It is the season to start feeding.
The fire has been burning all day in my stove, not because it has been especially cold because it has stayed around 0C most of the time. No it’s because of a weak but oh so nasty cold wind that sort of crawled in everywhere both in my cottage and the clothes when we were out walking. It also managed to sort of stay in the body long after we had come home. Still it could have been much worse, this winter is so far very mild and I like it that way 🙂
I finally, with the help from Caryn, found a way to reduce the size of all photos at the same time. I wish I would have checked in to the comment part of my blog before I edited all the photos I took today, around 80 🙂 If I haf I would have saved at least an hour from reducing the size of each and every photo 🙂 I still don’t know how big they really become after I’ve changed size on them, my computer shows them just as big after as they were before 🙂 I also found out how to watermark them, not that I feel it is very important to do so but since I can why not. I’ll start doing that on the photos I take tomorrow.
I started to feed the deers yesterday and they start coming here early, long before it gets dark. Today two does visited us during the day and I guess there are more out there right now but it’s a bit too dark to see them now even if the lights shine in my apple tree. I had the lights on a timer so they would turn off at six am but something must be wrong with it because only a quarter of the ´lights stopped to shine and the rest sort of worked on half speed. I don’t like when electric things doesn’t work as they should so I removed the timer and will turn them on and off myself (until I buy a new timer that is 🙂 ). There will be photos of both the deers and the lights tomorrow.
I thought I should go on telling You about our mythical beings and I have already mentioned the Mara and believe it or not but she is actually a part of a word in English too 🙂 A Mara is Your worst nightmare because she creates Your worst nightmares 🙂 She crawls up on the chests on sleeping people and squeeze so hard that they lose both the air out of their lungs and the viability. It’s impossible to keep her out of any home because she can pass through the tiniest hole in the wall. Fortunately the Mara suffers from obsessions 🙂
So an easy way to stop her is to put lots if cow hairs in a hymn book because then she stops and counts them all. Another thing one can do is to pour out seeds on the floor around the bed because then she feels she must count all of those too 🙂 She could also be interested in horses and it was easy to see if she had been riding the horse because it would be totally exhausted in the morning and its mane would have braids that would be impossible to remove. One way to protect the horse was to mark the stable with a hexagonal mar cross, looks like a pentacle but I guess more three-dimensional.
No one really knows where the Mara comes from but one way was when a woman used magic during childbirth, she felt no pain then but the daughter (the Mara is always female, if the woman got a son he became a werewolf instead) got cursed instead. Another theory is that it was the soul of unmarried women or that normal women had been cursed. It was however possible to remove the curse. When the woman transferred from a Mara to her human form one could loudly say that she was a Mara but it was important that she had transformed totally otherwise she might lose a part of her body that wasn’t transformed.
It’s time for a cup of cocoa now, I’ve already had a couple of pots with tea 🙂 But before that I’ll go outside so I can take a photo of the lights in my apple tree. It isn’t beautiful but much better than previous years 🙂
Have a great day!