Presummer.

It’ll be a lazy day.

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According to the weather sites it is raining here right now but as far as I can see through the windows it doesn’t. Showers are of course always hard to predict, it might in fact rain on the other side of my cottage without me knowing it. It is a fairly warm morning with a brisk breeze and high humidity and it could have been rather nice if the humidity had been lower. The more the day passes by the better the weather will be and the lower humidity will be as well.

My neighbors calves all look the same but the ones the castle has look al very different.

My neighbors calves all look the same but the ones the castle has look al very different.

I wonder if this is a Red Kite. It does look like it.

I wonder if this is a Red Kite. It does look like it.

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We walked down to the creek this morning and there was this rather big raptor up in the sky, normally they never come especially close but I was lucky today. I now know it is a Kite and I think it is a Red Kite which is rather rare here in Sweden. I did see a deer too and some Greylag geeseΒ but that was it when it comes to wildlife this morning. Of course I saw lots of small birds but they didn’t come close enough so I at least could try to identify them. I did however find lots of wildlife in Sune’s fur when we came home, I had to pick several ticks and I got all of them before they had bitten. They are now all dead πŸ™‚

 

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I’m now taking the chance or risk that we won’t get any more frosty nights here so I am placing all the remaining potted plants I have in the cottage in the patio instead. The roof seems to make the place rather frost safe, unless it drops down to -7C (19,4F) or lower which isn’t unusual the last frost night here. It is like nature wants to show that we never can relax totally and just shows of that last frosty night πŸ™‚ So today I’ll take out the three passionfruit vines, the Lime tree and the last pelargonium. It is amazing how much more light I have in my home now πŸ™‚

 

A little of what flowers in my garden right now, This is Spanish bluebelle, a pink one.

A little of what flowers in my garden right now, This is Spanish bluebell, a pink one.

Prunus pumila.

Prunus pumila.

Japanese quince.

Japanese quince.

The Aronia has beautiful little flowers.

The Aronia has beautiful little flowers.

I still have the last laundry to do but besides from that I’ll most likely have a lazy day today. I might start sowing some vegetables but then I need to weed the last part of my vegetable patch and the weather isn’t that nice yet. I’ll see if I do it later when the humidity is much lower. It will be a warm week ahead of us so I’m thinking of mostly making salads to bring to work. Like chicken salad one day, pork the other (much the same as the chicken one, I just put pork in it instead πŸ™‚ ) and so on.

 

The Columbines popped up so fast that I barely noticed that they had started to grow.

The Columbines popped up so fast that I barely noticed that they had started to grow.

Bleading Heart.

Bleeding Heart.

Paeonia vetchii.

Paeonia vetchii.

My Haberlea rhodopensis is now so big that it almost suffocated my Ramonda myconi (Pyrenean violet) but I think and hope I saved it just in time.

My Haberlea rhodopensis is now so big that it almost suffocated my Ramonda myconi (Pyrenean violet) but I think and hope I saved it just in time.

It is time to start with the laundry though and after that a pot of tea πŸ™‚

Have a great day!

 

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I haven't seen the very pregnant cow this morning, I do hope that calf is out by now.

I haven’t seen the very pregnant cow this morning, I do hope that calf is out by now.


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 Β 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

 

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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 πŸ™‚ I really need to become rich so I can buy more land to plant all my trees πŸ™‚

 

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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 anΒ 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 πŸ™‚

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Guess if I got surprised!

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Summer has returned for an afternoon but that was something I really couldn’t believe this morning when I went ou to the cat to get something I had forgotten. There was ice all over the car! I had just woken up and was so tired that I didn’t go inside again to bring the camera πŸ™‚ It was -2C (28,4F) as coldest this morning. I have to admit it surprised me quite a lot πŸ™‚

 

This is how it looks by my gate. Not especially fun to walk through there after rain has fallen :-) I'll start cutting it down as soon as it doesn't flower.

This is how it looks by my gate. Not especially fun to walk through there after rain has fallen πŸ™‚ I’ll start cutting it down as soon as it doesn’t flower.

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Hundkex, or dog bisquits in English. A bit early this year. To be honest it might just as well be wild carrots or something else very similar but I call all of them hundkex πŸ™‚

It must have been during a very short time though because my tomato plants looks just as good as they did before. None of the weather sites had predicted this or even come anywhere near that low temperature, they all predicted 8C (46,4F). I wonder if I could have forced them to get me new tomato plants if they had died πŸ™‚ No idea to sue anything in this country, if one would win the best one can hope for is a “Good for You” and a tap on the shoulder. If one lose however one must pay the winners legal fees and all the rest.

 

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The Rowan's flowers doesn't smell especially nice if one comes close but from a distance they smell fantastic.

The Rowan’s flowers doesn’t smell especially nice if one comes close but from a distance they smell fantastic.

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Lots of flowers that really shouldn’t flower yet flowers out there in the nature. It is odd to see all the flowers in bloom that shouldn’t flower at the same time πŸ™‚ It isn’t that strange to be honest, spring sprung already in early March here, can’t remember if that ever has happened here during my lifetime.

 

If You find lilacs in the middle of a forest there once must have been a cottage there.

If You find lilacs in the middle of a forest there once must have been a cottage there.

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This and the rest of the ophotos are taken with the Hasselblad camera.

This and the rest of the ophotos are taken with the Hasselblad camera.

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It is time to make something to eat and I’ll take the risk of having a cup of tea too. I’ll keep the kitchen door open for a while longer, the dogs loves to run in and out chasing each other πŸ™‚

 

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Bjertorp Castle.

Bjertorp Castle.

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Have a great day!


I liked the start of the day anyway.

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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Have a great day!

 

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

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

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

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


It’ll be hot!

The Chinese rhubarb (R. palmatum) is about to flower now. This is not a rhubarb to be eaten, unless You want to be poisoned :-)

The Chinese rhubarb (R. palmatum) is about to flower now. This is not a rhubarb to be eaten, unless You want to be poisoned πŸ™‚

I must admit that I never thought this day would be as nice as it has and still is. Not much sunshine but warm and a just enough cool wind to make it even more pleasant. The morning was warm enough but the humidity made me sweat like a pig, I was stupid enough to wear a fleece jacket, it is so worn that it gives very little warmth to be honest but it still was too much.

 

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I did the laundry and everything dried within an hour. It’s almost a pity I didn’t have more when we have this weather πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I put the potatoes in the vegetable garden while the laundry was drying and noticed that the sand closest to the flowerbed beside was bone dry, no wonder my rhubarbs grow so bad there. So I watered the vegetable garden and also those flowerbeds where I sowed annuals this early spring. Lots of them are showing already so a bit more water doesn’t hurt.

 

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It is so fun to play in the high grass. After that I need to go through their fur for quite some time to find all the ticks before they bite.

It is so fun to play in the high grass. After that I need to go through their fur for quite some time to find all the ticks before they bite.

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I’ll bring out all my tree tomatoes (Tamarillo) and Naranjilla plants too today, tomorrow might become one of the warmest days ever in May, they predict that it’ll be 27C (80,6F) here! ( the record is actually 32,5C (90,5F set in 1892) That is a temperature we rarely reach during hot summers here πŸ™‚ It’ll be a joy to work in the factory beside the huge oven and washing machine πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ The combination of nasty high humidity and temperature is nothing I look forward too.

 

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I saw that my tomato plants have tiny tomatoes growing on them now πŸ™‚ I still have those plants in too small pots but I don’t have enough soil at home to replant them, I better remember that tomorrow on my way home from work. I must also remember to buy sticky fly papers, yes it is the season of those little beauties πŸ™‚ The forest flies are already here to annoy me but still not that many that I feel the need to bring my mosquito hat. Lots of butterflies, bumblebees and the first big dragonfly or as we call them Troll Spindles. No hornets yet though, I do like those friendly giants.

 

Four photographs from the Ambi Silette.

Four photographs from the Ambi Silette.

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I doubt that I’ll write anything tomorrow if it gets as hot as they predict, my brain will be fried and I’ll most likely be dehydrated no matter how much water I drink at work tomorrow. It’ll cool down a degree or so by Tuesday though so if You don’t see anything here tomorrow You’ll most likely find something on Tuesday.

 

Four photographs from the Zeiss. I do like this first one just because it looks like it was taken during the 1950's :-)

Four photographs from the Zeiss. I do like this first one just because it looks like it was taken during the 1950’s πŸ™‚ and I see now that it also is very blurry πŸ™‚

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It is time to make a big pot of tea and after that I’ll start to bring out all the plants, it’ll be empty in my windows tonight πŸ™‚

 

The four last ones are taken with the Hasselblad.

The four last ones are taken with the Hasselblad.

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Have a great day!


There’s something special with early summer rain.

We have plenty of crab apple trees here. The bees loves them, both the honey bees and the solitary and bumble bees too.

We have plenty of crab apple trees here. The bees loves them, both the honey bees and the solitary and bumblebees too.

There is something special with early summer rain, it sort of brings out all the smells and scents there is and make the day better even if it is grey and dull. We’ve had that kind of rain today and it was so nice to be out walking after work even if it rained quite a lot in the beginning. The birds loved it because they sang even higher than usual. The sheep however wasn’t happy at all, they just stood there looking on the ground rather miserable πŸ™‚

 

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I had to pick up two packages today and naturally they weren’t shipped to the same place πŸ™‚ One package was to be fetched in FalkΓΆping and I really dread the traffic there on Fridays. It is odd, the town is really small but the traffic is just as bad as it is in our big cities πŸ™‚ I also needed to buy more ink to my printer but that store is of course placed in the other side of the town πŸ™‚ I was however lucky both times with finding a parking space and that is quite an achievement since all parking is free there.

 

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The first SkogsstjΓ€rna (forest star) to open up.

The first SkogsstjΓ€rna (forest star) to open up.

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I thought it had rained quite a lot today, it looked that way when watching it but I guess the raindrops were small because the ground is just as dry as before just beneath the surface. So I guess I still can hope for a mass death amongst the fly larvae πŸ™‚ Too late for the same when it comes to mosquitos, we have plenty already and several attacked me in the forest today. I get immune towards the itching rather fast thankfully so mosquitos don’t disturb me that much to be hones even though that annoying sound they make tends to drive me slightly mad πŸ™‚

 

The Jays are doing a great job with sowing oaks :-)

The Jays are doing a great job with sowing oaks πŸ™‚

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Two clematis that flowers in my garden now.

Two clematis that flowers in my garden now.

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I’ll have at least one Shagbark hickory growing here soon, I saw that one of the nuts now has cracked and a root is looking out πŸ™‚ I wouldn’t mind if the five or six other nuts do the same even though I only can have one in my garden. Well that is if the climate continues to give us short winters. They really don’t need to be warm but they do need to be short. The Black Walnut is slowly opening up its leafs and it is now almost six years old and perhaps 140cm (56 inches) high πŸ™‚ I feel that I might have a few trees that will grow a bit too high for my garden but at the time they will be that big I’m most likely dead and gone anyway πŸ™‚

 

The rest of the photos today comes from the Ambi Silette.

The rest of the photos today comes from the Ambi Silette.

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I have had a few more rolls of film developed and I’ll start shoving those photos today even if I haven’t shown all from the previous time, the last ones from then are not especially good anyway to be honest πŸ™‚ Today You’ll see photos taken with the Agfa Ambi Silette but later on there will be photos from other cameras too.

 

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They had to dig shallow ditches to drain a lot of water from this field. They could after a while plow it without getting stuck.

It is time to get something to eat, the animals got their food for oven an hour ago. Nova is a bit picky with what she eats so now I’ll try another kind and if she likes it we’ll continue with that one. Today she of course ate it with joy but that was only because it was something new πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!


Every second day weather.

Oak leafs grow fast when they finally starts.

Oak leafs grow fast when they finally starts.

Summer is back for a day and will be gone tomorrow. The predictions for the weekend have varied so much that anything can happen. They haven’t predicted snow so I wouldn’t be surprised if that is what we’ll get πŸ™‚

 

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Yesterday I brought a shovel to work and started digging in one of the forgotten gardens that belongs to the factory. I dug up four small hazelnut bushes, well bush is perhaps a bit much to call them yet but they will be one day. Β I did of course ask the factory owner first πŸ™‚ I still haven’t planted them because I don’t know exactly where I want them to grow, after all they will stay there for many years to come. So at the moment they are standing in plastic bags on the north side of my cottage.

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He told me that on his property there are some trees he can’t identify, not even those working on the university can figure out what they are. It seems that a previous owner had an arboretum with lots of unusual trees. Unfortunately my boss didn’t know that and cut several of them down. Lucky enough some have spread to the forest which he also owns so not all trees are lost. By the way, do anyone of You know about a conifer with short needles that when cut gets bright orange wood? It fades a lot when it dries though. The bark is light in color and smooth.

 

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Nova doesn't bathe so Nova is hot.

Nova doesn’t bathe so Nova is hot.

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Paris quadrifolia.

Paris quadrifolia.

I’ll go to his forest one day and take photos of the trees which are unidentified so I can show photos too. I have a few things myself that I can’t identify either because the magpies have taken all the signs πŸ™‚Β 

 

In my garden. Rheum palmatum.

In my garden. Rheum palmatum.

I never remember the name on this one but it is a Ranunculus species.

I never remember the name on this one but it is a Ranunculus species.

All my apple trees are more or less in bloom now.

All my apple trees are more or less in bloom now.

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It is time to get something to eat and then I’ll watch some tv. I’ll also try and find the mosquito nets so I can have the kitchen door open for a longer time every evening, the mosquitoes are getting plenty now and I have already gotten the first bites.

 

35 meters of flowering lilacs, the first ones smell nice but after thatb it gets too much.

My fan shaped apple tree. It has flowers open but just a few yet.

My fan-shaped apple tree. It has flowers open but just a few yet. Unfortunately most of it is hidden by the Aronia πŸ™‚

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35 meters of flowering lilacs, the first ones smell nice but after that it gets too much.

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Have a great day!


It can be so easy some times.

Not the best photo of a raven :-) For once one landed outside my kitchen window in the cow pasture but I think they can feel when something is pointed towards them because they always fly away when I try to take a photo.

Not the best photo of a raven πŸ™‚ For once one landed outside my kitchen window in the cow pasture but I think they can feel when something is pointed towards them because they always fly away when I try to take a photo.

Summer returned today but it will be gone by tomorrow again. It will however show on Thursday just to be gone on Friday πŸ™‚ The weekend might be like summer again but they say one thing on tv and it sais one thing on the net, both predictions are made from the same company πŸ™‚

 

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I got a phone call at work today and at first I thought it was a telemarketer but the number looked odd for that, so I answered. It turns out it was a person from the department who decides about my sewer. She was in the neighborhood when they called her and said she should go to me, too bad they forgot to tell me though πŸ™‚ She just wanted an explanation on where I was planning on letting the water from the shower, dishwashing and shower out. So I guided her via the phone to the place.

 

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Naturally I thought something would turn up making things problematic, the previous one was like that. Guess if I got surprised when she said “Just great”! Excellent! I said that I did wonder why they had to go to my place one more time since they already had been here and she wondered the same πŸ™‚ So now she’ll send me a letter telling me that I have to change the system I have and as soon as the letter arrives I have two years to start with the change. If only all officials had been that easy to talk to! By the way, I’ll let that water out where I have my vegetable garden, my sandy soil is always dry so the water will do miracles because I don’t always remember to water πŸ™‚

 

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I saw her quite early and coughed, whistled, shouted and moved around but it took a really long time until she finally moved away :-) I thought perhaps she had a baby there but I couldn't find any.

I saw her quite early and coughed, whistled, shouted and moved around but it took a really long time until she finally moved away πŸ™‚ I thought perhaps she had a baby there but I couldn’t find any.

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It is time to make something to eat and I think I’ll dare to make some tea too πŸ™‚ The kitchen door is open and I think it already is time to put up the mosquito nets again, I killed my first one yesterday evening πŸ™‚

Have a great day!

 

Sally now waits for my dogs to come and greet her :-)

Sally now waits for my dogs to come and greet her πŸ™‚

The crab apple tree is in bloom. I do hope my trees open up soon too because that tree is a good pollinatoir to my apple trees.

The crab apple tree is in bloom. I do hope my trees open up soon too because that tree is a good pollinator to my apple trees.


Sooty.

The first strawberry flowers are open in the forest now. There are no strawberries in the world that taste better.

The first strawberry flowers are open in the forest now. There are no strawberries in the world that taste better.

Sorry but I’m really late again today, it is something with Mondays that slows me down πŸ™‚

 

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The "clean" road isn't that clean any more :-) but today they started to fix it again so I guess it will be covered in grass pretty soon again :-)

The “clean” road isn’t that clean any more πŸ™‚ but today they started to fix it again so I guess it will be covered in grass pretty soon again πŸ™‚

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So I’ll come back tomorrow to write something. TheΒ weather has been the same today as it was during the weekend and it was almost frost this morning and it barely reached 10C (50F).

 

The forest owner has already planted new trees where they cut them down this winter.

The forest owner has already planted new trees where they cut them down this winter.

Small yet but many.

Small yet but many.

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Tomorrow they say we’ll reach 20C (68F) and it will drop some on Wednesday again. I’m not sure I like that πŸ™‚

 

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White lambs where ever I look now :-)

White lambs where ever I look now πŸ™‚

Suddenly this one shows :-) She's the only black lamb, her sister is the white one beside her.

Suddenly this one shows πŸ™‚ She’s the only black lamb, her sister is the white one beside her.

It is time to make something to eat, I think I’ll grill some sausages.

Have a great day!

 

They normally only name the breeding rams when they register the lambs but they made an exception for this little lady.

They normally only name the breeding rams when they register the lambs but they made an exception for this little lady.

Her name is of course Sotis (Sooty) :-) I think I'll get the chance to see her grow old, she is a favorite amongst us all :-)

Her name is of course Sotis (Sooty) πŸ™‚ I think I’ll get the chance to see her grow old, she is a favorite amongst us all πŸ™‚

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It is finally over for this year :-)

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We’re having much the same weather here today as we had yesterday, no wind and perhaps a tiny bit warmer though. I have to admit that it’s quite nice even if I would prefer sunshine and warm weather. We haven’t gotten that much rain as they predicted though so we might still get a reasonable fly free summer πŸ™‚ I’ll get tired of it soon enough though.

 

I stood still for a moment to take a photo and the dogs were just beside me when I suddenly heard a loud crack in the forest beside me. None of us was even looking at that direction but still the Roe deer goat (as we caklle the females) desided she had to get away. It isn't easy when one is heavily pregnant but she was quite calm when she saw neither I nor the dogs were especiallly intere4sted in her. She stood at the same spot when we walked away.

I stood still for a moment to take a photo and the dogs were just beside me when I suddenly heard a loud crack in the forest beside me. None of us was even looking at that direction but still the Roe deer goat (as we caklle the females) desided she had to get away. It isn’t easy when one is heavily pregnant but she was quite calm when she saw neither I nor the dogs were especiallly intere4sted in her. She stood at the same spot when we walked away.

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I watched The Eurovision Song Contest yesterday night and it was quite ok. They had changed how they presented the votes this year. There are jutΒ΄ry groups in every country, people mostly working in the music business and then there’s the televoting. Both parts give the exacts same amount of votes but since they add together all televotes to one vote per song it looks much more when they present the televoting.

 

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Australia won the jury group votes and it looked like nothing would be able to stop them from winning. The Russians won the televoting hugely but since they didn’t get that many votes from the Jury groups they “only” came third. The one winning it all when both groups were added were Ukraine! I just can’t understand how they could win, I’m sorry Ukraine but I just can’t πŸ™‚ Australia cameΒ second and we Swedes ended up as fifth. Now it’s finally over for this time but it’ll start all over again as soon as we pass in to 2017 πŸ™‚ I’ll post the top three songs at the bottom of this post.

 

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Β  I think it is time for a short nap and after that we’ll take another walk.

Have a great day!

 

One might not like the Russian song but he sure had the best show of them all.