Morning dew.

Just as they predicted.

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The sun has fought a long time now and finally it has done its job on the chilly, wonderful fog we had here all morning. I woke up to a frosty morning as well and I must say I enjoyed it a lot. I do prefer warm summer days but since I can’t stop colder weather from coming here I might as well just enjoy mornings like this πŸ™‚ I guess I’ll be happy for as long as we don’t get any snow πŸ™‚

 

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We walked down to the creek but I didn’t hope to see any hogs in the fog, the castles cattle was walking in the fields close to the forest and I’ve noticed that very few wild animals seems to like cattle or tame animals and tend to stay away when those are out in the fields. We were a lot down by the fields beside the creek yesterday too, I had brought my old Hasselblad camera and without noticing it I dropped the light meter. Not the best places to do that I’m afraid.

 

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I had of course not watched how or where I was walking around in that field but I knew I didn’t go especially close to the creek. If Orvar still would have been around this would not have been any problem, he was a master of finding dropped things. Nova and Sune however is rather lousy in doing that πŸ™‚ Orvar was a natural so I only gave him something to smell and then told him to find it. Nova smelled on the little bag where the light meter used to be in and ran away and Sune tried to chew on it πŸ™‚

 

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I walked around in that field for an hour and just couldn’t find it. The grass is semi long so anything that sort of slid beneath the grass would be hidden for the rest of the time. So we went home and I found another lightmeter on our eBay (called Tradera) and was quite annoyed that I had been so sloppy and dropped it. We went back there in the afternoon and after a while I started to walk perhaps 5 meters (much the same in yards) closer to the creek ands I found it πŸ™‚ Pure luck because I was close to kick on it before I finally saw it πŸ™‚ So I rushed home and went in on Tradera to reduce the size of my bid. Guess if I was glad not to win that light meter πŸ™‚

 

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It is time to make a big pot of tea, I’ve already fallen asleep in front of the tv twice this morning πŸ™‚ so perhaps it would be better to make a big pot of coffee instead πŸ™‚ I think they show NCIS Los Angeles soon and I guess that is a good as anything they show this morning. They tend to find way too many muslim terrorists though πŸ™‚ It may look like something else in the beginning but it always turns out that way. At least Hetty is an interesting person in that show πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!


I guess it could have been worse.

It is never vrong to find something like this in the mailbox :-)
It is never wrong to find something like this in the mailbox πŸ™‚

The annual vehicle inspection didn’t go too well, there weren’t especially many problems to be honest but they will cost some I’m afraid. I have no idea what it is called in English but it has something to do with the wheels and how they are able to move when the road isn’t smooth. Three wheels were bad enough so I have an appointment at the garage next Tuesday. With the bad breaks I now will have spent so much that I really need to keep the car at least one more year πŸ™‚

 

The photos are from both today and yesterday.
The photos are from both today and yesterday.

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Well I would have anyway but now it’s a must, I could have bought another car that would last at least one year for this money. Now, I rarely pay much for a car so that really doesn’t say much πŸ™‚ but I think You understand how I mean. But I did have a nice morning with the dogs, there was no use in going to work before the inspection since I just would have left shortly after getting to work anyway. We had a sunny but slightly hazy morning here and it is now warm again πŸ™‚ I hope it lasts a while now, at least over the weekend. I did get a nice little package in the mail yesterday though that made my day. Dianna had sent me some candy from Canada πŸ™‚ It is all gone now and it was delicious πŸ™‚

 

I did wonder what it was I saw from a distance.
I did wonder what it was I saw from a distance.

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She was in no hurry to get away.
He was in no hurry to get away.

The entire sky is deep pink right now, the sun is sinking behind the trees and it colors all the clouds. What is it they say, pink or red sky in the evening gives bad weather the next day or is it red sky in the morning gives bad weather later in the day? According to predictions we’ll get sun all day tomorrow so I guess red sky in the evening is a good thing πŸ™‚ I’m glad that the weather will be nice because tomorrow I’ll bring home Orvar, they called from the vet station today to say that his ashes has arrived.

 

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It is time to make some food and perhaps some tea too. I have had one night without coughing and I woke up only once last night so it is finally getting better πŸ™‚ My voice is still very hoarse though but who cares! I can sleep at night again πŸ™‚

 

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Mother
Mother
and daughter (I think it is a daughter anyway).
and daughter (I think it is a daughter anyway).

Have a great day!

 

Still some flies left.
Still some flies left.
Two different kinds of Toad Stool.
Two different kinds of Toadstool.

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The winter jacket.

Not the blood moon but we'll most likely have clouds covering the sky when that happens.
Not the blood moon but we’ll most likely have clouds covering the sky when that happens.

I thought last night would be rather cough free and it started out that way. I think I slept almost three hours without coughing but then it started. It was a horrible night and I really hope this was the turning point because I don’t think I’ll survive another night like that. I fell asleep in front of the tv now this morning, I slept for almost an hour without coughing but I couldn’t feel my right arm when I woke up, it took almost half an hour to get the circulation in the arm going again πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

 

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We had frost here in the early morning but I thought it would be much worse than it was because the temperature fell rather quickly already last evening. I did find my winter jacket though because it did feel way to cold to just wear a fleece jacket. I do hope I won’t have to wear it for quite some time more, even if it was really warm and nice. I don’t feel that I’m ready for cold winter days yet.

 

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It was rather nice outside but the cold dry air did make me cough some more so there was no chance of seeing any wild hogs today, they could hear me from miles away πŸ™‚ In fact I was the only thing that could be heard at all this morning, no cars, birds or other animals made a sound, I guess the cold air made most animals to just sit still Β trying to stay warm until the sun would reach them. It wasn’t until we had arrived here at home that I could hear a few flocks of geese flying south.

 

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Today I’ll do very little, I’ll rest and that’s it. Ok I’ll take a few walks with the dogs but that’s just relaxing. I won’t talk much because I really have no voice left today and it just hurts too much anyway. I will also make myself some waffles, too long since I had that πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!

 

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Three little pigs but no big bad wolf.

My latest camera.
My latest camera.

Well to be honest it wasn’t three little pigs, it was three herds of wild hogs πŸ™‚ I was a bit annoyed at myself since we went out a bit too early before the sun rose this morning. We would comeΒ home almost at the same time the sun had risen above the mountains up north. So instead of walking home the usual road I decided that we should go to the creek and follow it upstream till we came to the forest road.

 

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I wasn’t to happy about walking in the field before the creek went in to the forest because the grass is pretty high and we had so much dew here this morning that it dripped from the roofs, it actually looked as if it just had stopped raining. I knew we would be soaking wet before we reached the more dry forest. I didn’t say much to the dogs while we were walking there, I was more occupied by looking where the grass were as shortest.

 

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I could see that the dogs were a bit exited and took a look across the creek and there they were, the first of the three herds of wild hogs this morning. They did walk away from the creek but both they and I knew that creek would be too much to cross to reach each other, so they were in no hurry. I just stood there watching them until I realised it would be a good idea to take a few photos too so I could show them here. We continued upstream when I once again realised that both Nova and Sune was a bit too exited, we had another group of them in front of us πŸ™‚

 

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They ran away quickly so I never got a chance to take any photos of them. This is not the time to leash the dogs because if the hogsΒ would attack the dogs would have no chance at all to escape but it is a very good idea to have good control of them anyway πŸ™‚ We came out to the forest road andΒ I kept talking loud since I knew we had one group of hogs behind us and one beside us, so I have to say that I was a bit surprised when we suddenly saw a third group of them. This time it was two sows and two rather old piglets. I kept the dogs very close to me since I didn’t know if there was a boar nearby. So I stopped being annoyed at myself since I actually had gone out just exactly when I should have πŸ™‚

 

This boar is much smaller than the one we met in the forest last year.
This boar is much smaller than the one we met in the forest last year.

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I got my camera yesterday as You know and it is a Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 531 and this one was built in Germany just before WW2 started. I didn’t think much about what year it was built until I realised from where it was being shipped to me. It turns out the seller lives in Ukraine! I’m not sure I would have bought it if I knew that since Ukraine hasn’t been the calmest of countries lately. Well anyway, I started to wonder how a WW2 camera ended up in former Soviet Union. The likelihood that someone would have bought it and imported it to the Soviet Union at that time was slim to none, so how did it end up there?

 

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There’s probably a boring reason but my imagination started to work on high speed πŸ™‚ Was it a German soldier who brought it when Germany attacked Soviet? Back in the days this was a fairly expensive camera so I doubt it would be anyone at the front line, perhaps someone coming just behind? Was this camera at the west front when Germany marched in to Paris? and why did it stay in Ukraine? Did the owner freeze to death like so many other soldiers when nothing went their way when winter arrived? Just imagine what stories this camera could teall if it only could speak πŸ™‚

 

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The bellow had a rip in it but that was easily fixed and it has passed the flash light test. The shutter works fine when it comes to high speeds but not so good when it comes to sow speeds. I guess it really would need some new greas, the old kind they used to use has a tendensy to dry up. I’ll see if that is something I can do myself, otherwise I’ll just use the camera on bright sunny days πŸ™‚

 

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It is time for tea with ginger. I slept a few more hours last night so I guess I’m going in the right direction πŸ™‚

 

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Two sows and two piglets but where is the boar?
Two sows and two piglets but where is the boar?

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Have a great day!

 

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The Bog Ladies had just put out there fires.
The Bog Ladies had just put out there fires.

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So nice, it is chilly and foggy.

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I woke up in the middle of the night because my throat hurt so badly and I didn’t even try to swallow anything, it just ached so badly. It still aches but not nearly close to what it was like in the middle of the night. It does however feel like my lungs will fall of every time I cough πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I have no fever though and I guess and hope that’s a good sign.

 

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You can see a sheep in this photo if You look closely. To the far right, just beside a fence pole You can see a dark spot πŸ™‚

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We’re having a rather nice morning here, it started with heavy fog and it is still quite foggy but the sun does its best to wipe it away. So far it isn’t especially successful though πŸ™‚ It is still quite chilly, I thought we might get frost during the night but that never happened. There’s very little flies left so I don’t mind that the frost never arrived, especially since we got this wonderfully foggy morning.

 

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We started our walk by walking in to the village, the fog was so think that it didn’t matter that I now have autofocus to rely on, the camera couldn’t find anything to focus on πŸ™‚ I also brought the old Rolleicord, it is loaded with black and white film and I wondered how good the fog will show in those photos. I did try to photograph a spider web with the old one but the entire camera was so fogged up that I’m not sure I focused on the web or anything else πŸ™‚ I still have two photos to take on that roll so it’ll take some time until, we can see the results.

 

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We turned down to the fields when we were almost at home again, as long as Orvar and Hector still were around I didn’t dare going for too long since I never knew if they would make it all the way home but both Nova and Sune needs to run around more than they have lately (and to be honest, I need it a lot too πŸ™‚ ). Just as we turned down to the fields lots of hunters came and I wonder why. It isn’t moose hunting season yet and I thought for a while that it might be a hunt for wild hogs but I could only see a tiny Beagle and I doubt they’ll use that for wild hog. That little dog would just be a nice breakfast for them.

 

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Still, I am Β bit confused that they all came here since it is so foggy even in the forest, they can’t see a thing. The sun is losing the battle against the fog too at the moment, it looks like it is getting thicker again. I don’t mind, that would only mean I’ll get a chance to get more foggy photos later today πŸ™‚ The cold air did also help with my throat and lungs so I hope we’ll have this weather all day long.

 

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It is time to make a big pot of tea and I’ll put all the ginger I have at home in it, I don’t have that much ginger at home so I’m hoping to shock the system with it all at the same time πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!


Did You know that?

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I woke up in the early morning by the sound of rain hitting my cottage really hard, I can’t remember any of the weather reports mentioning rain during the night so I have to admit that I was a bit surprised. They have actually been rather accurate in their predictions lately so I had forgotten how often they actually are wrong :-)Otherwise it seems as if the weather will continue in the same manner as yesterday, some rain, some sun but so far no more rain.

 

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It wasn’t that cold this morning to be honest but the high humidity made it feel like it was, so I wore a fleece sweater on our walk. I could see mist rising up on the mountain as soon as the sun showed itself and even some by one of the swampyΒ fields here near my home but not much. It was all quiet when we were out walking but the sounds started as soon as we came home. I think I heard the motor of my neighbors latest car and I also heard a tractor or two.

 

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Smoke from the Bog Ladies fires :-9
Smoke from the Bog Ladies fires πŸ™‚
Much more up on the mountain, I wonder if they are called Moutain Ladies?
Much more up on the mountain, I wonder if they are called Mountain Ladies?

Our airforce have been out flying a lot above us lately, I guess they’ve gotten lots of more money now when the Russians behave like they do. Back in the days if a child didn’t behave as its parents wanted they always were threatened with ” You better behave or the Russians will come and get You”, I have a feeling that might make a comeback πŸ™‚

 

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Did You know that Sweden once upon a time actually was a super power here in Europe? The Baltic Sea was actually more or less completely inside the Swedish territories. Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, northern Poland and northern Germany was actually all Swedish at the same time for a while. It didn’t last very long though and eventually the Russians took Finland from us. Later on we got Norway, much to their surprise since they actually was on their way to break free from Denmark.

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We “got” Norway since we had helped to bring down Napoleon, Denmark was on Napoleons side and Copenhagen was heavily bombed bt the Britain navy because of the fear that Napoleon would use their ships against Great Britain. Norway was allowed to have their own constitution and allowed to have their own official language, something they hadn’t been allowed Β to under Danish rule. The united kingdom of Sweden-Norway lasted almost 100 years but the Norwegians wanted to be independent which I fully understand and broke free. Thankfully we had a king, Oscar the second, who understood that a war never would solve anything so he did let them go peacefully. Besides, we had tried to take Norway by war before and never managed to do so, “we” even killed our own king (Carl the twelfth) to stop one of those useless wars.

 

The rest of the photos show flowers in bloom in my garden right now. This is how Broccoli looks like when it flowers, butterflies loves them.
The rest of the photos show flowers in bloom in my garden right now. This is how Broccoli looks like when it flowers, butterflies loves them.
Flowering Maple, it has the same name in Swedish. This one will grow inside during winter though.
Flowering Maple, it has the same name in Swedish. This one will grow inside during winter though.
Calceolaria mexicana, an annual I always want in my garden. Very easy to grow and it looks like slugs doesn't eat it.
Calceolaria mexicana, an annual I always want in my garden. Very easy to grow and it looks like slugs doesn’t eat it.
Dasiphora fruticosa, Golden Hardhack.
Dasiphora fruticosa, Golden Hardhack.

It is time for a pot of tea and after that I’ll do the laundry.

Have a great day!

 

 

Rosa rugosa.
Rosa rugosa.
Astilbe chinensis var. pumila. It only grows up to 25cm (10 inches) high.
Astilbe chinensis var. pumila. It only grows up to 25cm (10 inches) high.
Astilbe chinensis, this one is almost a meter (a yard) high. Two favorites of mine.
Astilbe chinensis, this one is almost a meter (a yard) high. Two favorites of mine.
This is the sunflower I got at the plant swapping day. I don't know which one it is though. Perennial sunflowers can be truly weedy and spread like crazy! Needs lots of sun.
This is the sunflower I got at the plant swapping day. I don’t know which one it is though. Perennial sunflowers can be truly weedy and spread like crazy! Needs lots of sun.
This was sown as Maxililians sunflower but I doubt it is. Maximilian should grow up to three meters high but this one is just slightkly higher than a meter (a yard). I also have Jerusalem artichoke which also is a sunflower but it still only have buds. Spreads happily and the roots are quite tasty.
This was sown as Maximilian’s sunflower but I doubt it is. Maximilian should grow up to three meters high but this one is just slightly higher than a meter (a yard). This one doesn’t spread at all without help. I also have Jerusalem artichoke which also is a sunflower but it still only have buds. Spreads happily and the roots are quite tasty.

It would be possible.

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This could be the reason I didn’t sleep especially long last night.

I woke up at 4 am today and it was just impossible to go back to sleep again even if it now is pitch black at that time, well not entirely pitch black because of the full moon. So I went outside in the rather cool temperature and tried to get a good photo of it. It was just impossible to get a clear shot of it though, I blame the atmosphere πŸ™‚

 

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Lots of fog outside the village.

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I’m feeling robbed of the morning mist, I could see it everywhere but in our village. It was cool enough and the sun rose so there should have been som here too. There was however lots of dew this morning so it was easy to see all the webs this morning. I’m surprised that we have this many flies in this area considering how many spiders we have πŸ™‚ and also counting all insect-eating birds and bats this should be a fly free zone to be honest πŸ™‚

 

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I was talking to a neighbor some time ago, he sighed and said we’ve bought another car again. So I said isn’t it tractors You tend to buy a lot of? and he said, yeah, that too πŸ™‚ Today I saw this car so I guess he bought one more πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
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They have loads of tractors πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ The last time I heard about it they had eleven πŸ™‚

The moose flies have started to hatch further south so it’s just a matter of time until they start flying here too. No more forest walks for a while unless we’re having really cold mornings that forces even those devils to stay calm. I rarely say I hate anything but I do hate those flies! They almost didn’t exist in this country thirty years ago and I guess it is the warmer climate that helps them spread northwards. I really don’t like saying this but I think we need a really cold winter without any snow so the ground freeze way down and kill most of them.

 

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Here’s two more of them πŸ™‚ I’m so glad I only go nuts over cheap cameras πŸ™‚

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When I paint in the neighbor factory I’m all alone the entire time and have lots of time to let my mind wander of in its own paths πŸ™‚ Last week I started to think about if we didn’t have the internet, would it still be possible to write a sort of blog anyway? I think it would but it would be time-consuming and pretty expensive in the long run πŸ™‚ First we have the problem of finding each other. It could start by just being two persons writing to each other and one of them would invite a third person. So if I would like people in another country to read my letter blog I would have to know a second person in another country.

 

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I couldn’t see the Deerstalker this morning but the doe was there and she followed us just like he usually does πŸ™‚

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So I would write something like I already do and then mail a letter, including photographs to the persons reading my blog. They would then respond by writing a comment to me that. I would then have to answer all comments I’ve gotten in one new letter that I then would send to everyone reading my blog πŸ™‚ If a new comment would be sent to me I would have to do it all again but I think I would skip all photos after the first mail I had sent away to everyone πŸ™‚ It would be even more lettersΒ if we, like we made a comment to one of the other followers who then most likely would answer to that comment πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It actually could work πŸ™‚

 

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So if the internet one day collapses we will still be able to keep this up if we wanted to πŸ™‚ It would take time though so perhaps we could be happy if there came a new blog once a week? πŸ™‚ It’s time for a pot of tea and then to fall asleep in front of the tv πŸ™‚

 

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I could see several hundreds of spider webs in just one tiny field today so I can’t understand that we can have this many flies every year!

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Have a great day!

 

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Almost balmy this morning.

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This morning was balmy compared to yesterday’s morning, 5C (41F). Lots more fog as well but it evaporated so much faster because it was as warm as it was. Lots more sounds around as well but no man-made thankfully. Even a few birds were singing which is rather unusual this time of year. Normally they just fly around eating as much as they can before the move south and those staying the winter are usually quite busy feeding the last younglings for the year.

 

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Yesterday morning there were hunters out by the bog so we couldn’t go there to take any foggy photos, today no hunters were out but the fog had already left when we arrived. I love walking there anyway but it is a bit annoying that I can’t walk everywhere when ever I feel like it. Well I better get used to it because the hunting season will continue until late February and to be honest, these hunters do think about us walking around too, they could have been out there every day if they wanted to and they do think about what’s best for the wildlife, not just to shoot anything that moves around.

 

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An island in a lake of mist.

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I did the same with the old Kodak camera as I did with the Rolleicord camera. I placed the little flashlight inside it and closed it. I couldn’t find any leaks at all and that confused me a lot. I handled the camera in the worst ways just to see if any light could be seen but no but then I realised what might be wrong! There’s a little round window, with red see through plastic on the back side of the camera. It is there so I can see how far I must advance the film so I can take another photo. It is the only way that I can see how many photos I’ve taken as well so it must be uncovered.

 

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The problem is that it isn’t that red any longer, it’s sort of yellowish Β instead and it looks like it fits to where the light damages are in the photo. So now I must find a relatively Β dark red see through tape to place over the old one and I think it might be best to also cover the little window in between shots as well just to be sure. So where to find that dark red see through tape? I doubt a toy store can help me this time but perhaps a hobby store can? I’ll see if I can find one on the net that has it. Otherwise I’ll try normal see through tape and color it red myself.

 

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As soon as that’s done I’ll order some film and try the old camera again, the black and white film isn’t especially expensive so I can continue trying lots of times until I’ve fixed the problem πŸ™‚ I do like black and white photos but to be honest it’s much more difficult to get good photos, especially when one doesn’t know the result until the film is developed πŸ™‚

 

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It’s time for a pot of tea and some breakfast I think. Nova is a bit cranky because I had to clean her ear again and put medicine in it as well, now she only accepts the tastiest of treats, the rest she just spits out again πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!


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I’ll get more chances to get ice cream.

I took this photo from the window upstairs just before the sun was rising above the tree line.
I took this photo from the window upstairs just before the sun was rising above the tree line.

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 πŸ™‚

 

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This one too.

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I had planned to go to FalkΓΆping 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.

 

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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 FalkΓΆping was to go to the only toy store I know they have thereΒ and yes they did have such a key chain πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

 

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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.

 

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I drove to FalkΓΆping so I would be there around 9Β and realised that they wouldn’t open the pharmacy until 9:30 πŸ™‚ So I started to walk around the town square taking photos. I had already taken one at home and double exposed it πŸ™‚ and did the same with the first one I took in the town πŸ™‚ I sort of had forgotten how it works πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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.

 

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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!

 

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This and the following photos comes from the Rolleicord camera. They were originally color photographs with ugly red injuries from light leaks (You'll see that in the next photo). But I could make them look much better by making them look old in my editing program.
This and the following photos comes from the Rolleicord camera. They were originally color photographs with ugly red injuries from light leaks (You’ll see that in the next photo). But I could make them look much better by making them look old in my editing program.

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 πŸ™‚

 

This is how almost all photos looked like before the editing. I do hope I found all leaks now!

This is how almost all photos looked like before the editing. I do hope I found all leaks now!

 

This is Varnhem's Abbey church. The abbey was demolished but the church was saved.
This is Varnhem’s Abbey church. The abbey was demolished but the church was saved.

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Have a great day!

 

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This is a cafe just beside the church. The church is a huge tourist attraction now days.

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I could see where fairy tales come from.

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I’ve slept with my head in a strange angle so this morning has been dominated with a real bad headache, finally after four hours, three cups of strong coffee and some relaxing in front of the tv watching a bad but in a fun way tv series called Psych. Nova and Sune slept beside me in the sofa and I had to scratch them the entire time otherwise they wouldn’t stay still πŸ™‚ I’ve never allowed any of my dogs up in the sofa but since they all are up in itΒ some time during the night I just gave up that idea πŸ™‚

 

The bog ladies had just put out their fires :-)

The bog ladies had just put out their fires πŸ™‚

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The early morning was chilly and fly free. As soon as the sun rose so did the ground mist, I wish I had brought one of the old cameras but it didn’t look like we would get any mist so I left it at home. Well I guess we’ll get more of it soon enough anyway and I am waiting for the four film rolls they will develop this coming week. I put them in the mailbox a few weeks ago but I later found out that they wouldn’t develop anything again until week 33.

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Suddenly she just stood there. She wasn't stressed at all as You can see and we came as close as 5 meters (much the same in yards).

Suddenly she just stood there. She wasn’t stressed at all as You can see and we came as close as 5 meters (much the same in yards).

Still no signs of being afraid of us. She then took two leaps in to the field, stopped and watched us walk away.

Still no signs of being afraid of us. She then took two leaps in to the field, stopped and watched us walk away.

I got really surprised when we were out walking because birds started to sing as the sun rose, it has been quiet here for some time now but I guess a few days with warm and nice weather made them think it might be summer after all πŸ™‚ I’ve realised that magpies aren’t early birds, they didn’t start making any noisy until just now but no one seems to care about them, not even the cats who are asleep here in the kitchen.

 

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Today I’ll do the laundry and it is a good day to do the laundry because it will dry quickly since the sun is shining, it’s warm and a weak wind is blowing so it’ll dry fast. I’ll also mow the lawn and I hope that wind will grow some in strength so no flies (there are still some left) will start to annoy me. I’ll be annoyed enough since I most likely must dig out grass from the mower several times, it’s so long now that it really can’t dry completely. I really can’t complain since it’s my own fault for not mowing in a long time πŸ™‚

 

We even got to see some mist out on the bog. It was totally quiet and I can understand where fairy tales come from when seeing this.

We even got to see some mist out on the bog. It was totally quiet and I can understand where fairy tales come from when seeing this.

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I’ve put in a few more photos in my National Geographic album since the last time, so if You want to see them click on this link: National Geographic. A new window should open up when You click there.

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It is time to do the laundry but first I’ll have another cup of strong coffee just to be sure the headache stays away, the mowing can wait a few more hours I think πŸ™‚

Have a great day!


A rather nice morning.

I always like to see a foggy morning.

I always like to see a foggy morning.

Once again I slept for unusually long and thought that I’ve missed the beat part of the day, when the sun rise but there was no sun to see, instead we had fog and that might even be better πŸ™‚ It stayed for quite some time and that’s something it doesn’t do as long as it is summer. I won’t say that autumn has arrived but it is close now.

 

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This was one of those mornings when I wouldn’t be surprised if I was the only human left on the planet. Thick fog and not a sound to be heard, it was so quiet that the only thing that could be heard was my shoes on the gravel road, not even the magpies made a sound and all the cows mostly ate or looked at us while we were passing them. It is still very quiet here but the magpies have decided to stay in my garden again telling all the world that they aren’t afraid of dogs, humans or cats πŸ™‚

 

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They should fear cats though because Bertil almost took one the other day and it was pure luck that the young magpie managed to escape. The rest of that evening the magpies complained like crazy in my apple tree, I could scare them away for a minute or two but then they returned and continued to complain πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I wonder why they choose this garden where dogs and cats can try to take them all the time when there are places so much safer to stay at?

 

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We always have lots of seagull on the roof at my work and most people complain a lot about them since they tend to poop on our cars πŸ™‚ (I love them though but then again I don’t own a brand new car πŸ™‚ ). They’ve tried almost everything to scare them away without any bigger success, not until someone bought a kite! They are now selling kites that are attached to a fishing rod, You know the kind they have when angling for fish. They attached the rod to the roof it only takes a very weak wind to make this kite fly, the seagulls vanished withinΒ minutes and haven’t come back for over a month! By the way, do You know that the Swedish name for kites are “drakar” which is the same name we use forΒ dragons?

 

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Most of the fog is gone now but the sky will remain cloudy for most of the day according to predictions, I don’t mind if only the humidity will sink a lot because it’s sky-high now. I’ll mow the lawn later today if the grass dries up some, otherwise I’ll mow it tomorrow when we according to predictions will have a warm and sunny day. I’ll believe it if it happens πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!

 

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It is quite pleasant today.

Once again the Magpies have brought their young ones to my garden. I just don't understand why since there are two cats and three dogs that would love to take them.

Once again the Magpies have brought their young ones to my garden. I just don’t understand why since there are two cats and three dogs that would love to take them.

We’re having a pleasant day today, a bit windy, a bit sunny and almost warm πŸ™‚ I better save this day in my memories since they say that we might get up to 70 mm (2,76 inches) with rain this weekend. It all depends on where the heavy showers go of course. So I have been a bit active this morning. First I drove to the super market, it’s no fun being on the roads if it rains that bad.

 

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Not a cloud in the sky when we went out on our morning walk but there was a crane.

Not a cloud in the sky when we went out on our morning walk but there was a crane.

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Of course I forgot the list I’d written but I actually remembered it all anyway πŸ™‚ They had 70% of on all flowers but I resisted the temptation and just passed by πŸ™‚ I just bought what I wanted and left, I was home again even before an hour had passed and it takes around 20 minutes to go there πŸ™‚ I also put the padded envelope with four rolls of film in the mail box when I went in to the super market. We’ll all be able to see those photos next week.

 

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I’ve also mowed the lawn this morning. I thought I just as well do it since it will rain more or less a lot these coming days. I have to say that I was surprised to see how much the grass had grown since last time I did it. The places I’ve looked at before mowing looked fine with short grass but most of the garden was otherwise πŸ™‚ Long grass that didn’t dry up after the morning dew so it clogged up the lawn mower something nasty. Now it’s done anyway and hopefully I won’t have to think about it for another week.

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I have now watched two movies on dvd. Kingsman and Seventh Son. If You like 007 movies You will most likely like Kingsman! That’s all I’m going to say about that film. The Seventh Son, a fantasy movie was nothing I can recommend. Lots of good actors with lots of bad acting. It feels like they should have made at least two movies from this story, as it is now it’s just a waste of good actors. The special effects are good though and I think that one perhaps can enjoy this film a bit more if one has read the book/ books? before seeing the movie. Now I’ll find the book/ books? instead.

 

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It is time for a bit of lunch and after that a walk with the dogs. I think the biting flies now are dying for this season (well the moose flies are still on their way later when autumn starts), I didn’t get especially much bitten while mowing. The most annoying forest flies however are still plentiful but I’ll bring my mosquito hat, I don’t get annoyed at them as long as they can’t get in to my ears or nostrils πŸ™‚

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Have a great day!

 

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The first wild raspberries are ripe now and very delicious :-)

The first wild raspberries are ripe now and very delicious πŸ™‚


I don’t mind as long as it doesn’t dig beneath my cottage.

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I must have had a fantastic dream last night because I woke up and felt disappointed that it wasn’t real πŸ™‚ I can’t remember what it was all about, I seldom do but it must have been fantastic πŸ™‚ One night when I just have moved here I woke up laughing like crazy, I have no idea what that dream was about but I continued to laugh for a very long time πŸ™‚ I wish I could remember what I was dreaming, especially when I wake up either laughing or feel disappointed to wake up πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

 

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I did use quite a lot of the water in the barrels yesterday, especially the tomato plants needed water,this morning the barrels were full again so it must have been raining quite a lot during the night. This morning isn’t especially chilly but it feels like it is because of the high humidity. We went out early as usual and there’s this one place where we need to walk through a cow pasture to be able to continue on the road on the other side and go homewards again. The cows haven’t been there for a very long time so we have been able to pass without any problems, cows with calves will try to kill you if you bring dogs. We had passed through half of the pasture when I suddenly heard something strange.

 

There we stood, looking at each other.

There we stood, looking at each other.

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Yes, cows were in the pasture today πŸ™‚ They got more surprised than we did so I managed to get the dogs out of the pasture before they came any closer and with no dogs no danger to me πŸ™‚ They just stood there watching me and I was lucky because there were no calves close so I didn’t have to jump out of the pasture in a hurry πŸ™‚ I even managed to take a photo before I too left the pasture. Nothing else happened on our walk though. This is the time of summer when birds stop singing so I only heard two birds this morning. They are all now just raising their younglings and after that they’ll eat as much as they can and fly south again.

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They say we’ll get sunshine later today, strong winds and not especially warm. It looks as if we should be happy if it reach 17C (62,6F) and if that keeps the flies calm I won’t complain. Normally those biting flies would start to die out now but this cool weather we’ve had have made everything late, I do hope their time soon will be over though. I wonder if this means the moose flies will be late as well, I hope they will be so late that they get hit withy frost as soon as they hatch πŸ™‚

 

I didn't take any more photos this morning but I did take a few yesterday afternoon.

I didn’t take any more photos this morning but I did take a few yesterday afternoon.

We have at least three nesting couples of Shrikes here. I think this might be a chick from this year or thge female.

We have at least three nesting couples of Shrikes here. I think this might be a chick from this year or the female.

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I planted some of my pink flowered dandelions in a flower bed some weeks ago and guess what happened? Yes my dogs ate them πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I still have a few left though, I planted them in a big pot and so far they’ve been left alone by the dogs. I’m pretty sure a badger visits the garden during nights now, I can see tracks from them everywhere, they tend to walk the same way every time so they create paths rather quickly. One has dug very close to my cottage and that’s not a good thing. I’ve placed all kinds of things at that spot so if they come back those things will fall down on it and I hope it scares it from digging there again.

 

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These two photos show the males from the neighboring couples.

These two photos show the males from the neighboring couples.

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I do like badgers but it is not a good thing if they think that it would be a great place to have a set beneath my cottage. I really need to get one of those wild life cameras now, I wonder what other visitors I might have here. I don’t mind if the badger like to dig in other places though, it eats slugs and all kinds of things we don’t want in our gardens and they love to eat ground-dwelling wasp nests. I’ve found several wasp nests on the road this last week.

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If this weed had had bigger flowers it most likely would have been a popular garden plant. The flowers are tiny though, perhaps a gardener should try and make them bigger?

If this weed had had bigger flowers it most likely would have been a popular garden plant. The flowers are tiny though, perhaps a gardener should try and make them bigger?

It is time for a pot of tea and after that a nap I think, I hope I’ll wake up to sunshine and less humidity πŸ™‚

Have a great day!


Not far from frost.

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I have a few big flies flying around in my kitchen, all they want to do is to get out and leave me alone so I have tried to help them out. As soon as they fly to the windows I’ve opened them but it seems they just don’t get it. I leave the window open with the risk of getting in more flies, they fly to it and then in panic it seems turn around and fly away again. Why? I mean they must feel the wind so they must understand it i open. After all they have tried their best to fly out through the mosquito net because they can feel the wind blowing through it!

 

Really chilly mornings usually means lots of mist but I was a bit disappointed with only this little of it and it was even less by the bog.

Really chilly mornings usually means lots of mist but I was a bit disappointed with only this little of it and it was even less by the bog.

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I have occasionally managed to scare them out through the open window by chasing them with a news paper but really! I don’t think it should be up to me to do that for them πŸ™‚ They don’t care about me at all but I’m getting tired of their sound now, so if they don’t leave by their own choise I will scare try to scare them to fly into the spider webs in the hall πŸ™‚ After all, my spiders need something to eat too πŸ™‚

 

I did bring one of the older cameras with me and I'm looking forward to see if I managed to adjust it so the photos look like this, more or less anyway :-)

I did bring one of the older cameras with me and I’m looking forward to see if I managed to adjust it so the photos look like this, more or less anyway πŸ™‚

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It was a rather chilly morning, the temperature dropped to 4,5C (40,1F) but the sky was clear and the sun was on its way up so I only wore a fleece sweater when we went out. I noticed that there was one big cloud up in the sky and naturally it flew so it came in the way for the sun! and it also had the direction so that it would continue to cover the sun for quite some time since it flew very slowly. It is so typical and it annoyed me so much since I wanted to get some photographs taken towards the early morning sunrise.

 

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This was more or less the only mist I could see out on the bog.

This was more or less the only mist I could see out on the bog.

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We walked in to the forest and out to the bog since it was as chilly as it was and when we reached the bog the sun finally got rid of that cloud πŸ™‚ We did see some mist but not as much as I had hoped, I love walking out there in the cold mist when the sun rise and the flies still stays calm. Still it was quite wonderful out there and I did get some photos by the fields too even if it was a bit late. Well, late is perhaps a bit wrong because I don’t think it was 5:30 am yet when we came home again πŸ™‚

 

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I went to the super market too, not that I really needed to but I figured out that if I didn’t go today I would have to go on Sunday and I really don’t likeΒ going there on weekends. It doesn’t matter that I have vacation, a weekend is a weekend πŸ™‚ I might as well have waited because we’ll get at least ten more days with low pressures coming in so perhaps I just should have stayed at home to enjoy this day to the fullest. But then again, I had to mow outside my garden today so they day got sort of destroyed anyway πŸ™‚

 

So out to the fields we went again. The dogs did look confused when we went out there again :-)

So out to the fields we went again. The dogs did look confused when we went out there again πŸ™‚

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Β  Β I’ve just downloaded windowsΒ 8,1, I just did that because I need to if I later on will download windows 10 which is supposed to look very much like windows 7 which is the one we all want back πŸ™‚ It took a very long time to do it and so far I can’t say I see any difference. It did however change what site I want to open up when I start the internet and now I can’t find where I can change that back again πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Well, life isn’t supposed to be easy I’ve heard πŸ™‚

 

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It is time to see if I can find out how my computer works now and I think I’ll need a big pot of coffee while doing that πŸ™‚

 

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Even I could hear the mice in that high grass. I thought they were more careful since they are eaten by most predators.

Even I could hear the mice in that high grass. I thought they were more careful since they are eaten by most predators.

Have a great day!


Today he had company.

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They predicted lots of sunshine for today and to my big surprise the sky was cloud free when we got up this morning and went out for our morning walk. 7,5C (45,5F), no wind and not a single fly in the sky. I’m not surprised that the sky now is covered with clouds πŸ™‚ They had by the way predicted lots of rain yesterday and we got one shower for around 10 seconds πŸ™‚ The day was actually mostly rather sunny, something they hadn’t predicted πŸ™‚

 

I took a photo just like this one with my old Hasselblad camera, it will be fun to see if I managed it to look similar :-) It's hard to know since I use a different ISO on the digital camera.

I took a photo just like this one with my old Hasselblad camera, it will be fun to see if I managed it to look similar πŸ™‚ It’s hard to know since I use a different ISO on the digital camera.

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Anyway, it was so nice being out walking without getting bit by the lately totally crazyΒ flies. This isn’t the worst year when it comes to biting insects but it’s not one of the better either. I feel when the bigger ones bite ant it itches a lot after those bites but I don’t even react to the smaller ones any longer. The dogs however scratches themselves so much sometimes that I wondered ifΒ they had gotten fox scabies but I found those nasty bites they were scratching on. Fox scabies isn’t that bad any longer, they get at least two shots of something and then it’s usually gone. Back in the days it was a nasty shampoo that smelled like death and was quite nasty in all ways and it had to be used more than seven weeks I think it was and it didn’t help every time either. It’s only pure breed Collies who still needs to use that, they tend to go insane if they get those shots.

 

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They aren’t especially worried to be that close to us as You can see πŸ™‚

We walked by the fields and met our stalker, the deerstalker again πŸ™‚ This time he wasn’t alone, a doe was walking beside him. He wasn’t that obvious in the stalking today so I only saw him a few times before we turned and walked in to the forest. I had hopes to see some mist rising in the sunshine but I only saw it in one place and it was impossible to get a good photo of it. The sun had by then warmed up the air so much that a few flies tried to annoy me but they were still so slow that they never will try to annoy anyone ever again πŸ™‚

 

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I bought an older tripod for my old heavier cameras yesterday, they had sent the package by bus so I had to pick it up in a petrol station in FalkΓΆping. I picked it up and since I was in FalkΓΆping I stopped at one of the bigger grocery stores there and bought some things, like lots of minced meat for Orvar. They had some minced beef that they had lowered the price with 30% so I bought a lot of that. I think I could go back to normal dog food to be honest but his stomach is so much better now that I will keep on making his food myself until the day he doesn’t need any food any longer, because he’s worth it as they say in the commercials πŸ™‚

 

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The tripod is much better in some ways than the one I already had, it is much steadier than the one I already have, it’s also rather easy to make longer or shorter. It is heavier though and there’s no quick hitch so it does take some time to put it on or take it off. Well one can’t get it all in life, can one πŸ™‚ Yes of course one can if one is filthy rich πŸ™‚ I like this old tripod though so I’m happy with it.

 

It was just as sunny yesterday morning but slightly warmer so we never went in to the forest.

It was just as sunny yesterday morning but slightly warmer so we never went in to the forest.

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I don't use the macro setting on the tele-photo lens especially often because my hands shake a bit too much but sometimes it works just fine. This spider is tiny!

I don’t use the macro setting on the tele-photo lens especially often because my hands shake a bit too much but sometimes it works just fine. This spider is tiny!

 

I think it is time for a small nap and hopefully I’ll wake up to a sunny day, as they had predicted πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ If not I can always bake a bread or something or perhaps take another nap πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!

 

A new rose in my garden and I have absolutely no idea what it is :-)

A new rose in my garden and I have absolutely no idea what it is πŸ™‚


A rather chilly morning.

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

Yes it was a bit chilly :-)

Yes it was a bit chilly πŸ™‚

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

 

Oxeye daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare. Growing in the forest.

Oxeye daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare. Growing in the forest.

Squirrel berries, Maianthemum bifolium.

Squirrel berries, Maianthemum bifolium.

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

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

St. John's wort.

St. John’s wort.

Have a great day!