Thunderstorm.

I liked the start of the day anyway.

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

It was already less thick when we got out, I couldn’t see this road at all when Iย woke up ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday was a horrible day at work, I don’t know how it was outside though. It might have been rather wonderful since the day was so warm but it was also mostly cloudy they said. I had the big luck to hand paint all day so the already hot factory was even for me since the air from the oven hit me all day. I don’t know how much water I drank but it was too little. The big problem is that what goes in must go out too ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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I woke up to a very foggy morning today, it was so thick that I couldn’t see my neighbors cottage and it is just 20 meters (much the same in yards) away ๐Ÿ™‚ I hurried out with the dogs because as soon as the sun started to warm up the already warm air the fog thinned. We were able to enjoy it all through our walk though. It doesn’t happen often but today even the forest were ย full of fog.

 

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

 

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I better stop here just in case it turns south, I can feel how it is getting colder by the minute now so I guess it is ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

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Have a great day!

 

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

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

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

It was a bit awkward to walk the first time ๐Ÿ™‚


I hear it in the distance.

it looks like it is really dry here but it's just syรบrface dry. They had to dig an extra ditch to make the water finally flow out from the field.

It looks like it is really dry here but it’s just surface dry. They had to dig an extra ditch to make the water finally flow out from the field.

The day has so far been rather lovely, sunny and rather warm with a cool breeze. I can however see the cold front coming and it begins with thunder clouds. We were out walking when I heard the first rumbling sounds. We didn’t hurry home though because at that moment the sky still was almost clear blue.

 

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I had hopes of mowing the lawn today but the rumbling sounds grew bigger and the thunderclouds too so I think I’ll skip that today. There’s something with thunder and electric lawn mowers that sort of don’t go together if You understand how I mean ๐Ÿ™‚ The thunderstorm doesn’t move fast though so I will have an hour or two more before it moves in to my neighborhood. It might even miss us totally, the mountain has a tendency to get the thunder instead.

 

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The mountain is filled with cherry trees in bloom now and the apple trees have just started to open up too.

The mountain is filled with cherry trees in bloom now and the apple trees have just started to open up too.

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I now have a rubber tube in the air leaking tire. It turned out to be the rim that wasn’t good enough. We could see small bubbles when we (well it sounds as if I actually did something, it was the garage owner of course :-)) put the tire in water. I do hope that the rest of the tires stay filled with air now, I am a bit tired to have to fill them up twice a week ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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My car is leaking a bit too much oil now, not on the ground but inside the motor. So I asked the garage owner if he possibly had another car for sale at the moment. Ok it is no panic to change car, I really like this one but it is no use in repairing it any longer. He didn’t have any right now but he will keep his eyes open, preferable a SAAB but I’m not picky. It would however be nice to not have to buy new rims every time I buy a new car ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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It is time to get something to eat, both for me and the dogs. Better do it before the thunder hits, if it does. It will be hard to meet the cold weather tomorrow now when it has been so warm and nice.

 

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The bees are busy.

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Have a great day!

 

Three photos from the Minolta 7000.

Three photos from the Minolta 7000.

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I had to call them.

Yesterdays thunderclouds were huge, this is just a tiny part of the closest one.

Yesterdays thunderclouds were huge, this is just a tiny part of the closest one.

We have thunder clouds hanging around today again but still no thunder. It was a pretty nice day before they arrived, lots of sunshine and rather warm but now it’s mostly cloudy and rather chilly. It’s just beneath 13C (55,4F) and the air has the feeling of a just passed thunderstorm but no thunderstorm has passed, very odd!

 

Suddenly it was as if the night had arrived, too bad no lightnings struck while I took this photo :-)
Suddenly it was as if the night had arrived, too bad no lightnings struck while I took this photo ๐Ÿ™‚
It must have rained today when I was at work because everything was soaking wet when I came home.
It must have rained today when I was at work because everything was soaking wet when I came home.
A bit hazy on the mountain today.
A bit hazy on the mountain today.
The Portal.
The Portal.

I still haven’t been able to see any of the photos I mailed to be developed last week and that’s a bit odd too. They are usually very fast in developing the films, so now I’m starting to wonder if something has happened to the film rolls. I’ll mail them if nothing turns up later today. I really would like to get these rolls developed because I have plenty of photos taken outside this village and I would like to see if I managed to stop the light leaks in the old Rolleicord.

 

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It is a good year for grasshoppers, they were everywhere on the gravel road today. Can't remember when I saw this many before.
It is a good year for grasshoppers, they were everywhere on the gravel road today. Can’t remember when I saw this many before.

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I couldn’t wait any more so I called them ๐Ÿ™‚ They have a prolonged period at the moment so I will get my photos some time next week. I told them that as long as I know the rolls are there I’ll be very patient and I also told them that I thought they did a fantastic job and that I liked their service a lot. It’s never wrong to tell people that one think they are doing a very good job, that happens too seldom in my opinion.

 

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The Troll Spindle allowwd me to come fairly close today.
The Troll Spindle allowed me to come fairly close today.
This fly however wouldn't jave mind if I had come even closer. It is one of the biting ones.
This fly however wouldn’t have mind if I had come even closer. It is one of the biting ones.

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The sun is back again and so is the higher temperatures so I opened the kitchen door so that Nova can sleep on the stairs again and Sune on the ground just outside. We’re all just waiting for the time I’m starting preparing our food. They’ll have their usual and I’ll have some sausages and hotdog breads. The dogs will have some sausages too of course ๐Ÿ™‚

 

We have lots of butterflies now, most of them look like this one though.
We have lots of butterflies now, most of them look like this one though.
Kirengeshoma palmata, Yellow wax bells.
Kirengeshoma palmata, Yellow wax bells.
My biggest pumpkin.
My biggest pumpkin.
Lots of blueberries this year.
Lots of blueberries this year.

We” I better stop here and start with our food, I haven’t eaten anything proper since 5am so it is about time I had something to stop fromย feeling hungryย ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great day!

 

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Sand cherries.
Sand cherries.

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An almoist three meter high burdock.
An almost three meter high burdock.

It is in no hurry.

Rose hips on my Rosa glauca. They'll turn much darker when they are ripe.

Rose hips on my Rosa glauca. They’ll turn much darker when they are ripe.

A lazy thunderstorm is slowly closing in to the village. It seems to take for ever to move.ย 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.

 

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A not so lucky one.

A not so lucky one.

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I looked at the real-time lightning map on my phone and saw that it wa south of Falkรถping 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Suddenly he realised he wasn't alone :-)

Suddenly he realised he wasn’t alone ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great day!


I could hear the grass scream :-)

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I have to say that they day mostly has flown away, even if it is a Tuesday. I normally feel that Tuesdays never pass and sort of drain the force of life out of me ๐Ÿ™‚ Only the last hour was like that so I must say it has been a good day.

 

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They had predicted rain and thunder for today, we got the rain but not the thunder. We almost got it yesterday though, one lightning hit the ground in the bog and after that the storm went towards north instead. I could almost hear the grass screaming Lets Grow yesterday as soon as the first raindrops hit the ground ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t think we got especially much rain but obvious enough for the grass to start growing again, oh how happy I am.

 

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Unusually clear air after the rain today, I could see the Mission Church up on the mountain.

Unusually clear air after the rain today, I could see the Mission Church up on the mountain.

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I’ve just paid my bills, including the one for the film developing so now I’ll just take those last photos on the roll of film I have in the Minolta and send those four rolls I have in my fridge to be developed too. It is a bit expensive now days to be honest, I think I could have bought a really great digital Nikon with the money I’ve spent on these film rolls but then again, I wouldn’t have had as much fun ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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The mist started to rise as soon as the sun shone for a FEW SECONDS.

The mist started to rise as soon as the sun shone for a few seconds.

I’ve talked with my work friend who knows a lot about a lot of things and there is a spray that I can use to make the previous red window in my old Kodak red again. There’s also a few other plastic foils and tapes I can get. He also said that I even could try a red nail polish and just put thin layers on until it was dark enough and still possible to see through it. It is amazing what people who have cars as hobbies knows about all kind of odd things ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I've saved a lot of photos that I can use on rainy days or like now when I didn't take especially many photos.

I’ve saved a lot of photos that I can use on rainy days or like now when I didn’t take especially many photos.

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It is time to get something to eat, I think I’ll have toast with apricot jam and cheese this evening. I don’t really have the right kind of bread to toast but most bread becomes tasty when toasted ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Have a great day!


It is closing in.

No photos were taken today, they are all a day or more old.
No photos were taken today, they are all a day or more old.

I can hear thunder, it isn’t especially close yet according to the realย time lightning map site and it looks like it will pass south to us but one never knows with thunder. I’m not surprised it has come, today is warm and humid and it did rain some earlier today. Also, the few flies still around are behaving insanely right now, they were so bad that I refused to take a walk when Iย came home after work.

 

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The sky has that ominous led grey color nad there is that smell in the air that only hangs around when thunder is near. I don’t mind a good thunderstorm as long as nothing explodes here in my cottage as it did last summer ๐Ÿ™‚ Still I was lucky, it was just the light ramp to the aquarium. My neighbor on the other side of the field lost the entire electrical cabinet, it blew up and the residues of it melted ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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I better stop for today, I need to see if any cords needs to be unplugged before it might arrive. I can see that it is closing in and it is moving relatively fast too. Bertil and Teodor are chasing each other in the apple tree right now so for now there’s no risk of lightning here, I think ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Have a great day!


The laziest thunder ever.

I often find Bertil and Orvar sleeping close together.

I often find Bertil and Orvar sleeping close together.

I went to the doctor again today with my aching shoulder and he took a look at it and fetched that nasty long syringe. It looked like it would go through my entire arm ๐Ÿ™‚ Now my shoulder really hurts, a lot! The other doctor gave me another shot first that numbed the shoulder, this doctor must not have known one could do such a thing ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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The clouds were so dark they almost became dark blue.

The clouds were so dark they almost became dark blue.

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Fuinally they'll build a bridge down by the creek (where I fell down that sink hole :-) ).

Finally they’ll build a bridge down by the creek (where I fell down that sink hole ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

He did manage to go in to the joint and hit a few nerves on the way, I could feel it down to my thumb and he sounded surprised when I told him how much it ached ๐Ÿ™‚ Before I could find a sort of pain-free way to hold my arm, now that seems impossible. I really can’t work having this pain so I went home for the rest of the day, I do hope this will be over by tomorrow.

 

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I drove to the garage on my way home to pay the bill, it wasn’t that bad to be honest. Yes I would rather have had that money for something else but it could have been worse. It costed 1600 Swedish kronor and that would be something like $ 178 US. I wouldn’t have been surprised if it had been much worse so this was sort of a good bill :-)’

 

The White Rose of Finland.

The White Rose of Finland.

Mock orange.

Mock orange.

Clematis integrifolia.

Clematis integrifolia.

My tomatos need sunshine and lots of it!

My tomatoes need sunshine and lots of it!

I went out with the dogs as soon as I came home and half way to the bog I heard the thunder. It isn’t nice to be outside in a forest when thunder arrives so we walked home rather quickly. It turns out it was the only time, so far, the thunder could be heard and that’s over an hour ago ๐Ÿ™‚ It is raining though so I’m glad we went home anyway.

 

The rest of todays photos are from yesterday.

The rest of todays photos are from yesterday.

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The mist is said to be fairies dansing.

The mist is said to be fairies dansing.

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We had thunder here yesterday too and it must have been the laziest thunder we’ve ever had here. I looked at the same spot in the sky for almost half an hour and the cloud almost didn’t move at all during that time. It almost didn’t manage to send any flashes either, one every twenty minutes or so but the closest one was just outside the village.

 

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Lots of them dansing around yesterday.

Lots of them dansing around yesterday.

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It is time for something to eat, I haven’t had anything since 5 am and now it’s 1:36 pm. I’ll call the physiotherapist tomorrow, the doctor said that it would be my best chance to get rid of the pain in my shoulder for good since I can’t take any pills. It’s just to call and then we’ll agree on a day I can go there. It’s nice when it’s easy for once.

 

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Have a great day!

 

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Another one.

Before the thunder arrived.

Before the thunder arrived.

I had another tick on me this morning, I didn’t know it until I scratched myself on my back at work. The residues of it was tiny and flat so I guess it hadn’t been there for long. I think it’s the cats that bring them indoors because I go through the dogs thoroughly every day but the cats come and goe as they wish without me doing much. I need to go to the pharmacy to buy those anti tick drops for them.

 

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Salmiak sitting in the middle of the road.

Salmiak sitting in the middle of the road.

Today is sunny, bright and fairly warm (it is colder than normal though. I’m not surprised since the entire winter and early spring was much warmer than usual so why should we get a nice spring ๐Ÿ™‚ ) but yesterday was rainy with thunder storms passing by. I arrived home just in time to bring the dogs into the cottage when one storm passed by, as soon as it has passed we went out and had just arrived to the bog when the next one came closer rapidly.

 

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We did get a few seconds of sunshine in between though and most photos today comes from those few seconds yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚ The first thing I did after work today however was to spray both the dogs and me with anti tick spray. It is made from herbs and lemon I guess and at first the smell is kind of nice but it is awful after a few minutes ๐Ÿ™‚ It works rather well though, as long as the dog doesn’t take a bath in a muddy creek that is ๐Ÿ™‚ Sune did at least not dive down into it today so he smells like mud on his stomach and legs but this anti tick spray on the rest of his body ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Eurovision Song Contest is this week and the first semi final was on Tuesday. I can’t say I was impressed by any song. Today is the second semi final and our song will compete for a place in the big finale. They have very strict rules to how long the song is allowed to be, 3 minutes, so there is a special sound to this music that doesn’t exist outside the Eurovision. There are so many countries that wants to participate that they need to have semi finals ๐Ÿ™‚ I think there is 26 songs in the big finale on Saturday. Five countries don’t need to go through the semi finals because they pay so much to the European broadcasting system (or what it might be called) and this year we have Australia in the competition too ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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The water kept on dripping long after the raining had stopped.

 

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The Australians are invited to participateย because the Eurovision has its 60th? birthday this year and the Eurovision contest is extremely popular in Australia. I can’t say I like our song especially much but it was still way much better than the other crap that participated in our competition ๐Ÿ™‚ It is however the big favourite and most Europeans believe it will win the entire thing. Russia is also popular so if the Russians don’t invade another country before Saturday it might win too. One never knows about the Russians though, if the country is small and with a weak army they might invade it and risk not winning the Eurovision even if they take this competition even more seriously than us Swedes ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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It is time for something to eat and then I think I’ll read a book, I might listen to the semi finale for a while before I go to bed though.

 

 

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Have a great day!


And suddenly everything went black.

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I was so tired when I went up this morning, it felt like I hadn’t slept at all. My nose is a bit stuffed and my throat feels a bit sour so I guess a cold is slowly taking control of my body. It didn’t help that it ย was pitch black outside because of heavy clouds and rainfall. I think I saw some fog too but didn’t care to be honest, all I wanted was to go back to sleep ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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But off to work I went and everything was working as normal and I was just waiting for material to arrive to the paintbox when the power died. It only lasted for a minute or so but I had to restart everything again. But the paintbox brain had decided to change painting program so the paint guns collided withe the material ๐Ÿ™‚ luckily enough nothing broke, a paint gun costs around 33000 Swedish kronor, that would be around 5077 Us dollars ๐Ÿ™‚ We started working again when we had a tiny power break again and naturally I had to restart everything again.

 

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We did look outside and the weather was reasonable fine and no thunder what we could see or hear of. So everything went on as it should and suddenly everything went black. It turns out there was a thunderstorm rather far away from the factory after all and the lightning had hit a common wooden power pole that burned up and almost the entire county lost their power ๐Ÿ™‚ It took them almost 40 minutes to get the power back again.

 

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It’s amazing how one power pole can take away the power from an entire county ๐Ÿ™‚ The lightning also hit the telephone masts that controls the mobile internet so many didn’t have any connection to the internet for a very long time ๐Ÿ™‚ It also hit our computer system at work and they were still working on that when I went home from work this evening. The thunder never even came close to home though, I live very close to the county where my job is, just 200 meters (much the same in yards) but get my power from another place ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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This is never a good thing to see in the forest. It usually ,means deforestation machines will arrive later on.

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It’s time for a pot of tea and something to eat and then I think I’ll have an early night.

Have a great day!


Well, that was a surprise.

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We had one of the worst thunderstorms that I can remember the night towards yesterday. It wasn’t the lightning that was worst, even though we had plenty of that too, it was the rain. But it was the rumble that woke us all up in the middle of the night and most of us couldn’t fall asleep again so we were all a bit tired at work yesterday and today too to be honest. I had two rather big trembling dogs that tried to hide behind me and two smaller that got a bit jealous when the big ones were allowed in the sofa (no dogs in my sofa normally) so they too wanted to stay there.

 

The sun started to shine for a short while after I had come home after work yesterday.

The sun started to shine for a short while after I had come home after work yesterday.

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I can understand how Noa felt when the big flood started because it was something like that here too ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m surprised the little road outside my home still is there and in such good condition because it wasn’t a little road that night, it was a river ๐Ÿ™‚ I had big lakes in my garden and that’s unusual since there’s only sand beneath the grass. I went down twice in my cellar because I was sure the water would go down there but luckily it didn’t. I texted to work that I most likely would be late because there was no chance to get Orvar and Hector to the dog yard as long as the thunder continued and I wouldn’t even have tried since I know how afraid they are.ย 

 

This is not a puddle, the water flows from one side of the road to the ditch on the other side :-)

This is not a puddle, the water flows from one side of the road to the ditch on the other side ๐Ÿ™‚

He never misses a chance to take a bath. This is not a lake, it's the bog.

He never misses a chance to take a bath. This is not a lake, it’s the bog.

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The rain was still pouring down when I drove away to work and the wiper blades on my car worked on highest speed. I passed the river Lidan and it was no longer a calm sort of sleeping river, now it roared and for once it actually looked alive ๐Ÿ™‚ But that was nothing really. Before I enter the village where I work I must drive over a tiny creek, much the same size as the one I usually show photos of here. It had almost reached the bridge I drove on and that is around two meter (much the same in yards) higher than normal. This village is on a big area called the Vastgota plains and it is absolutely flat for miles and miles in all direction so if this little creek wood go any higher the entire village would be in trouble. It did get higher.

 

This is a glimpse of how it must have looked some centuries ago when this was a shallow lake.

This is a glimpse of how it must have looked some centuries ago when this was a shallow lake.

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Almost the entire village was covered in up to half a meter (the same in yards) of water just after I had reached my work place. My work place however is slightly higher than that but even there water poured in since the drains outside started to spraying up water instead of swallowing it. A rather new hotel and restaurant with a bowling alley in the basement got flooded and they think it will take at least foutยดr months until the bowling ally can open again. I have no idea how the grocery store managed through this but I guess they too got flooded.ย 

 

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The entire neighbor factory where I paint some times was covered in 30cm (12 inches of water and they had to send home most of their employees and they were closed today so they could clean up. Almost the only place that didn’t get flooded in that factory is my paintbox ๐Ÿ™‚ A few more drops and that too had been drowned ๐Ÿ™‚ ย So what happened here in the village at the outskirts of the world? Not much thankfully but the bog now looks a bit like the lake it once was and every single little ditch now are more filled than they ever have been before ๐Ÿ™‚ It rained quite a lot today as well but most of it fell over the bog and not here, lots in the village where I live though. Today they have even bigger problems further north, a semi big dam broke and the water filled a city close to it.

 

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It’s time for a pot of tea and something to eat. Tomorrow’s Friday and a short working day, couldn’t be much better ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Yestrday.

Yesterday.

Today after more rain.

Today after more rain.

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Have a great day!

 

Charlotte.

Charlotte.


It’s old and tired.

A Damsel fly.

A Damsel fly.

We have thunder right now but it is an old tired thunder that just sort of farts every now and again just because it feel it has to do something. If not for any other reason than to show it exists. Not like the young energetic ones we had when lots of things blew up here in the village ๐Ÿ™‚ I barely managed to get home and indoors here at home after work before the rain started. Not even the rain seems to have any energy, it just falls straight down and is more like heavy drizzle than a real shower. I placed my orchids on the entrance stairs, they liked it so much the last time that they now actually looks like they will survive another year.

 

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I won 3 dollars on the lottery last week ๐Ÿ™‚ I had hoped for the big win that now is around 159 million kronor. Divide that with 6,5 and You’ll get it in US dollars. Well one should never spit on any winning so I bought myself an ice cream for the money ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a soft ice cream so it was a bit tricky to drive and eat it at the same time, they have a tendency to start melting fast and I didn’t want any ice cream in my lap ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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I think I’ve made too little dinner for this week. I always make enough for one week when I eat dinner at work and this time it looks like I won’t have enough for Thursday as well (I stop working so early on Fridays that I don’t eat any dinner there). This week it was lamb, something we call lammskav and I just couldn’t find the right english word for it without making it sound like an injury ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it’s minced lamb or very thin slices of lamb and they are frozen in a block. It should just have defrosted half way when one is about to cook it. I then break pieces out of this block and while frying it it divides into small slices if You can understand how I mean, looks like bigger or smaller flakes.

 

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Those flakes really suck up the spices and I usually fry lots of vegetables and mushrooms too and at the end I make a stew of it. Goes perfect with rice, potatoes or pasta. Next week I think I’ll have moose made in much the same way. It’s the lazy mans way of making real food but very fast :-)It’s time to make a pot of tea and something to eat as well.ย 

 

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Na-nu Na-nu my friends. The world is now a sadder place.

 

 


A good end to the working week.

My biggest pumpkin. It's like two baseballs.

My biggest pumpkin. It’s like two baseballs now.

Finally, a day that worked without any problems! Ok, we were only three people in a department that needs at least six people to work properly but anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ We did get one extra after a while so things went smoothly since nothing broke down ๐Ÿ™‚ So the work day were actually quite nice and it did help a lot that we in the painting department only work half day on Fridays ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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We're having a second wave with butterflies now but none of them wanted to show the beautiful side of their wings.

We’re having a second wave with butterflies now but none of them wanted to show the beautiful side of their wings.

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I had to pay for three months on the old-fashionedย telephone now when I stopped the subscription even though they knew I only had to pay for one month. They always do like that and then they send a giro so I can take out that extra money in the bank, minus their huge fee. I always get so angry when they do like that! But now days it turns out that I also can pay with that giro in any store! The fee in the store is much, much less than that what the bank takes so one would be an idiot not to do it and since I’m not an idiot I paid with it when I was in the grocery store on my way home today ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Still, I think it is wrong that companies can do like that and I think it is even more wrong that banks can take any fee they like whenever they like to do so. But they can because here in Sweden we have what they call an oligopoly when it comes to banks. We have just a few huge banksย so there’s no competition between them at all. They have more or less the same fees on everything, actually almost everything is just the same between them. They don’t have to start illegal cartels and discuss behind our backs, they just see what the other banks are doing and do te same themselves. Since there are no alternatives we’re stuck with them I’m afraid.

 

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This and next photo, Himalayan balsam. A terrible weed that grows everywhere here. Beautiful though.

This and next photo, Himalayan balsam. A terrible weed that grows everywhere here. Beautiful though.

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We had thunder here earlier but we managed to take a short walk before it started. We also met my neighbors who has been away on vacation while their bathroom was renovated. They rent the cottage from the castle and thought everything would be ok now when they came home, the renovation started more than two weeks ago so it really should be no problems. But to their big surprise it shows that they still have no toilet or shower! Well that have the hole in the ground where the toilet should be standing and as I said to them, just try to aim really good and there should be nor problems using it ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ I do feel sorry for them, it’s not easy living without a toilet. But I also said that they should see the opportunities in this, this could be the perfect time to start fertilizing their vegetable garden ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes I could behave like that because I fed their cats while they were away ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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I now understand why I hear the Shrikes all day long in my garden, they nest in my care tree, the Rowan ๐Ÿ™‚ For those of You that don’t know what a care tree is, it’s an old tradition going way back since the pagan days. A care tree is usually an Ash tree and sometimes a Rowan (further north in this country) and it is planted the day the house is built (or in many cases when a new owner comes along or if the old tree happens to die. The tree is planted for the spirits of ancestorsย or forย a wight. The tree must after that never be harmed in any way or the ancestors spirits or the Wightย will punish the person very hard.ย 

 

Passionfruit hybrid.

Passionfruit hybrid.

Clematis integrifolia.

Clematis integrifolia.

Rudbeckia something.

Rudbeckia something.

 

If there already grows an Ash tree on the property it most likely is the home of the Ash lady (or Ash wife), a nasty being that hates humans. But she does stay calm as long as one sacrifice water to the tree every spring. She will also punish or kill any person that harms the tree. But unlike the ancestors spirits or the Wight she dies when the tree does, the other can just move to another tree if they have to.

 

Illiana remota.

Illiana remota.

This bush actually grows in my neighbors garden but is forced towards mine by the hedge. It's now called Dasiphora fruticosa (used to be Potentilla fruticosa).

This bush actually grows in my neighbors garden but is forced towards mine by the hedge. It’s now called Dasiphora fruticosa (used to be Potentilla fruticosa).

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It’s time for a pot of tea and something to eat. I had a short nap when the thunder passed but I feel it wouldn’t be wrong to have another short one ๐Ÿ™‚ But with my luck I’ll most likely sleep all evening and wake up in the middle of the night not being able to fall asleep again ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Nicotiana sylvestris.

Nicotiana sylvestris.

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Maximilians sunflower.

Maximilians sunflower.

Where the old pond used to be.

Where the old pond used to be.

 

Have a great day!


Old things should never stand still for a longer period.

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I can’t say I long for when mornings get darker and colder but I can say I did it this morning when the dogs thought it would be a good idea to get up just before 4am ๐Ÿ™‚ The early morning was quite warm and very foggy soย out we went for a walk. First however I walked to a neighbor’s house to feed the cats while they are away for a few days. The short walk was rather nice and even if it was warm there were no flies around to annoy me. No sight of any cats though, they are out hunting most of the time, just like my cats are this time of year.

 

The old barn ruin.

The old barns ruin.

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This mornings fog was very unlike the ones we’ve had so far this summer, it was really thick and showed no signs of giving up even after the sun had risen quite high. This was more of an autumn fog and it did stay for several hours. It didn’t go away until the thunder came. We followed its way via the site that shows the lightnings and I looked out just as one big flash hit the lake here in the bog. Poor Hector, he must have been so afraid. He must have stayed in the dog house almost the entire day because he wasn’t wet at all even if it had rained a big part of the day. Well to be honest, all the other dogs were dry too so the dog house must have been rather crowded. It’s big and I can fit in there without any problems but even so, my dogs are rather big ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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The Portal.

The Portal.

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It wasn’t that bad to go to work but that was most likely because I didn’t know that this would be a crappy day production wiseย ๐Ÿ™‚ Old equipment should never stand still for more than a weekend or so, if they do they tend to break. It’s annoying as it is but it’s even worse when one doesn’t understand it until it is way too late. It didn’t help that every time the lightning hit so we lost power, if so only for a second, we had to restart everything again ๐Ÿ™‚ It doesn’t take a lot of time to be honest but all buttons that needs to be pushed are naturally placed far away from each other ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Suddenly she just walked out in front of us. She had not seen or heard us so we were all just as suroprised :-) I had to edit this photo quite a lot because it was way to dark.

Suddenly she just walked out in front of us. She had not seen or heard us so we were all just as surprised ๐Ÿ™‚ I had to edit this photo quite a lot because it was way to dark.

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It is much cooler now but the humidity is so high that it’s nasty outside. We shouldn’t get any more thunder but one never knows. So now I’ll make myself a pot of tea and something to eat. I could have granola, easy to just pour some milk but then again, I did buy tomatoes and I do have paprikas at home. Perhaps a sandwich with cheese, ham, a slice of tomato and a slice of paprika would be a nicer alternative ๐Ÿ™‚

 

The WOW trees.

The WOW trees.

I've always felt that this would fit so good in a fairy tale.

I’ve always felt that this would fit so good in a fairy tale.

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Have a great day!


Thor seems to be upset today.

After the first round with thunder.

After the first round with thunder.

We’re having a thunderstorm here right now and it’s somewhere between fierce and half furious ๐Ÿ™‚ To be honest there aren’t that many lightnings but those that are, are both hugeย and sounds a lot. My sister gave me a link that shows lightning more or less when it happens and where too: Real time Lightning Mapย (just click on the red text and a new window should open up). I do think however it only shows those hitting the ground and not the ones that goes between clouds because we had a gigantic one passing over the entire sky but nothing showed on the map. My little cottage trembled like Hector does when lightning goes around. I’m not sure if You’ll see the area where I live in when You open up the site. I live between the two big lakes here but this map shows the entire world so just zoom out and it will be easier to find the place where You live.

 

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It started already at 5am so we never had any early morning walk today, in fact we almost didn’t get a walk at all, either it rained or the thunder came closer, strangely enough it didn’t do both, that only happened recently. I don’t mind thunder as long as it rains at the same time, dry thunder is never good when it is as dry as it is here. I’ve placed my orchids on the entrance stairs, they love to stand outside while it is raining. They look like they all are dying so I hope this might make them happier.

 

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The thunder is closing in. Didn't look that bad to begin with.

The thunder is closing in. Didn’t look that bad to begin with.

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I managed to do the laundry between thunderstorms but I doubt it will dry even if I have it hanging beneath a roof on my patio. I just looked outside and it looks like fog is filling up the area closer to the big road. I hope it comes here too after the thunder has passed, I really didn’t get any good photos today or yesterday :-)All dogs are more or less stressed by this and all have started to fart really bad ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Nova smell so bad that I had to open up the kitchen door, it’s impossible to stay here if I don’t manage to get some fresh air in to the cottage ๐Ÿ™‚

 

These three photos were taken yesterday. This troll spindle was kind enough to stay so I could get some nice photos of it.

These three photos were taken yesterday. This troll spindle was kind enough to stay so I could get some nice photos of it.

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I’ve just looked at the weather predictions and it looks as if we’ll have thunder coming and going for the next five hours, the temperature will rise to 30C (86F) but the humidity will sink to a rather low level. The last thing I doubt though since all the water that now have fallen upon us most likely will start to evaporate as soon as the sun will show itself again. We’ll have much the same weather tomorrow and I had hoped it would cool down considerable since it is my first day back at work after the vacation. It is warm enough as it is beside a huge hot washing machine and a huge hot oven ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I'm not sure if I've shown You these photos? They were taken earlier.

I’m not sure if I’ve shown You these photos? They were taken earlier.

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The thunder has calmed down and I hope that fog will move towards us too, it’s so thick now that I can’t see the mountain any longer, still it’s a bit too far to walk to since one never knows when the thunder will return again. I really don’t want to be caught by it out there ๐Ÿ™‚ So until I know better I’ll just have a cup of tea and enjoy this last day before reality hits me in my face again.

 

I usually delete photos I've had in my blog but I do forget it sometimes. These were taken on a Wednesday so I don't think You have seen them before.

I usually delete photos I’ve had in my blog but I do forget it sometimes. These were taken on a Wednesday so I don’t think You have seen them before.

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Have a great day!