Rime.

My old home town was snowed in today.

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My old home town was snowed in today, they got almost 40cm (16 inches) of snow during the night and early morning according to the news. Nothing worked, especially not the trains and trams. The occasional bus managed to go but most seemed to stand still. This is a city close to the ocean so it isn’t often they get that much snow. I remember the last time they got even more snow there and it was November 17th 1995. It fell so much snow that it took them four days to get the traffic to work again.

 

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I had a day of from work that day or a night of since I worked nights and was out walking with my dogs in the snow storm, they loved to jump into the huge snow piles, some over 1,5 meters high (much the same in yards). Cars were just left in the middle of the roads and people were locked in at Volvo where I worked at the time, they refused to let people out until at least the bigger road outside the factory was cleared ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Here today however we might have gotten 5cm (2 inches) of snow and the rime we had got replaced by a thin layer of snow instead, almost as beautiful since the snow is very fluffy. As You all know I’m not a big fan of winter but it would be better if it stayed chilly until spring arrived because the roads will be nasty slippery when nit starts to thaw again and it will by the end of this week according to all predictions. So when that finally happens I do hope it stays above freezing point.

 

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It is time to start a fire in the stove, we’re not even close to any thaw tonight or the coming days so I better start now so the warmth stays in the cottage all night. There’s no wind to talk about so that won’t be any problems.

 

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Have a great day!

 

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And out on the bog we went.

They all had promised sunshine so I thought the clouds rapidly would go away.

They all had promised sunshine so I thought the clouds rapidly would go away.

I waited for quite some time today but no hunters showed up. I wonder if they might have stopped for the season or if they just changed place to hunt at, they have a rather small area but I think it is split in two parts and sometimes they’re here and sometimes in the other place. It was quite chilly but not as cold as they had predicted in any weather site. No wind and the world filled with rime.

 

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I had decided to walk the way I almost always do and try to go round the once rather big island in this previous shallow lake. I’ve been looking atย aerial photographs so I knew more or less how to walk to arrive where we went yesterday afternoon. Instead I changed my mind the last second when we reached the bog and walked to the place we were yesterday and decided it would be nice to walk the known area on our way back home again.

 

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The snow is deeper than it looks so I tried to walk a lot where the old waterside would have been when this was a lake. There are lots of islands there so the shallow lake that once were was quite big.

The snow is deeper than it looks so I tried to walk a lot where the old waterside would have been when this was a lake. There are lots of islands there so the shallow lake that once were was quite big.

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The aerial photographs really doesn’t show how it looks on the ground ๐Ÿ™‚ They show the big pines (the most common tree out there) and spruces very well but not the tiny bog-myrtle plants which grows everywhere or the birches in all varieties of sizes ๐Ÿ™‚ So when we had walked for almost one and a half hour I realised that I had no real idea where I was ๐Ÿ™‚ I knew I had to be very close to the place where I was supposed to be but wasn’t sure if I would continue or go back. It would have been so much easier if the sun had shone like all weather sites said it should. Then at least I would have known if I had started to walk in circles ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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I tried to walk on the islands as much as possible but not all places were as ewasy to walk on like this place. Lots of small bushes everywhere.

I tried to walk on the islands as much as possible but not all places were as easy to walk on like this place. Lots of small bushes everywhere.

The bog is around 10 square kilometers (3,861 square miles) so it is possible to get totally lost but at the same time one can hear things happening on the opposite side of it. Today I heard a chainsaw and could have followed that sound to get out on the other side if needed. Still, the snow was pretty deep in most places so I would have no energy to go anywhere when I finally had arrived to the other side ๐Ÿ™‚ I decided to go back the same way we had come (after looking at the aerial photographs again when we had come home I realise I was perhaps only 30 meters (much the same in yards) to where I normally walk ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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The sun never showed but just as I finally knew where we were and almost back to where we started the fog began to roll in over the bog. Tobe lost a sunny day is bad enough but to be lost when thick fog comes isn’t good at all. We arrived back home to the cottage after three hours and we are all very tired but I know the dogs loved this ๐Ÿ™‚ I had to keep an extra eye on Nova, she has started to become deaf on one ear and the other is usually concentrated on other things than me saying stuff to her ๐Ÿ™‚ The risk of her wandering of is big but today she finally understood that I really wanted her to listen to me and she also followed Sune when I called for him.

 

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A fallen tree stays fallen, they never remove any dead trees out here.

A fallen tree stays fallen, they never remove any dead trees out here.

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I didn’t see any animals but lots of tracks after them. I think we scared away a moose because the place where it had been laying still looked very fresh. There also were tracks from hogs, Red deer, Roe deers, and Black Grouse. I also think I saw tracks from a fox but they were a bit old so it could just as well have been tracks from a hunting dog. ย If the long-term weather predictions are right we might have a chance of going out on the bog next weekend too, they say it will become warmer next Sunday so if the hunters aren’t around I’ll go out there again but the usual way instead ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Juniper trees aren't common, so these have been left alone since they started to grow and must be very old.

Juniper trees aren’t common, so these have been left alone since they started to grow and must be very old.

I think this might be a stone age tomb. I didn't go close enough to take a proper look I'm afraid. I did see lots of big stones close to the one You can see here.

I think this might be a stone age tomb. I didn’t go close enough to take a proper look I’m afraid. I did see lots of big stones close to the one You can see here.

Red deer or Moose have scratched the thgin furry skin of their antkers on this poor pine.

Red deer or Moose have scratched the thin furry skin of their antlers on this poor pine.

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It is time to make some rose-hip soup, there’s nothing better after a long walk on the bog. The dogs are sleeping and have been since we came home ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I started to wonder where we actually were when we reached this place and had to decide if we should continue or walk back the same way we came.

I started to wonder where we actually were when we reached this place and had to decide if we should continue or walk back the same way we came.

A good thing we did walk back the way we came because the fog would have made finding our way home even harder.

A good thing we did walk back the way we came because the fog would have made finding our way home even harder.

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Finally the lรถittle brige leading homewards.

Finally the little bridge leading homewards.

Have a great day!


Not a sound could be heard.

We all had the fire burning this morning.

We all had the fire burning this morning.

It was pretty cold here this morning but since there was no wind it actually was quite nice outside. I thought the hunters would come today as they have lately on Saturdays so I hadn’t planned to walk in the forest today but they didn’t so we’ve been out there a couple of times today. I thought at first that we were going to get some fog but it turned out to be a tiny snowfall that didn’t last especially long.

 

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The snow on the ground is a bit difficult to walk in, it’s more like crushed ice to be honest so it feels like I’ve been running a marathon today ๐Ÿ™‚ It has been good exercise not only for me but for the dogs too, actually so good that Nova on our first walk for the day suddenly turned homewards long before I thought of going home again ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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They say that we’ll get sunshine tomorrow and I do hope the hunters just didn’t switch the day they were going to hunt because I’m planning on going out to the bog and it would be nice if the sun shines since it will be a bit chilly tomorrow. We did however take a short walkout there in the afternoon just in case they have changed the day. The sun almost broke through the clouds but only almost. It is an amazing feeling standing out there in the middle of nowhere, no sounds from the modern world can be heard, just the sound when the feet hit the snow while walking and the occasional raven flying by.

 

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I had to order a new mobile phone yesterday evening. The old one just died and it took over five minutes before it started again. I guess I should feel lucky that it actually did ๐Ÿ™‚ The phone has behaved slightly odd for quite some time now so I really should have ordered one long ago. They still make the one I have now, so I won’t have to learn how the new one works ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I should feel lucky about that too ๐Ÿ™‚ It is water and dust proof, something one need when being a powder painter. That powder paint gets through the tiniest of gaps and will short-circuit the best of phones.

 

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The guy I was talking to said he would make sure they shipped it too me directly, so I hope I’ll get it before the old one dies totally, it is the only phone I have now days and also the only alarm clockย I have ๐Ÿ™‚ I always wake up early so I’m pretty sure I would get to work in time anyway but I would of course sleep too long if I for once didn’t have any alarm clock to wake me up ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Looking out over the bog.

Looking out over the bog.

It is time to star the fire in the stove again, I had it going all morning but it hasn’t been so cold that I had to have the fire burning all day thankfully.

 

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Have a great day!


It is very brittle.

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It wasn’t as cold as they had predicted this morning, only -14C (6,8F) but I saw on the thermometer that it had dropped down to -21C (-5,8F) after I had left. I’m so glad it waited until I had left ๐Ÿ™‚ It doesn’t matter if the wind doesn’t blow, in the morning that’s always a nasty temperature especially if I have to scrape the car windows.

 

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I could see, even if it was very dark, that the world was quite beautiful. Everything was covered in a thick layer of rime. Thankfully everything still were when I drove away from work. Rime is very thick frost, ice sheets, and they are very brittle so the weakest wind will break it and destroy it so it fall to the ground. Even the ground gets covered in it and it gives a very strange sound when one walks on it.

 

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I drove to Falkรถping and stopped to buy fire logs and seeds for the birds. We tend to spoil the birds by giving them only sunflower seeds, so when we can find any sunflower seeds and buy the seed mix instead they tend not to eat the other seeds, they just throw it on the ground. Nova and Sune thanks them every day because they seems to love those seeds on the ground, very odd.

 

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If You have never seen rime, this is a close up on how it looks. Thin ice sheets that can grow on the length quite a lot but each sheet stays thin the entire time.

If You have never seen rime, this is a close up on how it looks. Thin ice sheets that can grow on the length quite a lot but each sheet stays thin the entire time.

I went to the big grocery store, bought what I needed for the weekend and picked up my packages and was back to the car within twenty minutes. The traffic wasn’t as bad as it usually is and it was easy to find a parking spot, I guess people had listened to the warnings about not getting out in to the traffic unless they really needed because of the cold weather.

 

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The sun was still shining when I came home but I could see clouds getting closer, so I hurried to change to my new winter boots so we could go out for a walk. They wrote that these shoes were slip proof and if they mean they have proof that one can slip with these shoes they are absolutely right ๐Ÿ™‚ They are however much better thaยดn any of the alternatives I have.

 

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Tomorrow will be cloudy they say and therefore less cold, only around -13C (8,6F) but the fog they predicted as late as yesterday seems to have vanished I’m afraid. Too bad because it would have made the rime even thicker than it was today.

 

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It is time for something to eat and some tea I think.

Have a great day!