Warm.

It finally opened up.

My Pink Dandelion! Only half the flower openbed up yesterday (the deep pink part) and only for an hour or so before it closed again. My guess is that what looks more or less white now will be more pink tomorrow. This is a rare dandelion from the Himalayan mountains. I had lots of small plants last spring but Orvar and Hector ate most of them :-) :-) I really couldn't complain since I always gave them the dug up dandelions from my flowerbeds :-)

My Pink Dandelion! Only half the flower opened up yesterday (the deep pink part) and only for an hour or so before it closed again. My guess is that what looks more or less white now will be more pink tomorrow. This is a rare dandelion from the Himalayan mountains. I had lots of small plants last spring but Orvar and Hector ate most of them πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I really couldn’t complain since I always gave them the dug up dandelions from my flowerbeds πŸ™‚

It is another steam bath day, high humidity and rather warm. There is however a weak wind and it just makes it even worse πŸ™‚ It is like walking around in a steam bath where they have a fan working πŸ™‚ The flies are nasty and they are predicting thunder around noon, I do hope they are right this time. We were supposed to have thunder last night but I could just hear it once or twice from a great distance.

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Clouds can look just amazing!

Clouds can look just amazing!

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I mowed the lawn yesterday, perhaps not the best idea I’ve had in my life πŸ™‚ I figured that it might be the chance I had because it was supposed to rain during the night and we’ll also have rain several days next week. I divided my garden in to four squares and as soon as I had mowed one square I went inside to drink lots of water and to rest for a while. I have to admit that it was much easier than I thought it would be. The grass was really high but dry so it didn’t fill up the mower around the blades like it always does when the grass is wet. My neighbor took most of what I mow outside the garden, he knew I had that high fever. I have the best neighbors one can get!

 

Finally there's enough water in the clean creak so that Sune can take a bath again :-) Guess if he was happy, he just stood still in that deep hole for a long time :-)

Finally there’s enough water in the clean creak so that Sune can take a bath again πŸ™‚ Guess if he was happy, he just stood still in that deep hole for a long time πŸ™‚

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I had to go to the grocery store in Gudhem this morning, cats don’t like it when their food bowl is empty πŸ™‚ I also bought some aspirin, I really can’t take any of those medications since they already have destroyed my stomach but aspirin is one of the few I can take a pill once in a while. I have headache after coughing so much and coffee just don’t help any more. I didn’t see what kind they gave me until I came home, this one is supposed to melt in the mouth. It was one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever had πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It wasn’t until after I had it I read I could put it in half a glass of water instead πŸ™‚

 

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I have some laundry to do but that’s it today. I’ll just relax all day and hope that the aspirin helps with the coughing too so that I at least get one night of sleep before work tomorrow πŸ™‚

 

This lily relative and the one in the next photo look very much the same but this one is only half as big. Can't of course not remember the names :-) but I do guess they are very closely related.

This lily relative and the one in the next photo look very much the same but this one is only half as big. Can’t of course not remember the names πŸ™‚ but I do guess they are very closely related.

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Clematis integrifolia.

Clematis integrifolia.

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Have a great day!

 

The Bladder Senna is in full bloom now (Colutea arborescens).

The Bladder Senna is in full bloom now (Colutea arborescens).

The blue Jacob's ladder.

The blue Jacob’s ladder.

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The white Musk mallow always open up a day or two before the pink one. A bit weedy here but easy to remove if they become too many.

The white Musk mallow always open up a day or two before the pink one. A bit weedy here but easy to remove if they become too many.


Midsummer’s eve.

Troll butter.

Troll butter.

Today we celebrate Midsummer’s eve here in Sweden, a holiday as big as Christmas over here. The traditions go way back and the christian church did of course do what it could to make it a truly christian holiday and one could say they failed miserably πŸ™‚ They made tomorrow John the Baptist day since it is 6 months before Christmas day so that sort of fits rather well. If You ask anyone today when John the Baptist’s day is I’m pretty very few would be able to say the right day. For some reason we Swedes always celebrate the eve, never the actual day πŸ™‚ Tomorrow will be a day to cure hangovers for many people and in nine months lots of kids will be born πŸ™‚

 

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It rained almost all day yesterday. The dogs loved to finally get out on a walk this morning, I was exhausted when we came back :-)

It rained almost all day yesterday. The dogs loved to finally get out on a walk this morning, I was exhausted when we came back πŸ™‚

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The Midsummer pole, some also call it the may pole but in this case the swedish word for may doesn’t mean the month but to dress, is dressed with leafy twigs and flowers. Some say that tradition is very old others that it came from Germany in the early middle ages, what we do know however is that back in the days they had huge bonfires but to be honest, it is not so wise to have if the summer is dry, who knows how well that fire will spread with some help from the wind πŸ™‚ Anyway, the midsummer pole is dressed and risen early in the day and later in the day people will start dancing around it. My favorite song is the little frogs and it is quite fun to see grown up jump like little frogs around the pole πŸ™‚ Another favorite is of course the priest’s little crow who drove a car by himself and we all know that is a pretty difficult task for a crow so he slides here and there until he ends up in the ditch and of course that’s what all dancing will do too πŸ™‚

 

Photo comes from: http://www.grottanfredriksdal.se/?page_id=332

The bog ladies had had fires during the night.
The bog ladies had had fires during the night.

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It doesn’t take a lot of dirty imagination to see what the midsummer pole really is πŸ™‚ and lots of magic is connected to it. The pole is usually made as a big cross and at the end of each side of the cross hang wreaths, those wreaths were important to save because when winter arrived it was important to put in the bath, that would keep You healthy for the rest of the winter and that was very important since they didn’t have any antibiotics. Even though the night is very short here at this time of year it still was important to keep ones eyes open just in case any of the beings we have here would come too close. They were especially active this coming night. A common troll was no big problem, it seems they usually were good friends with humans (and no our trolls don’t burst if the sun hits them or become stone. They also look very much like us with the exception of the long fury tail). A mountain troll however is a nasty piece of work and they would most likely kidnap any human getting to close. They are however easy to see because of their size and they are also rather ugly).

 

This is how normal trolls look like here. The painter was John Bauer and this painting comes from the boom series Amongst gnomes and trolls. This is about a changeling, the troll mother (to the left) wanted of course the best for her daughter so she swapped babies with a queen. Her daughter was anything but nice though πŸ™‚

This however is a Mountain troll, shrewdΒ but not too intelligent. This is also a John Bauer painting.

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Young girls had their best chance of knowing who they would marry this night. They had to, totally quiet until they fell asleep, pass seven (or nine depending on where one lived) fences and pick seven (or nine) flowers to put under their pillow. If they managed to do that they would dream of their husband to be. One way to make sure one would be healthy all year long was to roll around in the midsummer’s morning dew, naked of course. The dew had lots of magical powers so people collected it too in empty jars just in case someone got seriously ill. This was of course the night it was important to collect as much healing herbs as possible, preferable with lots of dew on them. In some places they drank spring. They had beforehand cleaned out a spring in the forest or where ever it might be and during the night they went to the spring and drank the water, that would also secure good health they thought. Naturally that could be a problem because of the spring nymph. If they didn’t sacrifice to the nymph the effect would be quite the opposite.

 

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I woke up at 2 am last night while almost successfully trying to cough up my lungs over the bed. My throat had been so swollen for a few das that if affected my ears but suddenly I could feel the swelling get smaller, I got my hearing back again πŸ™‚ and my fever vanished and has stayed away all day! I still have that nasty coughing and I’m pretty sure it will stay for at least a few days more. I would feel alive again if it not had been for the rather high temperature outside together with over 95% humidity. It feels like I’m walking in a steam bath πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ An hour ago they predicted rain and thunderstorms but now they say mostly sunny and no thunder at all πŸ™‚ I don’t care because I’ll most likely just sit on my sofa doing nothing. The beekeepers wanted me to come over but I don’t have any energy to do anything πŸ™‚

 

The four last ones, for this time, taken with the Kiev4.

The four last ones, for this time, taken with the Kiev4.

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It is time to make a pot of tea I think and perhaps I’ll repot some plants with too small pots but I doubt it πŸ™‚

Have a nice midsummer’s eve!


I just wish this was over now!

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I’m still not especially well to be honest, the coughing has kept me awake most parts of the night and I’ve now seen a lot of night-time tv and I won’t miss that when this finally is over πŸ™‚ I now also have an aching right foot heel πŸ™‚ I gave up after waking ap the zillionth time coughing my lungs out and walked downstairs. I’m not sure why but when I had three more steps to walk before I had come down to the bottom floor I just too one big leap out in the air πŸ™‚

 

The garden do get a special shine on rainy mornings.

The garden does get a special shine on rainy mornings.

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I’m not quite sure how I did it but I landed like a super hero always does in films, You know when they landΒ in high speed and hard but in full control sort of half kneeling with one hand on the ground πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I guess looking at all these super heroe movies finally paid off πŸ™‚ Still I did land on something with my right heel and I can feel that very well right now πŸ™‚ I think that the coughing at least has stopped when I’m awake though, it would have been better if I coughed while awake but not while I was sleeping though but at this stage I’ll take anything πŸ™‚

 

Delphiniums have opened up.

Delphiniums have opened up. All standing photographs are more manageable if You click on them.

Soon the weed flower bed will look at its best. The bright yellow Greater celandines, the deep blue geraniums and usually quite a lot of white flowers too.

Soon the weed flower bed will look at its best. The bright yellow Greater celandine, the deep blue geraniums and usually quite a lot of white flowers too.

Perhaps I should plant some Betony in the weed flower bed too.

Perhaps I should plant some Betony in the weed flower bed too.

The first Foxgloves flowers too. Normally I have more white ones than the common pink.

The first Foxgloves flowers too. Normally I have more white ones than the common pink.

The fever came back too but today it finally has lowered so much that I think it is over for this time. So it looks like I have been through the worst now but I won’t celebrate until it is over πŸ™‚ I’ve had the kitchen door open as much as possible (we’ve had lots of rain so it has been open in between showers) so that the dogs have been able to go outside as they’ve pleased. Taking walks have not been an option, My energy has run out after just a few yards πŸ™‚ Unfortunately that has meant lots of flies in my home and today I finally gave up and brought out the heavy weapon, fly poison spray! It is some kind of nerve toxin which is harmless for mammals and spiders for instance but very effective towards flies. Smells bad though so I forced the dogs outside while it was doing its job. There will soon be thousand more here but at the moment my home is nicely fly free πŸ™‚

 

Butterflies just love chives.

Butterflies just love chives.

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The red leafed elderberry bush has pink flowers.

The red leafed elderberry bush has pink flowers.

We’ll celebrate Midsummer’s eve here tomorrow, it is almost or perhaps just as big as Christmas here and even though the christian church tried to make it a christian holiday (John the Baptist’s birth day) they failed utterly and it is still a very pagan holiday here. This should of course have been celebrated on the solstice but politicians didn’t seem to like that we had another paid holiday so they moved Midsummer so that Midsummer’s day always came on a Saturday. How they failed, even employers want to have Midsummer’s eve off so together with the unions they decided we should have Midsummer’sΒ eve off but with full pay πŸ™‚ but more about our holiday tomorrow.

 

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The rest of the photographs comes from the Kiev4.

The rest of the photographs comes from the Kiev4.

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It is time to try and fall asleep sitting in front of the tv again. It is sunny and rather warm with very low humidity outside today, would have been perfect to take walks in if I hadn’t had this cold. Tomorrow might get nasty warm with humidity around 97 % all day,Β so even if I’m much better by then I still won’t have any energy to do anything anyway πŸ™‚

 

These photographs were taken where I lived before I moved to this cottage. I don't think it is a nature reserve but the land owner keeps it like it was. A fallen tree stays where it is and the path that might be blocked takes another way around the tree after a while :-)

These photographs were taken where I lived before I moved to this cottage. I don’t think it is a nature reserve but the land owner keeps it like it was. A fallen tree stays where it is and the path that might be blocked takes another way around the tree after a while πŸ™‚

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Have a great day!


The most wonderful morning.

From my mormors old camera, the Gevabox.

From my mormors old camera, the Gevabox.

I’ve had the most wonderful morning today. I drove quite early to the hospital to get my insoles and was lucky to be the first one there. I don’t think it took more than five minutes to get them adjusted to my two pair of shoes. After that I drove to the marina, the sun was shining and there was a weak but just enough warm breeze to keep me cool. I took several photos but only with old cameras, it would have been too much with my digital too because old cameras weigh lots more than modern ones.

 

Sotis is getting bigger now.

Sotis is getting bigger now.

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Mosquitos don't need lots of water to become more. I do hope the puddle dries out fast.

Mosquitos don’t need lots of water to become more. I do hope the puddle dries out fast.

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Vacation season has started and I saw lots of people walking their dogs and I wished I could have brought my two too, Sune would have loved to swim in the lake, NovaΒ would have liked to drink the water πŸ™‚ There was also a big group of Canadian geese and those are not birds to mess with πŸ™‚ They refused to move when I came walking so I had to walk in a half circle around them and realised how much they poop, it looked like lots of smallish dog poops to be honest but they were green πŸ™‚ I also passed through thick clouds of midges, our black flies but they don’t like me especially much thankfully. I think one or maybe two bit me but that’s it.

 

There isn't much water left in the creek now but he still jumps in when he can :-)

There isn’t much water left in the creek now but he still jumps in when he can πŸ™‚

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It was when I walked by the water I suddenly started to long for the ocean. The lake is big enough so it behaves like an ocean in most ways but there it doesn’t smell the same, no salty smell with a touch of seaweed and that smell that is so hard to describe. Small fish jumped up in the air so I think pike, walleye and perch might have been out hunting or perhaps even trout. I guess it would have been a good morning to fish so I almost regretted not bringing a fishing rod. We can fish for free in the ocean and the five big lakes here but we do need a fishing license in almost all other waters.

 

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I parked the car in the center of the city too and walked around for an hour or so before I finally found an open cafΓ©. Odd that they don’t open early so people can have their morning coffee and a croissant there. I could however get some Thai food already when I arrived in the city, they obviously don’t think it is odd to have cooked food that early in the morning πŸ™‚ I just can’t eat cooked food that early though so I never went in even though it smelled delicious.

 

Just imagine how many shades of green there are.

Just imagine how many shades of green there are.

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It takes around an hour to get to FalkΓΆping from LidkΓΆping if one drives legally πŸ™‚ so I had to leave before 11am if I wanted to be in time for my appointment at the optician. I did have some time left when I arrived so I walked around in FalkΓΆping too. I bought some tea and the best ice cream there is in that town before I went to the optician which is on the same street.

 

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We managed to take a short walk when I came home, the flies drove Nova crazy so she turned homewards as soon as she could, there aren’t that many flies but they behave insane so I think thunder might come soon, they predict thunder for tomorrow. None had however predicted showers for today and I guess that none of us is surprised that it did rain here πŸ™‚

 

The rest of the photos were taken with the Balda Jubilette. I still have a long way to go to get really good photos with most of the old cameras, it is a totally different thing to use them.

The rest of the photos were taken with the Balda Jubilette. I still have a long way to go to get really good photos with most of the old cameras, it is a totally different thing to use them.

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It is time for a pot of tea and after that a walk if the flies starts to behave normal again.

Have a great day!

 

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Quite nice evening.

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We’re having a warm afternoon, sunless and windless Β and it feels like we were going to get thunder any time soonΒ but I doubt that. The flies behave that crazy as they always do before a good thunderstorm though. It’s odd, almost all of Europe has lots of thunder right now, even our neighboring countries but not a single place here in Sweden πŸ™‚

 

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It is easy to see that broiwn berries are in the rose family, the flower looks like s waild rose.

It is easy to see that blackberries are in the rose family, the flower looks like s wild rose.

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The rain didn’t just wake up lots of flies it also made the grass start to grow. We didn’t get that much rain here though but it was enough for those two things I’m afraid. Still, mostly non biting but rather irritating flies so far and not so many that I feel the need to wear my mosquito hat even if a few of them tried to see what my ear looks like inside.

 

Different "Sweet William's" , Dianthus barbatus, that grows in my garden.

Different “Sweet William’s” , Dianthus barbatus, that grows in my garden.

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I have the day off tomorrow but won’t be sleeping especially late in the morning anyway. First I’ll go to the hospital in LidkΓΆping to get my new insoles and when I’ve done that I’ll walk around some in the city and I’ll bring two old cameras so I can take photographs both in the city and the marina. LidkΓΆping is placed by the biggest lake in Sweden, VΓ€nern (it is by the way the third biggest lake in Europe but still Tiny compared to the big lakes on the American continent).

 

I have no idea what kind of rose this is, I've most likely gotten it on a plant swapping day.

I have no idea what kind of rose this is, I’ve most likely gotten it on a plant swapping day.

These three roses grows on the same bush, it is the Cinnamon rose, Rosa majalis.

These three roses grows on the same bush, it is the Cinnamon rose, Rosa majalis.

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I also have an appointment with my optician and that’s at 12 so I can’t stay too long in LidkΓΆping because my optician is in FalkΓΆping. I have to pass my village on the way there and that’s always a bit annoying since I usually want to drive home when I do that πŸ™‚ If I still have film in my cameras I’ll take a few photos there too. I think I’ll go to the Tea and Coffee shop in FalkΓΆping as well, it’s on the same street as my optician. I’ll not only buy tea they also sell the best ice cream there is, a bit expensive perhaps but well worth it.

 

I have a few wild roses growing in my garden. This is Rosa rugosa.

I have a few wild roses growing in my garden. This is Rosa rugosa.

My next biggest one is a Rosa dumalis, the common Dog rose.

My next biggest one is a Rosa dumalis, the common Dog rose. This one is slightly higher than 2 meters (around 7 foot).

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Rosa glauca. The flowers are best enjoyed if looking closely at them.

Rosa glauca. The flowers are best enjoyed if looking closely at them.

No more things to do after that the entire weekend, well the laundry and lawn mowing but that’s a givenΒ if the grass grows and I want clean clothes πŸ™‚ It is time to make something to eat and I’ll have some tea too, I am after all not going to work tomorrow so I can stay up a bit late if the tea works that way πŸ™‚

 

I have no idea what this rose is called either but it flowers for a long time.

I have no idea what this rose is called either but it flowers for a long time.

Some kind of Mock orange.

Some kind of Mock orange.

Red leafed Ninebark.

Red leafed Ninebark.

Big betony (Stachys macrantha). If You have a place where the sun doesn't reach and where it is either dry or wet this is the flower for You. It grows everywhere and flowers for quite some time.

Big betony (Stachys macrantha). If You have a place where the sun doesn’t reach and where it is either dry or wet this is the flower for You. It grows everywhere and flowers for quite some time. That also means it is quite weedy.

Have a great day!

 

Taken with my mormors camera, the Gevabox.

Taken with my mormors camera, the Gevabox.


I can’t say I was impressed.

From the Gevabox.

From the Gevabox.

I can’t even pretend I was impressed by the Swedish team yesterday but at least they didn’t lose. 1-1 and that’s only because the Irishmen nicked the ball in to their own goal πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Mostly the Swedish players ran around like chickens with panick attacks πŸ™‚ I doubt they have any bigger chance to go especially far this year.

 

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Really nice weather today and the predicted rain for tomorrow is no longer predicted, not the rain that would come on Thursday or Friday either but instead they warn for loads of rain on Saturday. The one who lives will know as the old Swedish saying goes πŸ™‚

 

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Our leg less lizard. It is called Copper lizard or Copper snake.

Our leg less lizard. It is called Copper lizard or Copper snake.

Our wild strawberries are almost ripe now. So much tastier than the ones we grow. We call them smultron.

Our wild strawberries are almost ripe now. So much tastier than the ones we grow. We call them smultron.

I’ve very little more to say today so I give up now and see You all on Thursday.

 

Four photos from the Minolta 7000.

Four photos from the Minolta 7000.

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Have a great day!

 

Four from the Kiev 4.

Four from the Kiev 4.

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A rather perfect morning.

From the Gevabox.

From the Gevabox.

We’re having a rather wonderful morning here at the outskirts of the world. Sunny, warm and with a weak wind just enough cool to make it even more pleasant. Always flies in the air but still unusually few and even fewer ticks of which I’m thankful.

On the way tothe bog.

On the way to the bog.

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To get even further away from the world we took our morning walk out on the bog. We were actually there already yesterday afternoon because my neighbors had been there and told me it was so dry out there that it was possible to walk around without sinking anywhere. I did hesitate a while because I thought there would be lots of ticks, mosquitos and midges there but then again it is voles and mice who spreads ticks more than other animals and voles would drown if they tried to dig in the ground out there and mice stays mostly on the islands so we avoided to walk there.

 

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I just wore ordinary shoes while walking out there. The Cotton-grass likes it on the bog as You can see :-)

I just wore ordinary shoes while walking out there. The Cotton-grass likes it on the bog as You can see πŸ™‚

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I climbed up one of the hunting towers in the hope of seeing some wildlife but except for small birds I couldn’t see anything but trees and cotton-grass. To be honest it was enough for me that there were no biting insects and hardly any other flies either πŸ™‚ They all seems to have moved in to my cottage instead πŸ™‚ I really need to buy more sticky fly paper again.

 

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Not an animal to be seen anywhere.

Not an animal to be seen anywhere.

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Well, two dogs were there of course πŸ™‚

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I better go outside to water the pots now since we’re going to have sunshine all day and after that I’ll have a pot of tea, one can never have too much tea in life πŸ™‚

 

lots of cloudberry leafs but no flowers or berries yet.

Lots of cloudberry leafs but no flowers or berries yet.

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On our way home again.

On our way home again.

Have a great day!

 

Four photographs from my Kiev 4.

Four photographs from my Kiev 4.

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The little calf You can see here was born not many minutes before I took this photo.

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I just can’t win :-)

Nova woke me up at 4am today se we went out for a walk. The morning was so beautiful that I forgot to take especially many photos, I took three to be correct :-)

Nova woke me up at 4am today se we went out for a walk. The morning was so beautiful that I forgot to take especially many photos, I took three to be correct πŸ™‚

I’m sort of lazy when it comes to shaving so long periods I have the right style with a hipster beard πŸ™‚ Yesterday I thought it was time to get rid of it and brought out my trimmer. I stood in the bathroom and trimmed away when the machine, wich has a cord, started to hack. I didn’t think much of it but tried to keep the cord in a way that it at least would work until I was finished.

 

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I never remember what this flower is called. I have it in my garden and it is a native plant.

I never remember what this flower is called. I have it in my garden and it is a native plant.

Suddenly big flames came out of the machine! I shouted something like AAAAAH in a high-pitched voice and was about to toss it in the sink but realised that would be a rather stupid idea since I had a newspaper there to collect all the hair, that would have been a smelly start of a nice fire πŸ™‚ So I dropped it on the floor, still burning and tore out the cord from the jacket but the bl…. thing kept on burning πŸ™‚ So I ran out to the kitchen and tossed it in that sink instead. I tossed it in a clay pot and placed it in the garden during the night πŸ™‚ I looked slightly derange in my face, some places had still lots of beard left and it was a bit tricky to shave it all off πŸ™‚

 

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The white Jacob's ladder.

The white Jacob’s ladder.

The blue one.

The blue one. It is so dry here now that the flowers give up fast.

My printer hate me too! We’re going to have our annual road association meeting so I was going to print out the calling to the meeting and also last years protocol. I had bought black ink this year since it refused to print out anything no matter what color I chose as long as there was no black print. So I was printing out the calling when I noticed that the text was clear blue! I know I had adjusted the printer for black text but still there it was in clear blue πŸ™‚ As soon as all calling notes had been printed the printer told me I had no blue ink left. No problems I thought, I’ll get the protocol in black so I don’t need blue.

 

The Beauty bush is in bloom.

The Beauty bush is in bloom.

A day lily without name.

A day lily without name.

Geranium pyrenaicum. I also have it in white.

Geranium pyrenaicum. I also have it in white.

Of course I needed blue, it refused to print anything in black as long as I didn’t have blue print! So away to FalkΓΆping I went and bought blue print and when I came back it didn’t fit! I had of course tossed away the old cassette, which by the way had just enough blue ink in it to color my both hand very blue. So back to the store minutes before they closed and I just bought a cassette which I thought looked the same and to my big surprise it was the right kind. So finally I could print the protocol. Guess if I got surprised that every letter it printed just had the edges in black, inside it was totally white?!

 

I allow lots of wildflowers in my garden, like Buttercups.

I allow lots of wildflowers in my garden, like Buttercups.

Laburnum.

Laburnum.

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It didn’t matter what I did it continued in the same way. So then I thought, I have a lot of blue ink now so if I adjust the printer to make the letters very dark blue instead, that should make the text look almost black. I now have the protocol and the text is purple and I have given up πŸ™‚ I truly hate printers but I need one and every year it is the same battle and the printer always win πŸ™‚

 

The weed flower bed. It doesn't look especially nice now but earlier it was totally yeallow and soon it will be mostly blue from a geranium. There's also a Sorbus domestica and a Rosa glauca.

The weed flower bed. It doesn’t look especially nice now but earlier it was totally yeallow and soon it will be mostly blue from a geranium. There’s also a Sorbus domestica and a Rosa glauca.

This one too which I at the moment can't remember what it is called.

This one too which I at the moment can’t remember what it is called.

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The rest of the photos comes from the Ambi Silette.

It is time for something to eat and after that I’ll see if there’s anything interesting on tv. I now have a channel for free again (I don’t know for how long though, it can be gone tomorrow or in two weeks), it shows all my favorite comedies but there’s one problem, there’s no sound πŸ™‚ I can however say that since we always have subtitles in shows made in another language it is just as fun anyway πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!


Downhill from now on.

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Just as nice weather today as yesterday, lots of sunshine, just enough warm and a nice breeze to keep us cool while being in the sunshine. From now on it will go downhill with the weather. It will get cooler, almost cold if the predictions are right (which I doubt since they rarely are) and we might get rain. Farmers might want rain but I’m quite happy without it, just think of all the time I save on lawn mowing πŸ™‚

 

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I woke up before the sun rose today (which by the way was at 4:05 am) but since it is very bright long before the sun rise we went out on our morning walk. It was almost as chilly as yesterday but a worn down fleece jacket was just enough to keep me warm. Lots of birds flew around but most other animals seemed to rather take it easy a few more minutes. I could hear the ravens argue again and today I know why, crows have moved in on their area. They truly don’t like each other.

 

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Ravens are much bigger and stronger than crows but crows are faster and more agile in the air so it looks like they manage to drive off the ravens and they are not happy about it. I’m pretty sure the ravens will get the place back because they often hang out in groups of several generations and as soon as the older ones can leave their nests the crows will be history. Nice to see them here for a while though, I like our crows.

 

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I do like the colors our crows has. It is the same species as the black one.

I do like the colors our crows has. It is the same species as the black one.

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It is our National day today but very few know why we celebrate it, to be honest we haven’t had a national day for especially long, today used to be the Swedish Flag Day. What we are celebrating is that on June sixth 1523 Gustav Vasa became our king. He was a tyrant that happily slaughtered the ones that had helped him to power, he also was the one making sure the first son of the ruling king would be the king to come. He had three (official) sons who all were more or less insane and all became king of this country. The oldest one for instance Eric 14, married his concubine and he was later imprisoned by his brothers and poisoned with arsenic put in his pea soup. His wife and children were moved to Finland but alive and not allowed to everΒ claim the crown.

 

We have the biggest colony of Black-headed gull (we call them laughing gulls) in Scandinavia up in the lake. They have been coming here a lot lately and they do like to argue with the Jackdaws.

We have the biggest colony of Black-headed gull (we call them laughing gulls) in Scandinavia up in the lake. They have been coming here a lot lately and they do like to argue with the Jackdaws.

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They need to be two on each Jackdaw but still loose quite a lot :-)

They need to be two on each Jackdaw but still lose quite a lot πŸ™‚

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The second reason is that we in 1809 got a new constitution which gave the king less power and the parliament more. The first reason is just stupid to celebrate since he was anything but a pleasant ruler but the second is a good reason but nothing we go out and celebrates on the streets πŸ™‚ They are trying to make this day to something big. like in Norway or the USA but most of us just enjoy the weather if it is nice πŸ™‚ The ones truly celebrating this day are either the extreme rightΒ or immigrants, an odd combination πŸ™‚

 

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Not so tough when they're alone though :-)

Not so tough when they’re alone though πŸ™‚

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It is time for a pot of tea and after that another walk I think, it is still rather cool outside so most flies are still waiting to get warm enough to fly around to annoy us all πŸ™‚

 

The Cinnamon rose has opened up.

The Cinnamon rose has opened up.

Ginnala maple.

Ginnala maple.

Laburnum, we call it golden rain.

Laburnum, we call it Golden rain.

The Hungarian lilac.

The Hungarian lilac.

Have a great day!

 

Vitis riparia, Frost or River grape. The vine is enormous now but I have one slight problem, it only creates female flowers so no grapes. That's why I'm so glad that my Amur grape vine will flower this year too, I might actually get grapes :-)

Vitis riparia, Frost or River grape. The vine is enormous now but I have one slight problem, it only creates female flowers so no grapes. That’s why I’m so glad that my Amur grape-vine will flower this year too, I might actually get grapes πŸ™‚

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I bought ten Dahlia roots for almost nothing at all yesterday. The roots were very dried out but they have now been soaking in luke warm water for almost 24 hours and look much better. I'll put them in pots and place them on the patio at first so they'll get used to the daylight and not get burned by the sun.

I bought ten Dahlia roots for almost nothing at all yesterday. The roots were very dried out but they have now been soaking in luke warm water for almost 24 hours and look much better. I’ll put them in pots and place them on the patio at first so they’ll get used to the daylight and not get burned by the sun.


Back to cool mornings again :-)

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We’re back at more normal summer temperatures here now, around 22C (71,6F) during the day and around 10C (50F) during the night but this night was a bit more chilly. I looked at the thermometer just before we went out for our morning walk and it told me it was 3,5C (38,3F) outside in the sunshine πŸ™‚

 

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It was actually really, really nice but I did wear a fleece jacket. The sun warms us up but the shadows are a tad cold for quite some time. We still have very low humidity so no morning dew today either. That however means the ticks won’t be around either so even if I miss the dew I really like the tick situation πŸ™‚ Not many other animals around either to be honest but the ravens had a huge fight with something, they were so noisy that they could be heard all over the village.

 

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I’ve done something with my right thumb, I don’t know what but it hurts like h… every time I move it πŸ™‚ I haven’t hit it in anything and I have no smaller or bigger wounds in it either. I noticed the pain yesterday evening and thought that it would be gone this morning but it got worse instead. I can move it and it gets a bit better if I continue to move it every now and again but as soon as I keep it still for a few minutes it’s the same again. This is not a week to not being able to work because I’m the only painter who will be there all week. Lots of school graduations next week too. Thankfully I’m ambidexter so as long as nothing happens to my left hand things would work πŸ™‚

 

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I must go to the super market today. I really need mosquito nets and I’ll see if I can find a small fan too, just in case the heat returns. We all fear that this was the summer we’ll get this year. Last year started out much the same (less hot though) and as soon as our vacations started the cold and rainy weather came to stay. Looking at it statistically if May is hot June will be cool and July hot. Almost always a lot of rain though because the summer months here are also the ones with most water falling from the sky. Climate change however has changed things so now the weather turns anywhere all the time πŸ™‚

 

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It is time to get some breakfast and as soon as I hear that my neighbors are awake I’ll drive to the super market. I don’t want to goo to early just in case the dogs would start to bark in the dog yard when I drive away. They say they rarely do but if they do it will of course be on a Sunday morning πŸ™‚ Normally I would be really annoyed if I had to go to a supermarket on a Sunday but we’re having a holiday tomorrow, our national day, so it doesn’t feel like I’m destroying the last day of the weekend.

 

My plastic garbage bins shines in the sun.

My plastic garbage bins shines in the sun.

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Have a great day!

 

Four photos from the Ambi Silette.

Four photos from the Ambi Silette.

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I could feel the difference when I opened the door.

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I really hate to complain when we actually get warm summer weather as we have so far but it was just too warm yesterday, we Swedes aren’t used to have temperatures up to 31C (87,8F). Normally our summers are cool and rainy, so the weather we just had was a dream come true for us πŸ™‚ I think I would have liked it better if I hadn’t been working beside a huge oven and a huge washing machine that pours out steam that fills the entire place where I work πŸ™‚

 

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I could feel the difference in the air as soon as I opened the kitchen door (it will cool down to only 21C (69,8F) today, normal summer temperatures πŸ™‚ ), the air was cool, almost chilly and even felt a bit humid, it is around 50% so it is actually a bit low and will drop even more later during the day. One weather site says we might get a few drops of rain another says we won’t. I don’t long for rain because it is now so dry in the ground that the lawn doesn’t grow and that I like πŸ™‚ Also, all puddles and most small creeks are now bone dry so that means fewer mosquitos and hopefully fewer biting flies too πŸ™‚ I’m not sure farmers like it this dry though but at the moment I really don’t care πŸ™‚

 

I think this is a Kestrel and it hovered nicely so I could get some photos.

I think this is a Kestrel and it hovered nicely so I could get some photos.

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I have four long strips of sticky fly paper hanging from the ceiling and two of them are full of flies and has to be changed today, they were filled during four days. The first biting ones have arrived too, oh the joy. They are all very early this year so I hope their season ends early too. It would be nice if they actually were gone by the time my vacation starts but I guess that would be to hope for too much πŸ™‚

 

A lone Greylag was grasing the field close to my cottage.

A lone Greylag was grazing the field close to my cottage.

 Yellow Goat's Beard (Tragopogon pratensis) grows everywhere here and its root is edible and seen as a delicasy.

Yellow Goat’s Beard (Tragopogon pratensis) grows everywhere here and its root is edible and seen as a delicacy.

Cranes gracing another field.

Cranes grazing another field.

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It is time to make a pot of tea and something to eat as well. We were up already at 4:20 this morning and went out not long after that. The sky was and still is a bit cloudy but we could see the sun rise since the clouds were rather thin, so after the tea I think I’ll take a short nap πŸ™‚

 

The Guelder rose is now in bloom.

The Guelder rose is now in bloom.

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Have a great day!

 

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I had totally forgotten that I had planted hardy pelargoniums in my garden, so guess if I was surprised to see these two growing  up :-)

I had totally forgotten that I had planted hardy pelargoniums in my garden, so guess if I was surprised to see these two growing up πŸ™‚

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Bertil is being chased away from the apple tree by two angry magpies :-)

Bertil is being chased away from the apple tree by two angry magpies πŸ™‚


I’m not freezing anyway :-)

The dog bisquites flowers everywhere now. I call all flowers looking like this dog bisquits but lots of them are actually wild carrots.

The dog biscuit’s flowers everywhere now. I call all flowers looking like this dog biscuits but lots of them are actually wild carrots.

We’re just about to break 31C (87,8F) and I’m so glad I’m not at work πŸ™‚ It is very different to take the heat here at home when the humidity is as low as it is (22%) than it ia at work where the huge washing machine just vomits out steam and the temperature is even higher πŸ™‚ I didn’t stay long at work though, I left already at 10am today.

 

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I had an appointment at my optician at 11:10 and it takes a while to drive. To my very big luck they called for me much earlier than my appointment so I left before I should have been there πŸ™‚ My eyes have changed very little and they said I really didn’t need new glasses for that reason but I thought it best anyway. The powder paint is like sand and every time I clean them they make tiny scratches in the hardened plastic as I think they make almost all glasses from now days.

 

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It wasn’t until I was driving homewards I realised that all schools have their last day today, I saw carriages where students already had gathered around and they were just about to be driven around the town. Must be pretty adventures since FalkΓΆping is all hills and slopes πŸ™‚ I got out just in time before it all started, on,y god knows how long it would have taken if I had gotten caught in that traffic πŸ™‚

 

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The water lever is really low now.

The water lever is really low now.

I stopped by the grocery store in Gudhem on my way home and the owner gave me a small Tamarind tree. I’ve always wanted to sow one myself but one never knows how well those seeds germinate. She had sown this one six months ago and I think I’ll have a good chance on keeping it alive. No bigger problems if we’ll get a warm summer but the indoors air is usually too dry for most plants growing in hotter regions and we just have too little daylight during winter but I’ll do what I can.

 

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I bought two ginger roots which were organically grown and I’ll plant one and place it outdoors all summer, the other one I’ll eat πŸ™‚ I also bought two small Fuchsia plants and hope I’ll be able to keep them happy on the north side of my cottage. Fuchsia’s grow best on chilly and rainy summers but even if I really would like to see these growing big I still rather have a warm and sunny πŸ™‚

 

I think this is the Veronica we call Granny's glasses.

I think this is the Veronica we call Granny’s glasses.

Nova saw these two hares and wanted to kill them but listened to me when I said no. I think she's getting old :-)

Nova saw these two hares and wanted to kill them but listened to me when I said no. I think she’s getting old πŸ™‚

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This is the last day with this kind of heat, tomorrow will be much cooler but still summer warm. Now it is time to give us all something to eat and after that I’ll slowly melt away somewhere where there’s no sunshine πŸ™‚

 

Three photos from the Hasselblad camera.

Three photos from the Hasselblad camera.

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Have a great day!

 

The Tamarind still looka bit sad but who wouldn't if anyone had removed us from our home and put us elsewhere :-)

The Tamarind still look a bit sad but who wouldn’t if anyone had removed us from our home and put us elsewhere πŸ™‚


My brain is fried.

Early this morning. This is the time of year when the sun shines through my tiny bathroom window when it goes up and again when it goes down in the evening :-)

Early this morning. This is the time of year when the sun shines through my tiny bathroom window when it goes up and again when it goes down in the evening πŸ™‚

Sorry about not writing anything here and today will be short too, it is so hot that my brain is fried πŸ™‚ It is even worse at my work place, today we placed a thermometer where I work and stopped measuring when it reached 35,8C (96,4F). It would most likely have gone higher but that was depressing enough πŸ™‚

 

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I’ve stopped checking how much water I’ve been drinking but it is a lot and what goes in must come out πŸ™‚ So big parts of the day we have been running to and from the toilet πŸ™‚

 

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It is so dry here now that we don’t get any morning dew. I don’t mind because that also means the lawn doesn’t grow now πŸ™‚

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We do take very short walks after work but instead the dogs wake me up so early, today for instance Nova decided that it was a good idea to stand on my waist with all four feet πŸ™‚ well she got what she wanted πŸ™‚ , that we have been taking long walks while it still is just below 20C (68F). The flies are more calm then too.

 

Columbines come in all forms and colors now days :-)

Columbines come in all forms and colors now days πŸ™‚

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Tomorrow will be even warmer but I’ll go to the optician so I’ll stop working at 10 am πŸ™‚ The heat is quite ok outdoors but it is a pain in the a.. at work πŸ™‚

 

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Rhododendron ‘Nova Zembla’.

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It is time to have something to eat and then I’ll just sit still in front of the tv πŸ™‚

Have a great day!


Fantastic weather.

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This is one of those days when it is just too good weather to stay indoors and surf the net. It is actually a bit too warm but a strong wind takes care of that problem. It also keep most flies away, they started early this year but aren’t that many yet but still as annoying.

 

One of my tree peony have three buds this year (it had eleven last year). This is how the first one looked yesterday.

One of my tree peony have three buds this year (it had eleven last year). This is how the first one looked yesterday.

This is how it looked today.

This is how it looked today.

This is the second one,. The third has still not opened.

This is the second one,. The third has still not opened.

So I’ll come back tomorrow, they predict even warmer weather but we all know how good they are predicting the weather here in Sweden so it could just as well be icy cold, I don’t trust those meteorologists for a second πŸ™‚

 

My first tomatoes.

My first tomatoes.

This rhododendron is the only one the deers eat almost all winters so this is a very rare sight :-)

This rhododendron is the only one the deers eat almost all winters so this is a very rare sight πŸ™‚

The Naranjilla likes our cool nights but doesn't like the strong winds we're having today. It is thorny even on both sides of the leafs :-)

The Naranjilla likes our cool nights but doesn’t like the strong winds we’re having today. It is thorny even on both sides of the leafs πŸ™‚

It is time to go outside again and to play with the dogs.

Have a great day!

 

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It’ll be a lazy day.

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According to the weather sites it is raining here right now but as far as I can see through the windows it doesn’t. Showers are of course always hard to predict, it might in fact rain on the other side of my cottage without me knowing it. It is a fairly warm morning with a brisk breeze and high humidity and it could have been rather nice if the humidity had been lower. The more the day passes by the better the weather will be and the lower humidity will be as well.

My neighbors calves all look the same but the ones the castle has look al very different.

My neighbors calves all look the same but the ones the castle has look al very different.

I wonder if this is a Red Kite. It does look like it.

I wonder if this is a Red Kite. It does look like it.

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We walked down to the creek this morning and there was this rather big raptor up in the sky, normally they never come especially close but I was lucky today. I now know it is a Kite and I think it is a Red Kite which is rather rare here in Sweden. I did see a deer too and some Greylag geeseΒ but that was it when it comes to wildlife this morning. Of course I saw lots of small birds but they didn’t come close enough so I at least could try to identify them. I did however find lots of wildlife in Sune’s fur when we came home, I had to pick several ticks and I got all of them before they had bitten. They are now all dead πŸ™‚

 

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I’m now taking the chance or risk that we won’t get any more frosty nights here so I am placing all the remaining potted plants I have in the cottage in the patio instead. The roof seems to make the place rather frost safe, unless it drops down to -7C (19,4F) or lower which isn’t unusual the last frost night here. It is like nature wants to show that we never can relax totally and just shows of that last frosty night πŸ™‚ So today I’ll take out the three passionfruit vines, the Lime tree and the last pelargonium. It is amazing how much more light I have in my home now πŸ™‚

 

A little of what flowers in my garden right now, This is Spanish bluebelle, a pink one.

A little of what flowers in my garden right now, This is Spanish bluebell, a pink one.

Prunus pumila.

Prunus pumila.

Japanese quince.

Japanese quince.

The Aronia has beautiful little flowers.

The Aronia has beautiful little flowers.

I still have the last laundry to do but besides from that I’ll most likely have a lazy day today. I might start sowing some vegetables but then I need to weed the last part of my vegetable patch and the weather isn’t that nice yet. I’ll see if I do it later when the humidity is much lower. It will be a warm week ahead of us so I’m thinking of mostly making salads to bring to work. Like chicken salad one day, pork the other (much the same as the chicken one, I just put pork in it instead πŸ™‚ ) and so on.

 

The Columbines popped up so fast that I barely noticed that they had started to grow.

The Columbines popped up so fast that I barely noticed that they had started to grow.

Bleading Heart.

Bleeding Heart.

Paeonia vetchii.

Paeonia vetchii.

My Haberlea rhodopensis is now so big that it almost suffocated my Ramonda myconi (Pyrenean violet) but I think and hope I saved it just in time.

My Haberlea rhodopensis is now so big that it almost suffocated my Ramonda myconi (Pyrenean violet) but I think and hope I saved it just in time.

It is time to start with the laundry though and after that a pot of tea πŸ™‚

Have a great day!

 

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I haven't seen the very pregnant cow this morning, I do hope that calf is out by now.

I haven’t seen the very pregnant cow this morning, I do hope that calf is out by now.


It’ll only take seven years or so.

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We don’t have any sunshine but it is fairly warm and low humidity makes it feel even better. The weak wind just makes it more pleasant so I really can’t complain today. Well it would be about the flies then but to be honest, they aren’t as many as I feared. I guess I can thank the draught we’ve had for a while now. Living in a boggy area means the ground never really dries out too bad.

 

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We walked in the village this morning. They cut of the gravel roads so cows can walk between pastures so we are a bit blocked while walking around now. Yes we can pass but with two dogs terrified by electric fences and cows it is a bit problematic.

We walked in the village this morning. They cut of the gravel roads so cows can walk between pastures so we are a bit blocked while walking around now. Yes we can pass but with two dogs terrified ofΒ electric fences and cows it is a bit problematic.

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I was thinking that I would start chopping down my lilac hedge as soon as the flowers starts to wither but I can’t do that. I don’t know how many birds nests there are in there but one is enough for me to wait until Autumn comes and all small birds have flown away. One nest is so close to my gate that every time I walk out of my garden the chicks starts to scream for food πŸ™‚ I do hope it is too hard for my cats to reach it, Teodor is the one most interested in hunting birds but he is just too fat to even come close to the nest and I hope Bertil doesn’t care. He is however a master in hunting mice and voles and those I don’t care if he takes.

 

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There’s this one cow that is very pregnant in the cow pasture right now. She has been standing still at the same spot all day looking miserable. She did walk a bit to get some fresh grass to eat but it is very easy to see where the calf is πŸ™‚ I’m pretty sure we’ll have a new calf in the pasture by tomorrow morning.

 

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Today was a perfect day to mow the lawn and by the sound of it many neighbors thought the same thing. The more trees and bushes I plant the faster I mow the lawn πŸ™‚ My plan is to have so many bushes that I just have paths going around the entire garden so mowing will take even shorter time. The only problem with that is the cord since I have an electric mower. It will most likely get caught here and there but I see that as a minor problem.

 

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I have two kinds of grape vines in my garden and they are amongst the hardiest and most pest resistant one can find. One is the American Frost grape (Vitis riparia) and the other the Asian Amur grape (Vitis amurensis). I have a problem with my frost grape though, it only produces male flowers so I never get any grapes but this year the amur grape flowers too so I have high hopes of at least get a few grapes this year πŸ™‚ I have sown more frost grape seeds though and if they germinate it’ll take around seven years until I get any flowers on those new vines πŸ™‚

 

Four photos I took with the Ambi Silette.

Four photos I took with the Ambi Silette. By now I should remember this: Never towards the sun with old cameras πŸ™‚

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I also found a small pot that I sowed something two years ago and two small plants are growing in it now, the problem is that the name tag is gone πŸ™‚ I’m not quite sure what is growing πŸ™‚ It might be a service berry but it could be something completely else too πŸ™‚ I’ll know when it is bigger I hope πŸ™‚ Do You remember when I told You two peonies had germinated and started to grow? One is dead and the other one doesn’t look too good, I’m afraid one of the cats walked on it but it is still green so I still have a tiny hope it will survive. If this had happened when it was two years old it would have survived but they are very vulnerableΒ the first summer.

 

These four are taken with the Zeiss. These are the last ones for this time.

These four are taken with the Zeiss. These are the last ones for this time. All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

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I think it is time to make some frozen yoghurt, I think I have some vanilla yoghurt in the fridge. Perhaps I should make some kind of dinner first though but I’m not really hungry.

 

The last four today are taken with the Hasselblad. Sometimes it is hard to see what it was that looked so interesting that I wanted to photograph it :-) I think there might be two root cellars in this photo :-)

The last four today are taken with the Hasselblad. Sometimes it is hard to see what it was that looked so interesting that I wanted to photograph it πŸ™‚ I think there might be two root cellars in this photo πŸ™‚

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I'm pretty sure there is a root cellar here too :-)

I’m pretty sure there is a root cellar here too πŸ™‚

The hunting group hunting here has a huge hunting lodge

The hunting group hunting here has a huge hunting lodge.

Have a great day!


Guess if I got surprised!

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Summer has returned for an afternoon but that was something I really couldn’t believe this morning when I went ou to the cat to get something I had forgotten. There was ice all over the car! I had just woken up and was so tired that I didn’t go inside again to bring the camera πŸ™‚ It was -2C (28,4F) as coldest this morning. I have to admit it surprised me quite a lot πŸ™‚

 

This is how it looks by my gate. Not especially fun to walk through there after rain has fallen :-) I'll start cutting it down as soon as it doesn't flower.

This is how it looks by my gate. Not especially fun to walk through there after rain has fallen πŸ™‚ I’ll start cutting it down as soon as it doesn’t flower.

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Hundkex, or dog bisquits in English. A bit early this year. To be honest it might just as well be wild carrots or something else very similar but I call all of them hundkex πŸ™‚

It must have been during a very short time though because my tomato plants looks just as good as they did before. None of the weather sites had predicted this or even come anywhere near that low temperature, they all predicted 8C (46,4F). I wonder if I could have forced them to get me new tomato plants if they had died πŸ™‚ No idea to sue anything in this country, if one would win the best one can hope for is a “Good for You” and a tap on the shoulder. If one lose however one must pay the winners legal fees and all the rest.

 

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The Rowan's flowers doesn't smell especially nice if one comes close but from a distance they smell fantastic.

The Rowan’s flowers doesn’t smell especially nice if one comes close but from a distance they smell fantastic.

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Lots of flowers that really shouldn’t flower yet flowers out there in the nature. It is odd to see all the flowers in bloom that shouldn’t flower at the same time πŸ™‚ It isn’t that strange to be honest, spring sprung already in early March here, can’t remember if that ever has happened here during my lifetime.

 

If You find lilacs in the middle of a forest there once must have been a cottage there.

If You find lilacs in the middle of a forest there once must have been a cottage there.

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This and the rest of the ophotos are taken with the Hasselblad camera.

This and the rest of the ophotos are taken with the Hasselblad camera.

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It is time to make something to eat and I’ll take the risk of having a cup of tea too. I’ll keep the kitchen door open for a while longer, the dogs loves to run in and out chasing each other πŸ™‚

 

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Bjertorp Castle.

Bjertorp Castle.

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Have a great day!


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 IΒ woke up πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

 

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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 πŸ™‚ 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 Β 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 MapΒ (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 πŸ™‚

 

 

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All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

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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 πŸ™‚


It’ll be hot!

The Chinese rhubarb (R. palmatum) is about to flower now. This is not a rhubarb to be eaten, unless You want to be poisoned :-)

The Chinese rhubarb (R. palmatum) is about to flower now. This is not a rhubarb to be eaten, unless You want to be poisoned πŸ™‚

I must admit that I never thought this day would be as nice as it has and still is. Not much sunshine but warm and a just enough cool wind to make it even more pleasant. The morning was warm enough but the humidity made me sweat like a pig, I was stupid enough to wear a fleece jacket, it is so worn that it gives very little warmth to be honest but it still was too much.

 

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I did the laundry and everything dried within an hour. It’s almost a pity I didn’t have more when we have this weather πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I put the potatoes in the vegetable garden while the laundry was drying and noticed that the sand closest to the flowerbed beside was bone dry, no wonder my rhubarbs grow so bad there. So I watered the vegetable garden and also those flowerbeds where I sowed annuals this early spring. Lots of them are showing already so a bit more water doesn’t hurt.

 

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It is so fun to play in the high grass. After that I need to go through their fur for quite some time to find all the ticks before they bite.

It is so fun to play in the high grass. After that I need to go through their fur for quite some time to find all the ticks before they bite.

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I’ll bring out all my tree tomatoes (Tamarillo) and Naranjilla plants too today, tomorrow might become one of the warmest days ever in May, they predict that it’ll be 27C (80,6F) here! ( the record is actually 32,5C (90,5F set in 1892) That is a temperature we rarely reach during hot summers here πŸ™‚ It’ll be a joy to work in the factory beside the huge oven and washing machine πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ The combination of nasty high humidity and temperature is nothing I look forward too.

 

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I saw that my tomato plants have tiny tomatoes growing on them now πŸ™‚ I still have those plants in too small pots but I don’t have enough soil at home to replant them, I better remember that tomorrow on my way home from work. I must also remember to buy sticky fly papers, yes it is the season of those little beauties πŸ™‚ The forest flies are already here to annoy me but still not that many that I feel the need to bring my mosquito hat. Lots of butterflies, bumblebees and the first big dragonfly or as we call them Troll Spindles. No hornets yet though, I do like those friendly giants.

 

Four photographs from the Ambi Silette.

Four photographs from the Ambi Silette.

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I doubt that I’ll write anything tomorrow if it gets as hot as they predict, my brain will be fried and I’ll most likely be dehydrated no matter how much water I drink at work tomorrow. It’ll cool down a degree or so by Tuesday though so if You don’t see anything here tomorrow You’ll most likely find something on Tuesday.

 

Four photographs from the Zeiss. I do like this first one just because it looks like it was taken during the 1950's :-)

Four photographs from the Zeiss. I do like this first one just because it looks like it was taken during the 1950’s πŸ™‚ and I see now that it also is very blurry πŸ™‚

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It is time to make a big pot of tea and after that I’ll start to bring out all the plants, it’ll be empty in my windows tonight πŸ™‚

 

The four last ones are taken with the Hasselblad.

The four last ones are taken with the Hasselblad.

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Have a great day!


The ticks are thriving.

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High humidity, cloudy sky and warmish isn’t that nice to be walking in to be honest, it is the high humidity that sort of dampens the joy of being out walking. The weak wind there is doesn’t help much but the humidity has already sunken quite dramatically so it does feel better when sitting here in the kitchen with the door open. The clouds are thick but every now and again there’s a tiny rip in them allowing the sunshine to hit the ground for a few seconds at a time.

 

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A bit hazy here this morning.

A bit hazy here this morning.

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No rain is predicted for today so the grass might get a chance to dry up and I a chance to mow it. They predict some sunshine for tomorrow though so I guess I’ll get the chance then if I can’t do it today. To be honest, the predictions change just as much as always so it might end up with a hurricane instead πŸ™‚ I won’t complain too much as long as we don’t get frosty nights, I’ve started to bring plants outside for the summer so frosty nights are a no-no from now on.

 

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Lots of wild flwers in bloom now, like the Forgetmenot.

Lots of wild flowers in bloom now, like the forget-me-not.

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A lot of white ones too. I have them in my garden too plus the pink one.

A lot of white ones too. I have them in my garden too plus the pink one.

We walked in some high and wet grass this morning and that is tick paradise. I picked over twenty crawling ticks from both dogs and a few that already was sitting there drinking blood. Nast creatures and they aren’t even especially popular amongst animals as food. Most birds avoid them so it seems they are here on this planet top spread diseases and death. I guess that’s important for nature too, there would be too many animals around otherwise but I still can’t pretend to think ticks are something we really need πŸ™‚

 

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We walked to the little lake for the last time this season. Too much stinging nettles grwoing there now.

We walked to the little lake for the last time this season. Too much stinging nettles growing there now.

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The Lily of the Valley flowers too now.

The Lily of the Valley flowers too now.

The worlds biggest half marathon takes placeΒ today in my old home town. Β 64 000 people have signed up to participate! I did it once and that was quite enough for me πŸ™‚ They have a good weather to run that far today, not too hot or too cold. There is always some people who do this that really shouldn’t and heart attacks aren’t uncommon amongst them. Even worse are damaged knees or other joints though. The Beekeeper usually run but I did see his car here this morning so perhaps he doesn’t this year.

 

Here are eight photos taken with the Hasselblad camera. The river Lidan in the village TrΓ₯vad.

Here are eight photos taken with the Hasselblad camera. The river Lidan in the village TrΓ₯vad.

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Canadian geese are always nesting there and they can be rather nasty if one comes too close :-)

Canadian geese are always nesting there and they can be rather nasty if one comes too close πŸ™‚

It is time for a pot of tea before I do anything else today. SuneΒ Β is sleeping on the kitchen stairs, there’s some sunlight hitting it at the moment andΒ Nova does the same in the living room, I would like to do the same but I know I’ll sleep for too long so I think I’ll skip it πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!


There’s something special with early summer rain.

We have plenty of crab apple trees here. The bees loves them, both the honey bees and the solitary and bumble bees too.

We have plenty of crab apple trees here. The bees loves them, both the honey bees and the solitary and bumblebees too.

There is something special with early summer rain, it sort of brings out all the smells and scents there is and make the day better even if it is grey and dull. We’ve had that kind of rain today and it was so nice to be out walking after work even if it rained quite a lot in the beginning. The birds loved it because they sang even higher than usual. The sheep however wasn’t happy at all, they just stood there looking on the ground rather miserable πŸ™‚

 

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I had to pick up two packages today and naturally they weren’t shipped to the same place πŸ™‚ One package was to be fetched in FalkΓΆping and I really dread the traffic there on Fridays. It is odd, the town is really small but the traffic is just as bad as it is in our big cities πŸ™‚ I also needed to buy more ink to my printer but that store is of course placed in the other side of the town πŸ™‚ I was however lucky both times with finding a parking space and that is quite an achievement since all parking is free there.

 

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The first SkogsstjΓ€rna (forest star) to open up.

The first SkogsstjΓ€rna (forest star) to open up.

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I thought it had rained quite a lot today, it looked that way when watching it but I guess the raindrops were small because the ground is just as dry as before just beneath the surface. So I guess I still can hope for a mass death amongst the fly larvae πŸ™‚ Too late for the same when it comes to mosquitos, we have plenty already and several attacked me in the forest today. I get immune towards the itching rather fast thankfully so mosquitos don’t disturb me that much to be hones even though that annoying sound they make tends to drive me slightly mad πŸ™‚

 

The Jays are doing a great job with sowing oaks :-)

The Jays are doing a great job with sowing oaks πŸ™‚

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Two clematis that flowers in my garden now.

Two clematis that flowers in my garden now.

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I’ll have at least one Shagbark hickory growing here soon, I saw that one of the nuts now has cracked and a root is looking out πŸ™‚ I wouldn’t mind if the five or six other nuts do the same even though I only can have one in my garden. Well that is if the climate continues to give us short winters. They really don’t need to be warm but they do need to be short. The Black Walnut is slowly opening up its leafs and it is now almost six years old and perhaps 140cm (56 inches) high πŸ™‚ I feel that I might have a few trees that will grow a bit too high for my garden but at the time they will be that big I’m most likely dead and gone anyway πŸ™‚

 

The rest of the photos today comes from the Ambi Silette.

The rest of the photos today comes from the Ambi Silette.

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I have had a few more rolls of film developed and I’ll start shoving those photos today even if I haven’t shown all from the previous time, the last ones from then are not especially good anyway to be honest πŸ™‚ Today You’ll see photos taken with the Agfa Ambi Silette but later on there will be photos from other cameras too.

 

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They had to dig shallow ditches to drain a lot of water from this field. They could after a while plow it without getting stuck.

It is time to get something to eat, the animals got their food for oven an hour ago. Nova is a bit picky with what she eats so now I’ll try another kind and if she likes it we’ll continue with that one. Today she of course ate it with joy but that was only because it was something new πŸ™‚

 

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Have a great day!


It can be so easy some times.

Not the best photo of a raven :-) For once one landed outside my kitchen window in the cow pasture but I think they can feel when something is pointed towards them because they always fly away when I try to take a photo.

Not the best photo of a raven πŸ™‚ For once one landed outside my kitchen window in the cow pasture but I think they can feel when something is pointed towards them because they always fly away when I try to take a photo.

Summer returned today but it will be gone by tomorrow again. It will however show on Thursday just to be gone on Friday πŸ™‚ The weekend might be like summer again but they say one thing on tv and it sais one thing on the net, both predictions are made from the same company πŸ™‚

 

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