Pilgrimage.

I need more space for my trees :-)

This calf used the last rays from the sun to enjoy the evening to the fullest yesterday.

This calf used the last rays from the sun to enjoy the evening to the fullest yesterday.

It was quite pleasant outside this morning, around ย 8C (46,4F) and the birds sang as loud as they could. What is quite pleasant in the morning isn’t necessarily pleasant in the afternoon, it wasn’t much warmer when I came home from work. The clouds cover the sky but they are so thin here and there that the sun can shine through them every now and again. When it does wearing a fleece jacket is too much.

 

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It is even more dry in the ground now after the thunder showers than it was before. So there isn’t especially many flies in the forest right now but down by the creek it was on the way to become nasty, they always want to look how my ears and nostrils look from inside and I really don’t like that ๐Ÿ™‚ The good thing was that they refused to leave that area so as soon as we walked away from the creek we were fly free.

 

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I thought I would grow melons this year so I bought the hardiest kind I could find. We call it Mango melon but I found the English name Vine peach. The instructions say to prune them heavily otherwise they will take over totally. On the net I found that they will taste best if one preserve them in syrup, they don’t taste a lot raw but then again can be used as a sweet cucumber instead ๐Ÿ™‚ I sowed a lot of seeds just to be sure I would at least get one plant, I now have at least ten growing in my kitchen window and more seeds are germinating ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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I still haven’t figured out where I’ll plant my tiny hazelnut bushes, they will grow big soon enough so I better find the right places from the start. They now grow in pots so I can think of this all summer before I need to plant them because I also have to think about where I want to try the Shagbark hickory ๐Ÿ™‚ I really need to become rich so I can buy more land to plant all my trees ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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No sunshine to enjoy this evening though.

No sunshine to enjoy this evening though.

It is time to feed all the animals and perhaps myself too. I bought some grilled chicken on my way home today, I’ll see if I can make something tasty with it or if I’ll wait until tomorrow to have it. It is odd, it doesn’t cost more to buy a grilled chicken than anย ungrilled?!

 

The rest of the photos are taken with the old Zeiss.

The rest of the photos are taken with the old Zeiss.

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Old grave that I saw when we walked on the pilgrimage while waiting for my car to get new tires.

Old grave that I saw when we walked on the pilgrimage while waiting for my car to get new tires.

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Have a great day!

 

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The obligatory double exposure :-)

The obligatory double exposure ๐Ÿ™‚

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The fairies were dancing.

Fairies dancing above the water or they could just be mist rising when the sun is heating up the cold water :-)

Fairies dancing above the water or they could just be mist rising when the sun is heating up the cold water ๐Ÿ™‚

It is a cold but sunny morning here and we were out walking as soon as the sun started to rise above the horizon. The frost cover wasn’t as thick that I had thought, the below freezing degrees started already yesterday evening. The absence of wind made it much nicer that it was to be honest.

 

Here are a few more photos from our walk yesterday.

Here are a few more photos from our walk yesterday.

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I do like the old outhouse attached to the shed :-)

I do like the old outhouse attached to the shed ๐Ÿ™‚

The rain they had predicted for today is now moved to Sunday, that means I’ll have to mow the lawn no matter if I want to or not ๐Ÿ™‚ If I wait another week the grass will be so long that my mower won’t manage to cut it and who knows if we’ll have sunshine next week, they are wobbly enough to predict the weather just a day ahead so just imagine how bad it is when they try to do it for a week ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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I shouldn’t have slept that long yesterday even if I most likely needed it. I had problems falling asleep and I woke up just after 4 am too but I did feel relaxed so it was a good sleep the little I got. I can’t say we have daylight already at that time now but it sure shows that the day is close. Today the sun went up at 5:32 am and soon we won’t have much night at all here and further north they won’t have it at all since the sun will stay above the horizon 24/7.

 

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This hare came suddenly jumping towards us and it could look like she was a bit insane risking her life like that but it was really a smart move. We were probably standing very close to her young ones and she would know that she could lure us away from them and then run away from us.

This hare came suddenly jumping towards us and it could look like she was a bit insane risking her life like that but it was really a smart move. We were probably standing very close to her young ones and she would know that she could lure us away from them and then run away from us.

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Lots of birds are singing and we heard a deer warn about something with is odd barking but we didn’t see any other animals today. We walked to the clean creek but it was even too cold for Sune to take a bath today, I even saw some ice at the edges of the water. Mist “pillars” were rising by the little lake and according to folklore that’s fairies dancing before the day starts. Fairies are actually quite nasty beings, they love to give children diseases and they might even kill them if they want to.

 

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The wind has started to blow some so I guess the grass soon will have dried up enough for me to mow it. I better check all the electric cords so they still work, I had problems with one of them last summer if memory serves me right. I think I’ll have time for a pot of tea before mowing though ๐Ÿ™‚

 

This and the rest of the photos comes from this mornings walk.

This and the rest of the photos comes from this mornings walk.

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Have a great day!

 

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A three and a half hour walk.

A nice start to the morning.

A nice start to the morning.

So up we went almost as early as usual even if we were going to the garage to get new brake pads on my car, they have the same working hours as I do and I wanted to get there as early as possible even if it could take some time before they would get to my car (which it actually didn’t, they fixed my car right away). I looked out the windows and saw to my extremely big surprise that the weather predictions actually were right!!!

 

I have no idea what this is and there were no signs to tell me either. I'll see if I can find anything on the net about it.

I have no idea what this is and there were no signs to tell me either. I’ll see if I can find anything on the net about it.

This however is an old tomb. My guess, from the stone age.

This however is an old tomb. My guess, from the stone age.

Kinnekulle. This mountain is well know for it unusual  flora. Even Carl von Linnรฉ thought it wonderful. Behind that mountain is our biggest lake (the third biggest in Europe) Vรคnern.

Kinnekulle. This mountain is well known for it unusual flora. Even Carl von Linne thought it wonderful. Behind that mountain is our biggest lake (the third biggest in Europe) Vรคnern.

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The sun was shining and there were only a few thin clouds up in the sky. I have to admit that it was a bit chilly when we went away but since I was planning on walking for several hours I really didn’t mind that much. The garage opened just as we arrived so I just gave the owner my keys and went away. I had decided to follow the old pilgrimage road eastwards. I have no idea why they made this a pilgrimage road back inย theย days but it seems to have important churches and monasteries as some kind of connection points.

 

The village Gudhem. Mostly small houses but there are a few appartments too.

The village Gudhem. Mostly small houses but there are a few apartments too.

This farm was like something from a fairytale. The pilgrimage goes straight through it so more photos below. It was hard to get any photos though, I had my telephoto lens on, a bad choise if wanting to get photos close-up.

This farm was like something from a fairytale. The pilgrimage goes straight through it so more photos below. It was hard to get any photos though, I had my telephoto lens on, a bad choise if wanting to get photos close-up.

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I love how the moss sort of glows in the early morning light and when being photographed towards the light. Photographed with the light from behind it just looks anemic ๐Ÿ™‚

I knew I wouldn’t be able to reach the church (Kungslena church) which the pilgrimage lead to, it is 22 km (13,7 mile) away and even if it will go fast getting there it will not be the same back since it is all uphill back to Gudhem again ๐Ÿ™‚ and the dogs must be able to stop every now and again to sniff on all the messages other animals have left. It would have been interesting to get to the church though. The church standing there now was built some time in the 13th century but they are pretty sure there was a church made of wood standing there long ago. The odd thing with this church is that it has three steeples and it is very beautiful.

 

I'm not sure if it was three houses belonging to the same farm or three different homes really close to each other. That was usually the case back in the days. The homes were close to each other in the middle of the fields. This one had hen, ducks, sheep and goats and I saw a horse too.

I’m not sure if it was three houses belonging to the same farm or three different homes really close to each other. That was usually the case back in the days. The homes were close to each other in the middle of the fields. This one had hen, ducks, sheep and goats and I saw a horse too.

I later heard from a neighboor that this is a self-sufficient farm and they also sell what's left when they have taken what they need.

I later heard from a neighbor that this is a self-sufficient farm and they also sell what’s left when they have taken what they need. I wish I could have gotten a good photo of the pond with a tiny bridge too but my telephoto lens didn’t allow that.

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I think we had walked half way there when we turned back again. To be honest I thought it would take twice the time to get back since it was all uphill but it didn’t, so we passed the garage and went the other direction too. My first thought had been to walk that way instead but there are signs at Forentorp รคngar (I’ve shown You photos from there before, the old mill to the monastery stands there) that they have cows and calves on the fields where the pilgrimage goes through so no dogs allowed. Cows with calves have a tendency to want to kill dogs and their owners and since I was getting new brake pads I thought dying would just be a waste of money ๐Ÿ™‚

 

This is the odd part of that farm, the badly colored slightly Auatrian inspired house You can see here :-) It didn't fit in at all but I guess it is a practical thing to have :-)

This is the odd part of that farm, the badly colored slightly Austrian inspired house You can see here ๐Ÿ™‚ It didn’t fit in at all but I guess it is a practical thing to have ๐Ÿ™‚ and yes, there’s a horse.

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I think I found it, the mythical place where old tree stumps goes to die :-) :-) It looked so odd, it is actually a huge field filled with old tree stumps.

I think I found it, the mythical place where old tree stumps goes to die ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ It looked so odd, it is actually a huge field filled with old tree stumps.

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We came back to the garage after being out for around 3,5 hours and the sun had shone all the time. The wind was rather cold so when that hit us it got nasty cold but when we were out if its reach it got a bit too warm ๐Ÿ™‚ especially with all that uphill walking ๐Ÿ™‚ I decided to take a short nap when we came home, I set the alarm and woke up when it started. I turned it of and slept for two more hours ๐Ÿ™‚ The dogs didn’t seem to mind at all ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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

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White Wood anemones are popping up everywhere now. The anemones in my garden is slightly behind but I’ll show You them as soon as they open up.

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This would make a nice bowl. I think it is the biggest burl I've ever seen!

This would make a nice bowl. I think it is the biggest burl I’ve ever seen!

My neighbor told me that it had snowed while I was sleeping! Guess if I was happy not having to see that ๐Ÿ™‚ but it is so warm that it melted straight away. The clouds arrived just as predicted too and now they are leaving us again, just as predicted???!!! Is this a sign of the end of the world??? I can’t remember the last time they were exactly right before ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ It is time for a pot of tea and then I’ll see if there’s anything interesting on tv, I doubt that though ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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It was impossible not to take a photo or two of this foul. It had such long legs and jumped around having fun.

It was impossible not to take a photo or two of this foul. It had such long legs and jumped around having fun.

I have plenty more photos to show but they'll come in tomorrows post.

I have plenty more photos to show but they’ll come in tomorrow’s post.

Have a great day!