I’m never in a hurry.

A dragonfly (or troll spindle) landed on my t-shirt yesterday, I was looking out through the mosquito net and had to take a photo.

A dragonfly (or troll spindle) landed on my t-shirt yesterday, I was looking out through the mosquito net and had to take a photo.

We’re having another rather wonderful day here by the bog. The sun is shining, the breeze is breezing and it’s just enough warm. Perhaps the humidity is a bit high but not so much that it feels awful. We went out for our walk just as the sun rose and I had hoped for fog since they had predicted it but no such luck I’m afraid. But it was cool and fairly fly free so I’m happy anyway. I couldn’t hear a single bird sing, just the all year round tweeting and I don’t count that as singing, it’s more like small talk to be honest.


The clouds were building up to be thunder clouds yesterday (and today as well) but nothing happened here.

The clouds were building up to be thunder clouds yesterday (and today as well) but nothing happened here.




I’m not the one doing things in a hurry when I have things to do and my plans are often five-year plans 🙂 Today however it almost seemed like I was in a hurry since I finally picked away all those tree trunks and branches from the plum tree, apple tree and lilacs I cut down two years ago 🙂 or is it three? I had however placed every little bit in a nice woodpile so it didn’t look bad. But I had placed it all on the gravel path that goes around one side of my cottage. I really don’t care about the gravel path but it was a bit hard to mow the lawn around the pile. Most of the smaller pieces had dried out really well but the bigger ones was still heavy of water. It’s my own fault since I never removed the bark from those trunks, it’s a must if one want big pieces to dry up at all.


Cool and nice this morning and I could see lots of spider webs.

Cool and nice this morning and I could see lots of spider webs.




I piled it all in my wood shed and wondered if I should chop it up today but I have big windows standing there in the wood shed and sometimes those wood logs jump away with surprising speed and always in to something that can break 🙂 So I’ll leave that to another day. Now I have firewood for at least five or six days 🙂 It’s amazing that two big trees and lots of lilacs don’t give more firewood, I mean the trees were rather big to be honest. Well, lots of it was chopped up to wood chips and placed around the pond to be honest. I need to buy a new wood chipper till next time because the one I have was starting to give up last time I used it 🙂






The dogs are sleeping and I’m thinking of joining them in a nap, that would be my second for the day 🙂 Still, I have absolutely no problems falling asleep in the evening at the same time I always do. But first I’ll have a pot of tea and some ic cream.




Nova, just waiting for an attack from Sune :-)

Nova, just waiting for an attack from Sune 🙂


Have a great day!

Not much space left here now, below four percent now, will most likely last a week. But here’s the address to my new place: The cottage by the Crane lake, life goes on.  (http://thecottagebythecranelakethree.wordpress.com)





14 thoughts on “I’m never in a hurry.

  1. Hi Christer,
    Lovely photos today. I like the donut cloud. 🙂 Nice capture on the troll spindle.
    What are the green spiky flowers?

    I had a nap yesterday and I went to bed way earlier than I normally do. I woke up after 3 hours. I woke up again after another 2 hours and gave up trying to sleep. I played games on my tablet instead. Around 5AM this morning I fell asleep again and woke up at 7:30 to hungry dogs dying to go outside and do their business so they could come inside and eat. They are napping now and it’s only 10AM.

    The morning is cool and cloudy. I guess it’s supposed to stay that way. Perhaps I’ll mow the shaggy bits of my lawn since the lawn guys didn’t come this week. Maybe I’ll wait and see if they come tomorrow and if they don’t, I’ll mow it then. Lazy? Me? Nah. 😀

    Enjoy the day.

    • Hi Caryn!

      The great thing was that the trollspindle couldn’t see me through the net, as soon as I tried to move the camera through the net it flew away 🙂 The flower is some kind of Aarons rod, could be Verbascum chaixii.
      Since the clouds was growing to be athunder cloud I thought it might be the dark side of the force we could see there 🙂 🙂

      Strange how different one can react to a nap 🙂 Some times it’s impossible to sleep at all, some times it’s like it was for You this night and sometimes one sleep even more than usual 🙂 🙂 🙂

      I would wait till tomorrow if I were You 🙂 They don’t seem to be the most reliable guys, the ones mowing Your lawn 🙂 How’s the new grass growing? Are You amazed over how wellit grows in the shadows 🙂

      Have a great day!

      • The new grass is still there. It’s a bright lime green which I suppose is because there is not much light back there to make it darker. I sold the second seed packet to my neighbor who has a similar problem. I think I will buy another pack and overseed in the early fall. I left some bare spaces because I wasn’t sure this would work and I didn’t want to overwork myself for nothing. 🙂
        The lawn guys are pre-programmed to switch to every two weeks in July and August because grass is not supposed to grow here in the heat of summer. Crab grass doesn’t know this, though, and I have a lot of crab grass in the hot, sunny areas. It gets shaggy fast. They were here 7 days ago.

      • Yes that’s probably the reason but I like that color difference when I can see it here.
        The grass grows all the time here unless we’re having a serious draught, not to common but iut happens more often now days. We don’t have crabb grass but we have something we call quick root and it behaves just the same. Perhaps it’s a good thing we have so much of it here, in bad times one can eat the roots 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. Nä, varför ska man göra flera saker samma dag, när mankan skjuta upp den ena till morgondagen! 🙂
    Här är de tlite molning, väldans kvavt – men inget regn. Så dagarna går åt till att vattna, både trädgården och en själv. Fast idag tog jag mig i kragen och klippte bort avblommade rosor. Mycket jobbigt i hettan när man har så många (både 10 st klätter- och ett 20-tal buskrosor), så sen blev det inget mer gjort! Sen har jag slöat…..

    • Hejsan Susie!

      Nä, man skall inte ta ut sig i hettan 🙂 Jag utgår från att jag har flera år kvar så det är ingen brådska 🙂

      Jag är ju ingen rosfan utan har mest vildrosor och de låter jag gå i frö. Fåglarna älskar att äta upp dem när vintern är här. Fast jag har en ros som de vägrar äta från förrän det är riktig kris på matfronten, vete katten varför.

      Tog allt en tupplur till 🙂

      Ha det gott!

  3. hi christer! beautiful cloud photos. it rained here yesterday and it flooded my upper pong which put so much pressure that it developed a leak. now we might have to turn it off and re-cement part of it. i was up really early and made pickled beets, blueberry jam, eggplant parmesan, bread and turkish peppers and it isn’t even 11:00 am yet. phewww! we are about to get really hot here this week and i am not looking forward to it at all! joyce

    • Hi Joyce!

      I just came from Your blog 🙂

      Can You see where the leak is? I hate it when ponds start to leak and one just can’t find the place!

      Pickled beet! One of the few pickled things I really like 🙂 I’ll get perhaps blueberries this year 🙂 the frost took all the flowers so I’ll just have them in a bowl with milk this year 🙂 Eggplant is rare here, we can buy it in the store all year long but few know what to do with them, sounds deliciousthough with parmesan.

      It’s the same here, we’re in for a hot week but I am looking forward to it 🙂

      Have a great day!

  4. I agree…great cloud photo’s, Christer! Sune looks like she is enjoying the anticipation of an attack.. No one likes to be taken by suprise. 🙂
    Southern California has very little humidity..thank heavens.. right now is perfect Summertime weather but we are going to triple digit by this Wednesday/

    • Hi Mona!

      Sune and Nova plays all day and they have now run around the cottage so much that there’s a circle round the cottage where nothing grows 🙂

      It will stay warm here and I hope the humidity stays low, I can take the heat but together with the humidity it’s just too much.

      Have a great day!

  5. Hi Christer –

    You get the best spider webs around your cottage. Must be all that mist, fog & cool mornings around the bog that always make them look so amazing. Your gardens are looking beautiful with all the flowers growing so thick. Has Sune quit peeing on your saplings since the “pee fences” went up? Love the dragon fly photo. Dragon flies are my favorite insect and always make me think of summertime. Glad to hear the flies are not tormenting you too much. We are having our first cool day in the 70’s after 3 weeks of 90+ every day. You know how I feel about hot weather. One week of nice weather & then we go back into the hot temps again. I am really looking forward to fall’s arrival, but Sept. & the first part of Oct. are really still summer here.

    I have a fly horror story to tell you about that happened the other day. I have a large picture window in my living room behind my sofa. I went outside to water my plants & I noticed that on the far end of the window that the whole length of glass (56 inches X 12 inches) was a solid mass of large flies. I was already freaking out because I had never seen so many flies at one time, but when I realized that the flies weren’t on the outside of the glass, but were inside my house I nearly screamed (really). I could not imagine how all these filthy flies could have been just behind my head when I was sitting on my sofa all afternoon without me realizing they were there. They were all hidden behind some vertical blind slats I had pushed down to that end of the window. Then I had to stop & think about whether I would be able to wave then down to the other end of the glass and another 12 ft. to the sliding door on the same wall without them flying all over the house. I was also wondering if something had died behind the sofa that had attracted them in the first place. I vacuum behind there every couple of months, but who knows what could be behind there. Finally, I just grabbed my Dyson vacuum and pulled the sofa out. Nothing there but a couple of dead flies and a bee. I was able to vacuum almost all of them up and I immediately cleaned them out of the vacuum and it seems to be working OK. Now I will have to find out how that many adult flies just appeared out of nowhere and with no food source to attract them. Ick! I can still here the klink noise they made as each one was sucked into the vacuum. Flies are such nasty germy things. I still remember in one of my college epidemiology classes where the professor told us that flies are constantly vomiting as they fly around and walk all over our house.

    My cardiologist is referring me to the local medical school to be evaluated to see if I am a candidate for a heart transplant. The transplant is the only chance I have for prolonging my life with the kind of heart failure I have. You have to still be healthy enough to survive the transplant surgery, but your illness has to be advanced to where the medications are not helping much. Last week, the kidney specialist told me that I now have kidney failure and may have to begin dialysis soon. It is important to find out if I would qualify for a possible heart transplant because if I start the dialysis it can cause complications that would eliminate me from being considered for the transplant. You can also be placed on the transplant list and then come off during periods of illness and then added back & forth over time. Keep your fingers & toes crossed that I make it onto the list. If I do, the wait here is usually not too long and then it will be a matter getting through the surgery and recovery.

    • Hi Ellen!

      It’s much better here now when the cows have moved to another pasture, most flies are gone from the garden but there are a few biting devils left I’m afraid. It’s a period when nothing much flowers here now, if it hadn’t been for the really cold nights there would have been flowering dahlias and morning glories. They almost didn’t grow at all during that time. I think You would like our climate 🙂 Normal summers we usually never go above 77F but it happens more and more often that we get temperatures above the 80’s.

      Yes how do those flies get in to a home? In an old cottage like mine it’s easy for them, they just crawl in to any old crack and walk their way in to my home. Usually that only happens when autumn turns to winter and they want to stay warm. They come out when I start using my fire stove and seems to believe it’s summer again. They are weak then though so they are easy targets 🙂 Nasty anyway. I hope You won’t have to find that many flies indoors again! and yes, they do vomit all over our homes 🙂

      So it’s that bad! It’s always a problem with organ transplants, You have to be really sick to get one but not too sick and in the right way. Sort of an impossible thing it feels. I do hope Your kidneys will keep on going so You don’t have to start with dialysis. Over here it’s a long waiting list to get any kind of organ. It doesn’t matter if the donar wants to donate his or her organs if the family decides different. I can’t understand why the family should have any saying in that at all if the person wanted to donate? They are talking about changing the law so that the family will have no saying in that at all and I think that’s a good idea. I do cross my fingers and hold my thumbs for good luck!

      Have a great day!

  6. Hi Christer! I have been away for a few days at the cottage but now back in the city ready for work tomorrow. Bummer. Oh well. Its hot, hazy and humid here today. Not nice outside, much better inside. I can’t believe you are having cool mornings!! Not long now I think for us too. The days feel different already but its only just past the middle of July.I love the dragonfly picture – we have tons here now too. Its good because they eat mosquitoes and we have alot of those!! Have a good Monday!

    • Hi Dianna!

      I still have two weeks left before I need to go back to work 🙂 So far the morning has been rather wonderful, cool, sunny, a bit hazy and no wind. Some mosquitos out by the bog but they didn’t bother me especially much. We almost always have cool mornings, today it was just below 10C 🙂

      Lots of dragonflies and butterflies and a few horse flies and deer flies. Could have been worse though because the cows in the pasture just outside my garden have moved to another place 🙂

      Have a great day!

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