Another warm and sunny day but the night was a bit chilly, the roof of my car was covered in a thin layer of ice. I think thetemperature fell below freezing for ten minutes or so. Nights can be freezing cold here way in to early summer and the last night with frost usually arrives around June sixth. The first night with frost in autumn usually comes some time in the first week of September.
They have altered the painting machine at work, of course not in the way I wanted it to be altered but this is perhaps the next best I guess. For once the technicians that did the job actually listened to what I was saying and to an even bigger surprise they actually showed me how things can and should work in the machine. They come from another firm that knows these machines and they taught me more in ten minutes than the other business have done in over one and a half year :-) There is actually a possibility that I can start to like working with this machine after all :-)
The gooseberry bushes in the wild flowers now.
Tomorrow we’ll have the wage negotiations again, it got moved to a Friday one hour before I stop working for the day and this annoys me extremely much. I don’t care if we aren’t done at the time >I stop working at twelve, I’ll go home anyway. If they decide a time without asking me if it works it’s up to them to find a new time so we can finish the job. I must sign the papers anyway so they can’t do anything without me :-)
The Snake’s head Fritillary flowers in my garden right now. The normal red, a slightly lighter one and the white (slightly deformed) below.
The Sloe bushes flower too.
I think it is time for a big pot of cocoa now, even though it is warm outdoors ( and here indoors too of course) I still feel a bit cold inside. So I think I’ll have cocoa with some vanilla sugar in it :-) I guess a sandwich or two won’t feel bad either :-)
Bertil followed us to the bog today. He was uneasy all the way until we reached the bog where he calmed down. We heard the wild hogs on our way home and it sounded as we came a bit too close :-)
I don’t know why but the first work day in the week always makes me late. So just a very short post today and this time I blame my neighbors because we talked for a rather long time when we met after our walk. My dogs tried to come close to their cat Salmiak once again but I can’t say it looked like he enjoyed it :-)
Suddenly all the trees show leafs :-)
The predictions said a cooler day today so I’m not the least surprised that it was slightly warmer than yesterday :-) This si summer temperatures for us here in the north and even the night was rather warm. Nights here during summer are usually cool, 10 C (50 F) isn’t unusual here and I love those cool mornings, especially warm summers when we have lots of flies around because that the only time during the day they stay calm :-)
I’ve given myself some problems because some of what I sowed the other day has already started to germinate and show above the soil surface. Now I have no idea where to place the pots until it’s time to replant them and later on give them their place in the garden. It’s still early in the year so frost nights will be coming frequently here until the first week in June.
It’s time for that pot of tea and then a walk around the garden to see if anything new shows. I need something to eat as well but I think I will have something light, like yoghurt with apple slices and cinnamon.
I have to admit that I didn’t think we were going to get such a nice and warm day as we did when we were out walking this morning. The wind was a bit strong and even though it was much warmer this morning than the previous ones it still felt rather cold. The wind is still here but it turned towards warmer and at the moment we’re having 19,1 C (66,4 F) There will be noo need to start a fire in the stove this evening even if it should be cold tonight. My cottage keeps the warmth all night long.
We walked in to Salmiak on our walk in the forest, he was anything but pleased to meet us :-)
Bertil was with us but he just ignored Salmiak and looked the other way.
I walked around in the garden early this morning after our walk and realised that there are some places where nothing I’ve planted seems to survive. Grass and weeds do ok but besides those very few other things do. But most of what I have planted there has been things I’ve sown, so I started moving plants, mostly columbines and geraniums, from some flower beds to these ones, after I had removed most of the grass and weeds of course :-) If these plants die I’ll let the grass and weeds take over the places and just mow it with the mower :-)
White wood anemone in the forest.
The seeds for a perennial hollyhock that I’ve soaked in water for two days now had started to germinate so I sowed them in a plastic box and I’ll have them indoors until I think nights are safe from frost. Well I’ll most likely place them in front of the wall on my patio long before that happens but I’ll cover them if there’s a risk for frost again.
We had pancakes for dinner today, yes my dogs get half a pancake every time I make some but without anything on them. I myself had rowan jam and maple syrup on the ones I got :-) Now I would like to take a nap but since it’s work day tomorrow I need to be sur I’ll fall asleep rather early tonight since I go up before 5 am.
It’s time for that pot of tea again and I’ll enjoy it outdoors, who knows when we’ll get this kind of weather again :-) I will listen to my neighbors mowing their lawns and throw stick to my dogs.
I think this is a female Chaffinch.
Have a great day!
In my garden, Tulipa tarda. This tulip is very weedy and spreads happily all over the garden :-)
There’s one daffodil open just outside my cottage, we call them Easter lilies because they tend to flower around late Easters. It’s also one of our bigger Easter symbols. Here it has company with two Lemon butterflies, the male is the more bright yellow and the female the one slightly more greenish.
It’s even warmer today but a nice breeze makes it feel a bit cooler, it didn’t even get down to below freezing last night so the hours I had the fire burning last evening was not a good thing, it was a bit too warm all night. Orvar had an upset stomach around three am and unfortunately he doesn’t understand the thing with poochie bells :-) The only one that does is Nova and she never needs to go outside in the middle of the night. Instead she uses them when she thinks I’m a bit slow when we’re going out for a walk :-) Orvar by the way is just fine again so I guess it just was something he had eaten.
Even the Forbidden Forest looked inviting this morning.
We walked upstream the creek today and it was quite nice. We didn’t see any moose or hogs but we heard them running away as we came too close. I talked rather loud with the dogs because I really don’t want to be surprised by any of them again. I could see the tracks in the mud when we were turning homewards again. Two moose and several smaller hogs.
The water is warm enough for the water plants to grow too.
I had my breakfast on the patio but the wind did make it a bit chilly so I had to wear a fleece sweater. Geese and swans were flying above my cottage and cranes over the field just beside it. A Goshawk flew straight through the garden, landed for a second in the apple tree and then continued its search for small birds. After that I checked some seeds that I’ve put in water during the night. Some seeds needs to be either sand papered or soaked in water before they are sown, how nature manages to survive by its own is a mystery to me :-) You know when they are ready because they sink and swell when it’s time to so them. Some might sink directly when You put them in water and those just need to swell before sowing. Only a few were ready to be sown this morning but I have al the time in the world to wait until they’re ready.
After that I took a nap and that’s something I shouldn’t have. I was a bit tired after cleaning up the floor in the middle of the night so I thought a short nap would do the trick. I did wake up after an hour and was only going to close the eyes for a short while. I woke up an hour later again and now I don’t seem to be able to really wake up :-) It feels like I’m half asleep even after weeding the flower beds :-) They say a nap only should last up to half an hour or it does just the opposite to what one wants and two hours does exactly that :-)
It’s time for a pot of tea and then another walk, I do need to wake up properly otherwise I’ll go to bed to early tonight and this weekend flies by too fast as it is anyway. I picked up my two tiny apricot trees and the mulberry tree yesterday and they have been standing outside during the night behind bubble wrap. The mulberry tree is actually flowering but I doubt I’ll get any berries this year unless any bumblebees finds their way in behind the wrap. I’ll plant them all in the garden this year, the mulberry tree will cope but I think it might be the last year for those apricots though, unless we get another winter like the one we had this time and that is most unlikely.
Then we walked in to the forest. Moose and hogs were running behind us and I’m glad they didn’t feel like meeting us at all.
I forgot to mention one thing people eat in the archipelago outside Gothenburg and north along the coast line. It isn’t typical easter food but something they have every big occasion, it’s called Äggost in Swedish and there is no name for it in English, at least not one I can find. If I translate the name directly it is Egg Cheese and it is just delicious if done right. I’ve never done it myself, just eaten it made of masters. It’s made from lots of eggs, lots of sour cream, even more milk and just a little sugar. One needs a special kind of baking pan, usually made from wood with lots of small holes in it so excessive liquid can run through it. I’ve only eaten it as a dessert but some have it for breakfast and even on sandwiches I’ve read. I love it when it is sprinkled with cinnamon and lots of blackberry jam :-) I’ll make one when I can find one of those baking pans, they are rare to find but I’ve heard they make them in plastic now days.
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.