A bit of this and a bit of that.
A week passes quickly and what have I done during these days, absolutely nothing🙂 The rains we had seems to have started a second wave of forest flies, not as many as the first wave but still enough to make me feel slightly insane while taking our walks during the day. It’s only in the very early morning that they keep calm. We also have plenty of horse flies and deer flies at the moment and they do have a nice bite🙂 The cows have moved from the pasture just outside my garden so the biting devils aren’t as bad here as in the forest though. I have a really effective spray that they seems to hate that I can use, the problem is that I get eczema when I use it.
The tick season has sort of restarted as well but the spray I got for the dogs works pretty well. At least for a few days, it wears of fast especially since both Orvar and Sune have a tendency to walk in high dew wet grass and Sune just can’t stay away from any smelly puddle he can find🙂 So this morning I removed 10! ticks from Orvar, well 14 actually but four was tiny males that don’t drink blood. The rest of the dogs had one in total and it was actually Nova that had it. So later today I’ll spray them all again, even the flies seems to dislike that spray so they hover over the dogs but don’t land on them.
The mosquito nets on the doors are working fine as long as none of the dogs tear them down as soon as they need to run in and out of the cottage🙂 So I’ve had plenty of flies here and used lots of sticky fly paper. But I got tired of it and nailed those nets to the door frame instead🙂 Almost ny new fly has entered my home since I did that🙂 A few butterflies have though and I’ve managed to save them from spider webs and let them out again. They were too big for the spiders and they just didn’t bother to even try to save their webs when the butterflies destroyed them while trying to escape.
All my tomato plants finally flowers and the pumpkins grow really fast, they still only have buds and from the look of them still only male ones. Well I won’t get any pumpkin anyway so it doesn’t matter🙂 Everything finally grows in my garden, the nights are not that cold any longer. The only thing that doesn’t grow are the three walnut trees I sowed last winter. Some pest attacked their leafs so they dropped them but no new ones grow out instead. They just stand there as small sticks with leaf buds🙂 My Black Walnut however grows fine, the competition with the Musk mallow seems to be just what it needed🙂
There’s almost no bird song any longer, they have all quieted down and are now concentrating in catching food for their young ones. The eventual blackbird still sings but from now on it will be only the usual twittering we’ll hear. Autumn is still far away but we all feel it coming closer and are preparing for it. Still, next week will be almost as hot as it was before this cooler period arrived. The last week has mostly been cloudy with some rain and fairly strong winds, I have to admit that it has been rather wonderful🙂
We’ve walked our morning walk and I’ve already been to the super market to get what I need for the weekend and even if I had a list with me I still managed to miss a few things that I wanted🙂🙂🙂 So I might need to go to the store in Gudhem already tomorrow but for today I’m fine. It’s time for a pot of tea and then I might take a nap.