It’s 11C (52F) outside and now You think I’ll tell You how wonderful it feels but it doesn’t. It’s actually nasty cold because the wind is so strong that it’s impossible to enjoy it. Even here indoors it’s cold because it’s actually warm enough for the radiators to shut down and then the wind sort of cools down the cottage and the heat from the stove has problems reaching anywhere.
Like all windy days, as it seems all days this year has been, we went in to the forest on our walk. In there it was calm enough so I could walk with an open jacket but when we passed the open fields I wished I had brought my long scarf Joyce gave me. They say it will calm down until tomorrow though and we might even get some sunshine.
My latest neighbor came out when we were going home and we talked about all the ruins after old cottages we have seen here and all the old tombs. His cat Salmiak were outside and Bertil, that had followed us on our walk hurried away at first. Suddenly he started patrolling the road as if he owned it and Salmiak ran inside. Last time those two met it ended with Salmiak having nasty wounds and Bertil staying indoors for a few weeks I guess, since Bertil was patrolling, that Bertil won that fight but I could see that this wasn’t over at all
There are plenty of old roads in the forest and I was thinking I should follow some of them one day. But I didn’t today because of Bertil’s warnings.
There is a place in the Forbidden Forest (can be seen from the other side of the creek) where there’s lots of big stones. I wonder if this might be a burial ground?
Bertil warned us for wild hogs all the way we were out walking but we never saw any. But we did see tracks from several piglets in the mud when we were walking back again. I talked as loud as I could in the noise from the wind and thankfully they could hear me. I really don’t want to look a big boar in the eyes again, especially not if there are piglets around
It’s time to make a pot of tea and after that I think I’ll go upstairs and hide behind a warm blanket. I am a bit tired today because I woke up last night with cramps in both thighs and I had huge problems getting rid of it. After that I slept like a baby again but I can’t say I felt especially peppy when I woke up this morning
They say spring will explode and say wawaboom this weekend, well I’m not sure about the wawaboom but we’ll have sunshine and fairly warm. Compared to normal winters this feels like tropical heat for us It does feel more and more sure that winter won’t return again and I can’t but wonder about what summer we’ll have after a spring like this. It sort of build up hope for a summer much like the last one, warm and dry. But my guess is that it will be cold and rainy, even more so than a normal summer
Nothing much has happened these last two days, geese and swans arrive all the time but I haven’t heard anything about any more cranes. I guess there are several here now but those nesting around the village haven’t shown up yet. The deers are still coming to feed in my garden but the birds seems to be occupied with other things, I don’t need to fill the feeders every day any more.
I was a bit worried for a while that time slowly was ending for Hector. He did want to follow us on walks but he walked very slowly and often was far behind us. But suddenly he’s jumping around like a puppy again when I come home from work and is often far ahead of me when we’re out walking I guess the warmer weather help him with his joints so they don’t hurt as much any longer.
It’s time to make that pot of tea again and go upstairs to watch the news. My little toe need to rest as well so I won’t be moving at all until it’s time for bed
Another warm day and I got to enjoy it for a short while when I walked between factories. I was working in the neighboring one today and once again the walk between the two places I work at felt way to short. But now it’s light enough when I come home so the walk is so much easier when I actually can see where I walk I keep hoping I’ll see some wild hogs in the fields, from a safe distance of course but so far no luck with that.
My little toe felt somewhat like a balloon when I woke up this morning but it didn’t look especially bad to be honest, well not more than before anyway. It is a bit swollen and rather red but nothing worse. Now the entire foot feels rather tired because I’m standing still the entire time I’m working in the other factory and I stood there for more than six hours. That normally make my feet hurt so today isn’t any better
Novas ear is getting better too thankfully. The vet said her ears are built to get infections and they sure do. It doesn’t help that Sune is there trying to clean it either. What’s strange is that Sune who has those heavy spaniel ears never seems to have problems with them at all. By the way, I’ve given my car a name. I was thinking of using the one my mother usually have on her cars, Cleopatra but this car doesn’t feel like an Egyptian pharaoh. But suddenly it came to me, his name is Colonel Hati
It’s time for that pot of tea and something to eat. I was planning on making dinner for work tomorrow but I just feel to lazy now so I’ll order from the restaurant nearby. Most of the time that food rarely taste anything but every now and again they get a cook that knows how to use spices, I do hope that one still is there
My right foot is rather tired right now, I can feel an entire days work in it but at least it doesn’t hurt. No problem with having in a shoe because of pain anyway and that’s a good thing. I’ll soon go upstairs and just rest it in front of the tv, well I don’t think it cares if it is in front of the tv or not but I would like to watch the news
It was enough of daylight when I came home today, even if I had stopped by the grocery store to bur some very needed food, so I could take a few photos on our walk. Nova was very frisky today and ran around like crazy in the cottage and tore down so many things that I had to push her out again She has had problems with her ear again and now it’s getting better again and I guess the pain is gone. Who wouldn’t be extremely happy then She also tried to chew her way in to the un opened sack with deer food. It’s amazing how guilty a dog can look when caught in the action
The day has been warm and nice again and I can’t stop enjoying it I know this most likely won’t happen again in many, many years but I can’t but hope this will be how the coming hundred winters will be like I have a feeling that You on the American continent wouldn’t like it though because it seems that when we have a warm winter You have a cold. Well now You know how I feel every year when winter starts and never seems to stop I do feel sorry for You but refuse to switch back, at least this year
One eyed Rune and his lady, I now call her Tova, are less afraid of my dogs than ever. Now they run to the fence as soon as they hear I pour out the food and don’t care that all dogs stand just a few meters away(much the same in yards) behind a fence even a puppy can jump over I guess there must be little natural food for them but shouldn’t there be more of them around if that was the fact? Most of the deers know they get food here.
My hand-held fan-shaped apple tree. It is almost totally flat towards the field and my garden. Needs pruning to keep that shape.
Rhododendron dauricum. I sowed it for almost ten years ago and every winter the deers eat most of the buds. This year however they haven’t touched it. Yet that is.
It’s time to make a pot of tea and something to eat. As soon that is done I’ll walk upstairs and rest my foot for the rest of the evening.
So far the morning is a bit too chilly, well it is 3C (37F) but there’s a weak but steady and bitterly cold wind destroying it all. Without that wind it would be rather nice outdoors. We met a villager on our way round the village, we actually meet him every time we walk there. He’s one of the few that still run a small farm, the kind we usually see in children’s books and we all would love to live in We had lots to talk about today since I haven’t walked there for long because of the stormy winds we’ve had.
We talked about the fact that many who signed to get that municipal water and sewer system perhaps might regret it now because the sewer treatment plant in in the town doesn’t work properly so they might need to build a new one and that will of course rise the water and sewer bill. There are other problems too but signed is signed. I could tell him that my neighbor had gotten a child. To be honest, I didn’t even know she was pregnant and they haven’t told anyone. I just saw her walking by with a baby carriage one day
He then told me that my newest neighbor might buy the cottage he rents. He rents it from the castle right now and he was willing to pay the price offered as long as they dug a new well for him, he doesn’t want anything to do with that water and sewer system either. The price is way too high but if he manages to get that well dug I guess that would compensate for the high price. I knew he wanted to buy it and to be honest, it did sound as if he already owned the place last time I talked with him. I’m glad if he does, he might not have any idea on how to prune trees but he has more or less the same ideas of nature preservation as I do
Today the biggest Xcountry ski race is taking place in Dalarna here in Sweden. It’s supposed to celebrate the old Swedish King Gustav Vasa when he fled, on skis, from the Danes to later on take power in this country and happily slaughter everyone that helped him to that power. There’s an old tale that describes how he bravely tried to get people to fight the Danes and almost being captured a couple of times. The thing is that he didn’t know what skis are In a letter he has written he asks the question what the pieces of board was that people used on snow He also fled in the opposite direction than the competition is held. This is probably the most boring tv program there is in the entire world
But they break the program every hour to have an update on what is going on in Ukraine. It looks as if the Russians once again will start a war to show the world they are powerful. No one can of course do anything about it, after all it is a country with nuclear weapons. So the Russians will do as they please and the Ukrainians are the ones paying the price. It’s time for a pot of coffee this time. After that I’ll go outside to clean up in the garden and perhaps prune the last of that hand-held fan-shaped apple tree of mine. I managed to get my foot in my work shoe so I guess I just as well get that ladder and prune that tree.
Have a great day!
New neighbors in the village. I can’t say I like goats, mostly because I quite often almost hit some on the road to work. That goat owner just don’t get it that goats can escape any fence These two are just beautiful though.
The bog, or swamp is perhaps a better word for it, behind my garage.
The morning was a bit on the cool side but as they day pass the temperature rise and now it’s just as warm as it was yesterday. Still it isn’t staying outdoors weather because a drizzle that eats its way through the clothes pass by every now and again. Someone of the dogs had eaten what was left in one bag of deer food last night and by how Orvar was in the stomach this morning I guess it was him I wonder what it is in that deer food that makes dogs love it?
We were walking down to the creek when this guy, I think it is Longhorn, jumped out on the road. We had seen a fox before that but not even I could see what it was in the photos I took :-)
My foot is surprisingly good today. It fitted rather well in my summer shoes (guess if I’m glad we have these high temperatures, wouldn’t be fun walking around in snow in those shoes ). But as soon as there’s any pressure on the two smallest toes it still hurts. So walking down a slope is painful or walking on a leaning road too since my toes then slides towards the side and the shoe side press towards those toes. But considering how bad it could have been I think this is great.
The villagers have been rather busy today. Tractors and four-wheeled motorcycles have been driving around on the fields and in the forest all day. I guess they all are preparing for the real spring (well when it is supposed to come anyway) and summer now when the weather is as good as it is. Someone somewhere near has spread manure in the fields and more will come I guess. Soon the smell of chicken manure will fill the air close to work, not the nicest of smells but in my opinion much better than how it smells when they spread pig manure
The entire field is plowed by wild hogs now.
Stones have fallen down into the creek now and stops lots of the water, so the beavers don’t have to do a lot to make the water lever l rise again.
I’m not sure what I want to do next. I was thinking of making pancakes but a nap wouldn’t be totally wrong either. we’ve just come in from a walk but it would be nice to do something outdoors anyway, despite the drizzle. At the moment it feels like a nap will be the decision I’ll take and making pancakes after that. The days are so long now that I think there will be time enough to take a walk in daylight after the other things.
But first I’ll finish that pot of tea I’ve made and perhaps take a look in the freezer to see what I might have for dinner tomorrow.
The day is much like yesterday but slightly cooler, still it is rather nice to be outside since the wind has been absent for a few days now. I’ve done my grocery shopping for the weekend and I’ve taken a nap so now I’ve done pretty much everything I had planned to do
I just had over eleven magpies in my garden and even if they too deserve to eat they do scare all small birds so I had to go outside to scare them away. I can tell You that the wind is no longer absent, it is actually very present and that’s too bad. I liked that it for once was almost absolutely still outside. I can’t understand why the magpies have chosen this garden to their favorite place, after all there are several cats, beside my two, that patrols the area and my dogs are out there too as often as possible. The magpies were gone for quite some time after old Erna captured one and ate it in front of them I would have stopped her if I had had a chance.
The swelling of my foot has gone down pretty much and now the foot fits in my summer shoes, no other shoes fit yet though but it’s going the right way. My little toe still hurts some but only in the shoe. Sune still finds the sour spots and Nova jumped straight down from the bed on the worst spot as well But I do try to keep the foot as high as possible most of the time. But I do need to move around every now and again so I don’t go insane by boredom
There are actually two Hazelnut bushes in the forest. This is how the leafs look.
I now have seven persimmon trees, one Manchurian walnut and several small Red oaks growing in my cottage. I would have placed most of them outside now if I trusted the weather, I still have problems believing this wonderful warm weather will last until spring normally comes, in late April
It’s time for that pot of tea again and perhaps something to eat as well. Later on I’ll go outside in the garden for a while, not much to do there since I’ve cleaned up after the dogs so good now I still have some pruning of the hand-fan shaped apple tree of mine. I did what I could from the ground yesterday but need to climb up a ladder to do the last of it and I won’t do that until my foot is much better.