The day has been a perfect springwinter day. The night was pretty chilly and they day has been sunny and reasonable warm. The weak wind has done a good job making it feel much colder though so I’ve tried to stay out of reach for it most of the time. One good thing in springwinter is that the mud still is deep frozen during the warmer days so we are always pretty clean after our walks.
Yesterday on my way home I thought I saw a crane but believed I must have seen wrong but the news says I did see right 🙂 It seems all birds now think spring has sprung and not far north from here several thousand trumpet swans are resting by a lake, still not a record number but chances are big they will break it. The first Doves have arrived to the village too, it looked like it was the Stock dove (Columba oenas, here in Sweden we call it Forest dove) and not the bigger Common wood-pigeon (Columba palumbus, here we call it Ring dove since it has a white ring around its neck). I could also hear and see the first Common Buzzard.
I don’t trust the birds though, they’ve been very wrong so many times before. Some weather institute is predicting a very warm spring here and I think it is the one that predicted that we were going to get a nasty cold winter this time 🙂 🙂 🙂 So I guess it’s best to make sure I have plenty of fire logs and wood prepared because they always seems to get it wrong 🙂 I wouldn’t complain if they were right for once and that we’ll ge a dry spring too, so all fly larvae (the biting and blood sucking ones), mosquito larvae and ticks we still have around will die. I just saw the first flies warming up on my south heading wall, even though they don’t bite I do wish the birds will take them all 🙂
I should have sown the first tomato plants now but I didn’t remember it until today and now I can’t remember where I put all the different seeds I have 🙂 A good thing with tomato seeds is that they seems to last forever, they just take slightly longer to germinate if they are several years old. Last year was a really good tomato year and that was still a rather crappy summer here, so I’m hoping for a warm spring and a really warm summer this year. I’m also waiting for the potatoes I’ve ordered, I’ve gotten the bill via e-mail but no signs of any potatoes yet.
I´ts time to take another walk with the dogs before they’ll have their dinner and the :sun will go down. Today the sun went up at 7:08 and it will go down at 5:30 this afternoon. The sun now stays up between 4 to 6 minutes longer every day now 🙂
Have a great day!
I have to admit that I have very little to write about again. Nothing much has happened at work and here at home very little happens at all 🙂 I do get a little daylight when I come home from work though and it isn’t many days left until the sun stays up long enough so I still can see it here at home when I come home after work.
The days are sunny and fairly warm now and the nights are clear and fairly cold, perfect springwinter weather. Too bad I have to work when the weather is so nice. They say however that we will get that kind of weather during the weekend too and I do hope the mornings will be just as foggy as they have been all week. I have my small Kodak with me in the car every morning so with a bit of luck they’ll be good enough to show here when the film is developed.
The fire is burning in the stove and I’ll make some cocoa and a few cheese sandwiches. My favorite cheese for the moment is a dutch? one called Maasdamer. Not strong but full of flavors and it goes with anything, especially ham. Too bad I don’t have any ham at home 🙂 I do however have sliced pineapple preserved in its own juice so I’ll have that afterwards.
Have a great day!
Today have been just as exiting as watching paint dry but I did manage to get some photos on our walk after work! I did have to brighten them up a bit, except for the two last ones so You could see how dark it really was.
Nothing much has happened news-wise so I’m following the American primaries as much as I can. Both sides are very interesting to be honest but the republican is really! interesting 🙂 I guess You all know that if we could vote for the American president here in Europe there would never be a republican president. Last election (according to a huge survey I can’t remember the name on) around 88% of the European population would have voted for Obama and here in Sweden I think it was over 95%. So even most of our most right wing people would vote for a president from the democratic party.
In most parts of Europe we don’t mix politics and religion and that I think is what most scares us about American politics, right wing politics that is. I think most of us thinks it is nice that You have a faith but that doesn’t mean You have the right to force Your beliefs to control my life. Freedom of religion doesn’t mean the freedom of oppressing people with other believes. My personal thought is that religion should never rule the people of a country because power corrupts and who is to decide what interpretation of the religion is right?
It is time to make something to eat and then I’ll most likely fall asleep in front of the tv.
Have a great day!
It has been a rather nice day so far, I worked in the neighbor factory for a few hours and when I came back to my normal work place very little was left to do so I left almost an hour early. It is odd how very nice that can feel even if I should have stopped working at noon anyway, that hour can feel like an entire day 🙂
I drove to the super market on my way home, the only reason I did so was because I wanted to buy more fire logs. I must say I was a bit surprised when they didn’t have any. Instead they had real fire wood in sacks, not big but very heavy. They don’t last as long as fire logs would but it sure smells nicer when the real wood burns and I think real wood burning gives away more heat than the logs. Compressed sawdust is perhaps a bit too dense so they burn more slowly.
It was quite warm when I came home and by warm I mean above 0C (32F) and the wind wasn’t too strong so it was quite nice to be honest. We walked down to the creek to see if they had cleaned up something and the horse guy had but not much. I’m still happy that I managed to walk there without falling or breaking a leg 🙂 It looks like they this time only cuts down birches and I could hear him working somewhere in the forest but not see him.
Both cats and dogs have eaten and now it’s my turn. I think I’ll do something easy like warm sandwiches, perhaps some ham and spotted sausages and lots of cheese. They show reruns of the old series Murder She Wrote so I’ll watch that while eating.
Have a great day!
I’m feeling much better now even though I perhaps wouldn’t admit it in the early morning 🙂 Still tired though but that’s just normal.
The day has been sort of slow. Every now and again it felt like the clock was speeding but then it suddenly stopped. Especially when I used the wrong powder paint when we were painting the last things for the day 🙂
It was the right color but the wrong gloss, so instead of being early I had to actually stay a few minutes longer than normal. I really couldn’t complain since it was my own fault 🙂
Tomorrow we’ll have a maintenance day and do things we normally don’t have the time for, all except for me who is going to the neighbor factory to do some painting there instead. I don’t have especially much I need to do with the paint box so I can just as well go to the neighbor factory instead.
It is time to make something to eat and then fall asleep in front of the tv.
Have a great day!
I can’t say I feel much better but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel today. It seems however that the cold now concentrates its strength towards my throat, I’ll fight back with honey and ginger mixed in luke warm tea because if one heat up honey too much it becomes just plain sugar to be honest, all the good bacteria in the honey dies if the temperatures rise too much.
I would have loved to have pineapple slices again today but I didn’t stop at the grocery store toi get any more so today I’ll have either preserved pears or peaches, not in their own juice though. Can’t remember if I’ve ever seen pears or peaches preserved in their own juice, it’s usually either syrup or water. The ones in water never taste especially nice I’m afraid so I tend to avoid those.
It will start to get slightly warmer now but that also means we’ll have the risk of getting snow. The predictions say snow for Thursday and since it is something I really don’t want more off I guess they’ll be right this time 🙂 Only 13 days left of February so at least I know a spring will come and I do hope it will be an early one so we don’t have to wait until the end of April this year.
It is time for that tea even if it will keep me awake all night, I doubt it though since I’m so tired that I could fall asleep right here in the kitchen in front of the laptop 🙂
Have a great day!
I was absolutely sure I had a high fever when I woke up this morning at 4am. I didn’t wake up because of that though but the totally awful smell from the bathroom which filled the entire cottage. Both cats needed to go, one used the litter boc and the other the shower floor. In a way I was happy about the shower floor, he could have used a much worse place 🙂 Anyway, I knew I must be dying from a high fever.
Turns out I was just fine 🙂 Sort of annoying when I really didn’t feel like it. So off to work I went and even though the day passed very fast it still was a bit tough when feeling like death was waiting around the corner. Still I don’t feel I can stay at home if I don’t have a fever, that would feel like I was cheating sort of.
I would still have to get out today since I was out of toilet paper, I can live without food for a while but I can’t live without toilet paper 🙂 I also wanted some sliced pineapple, the kind which is preserved in its own juice. I could of course buy a fresh one but then I would have to peel it and it’s always hard to figure out when it is just enough ripe and if it is too ripe it’s just disgusting. When I would peel it the juice would stick to everything and after all I am close to death having this cold, even if I don’t have a fever, so that’s just too much work 🙂
It was rather cold last night so I was pretty sure I would have to scrape ice from the car windows but 10cm (4 inches) of snow all over the car had stopped ice from building up so I came very early to work today 🙂 Tonight will be down to -16C (3,2F) but now I don’t have any snow on the car so I guess the ice will be there tomorrow instead. If You don’t get a blog tomorrow please send someone to check if I’m frozen solid beside my car after trying to get rid of the ice while being this sick 🙂
The fire is burning in the stove and now I’m of to eat sliced pineapple in its own juice.
Have a great day!
It was cold during the night, almost -15C (5F) and the world had been colored almost totally white. What was even better was that we had a quite thick fog too and no wind at all, so our morning walk was rather pleasant and we were all painted with some frost in our hair. The sun did shine through the clouds after a while and has kept on shining more or less the entire day. It’ll be like this for a few days now, too bad I’ll be working all day.
This year my lime tree gave me three small limes and two days ago I harvested the first one, We all know that limes are pale yellow-greenish when we cut them open so guess if I got surprised when this first one was brightly orange 🙂 I’ve never heard of a lime having orange fruit pulp and it looked rather amazing to the green outside. It tasted as it should though but the taste was stronger than I had thought it would be since it doesn’t get especially much sunlight here during the winter. I’ll photograph the next one if it is as orange as this one.
We walked down to the creek later on and I didn’t know that the horse guy would be working today. I didn’t have any digital camera with me so when he and the horses suddenly walked out in front of me there just wasn’t time enough to adjust the camera to take a photo. We walked up-stream and I did think that I should save the last photo just in case we would be lucky again but how big would the chances be that I would be able to adjust the camera before he had went on elsewhere?
So I took that last photo on the roll and guess if I got annoyed when we met him again, standing still while cutting down a big tree stump, against the light so the last fog could be seen in the distance! It is one of those photos I’ll never take I’m afraid 🙂 It is like when one is out fishing and almost get that big fish and no one believes the story since there is no evidence 🙂
It is time to take a last walk before it gets dark I think. Tomorrow the sun will stay up until one minute after I’ve stopped working 🙂 It won’t be long now until I’ll have enough daylight to get some photographs when the dogs and I are out walking after work, I think a week or one and a half.
Have a great day!
They predicted chances of sunshine today so I’m not the least surprised that we now have a snow storm passing by 🙂 It seems it has hit all over southern Sweden and that all weather sites missed to predict it 🙂 I think that we’ve gotten almost 5cm (2 inches since we went out for our morning walk just before eight this morning and it just keeps on falling.
We walked to the little lake in the forest again, I would have liked to walk down to the creek but it is more or less impossible to walk there now and I’m not sure if the guy with the horses are out during the weekend. His horses don’t care about my dogs but I still don’t want to disturb them while they are working. It would not be a good thing is we accidentally scared them, horses are big You know 🙂
My Hasselblad camera is a so-called medium format camera, the film is bigger than those to a slr camera. Medium format cameras give totally square photos and one can only take twelve photos on each film roll. For a reason I don’t know it’s much more expensive to develop those films even if it is exactly the same film as the 135 films (but bigger then), so they use the same chemicals. That’s why I use my Hasselblad camera so seldom. Instead I’ve used the Zeiss more often, it use the same kind of film but instead of totally square photos it takes slightly less wide photos so I can get 16 photos from each roll of film. I hope You can follow what I mean 🙂
The film to my Hasselblad is loaded in a special cassette which when it is loaded is attached to the camera body. One day I learned that they have made film cassettes which gives the same size on the negatives as on the Zeiss camera so I can take 16 photos with my Hasselblad too! I found one on our eBay (which we call Tradera) and won the auction fairly easy. I tried to get some info about it on the net but it seems medium format fanatics doesn’t like it, the negatives should be square and that’s it 🙂 I’m not a fanatic so I thought it was great and today I started using that cassette 🙂 I do prefer to take many photos for less money if I can 🙂
So anyway, it was quite pleasant when we started our walk, a weak wind and I could see rips in the sky showing a blue heaven. It changed quickly though and soon the snow started to fall. I have to admit that I didn’t notice it much as long as we were walking in the forest but on our way back it snowed so much sometimes that it was hard to see any longer distances. Still, the flakes are mostly small so it takes some time until it becomes especially much on the ground.
Now I’ve started a fire in the stove and am about to make some cocoa. I have a headache, my throat is sore and I’m really tired. I do hope this is as worse as it will get but I doubt it 🙂
Have a great day!
I think I must have had fever during the night because I woke up very sweaty and I had had the most odd dreams. I do remember the last one and I was going down a tine brook in a gigantic wooden ship. I’m not quite sure how that ship could go anywhere because from what I remember it was bigger than the brook. Anyway, I sat there on the ship fishing when I noticed people standing beside the brook laughed at me because I had the wrong kind of fishing rod 🙂
I realised they were right so I turned around the big ship (all by myself, no one else where on the ship with me) and started to go upstream to get the right kind of fishing rod. When I did the ship started to sink but for some reason that didn’t bother me at all, I even could breathe under water and the world down there was much bigger, it was like an ocean. Suddenly I realise that I’m about to go straight into the painting box I have at work and the panic hit me when I realised that I most likely would break the painting guns.
I’m not sure how this huge ship would not break the entire box, which wasn’t bigger in the dream than in reality 🙂 but it seemed to fit rather well in the opening of the box Suddenly the view got clearer and I realised it was the robot who was painting and he bowed and just stepped to the side and then I woke up 🙂 All day I’ve been wondering how it works with powder paint and water but it did look just right in the dream 🙂 🙂 I do know where the robot comes from (no we don’t have any robots at work even if it would be a good thing). I watched a science program where they had robots who played soccer, the robot had to learn bu itself what the ball was and what it should so with it. Even I would have been fantastic compared to those robots 🙂 🙂
I’ve bought an accessory to my Hasselblad camera and I’ll tell You about it tomorrow, for now I’m so tired that I think I’ll fall asleep in front of the tv as soon as I sit down 🙂