We don’t have any sunshine but it is fairly warm and low humidity makes it feel even better. The weak wind just makes it more pleasant so I really can’t complain today. Well it would be about the flies then but to be honest, they aren’t as many as I feared. I guess I can thank the draught we’ve had for a while now. Living in a boggy area means the ground never really dries out too bad.
I was thinking that I would start chopping down my lilac hedge as soon as the flowers starts to wither but I can’t do that. I don’t know how many birds nests there are in there but one is enough for me to wait until Autumn comes and all small birds have flown away. One nest is so close to my gate that every time I walk out of my garden the chicks starts to scream for food 🙂 I do hope it is too hard for my cats to reach it, Teodor is the one most interested in hunting birds but he is just too fat to even come close to the nest and I hope Bertil doesn’t care. He is however a master in hunting mice and voles and those I don’t care if he takes.
There’s this one cow that is very pregnant in the cow pasture right now. She has been standing still at the same spot all day looking miserable. She did walk a bit to get some fresh grass to eat but it is very easy to see where the calf is 🙂 I’m pretty sure we’ll have a new calf in the pasture by tomorrow morning.
Today was a perfect day to mow the lawn and by the sound of it many neighbors thought the same thing. The more trees and bushes I plant the faster I mow the lawn 🙂 My plan is to have so many bushes that I just have paths going around the entire garden so mowing will take even shorter time. The only problem with that is the cord since I have an electric mower. It will most likely get caught here and there but I see that as a minor problem.
I have two kinds of grape vines in my garden and they are amongst the hardiest and most pest resistant one can find. One is the American Frost grape (Vitis riparia) and the other the Asian Amur grape (Vitis amurensis). I have a problem with my frost grape though, it only produces male flowers so I never get any grapes but this year the amur grape flowers too so I have high hopes of at least get a few grapes this year 🙂 I have sown more frost grape seeds though and if they germinate it’ll take around seven years until I get any flowers on those new vines 🙂
I also found a small pot that I sowed something two years ago and two small plants are growing in it now, the problem is that the name tag is gone 🙂 I’m not quite sure what is growing 🙂 It might be a service berry but it could be something completely else too 🙂 I’ll know when it is bigger I hope 🙂 Do You remember when I told You two peonies had germinated and started to grow? One is dead and the other one doesn’t look too good, I’m afraid one of the cats walked on it but it is still green so I still have a tiny hope it will survive. If this had happened when it was two years old it would have survived but they are very vulnerable the first summer.
I think it is time to make some frozen yoghurt, I think I have some vanilla yoghurt in the fridge. Perhaps I should make some kind of dinner first though but I’m not really hungry.
Have a great day!
It was quite pleasant outside this morning, around 8C (46,4F) and the birds sang as loud as they could. What is quite pleasant in the morning isn’t necessarily pleasant in the afternoon, it wasn’t much warmer when I came home from work. The clouds cover the sky but they are so thin here and there that the sun can shine through them every now and again. When it does wearing a fleece jacket is too much.
It is even more dry in the ground now after the thunder showers than it was before. So there isn’t especially many flies in the forest right now but down by the creek it was on the way to become nasty, they always want to look how my ears and nostrils look from inside and I really don’t like that 🙂 The good thing was that they refused to leave that area so as soon as we walked away from the creek we were fly free.
I thought I would grow melons this year so I bought the hardiest kind I could find. We call it Mango melon but I found the English name Vine peach. The instructions say to prune them heavily otherwise they will take over totally. On the net I found that they will taste best if one preserve them in syrup, they don’t taste a lot raw but then again can be used as a sweet cucumber instead 🙂 I sowed a lot of seeds just to be sure I would at least get one plant, I now have at least ten growing in my kitchen window and more seeds are germinating 🙂
I still haven’t figured out where I’ll plant my tiny hazelnut bushes, they will grow big soon enough so I better find the right places from the start. They now grow in pots so I can think of this all summer before I need to plant them because I also have to think about where I want to try the Shagbark hickory 🙂 I really need to become rich so I can buy more land to plant all my trees 🙂
It is time to feed all the animals and perhaps myself too. I bought some grilled chicken on my way home today, I’ll see if I can make something tasty with it or if I’ll wait until tomorrow to have it. It is odd, it doesn’t cost more to buy a grilled chicken than an ungrilled?!
Have a great day!
Tonight is the night when the witches flies to Blåkulla to have a party with the devil, at least according to old folklore. We actually call them påskkärringar which directly translated is Easter hags but the word kärring actually means my loved one in Swedish so it is hard to translate it good 🙂 Anyhow, tonight is the night. Blåkulla is most likely an island by the east coast of Sweden and its real name is Blå Jungfrun (The Blue Maiden). Naturally most of You think that witches fly by broom but not all do, many actually fly on an upside-down cow 🙂 Rather practical if one gets thirsty on the way 🙂
Anything could actually work to fly to Blåkulla so to make sure nothing one owned would be used by the nearest witch they put away anything they thought could be used in sheds or barns and then they painted white crosses on the doors. But it isn’t only women flying there to be honest, there are also men and quite a lot of children too. One way to at least make life difficult for the witches was to, on Easter eve when they were flying back home again, start huge bonfires and use fire works. Today most of us think of the animals and the environment since there usually are lots of bad thing in the fireworks like led so we don’t use that much of it, there’s even talk about forbidding it totally and I won’t mind if that happens even if I think it is beautiful.
One could say that this is the Swedish (and Finnish) Halloween because today in the eastern parts of Sweden kids dress up like witches or wizards and goes from house to house to get candy, we in the western parts do it on Easter eve instead. I doubt it will happen here though because the kids here are either too young or too shy 🙂 I don’t have any candy at home anyway so I do hope no one comes here 🙂 I will however look up in the sky to see if any witches fly over my cottage, I won’t start a bonfire or use fireworks but I will wave to them and wish them a happy easter 🙂
It is time to make something to eat. I’m not sure if I’ll just make a few sandwiches or if I should have a piece of the Småländska cheesecake (slightly different from the American one) I bought yesterday 🙂
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!
Yesterday morning I was quite sure I wouldn’t be able to go to work today, I couldn’t speak and my throat was hurting too but off to work I went. Today I was back to normal, I do hope this was the flu I got this year, I would be lucky if it didn’t get any worse than that 🙂 We’re all very tired at work though and we all have more or less stuffed noses. Could be worse I guess 🙂
Almost all snow we got yesterday melted away and the snow falling now won’t give us any thicker layer. It is what we call kulsnö, pebble snow. Looks much like hail but are soft and that kind of snow fall never lasts for long. The temperature is dropping though and I might try to take a walk on the bog this weekend if it gets cold enough.
I wonder how much trees they have cut down by the creek, I’ve heard the machines work all week when I’ve come home after work. So I’ll suspect the worst but hope for as good as possible 🙂
The fire is burning in the stove and I’m about to make me something to eat, I’m not really hungry so it might be popcorn today too 🙂
Have a great day!
I went out to the car this morning, expecting the wind to roar and howl but it was actually quite quiet. Naturally I then thought some well chosen things about the weather forecast companies and jumped in the car and drove away. I had to apologize in my thoughts to all those companies when I reached the open fields where the village ends, the car trembled in the wind 🙂
I think we’ve gotten enough rain to last us the year out by now, thankfully it will stop some time tonight, after that the temperature will drop below 0C (32F) and it will turn to snow instead. After that we might get some sunshine but cold temperatures and those will stay for a few days when warmer weather will come back again. I really think it could decide itself to stay either warm or cold for a longer period, this is just stupid.
Today actually passed rather quick and I’m surprised since Tuesdays usually are slower than cold molasses. Still nothing special happened but I didn’t get the chance to watch the clock especially much and that usually helps to make the day go by faster. I can now see almost daylight when I go out to the car after work, at least if the sky is clear and that always make life feel nicer after the long winter.
I really need a new vacuum cleaner now. The one I have sound more than it does so to speak. I have one of those combined water and dust vacuum cleaners and now it sounds as if lots of dust finally reached the motor in it. It takes lots of dust though because it is pretty big so I hesitate every time I see new ones in the super market and so far the old one still hangs around.
It is time for something to eat and then some sleeping in front of the tv before I go to bed 🙂
Have a great day!
Lots of photos to go through today. Some good, some bad (that’s how it goes when one is trying the limits of old cameras 🙂 ) and lots of the frozen bog. I’ll take the evening to go through them and will be back tomorrow.
The storm is here I think, it sounds like it but like usual I can’t feel it since my neighbors cottage and garage takes all wind. It snowed a lot and then the rain came so the roads were anything but fun to drive home on but almost everyone drove really slow for once.
Have a great day!
It has been so warm that most of the snow now is gone 🙂 There is however some ice left, especially where I have my gate towards the road. I noticed that this morning when I was going to work.
The ditch that is supposed to take all the melted water has seen better days, it got a bit destroyed when they put down the sewer system last year. So I could see some ice by the gate and also a lot of water.
I managed to get down to the gate without slipping to my big surprise but I stood on the wrong side of the gate, the hasp to open it up was on the other side. So I took one step out into the ice and water. I felt how my foot lowly started to slide away all by itself and when I tried to stand more on my other foot it too started to wander away by its own accord.
Everything happened in slow motion, I desperately tried to get a good grip on the gate but nothing helped as I slowly, slowly slid down into the water back first 🙂 It was so ridiculous that I just lay there on my back in the water laughing out loud as the water, rather cold I can tell You, worked its way in towards my body 🙂 🙂 🙂 I had to roll around to be able to get up while the water was running down my legs.
I was thinking about going inside again and change clothes but decided that I just as well could drive to work because who knows if this had happened again the next time I reached the gate? It took a few hours but I did finally dry up 🙂
It is time for something to eat and some warm cocoa I think.
Have a great day!
The Zorki 6 takes quite good photos but I have edited away most of the light leak in this photo. All photos will be more manageable if You click on them.
They had finally made the roads rather good after the last snow fall when it suddenly started to snow again. Now it starts to get colder so I have no high hopes of good roads tomorrow morning. The weather predictions vary slightly but they all show that it from now on will get colder and colder. It might be as cold as -17C (1,4F) or even colder on Friday morning and it will most likely be even colder during the weekend. We all know how sure the predictions longer than one day are so who knows what it will be like 🙂
I do hope the boots I ordered have arrived by then but it won’t be slippery on the roads if it get that cold anyway. Ice gets a rough surface if the temperature drop below -10C (14F) and the deep snow we walked in on Sunday is less high because lots melted these two warm days, I will most likely be able to walk on the icy crust when it gets that cold. I think I’ll buy more deer food even if they haven’t come here yet to eat what I’ve put out. I think they feel trapped here because they have put up new fences outside my garden, sheep fences. They are pretty high and there are six electric cables going parallel around the pasture. No wolf walks through that without learning that it is very painful.
The deer will be pretty desperate if they can’t kick through the snow to get to the grass they want so I’m pretty sure they will turn up again as soon as it gets nasty cold in two days. I also hope that Nova will realise that it is better to stay in a warm dog house when it gets that cold outside than to get in to the garage when I’m off to work, she can get in without any problems but she can’t get out again 🙂 They have at least left the rug where it hangs in front of the entrance. I have so many screws holding it now that it would take so much work to get rid of it that not even a stubborn Sune will be able to remove it 🙂
It is time to make some cocoa and perhaps a sandwich too. The fire is burning in the stove and it will keep on burning until I go to bed.
Have a great day!
So a new year begins but I really can’t see any difference. It is a bit warmer than I had expected and we never got any fog as they had predicted, it is more like a slightly thicker haze to be honest. The snow is melting since it is above 0C (32F) but the melting water just freeze when it covers the road, so the road does look as if it is glazed with glass.
It was an adventure to walk in to the village because I think it would have been smarted to wear ice skates than rubber boots 🙂 It looked as if there was a safe piece to walk on in the middle of the road but there wasn’t. The gravel was just as slippery there as it was elsewhere, so I mostly walked in the ditches all the way round 🙂 It was so much better when I walked out to the fields instead where only a few tractors had been driving and the snow just melted without freezing to ice again.
I’ve looked almost everywhere but I just can’t find my crampons. Today it feels like I should wear the kinds they have while climbing on icy mountains 🙂 Perhaps it would be worth buying those kinds, I would look very odd walking around in those but I would know for certainty that I never would slip on any icy ground 🙂 They would last for a very long time too so I guess the high price would in the long run be a very low one instead 🙂
I tried to stay awake until the new year would arrive yesterday but being a very early morning person made that almost impossible, so I gave up around 11pm and I think I haven’t slept this well in a very long time. Not a single firework was used in the village but I did hear quite a lot from a distance around 10 pm yesterday. Perhaps they were celebrating the new year in each and every time zone in the world?
It is time to take another walk again before it gets dark, today is around 1,5 minutes longer than yesterday 🙂