9000 at the moment.
We’ve just had a short nap and when looking out the windows it looks rather nice, sunshine with some clouds floating by. If I look at the thermometer it looks rather nice too but by opening the door it feels anything but nice and You know why, the wind. It was very different when we got out this morning, it didn’t look especially nice because clouds were covering the sky, the temperature was below 0C (32F) but there was no wind so it was rather nice outdoors.
We walked up to the small lake in the forest and I’m not quite sure we actually are allowed to go there right now, the entire village and the surrounding areas are now a bird protection area and will stay so until the last of April I think. Visitors are more or less only allowed to go to the house they intend to visit but we villagers are of course allowed to walk around as long as we don’t disturb the birds. So a walk to this lake sort of gets in the grey zone I guess 🙂 By the way, we have 9000 cranes here now and more will come.
But there were very few birds to disturb today, I heard a few ducks and I saw only one crane couple, I guess it’s the couple that nests there every year. I did however see loads of signs that wild hogs walk there frequently so I wonder how many we have around now. I also heard the Black grouse by the bog this morning, they are rather many this year by the sound of it and “our” nesting cranes have arrived too. Soon they’ll walk around just outside in the fields too 🙂
Easter is on its way and all stores are filled with easter decorations and easter eggs. I’m thinking of making a traditional påskris, sorry that word doesn’t exist in English it seems. A traditional påskris is made from lots of twigs, usually birch ones, put in a big vase or urn and dressed with colorful feathers, eggs (either real ones that are blown out or plastic ones always brightly colored), chickens and easter witches. The easter witches are usually something we made in school from flirt balls, pipe cleaners, sticks and a little fabric skirt and head scarf but I have seen ready-made in stores too usually rather expensive if they are good ones.
The easter bunny has never been a big thing here, we have him as chocolate figures usually made in Germany but that is more or less it. Our biggest symbol for easter is, besides the chickens of course, the easter witch but I’ll tell You more about that when easter arrives. Now it’s time to finnish that pot of coffee by my side and then out into the garden for a while. I doubt I’ll do anything but clean up after my dogs but that’s something that needs to be done too.
Have a great day!