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I’m not freezing anyway :-)

The dog bisquites flowers everywhere now. I call all flowers looking like this dog bisquits but lots of them are actually wild carrots.

The dog biscuit’s flowers everywhere now. I call all flowers looking like this dog biscuits but lots of them are actually wild carrots.

We’re just about to break 31C (87,8F) and I’m so glad I’m not at work πŸ™‚ It is very different to take the heat here at home when the humidity is as low as it is (22%) than it ia at work where the huge washing machine just vomits out steam and the temperature is even higher πŸ™‚ I didn’t stay long at work though, I left already at 10am today.

 

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I had an appointment at my optician at 11:10 and it takes a while to drive. To my very big luck they called for me much earlier than my appointment so I left before I should have been there πŸ™‚ My eyes have changed very little and they said I really didn’t need new glasses for that reason but I thought it best anyway. The powder paint is like sand and every time I clean them they make tiny scratches in the hardened plastic as I think they make almost all glasses from now days.

 

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It wasn’t until I was driving homewards I realised that all schools have their last day today, I saw carriages where students already had gathered around and they were just about to be driven around the town. Must be pretty adventures since FalkΓΆping is all hills and slopes πŸ™‚ I got out just in time before it all started, on,y god knows how long it would have taken if I had gotten caught in that traffic πŸ™‚

 

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The water lever is really low now.

The water lever is really low now.

I stopped by the grocery store in Gudhem on my way home and the owner gave me a small Tamarind tree. I’ve always wanted to sow one myself but one never knows how well those seeds germinate. She had sown this one six months ago and I think I’ll have a good chance on keeping it alive. No bigger problems if we’ll get a warm summer but the indoors air is usually too dry for most plants growing in hotter regions and we just have too little daylight during winter but I’ll do what I can.

 

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I bought two ginger roots which were organically grown and I’ll plant one and place it outdoors all summer, the other one I’ll eat πŸ™‚ I also bought two small Fuchsia plants and hope I’ll be able to keep them happy on the north side of my cottage. Fuchsia’s grow best on chilly and rainy summers but even if I really would like to see these growing big I still rather have a warm and sunny πŸ™‚

 

I think this is the Veronica we call Granny's glasses.

I think this is the Veronica we call Granny’s glasses.

Nova saw these two hares and wanted to kill them but listened to me when I said no. I think she's getting old :-)

Nova saw these two hares and wanted to kill them but listened to me when I said no. I think she’s getting old πŸ™‚

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This is the last day with this kind of heat, tomorrow will be much cooler but still summer warm. Now it is time to give us all something to eat and after that I’ll slowly melt away somewhere where there’s no sunshine πŸ™‚

 

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Three photos from the Hasselblad camera.

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Have a great day!

 

The Tamarind still looka bit sad but who wouldn't if anyone had removed us from our home and put us elsewhere :-)

The Tamarind still look a bit sad but who wouldn’t if anyone had removed us from our home and put us elsewhere πŸ™‚

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My brain is fried.

Early this morning. This is the time of year when the sun shines through my tiny bathroom window when it goes up and again when it goes down in the evening :-)

Early this morning. This is the time of year when the sun shines through my tiny bathroom window when it goes up and again when it goes down in the evening πŸ™‚

Sorry about not writing anything here and today will be short too, it is so hot that my brain is fried πŸ™‚ It is even worse at my work place, today we placed a thermometer where I work and stopped measuring when it reached 35,8C (96,4F). It would most likely have gone higher but that was depressing enough πŸ™‚

 

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I’ve stopped checking how much water I’ve been drinking but it is a lot and what goes in must come out πŸ™‚ So big parts of the day we have been running to and from the toilet πŸ™‚

 

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It is so dry here now that we don’t get any morning dew. I don’t mind because that also means the lawn doesn’t grow now πŸ™‚

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We do take very short walks after work but instead the dogs wake me up so early, today for instance Nova decided that it was a good idea to stand on my waist with all four feet πŸ™‚ well she got what she wanted πŸ™‚ , that we have been taking long walks while it still is just below 20C (68F). The flies are more calm then too.

 

Columbines come in all forms and colors now days :-)

Columbines come in all forms and colors now days πŸ™‚

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Tomorrow will be even warmer but I’ll go to the optician so I’ll stop working at 10 am πŸ™‚ The heat is quite ok outdoors but it is a pain in the a.. at work πŸ™‚

 

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Rhododendron ‘Nova Zembla’.

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It is time to have something to eat and then I’ll just sit still in front of the tv πŸ™‚

Have a great day!


Fantastic weather.

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This is one of those days when it is just too good weather to stay indoors and surf the net. It is actually a bit too warm but a strong wind takes care of that problem. It also keep most flies away, they started early this year but aren’t that many yet but still as annoying.

 

One of my tree peony have three buds this year (it had eleven last year). This is how the first one looked yesterday.

One of my tree peony have three buds this year (it had eleven last year). This is how the first one looked yesterday.

This is how it looked today.

This is how it looked today.

This is the second one,. The third has still not opened.

This is the second one,. The third has still not opened.

So I’ll come back tomorrow, they predict even warmer weather but we all know how good they are predicting the weather here in Sweden so it could just as well be icy cold, I don’t trust those meteorologists for a second πŸ™‚

 

My first tomatoes.

My first tomatoes.

This rhododendron is the only one the deers eat almost all winters so this is a very rare sight :-)

This rhododendron is the only one the deers eat almost all winters so this is a very rare sight πŸ™‚

The Naranjilla likes our cool nights but doesn't like the strong winds we're having today. It is thorny even on both sides of the leafs :-)

The Naranjilla likes our cool nights but doesn’t like the strong winds we’re having today. It is thorny even on both sides of the leafs πŸ™‚

It is time to go outside again and to play with the dogs.

Have a great day!

 

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I liked the start of the day anyway.

It was already less thick when we got out, I couldn't see this road at all when O woke up :-)

It was already less thick when we got out, I couldn’t see this road at all when IΒ woke up πŸ™‚

Yesterday was a horrible day at work, I don’t know how it was outside though. It might have been rather wonderful since the day was so warm but it was also mostly cloudy they said. I had the big luck to hand paint all day so the already hot factory was even for me since the air from the oven hit me all day. I don’t know how much water I drank but it was too little. The big problem is that what goes in must go out too πŸ™‚

 

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I woke up to a very foggy morning today, it was so thick that I couldn’t see my neighbors cottage and it is just 20 meters (much the same in yards) away πŸ™‚ I hurried out with the dogs because as soon as the sun started to warm up the already warm air the fog thinned. We were able to enjoy it all through our walk though. It doesn’t happen often but today even the forest were Β full of fog.

 

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I went home a bit early today because thunder arrived and the lights were blinking at work. It hit somewhere in the village where I work and was moving eastwards so I figured it would arrive here at home before me if I stayed until my working day ended. It hasn’t arrived yet because it moved very slowly. I have heard it in the distance and the site Real Time Lightning MapΒ (click on the red text and a new window showing the site will pop up, it works all over the world) shows that the thunder is just north of where I live.

 

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I better stop here just in case it turns south, I can feel how it is getting colder by the minute now so I guess it is πŸ™‚

 

 

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All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

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Have a great day!

 

This little one was born just outside my kitchen yesterday morning.

This little one was born just outside my kitchen yesterday morning.

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It was a bit akward to walk the first time :-)

It was a bit awkward to walk the first time πŸ™‚


Tonight it all starts!

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We’re having even warmer weather today but I can see thunderclouds building up over the mountain so I guess it might be a noisy nigh ahead of us. I don’t want to close my bedroom window so I hope that if it starts it does so before I go to bed tonight.

 

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The Eurovision song contest starts tonight with the first semifinal. This year we are making it so big that countries with less budgets never will get a chance to even come close to what we’re doing. To be honest, the semifinals have fewer viewers but still in the intermission between the songs and the vote counting (tele-voting in all countries) Justin Timberlake will sing!I can’t stop wondering what they will have in the big final show on Saturday if he only sing in a semifinal?!

 

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The stage and equipments are so heavy that the arena, Globen (the Globe, looks like a giant golf ball) now has sunken with 3,5 cm (1 2/3 of an inch) πŸ™‚ Even if we don’t know what songs will be in the big final (well six countries are there already, the five that pays most to the EBU and the winner from last year which is us this year), there are still favorites to win it all. The biggest one is Russia. I can’t say it is my favorite but it is good. The top five on the betting businesses are right now Russia, Ukraine (very odd song and it sounds like the singer sing one song and the band plays another πŸ™‚ ) Sweden, France and Australia. Yes Australia is a member of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union).

 

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My personal favorite beside Sweden of course is Australia. We’ll know on Thursday night if she made it to the big final. It is time to get something to eat and perhaps I’ll watch the beginning of the semifinal but I must up at 5 am tomorrow so I won’t see it all.

Have a great day!


This is one of those rare days.

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This is one of those rareΒ days when it is just too good weather to stay indoors in front of a computer. These days usually only come when it is early in spring or summer or the season we call presummer (yes one word as we would do it in Swedish πŸ™‚ ).

 

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One cherry tree is in bloom in the vilage.

One cherry tree is in bloom in the village.

It isn’t as nice to be in the factory warm days like this but I refuse to complain since it will be just as nice after work. I had the bedroom window open for the first time last night, I love nature but there’s this one bird that I wouldn’t mind if the hawk took πŸ™‚ It has two tones and it used those tones all night and loud too πŸ™‚

 

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Lots of them flowering on the mountain though and I think these two must be the biggest chery trees I've ever seen. They stand around 1 mile away.

Lots of them flowering on the mountain though and I think these two must be the biggest cherry trees I’ve ever seen. They stand around 1 mile away (1,6km).

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Have a great day!

 

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It isn’t fun when it is dry and it is even worse when it is wet.

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We’re having a strong wind again today (and it will last for a few days they say) that works like a giant hairdryer together with the sun so I had to water all my vegetables today and a few other potted plants as well. The wind didn’t do an especially good job with the grass though because it was soaking wet even if we haven’t had any rain in days. It’s boring to mow the lawn as it is and it is even much worse when it is wet.

 

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It looks like the few remaining flies we have here now lives in my garden, I got bitten bad a few times while mowing and there were some forest flies that wanted to check out how it looks inside my ears, so I had to put in earplugs to keep them out πŸ™‚ I don’t have those problems anywhere else right now, not even by the bog.

 

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Nothing much else has happened here today. The hunting season for deer buck starts tomorrow morning so I had a talk with the hunters. They’ll be out already at 4:30 am and will as they have said put out signs on every road. They have also been informed not to shoot my stalker πŸ™‚ so they will stay away from the areas he usually walk around in. No doe will be shot at all this year if I understood things right, these hunters are all for wildlife preservation and will do what is necessary to keep the wildlife healthy and strong.

 

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It is time for a pot of tea even if it really is too late for that but I feel so tired that I doubt any tea will keep me up this night, I’ve just woken up from a nap and it feels like I should have stayed in bed πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!

 

I end today with four photos from the Hasselblad camera.

I end today with four photos from the Hasselblad camera.

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It wasn’t as bad as it sounded.

My Hollyhocks.

My Hollyhocks.

It did feel like I worked an extra day when I had to keep working to two pm instead of going home at noon as I always do on Fridays πŸ™‚ It wasn’t so much that I had to work but because it is a hot and awfully humid day. That is Scandinavian hot so itΒ has beenΒ around 28C (82,4 F). The heat is easy to take but not the humidity, it feels like walking in a steam bath. But I will not complain, we’ve had such a chilly summer so any day with warm weather is welcome πŸ™‚

 

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Rosa rugosa.

Rosa rugosa.

My Lime tree has been flowering all summer.

My Lime tree has been flowering all summer.

We went out to the bog when I came home and a weak wind did its best to keep us a bit cooler but the most surprising thing was that as soon as we came out to the bog the flies vanished. There were some annoying us on the way but out there they were gone πŸ™‚ If I now only can get the flies in my cottage to go outside to die too I would be happy πŸ™‚ Not a single bird sings now, instead the grasshoppers and katydids have taken over. It is amazing how these small insects can sound so much πŸ™‚ I like it a lot though and I’ll fall asleep to the sound tonight since the katydids sit in the big lilacs just outside my bedroom window.

 

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Yesterday morning when I almost had reached my work place I could hear a strange sound from the back of my car. I couldn’t figure out what it was so I didn’t care about it too much. On my way home however it sounded much more and even if the sound didn’t fit I thought it might be a wheel bearing that slowly was giving up. It sounded really bad from time to time but that was nothing to how it sounded when I started driving on the gravel road here in the village. Wheel bearings usually takes its time before it gives up so the sound can be heard for a long time so I was surprised that it was giving up that fast.

 

Life is wonderful when chewing a stick after bathing in the bog :-)

Life is wonderful when chewing a stick after bathing in the bog πŸ™‚

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So I started to wonder if I prehaps had driven over something that had been caught and was dragged along with the car. It turns out that it is a plastic belt that holds the petrol tank in place. Well to be honest, it is one of the things that holds it in place. I tried to move it both yesterday and this morning but it was impossible, thankfully πŸ™‚ So I called the garage and they’ll take my car next Thursday. They’ll also fix some other small things before I need to go to the annual vehicle inspection in September (and check if there’s anything else that needs to be fixed). It’s only one person there because they too have vacation this time of year πŸ™‚

 

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My closest boss didn’t work this week and the factory owner was on vacation too so I just put a big note up on the factory owners desk telling him that I must stay at home Thursday and Friday next week since they aren’t sure that my car will be ready to leave the garage already on Thursday afternoon, it isn’t easy to estimate how long time all the other jobs will take when it’s only one person working.

 

In my garden now: I sowed over 30 seeds of this low growing sunflower, one plant is the result :-)

In my garden now: I sowed over 30 seeds of this low growing sunflower, one plant is the result πŸ™‚

Illiamna remota.

Illiamna remota.

Berkheya purpurea.

Berkheya purpurea.

The last flower on the wild rose the birds refuse to eat the hips during winter. It has flowered for over a month now.

The last flower on the wild rose the birds refuse to eat the hips during winter. It has flowered for over a month now.

It’s time to drink something cool and perhaps have a chocolate covered Dinosaur cookie or two πŸ™‚

Have a great day!


A bit too warm :-)

We had a really nice morning here but no fog as we had yesterday.

We had a really nice morning here but no fog as we had yesterday.

It is hot today! Two days ago it barely reached 18C (64,4F), today it reached 29C (84,2F). It isn’t nice at all but thankfully the humidity still is rather low and a breeze helps us to manage this temperature swing. They have predicted thunder for tonight so I thought the flies would be more nasty than usual but they didn’t even care about me in those places the wind didn’t reach. I wonder if it is too early to hope that their season is over now?

 

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The morning walk took a bit longer than usual because it grows raspberry bushes all the way down and I had to try the berries on each and every bush we passed. This part ofbthe road is over 200 meters (much the same in yards).

The morning walk took a bit longer than usual because it grows raspberry bushes all the way down and I had to try the berries on each and every bush we passed. This part of the road is over 200 meters (much the same in yards).

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The temperature will drop down to 20C (68F) already tomorrow and it will stay around that for the rest of the week but we all know how well they predict the weather here so who knows what it really will be like πŸ™‚ I was thinking about making a peach cobbler after work today but it’s just too warm to start the oven now, so I’ll make it tomorrow instead.

 

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The dogs prefer to stay where the wind reach them so Nova and Sune have been sleeping in the shadow on the south side of the cottage since they had their dinner and Orvar indoors where the wind blows from upstairs down to the kitchen door. I have no idea where the cats are but they are most likely sleeping under a bush or something, they didn’t even have the energy to eat anything this afternoon πŸ™‚

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I couldn't see any but it smelled lots of moose here.

I couldn’t see any but it smelled lots of moose here.

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It is time to harvest broccoli now, there isn’t much to harvest to be honest but I have waited too long some years so they instead of producing more flowered. I wonder if I can do anything with the broccoli leafs? There are lots of them and I guess they can be edible too, the stem is so why not the leafs? Do anyone of You know?

 

The last photos from the plant swapping day.

The last photos from the plant swapping day.

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I work different hours this week, we’re only four people working in my department this week so we now work from 7 am to 4 pm except for Friday when I start a bit earlier to clean the painting box and stop working around 2 pm. It feels like I’m going home an hour earlier every day now but I think those two hours I will work longer on Friday will feel like an entire week πŸ™‚

 

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The pond is huge and I think it is full with cray fish, something we Swedes love.

The pond is huge and I think it is full with cray fish, something we Swedes love.

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It is time to make something to eat and after that I think I’ll fall asleep in front of the tv πŸ™‚

Have a great day!

 

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Joy to the world!

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Yes that it how it feels when looking at the thermometer in the morning and it shows 10C (50F) and when looking out the window one see that mist is covering the ground. Yes that is how one feel when walking in that cool air, in the mist and no horse flies bite and no forest flies annoys πŸ™‚ Today might be the hottest day for this time and tonight a cold front from north will reach us and give us both rain and thunder. I won’t however say the same thing on Thursday when all weather sites predicts we only will get 14C (57,2F) but it will only last for a day they say, with my luck it will last longer though πŸ™‚

 

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Yesterday we had a weak wind helping us through most of the day but today the Norwegian weather site says we most likely will have no wind at all big parts of the day. I did the mistake to take a walk yesterday when the wind suddenly stopped to blow and it took hours for Orvar to get back to normal after that. Well we all were quite beaten after that walk and none of us moved for a very long timeΒ πŸ™‚ I refuse to complain about the heat though, the spring and early summer was so cold that this was what I longed for and finally my vegetables have started to grow and the first tomatoes have started to change color from green towards something yellowish πŸ™‚

 

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The birds don’t sing as much any longer and soon the mornings will be totally quiet again, except for the twitter they always have during the rest of the year. I saw the first formationΒ of geese this morning, they won’t head south yet but it is a sign that times have changed and autumn slowly will come closer. I also heard a lot of cranes in a field not far from here so now they too gather in groups to eat as much as possible before the move south. Today I also heard the funniest sound from a bird, at first I thought it was a cat fight going on but suddenly I heard the most beautiful song strophe and it was the same bird making both sounds. Normally my guess would have been a starling but this was a lonely bird (starlings are never alone) way up in a tree and it was impossible to see it. I do wonder what it was!

 

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It is a semi bad year when it comes to horse flies and their relatives. I’ve been through much worse but this is bad enough. I’ve read that dark clothes will keep those nasty flies away (and white clothes to avoid mosquitoes but they don’t bother me that much) I can say that it isn’t fully true, I got bitten several times yesterday so here it is thick clothes that keeps them away, so thick they can’t get through it that is πŸ™‚ Several of those nasty buggers have found their way in to my cottage as well but so far I’ve managed to kill them all without anyone of us getting bitten by them. I know they are great food for birds but I really don’t care πŸ™‚

 

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I have way over 100 photos I could show You today but that’s not gonna happen πŸ™‚ But I’ll save the left overs for a rainy or perhaps a snowy day. It is time to have some breakfast, as always all the others have already gotten theirs. I’ve done the laundry so now I have no chores to do when the heat hits properly, it is still only 23C (73,4F) and quite lovely outside, even the flies are reasonable calm right now. They will get insane the closer we get to that eventual thunder though, they always do.

 

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Looks like this spider got lots to eat during the night.

Looks like this spider got lots to eat during the night.

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Have a great day!

 

She took a look at us when we passed and she wasn’t an especially stressed mother to be honest. This is I guess one of our deers πŸ™‚

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A few flowers, a bird and a katydid from my garden right now. This is the flower of the rose the birds refuse to eat the rose hips from.

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I think this is Delphinium oxysepalum.

I think this is Delphinium oxysepalum.

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My red leafed elderberry bush flowers now with pink flowers. Too few to make any lemonade from I'm afraid.

My red leafed elderberry bush flowers now with pink flowers. Too few to make any lemonade from I’m afraid.

Red leafed Ninebark.

Red leafed Ninebark.

Californian poppy, self sows good here which I like a lot.

Californian poppy, self sows good here which I like a lot.

Peony of some kind, smells wonderful. Not all of them do, some smell just awful :-)

Peony of some kind, smells wonderful. Not all of them do, some smell just awful πŸ™‚

A young Katydid, this one was tiny and these grow rather big and can bite really bad.

A young Katydid, this one was tiny and these grow rather big and can bite really bad.

This is bought as an Alstroemeria litgu but it might actually be a A. aurea. In milder climates than here this can be a terrible weed, beautiful weed though :-)

This is bought as an Alstroemeria litgu but it might actually be a A. aurea. In milder climates than here this can be a terrible weed, beautiful weed though πŸ™‚