Sunny and even warmer today and I love it 🙂 The night was warmer than earlier too and I guess that’s what made it easier for the sun to warm up the air this morning. Yesterday we reached at least 20C (68F), I say at least because when the sun hits the thermometer in the afternoon it shows almost tropical temperatures 🙂 Today will be slightly warmer they say. I know this won’t last for long, after al it is just early in May yet but I will enjoy it for as long as it lasts.
We started walking towards the small lake like always on Saturday mornings. Soon that road will be cut of because it is a part of a big pasture. I could walk there alone since the cows only would be curious on me but they would most likely try to kill us all if I brought the dogs. I had just walked up the ridge when I thought Hell No! So we walked back rather quickly, jumped in to the car and off I drove.
I really had no idea where I wanted to go, at first I was thinking of going to our biggest lake Vänern but it is rather far so instead I drove to the place where I lived before moving to this cottage. You’ve seen photos from there before but mostly in autumn and winter I think. The forest is kept like it is a nature reserve even though it isn’t. That means that no trees are cut down and when a tree falls it stays where it has landed. If one is lucky they have at least cut it where the nature trail goes 🙂 Or it can be like this morning, one is forced to walk in the more swampy areas and hope not to sink 🙂
The forest is very different from here because it is mostly deciduous trees but mixed with some spruces and pines. An even bigger difference is the bird song, it is so strong there that no other sounds can be heard, heavy spruce forests don’t invite that many birds to be honest. Not far from this little forest it’s possible to hear the Nightingale. I’m not sure I would call the song beautiful but it sure is very exotic in this part of the world.
After the walk we jumped in to the car again and I thought I should drive the smaller roads back home again. When we came to the village where I work I hoped that the grocery store would be open but I had forgotten how early we were out walking 🙂 So we continued and passed my work place. There is this small road I can drive home on, at least during summer because it is a horror to meat anyone o that road during winter, there’s just no place for two cars to meet, especially if the road is slippery 🙂
I must have missed the road where I was supposed to drive on because suddenly I was totally lost 🙂 Well, that is a bit of a lie since I knew that I sooner or later would find a road I would know where it led. The only places I would end up at was the big highway, the road to work or the bog on the opposite side from where I live 🙂 The roads are very narrow and winding so even though I saw places that I wanted to photograph I just couldn’t stop.
I decided to stop at the super market if I could find any parking lot in the shadows, after all I don’t want my dogs to die og heat stroke. So I ended up parking on the lots reserved for families with children. I was thinking that not many families would be out grocery shopping that early in the morning anyway 🙂 I rushed in to the supermarket bought what I needed, except for bread which I really need 🙂 and I also bought one soft ice cream for me and two sausages for the dogs 🙂 They always look surprised when one asks for not fried or boiled sausages 🙂 some places always believes one wants them cheaper 🙂 The dogs enjoyed them and I enjoyed the ice cream 🙂
I think I’ll have a small nap and after that we’ll take another walk and I do need to start thinking of mowing the lawn too, before it gets too warm.
Have a great day!
So up we went almost as early as usual even if we were going to the garage to get new brake pads on my car, they have the same working hours as I do and I wanted to get there as early as possible even if it could take some time before they would get to my car (which it actually didn’t, they fixed my car right away). I looked out the windows and saw to my extremely big surprise that the weather predictions actually were right!!!
The sun was shining and there were only a few thin clouds up in the sky. I have to admit that it was a bit chilly when we went away but since I was planning on walking for several hours I really didn’t mind that much. The garage opened just as we arrived so I just gave the owner my keys and went away. I had decided to follow the old pilgrimage road eastwards. I have no idea why they made this a pilgrimage road back in the days but it seems to have important churches and monasteries as some kind of connection points.
I knew I wouldn’t be able to reach the church (Kungslena church) which the pilgrimage lead to, it is 22 km (13,7 mile) away and even if it will go fast getting there it will not be the same back since it is all uphill back to Gudhem again 🙂 and the dogs must be able to stop every now and again to sniff on all the messages other animals have left. It would have been interesting to get to the church though. The church standing there now was built some time in the 13th century but they are pretty sure there was a church made of wood standing there long ago. The odd thing with this church is that it has three steeples and it is very beautiful.
I think we had walked half way there when we turned back again. To be honest I thought it would take twice the time to get back since it was all uphill but it didn’t, so we passed the garage and went the other direction too. My first thought had been to walk that way instead but there are signs at Forentorp ängar (I’ve shown You photos from there before, the old mill to the monastery stands there) that they have cows and calves on the fields where the pilgrimage goes through so no dogs allowed. Cows with calves have a tendency to want to kill dogs and their owners and since I was getting new brake pads I thought dying would just be a waste of money 🙂
We came back to the garage after being out for around 3,5 hours and the sun had shone all the time. The wind was rather cold so when that hit us it got nasty cold but when we were out if its reach it got a bit too warm 🙂 especially with all that uphill walking 🙂 I decided to take a short nap when we came home, I set the alarm and woke up when it started. I turned it of and slept for two more hours 🙂 The dogs didn’t seem to mind at all 🙂
My neighbor told me that it had snowed while I was sleeping! Guess if I was happy not having to see that 🙂 but it is so warm that it melted straight away. The clouds arrived just as predicted too and now they are leaving us again, just as predicted???!!! Is this a sign of the end of the world??? I can’t remember the last time they were exactly right before 🙂 🙂 It is time for a pot of tea and then I’ll see if there’s anything interesting on tv, I doubt that though 🙂
Have a great day!
The wind blew so hard during the night that I woke up several times when the heavy rain hit my bedroom window. Today the wind has moved north and become even worse they say. The arctic winds will bring cold air so already tomorrow we’ll have below 0C (32F) and snow will start falling in the early Sunday morning. The wind seems to calm down by tomorrow but will be back when the snow starts to fall again, how nice.
The German custom of having a christmas tree, we call it yule spruce since most of us have a spruce (even if some rather have pines or even junipers instead) became popular rather late by the common people. The first ever recorded yule spruce was in an aristocratic home 1741 (Stora Sundby the place is called) but it didn’t became popular amongst the common people until around 1850’s. The first ones were usually very small and placed on a table or hung from the roof. Only the rich people could afford christmas baubles, others had perhaps apples in them and perhaps pine cones. The really poor couldn’t afford apples so there are examples of people wrapping colorful paper around potatoes to have as decorations.
But there was actually a custom in at least southern Sweden to have a yule tree, it could also be called yule apple and a few other local names I just can’t translate 🙂 Usually it was a crab apple tree (or bush would be more correct) dressed with apples or perhaps a spruce where all branches and twigs except for those in the top had been cut of. It could also just be a tree trunk where on had drilled holes and put in a certain amount of apple twigs. They never had candles in them though, only apples as decoration.
There was another thing called Yule tree and that was a candlestick in the shape of a tree, with both apples and candles in it and there was also something called Äpplstaken which looked like a Yule tree but with only apples in it. They could however not compete with a yule spruce so they became almost forgotten. They have made a sort of come back and here’s a link to the museum of Blekinge: Yule tree which show You a few more modern made ones. Just click on each photo and it will become bigger. Blekinge by the way is one of the most southern regions in this country and where most of my family comes from (even if I’m a 16th part Russian and a 1/4 Serb 🙂 ).
It is time to give the animals something to eat. We have only been outside once today, the wind and the heavy raining sort of forced us to stay indoors so one could think we would have lots of energy bit it is actually the opposite, we’re all really tired despite the long nap we had. I do hope tomorrow weather will be a bit better.
Have a good continuing of Yule!
It is not the brightest of days here, in fact it is very dreary and gloomy here. The clouds are hanging low and it drizzles every now and again. We were supposed to have some heavy showers but thankfully those have missed this village. There will be no improvement in the weather today but they do still predict some sunshine for tomorrow after noon.
Yesterday I drove to Falköping after I had been at the garage to get some things I wanted for the weekend and I was looking after a grocery store the garage owner told me about because even if Falköping is a tiny town the traffic is murderous and it is hard to find any parking spaces. I missed it yesterday but realised when I came home that I needed to find it. I had an email in my computer telling me a package was waiting for me there. I can’t understand why but all other delivery services use another store than this one.
The package would stay there for two weeks but I thought it best to go there this morning. I thought that the store, like all other stores would open up at 9 am but I thought wrong, they didn’t open until 10 🙂 Thankfully I had brought my camera so I drove to the old health resort on the mountain and took some photos to show here. It is mostly building because I didn’t want to go to the top of the mountain where they have a tiny zoo and a beautiful walking area. I was still a bit early when I came back to the car so I went to a petrol station and filled up my car, it turns out that the petrol price was 1/9 of an US dollar lower there than in the village where I usually fill up with petrol.
I went to the store and picked up the package and yes it is an old camera 🙂 🙂 I was thinking the other week that I have no old-time Nikon and there is one that usually is very cheap because for some reason people rather buy the later versions even if this one is really good. It is a Nikon F-401s (in the US 4004s). It is seen as a beginners camera and the first one that Nikon tried autofocus but it can be handled fully manually too. I already had a lens I could use so this one costed around 10 US dollars. I’ve already started to use it and so far I like it a lot. But now I feel that I really don’t need any more cameras 🙂 🙂
We met a neighbor when we went out walking after I had come back from Falköping and he told me that earlier this week he had heard Sune barking like crazy and he just wouldn’t stop. So he walked down to the dog yard and found a terrified Sune with his hair standing straight up. Sune calmed down when my neighbor started talking to him and suddenly he went down the hole they have digged leading into the garage and stayed there quiet 🙂 Wer are now both wondering what could have scared him so much because my neighbor couldn’t see anything.
He finds both moose and wild hog interesting so we doubt that any of those had been close but it could be either the lynx which pass here every now and again or perhaps the wolves have come back? I don’t worry about the lynx, they’ll rather run that try to fight with a dog but I will keep my eyes open to see if I can see any tracks from wolves. I doubt a wolf would try to get in to the dogyard and if it did it wouldn’t be able to get through that small hole into the garage, that would also be a very dangerous thing to do for the wolf because it would not know what would meet it inside the garage, the risk would just be too great. I’ll keep my eyes open though.
It is time for a pot of tea and perhaps something little to eat. They are showing NCIS Los Angeles on channel six right now but I lost interest when they for the zillionth time found a muslim terrorist organisation, I mean there must be some other guys they can fight at least once in a while 🙂
Have a great day!
I really don’t like the change of time, today I woke up at three am. For three weeks I’ve started an hour earlier every morning so I’ve been up around 4:40 in the morning and today we went back to normal hours which means I can sleep an hour longer but my brain really didn’t understand that so we woke up an hour earlier than last week 🙂 I wish they just stopped this nonsense.
But I did get a beautiful sunrise right in my eyes when I drove to work and a beautiful sunset when I drove home. it was more or less pitch black when I came home and since I couldn’t find any flashlight we never took any walk after work. I’ll have one tomorrow, restless dogs is no fun to have indoors 🙂
Lots of refugees are coming to Sweden now, mostly people from Syria but also from the other war hit countries nearby like Afghanistan and Iraq. So many are coming that we now have problems to find any places for them to live. I heard of one place far north called Riksgränsen (something like the border of the kingdom or realm). It is a rather well known place to go skiing downhill but the hotels don’t open up until February so there are plenty of space to stay at right now.
The refugees like it but the reporter described the place like “Something from the book The Shining 🙂 🙂 🙂 Almost no people live up there and this time of year it’s shut down and deserted and I can understand how he was thinking but lets hope it stays by that 🙂 We also have lots of poor people from south-eastern Europe here begging outside populated areas like stores. I’ve seen photos and reportage on tv that shows how they live in their home countries so I can fully understand why they go up here to get some money, they really have no hope where they are living.
We even have a lady sitting outside the grocery store in the village where I work. We talk Swedish with her and she answers in her language 🙂 Many of these beggars are threatened and abused but so far this woman has been treated well. I guess those who hated these people forgot about them now when all the refugees comes, I guess it is hard to spread the hate towards several groups at the same time. Many of these people from southern Europe have realised that people tend to be kinder to them if they instead of begging sell things instead, so now many weave baskets or make other things that they sell to people passing by. I doubt however that this would work as well in such a small village as the one I work in.
It is time to make something to eat and then some tv I think. No photos from today since it was dark when I came home.
Have a great day!
It’s a warm and sunny but slightly windy day here, last time I looked the temperature had reached 14C (57,2F) and our after work walk was really nice. I had my winter jacket on and as soon as we were out of reach for the wind it got too warm wearing it 🙂
I drove to the garage directly after work, the last thingy would be changed that they got an error code on and I don’t think it took five minutes to change it. The garage owner however was out on an errand when I arrived and the employee didn’t know exactly what was supposed to be done so we both stood outside in the sunshine leaning towards the wall and just enjoyed life.
I still haven’t paid the bill though, he doesn’t want me to do that until he knows the car is ok. So I asked him if I would start to cry when I finally saw it but he said no, no 🙂 They have only put in used but functioning parts now because the car is old and soon it won’t be economical to repair it. This time however I have already paid so much in repair costs that I really need to keep it for at least one more yer 🙂 I do like my car and I will keep it for as long as possible.
Now I’ll drive around with this new thingy in my car for a few days so we know that it works as it should and that the car stops coughing while I drive around in it 🙂 I need to buy new winter tires too soon but I hope this warm weather continues for quite some time because I’m so tired of paying car bills right now 🙂
Yesterday a nazi went in to a school here in Sweden and stabbed two people to death with a knife. Two more are badly injured but it sounds as if they’ll survive. The nazi himself got shot by the police and died later in the evening too. Lately several refugee centers have been burned down so even if I got surprised that something like the school killing happened it still wasn’t totally unexpected. I’m afraid the brown ghost has risen again.
It is time to get something to eat and I’ll have a big pot of tea with it. I think I’ll watch some tv, not because there’s anything interesting but I do sleep so well in front of it 🙂
Have a great day!
I went to work this morning, by my own free will 🙂 That is something that rarely happens to be honest but I didn’t go there to paint anything, I went there to wash the painting box. I do that with distilled water every Friday morning but every sixth months or so I need stronger stuff to get it clean. I need to wash it several times so it isn’t anything one can do on a normal working day because it would just take too long to get the painting box dry again.
The powder contains some wax and that stuck to the walls and needs to be removed, if not the powder paint just moves slightly on the walls and is almost impossible to get rid of. Until one tries to remove the next paint we’re using and then some of it mixes with the other color and after that I’ll never have any clean color again 🙂
The best thing to use is thinner but then there must be at least one more person there and both of us must have proper breathing equipment or our brains will start to melt away. Another problem is that I’m not sure if all the fumes will have disappeared until we start painting again so it isn’t a good thing to use. I can also use methylated spirits and even if it stinks something bad it still doesn’t melt my brain 🙂
So I brought Sune and Nova with me and went to the factory. No one else showed up while I was there and that was a relief since no one should be there. One time when I was working on a Saturday there also was at least one burglar there too 🙂 Ok, I had four 100 pond dogs with me so I wasn’t especially worried 🙂 Nova and Sune however are much smaller but dogs always scare people if they don’t know them and if they are burglars 🙂
We went to where I lived before I moved here to the village at the outskirts of the world. I had planned to walk in the forest with them but hunters were out hunting so we stayed on the roads by the fields and to the castle that once was built there. It is the youngest castle in Sweden and is just slightly older than 100 years. It has a somewhat interesting history but I’ll tell You more about that when the film rolls from the old cameras are developed. I might have destroyed the film I had in the Hasselblad camera because I dropped it when I was going to tape it together. Light must have leaked in and most likely on the photos I took by the castle. I also had the digital camera with me and the Rolleicord.
Trees have grown big since I moved away fifteen years ago so I couldn’t see the cottage I lived in from where we walked but to be honest, it looks much the same as the cottage I live in now 🙂 It is time to make a pot of tea and after that I think I’ll take a nap.
Have a great day!
I woke up to a rather cold morning today, only 2,8C (37F) when we were out walking. I have to say that even if I had to wear a fleece jacket the morning still was pretty wonderful. It was so quiet that the sounds my shoes made towards the gravel sounded so loud they would wake up the world. Not a single fly disturbed me and life just felt pretty good 🙂
I had planned to go to Falköping to pick up Orvar’s medicine early this morning and I wanted to bring one of my older but not too heavy cameras with me. The problem is that they tend to leak in light so the film got more or less destroyed. But how to find those leaks I wondered for a long while until two days ago. I asked a work friend who knows a lot about everything if he knew if there was some kind of flashlight that was so small it would fit into a camera.
He was thinking for a long time until he smiled and said that I should go to a toy store, He knew they sold key chains that also worked as a tiny flashlight. So the first thing I did yesterday when I went to Falköping was to go to the only toy store I know they have there and yes they did have such a key chain 🙂 The good thing is that the batteries in it are solar-powered! So if the lights get weak I just put it in the sunlight for a while and then it works perfectly again 🙂
So last night when it was dark I put the tiny flashlight in my Rolleicord and voila! I found where it leaked in light. It is the lid that actually fits good but it doesn’t take much to make it loosen its grip just enough to let in light. So I loaded the camera with a roll of black and white film, taped black soft tape (we call that kind of tape for electric tape because it’s perfect to use when connecting two electric cables and keep that connection water proof) over the edges of the lid. I’m pretty sure it didn’t leak any light this morning.
I drove to Falköping so I would be there around 9 and realised that they wouldn’t open the pharmacy until 9:30 🙂 So I started to walk around the town square taking photos. I had already taken one at home and double exposed it 🙂 and did the same with the first one I took in the town 🙂 I sort of had forgotten how it works 🙂 The rest eleven photos should be ok though. They were opening a small market this morning and people never mind if one takes photos with one of these old cameras so I could walk around quite undisturbed the entire time 🙂 I won’t send in this roll of film until I have four rolls of film ready to be developed, this was the third one. I can say that I wish I had brought more film and the electric tape because twelve photos was just too few.
Now I’ll do the same with my almost 100-year-old Kodak, it too leaks light and even if I did tape it almost everywhere the last time I tried it, it still leaked in light somewhere. That camera however will only allow me to take 8 photos because the negatives will be so much bigger. I was amazed however how sharp photos I got from that old camera!
It is time for a pot of tea and perhaps something to eat. I never got any ice cream this morning, I just didn’t want to stay in the town after taking all photos and getting the medicine because the coffee and tea shop wouldn’t open for another half hour when I left the pharmacy. Well, Orvar will need more medicine in 40 days so I’ll get the chance again 🙂
Have a great day!
The weather predictions says nothing about heavy rain and strong winds, on the contrary. It says sunny and nice weather. I know I shouldn’t be surprised but still 🙂 It isn’t especially cold but the humidity is so high that it’s getting uncomfortable here in my little home, so I’ve started a fire in the stove to dry up the air some. So now I’m wondering about the rest of the weekend, the predictions says really nice and warm weather so I guess that can mean storms, snow and hail 🙂 🙂 🙂
So how about my feet this morning You may ask. The left foot complained a lot yesterday while I was wearing shoes and the right one was quite happy. This morning I didn’t feel any pain in my left foot while it was almost as bad as it was before in my right one 🙂 I do hope that my right foot will get better too otherwise I think I need to call the hospital so they can adjust the insole. Early days yet though, I better give it a week before I know how it will work out.
The sun did shine when we walked down to the creek after work and as soon as we were away from the winds it felt quite nice, almost t-shirt nice but as soon as we reached the fields it felt like almost scarf cold 🙂 We were lucky to get inside before the rain started. I may not like this rain but nature sure does, there’s no chance of avoiding mowing the lawn this weekend, it’s amazing how fast the grass grows when a spring rain comes along.
I’ve bought some soil to fill those pots that are empty after I filled some with those dug up grass tufts. It is still too early to sow anything that isn’t really tough because nights are still very cold and I’ve had to scrape the car windows in the morning before going to work. But it’s always nice to be prepared for when it is time. I’ll also replant the tomato plants I have standing in my kitchen widow. I don’t have any space to place them to be honest so I’ll have to figure out how to rearrange the pots I already have there or see if I should toss out some of them 🙂
It is time to give the dogs their dinner and I’ll make some rose-hip soup for myself.
Have a great day!
The morning started out so beautiful, the sun shone and the frost sparkled like million diamonds. It lasted for around ten minutes and then the clouds covered the entire sky. The temperature rose fast at first but then it slowly dropped again and they say it will stay slightly above 1C (34F), it’s drizzling at the moment but they say we even might get snow later on.
The dogs are a bit restless because they want long walks but I keep telling them that lots of street dogs in Egypt are jealous of how great they have it here even without long walks. Can’t say they are impressed by that 🙂 so I open the door and let them out every now and again so they can chase each other until they have no energy left 🙂
Last week I did something I’ve never done before, I ordered shoes online. Last autumn I got this flyer from a company selling clothes, shoes and other things to mostly hunters and I was going to order some winter shoes already then but for some reason I never got around to do it. So I looked at their site and found a hiking shoe that looked really comfortable and also was on sale 🙂 I thought that any business selling things to men and women who knows how to handle a rifle really didn’t want to anger them and sell crap 🙂
They arrived yesterday and I have to say that they probably are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever had. Good thing they arrived yesterday too since they wanted me to bring my every day shoes to the hospital when I get the insoles, which by the way is tomorrow. I also received the first photos from the rolls I mailed last week so You can see some of them here today. I’m waiting for two more rolls to be developed and I’m hoping they’ll be ready today.
I went out into the garden earlier today and spread some of the annual flower seeds I’ve bought this winter, the rain and eventual snow that will fall today will be a perfect start for them since it will be warmer again already on Thursday. Now I’ll just have to remember that I’ve sown them so I don’t remove them while weeding 🙂
Have You, like me ever wondered why, in fantasy novels, when humans are in war with all the mythical beings they can find, the mythical beings always loose? I mean they have all the powers in the world and should by all logic win against humans just by blinking their eyes, still they always seems to have this fatal weakness that the chosen human always find out about so he (it’s usually a he, isn’t it) easily can kill their leader and then defeat them all 🙂 🙂 🙂 Sometimes it’s best just to shut down that part of the brain that demands logic in stories 🙂