Weather predictions.

It is still a bit too expensive.

Musk mallows grow everywhere here.

Musk mallows grow everywhere here.

I only woke up once last night and managed to fall asleep again after ten minutes or so. Still I was so tired when the alarm sett off that I almost seriously considered to come late to work πŸ™‚ Still the day has passed rather quickly and I did feel less tired while I was at work.

 

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It has been mostly cloudy with some rain today and a few seconds of sunshine too. The humidity is as high as it can get, around 99% and will stay like that until tomorrow night. I guess I should be happy about temperatures being rather low because 99% humidity and high temperatures are really nasty, now it will stay close to unpleasant as worst πŸ™‚

 

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Saint John's wort.

Saint John’s wort.

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The weather predictions varies faster than the speed of light πŸ™‚ We might get lots of thunder and rain this weekend but it can also be only light showers and perhaps some sunshine too. I would like to mow the lawn this weekend but I won’t do that if the grass is wet. Too much work to clean out the mower during and after using it on wet grass. I would like to have one of those robot mowers, they are quite popular here but still a bit too expensive for my taste. Now it would work rather well in my garden since the two big hole diggers aren’t around any more. Nova and Sune are content in just eating the leafs of the dandelions and don’t dig up the roots πŸ™‚

 

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It is time to give the dogs their food and after that I’ll give myself something too.

 

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Have a great day!


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.


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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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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Still a bit chilly.

Taken with my mormors old camera, the Gevabox.

Taken with my mormors old camera, the Gevabox. I forgot to adjust the distance πŸ™‚

We’re having a chilly, windy but mostly sunny morning here. It is sweater weather even if one walks in shelter of the wind but kind of nice anyway. It is however not that nice that I’ll keep the kitchen door open for more than a few seconds. I guess that’s why the dogs wants to go out and in all the time, when it stays open all day they usually don’t feel the need to go in and out at all πŸ™‚

 

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No big plans for today. I might go outside and sow those last vegetable seeds I still haven’t sown. A good thing I didn’t since we had frost the other day. Sometimes it pays off being lazy because they had not survived such a cold night πŸ™‚

 

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The hunters have cleaned up the path along the creek so we finally can walk there without risking a fall and a broken leg. Too bad the ones owning the field beside this part now will put up electric fences to keep away the wild hogs. They keepthe fence so close to the creek that it will be impossible to walk there again.

The hunters have cleaned up the path along the creek so we finally can walk there without risking a fall and a broken leg. Too bad the ones owning the field beside this part now will put up electric fences to keep away the wild hogs. They keep the fence so close to the creek that it will be impossible to walk there again. It is most likely against the law “right of public access” but I do understand them because the hogs do destroy the fields totally.

Perhaps I finally will watch one of all the dvd’s I’ve bought. I still haven’t watched the last Hunger Games movie or the latest Star Wars movie and I have continued to buy dvd’s so I have plenty to watch when I finally start :-)I also have several books that I’ve bought but not come around to read.

 

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I just couldn't figure out what animal it was we were looking at from a distance.

I just couldn’t figure out what animal it was we were looking at from a distance.

I can always do the laundry but that can wait until tomorrow or I can do some today and some tomorrow. All these choices and still nothing to do as I so often heard when I was a kid πŸ™‚

 

We came really close and they weren’t especially bothered by us at all. Three roe deers just having a nice morning.

We came really close and they weren't especially bothered by us at all. Three roe deers just having a nice morning.

We came really close and they weren’t especially bothered by us at all. Three roe deers just having a nice morning.

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I do know however that I will drink a big pot of tea very soon and I might watch some tv while I’m drinking it. I still have that extra channel for free and still without any sound πŸ™‚ but comedies with subtitles work anyway. The rest of what they show is pure crap though so I don’t watch that channel especially much anyway πŸ™‚

 

Three from the Hasselblad camera.

Three from the Hasselblad camera.

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It is time for that pot of tea and after that a nap perhaps. I will set the alarm though because I tend to sleep for way too long and when I do the entire weekend gets messed up.

 

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I had the Kiev Β€ camera in my car most of the late winter and early spring and stopped to take photographs whenever I could. The last photos were taken just a few eeks ago.

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It was so foggy at work that the huge silo behind my work place couldn't be seen.

It was so foggy at work that the huge silo behind my work place couldn’t be seen.

Have a great day!

 

These four are from the Balda Jubilette. This one was the first photo on the film. It could work as a post card where I could write something on the front of the card, something I've noticed they often did back in the days (early 1900's that is).

These four are from the Balda Jubilette. This one was the first photo on the film. It could work as a post card where I could write something on the front of the card, something I’ve noticed they often did back in the days (early 1900’s that is).

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I turned on a radiator.

I've now used my mormors (grandmother on my mother's side) camera. It is a Gevabox that gives 8 photos on a 120 roll film. It has one speed, around 1/30th of a second and three apertures (8, 11 and 16) so it was a bit tricky to use it :-) I used a ISO 50 film. I'll show a photo per day or so and this is the first one. I really liked it but I guess I could be a bit biased since it was my mormors camera :-)

I’ve now used my mormors (grandmother on my mother’s side) camera. It is a Gevabox that gives 8 photos on a 120 roll film. It has one speed, around 1/30th of a second and three apertures (8, 11 and 16) so it was a bit tricky to use it πŸ™‚ I used a ISO 50 film. I’ll show a photo per day or so and this is the first one. I really liked it but I guess I could be a bit biased since it was my mormors camera πŸ™‚ There are different distance settings though so it is just to estimate how far away the thing is I want to photograph πŸ™‚

The day has been and still is rather cold and windy but the sun has shined almost all day so it has been bearable but not more.It seems to have been raining quite a lot during the night but nothing can really be seen in the creeks and there are no puddles around that would be great mosquito nurseries either. My water barrels however are full again.

 

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It even got so cold and with high humidity yesterday that I turned on a radiator in the livingroom and I did close all windows too. If the wind calms down I can turn off the radiator again tomorrow and open up the windows too I think because they have changed the predictions to much nicer weather than they did just a day ago. We’ll get sunshine again and the temperature will rise to the high 16C (60,8F). It does look like all my plants survived the frost night the other day and without damages too πŸ™‚

 

I don't see damselflies especially often here, this one was the second in at least the last ten years.

I don’t see damselflies especially often here, this one was the second in at least the last ten years. If translating the Swedish name it would become Maiden spindle.

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Starlings. There were so many that not all could be photographed at the same time :-)

Starlings. There were so many that not all could be photographed at the same time πŸ™‚

I’m so tired today but I don’t know why, usually this cold weather does the opposite to me. I fell asleep in front of the tv as soon as we had come home from our walk πŸ™‚ If it hadn’t been for the flies annoying me I would most likely have been asleep yet πŸ™‚ I guess it could be because Nova has kept on waking me up at 4am every morning this week. I would most likely have woken up shortly after that time anyway but it is something else to be woken up with the help from someone else. Today however she didn’t, this time it was the alarm and that felt even worse πŸ™‚

 

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It is time for another pot of tea and after that perhaps another walk, the weather isn’t inviting so it all depends on whether the dogs get impatient or not πŸ™‚

 

The one I buy all my film from sometimes sell packages with mixed films, black and white but with different ISO's. This is a roll with ISO 3200 so it is very light sensitive, nothing to be used on a sunny and bright day so guess if I felt lucky that morning we got that really thick fog :-) I still had a few photos left to take so I took them another early morning before the sun had risen too high. So here are three photos taken with my Hasselblad.

The one I buy all my film from sometimes sell packages with mixed films, black and white but with different ISO’s. This is a roll with ISO 3200 so it is very light-sensitive, nothing to be used on a sunny and bright day so guess if I felt lucky that morning we got that really thick fog πŸ™‚ I still had a few photos left to take so I took them another early morning before the sun had risen too high. So here are three photos taken with my Hasselblad. Not even that camera could make the film less grainy because that light-sensitive film is alway very grainy.

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I really need to clean out that film cassette before I use it again πŸ™‚

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Have a great day!


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.

The rest of the photos comes from the Ambi Silette.

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!

 

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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™‚

 

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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™‚


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.


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!


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.

 

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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!


Every second day weather.

Oak leafs grow fast when they finally starts.

Oak leafs grow fast when they finally starts.

Summer is back for a day and will be gone tomorrow. The predictions for the weekend have varied so much that anything can happen. They haven’t predicted snow so I wouldn’t be surprised if that is what we’ll get πŸ™‚

 

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Yesterday I brought a shovel to work and started digging in one of the forgotten gardens that belongs to the factory. I dug up four small hazelnut bushes, well bush is perhaps a bit much to call them yet but they will be one day. Β I did of course ask the factory owner first πŸ™‚ I still haven’t planted them because I don’t know exactly where I want them to grow, after all they will stay there for many years to come. So at the moment they are standing in plastic bags on the north side of my cottage.

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He told me that on his property there are some trees he can’t identify, not even those working on the university can figure out what they are. It seems that a previous owner had an arboretum with lots of unusual trees. Unfortunately my boss didn’t know that and cut several of them down. Lucky enough some have spread to the forest which he also owns so not all trees are lost. By the way, do anyone of You know about a conifer with short needles that when cut gets bright orange wood? It fades a lot when it dries though. The bark is light in color and smooth.

 

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Nova doesn't bathe so Nova is hot.

Nova doesn’t bathe so Nova is hot.

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Paris quadrifolia.

Paris quadrifolia.

I’ll go to his forest one day and take photos of the trees which are unidentified so I can show photos too. I have a few things myself that I can’t identify either because the magpies have taken all the signs πŸ™‚Β 

 

In my garden. Rheum palmatum.

In my garden. Rheum palmatum.

I never remember the name on this one but it is a Ranunculus species.

I never remember the name on this one but it is a Ranunculus species.

All my apple trees are more or less in bloom now.

All my apple trees are more or less in bloom now.

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It is time to get something to eat and then I’ll watch some tv. I’ll also try and find the mosquito nets so I can have the kitchen door open for a longer time every evening, the mosquitoes are getting plenty now and I have already gotten the first bites.

 

35 meters of flowering lilacs, the first ones smell nice but after thatb it gets too much.

My fan shaped apple tree. It has flowers open but just a few yet.

My fan-shaped apple tree. It has flowers open but just a few yet. Unfortunately most of it is hidden by the Aronia 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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I got a phone call at work today and at first I thought it was a telemarketer but the number looked odd for that, so I answered. It turns out it was a person from the department who decides about my sewer. She was in the neighborhood when they called her and said she should go to me, too bad they forgot to tell me though πŸ™‚ She just wanted an explanation on where I was planning on letting the water from the shower, dishwashing and shower out. So I guided her via the phone to the place.

 

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Naturally I thought something would turn up making things problematic, the previous one was like that. Guess if I got surprised when she said “Just great”! Excellent! I said that I did wonder why they had to go to my place one more time since they already had been here and she wondered the same πŸ™‚ So now she’ll send me a letter telling me that I have to change the system I have and as soon as the letter arrives I have two years to start with the change. If only all officials had been that easy to talk to! By the way, I’ll let that water out where I have my vegetable garden, my sandy soil is always dry so the water will do miracles because I don’t always remember to water πŸ™‚

 

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I saw her quite early and coughed, whistled, shouted and moved around but it took a really long time until she finally moved away :-) I thought perhaps she had a baby there but I couldn't find any.

I saw her quite early and coughed, whistled, shouted and moved around but it took a really long time until she finally moved away πŸ™‚ I thought perhaps she had a baby there but I couldn’t find any.

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It is time to make something to eat and I think I’ll dare to make some tea too πŸ™‚ The kitchen door is open and I think it already is time to put up the mosquito nets again, I killed my first one yesterday evening πŸ™‚

Have a great day!

 

Sally now waits for my dogs to come and greet her :-)

Sally now waits for my dogs to come and greet her πŸ™‚

The crab apple tree is in bloom. I do hope my trees open up soon too because that tree is a good pollinatoir to my apple trees.

The crab apple tree is in bloom. I do hope my trees open up soon too because that tree is a good pollinator to my apple trees.


I hear it in the distance.

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

The bees are busy.

The bees are busy.

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Have a great day!

 

Three photos from the Minolta 7000.

Three photos from the Minolta 7000.

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This is one of those rare days.

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This is one of those rareΒ days when it is just too good weather to stay indoors in front of a computer. These days usually only come when it is early in spring or summer or the season we call presummer (yes one word as we would do it in Swedish πŸ™‚ ).

 

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One cherry tree is in bloom in the vilage.

One cherry tree is in bloom in the village.

It isn’t as nice to be in the factory warm days like this but I refuse to complain since it will be just as nice after work. I had the bedroom window open for the first time last night, I love nature but there’s this one bird that I wouldn’t mind if the hawk took πŸ™‚ It has two tones and it used those tones all night and loud too πŸ™‚

 

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Lots of them flowering on the mountain though and I think these two must be the biggest chery trees I've ever seen. They stand around 1 mile away.

Lots of them flowering on the mountain though and I think these two must be the biggest cherry trees I’ve ever seen. They stand around 1 mile away (1,6km).

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Have a great day!

 

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Another fantastic day :-)

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‘It is warm today, it went above 21C (69,8F) already at 10 am and it looks like it will continue to rise for yet some time, yesterday we reached 24C (75,2F) and that was a few degrees higher than predicted. There’s no wind at the moment either so it feels warmer than it is. I’m enjoying it to the fullest, this might be the summer we’ll get this year. Last summer started much the same and after that it was mostly cool and rainy.

 

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Nova saw these hares but listened to me and stayed where she was πŸ™‚

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I wore a fleece jacket when we went out this morning and it turned out to be too much. I didn’t regret it though because we walked through lots of bushes and god knows how many ticks that might have been in them πŸ™‚ I have to say though that I haven’t picked that many ticks from either dog, Nova prefers to walk in open spaces where there are no bushes and the grass is low. Sune he takes his baths and I think that rinseΒ away some of the ticks that are in his fur.

 

The ground is still too wet and soft but they keep on trying :-)

The ground is still too wet and soft but they keep on trying πŸ™‚

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Finally the firns by the creek shows.

Finally the ferns by the creek shows.

I’ve done almost all the laundry already, I still have the working t-shirt left to do though. I really can’t wash it with any other clothes, the powder paint that still is in the t-shirt has a habit to stuck on the rest of the clothes instead. It is very easy to brush off but still annoys me. The rest of the laundry is now hanging on the patio to dry.

 

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One problem when summer start this early is to keep calm in placing more sensitive plants outside too early. We can and often do get frost here the first week in June but already now nights are warm (Scandinavian warm that is). I would like to have my tomato plants, the two I have, outside already now. I can of course bring them indoors if they threaten us with frosty nights but the pots will be rather heavy to carry and I’m not sure covering them will be enough.

 

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I also have several Tamarillos which need both bigger pots and more light. I know that when the are acclimated to an outside life they will manage to survive down to at least 0C (32F). I once had one growing in a south heading window when I lived in Gothenburg. It grew really large and even gave me fruit but I tossed it away since it really smalls rather nasty if touched and for some reason one does that every time no matter how careful one is πŸ™‚

 

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From here on it is flowers in my garden.

From here on it is flowers in my garden.

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The plants that I really! want to get outside though are the Naranjilla (Solanum quitoense). It too can take low temperatures since it likes to grow on heights above 1500 meter ( 4921 feet) above the ocean. The problem with them are the thorns. Nasty sharp that goes straight through the skin and are impossible to get out again πŸ™‚ It has those thorns both on the stems and the leafs πŸ™‚ I’ve heard the fruit is delicious so I just had to try and grow it, no matter how thorny it is πŸ™‚

 

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Tulipa tarda.

It is time for a pot of tea and then a walk again. We better enjoy this weather as long as it lasts because already next Saturday they all predict much cooler and rainier weather again.

 

Three more anemones.

Three more anemones.

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Lonicera caerulea . We call it Blueberry honeysuckle.

Lonicera caerulea . We call it BlΓ₯bΓ€rstry (Blueberry honeysuckle).

Have a great day!

 

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There were two too my big surprise.

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It didn’t look especially nice outside when I looked through the windows, a bit dark and dreary to be honest. I have to say it was actually quite nice when we were out walking even if it was around 0C (32F) but since there is no wind at all it is quite pleasant outside. Ok the humidity is sky-high but I can take that when it is a bit chilly.

 

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My neighbor has this thing for tractors, he has just bought a new green one (too new to look interesting enough to photograph) so now I think he has twelve or is it thirteen :-) I can't say much though, I think I now have twenty cameras :-) My hobby is a bit cheaper though :-)

My neighbor has this thing for tractors, he has just bought a new green one (too new to look interesting enough to photograph) so now I think he has twelve or is it thirteen πŸ™‚ I can’t say much though, I think I now have twenty cameras πŸ™‚ My hobby is a bit cheaper though πŸ™‚

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Beside the bird song not a sound could be heard. I had hoped to see a badger today but they always seem to have gone back to bed when we’re out walking. I can’t complain though since we saw lots of other animals instead today. First I saw a cat hiding in a ditch and managed to distract Sune so he would try to say hi to it, not all cats like that πŸ™‚

 

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After that we walked in to a deer, she didn’t care much about us. She just stood there watching us pass by and then she continued to grace as if nothing had happened. Canadian geese came flying from all directions out to the fields to graze as well, we have many more here now than what we had when I moved here. We also saw a couple of Greylag geese flying above us and those were rare here back in those days.

 

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She wasn't especially bothered by us, as soon as we had passed she just kept on grazing :-)

She wasn’t especially bothered by us, as soon as we had passed she just kept on grazing πŸ™‚ She is most likely one of the old ones who ate in my garden those nasty cold winters we had a few years back.

This Greylag couple are nesting on the bog.

This Greylag couple are nesting on the bog.

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We didn’t go far until I saw a fox. I tried to get as close as possible and at the same time tried to tell a more or less deaf dog to come closer to me without alerting it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Nova just kept on walking like always so we didn’t get as close as I had hoped but I did get a few photographs of it anyway. To my big surprise another fox turned up when the first one ran away, so both mother and father fox were out hunting, that must mean the pups are big enough to be left alone now.

 

The creek was between us so at first it couldn't hear us getting closer.

The creek was between us so at first it couldn’t hear us getting closer.

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Then we passed the creek at the same time I tried to tell Nova to stop and that it did hear :-) By the way! A hare passed straight in front of Nova yesterday and she didn't even look as if she wanted to follow it :-) Just a year ago she was determined to kill them all :-)

Then we passed the creek at the same time I tried to tell Nova to stop and that it did hear πŸ™‚ By the way! A hare passed straight in front of Nova yesterday and she didn’t even look as if she wanted to follow it πŸ™‚ Just a year ago she was determined to kill them all πŸ™‚

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Playing fox cubs are the cutest thing there is and I once hired a summer cottage a bit north. There was a small village with two grocery stores! nearby (today it is surprising if a village has anything at all to be honest) and I had decided to walk to one of the grocery stores to get a few things I needed. On my way back to the cottage I suddenly saw five small fox cubs playing on the gravel road. I stood there for almost half an hour just watching them and I’m pretty sure mother fox was watching me πŸ™‚

 

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Here is when I saw the other fox, it too started to run when it saw us. Nova and Sune couldn't care less, they didn't even watch those foxes run away. After all it smelled like beavers beside the creek :-)

Here is when I saw the other fox, it too started to run when it saw us. Nova and Sune couldn’t care less, they didn’t even watch those foxes run away. After all it smelled like beavers and water voles alongΒ the creek πŸ™‚

The clouds are getting thinner and my aunt in Gothenburg just texted me that they have sunshine and 20C (68F) in the sun at 8:30 in the morning. So that’s what I am waiting for right now. I don’t trust our weather predictions but they sound pretty nice at the moment, sunshine the entire next week and they think we might reach 20C (68F) in the shadows by the end of next weekend, that would be nice especially since I have a long weekend then. Ascension day is on Thursday and it is a holiday here and I’ve taken Friday off πŸ™‚

 

Here are four photographs taken with the Ambi Silette at Forentorp Γ„ngar (Forentorp meadows).

Here are four photographs taken with the Ambi Silette at Forentorp Γ„ngar (Forentorp meadows).

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It is time to get something to eat and then just wait for the even nicer weather to arrive πŸ™‚

Have a great day!


So far it has been rather nice.

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It is supposed to be raining here right now, it doesn’t. I’m not complaining, just saying that they haven’t been quite accurate in their predictions πŸ™‚ They also predicted, when I checked this morning, that we wouldn’t get any sunshine today, we did πŸ™‚ It is a low pressure that gives them problems with their predictions, they just can’t figure out how fast it will move eastwards.

 

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I thought this was what we would see from the sun today but it broke through quite a lot.

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The church in Vilske Kleva.

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If You look almost in the middle of this photo You can see another church, the one in Γ–stra Tunhem.

The day has so far been rather nice with slightly higher temperatures than predicted too. A strong wind does its best to destroy the feeling of spring but it has failed miserable, the wind is nicely warm but so strong that my cottage is trembling and squeaking when the gusts hit. That doesn’t happen often, normally the wind can’t reach my home. Still, it is rather nice outside and we’ve been on walks two times already and after this we’ll go out again, if the rain actually doesn’t come.

 

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We walked up the "new" road this morning.

We walked up the “new” road this morning.

It wasn't hard to figure out which way to go to see how much they had cut down. The timber lorries have been driving here a lot.

It wasn’t hard to figure out which way to go to see how much they had cut down. The timber lorries have been driving here a lot.

I stood outside when I repotted my pelargoniums (some of You english speaking call them geraniums), it turned out to be rather practical since all the dry and loose soil flew away with the wind πŸ™‚ I also repotted an old Flowering Maple (Abutilon and we actually have the same name on it in Swedish). It didn’t look too happy and I hope it survives. I have taken cuttings from it before and took a few today as well. Still it would be nice if the old one survived because they can actually become rather big after a few years.

 

I stopped before we reached the place. It is a big area.

I stopped before we reached the place. It is a big area.

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Only because they cut down the forest it doesn't mean these guys are heartless, Look how they have saved the ant stack from being destroyed.

Only because they cut down the forest it doesn’t mean these guys are heartless, Look how they have saved the ant stack from being destroyed.

I have a few more plants to repot, like my passionfruit vines but I’ll wait with those until the wind doesn’t blow that hard. No big plans for the rest of the weekend though, I rarely have any big plans at all to be honest πŸ™‚ If the rain starts to fall I will watch one of the movies I bought yesterday, if it doesn’t I think we’ll be outside for most of the day, well I will take a short nap though after the walk we’ll take after writing this.

 

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Tonight is Walpurgis night and it is celebrated in big parts of this country with huge bonfires and choirs will sing songs about spring too. I doubt that anyone can have a bonfire today because of the wind and any choir being outside in the wind will blow away πŸ™‚ It is a rather big day here even though no one actually knows why we celebrate it πŸ™‚

 

The rest of the photos comes from the Minolta 7000.

The rest of the photos comes from the Minolta 7000.

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Walpurgis was if I remember right an English princess who became a nun in Germany and fought against witches which all were evil of course with great success. To be honest, the witches I know wouldn’t hurt a fly but lots of christians who I know would gladly kill anyone in the name of the religion. That was unfortunately the way christianity was spread not by free choise but by violence and death.

 

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Cropping film photos doesn't work as good as if theyhad been digital.

Cropping film photos doesn’t work as good as if they had been digital.

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It is time to take that walk just in case rain actually would start falling.

Have a great day!


At least it is Friday tomorrow.

I have no idea how this photo became like this. I have checked the Balda Jubilette for light leaks butthere are none. I think it might have been the shutter that didn't close properly. No matter why, I like it a lot!

I have no idea how this photo became like this. I have checked the Balda Jubilette for light leaks butthere are none. I think it might have been the shutter that didn’t close properly. No matter why, I like it a lot! Could be fairies in a nasty hurry passing me πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

I’m so glad it is Friday tomorrow, I was at the neighbor factory again today and even if it went much better than last time I still can’t pretend it worked brilliant πŸ™‚ It started with me bringing the wrong size on the hoses I was going to change today but thankfully the old ones didn’t break.

 

New lambs are born every day now :-) This is the first thing I see when I open the door :-)

New lambs are born every day now πŸ™‚ This is the first thing I see when I open the door πŸ™‚

This mother was a bit stressed before she found her lamb, she came running in a hurry to find her own lamb.

This mother was a bit stressed before she found her lamb, she came running in a hurry to find her own lamb.

It is easy to see what the lamb was thinking. Oh Ma, You are so embarrassing :-)

It is easy to see what the lamb was thinking. Oh Ma, You are so embarrassing πŸ™‚

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I have two different kinds of paint, one bright almost white and one dark almost black. The white one behaved as it should and I started to think I was going back to my ordinary work plcae rather early. The dark one however didn’t behave as it should. I have no idea why but I had to use a third more paint to finish the job and even if I had lots of thinner in it it still didn’t flow as it should.

 

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