Flies.

My neighbor asked me if I was feeling any better and laughed when I answered I live.

Bertil has started to follow us on our walks again.

Bertil has started to follow us on our walks again.

The fever is gone now but the coughing still stand strong, it woke me up at 4am and it’s no use to even try to fall asleep again so we went out for a walk. The morning was so nice and cool! The flies stayed calm and the birds were singing, lot fewer birds singing now, they are raising their younglings and have no need to sing any longer.

 

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It wasn’t that bad working today, mostly because I worked in the neighbor factory. The paint box has a constant temperature of 20C (68F). The air I breathe however is cooler and much drier. I thought that would make me cough a lot but it didn’t, instead I barely could talk at all when I was finished for the day πŸ™‚ I was badly hoarse before I started to work but that was nothing compared to after πŸ™‚ It was nasty warm at my ordinary workplace though so I’m pretty glad that I’ll go to the neighbor factory tomorrow too πŸ™‚

 

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I do hope I can sleep an entire night soon, it’s ok in the morning but it doesn’t take long until one starts to feel like a zombie. I can’t hear properly in either ear, it sounds much like how the tv used to sound when there was nothing on back in the days πŸ™‚ My nose is stuffed most of the time too but those things I don’t get so bothered about, all I want is to get a good nights sleep πŸ™‚

 

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The first of the annuals I sowed to open up, the cornflower.

The first of the annuals I sowed to open up, the cornflower.

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It isn't big but it has now survived two winters here, my Cercis canadensis. The Eastern Redbud.

It isn’t big but it has now survived two winters here, my Cercis canadensis. The Eastern Redbud.

It is time to make a pot of tea and I’ll put cough drops in it and hope for the best πŸ™‚

Have a great day!


It finally opened up.

My Pink Dandelion! Only half the flower openbed up yesterday (the deep pink part) and only for an hour or so before it closed again. My guess is that what looks more or less white now will be more pink tomorrow. This is a rare dandelion from the Himalayan mountains. I had lots of small plants last spring but Orvar and Hector ate most of them :-) :-) I really couldn't complain since I always gave them the dug up dandelions from my flowerbeds :-)

My Pink Dandelion! Only half the flower opened up yesterday (the deep pink part) and only for an hour or so before it closed again. My guess is that what looks more or less white now will be more pink tomorrow. This is a rare dandelion from the Himalayan mountains. I had lots of small plants last spring but Orvar and Hector ate most of them πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I really couldn’t complain since I always gave them the dug up dandelions from my flowerbeds πŸ™‚

It is another steam bath day, high humidity and rather warm. There is however a weak wind and it just makes it even worse πŸ™‚ It is like walking around in a steam bath where they have a fan working πŸ™‚ The flies are nasty and they are predicting thunder around noon, I do hope they are right this time. We were supposed to have thunder last night but I could just hear it once or twice from a great distance.

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Clouds can look just amazing!

Clouds can look just amazing!

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I mowed the lawn yesterday, perhaps not the best idea I’ve had in my life πŸ™‚ I figured that it might be the chance I had because it was supposed to rain during the night and we’ll also have rain several days next week. I divided my garden in to four squares and as soon as I had mowed one square I went inside to drink lots of water and to rest for a while. I have to admit that it was much easier than I thought it would be. The grass was really high but dry so it didn’t fill up the mower around the blades like it always does when the grass is wet. My neighbor took most of what I mow outside the garden, he knew I had that high fever. I have the best neighbors one can get!

 

Finally there's enough water in the clean creak so that Sune can take a bath again :-) Guess if he was happy, he just stood still in that deep hole for a long time :-)

Finally there’s enough water in the clean creak so that Sune can take a bath again πŸ™‚ Guess if he was happy, he just stood still in that deep hole for a long time πŸ™‚

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I had to go to the grocery store in Gudhem this morning, cats don’t like it when their food bowl is empty πŸ™‚ I also bought some aspirin, I really can’t take any of those medications since they already have destroyed my stomach but aspirin is one of the few I can take a pill once in a while. I have headache after coughing so much and coffee just don’t help any more. I didn’t see what kind they gave me until I came home, this one is supposed to melt in the mouth. It was one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever had πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It wasn’t until after I had it I read I could put it in half a glass of water instead πŸ™‚

 

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I have some laundry to do but that’s it today. I’ll just relax all day and hope that the aspirin helps with the coughing too so that I at least get one night of sleep before work tomorrow πŸ™‚

 

This lily relative and the one in the next photo look very much the same but this one is only half as big. Can't of course not remember the names :-) but I do guess they are very closely related.

This lily relative and the one in the next photo look very much the same but this one is only half as big. Can’t of course not remember the names πŸ™‚ but I do guess they are very closely related.

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Clematis integrifolia.

Clematis integrifolia.

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Have a great day!

 

The Bladder Senna is in full bloom now (Colutea arborescens).

The Bladder Senna is in full bloom now (Colutea arborescens).

The blue Jacob's ladder.

The blue Jacob’s ladder.

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The white Musk mallow always open up a day or two before the pink one. A bit weedy here but easy to remove if they become too many.

The white Musk mallow always open up a day or two before the pink one. A bit weedy here but easy to remove if they become too many.


I just wish this was over now!

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I’m still not especially well to be honest, the coughing has kept me awake most parts of the night and I’ve now seen a lot of night-time tv and I won’t miss that when this finally is over πŸ™‚ I now also have an aching right foot heel πŸ™‚ I gave up after waking ap the zillionth time coughing my lungs out and walked downstairs. I’m not sure why but when I had three more steps to walk before I had come down to the bottom floor I just too one big leap out in the air πŸ™‚

 

The garden do get a special shine on rainy mornings.

The garden does get a special shine on rainy mornings.

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I’m not quite sure how I did it but I landed like a super hero always does in films, You know when they landΒ in high speed and hard but in full control sort of half kneeling with one hand on the ground πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I guess looking at all these super heroe movies finally paid off πŸ™‚ Still I did land on something with my right heel and I can feel that very well right now πŸ™‚ I think that the coughing at least has stopped when I’m awake though, it would have been better if I coughed while awake but not while I was sleeping though but at this stage I’ll take anything πŸ™‚

 

Delphiniums have opened up.

Delphiniums have opened up. All standing photographs are more manageable if You click on them.

Soon the weed flower bed will look at its best. The bright yellow Greater celandines, the deep blue geraniums and usually quite a lot of white flowers too.

Soon the weed flower bed will look at its best. The bright yellow Greater celandine, the deep blue geraniums and usually quite a lot of white flowers too.

Perhaps I should plant some Betony in the weed flower bed too.

Perhaps I should plant some Betony in the weed flower bed too.

The first Foxgloves flowers too. Normally I have more white ones than the common pink.

The first Foxgloves flowers too. Normally I have more white ones than the common pink.

The fever came back too but today it finally has lowered so much that I think it is over for this time. So it looks like I have been through the worst now but I won’t celebrate until it is over πŸ™‚ I’ve had the kitchen door open as much as possible (we’ve had lots of rain so it has been open in between showers) so that the dogs have been able to go outside as they’ve pleased. Taking walks have not been an option, My energy has run out after just a few yards πŸ™‚ Unfortunately that has meant lots of flies in my home and today I finally gave up and brought out the heavy weapon, fly poison spray! It is some kind of nerve toxin which is harmless for mammals and spiders for instance but very effective towards flies. Smells bad though so I forced the dogs outside while it was doing its job. There will soon be thousand more here but at the moment my home is nicely fly free πŸ™‚

 

Butterflies just love chives.

Butterflies just love chives.

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The red leafed elderberry bush has pink flowers.

The red leafed elderberry bush has pink flowers.

We’ll celebrate Midsummer’s eve here tomorrow, it is almost or perhaps just as big as Christmas here and even though the christian church tried to make it a christian holiday (John the Baptist’s birth day) they failed utterly and it is still a very pagan holiday here. This should of course have been celebrated on the solstice but politicians didn’t seem to like that we had another paid holiday so they moved Midsummer so that Midsummer’s day always came on a Saturday. How they failed, even employers want to have Midsummer’s eve off so together with the unions they decided we should have Midsummer’sΒ eve off but with full pay πŸ™‚ but more about our holiday tomorrow.

 

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The rest of the photographs comes from the Kiev4.

The rest of the photographs comes from the Kiev4.

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It is time to try and fall asleep sitting in front of the tv again. It is sunny and rather warm with very low humidity outside today, would have been perfect to take walks in if I hadn’t had this cold. Tomorrow might get nasty warm with humidity around 97 % all day,Β so even if I’m much better by then I still won’t have any energy to do anything anyway πŸ™‚

 

These photographs were taken where I lived before I moved to this cottage. I don't think it is a nature reserve but the land owner keeps it like it was. A fallen tree stays where it is and the path that might be blocked takes another way around the tree after a while :-)

These photographs were taken where I lived before I moved to this cottage. I don’t think it is a nature reserve but the land owner keeps it like it was. A fallen tree stays where it is and the path that might be blocked takes another way around the tree after a while πŸ™‚

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Have a great day!


I’ll have lots of ginger and honey!

The last photo from my mormors camera, the Gevabox.

The last photo from my mormors camera, the Gevabox.

The rain poured down when we woke up and Nova just refused to go outside at all, Sune however loved it and stayed outside for quite some time. I joined Nova in refusing to go outside until the rain had stopped falling. The humidity is up on 99% and it will stay in the upper 90’s all day it seems.

 

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I couldn't see especially many puddles thankfully, we'll get enough with mosquitos as it is anyway :-)

I couldn’t see especially many puddles thankfully, we’ll get enough with mosquitos as it is anyway πŸ™‚

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It isn’t especially warm but the humidity made it a bit nasty to walk around. I had my very worn down fleece jacket on, not because of the eventual rain that would fall or because it being a bit chilly, I wore it because of the flies that were nasty yesterday evening. They weren’t this morning, they barely showed up at all πŸ™‚ So I did regret wearing the fleece jacket to be honest.

 

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I have a headache and a very sour throat today, I guess I must pay for having such a wonderful day yesterday. I have plenty of honey and fresh ginger at home though so I’ll fight this cold till the bitter end πŸ™‚ Unfortunately colds coming in summer tends to stay much longer than the ones in winter, yes there are studies showing that so it isn’t just a myth. To be honest, I think this is the same cold I’ve had all winter so I guess this one will follow me for quite some time more πŸ™‚

 

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It is time to make a pot of tea, put in ginger and honey and after that take a nap. The kitchen door will stay open as long as the rain don’t fall so the dogs and cats can go in and out as they please, normally that means they’ll all stay indoors all the time πŸ™‚

 

For from the Hasselblad and ISO 3200 film.

For from the Hasselblad and ISO 3200 film.

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It is much less grainy when it is on the border to how much light it can take.

Have a great day!

 

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Four taken with the Minolta 7000. All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

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The most wonderful morning.

From my mormors old camera, the Gevabox.

From my mormors old camera, the Gevabox.

I’ve had the most wonderful morning today. I drove quite early to the hospital to get my insoles and was lucky to be the first one there. I don’t think it took more than five minutes to get them adjusted to my two pair of shoes. After that I drove to the marina, the sun was shining and there was a weak but just enough warm breeze to keep me cool. I took several photos but only with old cameras, it would have been too much with my digital too because old cameras weigh lots more than modern ones.

 

Sotis is getting bigger now.

Sotis is getting bigger now.

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Mosquitos don't need lots of water to become more. I do hope the puddle dries out fast.

Mosquitos don’t need lots of water to become more. I do hope the puddle dries out fast.

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Vacation season has started and I saw lots of people walking their dogs and I wished I could have brought my two too, Sune would have loved to swim in the lake, NovaΒ would have liked to drink the water πŸ™‚ There was also a big group of Canadian geese and those are not birds to mess with πŸ™‚ They refused to move when I came walking so I had to walk in a half circle around them and realised how much they poop, it looked like lots of smallish dog poops to be honest but they were green πŸ™‚ I also passed through thick clouds of midges, our black flies but they don’t like me especially much thankfully. I think one or maybe two bit me but that’s it.

 

There isn't much water left in the creek now but he still jumps in when he can :-)

There isn’t much water left in the creek now but he still jumps in when he can πŸ™‚

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It was when I walked by the water I suddenly started to long for the ocean. The lake is big enough so it behaves like an ocean in most ways but there it doesn’t smell the same, no salty smell with a touch of seaweed and that smell that is so hard to describe. Small fish jumped up in the air so I think pike, walleye and perch might have been out hunting or perhaps even trout. I guess it would have been a good morning to fish so I almost regretted not bringing a fishing rod. We can fish for free in the ocean and the five big lakes here but we do need a fishing license in almost all other waters.

 

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I parked the car in the center of the city too and walked around for an hour or so before I finally found an open cafΓ©. Odd that they don’t open early so people can have their morning coffee and a croissant there. I could however get some Thai food already when I arrived in the city, they obviously don’t think it is odd to have cooked food that early in the morning πŸ™‚ I just can’t eat cooked food that early though so I never went in even though it smelled delicious.

 

Just imagine how many shades of green there are.

Just imagine how many shades of green there are.

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It takes around an hour to get to FalkΓΆping from LidkΓΆping if one drives legally πŸ™‚ so I had to leave before 11am if I wanted to be in time for my appointment at the optician. I did have some time left when I arrived so I walked around in FalkΓΆping too. I bought some tea and the best ice cream there is in that town before I went to the optician which is on the same street.

 

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We managed to take a short walk when I came home, the flies drove Nova crazy so she turned homewards as soon as she could, there aren’t that many flies but they behave insane so I think thunder might come soon, they predict thunder for tomorrow. None had however predicted showers for today and I guess that none of us is surprised that it did rain here πŸ™‚

 

The rest of the photos were taken with the Balda Jubilette. I still have a long way to go to get really good photos with most of the old cameras, it is a totally different thing to use them.

The rest of the photos were taken with the Balda Jubilette. I still have a long way to go to get really good photos with most of the old cameras, it is a totally different thing to use them.

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It is time for a pot of tea and after that a walk if the flies starts to behave normal again.

Have a great day!

 

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Quite nice evening.

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We’re having a warm afternoon, sunless and windless Β and it feels like we were going to get thunder any time soonΒ but I doubt that. The flies behave that crazy as they always do before a good thunderstorm though. It’s odd, almost all of Europe has lots of thunder right now, even our neighboring countries but not a single place here in Sweden πŸ™‚

 

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It is easy to see that broiwn berries are in the rose family, the flower looks like s waild rose.

It is easy to see that blackberries are in the rose family, the flower looks like s wild rose.

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The rain didn’t just wake up lots of flies it also made the grass start to grow. We didn’t get that much rain here though but it was enough for those two things I’m afraid. Still, mostly non biting but rather irritating flies so far and not so many that I feel the need to wear my mosquito hat even if a few of them tried to see what my ear looks like inside.

 

Different "Sweet William's" , Dianthus barbatus, that grows in my garden.

Different “Sweet William’s” , Dianthus barbatus, that grows in my garden.

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I have the day off tomorrow but won’t be sleeping especially late in the morning anyway. First I’ll go to the hospital in LidkΓΆping to get my new insoles and when I’ve done that I’ll walk around some in the city and I’ll bring two old cameras so I can take photographs both in the city and the marina. LidkΓΆping is placed by the biggest lake in Sweden, VΓ€nern (it is by the way the third biggest lake in Europe but still Tiny compared to the big lakes on the American continent).

 

I have no idea what kind of rose this is, I've most likely gotten it on a plant swapping day.

I have no idea what kind of rose this is, I’ve most likely gotten it on a plant swapping day.

These three roses grows on the same bush, it is the Cinnamon rose, Rosa majalis.

These three roses grows on the same bush, it is the Cinnamon rose, Rosa majalis.

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I also have an appointment with my optician and that’s at 12 so I can’t stay too long in LidkΓΆping because my optician is in FalkΓΆping. I have to pass my village on the way there and that’s always a bit annoying since I usually want to drive home when I do that πŸ™‚ If I still have film in my cameras I’ll take a few photos there too. I think I’ll go to the Tea and Coffee shop in FalkΓΆping as well, it’s on the same street as my optician. I’ll not only buy tea they also sell the best ice cream there is, a bit expensive perhaps but well worth it.

 

I have a few wild roses growing in my garden. This is Rosa rugosa.

I have a few wild roses growing in my garden. This is Rosa rugosa.

My next biggest one is a Rosa dumalis, the common Dog rose.

My next biggest one is a Rosa dumalis, the common Dog rose. This one is slightly higher than 2 meters (around 7 foot).

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Rosa glauca. The flowers are best enjoyed if looking closely at them.

Rosa glauca. The flowers are best enjoyed if looking closely at them.

No more things to do after that the entire weekend, well the laundry and lawn mowing but that’s a givenΒ if the grass grows and I want clean clothes πŸ™‚ It is time to make something to eat and I’ll have some tea too, I am after all not going to work tomorrow so I can stay up a bit late if the tea works that way πŸ™‚

 

I have no idea what this rose is called either but it flowers for a long time.

I have no idea what this rose is called either but it flowers for a long time.

Some kind of Mock orange.

Some kind of Mock orange.

Red leafed Ninebark.

Red leafed Ninebark.

Big betony (Stachys macrantha). If You have a place where the sun doesn't reach and where it is either dry or wet this is the flower for You. It grows everywhere and flowers for quite some time.

Big betony (Stachys macrantha). If You have a place where the sun doesn’t reach and where it is either dry or wet this is the flower for You. It grows everywhere and flowers for quite some time. That also means it is quite weedy.

Have a great day!

 

Taken with my mormors camera, the Gevabox.

Taken with my mormors camera, the Gevabox.


A rather perfect morning.

From the Gevabox.

From the Gevabox.

We’re having a rather wonderful morning here at the outskirts of the world. Sunny, warm and with a weak wind just enough cool to make it even more pleasant. Always flies in the air but still unusually few and even fewer ticks of which I’m thankful.

On the way tothe bog.

On the way to the bog.

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To get even further away from the world we took our morning walk out on the bog. We were actually there already yesterday afternoon because my neighbors had been there and told me it was so dry out there that it was possible to walk around without sinking anywhere. I did hesitate a while because I thought there would be lots of ticks, mosquitos and midges there but then again it is voles and mice who spreads ticks more than other animals and voles would drown if they tried to dig in the ground out there and mice stays mostly on the islands so we avoided to walk there.

 

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I just wore ordinary shoes while walking out there. The Cotton-grass likes it on the bog as You can see :-)

I just wore ordinary shoes while walking out there. The Cotton-grass likes it on the bog as You can see πŸ™‚

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I climbed up one of the hunting towers in the hope of seeing some wildlife but except for small birds I couldn’t see anything but trees and cotton-grass. To be honest it was enough for me that there were no biting insects and hardly any other flies either πŸ™‚ They all seems to have moved in to my cottage instead πŸ™‚ I really need to buy more sticky fly paper again.

 

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Not an animal to be seen anywhere.

Not an animal to be seen anywhere.

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Well, two dogs were there of course πŸ™‚

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I better go outside to water the pots now since we’re going to have sunshine all day and after that I’ll have a pot of tea, one can never have too much tea in life πŸ™‚

 

lots of cloudberry leafs but no flowers or berries yet.

Lots of cloudberry leafs but no flowers or berries yet.

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On our way home again.

On our way home again.

Have a great day!

 

Four photographs from my Kiev 4.

Four photographs from my Kiev 4.

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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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I could feel the difference when I opened the door.

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I really hate to complain when we actually get warm summer weather as we have so far but it was just too warm yesterday, we Swedes aren’t used to have temperatures up to 31C (87,8F). Normally our summers are cool and rainy, so the weather we just had was a dream come true for us πŸ™‚ I think I would have liked it better if I hadn’t been working beside a huge oven and a huge washing machine that pours out steam that fills the entire place where I work πŸ™‚

 

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I could feel the difference in the air as soon as I opened the kitchen door (it will cool down to only 21C (69,8F) today, normal summer temperatures πŸ™‚ ), the air was cool, almost chilly and even felt a bit humid, it is around 50% so it is actually a bit low and will drop even more later during the day. One weather site says we might get a few drops of rain another says we won’t. I don’t long for rain because it is now so dry in the ground that the lawn doesn’t grow and that I like πŸ™‚ Also, all puddles and most small creeks are now bone dry so that means fewer mosquitos and hopefully fewer biting flies too πŸ™‚ I’m not sure farmers like it this dry though but at the moment I really don’t care πŸ™‚

 

I think this is a Kestrel and it hovered nicely so I could get some photos.

I think this is a Kestrel and it hovered nicely so I could get some photos.

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I have four long strips of sticky fly paper hanging from the ceiling and two of them are full of flies and has to be changed today, they were filled during four days. The first biting ones have arrived too, oh the joy. They are all very early this year so I hope their season ends early too. It would be nice if they actually were gone by the time my vacation starts but I guess that would be to hope for too much πŸ™‚

 

A lone Greylag was grasing the field close to my cottage.

A lone Greylag was grazing the field close to my cottage.

 Yellow Goat's Beard (Tragopogon pratensis) grows everywhere here and its root is edible and seen as a delicasy.

Yellow Goat’s Beard (Tragopogon pratensis) grows everywhere here and its root is edible and seen as a delicacy.

Cranes gracing another field.

Cranes grazing another field.

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It is time to make a pot of tea and something to eat as well. We were up already at 4:20 this morning and went out not long after that. The sky was and still is a bit cloudy but we could see the sun rise since the clouds were rather thin, so after the tea I think I’ll take a short nap πŸ™‚

 

The Guelder rose is now in bloom.

The Guelder rose is now in bloom.

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Have a great day!

 

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I had totally forgotten that I had planted hardy pelargoniums in my garden, so guess if I was surprised to see these two growing  up :-)

I had totally forgotten that I had planted hardy pelargoniums in my garden, so guess if I was surprised to see these two growing up πŸ™‚

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Bertil is being chased away from the apple tree by two angry magpies :-)

Bertil is being chased away from the apple tree by two angry magpies πŸ™‚