We’re just about to break 31C (87,8F) and I’m so glad I’m not at work 🙂 It is very different to take the heat here at home when the humidity is as low as it is (22%) than it ia at work where the huge washing machine just vomits out steam and the temperature is even higher 🙂 I didn’t stay long at work though, I left already at 10am today.
I had an appointment at my optician at 11:10 and it takes a while to drive. To my very big luck they called for me much earlier than my appointment so I left before I should have been there 🙂 My eyes have changed very little and they said I really didn’t need new glasses for that reason but I thought it best anyway. The powder paint is like sand and every time I clean them they make tiny scratches in the hardened plastic as I think they make almost all glasses from now days.
It wasn’t until I was driving homewards I realised that all schools have their last day today, I saw carriages where students already had gathered around and they were just about to be driven around the town. Must be pretty adventures since Falköping is all hills and slopes 🙂 I got out just in time before it all started, on,y god knows how long it would have taken if I had gotten caught in that traffic 🙂
I stopped by the grocery store in Gudhem on my way home and the owner gave me a small Tamarind tree. I’ve always wanted to sow one myself but one never knows how well those seeds germinate. She had sown this one six months ago and I think I’ll have a good chance on keeping it alive. No bigger problems if we’ll get a warm summer but the indoors air is usually too dry for most plants growing in hotter regions and we just have too little daylight during winter but I’ll do what I can.
I bought two ginger roots which were organically grown and I’ll plant one and place it outdoors all summer, the other one I’ll eat 🙂 I also bought two small Fuchsia plants and hope I’ll be able to keep them happy on the north side of my cottage. Fuchsia’s grow best on chilly and rainy summers but even if I really would like to see these growing big I still rather have a warm and sunny 🙂
This is the last day with this kind of heat, tomorrow will be much cooler but still summer warm. Now it is time to give us all something to eat and after that I’ll slowly melt away somewhere where there’s no sunshine 🙂
Have a great day!
Sorry about not writing anything here and today will be short too, it is so hot that my brain is fried 🙂 It is even worse at my work place, today we placed a thermometer where I work and stopped measuring when it reached 35,8C (96,4F). It would most likely have gone higher but that was depressing enough 🙂
I’ve stopped checking how much water I’ve been drinking but it is a lot and what goes in must come out 🙂 So big parts of the day we have been running to and from the toilet 🙂
We do take very short walks after work but instead the dogs wake me up so early, today for instance Nova decided that it was a good idea to stand on my waist with all four feet 🙂 well she got what she wanted 🙂 , that we have been taking long walks while it still is just below 20C (68F). The flies are more calm then too.
Tomorrow will be even warmer but I’ll go to the optician so I’ll stop working at 10 am 🙂 The heat is quite ok outdoors but it is a pain in the a.. at work 🙂
It is time to have something to eat and then I’ll just sit still in front of the tv 🙂
Have a great day!
We started our walk just as early today as we did yesterday but instead of going to the lake in the bog we walked to the lake in the forest. I thought it must have thawed that much so I would be able to see open water and perhaps some cranes too. The open water guess was right but there wasn’t a single crane there this morning, instead I saw three Mallards. I did manage to photograph them but to be honest, they are so tiny in the photo that it is hard to say whether they are birds or branches floating in the water 🙂
I didn’t put on a sweater to have beneath the jacket which I was very happy that I didn’t. It was below freezing when we started but the sun warmed up so good that it would have been too hot after just a short while. We came home after an hour and a half but the weather was just too good so we only had something to eat before we headed out again. We walked out on the bog where we usually walk and even if it was rather warm already then the bog was just enough frozen to carry me most of the time.
The cranes out there could easily be heard and I didn’t want to disturb them so I kept our distance all the time. Unfortunately I could hear the cars going to the big lake the whole time, I guess there are more people than cranes there now. Yesterday they counted 3800 cranes and by the sound of the traffic there must have been more than three times the amount of humans 🙂 I’ll go there next week instead so I can take a few photos to show You. I think I’ll go there early on Good Friday perhaps even before the people in the caravans go outside and it will be easier to get a parking space too if I go early.
They put up parking meters everywhere around the lake this time of year and the money goes to feeding all the birds. 25 000 cranes and I don’t know how many geese, swans and ducks there are sure eats a lot 🙂 so we all pay the fee without complaining. As soon as the cranes have moved north (these flies to Norway) the meters are gone again packed away to get used next year again. I better make sure I have enough with coins, it costs around 20 Swedish kronor (around $ 2,2 US) to park an entire day there.
I just did the last of the laundry when we came home and then we went out again. This walk was however a bit shorter and only took half an hour. I just checked the thermometer and it is 11C (51,8F) outside right now, not bad considering the predictions were much lower. The snowdrops are still the only flowers in bloom but the lungwort will open up any day now if it stays above freezing during the day. Also both Scilla and tulips have started to show above the ground now. I planted the Shagbark nuts I’ve had in the refrigerator all winter in pots and placed them outside by the north heading wall so no sunlight can reach the pots. They all look just fine so I hope that at least some will germinate. The black walnut has survived the winter without any damages at all, it is now six or seven years old and perhaps 1,2 meters high (around 6,3 feet).
It is time to feed all the animals and after that I think I’ll have something myself too.
Have a great day!
We’ve had a rather nice day here, at least until around 1pm when the clouds finally put an end to the sun shining. It is still quite warm though and if one can stay out of winds range it still is quite nice out there. Rain will arrive in a few hours though and it will rain on and off the coming days.
Most of my laundry is hanging outside to dry and I hope it is before the rain starts, I think the relatively strong winds will help me with that but to be sure that I will have some dry clothes tomorrow morning I kept some of it wich are now drying in the bathroom.
The birds seem to think spring has sprung, the different Tits have sung for over a week now but today the Woodpeckers started too. I think it was the Green Woodpecker but it could have been the Black Woodpecker too. No drumroll from them yet though, I guess they won’t start with that until the days are much longer. I even saw what I think was spider webs this morning and I do hope the spiders will survive if the temperature drops drastically again.
The Swedish heats of the Eurovision Song Contest started yesterday and I have to say that the quality was as low as always 🙂 They put in one or two songs that we all know will go on to the big finale and the rest is just crap which they use to fill the program 🙂 This time they actually had a few singers who didn’t sing desperately out of tune 🙂 🙂 🙂 This competition is a rather expensive thing to do and we did win the big finale last year so we’ll host it this year. I guess they do what they can to make sure we won’t win this year too 🙂
It is time to go outside to see if the laundry is dry yet, the sky is getting darker and darker so I guess the rain soon will be here.
Have a great day!
The snow that fell yesterday night is still lying on the ground. Today was sunny and chilly but tonight will be cold. The sky is clear and the temperature has already fallen to -4C (24,8F). All weather sites predict warmer weather already tomorrow evening and later on rain too, so the snow won’t stay for long. I would actually preferred that this colder weather had stayed for a while, everything will be so muddy when the snow melts and the rain falls again.
Every year when winter arrives people get surprised! How on earth can they be surprised, after al we’ve had winters here since long before the ice age 🙂 So naturally there were lots of car crashes all day today. Lots of people have non studded tires and believes that they can drive with those as if it still was summer, I guess they now learned that they can’t. It was slippery even for us who have studded tires so I drove rather slowly to work this morning too.
I was looking up at the sky now when we were out walking after work, the dogs and I. It is amazing how many more stars I can see out there than I can here by my cottage. I looked up and realised that we up here in the north must be looking out towards the outer edges of our galaxy, I mean we really can’t look towards the center of it because I’m pretty sure the sky would have been filled with even more stars. So can we look towards the center of our galaxy here on earth? I wonder where that would be if we can.
It is time for something to eat and cocoa again, the stove is already hot since a fire is burning in it.
Have a great day!
We didn’t have frost or fog this morning, they finally got it right with the weather prediction 🙂 It was so nice to not have to scrape the car windows and to actually be able to see the road I was driving on 🙂 The big road (the one You could see photos from here in an earlier post) was almost totally empty and the car behaved as it should, I got this feeling of harmony and the feeling of that nothing can go wrong, so I was thinking that I could just go on driving until I had no more petrol in my car and then just keep going until the ocean would stop me.
But I knew that those feelings soon would disappear when I came to a cross-road some miles away and then it would all go back to normal anyway. So I turned where I was supposed to and drove to work. It wasn’t too bad to work either to be honest and the day passed rather quickly. I’ll be working in the neighbor factory tomorrow and on Thursday so those days will pass fast too even if I’ll be painting really big things that weighs around 500kg ( over 1100 pounds) hanging in the air and really heavy to move even if I have the right equipment.
This was what I could think of writing today, my mind is quite blank and I think I need more vanilla yoghurt with sliced apples and cinnamon 🙂
Have a great day!
My car will be at the garage tomorrow to get a few things fixed before the annual vehicle inspection on Wednesday. Nothing big so I didn’t expect any expensive bill to pay but then! I had just started to back out my car from my parking space when it suddenly had no power at all, the engine just died. So I started it again and it seemed to work fine when I slowly started to drive forward.
Once again it had no power to speak about, it sort of jumped forward and it smelled really strange. I thought that there was no use in stopping and feel sorry for myself so I forced it forward and for about 100 meters (much the same in yards) it didn’t work well at all and it smelled even stranger. Then suddenly it went back to normal and worked like a clock all the way home??!!
I’ve called the garage so if it doesn’t work tomorrow they’ll come and get me. The garage owner thought that it might be the turbo that broke down but then there should be lots of dark smoke coming out the exhaust pipe and the car shouldn’t work as a clock at any time after that. I know he was speaking about a sensor the last time the car behaved strange, it wasn’t that sensor that time (it was another sensor) so perhaps it is that one this time. I’ll know tomorrow what it was.
I slept for almost four hours last night! 🙂 I know it was almost exactly four hours because I woke up because I coughed so badly just before 1am, I went downstairs drank some water, took a photo of the not yet blood moon and went back to sleep and didn’t wake up until the alarm started at 5am I went out just in time to see the blood moon and tried to take a photo but it was so dark that I would have needed to use the tripod and that was just too much work 🙂
It is time to make some food and I’ll also have a table-spoon of absolutely fresh honey, the beekeeper just gave me a jar 🙂 This year it is a much milder honey, the one he got last year was a tiny bit bitter.
Have a great day!
I thought last night would be rather cough free and it started out that way. I think I slept almost three hours without coughing but then it started. It was a horrible night and I really hope this was the turning point because I don’t think I’ll survive another night like that. I fell asleep in front of the tv now this morning, I slept for almost an hour without coughing but I couldn’t feel my right arm when I woke up, it took almost half an hour to get the circulation in the arm going again 🙂 🙂 🙂
We had frost here in the early morning but I thought it would be much worse than it was because the temperature fell rather quickly already last evening. I did find my winter jacket though because it did feel way to cold to just wear a fleece jacket. I do hope I won’t have to wear it for quite some time more, even if it was really warm and nice. I don’t feel that I’m ready for cold winter days yet.
It was rather nice outside but the cold dry air did make me cough some more so there was no chance of seeing any wild hogs today, they could hear me from miles away 🙂 In fact I was the only thing that could be heard at all this morning, no cars, birds or other animals made a sound, I guess the cold air made most animals to just sit still trying to stay warm until the sun would reach them. It wasn’t until we had arrived here at home that I could hear a few flocks of geese flying south.
Today I’ll do very little, I’ll rest and that’s it. Ok I’ll take a few walks with the dogs but that’s just relaxing. I won’t talk much because I really have no voice left today and it just hurts too much anyway. I will also make myself some waffles, too long since I had that 🙂
Have a great day!
I woke up in the middle of the night because my throat hurt so badly and I didn’t even try to swallow anything, it just ached so badly. It still aches but not nearly close to what it was like in the middle of the night. It does however feel like my lungs will fall of every time I cough 🙂 🙂 I have no fever though and I guess and hope that’s a good sign.
We’re having a rather nice morning here, it started with heavy fog and it is still quite foggy but the sun does its best to wipe it away. So far it isn’t especially successful though 🙂 It is still quite chilly, I thought we might get frost during the night but that never happened. There’s very little flies left so I don’t mind that the frost never arrived, especially since we got this wonderfully foggy morning.
We started our walk by walking in to the village, the fog was so think that it didn’t matter that I now have autofocus to rely on, the camera couldn’t find anything to focus on 🙂 I also brought the old Rolleicord, it is loaded with black and white film and I wondered how good the fog will show in those photos. I did try to photograph a spider web with the old one but the entire camera was so fogged up that I’m not sure I focused on the web or anything else 🙂 I still have two photos to take on that roll so it’ll take some time until, we can see the results.
We turned down to the fields when we were almost at home again, as long as Orvar and Hector still were around I didn’t dare going for too long since I never knew if they would make it all the way home but both Nova and Sune needs to run around more than they have lately (and to be honest, I need it a lot too 🙂 ). Just as we turned down to the fields lots of hunters came and I wonder why. It isn’t moose hunting season yet and I thought for a while that it might be a hunt for wild hogs but I could only see a tiny Beagle and I doubt they’ll use that for wild hog. That little dog would just be a nice breakfast for them.
Still, I am bit confused that they all came here since it is so foggy even in the forest, they can’t see a thing. The sun is losing the battle against the fog too at the moment, it looks like it is getting thicker again. I don’t mind, that would only mean I’ll get a chance to get more foggy photos later today 🙂 The cold air did also help with my throat and lungs so I hope we’ll have this weather all day long.
It is time to make a big pot of tea and I’ll put all the ginger I have at home in it, I don’t have that much ginger at home so I’m hoping to shock the system with it all at the same time 🙂
Have a great day!
I want to thank You all for the kind comments in the previous post!
The day has an ominous feeling to it, You know the kind the people in disaster films always have before it all happens but they ignore until it is too late. The weather is unsettled, winds pretty strong and it’s only possible to see that the sun shines through edgy rips in the clouds.
I doubt any disaster will happen though, I can also feel like this just before I get a stomach flu and I think that’s more likely to be the reason 🙂 But isn’t it typical, we’ve had really nice weather all week, sunny warm days and chilly clear nights but as soon as the weekend starts so does the bad weather. I have to admit that it hasn’t rained but still, would it be so awful if we actually had some sunshine during the weekends too?
I’ve done the laundry and it is now hanging on the patio to dry so I have done all chores I was supposed to do. Well the grass isn’t mowed in a long time but I need some sunshine to dry it up before I even try that and there’s no risk of that happening until earliest next weekend. We’ll get lots of rain this coming week, glimpses of sunshine yes but not enough to dry anything up.
So I’ll stay calm as much as possible today, hoping that no stomach flu arrives despite the feeling. Nova will most likely stay close to me all the time and Sune will be staying by the door, waiting for Orvar to return. They were best of friends and were never far away from each other. Bertil also stays close to me now, he looked at Orvar as if he was his brother and is worried that he isn’t showing up. But life goes on and hopefully it will take at least ten years until I have to say goodbye to any of them again.
Have a great day!
A lazy thunderstorm is slowly closing in to the village. It seems to take for ever to move. I shouldn’t have been surprised that it started because I could clearly see thunder clouds but sort of didn’t understand anyway. We heard the first rumble when we were out walking after work.
I looked at the real-time lightning map on my phone and saw that it wa south of Falköping and I live north og the town so we were in no hurry home. It looked like it was going to miss us but now it hit just a mile or two away. Still it takes rather long time between the lightnings though so it might have passed us before the next one hits the ground 🙂
Well I better get of the computer just in case. Even if it is a mobile connection I use it has happened that the lightning hits mobile phones and I have the same connection on my laptop. The day passed really fast though, I worked in the neighbor factory all day and tomorrow is Friday and I stop working at noon 🙂
Have a great day!
I woke up in the early morning by the sound of rain hitting my cottage really hard, I can’t remember any of the weather reports mentioning rain during the night so I have to admit that I was a bit surprised. They have actually been rather accurate in their predictions lately so I had forgotten how often they actually are wrong :-)Otherwise it seems as if the weather will continue in the same manner as yesterday, some rain, some sun but so far no more rain.
It wasn’t that cold this morning to be honest but the high humidity made it feel like it was, so I wore a fleece sweater on our walk. I could see mist rising up on the mountain as soon as the sun showed itself and even some by one of the swampy fields here near my home but not much. It was all quiet when we were out walking but the sounds started as soon as we came home. I think I heard the motor of my neighbors latest car and I also heard a tractor or two.
Our airforce have been out flying a lot above us lately, I guess they’ve gotten lots of more money now when the Russians behave like they do. Back in the days if a child didn’t behave as its parents wanted they always were threatened with ” You better behave or the Russians will come and get You”, I have a feeling that might make a comeback 🙂
Did You know that Sweden once upon a time actually was a super power here in Europe? The Baltic Sea was actually more or less completely inside the Swedish territories. Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, northern Poland and northern Germany was actually all Swedish at the same time for a while. It didn’t last very long though and eventually the Russians took Finland from us. Later on we got Norway, much to their surprise since they actually was on their way to break free from Denmark.
We “got” Norway since we had helped to bring down Napoleon, Denmark was on Napoleons side and Copenhagen was heavily bombed bt the Britain navy because of the fear that Napoleon would use their ships against Great Britain. Norway was allowed to have their own constitution and allowed to have their own official language, something they hadn’t been allowed to under Danish rule. The united kingdom of Sweden-Norway lasted almost 100 years but the Norwegians wanted to be independent which I fully understand and broke free. Thankfully we had a king, Oscar the second, who understood that a war never would solve anything so he did let them go peacefully. Besides, we had tried to take Norway by war before and never managed to do so, “we” even killed our own king (Carl the twelfth) to stop one of those useless wars.
It is time for a pot of tea and after that I’ll do the laundry.
Have a great day!
I woke up at 4 am today and it was just impossible to go back to sleep again even if it now is pitch black at that time, well not entirely pitch black because of the full moon. So I went outside in the rather cool temperature and tried to get a good photo of it. It was just impossible to get a clear shot of it though, I blame the atmosphere 🙂
I’m feeling robbed of the morning mist, I could see it everywhere but in our village. It was cool enough and the sun rose so there should have been som here too. There was however lots of dew this morning so it was easy to see all the webs this morning. I’m surprised that we have this many flies in this area considering how many spiders we have 🙂 and also counting all insect-eating birds and bats this should be a fly free zone to be honest 🙂
The moose flies have started to hatch further south so it’s just a matter of time until they start flying here too. No more forest walks for a while unless we’re having really cold mornings that forces even those devils to stay calm. I rarely say I hate anything but I do hate those flies! They almost didn’t exist in this country thirty years ago and I guess it is the warmer climate that helps them spread northwards. I really don’t like saying this but I think we need a really cold winter without any snow so the ground freeze way down and kill most of them.
When I paint in the neighbor factory I’m all alone the entire time and have lots of time to let my mind wander of in its own paths 🙂 Last week I started to think about if we didn’t have the internet, would it still be possible to write a sort of blog anyway? I think it would but it would be time-consuming and pretty expensive in the long run 🙂 First we have the problem of finding each other. It could start by just being two persons writing to each other and one of them would invite a third person. So if I would like people in another country to read my letter blog I would have to know a second person in another country.
So I would write something like I already do and then mail a letter, including photographs to the persons reading my blog. They would then respond by writing a comment to me that. I would then have to answer all comments I’ve gotten in one new letter that I then would send to everyone reading my blog 🙂 If a new comment would be sent to me I would have to do it all again but I think I would skip all photos after the first mail I had sent away to everyone 🙂 It would be even more letters if we, like we made a comment to one of the other followers who then most likely would answer to that comment 🙂 🙂 It actually could work 🙂
So if the internet one day collapses we will still be able to keep this up if we wanted to 🙂 It would take time though so perhaps we could be happy if there came a new blog once a week? 🙂 It’s time for a pot of tea and then to fall asleep in front of the tv 🙂
Have a great day!
It is dark when I get up in the mornings now, especially today when I start working one hour earlier than the rest of the week. It’s autumn so I really can’t hope for anything else 🙂 But I could see some ground fog and thought why not bring a camera with me and stop on the way to take some photographs?. So I did but I brought the Minolta I’m trying right now, so You won’t see any of those photos until next month I think. I try to send at least four rolls of film to be developed each time and I’m only on that first roll yet 🙂
I can tell You this much though, if they come out alright they will be really nice 🙂 I’m afraid they might be a bit too dark though but that’s why we have editing programs in our computers 🙂 I also took a few photos after work around my work place but still have a few photos left until I can start on another roll of film with another camera.
We’re having a really mixed weather here today, strong winds, lots of clouds but still lots of sunshine but also lots of rain. Short lived showers but enough to make me keep my kitchen door closed, too bad since it actually is quite nice when it doesn’t rain. It feels like we will get thunder today, the flies who still hangs around behaves like that but I’ve watched the real-time lightning site and no thunder is even close to us, it still hangs around in Denmark, a bit further south than yesterday. We’ll have much the same weather tomorrow but without the rain they say.
It is time to feed all the animals and myself too as a matter of fact. I never eat lunch at work on Fridays since I stop working before anyone has a lunch break, so the last time I ate some food today was at 4:40 am. Well I did eat a bun and some cookies at our weekly meeting at 11 am but not enough to keep me not feeling hungry 🙂
Have a great day!
The night was just as warm as the day has been and we’ve mostly had really hard showers. Thunder was predicted but it sort of stopped in Denmark but the more northern thunderstorms in Norway did pass over to Sweden. Autumn has arrived and with it its weather. From now on we’ll have cooler weather with showers every now and again.
The rain did stop to fall when I arrived here at home and we even got some sunshine for a while, long enough for the dogs and I to take a walk to the bog and home again. Now the sun is hiding behind dark grey clouds again and I think it is just a matter of time until the rain starts to fall again.
I didn’t bring any digital camera with me on the walk after work but I did bring a camera. When I bought my Minolta XGM two other camera houses sort of came along 🙂 I have to admit that I really didn’t want the two others but it was three cameras in that auction so what to do if I wanted the xgm 🙂 It was two other Minolta’s, one X-300 and one 5000. I thought I just as well try them and see if they worked because the info in the auction said the seller didn’t know if they worked. So two days ago I decided to try the x-300.
It works much like the xgm and it seems to work just fine as well. I have no wish to keep it tough but I think I’ll give it to someone I know who wants to start photography as a hobby too. I’ll just take this roll of film I have in it now, pack it and send it to that person. After that I’ll try the 5000 but I think I need another lens for that one since it is a fully automatic camera. If it works I’ll most likely give it to someone who wants an old-fashioned camera, I really have enough with cameras as it is 🙂
I mailed the four rolls of film I had here at home this morning, so I guess I’ll be able to down load them from the site on Monday or Tuesday. I’m really interested to see if I managed to stop that light leak in my Rolleicord 🙂 and if I did, if I managed to get any good photos from the small market day in Falköping. I’m not used to take black and white photos and it is much more difficult to take good b&w photos than color ones.
It is time to have something to eat and after that I’ll fall asleep in front of the tv 🙂
Have a great day!
This morning was balmy compared to yesterday’s morning, 5C (41F). Lots more fog as well but it evaporated so much faster because it was as warm as it was. Lots more sounds around as well but no man-made thankfully. Even a few birds were singing which is rather unusual this time of year. Normally they just fly around eating as much as they can before the move south and those staying the winter are usually quite busy feeding the last younglings for the year.
Yesterday morning there were hunters out by the bog so we couldn’t go there to take any foggy photos, today no hunters were out but the fog had already left when we arrived. I love walking there anyway but it is a bit annoying that I can’t walk everywhere when ever I feel like it. Well I better get used to it because the hunting season will continue until late February and to be honest, these hunters do think about us walking around too, they could have been out there every day if they wanted to and they do think about what’s best for the wildlife, not just to shoot anything that moves around.
I did the same with the old Kodak camera as I did with the Rolleicord camera. I placed the little flashlight inside it and closed it. I couldn’t find any leaks at all and that confused me a lot. I handled the camera in the worst ways just to see if any light could be seen but no but then I realised what might be wrong! There’s a little round window, with red see through plastic on the back side of the camera. It is there so I can see how far I must advance the film so I can take another photo. It is the only way that I can see how many photos I’ve taken as well so it must be uncovered.
The problem is that it isn’t that red any longer, it’s sort of yellowish instead and it looks like it fits to where the light damages are in the photo. So now I must find a relatively dark red see through tape to place over the old one and I think it might be best to also cover the little window in between shots as well just to be sure. So where to find that dark red see through tape? I doubt a toy store can help me this time but perhaps a hobby store can? I’ll see if I can find one on the net that has it. Otherwise I’ll try normal see through tape and color it red myself.
As soon as that’s done I’ll order some film and try the old camera again, the black and white film isn’t especially expensive so I can continue trying lots of times until I’ve fixed the problem 🙂 I do like black and white photos but to be honest it’s much more difficult to get good photos, especially when one doesn’t know the result until the film is developed 🙂
It’s time for a pot of tea and some breakfast I think. Nova is a bit cranky because I had to clean her ear again and put medicine in it as well, now she only accepts the tastiest of treats, the rest she just spits out again 🙂
Have a great day!
I woke up to a rather cold morning today, only 2,8C (37F) when we were out walking. I have to say that even if I had to wear a fleece jacket the morning still was pretty wonderful. It was so quiet that the sounds my shoes made towards the gravel sounded so loud they would wake up the world. Not a single fly disturbed me and life just felt pretty good 🙂
I had planned to go to Falköping to pick up Orvar’s medicine early this morning and I wanted to bring one of my older but not too heavy cameras with me. The problem is that they tend to leak in light so the film got more or less destroyed. But how to find those leaks I wondered for a long while until two days ago. I asked a work friend who knows a lot about everything if he knew if there was some kind of flashlight that was so small it would fit into a camera.
He was thinking for a long time until he smiled and said that I should go to a toy store, He knew they sold key chains that also worked as a tiny flashlight. So the first thing I did yesterday when I went to Falköping was to go to the only toy store I know they have there and yes they did have such a key chain 🙂 The good thing is that the batteries in it are solar-powered! So if the lights get weak I just put it in the sunlight for a while and then it works perfectly again 🙂
So last night when it was dark I put the tiny flashlight in my Rolleicord and voila! I found where it leaked in light. It is the lid that actually fits good but it doesn’t take much to make it loosen its grip just enough to let in light. So I loaded the camera with a roll of black and white film, taped black soft tape (we call that kind of tape for electric tape because it’s perfect to use when connecting two electric cables and keep that connection water proof) over the edges of the lid. I’m pretty sure it didn’t leak any light this morning.
I drove to Falköping so I would be there around 9 and realised that they wouldn’t open the pharmacy until 9:30 🙂 So I started to walk around the town square taking photos. I had already taken one at home and double exposed it 🙂 and did the same with the first one I took in the town 🙂 I sort of had forgotten how it works 🙂 The rest eleven photos should be ok though. They were opening a small market this morning and people never mind if one takes photos with one of these old cameras so I could walk around quite undisturbed the entire time 🙂 I won’t send in this roll of film until I have four rolls of film ready to be developed, this was the third one. I can say that I wish I had brought more film and the electric tape because twelve photos was just too few.
Now I’ll do the same with my almost 100-year-old Kodak, it too leaks light and even if I did tape it almost everywhere the last time I tried it, it still leaked in light somewhere. That camera however will only allow me to take 8 photos because the negatives will be so much bigger. I was amazed however how sharp photos I got from that old camera!
It is time for a pot of tea and perhaps something to eat. I never got any ice cream this morning, I just didn’t want to stay in the town after taking all photos and getting the medicine because the coffee and tea shop wouldn’t open for another half hour when I left the pharmacy. Well, Orvar will need more medicine in 40 days so I’ll get the chance again 🙂
Have a great day!
The day started our very much like yesterday morning, sunny and cold but without the fog. There was very little dew too so it was hard to see the spider webs in most parts of the fields. It was quite nice even if I really should have worn a sweater, I’ll think of that tomorrow morning.
The garage called me and said my car was ready to be picked up. There was a spare part they didn’t have and neither their supplier, it’s a part of the exhaust pipe that has a hole in it, so they fixed it temporarily with some gunk called Gungum. It’ll last for a while and then they’ll fix the pipe just before I’ll go to the annual vehicle inspection.
I started walking to the bust stop and it didn’t take long before a neighbor asked if he should drive me there but I said no because I had brought one of the old cameras and wanted to take a few photos on the way. I was almost at the stop when I saw how fast time had passed and hurried to the bust stop and made it just in time to when the bus was supposed to arrive. How wrong I was 🙂 I was almost 25 minutes early 🙂 I’m not sure why I thought the bus would arrive at that time but I walked down to the lake and got some photos there.
I hadn’t been standing for long at the bust stop when another village drove by on the highway. He stopped and pulled back to the bust stop and sort of parked on the road and told me to jump in to his car. There was no time to argue at that point because several lorries were on the way and it didn’t look as if they would stop or even try to pass him on the outside 🙂 He drove me all the way to the garage even if I did try to make him stop much earlier 🙂 I really can’t complain when people wants to help, can I 🙂 🙂
I drove by the grocery store in Gudhem on my way home, I really didn’t want anything special, perhaps an ice cream but who knew what I might find in there. Nothing much because they didn’t have much to sell. I’m afraid the store doesn’t have long time left. Lots of the shelves only had a few items standing on them and lots of it was close to the expiring date or had passed it. It was sad to see and I’m pretty sure it’ll be gone before Christmas if not much earlier than that. It’s also the post office and that too will be gone when the store closes down.
It’s time to take a short nap and after that we’ll take a walk, in the forest I think. The sun is shining and it is warm and nice outside. The wind is also blowing and rather briskly I may say. Can’t get much better than that, can it? 🙂
Have a great day!
I’ve just woken up from a nap and the weather is just fantastic! It was cold and foggy when I woke up at am and it stayed that way until after I drove away to the garage to leave my car for some repairs. I could have left it after work yesterday but since I don’t know when the bus leaves and I still need to walk for at least 45 minutes before I reach my home I thought I better wait until this morning. I knew we would get sunshine and pretty nice temperatures today.
It was around 5C (41F) when I left and I did wonder if I should bring a sweater but I thought I would be warm enough by walking from the bust station if I was lucky to get to the bust stop and the bus would arrive soon enough. Sometimes it’s just better to keep on walking if I’ve just missed it since it only goes once every hour. I left a note in the car that if he would find anything else that needed to be fixed right now I wanted him to call me and left my phone number too. I was lucky at the bust stop so I jumped on the bus and only had to walk those 45 minutes, well it took a bit longer since I stopped to photograph every now and again.
I was right about the sweater, it would have been way to warm wearing one while walking because even if the wind blew quite chilly I still felt very warm since the sun shone in my back all the way home. The fly season os definitely over now because not even when I walked between two cow pastures where all the cows stood beside the fences and I was in the middle very few flies annoyed me. You would most likely feel there were plenty but then again You know by now how bad it can be here 🙂
The dogs and cats didn’t mind me coming home so fast again 🙂 but they were all sleeping when I arrived and opened the door to the dog house. It’s always fun to surprise them like that because at first they react as if I was an intruder and makes an awful lot of noise but as soon as they realise it’s me they get deadly silent 🙂 We took a walk as soon as I came home and for a second I actually was thinking about mowing the lawn today but luckily for me that idea died fast 🙂 We’ll have this weather for at least the rest of the week so I’ll have time enough to do it anyway 🙂
Instead I did some laundry, watched some tv and took that small nap. I still feel like I should sleep a few hours but I doubt that would be good for my night sleep 🙂 Instead I’ll make some lunch, fries and hotdogs I think because I won’t have to use my brain doing that 🙂 Long time since I had that anyway. The last time I ate fries must be over a year ago on a hamburger place. The hamburger was so so but the fries were just fantastic 🙂
It is time to do that lunch and perhaps the dogs will get a few fries too, I’m not sure they ever have had that. Today I have over 150 photos to show, some from the Hasselblad, some from my Minolta and lots from this morning. I can’t show them all and I still haven’t decided which ones to show either. It’ll be just as a big surprise for me as it will for You 🙂
Have a great day!
I’ve slept with my head in a strange angle so this morning has been dominated with a real bad headache, finally after four hours, three cups of strong coffee and some relaxing in front of the tv watching a bad but in a fun way tv series called Psych. Nova and Sune slept beside me in the sofa and I had to scratch them the entire time otherwise they wouldn’t stay still 🙂 I’ve never allowed any of my dogs up in the sofa but since they all are up in it some time during the night I just gave up that idea 🙂
The early morning was chilly and fly free. As soon as the sun rose so did the ground mist, I wish I had brought one of the old cameras but it didn’t look like we would get any mist so I left it at home. Well I guess we’ll get more of it soon enough anyway and I am waiting for the four film rolls they will develop this coming week. I put them in the mailbox a few weeks ago but I later found out that they wouldn’t develop anything again until week 33.
I got really surprised when we were out walking because birds started to sing as the sun rose, it has been quiet here for some time now but I guess a few days with warm and nice weather made them think it might be summer after all 🙂 I’ve realised that magpies aren’t early birds, they didn’t start making any noisy until just now but no one seems to care about them, not even the cats who are asleep here in the kitchen.
Today I’ll do the laundry and it is a good day to do the laundry because it will dry quickly since the sun is shining, it’s warm and a weak wind is blowing so it’ll dry fast. I’ll also mow the lawn and I hope that wind will grow some in strength so no flies (there are still some left) will start to annoy me. I’ll be annoyed enough since I most likely must dig out grass from the mower several times, it’s so long now that it really can’t dry completely. I really can’t complain since it’s my own fault for not mowing in a long time 🙂
I’ve put in a few more photos in my National Geographic album since the last time, so if You want to see them click on this link: National Geographic. A new window should open up when You click there.
It is time to do the laundry but first I’ll have another cup of strong coffee just to be sure the headache stays away, the mowing can wait a few more hours I think 🙂
Have a great day!
It is hot today! Two days ago it barely reached 18C (64,4F), today it reached 29C (84,2F). It isn’t nice at all but thankfully the humidity still is rather low and a breeze helps us to manage this temperature swing. They have predicted thunder for tonight so I thought the flies would be more nasty than usual but they didn’t even care about me in those places the wind didn’t reach. I wonder if it is too early to hope that their season is over now?
The temperature will drop down to 20C (68F) already tomorrow and it will stay around that for the rest of the week but we all know how well they predict the weather here so who knows what it really will be like 🙂 I was thinking about making a peach cobbler after work today but it’s just too warm to start the oven now, so I’ll make it tomorrow instead.
The dogs prefer to stay where the wind reach them so Nova and Sune have been sleeping in the shadow on the south side of the cottage since they had their dinner and Orvar indoors where the wind blows from upstairs down to the kitchen door. I have no idea where the cats are but they are most likely sleeping under a bush or something, they didn’t even have the energy to eat anything this afternoon 🙂
It is time to harvest broccoli now, there isn’t much to harvest to be honest but I have waited too long some years so they instead of producing more flowered. I wonder if I can do anything with the broccoli leafs? There are lots of them and I guess they can be edible too, the stem is so why not the leafs? Do anyone of You know?
I work different hours this week, we’re only four people working in my department this week so we now work from 7 am to 4 pm except for Friday when I start a bit earlier to clean the painting box and stop working around 2 pm. It feels like I’m going home an hour earlier every day now but I think those two hours I will work longer on Friday will feel like an entire week 🙂
It is time to make something to eat and after that I think I’ll fall asleep in front of the tv 🙂
Have a great day!
Yes that it how it feels when looking at the thermometer in the morning and it shows 10C (50F) and when looking out the window one see that mist is covering the ground. Yes that is how one feel when walking in that cool air, in the mist and no horse flies bite and no forest flies annoys 🙂 Today might be the hottest day for this time and tonight a cold front from north will reach us and give us both rain and thunder. I won’t however say the same thing on Thursday when all weather sites predicts we only will get 14C (57,2F) but it will only last for a day they say, with my luck it will last longer though 🙂
Yesterday we had a weak wind helping us through most of the day but today the Norwegian weather site says we most likely will have no wind at all big parts of the day. I did the mistake to take a walk yesterday when the wind suddenly stopped to blow and it took hours for Orvar to get back to normal after that. Well we all were quite beaten after that walk and none of us moved for a very long time 🙂 I refuse to complain about the heat though, the spring and early summer was so cold that this was what I longed for and finally my vegetables have started to grow and the first tomatoes have started to change color from green towards something yellowish 🙂
The birds don’t sing as much any longer and soon the mornings will be totally quiet again, except for the twitter they always have during the rest of the year. I saw the first formation of geese this morning, they won’t head south yet but it is a sign that times have changed and autumn slowly will come closer. I also heard a lot of cranes in a field not far from here so now they too gather in groups to eat as much as possible before the move south. Today I also heard the funniest sound from a bird, at first I thought it was a cat fight going on but suddenly I heard the most beautiful song strophe and it was the same bird making both sounds. Normally my guess would have been a starling but this was a lonely bird (starlings are never alone) way up in a tree and it was impossible to see it. I do wonder what it was!
It is a semi bad year when it comes to horse flies and their relatives. I’ve been through much worse but this is bad enough. I’ve read that dark clothes will keep those nasty flies away (and white clothes to avoid mosquitoes but they don’t bother me that much) I can say that it isn’t fully true, I got bitten several times yesterday so here it is thick clothes that keeps them away, so thick they can’t get through it that is 🙂 Several of those nasty buggers have found their way in to my cottage as well but so far I’ve managed to kill them all without anyone of us getting bitten by them. I know they are great food for birds but I really don’t care 🙂
I have way over 100 photos I could show You today but that’s not gonna happen 🙂 But I’ll save the left overs for a rainy or perhaps a snowy day. It is time to have some breakfast, as always all the others have already gotten theirs. I’ve done the laundry so now I have no chores to do when the heat hits properly, it is still only 23C (73,4F) and quite lovely outside, even the flies are reasonable calm right now. They will get insane the closer we get to that eventual thunder though, they always do.