Not a single one in the entire county.

Peekaboo.

Peekaboo.

There’s not a single fan to obtain in the entire county, nor in the county next door either. Well I’m not surprised to be honest. Who could have guessed we would get another hot summer the year after we already had one, they aren’t that common here to be honest :-) I guess they thought that since they sold so many fans last summer there were no use in ordering in especially many this year since we most likely wouldn’t get such a summer the next coming twenty years anyway. 

 

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But this heat wave will end tomorrow afternoon they say so I’ll buy a fan as soon as possible so I am prepared next time another heat wave comes. Rain will come but mostly in showers and one never knows where those hit and I’m pretty sure thunder will follow and that always clear up the air. But even if it is very warm outside it’s not that bad anyway because the wind has finally started to blow and the humidity is low. Ok, You won’t find me outside jogging but it’s fairly nice :-)

 

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There are not many flies around, I’m not sure if the season is over or that it’s just too hot for them too. I think their season actually is over, it should be by now. So it will be rather nice to take walks again until the moose fly season starts in the autumn. Lots of dragonflies around though, there were so many flying around in my garden yesterday that it was impossible to count them. I wonder why they weren’t here when there were lots of flies around? 

 

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Now I’ve used more or less all energy I had today so from now on I’ll find the coolest spot in the cottage and slowly start melting away :-)

Have a great day!

It would have been nice if they told me.

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I sure hope that the breeze we’re having at the moment won’t stop blowing like it did yesterday because today is predicted to be even hotter than it has been. Low humidity though so it could feel much worse. I better enjoy this because it will turn to colder weather next week but we all know how good the weather predictions are, it can stay the same or it can be even warmer :-) I’ve already watered what needs to be watered and I’ve also planted some annuals, a few woodland tobacco (nicotiana sylvestris) and another tobacco that we don’t know the name on. Woodland tobacco is my favorite tobacco and the smell is just fantastic. It’s the only tobacco that can grow in shade. 

 

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I could see the fog building up while we were walking.

I could see the fog building up while we were walking.

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It’s not the right time to plant anything to be honest but they just became too big for their pots, I’ll keep an extra eye on them during the day. This is a day when nothing sees to move outside, the birds don’t even tweet. My dogs are sleeping in the coolest room at the moment but I know that if I should move my feet even the slightest both Nova and Sune would come running, it never seems to be too hot for them to play :-)

 

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As You all know by now I pay for how much GB I want to use every month when it comes to internet. A sunny and hot vacation seems to increase my use of the net and I had very little data left to use. Easy to fix really, just send a text message to the internet company and they’ll give You more for a small amount of money. That would be easy but if You remember, I couldn’t get an icon for the internet connection but have to go the back way to be connected. I need that icon to be able to send text messages :-) So I called the company and they said no problem, we’ll send You a link so You can download the program You need and so they did.

 

Some roads are only walked on by me and my dogs.

Some roads are only walked on by me and my dogs.

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There it was, the icon. Only one tiny problem, it said it couldn’t find any modem? I restarted the laptop but no different result. So I called back to the company and then they explained to me that when I got that extra laptop with extra GB they also changed my subscription, ever so slightly :-) It turns out that the modem I now have in my laptop is an extra card for my mobile telephone?! So I only have one subscription instead of two as I had before but it costs less. He couldn’t help me to get the icon work but he also told me that even if he could have I still wouldn’t be able to buy extra GB from the laptop because they had inserted a barrier so if for instance a kid used my laptop and wanted more GB he would have to ask me to do it from my mobile phone. No one should be able to buy extra without me knowing it.

 

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I do understand why they do like this and I really don’t mind it but it would have been nice if they actually had told me this :-) I do hope this won’t give me any problems when the new phone that I’ve ordered arrives. It shouldn’t but we all know how these things work, they don’t :-) There’s always something that will mess up just because the phone is new or because I have another kind of subscription or just because that’s how life is sometimes :-)

 

Thankully I had a few photos left from last week.

thankfully I had a few photos left from last week.

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I won’t do much today besides breathing and taking the eventual shower but I do need to go to the super market tomorrow to buy some food. I’ll also be checking after a small electric fan (and perhaps a big one too) and a cooling bag made from styrofoam only. Caryn knows what I’m going to do with this and if I find what I want I’ll show You all what I’ve done with it :-) So Caryn be quiet and Cindi too if You’ll come here today :-) :-) we are facebook friends and they have seen this too :-)

 

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Have a great day!

This is the summer we wish for but almost never get.

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Yes it is Wednesday but it is and will get even hotter during the day so I really can’t du much else anyway, so no day of from the blog :-) We reached 33C (91,4F) for a short while here yesterday, just before a tiny thunderstorm passed by. It mumbled some and it rained some but I didn’t even get wet on my feet after walking out shortly after it stopped raining :-) But it did feel much colder because the temperature dropped to 25C (77F), I actually felt cold for a while :-)

 

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It looked promising on the way to the bog.

It looked promising on the way to the bog.

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It’s already 27C (80,1F) and it’s not even 12 o’clock yet. We have a few clouds in the sky and I can see that they already are building up to become thunder clouds. This morning however was pretty nice, thick fog and 10C (50F) so I thought a walk to the bog would be nice and perhaps give me a few nice photos. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed when it turned out there was no fog what so ever out there :-) So we walked back and I should have stayed near my home because that’s where the fog was all the time :-)

 

A bit hazy perhaps but that was it.

A bit hazy perhaps but that was it.

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 But I really can’t ask for better weather during my vacation, this is what we usually wish for but never gets so we really don’t know how hot this is :-) and since the humidity is very low right now it is bearable, well at least as long as one doesn’t do anything more than breathe :-) I nice breeze has started to blow as well so now it’s kind of nice again. I had one window open all night on the bottom floor (I checked the mosquito net thoroughly) and hoped for the chimney effect, that the hot air upstairs would blow out through the open window in my bedroom, dragging cool air with it on its way out. I’m not sure it worked as I hoped but it was pretty cold downstairs when I woke up this morning :-)

 

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They had removed those elastic gate wires. I didn't know that so I have avoided this place for quite some time.

They had removed those elastic gate wires. I didn’t know that so I have avoided this place for quite some time.

 

I need to fix some kind of tiny floating jetty for one of the water barrels. This morning I saw a sparrow trying to drink some water from it but the water level is a bit too far down so it almost fell down into it. It happens that they actually falls down and drowns and I really don’t want that. It’s strange that they don’t li,e the bird bath I’ve given them :-) It would have been so much more practical if they used that. 

 

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It’s time for a pot of tea and to find a place where it is slightly less hot, the livingroom is on the shadowy side of my cottage so I think that’s the best place to be right now. I do have the cool cellar but my dogs don’t want to stay down there for more than a few minutes. In worst case I’ll force them down no matter what they think of it :-) but it looks like thunder and hopefully a bit cooler air is on the way.

 

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In my garden. Bladder senna.

In my garden. Bladder senna.

 

Have a great day!

 

Rudbeckia lacianata.

Rudbeckia lacianata, I think. It’s a Rudbeckia in any case :-)

Kitabelia vitifolia. We call it Balkan mallow.

Kitabelia vitifolia. We call it Balkan mallow.

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The Welsh poppy likes to grow together with the Californian one.

The Welsh poppy likes to grow together with the Californian one.

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I can see small tomatoes!

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I wouldn’t be surprised if we’ll get thunder later today, it’s already much warmer today than yesterday around this time. The difference is a weak breeze and a slightly higher humidity. Still it’s quite nice but I doubt I’ll do anything more energy-consuming today. But it’s even hotter above the arctic circle today, I’ve heard that they might even reach 32C (89,6F) and that doesn’t happen every summer :-) It’s absolutely quiet in the village, a bird is tweeting some but that’s it. It is still too early for the grasshoppers, they usually start their music after noon. I saw the first katydid yesterday and they usually play in the evenings, very loudly from the top of my lilacs and apple trees.

 

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I drove to the grocery store in Gudhem as soon as they opened this morning, I wanted to come home before it became too hot. That little store is usually freezing cold even during summer but today it was nasty warm in there. They had a portable AC unit and I didn’t realize for a very long time that it actually was working :-) :-) I had to put my hand in front of it to feel the cold air. It is way to small for a grocery store and I doubt that it helps keeping the entrance doors open at the same time :-)

 

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I found some tiny tomatoes on one of my tomato plants this morning :-) I hadn’t seen them before because they were covered by all the leafs on that little bush :-) Do You know that You can remove most leafs from a tomato plant and just leave some at the top of it? The leafs only evaporates water and it isn’t that fun to keep watering all day, also if You cover the soil with for instance cut grass the soil will keep the moisture so much better and also reducing the watering we need to do. I also finally found lots of female flowers on my pumpkin vines, I guess pumpkins, like zucchini can be eaten long before they ripe so I at least will have some use of the eventual pumpkins I might get :-)

 

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Nova is sleeping on the kitchen stairs, in the frying sunlight. I wonder if that’s especially healthy? The others are all sleeping either in the shadow or in the cottage. I Think both cats are sleeping upstairs, I know they came in after I came home from the grocery store and I haven’t seen them leaving. This is just how summer should be, we need it to cope through a long and dark winter. Well, it got too hot even for Nova :-) she’s now here in the kitchen by my feet instead.

 

Californian poppies never disapoints me and they tend to self sow for a couple of years too.

Californian poppies never disappoints me and they tend to self sow for a couple of years too.

Hyssopus officinalis, a good alternative for places where lavender won't grow.

Hyssopus officinalis, a good alternative for places where lavender won’t grow.

Can't remember what this one is called. Likes swampy places if it grows in full sunshine.

Can’t remember what this one is called. Likes swampy places if it grows in full sunshine.

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I’ve just finished the box of strawberries I bought and now it’s time for some tea or perhaps I should surprise myself with some coffee instead :-) Through the open kitchen door I can see clouds above the mountain building up to become thunder clouds. I think I’ll join all the animals and take a nap too.

 

Gillenia stipulata.

Gillenia stipulata.

Calceolara mexicana, the flower is still not fully grown though.

calceolaria mexicana, the flower is still not fully grown though.

IIlliamna remota. The flowers are very pale this year, almost white. Normally they are more pink.

Illiamna remota. The flowers are very pale this year, almost white. Normally they are more pink.

Clematis tangutica.

Clematis tangutica.

 

Have a great day!

 

This variety is called Vilma.

This variety is called Vilma.

Cool morning, hot day.

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I had planned to go to a bigger town this morning but it is going to be really hot today and it’s already so warm that I don’t want to leave the dogs in the dogyard. Nova will go in to the old garage and Sune will probably stay in the doghouse but the old ones will most likely stay outdoors and that will be just too hot today. It’s one thing if I had to go to work but another if I actually don’t have to go anywhere. I’ll go either tomorrow or on Wednesday and I’ll bring my camera too, the town is rather nice looking.

 

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I could see fog when I opened the door for the dogs this early morning and thought a walk to the bog would give me nice photos. I did get some foggy photos but it turned out that the fog stayed much longer in the village today :-) Well one can’t be successful in every choice one makes :-) Birds were actually singing in the forest today, unlike how it has been here the last week or so. I guess they liked the morning as much as I did. There were also some mosquitos now so I guess some of them survived the draught after all. But this was the old kind that sort of circles around the head a million times before they decide it’s safe to go down, the other kind we’ve had for a few years are still absent thankfully. We call them Flood mosquitos and they are fairly new to this area. They don’t circle at all, they just land and start drink our blood. I do prefer the old kind :-)

 

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I didn’t sleep especially well during the night, the cottage was just too hot. So one of the things I’ll buy in the big town is a fan, at least it will stir the air some. No use in buying an AC since it still is very rare we get it this hot. But since they say the climate is getting warmer and warmer I might need to buy an AC in the future. Lots of plants have died here after two warm winters and the ones surviving those died when we had that late heavy frost. I have plenty of space to fill in my flower beds next year, at the moment weeds and grass grow there instead.

 

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I happened to take two photos at the same time by accident and the first one showed a thin foggy line that went across the photo that didn't show in the next one (that I posted in my NG album). Next photo show a clooser look to it but it is hard to see. I can only assume that it i something mythical and magical flying pass since it is taken by a bog :-) Do You have any guess to why this thin line shows?

I happened to take two photos at the same time by accident and the first one showed a thin foggy line that went across the photo that didn’t show in the next one (that I posted in my NG album). Next photo show a closer look to it but it is hard to see. I can only assume that it i something mythical and magical flying pass since it is taken by a bog :-) Do You have any guess to why this thin line shows?

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I thought at first it might be a spider web but can’t see any in the first photo. It probably is but it’s funnier to think it’s something mythical :-)

 

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They had predicted some showers here later today but now it seems that we’ll get sunshine all day instead. I don’t mind because that will most likely keep the humidity on bearable levels but it does mean I’ll have to water in the garden. Some places are like a desert out there, doesn’t matter how much I water, the ground will dry out after just a few minutes. Other places never dry out and I guess that’s where the ground water comes up close to the surface. I’ll only water the things I absolutely want to survive, if the rest survives they’ve shown they’ll manage to survive here :-)

 

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It’s time to make some breakfast, I already have a cup of tea by my side. Today I really need to make some dinner, long time since I did that :-) I can’t say I enjoy standing in front of a hot stove on hot summer days. I know I can always use my slow cooker but the things I have just takes a short time to cook anyway. I have some lamb, reindeer, pork and moose in my freezer so it will either be something of that or pancakes :-)

 

Sune just loves to take baths :-)

Sune just loves to take baths :-)

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Have a great day!

I’m never in a hurry.

A dragonfly (or troll spindle) landed on my t-shirt yesterday, I was looking out through the mosquito net and had to take a photo.

A dragonfly (or troll spindle) landed on my t-shirt yesterday, I was looking out through the mosquito net and had to take a photo.

We’re having another rather wonderful day here by the bog. The sun is shining, the breeze is breezing and it’s just enough warm. Perhaps the humidity is a bit high but not so much that it feels awful. We went out for our walk just as the sun rose and I had hoped for fog since they had predicted it but no such luck I’m afraid. But it was cool and fairly fly free so I’m happy anyway. I couldn’t hear a single bird sing, just the all year round tweeting and I don’t count that as singing, it’s more like small talk to be honest.

 

The clouds were building up to be thunder clouds yesterday (and today as well) but nothing happened here.

The clouds were building up to be thunder clouds yesterday (and today as well) but nothing happened here.

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I’m not the one doing things in a hurry when I have things to do and my plans are often five-year plans :-) Today however it almost seemed like I was in a hurry since I finally picked away all those tree trunks and branches from the plum tree, apple tree and lilacs I cut down two years ago :-) or is it three? I had however placed every little bit in a nice woodpile so it didn’t look bad. But I had placed it all on the gravel path that goes around one side of my cottage. I really don’t care about the gravel path but it was a bit hard to mow the lawn around the pile. Most of the smaller pieces had dried out really well but the bigger ones was still heavy of water. It’s my own fault since I never removed the bark from those trunks, it’s a must if one want big pieces to dry up at all.

 

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Cool and nice this morning and I could see lots of spider webs.

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I piled it all in my wood shed and wondered if I should chop it up today but I have big windows standing there in the wood shed and sometimes those wood logs jump away with surprising speed and always in to something that can break :-) So I’ll leave that to another day. Now I have firewood for at least five or six days :-) It’s amazing that two big trees and lots of lilacs don’t give more firewood, I mean the trees were rather big to be honest. Well, lots of it was chopped up to wood chips and placed around the pond to be honest. I need to buy a new wood chipper till next time because the one I have was starting to give up last time I used it :-)

 

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The dogs are sleeping and I’m thinking of joining them in a nap, that would be my second for the day :-) Still, I have absolutely no problems falling asleep in the evening at the same time I always do. But first I’ll have a pot of tea and some ic cream.

 

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Nova, just waiting for an attack from Sune :-)

Nova, just waiting for an attack from Sune :-)

 

Have a great day!

Not much space left here now, below four percent now, will most likely last a week. But here’s the address to my new place: The cottage by the Crane lake, life goes on.  (http://thecottagebythecranelakethree.wordpress.com)

 

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A bit chilly in the morning.

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We’re having a pretty wonderful day here, the sun is shining, some clouds pass beneath the sun every now and again and it’s around 25C (77F). almost no wind and the flies seems to stay mostly in the shadows. They didn’t however when I mowed the lawn. Most of them just swarmed around my head but there were a few deer flies and horse flies that gave me some bites. Strangely enough I can’t feel any itching which I usually do for hours and no swelling either so I guess they just made some trial runs :-)

 

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It's almost possible to see the rainbow in that fog.

It’s almost possible to see the rainbow in that fog.

 

After that I did my laundry so now I’ve done my chores for the day. Before the mowing and washing I did go to the store in Gudhem to buy the things I, despite a long list, missed to buy yesterday. I didn’t only buy those things, I also bought lots of ice cream of my favorite brand, Klings ice cream. Some strawberries and grapes also followed me home so after the mowing and washing I had two big bowls of ice cream with strawberries. Life feels good days like these :-)

 

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The morning however was a bit chilly, we could see our breaths :-) No frost though and I do hope it’ll stay away until the first week in September as it usually does or even later. I heard one bird singing the entire morning and most are still rather quiet. Some sparrows tweet but that’s it. Bertil tried to catch a magpie yesterday and I could hear how the bird laughed out loud :-) Teodor is the bird catcher but he’s smart enough to stay away from magpies. My old Erna however managed to catch one and the magpies stayed away from my garden for years after that.

 

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We have lots of butterflies and dragonflies here now, most of them refuse to sit still long enough to get photographed though, one just landed and a drying t-shirt and I got a photo that I’ll show You tomorrow, The Swedish name on dragonflies has nothing to do with dragons but another mythical being, the troll. It’s called Troll spindle here, I’m not sure why though so I’ll try to find out why. Just found it out, they were actually believed to be trolls spindles. Before christianity they were closely associated with the goddess Freya.After christianity arrived they started to look more suspiciously at them and the dragonfly was often connected with the devil or mythical beings like dragons, troll or witches.

 

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It was so chilly tat we could see our breaths.

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The laundry is dry and I better bring it in before any sparrows do their business on it :-) All the animals are asleep and I think I’ll join them by taking a small nap, perhaps I’ll have a cup of tea and some more ice cream before though :-)

 

Finally it grows! This one should be at least a meter long now (a yard) but the cold nights have slowed it down.

Finally it grows! This one should be at least a meter long now (a yard) but the cold nights have slowed it down.

 

Have a great day!

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