Thunderstorm.

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!