that the film might not have too high quality πŸ™‚ I can see that it mostly has happened on photos when it was fairly dark Β while I took the photo. Never mind, I’m just taking these photos because I enjoy it, not because I live on taking and selling photos πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Β Otherwise they turned out quite well. I’m still waiting for the two other rolls, at least one is from the Minolta XGM and the other one might be from the Edixa (the roll from that camera can be the one I have in my fridge though πŸ™‚ ).

 

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No big difference in these two though. All photos were taken in the early mornings.

Β  It is time to make something to eat and I think I’ll have cocoa today even if it is warm.

Have a great day!


I can not say I have not rested this vacation.

Growing on the beekeepers root cellar.

Growing on the beekeepers root cellar.

I had hoped I would be able to do a lot of things while being on a blog vacation but the weather hasn’t allowed any outside work and I didn’t receive the phone call I wanted either, I need new rims to my car so I don’t have to get the summer tires taken off so the winter tires can be put on. It is so much easier to have separate rims to them. I still hope for that call (from my work friend who has those rims and will help me to put on my summer tires on them) though because I don’t start working again until Monday.

 

Growing in my garden. The Siberian Hollyhock.

Growing in my garden. The Siberian Hollyhock.

Day lily.

Day lily.

Honeysuckle.

Honeysuckle.

I never remember the name on this one. Likes to grow where the ground is wet and spreads nicely if allowed.

I never remember the name on this one. Likes to grow where the ground is wet and spreads nicely if allowed.

It has been raining a lot here and thunder has been close even if it hasn’t been above my cottage. they believe that we’ll have much the same weather through August and that September might be warmer. Statistically it should be like that they say but I’m not sure statistics works any longer, the climate change sort of put all the old statistic in the garbage bin. Well I can’t say that I haven’t gotten enough rest this summer πŸ™‚ It is more or less the only thing I’ve been doing πŸ™‚

 

Bladder senna (Colutea arborescens).

Bladder senna (Colutea arborescens).

Cercis canadensis (eastern redbud). I've sown it myself and it is quite tiny yet.

Cercis canadensis (eastern redbud). I’ve sown it myself and it is quite tiny yet.

Autumn phlox.

Autumn phlox.

A honey bee visits my Aron's rod (verbascum chaxii )

A honey bee visits my Aron’s rod (verbascum chaxii )

We didn’t take any morning walk today, I was in no mood of walking in clouds of flies even if most of the biting ones are gone by now I still don’t like the others either πŸ™‚ I do wear my mosquito hat most of the time while being out on walks but I’m still rather tired of them now. The dogs didn’t seem to mind that we didn’t take any walk either, the kitchen door is open all day so they can always go out into the garden whenever they like to.

 

We actually got sun for almost an hour the other day.

We actually got sun for almost an hour the other day.

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The colors on mushrooms aren't always water proof. This one was red before the rain started.

The colors on mushrooms aren’t always water proof. This one was red before the rain started.

My neighbor the farmer believes that I might have a badger’s set in my garden πŸ™‚ I have seen the paths it has made here and it has tried to dig a hole just beside my patio but gave up that idea rather quickly. I guess three dogs is a bit too much to have that close even if they wouldn’t harm it in any way πŸ™‚ I do have a lot of bushes covering those places it might choose as a new home so it is hard to see if it has dug a hole elsewhere in the garden. I’ll know better when winter comes.

 

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I wouldn’t mind if it did chose my garden as a home as long as it doesn’t try to dig down beneath the cottage. So if I find that is has dug a hole in an appropriate place I’ll leave it alone, I’m pretty sure we’ll get along nicely as long as I can teach the dogs not to try to play with it πŸ™‚ Orvar tried that once and I can say the badger wasn’t happy at all πŸ™‚ It didn’t try to hurt Orvar because all it wanted to do was to get away from that crazy dog πŸ™‚ I’ll let You know if I find anything.

 

I would never have seen it if it hadn't landed on the pind while I was looking.

I would never have seen it if it hadn’t landed on the pind while I was looking.

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Himalayan Balsm (Impatiens glandulifera). It’s a beautiful weed that will suffocate any other plant trying to grow there it grows. It is an annual which would make it easy to get rid of one would think but it isn’t. It’s actually a road You’re looking at πŸ™‚

We think that my neighbor the Bee keeper’s bee hives will survive. The queens haven’t come back as far as I know but he thought he could see that new queens were growing so he moved some of those cells to the second bee hive. There will however be no honey produced this year, they barely have enough to survive a mild winter to be honest. He will of course give them food during the winter so they aren’t dependent on what they can scrape together thankfully. Still, I don’t think we’ve had such a good berry summer for ages. I’ll get more blueberries on one bush than I’ve gotten in total all three years I’ve had blueberry bushes in my garden πŸ™‚

 

This is the weather we mostly had this week.

This is the weather we mostly had this week.

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It's a good year for thistles.

It’s a good year for thistles.

It is time to make a pot of tea and after that a nap I think. I’m hoping that they today have developed the four film rolls I mailed last Friday but it is vacation time so it might take some time more.

 

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Have a great day!


A rather chilly morning.

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I woke up a bit later than usual so the sun was already shining when we came out for our walk. It was only 5C (41F) and we could see our breaths when we were breathing. There was one big cloud in the sky and naturally it had to move so the sun got covered just as we were starting our walk. I got really angry to be honest πŸ™‚ One cloud and it had to cover the sun when it for once actually shone πŸ™‚ Normally I can’t hear any man-made sound that early but the first thing I heard, to my big surprise, was someone playing music really loud and the sounds echoed over the village.Β 

 

Guess on what side of the sky the sun was :-)

Guess on what side of the sky the sun was πŸ™‚

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I have no idea if it started just as I opened my door but I guess it woke up any neighbor living close and the sound suddenly stopped in the middle of the second song πŸ™‚ I guess I’ll be hearing about this during the week πŸ™‚ We walked down the road we usually do early mornings, I wanted to photograph spider webs but I could find very few since the high grass the spiders love now is either eaten or trampled by the cattle walking in that pasture. But what I found was a bit better and it happened just as the sun started to show again, I saw a dew covered dragonfly (or Troll spindle as the Swedish name is) and just beside it was a spider.

 

It took a while before I saw that spider :-)

It took a while before I saw that spider πŸ™‚

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I was wondering if the spider would try to get the dragonfly or if the dragonfly would try to take the spider as soon as it had dries up. I think the spider is too small to take a big dragonfly though and I’m not sure if dragonflies eat spiders, they eat insects but I’m not sure if they eat arachnids. We continued out to the bog and I think it must have been even chillier out there. I didn’t mind though because the air was totally fly free πŸ™‚ We saw a tiny fox from a big distance but it was too quick to run away before I managed to focus the camera.

 

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I had planned to go to the grocery store in the village where I work, I like that place and I really didn’t feel like going to the super market today but I changed my mind, I wanted to see what kind of hedge shears and grass trimmers they had. I prefer to buy Bosch when it comes to electric machines and they had the trimmers of that brand but not the hedge shears. So I need to find a place that sell Bosh hedge shears because I don’t want any other brand. I could of course by a petrol driven one, they don’t cost especially much more but to be honest, I would only use it every five years so I doubt it would be worth it. Petrol driven machines needs to be used otherwise they quickly give up. Electric machines usually don’t have that problem.

 

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I wanted Orvar to turn around when I took some photos and since he's slightly deaf I had to shout out loud. There wasn't a single animal left in the forest after that :-)

I wanted Orvar to turn around when I took some photos and since he’s slightly deaf I had to shout out loud. There wasn’t a single animal left in the forest after that πŸ™‚

Yes it was a bit chilly :-)

Yes it was a bit chilly πŸ™‚

The weather will be rather nice today, sunny and up to 19C (66,2F). Tomorrow will be quite the opposite so I better enjoy this weather when it’s here. First however I need a pot of tea and something to eat, after that we might as well take another walk and perhaps I’ll bring one of the old cameras with me πŸ™‚

 

Oxeye daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare. Growing in the forest.

Oxeye daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare. Growing in the forest.

Squirrel berries, Maianthemum bifolium.

Squirrel berries, Maianthemum bifolium.

Can't remember what this one is called, grows everywhere here including my garden :-)

Can’t remember what this one is called, grows everywhere here including my garden πŸ™‚

St. John's wort.

St. John’s wort.

Have a great day!