That’s my plan anyway.

The sun has been shining all day, not bad for a day when we possibly could get some sunshine :-)

The sun has been shining all day, not bad for a day when we possibly could get some sunshine 🙂

Almost as warm today and almost as windy too but now finally it seems as if the wind has blown elsewhere. I did spend some time in the garden despite the wind and started to chop down parts of the Hungarian lilacs with an ax. I’m not removing them, just pre-pruning them 🙂 I want to reduce the size of them because they are around 5 meters high and just as wide (much the same in yards). It’s impossible to reach in to it so I started chopping with an ax so I can reach with my chainsaw later on. 




They are great wind breakers but take ao much space now that they slowly kill everything else. Hungarian lilacs are almost the only lilacs I like because they spread very slowly and the flowers don’t smell that much. When one have as much lilacs as I have one starts to appreciate less smelling flowers 🙂 The flowers reeks when they are decaying and that’s even worse. There will be lots of space when I’m finished with them and my plan is to plant the Red oaks that now grow in my window there. Well not all of them since it looks like all 15 acorns germinated 🙂




The deers don’t eat as much as they did earlier so my plan for them is to slowly reduce the amount of food I give them and also place the food closer and closer to the fence. It should by the end of next week mean that the food will be placed outside my garden and if this weather continues they won’t come back until next autumn again. Well that’s the plan anyway 🙂 I do hope they’ll leave the little Azalea alone so I finally can see more than one flower on that bush 🙂




Bertil has seen better days, he came back this morning with clear signs that he has been in a fight. I think it was the big lumps of fur that was removed from him that gave it away 🙂 One eye look a bit injured too. My guess is that he has been fighting with Salmiak again, if not it might be the cat lady at the farm next door. But he’s not the one to stay at home licking his wounds, he went back out there as soon as he could, so I guess it was he who won.




I think I’ll make a pot of coffee now, later on I’ll watch Grimm on channel six and after that I’ll watch the big finale in the Swedish part of the Eurovision Song Contest. I’ll post a video tomorrow of the winner. Don’t have any high expectations of high quality music, this year is worse than ever 🙂




Have a great day!



16 thoughts on “That’s my plan anyway.

  1. Hi Christer,
    WOW trees again. 🙂

    You have almost spring. Not Fair! I have piles of snow.
    I did manage to get down to the back part of the house and saw one green thing poking up in the general area where I had buried some bulbs. The ones by the front steps have grown a bit now that the snow has melted away. I’m afraid the spawns have gotten most of them, though.

    Bertil has probably been out there reinforcing his authority. Keep checking the wounds for abscesses. My old tom was always getting those things. I had a lot of practice.

    It’s 43ºF and sunny here today. Rocky and I spent a long while sitting on the top step and soaking up the sunshine and relative warmth. He fell asleep in a sunny spot on the doormat. Later on I think we’ll have a drive upcountry to the farmer’s market and maybe we’ll check out the marsh. Have to take advantage of the nice day.

    Enjoy destroy… I mean pruning the lilacs. 🙂

    • Hi Caryn!

      Yes I see them from my kitchen door window every day 🙂

      Yes definitely spring ere now and we’re all waiting for winter to come back and slap us in our faces 🙂 This is just too good to be true 🙂

      Some bulbs are looking up from the ground now but I think most of our trees and bushes react to daylight length so tyey are still rather calm. Only my redberried elderberry bushes is active yet. No spanws here and it looks as if I have a mole in my garden and they only eat worms and larvae’s thankfully.

      Yes I will keep my eyes on him, he actually allowd me to check him today and he only does that when he’s in a bad shape. There will most likely be an abcess on his cheek and his eye seems bad too. Can’t see any injuries on it but he has problems opening it. I am allowed to clean out any abcess but when he feels ok he’s back tio his nasty self again 🙂

      I will enjoy pruning those lilacs but I think I need a new wood chipper, the old one has problems now 🙂

      Have a great day!

  2. Just a note about a natural way to keep the deer away. I leaned it when I visited the gardens of horticultural photographer Derek Fell. Amidst all his “tasty to deer” plants he put wooden stakes. On these he tied half bars of ivory soap through which he drilled a hole. He would then put heavy twine through the hole and tie these onto the wooden stakes and the deer never bothered anything. Of course, coyote urine is throught to keep them away too but the soap sounds easier and smellls better.

    • Hi myroseindecember!

      Deers are welcome here but since they eat less and I want them to get back to nature I’ll take a slow way to make them understand it is time to leave 🙂 Unfortunately they tend to get used to anything so they might leave for a while and then come back again if they find something they like 🙂 Wolf urine works for a while but they tend to get used to that too after a while 🙂 🙂 🙂 Soap definitely smells better 🙂

      Have a great day!

  3. oh no…poor bertil. i hope he will be okay? i know what you mean about the lilacs. we started trimming ours along with the wisteria today. this stuff gets wild very fast. i hate the smell when it rots too. and wisteria drops those nasty pods. i have them everywhere.

    • Hi Joyce!

      I’ll keep my eyes on him for a while. He came back in and after that he shows no wishof going outside again. He even let me check his wounds and when he does its bad.

      Yes rotting lilacs smell awful! But I have to admit that I don’t have any oproblems with Wisteria pods 🙂 Mine freeze down to the ground every winter so it never flower 🙂

      Have a great day!

  4. yeah, keep an eye on Bertil’s eye. Doc always says not to let eye problems go but to get them to the vet quickly. I usually have eye ointment and others things from past injuries with some animal or another here at home so I can treat them if somethings happens when it’s the weekend.
    Readings about your lilacs and such has reminded me that I need to get out there and trim my apple tree ASAP.
    Tomorrow is supposed to be in the 40’s so I guess I better do it then. :p

    • Hi Cindi!

      I’ve just looked at that eye again and it doesn’t look injured at all. My guess is that it’s just beneath the eye the injury is and that it affects the eye lid. I always have something to clean eyes with too, there’s always something when one has as many animals as we do 🙂

      Just remember to not prune the apple tree too hard now in spring time, not more than a third of what You want to remove! If You want to take more wait until late summer/ early autumn. The tree is now preparing to grow and will do what ever it can to replace all what You’ve removed while it in autumn is preparing for winter and couldn’t care less if it lose some twigs and branches 🙂

      54F here tomorrow 🙂

      Have a great day!

  5. Good grief! You didn’t expect Bertil to lose a fight, did you? Cats can become terribly injured when fighting like he sometimes does…but that’s TOM CAT for you. He is still my next to favorite all time Tom Cat. My favorite was “Scratches” our Tom Cat. I wanted to have him…um..fixed..but Patrick wouldn’t allow it. And he was probably right.
    You would have to do that at a very young age and then keep him indoors and Scratch was already a serious Tom.
    He went out at night..and now and them came home, like Bertil, with a few patches of hair missing but was out the next night with bells on! He lived to 18 years old. 🙂 We loved him. When he got hurt and it became infected, which it did a couple of times, he would come to me and be so sweet and gently so I would fix his wound. Then he was back out patroling his territory! Yep…loved that cat! Bertil’s expressions remind me so much of Scratch.

    • Hi Mona!

      I’m not sure he lost, last time they argued Both were under the weather for weeks 🙂 I’ll see if I can talk to my neighbor to see how Salmiak is. He had some really bad injuries last time.

      Bertil is fixed but he wasn’t socialised at all so he has always been a bit hostile towards the world 🙂 He behaves just like Your Scratches did 🙂 18 years is very old for an unfixed cat! Most actually pass on at the age of four. They tend to live tough lives. Like Scratches Bertil is nice and sweet as long as he needs to be taken care of, as soon as he’s ok again he’s back to normal 🙂

      Have a great day!

  6. Christer,
    You should be here-I’m watching 1958’s black and white movie It! Terror from Beyond Space. The movie is supposedly an inspiration for the film Aliens. The special effects are bad, but I love them. I know you would too.

    I thought last night’s Grimm was great. I don’t know which episode you saw, but mine had to do with a pregnant lady and her wesen mother-in-law.

    It was a wonderful day today, even reached 50˚. I wish it would stay like this.

    Have a great Sunday!

    • Hi Kat!

      You always have the best of movies 🙂 Aliens scared the crap out of me so this movie would have been so fun to see!

      We are one season after You now so here they showed the episode with El Cocuyo, so far it’s only Adaline Shade who is pregnant here 🙂

      We’ll reach at least 54 today and we all fear the set back we all know will come, after all winter usually continue way in to April here and that’s still far away 🙂

      Have a great day!

  7. Efter en fantastisk dag igår, fast med lite väl mycket vind, är det faktiskt lika fint idag – men vindan har tilltagit igen. Så man har ingen större lust att gå ut och jobba i trädgården. 😦 Även om jag egentligen längtar dit ut…..
    Såg på melodifestivalen igår med ett öga (löste korsord och pratade i telefon samtidigt, fast som kvinna grejar man ju det *fniss*) och blev vansinnigt besviken då den tråkiga, gammaldags och omoderna balladen vann. 😦 😦 Den enda låten jag gillade var den som kom två…:-) 🙂 Jag gillar en friskt fläkt med lite nytänkande – och så hade hon moderna ungdomliga kläder på sig. Och texten var ju “kul”! Vem 17 vill inte bli rik genom att “inte göra någonting” !? 🙂 🙂

    • Hejsan Susie!

      Riktigt fint här idag, vinden är lika stark men idag har den varit varm och dset gick upp till 14 grader som mest 🙂 Så jag har faktiskt varit ute och jobbat i trädgårdeb idag 🙂

      Jag hade nog varit nöjd om vilken av de tre topplåtarna hade vunnit. Gillade Sanna för hon kan verkligen sjunga balader, Ace flör stt det var fart i den och lite annorlunda och Alcazar för farten och hur proffsiga de är, fast de verkar sjunga samma låt varje år 🙂 🙂

      Ha det gott!

  8. Hi Christer! Greetings from Canada – we are finally warming up here. Expected to be 1 degree celcius today! What an improvement from -43 celcius. We have 8 foot high snow banks everywhere so those are going to take awhile to melt. Love your pictures. I like watching Grimm but sadly I have fallen behind in the episodes. I wouldn’t even know where to begin to start again! Have a great day!

    • Hi Dianna!

      I’m so glad You finally have some plus degrees 🙂 14 here today and it was just wonderful! 8 foot of snow is an awful lot but if only the sun shines it can melt away faster than we imagine sometimes 🙂

      I almost missed the entire second season of Grimm but we who love that series protested so much when thet started to show it on Sunday nights at 10 pm and the rerun at Monday nights at 5 am so they showed the entire season as soon as they could n reasonable hours 🙂 After all, they doi want people to wartch so they can sell commericial hours too 🙂

      Have a great day!

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