Nature.

It is still a bit too expensive.

Musk mallows grow everywhere here.

Musk mallows grow everywhere here.

I only woke up once last night and managed to fall asleep again after ten minutes or so. Still I was so tired when the alarm sett off that I almost seriously considered to come late to work πŸ™‚ Still the day has passed rather quickly and I did feel less tired while I was at work.

 

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It has been mostly cloudy with some rain today and a few seconds of sunshine too. The humidity is as high as it can get, around 99% and will stay like that until tomorrow night. I guess I should be happy about temperatures being rather low because 99% humidity and high temperatures are really nasty, now it will stay close to unpleasant as worst πŸ™‚

 

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Saint John's wort.

Saint John’s wort.

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The weather predictions varies faster than the speed of light πŸ™‚ We might get lots of thunder and rain this weekend but it can also be only light showers and perhaps some sunshine too. I would like to mow the lawn this weekend but I won’t do that if the grass is wet. Too much work to clean out the mower during and after using it on wet grass. I would like to have one of those robot mowers, they are quite popular here but still a bit too expensive for my taste. Now it would work rather well in my garden since the two big hole diggers aren’t around any more. Nova and Sune are content in just eating the leafs of the dandelions and don’t dig up the roots πŸ™‚

 

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It is time to give the dogs their food and after that I’ll give myself something too.

 

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Have a great day!

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It finally opened up.

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

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

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

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Clouds can look just amazing!

Clouds can look just amazing!

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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Clematis integrifolia.

Clematis integrifolia.

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Have a great day!

 

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

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

The blue Jacob's ladder.

The blue Jacob’s ladder.

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

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


The evil ones need to be extra evil!

I did catch the sunrise this morning.

I did catch the sunrise this morning.

The dogs are bored, I’m at home and therefore we should be outside walking all day like we do on work free days. They constantly wants me to open the door and when I don’t follow them out they go inside again sighing highly πŸ™‚ It is however not the nicest of weathers outside even if it isn’t that bad either. Mostly cloudy with a strong wind and below 20C (68F) temperatures.

 

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It is nice when the cranes fly so close to my home that I only need toopen the door to photograph them :-)

It is nice when the cranes fly so close to my home that I only need to open the door to photograph them πŸ™‚

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Yesterday I sowed the last vegetables in my vegetable patch. Red carrots, chard, broccoli and a few squash seeds. A bit late for squash but then again those plants usually give too much anyway so I think I’ll get just enough this year. I have plenty of green tomatoes but no ripe ones, we need a few days with sunshine to make them red I think.

 

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Four photographs from the folder “For a rainy day”.

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The fever has sunken rather a lot so I hope it’ll be gone by tomorrow. It came back during the night for a while so I woke up every time I either froze or boiled and gave up at 4am and went up. That gave me plenty of time to watch dvd’s though πŸ™‚ So this morning I finally watched the last Hunger Games and the latest Star Wars. I liked them both but I have to say that Hunger Games did feel a bit slow some times but loved what happened before it ended.

 

Four from the Balda Jubilette.

Four from the Balda Jubilette.

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They do have problems making the evil characters in the Star Wars films. Darth Vader and the emperor was really good but the young Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader was really bad and so was the bad guys in this film too. I think they tried to make then interesting but only managed to make them annoying πŸ™‚ The hero side however is really good but a good film needs a fantastic evil guy, one we all can hate and who is interesting and not someone we all want to die early in the film just because he’s so annoying, or perhaps pathetic is the right word πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I do hope they get more evil in the next film πŸ™‚

 

Four from the Hasselblad and ISO 3200 film

Four from the Hasselblad and ISO 3200 film

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It is time to start fixing the food for the dogs and a big pot of coffee for me, I’m already tired and would like to be able to stay up until at least 9pm πŸ™‚

 

Finally four from the Minolta 7000.

Finally four from the Minolta 7000.

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Have a great day!


I’ll have lots of ginger and honey!

The last photo from my mormors camera, the Gevabox.

The last photo from my mormors camera, the Gevabox.

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

For from the Hasselblad and ISO 3200 film.

For from the Hasselblad and ISO 3200 film.

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

Have a great day!

 

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

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

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The most wonderful morning.

From my mormors old camera, the Gevabox.

From my mormors old camera, the Gevabox.

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

 

Sotis is getting bigger now.

Sotis is getting bigger now.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Just imagine how many shades of green there are.

Just imagine how many shades of green there are.

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

Have a great day!

 

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A rather perfect morning.

From the Gevabox.

From the Gevabox.

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

On the way tothe bog.

On the way to the bog.

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

 

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

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

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

 

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Not an animal to be seen anywhere.

Not an animal to be seen anywhere.

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Well, two dogs were there of course πŸ™‚

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

 

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Lots of cloudberry leafs but no flowers or berries yet.

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On our way home again.

On our way home again.

Have a great day!

 

Four photographs from my Kiev 4.

Four photographs from my Kiev 4.

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Still a bit chilly.

Taken with my mormors old camera, the Gevabox.

Taken with my mormors old camera, the Gevabox. I forgot to adjust the distance πŸ™‚

We’re having a chilly, windy but mostly sunny morning here. It is sweater weather even if one walks in shelter of the wind but kind of nice anyway. It is however not that nice that I’ll keep the kitchen door open for more than a few seconds. I guess that’s why the dogs wants to go out and in all the time, when it stays open all day they usually don’t feel the need to go in and out at all πŸ™‚

 

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No big plans for today. I might go outside and sow those last vegetable seeds I still haven’t sown. A good thing I didn’t since we had frost the other day. Sometimes it pays off being lazy because they had not survived such a cold night πŸ™‚

 

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The hunters have cleaned up the path along the creek so we finally can walk there without risking a fall and a broken leg. Too bad the ones owning the field beside this part now will put up electric fences to keep away the wild hogs. They keepthe fence so close to the creek that it will be impossible to walk there again.

The hunters have cleaned up the path along the creek so we finally can walk there without risking a fall and a broken leg. Too bad the ones owning the field beside this part now will put up electric fences to keep away the wild hogs. They keep the fence so close to the creek that it will be impossible to walk there again. It is most likely against the law “right of public access” but I do understand them because the hogs do destroy the fields totally.

Perhaps I finally will watch one of all the dvd’s I’ve bought. I still haven’t watched the last Hunger Games movie or the latest Star Wars movie and I have continued to buy dvd’s so I have plenty to watch when I finally start :-)I also have several books that I’ve bought but not come around to read.

 

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I just couldn't figure out what animal it was we were looking at from a distance.

I just couldn’t figure out what animal it was we were looking at from a distance.

I can always do the laundry but that can wait until tomorrow or I can do some today and some tomorrow. All these choices and still nothing to do as I so often heard when I was a kid πŸ™‚

 

We came really close and they weren’t especially bothered by us at all. Three roe deers just having a nice morning.

We came really close and they weren't especially bothered by us at all. Three roe deers just having a nice morning.

We came really close and they weren’t especially bothered by us at all. Three roe deers just having a nice morning.

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I do know however that I will drink a big pot of tea very soon and I might watch some tv while I’m drinking it. I still have that extra channel for free and still without any sound πŸ™‚ but comedies with subtitles work anyway. The rest of what they show is pure crap though so I don’t watch that channel especially much anyway πŸ™‚

 

Three from the Hasselblad camera.

Three from the Hasselblad camera.

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It is time for that pot of tea and after that a nap perhaps. I will set the alarm though because I tend to sleep for way too long and when I do the entire weekend gets messed up.

 

I had the Kiev Β€ camera in my car most of the late winter and early spring and stopped to take photographs whenever I could.  The last photos were taken just a few eeks ago.

I had the Kiev Β€ camera in my car most of the late winter and early spring and stopped to take photographs whenever I could. The last photos were taken just a few eeks ago.

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It was so foggy at work that the huge silo behind my work place couldn't be seen.

It was so foggy at work that the huge silo behind my work place couldn’t be seen.

Have a great day!

 

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These four are from the Balda Jubilette. This one was the first photo on the film. It could work as a post card where I could write something on the front of the card, something I’ve noticed they often did back in the days (early 1900’s that is).

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I turned on a radiator.

I've now used my mormors (grandmother on my mother's side) camera. It is a Gevabox that gives 8 photos on a 120 roll film. It has one speed, around 1/30th of a second and three apertures (8, 11 and 16) so it was a bit tricky to use it :-) I used a ISO 50 film. I'll show a photo per day or so and this is the first one. I really liked it but I guess I could be a bit biased since it was my mormors camera :-)

I’ve now used my mormors (grandmother on my mother’s side) camera. It is a Gevabox that gives 8 photos on a 120 roll film. It has one speed, around 1/30th of a second and three apertures (8, 11 and 16) so it was a bit tricky to use it πŸ™‚ I used a ISO 50 film. I’ll show a photo per day or so and this is the first one. I really liked it but I guess I could be a bit biased since it was my mormors camera πŸ™‚ There are different distance settings though so it is just to estimate how far away the thing is I want to photograph πŸ™‚

The day has been and still is rather cold and windy but the sun has shined almost all day so it has been bearable but not more.It seems to have been raining quite a lot during the night but nothing can really be seen in the creeks and there are no puddles around that would be great mosquito nurseries either. My water barrels however are full again.

 

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It even got so cold and with high humidity yesterday that I turned on a radiator in the livingroom and I did close all windows too. If the wind calms down I can turn off the radiator again tomorrow and open up the windows too I think because they have changed the predictions to much nicer weather than they did just a day ago. We’ll get sunshine again and the temperature will rise to the high 16C (60,8F). It does look like all my plants survived the frost night the other day and without damages too πŸ™‚

 

I don't see damselflies especially often here, this one was the second in at least the last ten years.

I don’t see damselflies especially often here, this one was the second in at least the last ten years. If translating the Swedish name it would become Maiden spindle.

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Starlings. There were so many that not all could be photographed at the same time :-)

Starlings. There were so many that not all could be photographed at the same time πŸ™‚

I’m so tired today but I don’t know why, usually this cold weather does the opposite to me. I fell asleep in front of the tv as soon as we had come home from our walk πŸ™‚ If it hadn’t been for the flies annoying me I would most likely have been asleep yet πŸ™‚ I guess it could be because Nova has kept on waking me up at 4am every morning this week. I would most likely have woken up shortly after that time anyway but it is something else to be woken up with the help from someone else. Today however she didn’t, this time it was the alarm and that felt even worse πŸ™‚

 

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It is time for another pot of tea and after that perhaps another walk, the weather isn’t inviting so it all depends on whether the dogs get impatient or not πŸ™‚

 

The one I buy all my film from sometimes sell packages with mixed films, black and white but with different ISO's. This is a roll with ISO 3200 so it is very light sensitive, nothing to be used on a sunny and bright day so guess if I felt lucky that morning we got that really thick fog :-) I still had a few photos left to take so I took them another early morning before the sun had risen too high. So here are three photos taken with my Hasselblad.

The one I buy all my film from sometimes sell packages with mixed films, black and white but with different ISO’s. This is a roll with ISO 3200 so it is very light-sensitive, nothing to be used on a sunny and bright day so guess if I felt lucky that morning we got that really thick fog πŸ™‚ I still had a few photos left to take so I took them another early morning before the sun had risen too high. So here are three photos taken with my Hasselblad. Not even that camera could make the film less grainy because that light-sensitive film is alway very grainy.

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I really need to clean out that film cassette before I use it again πŸ™‚

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Have a great day!


Downhill from now on.

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Just as nice weather today as yesterday, lots of sunshine, just enough warm and a nice breeze to keep us cool while being in the sunshine. From now on it will go downhill with the weather. It will get cooler, almost cold if the predictions are right (which I doubt since they rarely are) and we might get rain. Farmers might want rain but I’m quite happy without it, just think of all the time I save on lawn mowing πŸ™‚

 

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I woke up before the sun rose today (which by the way was at 4:05 am) but since it is very bright long before the sun rise we went out on our morning walk. It was almost as chilly as yesterday but a worn down fleece jacket was just enough to keep me warm. Lots of birds flew around but most other animals seemed to rather take it easy a few more minutes. I could hear the ravens argue again and today I know why, crows have moved in on their area. They truly don’t like each other.

 

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Ravens are much bigger and stronger than crows but crows are faster and more agile in the air so it looks like they manage to drive off the ravens and they are not happy about it. I’m pretty sure the ravens will get the place back because they often hang out in groups of several generations and as soon as the older ones can leave their nests the crows will be history. Nice to see them here for a while though, I like our crows.

 

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I do like the colors our crows has. It is the same species as the black one.

I do like the colors our crows has. It is the same species as the black one.

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It is our National day today but very few know why we celebrate it, to be honest we haven’t had a national day for especially long, today used to be the Swedish Flag Day. What we are celebrating is that on June sixth 1523 Gustav Vasa became our king. He was a tyrant that happily slaughtered the ones that had helped him to power, he also was the one making sure the first son of the ruling king would be the king to come. He had three (official) sons who all were more or less insane and all became king of this country. The oldest one for instance Eric 14, married his concubine and he was later imprisoned by his brothers and poisoned with arsenic put in his pea soup. His wife and children were moved to Finland but alive and not allowed to everΒ claim the crown.

 

We have the biggest colony of Black-headed gull (we call them laughing gulls) in Scandinavia up in the lake. They have been coming here a lot lately and they do like to argue with the Jackdaws.

We have the biggest colony of Black-headed gull (we call them laughing gulls) in Scandinavia up in the lake. They have been coming here a lot lately and they do like to argue with the Jackdaws.

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They need to be two on each Jackdaw but still loose quite a lot :-)

They need to be two on each Jackdaw but still lose quite a lot πŸ™‚

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The second reason is that we in 1809 got a new constitution which gave the king less power and the parliament more. The first reason is just stupid to celebrate since he was anything but a pleasant ruler but the second is a good reason but nothing we go out and celebrates on the streets πŸ™‚ They are trying to make this day to something big. like in Norway or the USA but most of us just enjoy the weather if it is nice πŸ™‚ The ones truly celebrating this day are either the extreme rightΒ or immigrants, an odd combination πŸ™‚

 

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Not so tough when they're alone though :-)

Not so tough when they’re alone though πŸ™‚

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It is time for a pot of tea and after that another walk I think, it is still rather cool outside so most flies are still waiting to get warm enough to fly around to annoy us all πŸ™‚

 

The Cinnamon rose has opened up.

The Cinnamon rose has opened up.

Ginnala maple.

Ginnala maple.

Laburnum, we call it golden rain.

Laburnum, we call it Golden rain.

The Hungarian lilac.

The Hungarian lilac.

Have a great day!

 

Vitis riparia, Frost or River grape. The vine is enormous now but I have one slight problem, it only creates female flowers so no grapes. That's why I'm so glad that my Amur grape vine will flower this year too, I might actually get grapes :-)

Vitis riparia, Frost or River grape. The vine is enormous now but I have one slight problem, it only creates female flowers so no grapes. That’s why I’m so glad that my Amur grape-vine will flower this year too, I might actually get grapes πŸ™‚

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I bought ten Dahlia roots for almost nothing at all yesterday. The roots were very dried out but they have now been soaking in luke warm water for almost 24 hours and look much better. I'll put them in pots and place them on the patio at first so they'll get used to the daylight and not get burned by the sun.

I bought ten Dahlia roots for almost nothing at all yesterday. The roots were very dried out but they have now been soaking in luke warm water for almost 24 hours and look much better. I’ll put them in pots and place them on the patio at first so they’ll get used to the daylight and not get burned by the sun.


I could feel the difference when I opened the door.

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Cranes gracing another field.

Cranes grazing another field.

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

 

The Guelder rose is now in bloom.

The Guelder rose is now in bloom.

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Have a great day!

 

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

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

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

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