I woke up at 3am and felt totally refreshed. The day was just turning light and I was thinking for a while if I should try to go back to sleep but then I thought I just as well could take a nap later in the day instead. So up we went and the dogs looked like they had prefered to stay in bed 🙂 The cats didn’t mind being able to go inside though, it looked like they had been waiting out there for quite some time. But they never stay indoors for long this time of year, they just came inside, complained about the food bowl being empty, ate the new food they got and went outside again.
We went out for our walk as soon as the sun rose and to my surprise it was foggy. I hadn’t seen that when I opened the door to let out the dogs and in the cats. It actually felt warmer then even if the thermometer says otherwise then because there was no wind blowing as it does now. Well I am a bit tired still after the nap I just woke up from so that might have something to do with it. The birds were singing and I could hear a rooster some kilometers away (some miles) and I know this because we don’t have that many roosters around any more 🙂 It was absolutely quiet beside the bird song, no traffic or other human made sounds could be heard. It was just my dogs and me awake.
It’s much the same now but I think it’s the wind that sort of rinse away all other sounds but the bird songs. I’m a bit hungry because all I’ve had to eat so far is cherries, I bought half a kilo (around a pound) the other day and I tried to save some for the weekend. Normally when I start eating cherries I won’t stop until I’ve eaten them all 🙂 I don’t know why but cherries doesn’t seem to be very popular here, it might have something to do with the price though, they are very expensive if one compares to apples and bananas. But I think cherries are my favorite berry and I had around 40 bigger and smaller cherry trees at the cottage I lived before I moved here. I got so many cherries that not even the birds could eat them all before I got the chance 🙂
So today is our national day, something some politicians absolutely wanted us to have. They made it a holiday after a few years but then they removed another holiday so it shouldn’t cost anything to make it a holiday. Most people actually think it was a pretty stupid idea because the holiday they removed was Whit Monday. We all knew we were going to get a long weekend when that holiday arrived since it always come on a Monday. June sixth can come any day in the week and that gives the employers problems. Everyone wants to take the rest of the week of if it comes lets say on a Thursday or Tuesday and they can’t just give a few the week of and not the rest 🙂 and if they say no to all they will have problems with very grumpy and ineffective employees 🙂 All of us realised that we lose a day of from work those years it comes on a weekend, so the employers agreed to give us compensation hours for those years that happens. They didn’t even complain about it 🙂
So why do we celebrate June sixth as our national day? Most people have no idea what so ever. We haven’t been to war since we helped to bring down Napoleon and got Norway as a thank you, something the Norwegians didn’t like at all since they had started to prepare to break free from Denmark at that time. No we are celebrating two things, one is the king Gustav Vasa. A cruel despot that became king June sixth 1523. A man who didn’t hesitate to slaughter the ones helping him to the throne when they actually wanted to keep him to the promises he had made. Before him they chose a new king when the old one had died which they did rather often since assassination weren’t that unusual. His three sons, all more or less insane then became kings after each other.
The second reason is that we 1809 got a new form of government. The king no longer was autocratic and that’s a very good reason to celebrate to be honest but who gives a d..n about that today 🙂 🙂 They do try to make this day important for us but I think they need to find something we all can agree on being important, like when we took the bronze medal in the 1994 FIFA World Cup in USA. That we all agree on being very important since we’ve never been that good in soccer again 🙂 🙂 🙂 We were all glued in front of the tv and I think if You had been in space at the time when we won that match You could have heard us screaming 🙂 1994 wa a year when that bronze medal more or less was the only positive thing happening to us but the summer was unusually warm too and it took only 19 years until we got such a summer again. That’s how seldom we get really good summers 🙂
It’s time to drink that pot of tea I’ve just made and after that I think I’ll start planting all seedlings I still have (many, many) because from now on, statistically) there should be no more frost nights until the first week in September. Rain will most likely arrive later today so I better do it after this.
Have a great day!