I should be singing Joy to the world the lord is come because it is soo much cooler today and we’re having a strong wind that is blowing through my cottage making it nice and cool too. This weather will last till Saturday afternoon and then the heat will come back again but only for a short time they say. So I really should sing that but I won’t I’ve gotten a cold, my throat is sour, I have a head ache and my body is aching and I get leg cramps every now and again. So I’ll just say YAY, it’s cool 🙂
Lidköpings old Town hall. Now days they have a nice cafe on the bottom floor.
The river Lidan.
I drove to the town Lidköping this morning, a town just as connected to the big lake (Vänern, our biggest lake. Nothing compared to the big ones on the American continent but still the third biggest in Europe) as Gothenburg (the city I grew up in) is to the ocean. People have lived there just as long as they have in the towns around where I live, thousand years or more. But it didn’t get its charter (city privileges) until July 21. 1446. Most of the town burned however down and almost only the houses on the east side of the river Lidan was left after the fire.
The photos are a mix of the old town and the new town because I was looking for a pharmacy and just walked around. This is however the old town and the old town hall is placed in the new town which one could say is the old one since the old one burned down and was rebuilt 🙂 🙂
I think this is a memorial thing of the fire that burned down the old town.
Nothing much happened for over hundred years, then they decided a new town was going to be built on the west side of the river and for several years each town had his own Mayor. 1849 a fire burned down almost the entire east side of the town, only one block survived the fires. Today it’s a beautiful town and all photos I show today is taken in the center of the town on both sides of the river. I walked perhaps 100 meters (much the same in yards) so it’s just a tiny part of the town You can see. The weather was hot and humid when I was there so I didn’t stay too long.
Finally I found the pharmacy, it was right in front of me the entire time 🙂 We call pharmacies for Apotek.
Yesterday I drove to the vet station to get a new prescription for Orvar and Hector. To my big surprise they now days close for one month during summer. I can’t remember them ever doing that before but then again, they want vacation too and I guess summer is less hectic. So first I drove 35km (21,7 miles) to Vara. Then I had to drive to Falköping where I know there’s an open et station and it’s around 50 km (31 miles) from Vara to Falköping. The vet naturally wanted to see Hector before she wrote any prescription which is fully understandable. So I drove home to get Hector and it’s 20km (12,4 miles) home. Got Hector and drove back and got the prescription and home again. I couldn’t get the medicine yesterday because I couldn’t leave Hector in a hot car and he’s not allowed at the pharmacy.
A more modern building. All buildings are low in this town but some genius thought it would be great to have a skyscraper too just by the lake. They decided that it was going to be built but thankfully something went wrong and I hope they have put this idiotic idea in the grave now!
It’s the horse variety I use for them because they are rather big and if I use the dog variety I’ll need to go to the vet very often to get the prescription (it’s the same thing but more concentrated for horses). The dog variety can be found everywhere but not the horse kind so I was prepared to drive to Vara again today because there are lots of horses close to that pharmacy but I was lucky and found a pharmacy that had it. So now we have the medicine and won’t have to go to the vet for a couple of months again.
The head ache is gone 🙂 so now I think I’ll cure my throat with lots of ice cream 🙂 Too bad I don’t have any coffee at home, it’s not the same with tea to be honest. Here is a link to my new address because from tomorrow I’ll start writing there instead: The cottage by the Crane lake, life goes on.
I didn’t take many photos this morning because I knew I was going to Lidköping. These two however is from this mornings walk.
The thunder and rain never arrived yesterday so it was just a hot and humid day here. They don’t predict anything else than sunshine and warmth with low humidity for today so I wouldn’t be surprised if the thunder arrived today instead 🙂 They also had predicted that it would cool down tomorrow, not any more. Now they say it will be just as warm as it has been for quite some time now. Well I need to buy food and the medicine both Hector and Orvar need so I’ll drive away early tomorrow to get what I need when it comes to food and medicine. The rest of the stuff I want will just have to wait because it would take too long to get home again when it’s going to be as hot as they say.
Nova has ear problems again and this time both her ears are troublesome. I think it all will calm down again as soon as it gets less hot. It’s like when we get a cold during summer, it never seems to get better as long as it’s warm but as soon as the autumn coolness starts the cold goes away. The morning was not especially cool but we had a very thick fog, something they actually had predicted 🙂 It was so thick that the sun had problems reaching through even though it was quite high up in the sky.
We have lots of mosquitoes now after the thunderstorm but they don’t bother me especially much. Of course I don’t like the sound they make, especially not when they try to land close to the ears 🙂 But It’s only itching after the first bites and after that I don’t feel it any more. It was however a long time since I was bitten by a mosquito so I have been scratching my left foot all night and now it’s just a bloody wound there instead and it doesn’t itch but aches rather much instead 🙂 🙂 🙂
The laundry is done and is now hanging outside to dry. Swallows are flying just outside my kitchen door and they make that screaming sound that I love to hear, it sounds like they were at the amusement park riding the rollercoaster 🙂 Otherwise it’s very quiet here in the village. Not even the cows make a sound at the moment. I’ve watered what needs to be watered because even if we did get lots of rain the other day it will soon be very dry again with this weather.
My seed sown apple tree (the hand fan-shaped one) will give a few apples this year. They are delicious!
This is all the raspberries I’ll get this year 🙂
My Sorbus domestica.
Now it’s time to make some breakfast. I’m in a hard bread period at the moment. I’m not sure how common hard bread is outside Scandinavia but here we can find lots and lots of different varieties. Everything from white hard bread to really dark ones, some with fruit in them and then we have the hard thin breads. With seeds on them and without too. No matter what one would like it most likely would be found here. I like it with cheese and caviar on it (or caviar and hard-boiled eggs). By caviar I mean smoked cod roe, it’s not allowed to be called caviar down in Europe because the EU has decided that name only is allowed on the expensive varieties like Beluga or the Vendace.
A Katydid, they are big and bite rather good. They sit high up in the trees in the afternoon/ evening and play until it’s dark.
A happy Nova being chased by Sune.
Sometimes he actually manages to take the stick from her 🙂
It feels quite chilly here this morning which is a bit od since it actually is quite warm and the humidity sky-high. It will be hot soon enough and we’ll get thunder again today, they predict it for late in the afternoon but they did the same yesterday and that was quite wrong since the thunder arrived rather early in the day.
Yesterdays thunder behaved rather calmly in the beginning but as soon as I had posted yesterdays blog it started to behave quite different. It didn’t go many seconds between lightnings but none of them hit the ground from what I could see, they all flew between the clouds down here by the bog. It was a very different thing up on the mountain though where it hit all the time.
I don’t know how much rain we got but it was quite a lot and that rain was the base for the fog that suddenly grew up from nowhere in the early evening yesterday, a fog that stayed all night and well in to this morning. It’s quite nice to walk around in the fog, hearing cranes and geese shout in the distance but not being able to see them. It would have been perfect if it hadn’t been for a lorry that honked its horn. I guess something came out of the fog in front of it and the driver must have tried to scare what ever it was away so he wouldn’t hit it.
There’s something special with the combination fog and tombs. It should have been moonlight though 🙂
I had hoped that I would be able to go to the town I told You about some days ago but since one never knows when thunder arrives I don’t want to leave the dogs in the doghouse/ dogyard. Especially since Hector is so afraid of thunder. Tomorrow will most likely be just as hot as it was last week and with high humidity so I doubt I’ll go then either. So let us all hold our thumbs and cross our fingers for good luck on Wednesday 🙂 This was the week when the weather was supposed to cool down, it seems they were wrong once again in their predictions.
Before this summer started two weather prediction companies predicted that June and August would be much hotter than usual here in Sweden but July just slightly warmer but with more rain. June was the coldest we’ve had in years and July were much warmer than usual with very little rain. I do wonder what August will be like 🙂
It is time for a pot of tea and then some stick throwing with the dogs. After that I think it will be time for a nap. I still have some space left here in this blog but I’m pretty sure the move to my new place will happen two or three days.
I used the old camera today so I could use the autofocus, some mornings it’s just impossible to focus the eyes even without looking through a camera 🙂
The thunder is upon us, I think. It’s hard to know because there’s no lightning, just the sound and not a drop of rain can be seen or heard. Hector is in the bathroom so I do know it’s here anyway. The thunder never really came close yesterday but we got the winds that usually occurs before and during a good thunder-storm. No rain during the thunder but a gentle rainfall that fell the entire evening and parts of the night too. Well se what happens when one talks about it, the rain is falling heavily outside at the moment. I better close the windows un the upper floor.
I fetched my new mobile phone at the post office in Gudhem this morning. It’s a Sony Xperia something that can take dust and water without problems. I opened up the new simcard I got a few days ago and everything looks fine. I never understand the new phones but I did fine the message app and started to send some messages. It turns out they have given me yet a new telephone number because no one understood the messages was from me 🙂 🙂 🙂 Well. I really don’t want a new number so I called the telephone company and asked what they were doing? It turns out I’ve gotten an extra number from the ones selling me the phone, of kindness? I still have my old numbers so this was an extra without any extra cost. So the phone company just told me to put my old simcard in the new phone and all should be as it always has been.
I was pretty sure there would be fog at the bog this morning because of the rain yesterday and the sunny cold morning today.
Just imagine how easy life could be if that had been the case 🙂 It turns out that the new phone can’t take such a big simcard, I need a smaller one 🙂 🙂 🙂 So I’ll be using my old phone for another week I guess but that also gives me time to actually learn how the new one works before I start making mistakes while using it 🙂 🙂 🙂 I can now tell You that the thunder storms is just above my cottage, the rain is pouring down, still no lightning though but the rumble makes my little cottage tremble like it was an afraid little mouse. Just as I wrote this the first lightning hit somewhere up on the mountain.
Have You ever eaten jellyfish soup or smelled the smell from it? It smells something like burnt rubber and the taste is pretty similar, nothing to wish for unless one wants to eat the smell one can find on car races 🙂 Anyway, I’ve been feeling that smell here and there when we’re out walking, very odd! It’s a smell one don’t forget and to find it here in the middle of nowhere is very odd. The latest time I smelled it was this morning out by the bog and I truly doubt anyone was out there making jellyfish soup 🙂 I also doubt that any animal actually could smell like that so I wonder what it can be.
And all this time I felt the odd smell of jellyfish soup.
I stopped by the lake on my way home from the grocery store (I brought my cooler with me and bought loads of ice cream 🙂 ) to see if I could find any birds or anything else worth taking photos of, I met two ornithologists, all ornithologists seems to be very social and they started to talk to me as soon as I came close. These people were the professional kind and their mobile phones twittered all the time, they got text messages from all over the country telling them what kind of rare birds other ornithologists were seeing at the moment. Anyway, these two then told me that we had two Great Egrets somewhere by the lake and that’s so unusual that it’s almost unique here. They also told me that some ornithologists had seen two Black storks, also a rarity here. unfortunately none of them could be seen while I still was there. I did however see two white swans far away and some kind of falcon that nests in a tree just beside where we stood.
The thunder is calming down again and most of the rain has stopped falling too. Still the rumbling makes my little cottage tremble but not as much as before. The temperature dropped from 29C (84,2F) to 19C (66,2F) within two minutes. I wouldn’t mind if it stayed like that for a while because the humidity outside is sky-high now and I really don’t want the heat to return until tomorrow 🙂 We’ll have warm weather this coming week but rains will come every now and again throughout the week. Perhaps I finally will be able to do something except sitting and hoping I won’t melt away if I breathe 🙂
Down by the lake.
I think it’s safe to turn on the coffee maker now and after that I think a shower is in place, it was hot before the storm and now the humidity makes it sort if sticky just by existing 🙂
If You look hard enough on this photo You’ll see a white dot, that’s a swan 🙂
Have a great day!
It started to blow really hard yesterday so I looked outside. Isn’t this how a tornado looks in the beginning? We really don’t have tornadoes but tiny ones that we call tromber. Could this be the start of a tromb?
A Magpie sitting just outside my kitchen door, it couldn’t see me because of the mosquito net between us 🙂
The thunder is thundering around but sort of just touches the edges of the village, I’m sort of disappointed because it would have been nice to get more rain so I didn’t have to go out ant water everything again today 🙂 Well, it’s far from over so we might get more than I want still. No bigger fall in temperature though so I guess we might miss it after all and Hector is still in the living room but as soon as he walks in to the bathroom I’ll close all doors and windows.
Nothing much to do on a day like this, I’ve watered everything outside, I’ve paid my bills and had my nap. I can’t watch any tv or dvd since I can’t have any electric things working now when the thunder is close. I could of course read a book but it is just too hot to use the brain 🙂 I can use the internet as long as the battery lasts and as long as the thunder isn’t too close and I have around 4 hours and thirty minutes left before the battery dies.
The cows are back in the pasture just outside my garden, I like that but I wonder why they move them around so much. They never seem to stay in one pasture more than a couple of weeks and It isn’t because the grass is too short, they don’t have the time to eat that much in that short time 🙂 It might be because they’ve been working a lot cutting down birch trees lately and perhaps they need to take down the fence while they do that, that’s my best guess anyway.
I think I have time enough to make a pot of tea before the thunder might be here, it does sound as if it is getting closer. I do want that rain to fall and I wouldn’t mind if it cooled down too.
Some more troll spindle photos. I think the red ones are red meadow troll spindles and the ones with yellow in the color are yellow spotted meadow troll spindles.
Have a great day!
Orvar was smart enough to stay indoors while I took these photos, it isn’t much cooler in there but a little.
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.
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 🙂
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?
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 🙂
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.
I could see the fog building up while we were walking.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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 🙂
thankfully I had a few photos left from last week.
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 🙂
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 🙂
It looked promising on the way to the bog.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
In my garden. Bladder senna.
Have a great day!
Rudbeckia lacianata, I think. It’s a Rudbeckia in any case 🙂
Kitabelia vitifolia. We call it Balkan mallow.
The Welsh poppy likes to grow together with the Californian one.
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.
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 🙂
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 🙂
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 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.
Can’t remember what this one is called. Likes swampy places if it grows in full sunshine.
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.
calceolaria mexicana, the flower is still not fully grown though.
Illiamna remota. The flowers are very pale this year, almost white. Normally they are more pink.