The bog.

I don’t mind driving slow but…

The snow and rather sharp light made it difficult to get any good photos, so it will be a mix with new and old photos today.

The snow and rather sharp light made it difficult to get any good photos, so it will be a mix with new and old photos today.

We were never hit with that snow storm the last time so I guess it was inevitable that we would be hit this time. It snowed all night and almost till noon and finally I think we got around 4-6 inches of the white garbage. I start working an hour earlier on Fridays so the plow lorries hadn’t plowed the road outside the village and if they had plowed the high way it couldn’t be seen. It worked rather well to drive on the road outside the village to the high way since there was almost no other car around.

 

They have started to clean up in the forest. These three photos show the pile after clearing up at just one place, it is huge!

They have started to clean up in the forest. These three photos show the pile after clearing up at just one place, it is huge!

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When I reached the high way I saw a car coming and thought I just as well could let it pass before I drove out on the road, it is nicer to drive free from other cars when the roads are as bad as they were this morning. That was a stupid idea πŸ™‚ I don’t mind driving slow, especially when the road conditions demands it but the driver in front of me had some problems keeping the speed he wanted. It is very hard to keep the distance if the other driver changes speed all the time. It didn’t help that he (I write he but have no idea if it was a man or woman driving) had problems with the lights from the oncoming cars.

 

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So as soon as he finally seemed to be able to keep the speed he suddenly almost stopped because of the lights or what ever reason he could find, then he suddenly drove rather fast just to almost stop again for what ever reason he had. It was impossible to pass him so I just had to try to adapt my driving to his. I felt so happy when it was time to turn of the high way again and thought that finally I would get rid of him. Turns out he was one of those that know nothing about turn signals, he turned too!

 

Three from the Minolta X300

Three from the Minolta X300

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Hasselblad 16 photo cassette.

Hasselblad 16 photo cassette.

We kept on like this for a few miles and more cars were driving behind me and the road got worse by the mile and then he suddenly understood that we’ve given up trying to keep the distance so not only my car lights filled up his car but also the ones after me, he can’t have seen anything to be honest. I think I could have walked behind his car and still Β have problems not getting to close, so he finally stopped by a small road and let us all pass. I just barely made it to work in time even though I had started much earlier than usual. By the time I had stopped working all roads were just fine again but we still have lots of snow left. It might with a bit of luck melt away until Monday when we’ll get more again. This is typical April weather, just one month too early.

 

Four from the Edixa Reflex.

Four from the Edixa Reflex.

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The fire is burning in the stove, not because it is cold but the dampness is eating its way inside my cottage. It is time to make something to eat and then most likely fall asleep in front of the tv, again πŸ™‚

Have a great day!

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It is another world out there.

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I really need one of those maps orienteers use so I better know where I am while walking on the bog. Not that I was lost but I did try to find where the lake is and I know I was close today but I should most likely have walked a hundred meters or two (much the same in yards) by the creek before I walked out on the bog. I have watched maps here on the net but they don’t show the creeks especially well and then it’s impossible to know where one really is.

 

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We didn’t get any fog as they had predicted and the sun shoved up much later than predicted too but there was no wind so it was quite nice anyway. Nova thought it would be a good idea to get down to the badgers den, twice but I managed to stop her in time :-)Badgers are nice animals but I doubt even they would like a dog visit while they were sleeping through the winter πŸ™‚

 

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I have no idea what scent those two dogs smelled when we went out on the bog but they started behaving crazy so I had to leash them. Not that it helped much because both still tried to follow the track after what ever it was that had passed πŸ™‚ Β As soon as we had passed bridge number three to the other side again they started to behave normal again and chased each other all the way home again. The sun broke finally through the clouds when we were on our way home and it has kept on shining all day long.

 

We call these huge rocks for Gianmt throws. Old folklore says it was giants who threw them when they heard the church bells sound, they really don't like that sound. So far they've always missed all churches :-)

We call these huge rocks for giant throws. Old folklore says it was giants who threw them when they heard the church bells sound, they really don’t like that sound. So far they’ve always missed all churches πŸ™‚

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Later we went out to the bog again but to where we usually walk. To be honest, I didn’t think the ice would carry me but it did, lots more trees here that shadows the ground and much less grass that weakens the ice. It is so nice out there, no sounds from the outside world reach us, it is a totally different world out there. Today I heard how the male Jay sounds when he wants to impress his female and I have to say it sounded very exotic. I didn’t understand what bird it was until I saw it. I thought they only screamed like they always do πŸ™‚ The Swedish name for the Jay is Nut screamer πŸ™‚

 

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I’ve done the laundry and it is now hanging outside to dry, doubt it will though since I hung it on the north side of the cottage and there’s no wind at all. Doesn’t matter as long as it get that smell before I bring it in to dry instead πŸ™‚ It is time to give the dogs and cats their food and after that I might get something myself πŸ™‚ By the way! I only have twenty percent space left here so I’ll soon move again to a new blog with much the same name. I’ll tell You several times before I leave this place and I’ll give You the address several times before I do too.

 

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Have a great day!


I can feel how it heats up the air.

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I didn’t paint much at work today, a guy from the manufacturer of the paintbox came and would help us because we couldn’t get the machine to work in automatic mode. It has been put in manual for some time because some sensors got crazy when we painted big things. We put electricity in to powder paint and that sort of charged the things we painted too and all sensors got so confused with all that electricity that they didn’t know what to do.

 

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But we don’t paint those big things any longer so we wanted the machine to work as it should but it just refused to do so. Turns out that some sensors had been so damaged, perhaps from the electricity that they no longer worked at all. We did however get the machine to stop painting when there was nothing to paint πŸ™‚ He also explained how we could adjust the machine in ways we never have understood that we can. If we actually remember any of this next week things will be much easier.

 

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The sun has been shining all day and it does heat up the air much more than one might think it could this time of year. We walked to the creek today but up-stream and continued far longer than we have before. There are some really swampy places on the way and old Hector could never pass those places without the risk of sinking down in mud, no such problems with Nova and Sune though, this time it was I who had some problems jumping far enough πŸ™‚ We came to a wood bridge called bridge number three and crossed the creek but didn’t go especially far out on the bog, the ice isn’t especially strong after a day with sunshine.

 

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Most of the so called bridges demanded a much more brave man than me to cross :-)

Most of the so-called bridges demanded a much more brave man than me to cross πŸ™‚

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This one seemed extra tricky :-)

This one seemed extra tricky πŸ™‚

I know I wasn’t far from the lake but I knew that we had been out for some time and I wasn’t sure for how much longer the sun would stay (I had no watch or phone with me) up so we turned before we could see the lake. It turned out that we had been out for two and a half hour when we came home again πŸ™‚ We will have much the same weather all weekend, with cold nights and fairly warm and sunny days so perhaps we’ll take a try to reach the lame during the weekend again. I do hope we’ll get some morning fog so I can get some foggy bog photos πŸ™‚

 

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Bridge number three. The only one that felt almost safe to cross πŸ™‚

It is time to make something to eat and perhaps I’ll start a fire in the stove. The cottage is still very warm from all the sunshine which has flown in to my home all day long.

 

We saw the bog and then we went back home.

We saw the bog and then we went back home.

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I think this is one of the entrances to the badgers home.  I could see that one of the entrances were used regularily.

I think this is one of the entrances to the badgers home. I could see that one of the entrances were used regularly.

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Have a great day!

 

Four rather grainy photos taken with the Edixa Reflex. That camera needs a lot of light to take grainy free photographs.

Four veryΒ grainy photos taken with the Edixa Reflex. That camera needs a lot of light to take grainy free photographs. All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

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It carried me but only barely.

I've always wondered why they have put ventilation on the lid to an old well? The well was the spare one since it always have water even during draughts but it is rusty and oily and taste rather bad.

I’ve always wondered why they have put ventilation on the lid to an old well? The well was the spare one since it always have water even during draughts but it is rusty and oily and taste rather bad.

We’ve had a rather sunny day so far even if the predictions this morning said cloudy all day πŸ™‚ Well there are clouds up there but big gaps in between them so it has been rather nice taking walks today. Not much sunshine when we were out early in the morning though but warm and almost wind free so I liked it anyway.

 

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We walked out on the bog but I wasn’t sure the ice would carry me since it has been so much warmer at nights than that they thought it would be. It did carry me but I could hear how it started to crack beneath my feet. Well the water isn’t deep but deep enough to give me wet feet if the ice would have broken πŸ™‚ So we didn’t go especially far since I could feel how the wind got warmer and suddenly it also started to snow a bit.

 

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I turned on the tv when we came home and they showed cross-country skiing and nothing makes You sleep better than a boring cross-country ski competition. I think seven of the eight first skiers were Norwegian, at least as long as I coped to stay awake and no Swede even close to the leaders. Yesterday evening they showed the third heat of the Swedish parts of the Eurovision Song Contest. It wasn’t as bad as last week thank god but it would have been nice if they actually could find a singer who could hold a tone! I’m pretty sure that they do what they can to make sure we won’t even be close to win this year again, this competition is a rather expensive thing to hold.

 

The sun started to show a bit when we were out on the bog.

The sun started to show a bit when we were out on the bog.

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It is time to make something to eat, I’m thinking grilled sausages. I have my electric grill, it is too warm to start the fire stove right now. I’ll make a few for me and one for the dogs πŸ™‚ I’m not sure how many sausages I have but if I have plenty the dogs will get one each πŸ™‚ At the moment Nova is snoring quite loud close to the kitchen eΒ΄radiator and Sune less loud just by my feet. They refuse to go elsewhere when they have seen me taking out the grill from the kitchen cabinetΒ πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!

 

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You can see some snowflakes if You look at the old stable.

You can see some snowflakes if You look at the old stable.


Lots of photos to go through.

From the Hasselblad camera.

From the Hasselblad camera.

Lots of photos to go through today. Some good, some bad (that’s how it goes when one is trying the limits of old cameras πŸ™‚ ) and lots of the frozen bog. I’ll take the evening to go through them and will be back tomorrow.

 

This one too.

This one too.

This and the next one is from the Zeiss.

This and the next one is from the Zeiss. All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

The storm is here I think, it sounds like it but like usual I can’t feel it since my neighbors cottage and garage takes all wind. It snowed a lot and then the rain came so the roads were anything but fun to drive home on but almost everyone drove really slow for once.

 

This is the best double exposure I've ever taken I think.

This is the best double exposure I’ve ever taken I think.

From the Minolta X300.

From the Minolta X300.

Have a great day!


Suddenly I saw my own foot prints.

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It has been cold when one walks out in the morning thinking that it’s really warm when it still is -3,5C (25,7F) πŸ™‚ The weak wind we had yesterday was gone but lots of the rime and snow that had been on the trees were gone, at least close to the village. It was a very different thing out on the bog. We went out here because no hunters showed up this morning and tomorrow will be too late since it will start to warm up rather much.

 

Today of all days I decide not to have the tele-photo lens. Can You see the little dark spot way back in the photo? That's a fox and  it didn't run away for as long as we watched it even if it knew we were there. I guess it was really hungry.

Today of all days I decide not to have the tele-photo lens. Can You see the little dark spot way back in the photo? That’s a fox and it didn’t run away for as long as we watched it even if it knew we were there. I guess it was really hungry.

This photo is cropped a lot. It is a big fox, almost as high as Nova. I'm pretty sure it must be a grandson of the big one we had here when I just had moved here, it became a buddy to Hector :-)

This photo is cropped a lot. It is a big fox, almost as high as Nova. I’m pretty sure it must be a grandson of the big one we had here when I just had moved here, it became a buddy to Hector πŸ™‚

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Today I wanted to walk where we usually walk on the bog but had to take a small detour because of the deep snow that had accumulated amongst the smaller bushes. Someone with small feet had walked there recently but as I followed those tracks towards the island we always follow they suddenly stopped, they sort of started in the middle of nowhere πŸ™‚ It was a very pleasant morning and the dogs ran around everywhere but still close to me so I didn’t have to shout to get them to come back.

 

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We found this place where several deer had been both sleeping and eating.

We found this place where several deer had been both sleeping and eating.

We had been walking for around 45 minutes when we came to the point where we usually turn back again but something told me to continue for a while and suddenly I started to recognise some fallen trees. I think I walked perhaps ten meters (much the same in yards) away from where I usually stop and suddenly I found my foot prints from last Sunday πŸ™‚ Instead of turning right I had continued towards north for around 45 minutes last week πŸ™‚ I realised that I had a very clear picture in my mind of how it looked ahead of me but not about how it actually looks from where I came πŸ™‚

 

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In my mind I had open space on both directions but the truth is that the area where I came from is filled with lots of thin birches πŸ™‚ Now I know where to turn if I get the chance to walk there again this winter. So instead of walking back the same way we came we just walked back to the other side where we walked the last week. We could hear one or two dogs bark in the distance but I don’t think it was hunting dogs, these didn’t sound as if they were on a mission, more like they had loads of fun πŸ™‚ I also heard the same chainsaw we heard last Sunday.

 

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Sometimes friends on Facebook show where they have been running with the help of gps I think. I wonder if I could do something like that with my new phone? It would actually be nice to be able to see exactly where I walked and if I get that deep into the bog as I believe I do. Perhaps one need one of those exercisingΒ Β jigamathings Β they all now days where, I think it takes the time and pulse and all those sort of things. I need to check that, I know I have gps in both this old phone and the new one so perhaps there’s a chance?

 

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This kind of lichen grow really slow and only where the air is clean. All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

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It is time to make a pot of tea or perhaps coffee, watch some ski biathlon on tv and then out for another walk again. I’ll send six more rolls of film to the developer on Monday so hopefully we’ll have lots to see some time next week or the week after that.

 

Suddenly I realised that I had taken a photo of this tree last week :-)

Suddenly I realised that I had taken a photo of this tree last week πŸ™‚

And there they were, my old foot prints in the snow :-)

And there they were, my old foot prints in the snow πŸ™‚

This tree is hard to not remember so I was sure we were on the right track home again.

This tree is hard to not remember so I was sure we were on the right track home again.

I've taken several photos of this tree too but then it was covered in rime instead.

I’ve taken several photos of this tree too but then it was covered in rime instead.

Have a great day!

 

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On our way home again.

On our way home again.


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 πŸ™‚

 

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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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There was dripping from the roof.

Yes it is back to older photos again.

Yes it is back to older photos again.

I’m not sure what it is I’m having but I’m not feeling well. Freezing a bit, nausea a bit, hot a bit and very tired. I also have pain in every muscle I have but I think I can blame that on the walk in deep snow yesterday πŸ™‚ I guess those three hours helped what ever it is I have to break out.

 

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Dill, the most important spice when it comes to cooking crayfish.

Dill, the most important spice when it comes to cooking crayfish.

 

So I’m not surprised that the sun shone all day today when I really couldn’t be outside enjoying it. It was still below 0C (32F) but the sunshine was so warm that I could see dripping from the roof and lots of the rime has fallen of the trees and bushes in my garden. This warmer weather didn’t stay for long though, it has already started to drop and tomorrow we’ll also get lots of snow, so fun.

 

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We are supposed to be able to see four planets in a line from the 20th but naturally we’ll mostly have cloudy skies so I’m hoping I’ll see the planets tonight before it gets cloudy, they won’t be in line because Mercury hasn’t caught up with the other ones yet. So if You look up the sky You’ll be able to see Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury.

 

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I can see changes in the length of the day now when we’re having a clear sky, now there’s still the last remnants of daylight in the sky at the time I stop working at 5pm πŸ™‚ It is actually not pitch black any longer. It doesn’t last long though, it will be pitch black by the time I’ll be home but just seeing the difference sort of make me believe there’s a brighter future πŸ™‚

 

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It is time to put more fire logs in the stove and perhaps make me something to eat.

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 atΒ 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ So when we had walked for almost one and a half hour I realised that I had no real idea where I was πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

 

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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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

 

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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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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. Β 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 πŸ™‚

 

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 πŸ™‚

 

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 lΓΆittle 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

 

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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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ I think I should feel lucky about that too πŸ™‚ 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 clockΒ I have πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

 

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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!