We’re having a “too hot to wear a sweater but You do anyway when You’re out walking the dogs because You think it will be much colder in the shadows which it isn’t so You sweat like a pig and wish You had something to cool You down with” kind of day. It isn’t that hot to be honest,16C (60,8F) but since it has been rather chilly these last days it feels much warmer. But the morning was rather cold with frost and fog but since there was no wind blowing it felt kind of nice anyway.
The air is filled with bird songs, frog sounds and the buzzing from lots of bumblebees and other insects. So far no annoying ones but some beetles seems rather confused when flying, they sort of go here and there and suddenly they fly straight into my forehead :-) That doesn’t make them less confused but they just keep on flying and I hope they’ll reach what ever destination they want to reach :-) Butterflies always look very confused in their flying but they are pretty successful anyway and I’ve seen plenty of them today.
I’ve poured out extra soil in my vegetable garden and I’ve planted red onion sets, sown spinach seeds and that thistle with roots that can be used in the same way as asparagus. It sort of feel wrong sowing thistles when that is the only weed I really try to keep away from my garden :-) In between planting in the vegetable garden I’ve played with my dogs, sown annuals in pots so I can plant them outside later on and I’ve been sitting on my patio drinking tea. It is a rather nice day :-)
I tend to avoid going anywhere during our three biggest holidays, traffic is insane and Easter is the worst of them all. So I won’t make any special food myself but of course there are traditions on what to eat at Easter but it cab vary quite a lot within this country. Eggs are a must of course and many have chicken for dinner as well. But more often we have an Easterbord, it’s much like a smorgasbord with lots of different things we can pick as we want from. No holiday without pickled Herring and this is something I can’t understand since it is disgusting :-) There’s no end on how many varieties there is of pickled Herring and they all taste just as bad.
Many have lamb and salmon seems to be a must now days too. There’s always meatballs and prince sausages for us that can’t stand pickled herring and some now days have an easter ham, just like the one we have at Christmas. We must not forget all things You can have on a sandwich tat belongs to that Easterbord. Liver pate, preferable two different ones, cheese of all kinds, spotted sausages and anything else You can think of that would go well on a sandwich :-) and never ever forget beetroot salad!
Personally I’ll make some pancakes instead :-) Well I have both prince sausages and meatballs but I feel pancakes is just what is needed a day like this, too bad I don’t have any ice cream at home, goes perfect together with pancakes :-)
I should perhaps have used more straight lilac branches, these looks almost sad :-) Or perhaps I should have used only apple tree branches. But this is more or less a traditional påskris, I should have bought more feathers though. Couldn’t find any Easter witches to hang in it though, next year I’ll try and fine a good hobby store instead.
We call Good Friday Long Friday here in Sweden but I have to say that today feels anything but long. Even though we all were up by 5 am it still feels like we just got up now at 3 Pm :-) I did have a small nap around ten though and I guess that helped ton speed up the day some.
Foggy and chilly morning.
The storm had calmed down considerable when we went out on our morning walk and the clouds were breaking up. Fog covered the ground and it was a bit chilly to be honest but I didn’t mind since we had almost no wind. I knew that as soon as the sun started to shine the fog would vanish in to thin air so we hurried away so I could get some nice photos. The sun went up, the fog rose and then the clouds came and covered the sky again. It could just as well have stayed cloudy so the fog would have stayed a bit longer instead.
Lots of animals were around and we saw several deers, a couple of moose, a fox running across a field and a hare that insisted on running in front of us for half the walk :-) I was wondering if it might be the easter bunny (or easter hare as it is called here) but I didn’t see any basket with colored eggs anywhere :-)
I’ve spent most of the day indoors even if it isn’t that bad outside, I did however go outside to pick some branches to make a påskris. Normally people use either birch or willow branches but I took some hungarian lilac branches and added a few from one of my apple trees. The apple branches will most likely flower within a week because they have big buds now.
It’s time for a pot of tea again and perhaps some sandwiches with meatballs and beetroot salad :-)Tomorrow I’ll tell You more about our easter celebrations.
Too bad most of the fog had gone by the time we reached the old tombs. Fog and tombs is a great combination :-)
Have a great day!
I hoped it would be hogs I saw by the fields but instead I saw two moose. Weill, the back of them anyway.
I’ll never understand hares, why didn’t it just leave the road instead of continue to run in front of us?
Yes Easter is here and this is probably our most important Easter symbol.
No walk after work today, it’s raining sideways and there are funnier things that walk in weather like this :-) It’s actually so bad that even the big guys had spent most of the day in the dog house, they were just a bit wet and I think that’s because they came out when I stopped the car by the garage. Nova and Sune had, like always, spent the day in the garage and I can tel You It will take days to clean up the mess they’ve made in there :-)
I didn’t see the Blood Moon but I fixed one myself by having the shutter on my camera open for a too short time :-)
This is how the moon really looked yesterday morning.
I feel so sorry for the witches today, it can’t be fun to ride a broom to Blåkulla ( a desert island on the east coast) for the big party with the devil this easter. Well it doesn’t have to be a broom, they can also ride on a upside-down cow too or what ever they might find. They fly to Blåkulla every years on this Maundy Thursday and will fly back home on Easter eve night. To prevent them from coming home again huge bonfires are lit (if the weather and authorities permit) and fire works are used to scare them away or to fall of the brooms. It’s almost only here in this region this is a tradition though.
Nasty cold here yesterday morning.
Today is also the day kids dress up as witches (and since Harry Potter as wizards and warlocks). The most common tradition is that they have drawn easter cards that they give to those they visit and then get candy in return, a bit like Halloween but the Swedish style :-) But there are a few places where the tradition is that the children goes from house to house giving away candy instead. I’m not sure I would have managed to do that when I was a kid :-) So yesterday we got a visit from two very young wizards at work and they walked around with two big baskets filled with candy giving it to us that was working :-)
The smoke from a chimney caught between different layers in the air.
It takes a lot to freeze a Turkish rhubarb but yesterday it happened.
We have no children in the right age here in the village so I doubt any kid will come knocking on my door and to be honest, four dogs can be a bit scary to meet when You’re very small :-) But I bought a couple of bags with candy just in case. If any comes it will most likely be on Easter eve since the weather today is anything but inviting to be outside in, not even for the chance of getting candy :-)
In my garden, This is some kind of Primula, not Cowslip though.
Yellow wood anemone. It turns toward the sun all the time.
So now I’ll have a four day weekend because Easter Monday is a holiday here as well. A few days ago they predicted summer heat and sunshine all Easter, now they say that Easter eve and easter day will be sunny and somewhat warmer than it has been so far. So I won’t be the least surprised if this stormy and rainy weather will continue for the entire holiday :-)
It’s time for that pot of tea and to put more fire logs in the stove. I’ll see what I can find about what other Easter traditions we have here in Sweden and perhaps something about what we eat as well. I have bought things for the Påskris but I simply refuse to go outside now to pick branches for it :-) I’ll do that tomorrow morning instead.
At least I got to see an almost full moon last night.
I don’t know what happened yesterday but suddenly I had 75 visits in one hour and a new record for this blog of 187 visits on one day :-) The visits were spread in many posts and not just the latest one so I have no idea what made yesterday so different from other days :-) Most visits came via Joyce blog Octoberfarm, almost two thirds of them.
Can You see the Mallard? There’s a cxouple in the swampo behind my garage.
This is how the female flower looks like on a hazelnut bush.
I finally came around to buy extra soil to put in my vegetable garden, I have mostly sand and gravel in the ground here and this year I thought I actually would succeed in growing some vegetables :-) I have red onions to plant, spinach seeds and I was thinking I was going to try pumpkins this year again. Last year my cats peed them to death so this year I’ll spread some coffee beans around them, my cats don’t like coffee bean smell and will most likely avoid the pumpkin plants. I also have seeds for a kind og thistle where one is supposed to eat the roots and like always it says they remind of asparagus. It’s like when it comes to meat, it all reminds of chicken :-) It never does really but no one can think of any better comparison :-)
We could never see the blood moon here, the moon was just above the horizon when the eclipse happened and it was cloudy as well. But I read there will be more times this year when we’ll have a lunar eclipse. It’s worse whan it comes to solar eclipses, they are so rare and when we finally had one here almost no one could see it because clouds covered almost the entire country :-)
The Yellow Star of Bethlehem grows in the wild here
It’s time for that pot of tea and something to eat, I’m thinking toast with cheese or perhaps warm sandwiches instead. Or I might make some cocoa instead,. Oh these hard decisions I must take :-)
It could have been so nice outside today, it’s fairly warm, the sun shows itself every now and again and so far the rain showers have missed us. But the wind! It’s back and as strong as ever and it feels a bit chilly too. The only place we could escape from it today was down by the creek where the forest is filled with trees of all sizes. The wind can easily blow throw the forest where there only are big trees.
My dogs and I are usually alone when we’re taking our morning walk, normally as soon as the sun goes up. Today we were a bit later though and didn’t get out until around 7 am. To my big surprise I saw a man standing by the edge of the forest and we started talking when we had reached him. It turns out he once lived a short distance away until he moved to town a few years ago. Every now and again he drives to his ol home and take walks in the forest and on the bog. He must have started around 5 am to reach this place when I met him :-) Even though he had lived in the area almost his entire life he still had a map, one never knows what can happen on that bog.
I had to stand on a slippery, half rotten wooden bridge to get this photo. In the end You can see those concrete pipes where the road used to pass. The place where I fell down that sink hole :-):-)
The water level is rising now and all kinds of debris are filling up the hole so the water level gets higher again.
I had hoped to be able to be outside some today but since the weather is less inviting than what the predictions said I think I’ll just stay indoors doing very little. Well I have the laundry and there are other things I could do but I just don’t feel like doing them :-)
Canadian geese are anything but cowards, here they walk only 20 meters (much the same in yards) away from me and four dogs.
It’s hard to see this concrete pipe now days and it looks like it’s rather frequently visited by some animals.
Yesterday I saw that the seeds of the Wild Prairie Rose (Rosa arkansana) had germinated but it’s a bit early to do anything with them yet, I also saw one Rosa moyesii (we call if Mandarin rose), I sowed those seeds three years ago and finally at least one of them shows :-). A few other plants starts to show as well but more about those whan I know they’ll survive these first weeks.
Teodor that cat watching when my neighbor tries to remove the part tent that got destroyed by last nights winds.
It’s time for that pot of tea and after that I better do that laundry, it’s so windy today that it’ll dry fast :-)
Today I continue with some photos of our walk on the pilgrimage road yesterday.
I know I never should answer my mobile phone when I don’t recognize the number on the display, still I did so today I went to work :-) The factory owner used a phone that I don’t have the number programmed in my phone so I went straight in to the trap like an animal :-) One could think I should be able to be away from work one day without things going wrong :-) But To be honest for a change, I knew I wouldn’t have to be there for too long and the problems they had yesterday could have happened to anyone.
Here we just had passed what I think was a pet grave. There was a white grave lantern placed by a small circle made of stones. Oddly enough they had placed two tiny skulls on it, skulls from what I think was goats. So it could also have been an occult thing :-)
This was where we had started walking on a detour from the pilgfrimage road. I had hoped we could continue on that road all the way to the lake.
But suddenly we came to roads end. ASfter this it was a new plowed field.
Even though I usually wake up at that hour anyway it still hurts inside hearing the alarm clock on a Saturday morning. I brought my dogs with me like I always do when I work over time and I can’t say that they like being there but on the other hand I don’t think they dislike it either. They do however like to walk around in the forgotten gardens that belongs to the factory. I don’t know why they belong to the factory but it is easy to see that they once were loved. In one of them it still grows lots of rhubarbs and many of us go there every summer and eat the stalks and they are delicious most likely a very old variety.
We were back on the pilgrimage road again.They are probably having an orienteering contest here thgis weekend. Mål means Finishline.
The roads were rather muddy after all the rain.
The other garden is sort of split in two. One part of it is an apple orchard. The trees are very old and some have mostly fallen apart but they still give plenty of rather tasty apples, we eat from them every autumn too. The other part looks as if it has been more fo sitting and drinking coffee in. There grows some hazelnut bushes, hawthorn and laburnums. Now days the only ones visiting it is some cats and lots of pheasants, well and me and my dogs too. I tried to see if there grow any smaller hazelnut plants and smaller hawthorn’s too, I would like to dig up a couple to bring home. I think I saw a few and I’ll ask the factory owner if it would be ok if I did. No one ever cares about those gardens so I doubt he would say no.
Lots of stone fences in this part of my county.
The sun shone all the time I was working and as soon as I got outside the clouds covered the sky and the winds started to blow hard again. I really can’t complain about the winds since they have stayed away for almost an entire week and they do bring warmer weather too. Tonight will be rainy and that’s just as good since I moved some irises yesterday and they can always feel better with a nice shower or two. Tomorrow will be partly sunny and rather warm they predict.
This is most likely an old tomb. If it doesn’t look as if it is a natural pile of dirt it most likely is a tomb. We have them everywhere here and they are at least 2000-3000 years old.
It’s time to make that pot of tea again and I’ll also bring out the old electric grill, I feel for grilled sausages today but it’s way to early to start a fire in the stove yet. It’s not the same but hey we can’t get all we want in life I guess :-) After that it’ll be a short nap and soon they’ll show Grimm on channel Six.
Isn’t she a beauty :-) I love all the hair on her head, she looks like a cartoon cow :-)