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It was just a day too good to waste.

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Sorry, no blog today. It was just a too good day to waste in front of the computer. They say it will be much the same weather tomorrow so I might not write anything then either. The weather will however deteriorate a lot already on Wednesday so I might write something then instead.

 

Yes these photos are old :-)

Yes these photos are old πŸ™‚

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Have a great day!

 

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Dont forget to take a look at the new place I’ll move to when I’ll have no more space here. I still haveMB to use here though : The Cottage by the Cranelake. We still have hope.

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Everything was white.

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I’ve had the kitchen door open big parts of the day so far and it looks like I can keep it open for some time more. There are plenty of clouds in the sky but the gaps between them are big enough for it to warm up the south side of my cottage quite a lot. It is around 14C (57,2F) at the moment but it didn’t start especially warm this morning.

 

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The steam pillar You can see here comes from bulls behind that mound :-)

The steam pillar You can see here comes from bulls behind that mound πŸ™‚

It was -5C (23F) and the world was covered in a thin layer of sparkly white frost. Our morning walk was quite nice anyway since there was no wind what so ever. The birds started singing like crazy as soon as the sun started to warm up the air. I could hear a lot of cranes too but couldn’t see a single one.

 

Too bad they grow so big before they let the lambs out.

Too bad they grow so big before they let the lambs out.

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Yesterday I did what I should have done already last spring, I dug up the wild gooseberry bush I had in my vegetable patch. The wild one behaves very different from the ones we buy I’m afraid, something I didn’t know until I dug up one πŸ™‚ All branches which touches the ground roots and a new busy starts growing up, Also it sends out shoots from its roots so suddenly it grows gooseberry bushes everywhere. Did I mention it is actually more thorny too πŸ™‚ So after a while it is utterly impossible to clean out weeds which grows beneath the branches.

 

The EU have now started to subsidies the landowners if they keep or improve ponds and wetlands. So now they rather let the ponds stay than let them become farm land :-) Good news for our frogs and salamanders. Not so good for those hating mosquitoes and flies but we can't get it all :-)

The EU have now started to subsidies the landowners if they keep or improve ponds and wetlands. So now they rather let the ponds stay than let them become farm land πŸ™‚ Good news for our frogs and salamanders. Not so good for those hating mosquitoes and flies but we can’t get it all πŸ™‚ This pond is at the moment four times as big as normal, You can see the fence where it usually is πŸ™‚

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The berries however is just delicious and unfortunately much smaller than on the bushes we buy. I could have taken all that if it wasn’t for the fact that it growed in the vegetable patch, there were simply no room for any vegetables πŸ™‚ Now I’ve placed it on my toss away mound, that’s the place where I toss everything already dead, pruning’s, dog poop and grass tufts if I make a new flower bed. It will most likely thrive there, spreading happily out into the cow pasture just outside the fence πŸ™‚ I already have more raspberry bushes there than in my own garden πŸ™‚

 

This young bull bellowed so loud that it could be heard all over the village :-)

This young bull bellowed so loud that it could be heard all over the village πŸ™‚

These two horses are so friendlt that even I wouldn't mind if they got lose like so many other animals get here :-) They always come to the fence so we can have a chat as soon as we walk by :-)

These two horses are so friendly that even I wouldn’t mind if they got loose like so many other animals get here πŸ™‚ They always come to the fence so we can have a chat as soon as we walk by πŸ™‚ The owner is very much the same too πŸ™‚

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So now I’ve used a pitchfork and turned all the soil in the vegetable patch and also planted several flowering quince in my garden and one cherry tree. Well tree is a bit too much to call it πŸ™‚ it is still tiny but it managed to survive in a pot outside during winter so I thought I might as well give it a place already now in early spring. I have one more small cherry tree but it still stands in my cool cellar and I don’t trust the weather to be warm enough for it since it already has lots of small leafs.

 

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I still haven’t figured out if I should try to make the vegetable patch I have bigger or if I should make another one elsewhere in the garden. I still have plenty of time to figure out that though, normally I wouldn’t plant any vegetables outside until the first week in June, since that is when we usually get our last night with frost. Nowadays however one never knows,perhaps this one was the last we had? I must also buy a plum tree this year, I’ve promised my neighbor that I should buy one so that they’ll get a better chance to get fruit on theirs. Just because they say a plum tree is self-fertile it doesn’t mean more than that it might give one or two plums, they haven’t lied but normally that’s what one get. It is always best to have another tree of the right kind nearby and then both trees might give a lot.

 

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I think it is tie to go out into the garden again, I won’t mow the lawn today but I have to say that the grass has grown an awful lot these last days πŸ™‚

Have a great day!

 

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It is time to send those old film stars up in to space now.

I wanted tro catch the moon covered in thgin clouds tonight. But I either got this photo
I wanted to catch the moon covered in thin clouds tonight. But I either got this photo

The moon is full covered by a thin vail of clouds and the fog is slowly moving across the ground now. It feels like frost would arrive at any minute now but the clouds will be thicker the longer we move into the night so I’ll not scrape the car windows tomorrow morning they say.

 

or this.
or this.
Today some of the photos will come from the folder "For a rainy day".
Today some of the photos will come from the folder “For a rainy day”.

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IΒ only had half an hour left to work when suddenly all went dark with a bang for a few seconds at work. The light came back but nothing worked as it should after that. The air compressor seems to have died and I really need that one to work if my machines will be able to work too. Thankfully they have an old spare one that they started just before I was leaving. But the painting machine behaved odd for a while too, it refused to blow back the powder that doesn’t stick to the material we’re painting.

 

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I don’t know how or why but suddenly it worked again. The ventilation gave up too so they had to call the Β maintenance man who just had left work, I hope he can start it up again because the ovens and the big washing machine just makes it too hot in the paint department if it doesn’t work. No one knows why this happened so we started talking about the big asteroid that will pass between earth and the moon on Halloween. We said that smaller objects now were hitting the earth making the electricity stop for shorter periods of time and then the big one will hit even if they say it won’t πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

 

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I guess it might be time to send up those old film stars so they can blow it up, after all they did it in the film Armageddon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

 

These are from one of the old cameras.
These are from one of the old cameras.

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It is time for something to eat and I think I’ll have cocoa today.

Have a great day!

 

This one is over one year old.
This one is over one year old.

Cleaning time.

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It is a sunny, chilly and windy morning but we walked down to the bog so it didn’t bother me so much. Hector has a bad leg day so we won’t take any longer walks until he’s better again. I think the running and jumping the other day may have been very fun for him but now it’s payback time. He’s in a good mood though and would rather die than not follow us on our walks.

 

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I cleaned up the garden from lots of junk that has flown around in all the storms we’ve had this winter. Some of it was mine like pots but lots were things I’ve never seen before like plastic bags and candy wrappers. While walking around and realising I need to clean up after the dogs again I realised spring had progressed much further than I thought, spring flowers are in bloom everywhere now.Β 

 

We walked out on the bog but it's still too much water there.

We walked out on the bog but it’s still too much water there.

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Crocus, hepatica, scilla and of course the snow drops are in bloom and more is on its way. The peach tree will soon show its first leafs if it doesn’t get colder again. It is way too early because the setbacks here can be cruel. Days can be way over 10C (50F) and suddenly a night or two with -10C (14F) comes and destroys it all. Last spring some plants didn’t recover again until late summer.

 

Scilla.

Scilla.

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The Peach tree.

The Peach tree.

Lung wort.

Lung wort.

Hepatica.

Hepatica.

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It is time to do the laundry, don’t have especially much today and the sunshine and wind will help to dry it up fast today. After that I’ll clean up after the dogs and then I think I’ll do some weeding in the flower beds. I’ll need a bigger vegetable garden this year, I might make the one I have bigger already today but I’m not sure I’ll have the energy for that πŸ™‚

 

There's lots of watchdog in Sune so everything he hasn't seen before is suspicious like this white plastic :-)

There’s lots of watchdog in Sune so everything he hasn’t seen before is suspicious like this white plastic πŸ™‚

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We went down to the creek yesterday afternoon.

We went down to the creek yesterday afternoon.

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Have a great day!

 

The two last from the Hasselblad. I guess I'll get thet photos from the last roll tomorrow or on Tuesday.

The two last from the Hasselblad. I guess I’ll get the photos from the last roll tomorrow or on Tuesday.

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This time it was much worse!

Today I, to my big surprise, woke up to a rather chilly cottage. We have no power so the storm must have been pretty bad. The last time we had a longer power break (for two hours) was when the storm Gudrun passed for ten years and three weeks ago. So I guess this must have been a pretty bad one too. They named it Egon by the way πŸ™‚

 

So there’s a fire burning in the stove and I have plenty of batteries to last for a week πŸ™‚ I don’t think this will last for long though. But if it does You’ll understand why I won’t write anything more today πŸ™‚ I have been outside to check my roof and it looked just like it did before the storm. Since the storm must have been much worse than they predicted, the newspapers online doesn’t say much because they prefer to show cool photos with waves on it instead :-), I consider myself lucky that the wind came from west because my neighbors cottage and garage take almost all wind from that direction.

 

Well I better check that fire so my home gets warm again πŸ™‚

 

An update: My neighbor just told me that we haven’t had power since 11:30 pm (they have to pay their customers if we are without power for more than six hours πŸ™‚ The snow has started to fall now but I can’t remember they predicted that yesterday, they also predicted rather warm weather today, now they predict -6C (21F) πŸ™‚ Once again I’m very happy for that stove of mine πŸ™‚ The tea is ready πŸ™‚

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Just another day passing by.

The day started a bit foggy though.

The day started a bit foggy though.

I really can’t think of much to write today, we all seemed tired at work and all for different reasons. The day felt slow like molasses but to be honest, it did pass rather fast. Nothing broke down and things worked as they should, soret of surprising really πŸ™‚

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I won Β dollars on the lottery this weekend and I bought myself a soft ice cream to cvelebrate the big winning and it costed half of what I won πŸ™‚ I think that was the most exiting thing happening today πŸ™‚Β 

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The sun has been shining a big part of the day I think, it’s hard to see when there are no windows where one works. They say it will continue like this all working week but clouds willarrive in time for the weekend.

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I have a fire in the stove again, mostrly to dry up the chimney because it isn’t especially cold indoors even if it is a bit chilly outside now. I have a cup of tea by my side and I’ll make a sandwich or two in a while.

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Have a great day!


I hope it’s edible.

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It’s a rather pleasant day here in the village at the outskirts of the world. Semi sunny and around 25C (77F). The wind is blowing steadily and that keep most of the flies away. Yes my friends, the flies have returned but these are bigger, fewer but just as annoying πŸ™‚ So no big clouds around our heads thankfully but still I can’t say I like these better than the smaller forest flies πŸ™‚ They say this is a wasp year but I don’t think I’ve seen a wasp in months here, in other places pest control companies work more than usual to kill wasp nests. I haven’t even seen the hornets for quite some time. I wonder why the wasps aren’t here too? Not that I miss them especially much to be honest but they do eat lots of flies (yes I am a bit obsessed by those nasty insects πŸ™‚ ).

 

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I wasn’t planning on doing much today but since the wind is blowing and it isn’t especially hot I thought it best to mow the lawn before the real heat comes back again. I can’t say I think a newly mowed lawn look especially nice but I do think it looks nice after a few days when it has started to grow again. I think it’s the evenness I don’t like, it does look artificial like nothing in nature would. my closest neighbor is just the opposite considering how often he mows his lawn. Then we have the “newest” neighbor, furthest down on the road. He barely mow his lawn at all. I don’t mind that but every time I pass that property bI start thinking of tics πŸ™‚ they love a lawn like that.

 

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I’ve a bread fermenting by the kitchen window right now, the sun is helping keeping it warm enough. I normally don’t bake bread during summer but I just didn’t feel like buying one of those spongy breads they sell in the supermarket when I was there yesterday and I couldn’t find a parking spot when I passed a bakery. I tossed in what ever I could find in it today πŸ™‚ I had some cheese, a strong one, that would start ti mold if I didn’t do anything with it and I didn’t use water but hot milk with butter instead, I had some old butter that needed to be used as well. Then I tossed in some rosemary, oregano and ginger too. It smells nice so I do hope it tastes nice too πŸ™‚

 

 

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I’ve just worked som with it and now it stands by the kitchen window for the second time. So today is my last day of vacation and the real world hits me once again on Monday. Well, I can’t complain about the weather this year either. It’s rare that we get two good vacations (weather wise) in a row. Normally June, July and August are theΒ months with most precipitation in the year here and this morning they showed that this area only have gotten around 50% of what we usually get when it comes to rain. It has also been around 4-6 degrees centigrade warmer than usual too. I fear next year will be nasty cold and rainy all the time πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

 

Astilbe chinensis.

Astilbe chinensis.

Another Dahlia is slowly opening up.

Another Dahlia is slowly opening up.

Ginnala maple.

Ginnala maple.

A new Blubelle. I wonder if I got it at last years plant swapping day?

A new Bluebell. I wonder if I got it at last years plant swapping day?

 

All the dogs, except for Sune, are asleep in the cottage. I think Sune takes a round in the garden to see that nothing unusual is happening. Even if he is the one that perhaps loves to greet people he meets the most he still guards the garden very much. I guess that’s the Bernese Mountain dog in him, the cocker spaniel part loves swimming and watching birds πŸ™‚

 

Globe thistle.

Globe thistle.

Nasturtium 'Alaska'.

Nasturtium ‘Alaska’.

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Jimsonweed. They pop up every now and again and I guess the seeds come with the seeds I feed the birds with during winter.

Jimsonweed. They pop up every now and again and I guess the seeds come with the seeds I feed the birds with during winter.

 

It’s time to make a pot of tea and then just wait until I can make that first sandwich from the newly baked bread. I do hope it will taste good because I don’t think I have flour enough to bake another one πŸ™‚

 

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The sunflowers do come from those seeds I give the birds :-)

The sunflowers do come from those seeds I give the birds πŸ™‚

and so does the oat.

and so does the oat.

Maximilians sunflower.

Maximilian’s sunflower.

 

Have a great day!

 

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Welcome!

Welcome!

 

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I will soon start to write here when I’ve filled up theΒ space in my old blog “The cottage by the Crane lake part two“.

 

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Until then, have a great life!