Long weekend.

My long weekend has started and so far no injuries or diseases 🙂 🙂 🙂 The Epiphany is a holiday here in Sweden but I have no idea if it is like that anywhere else. We call it Thirteenth day of Yule and most people that got a yule tree still has it. It´s tradition to throw it out twenty days after Yule in this country when Knut has his Name day.

When people didn´t have especially much money they used to hang candy and perhaps apples in the yule tree and when twenty days had passed after Yule children were allowed to “rob” the tree from all that 🙂 So on Knut´s day many still have a little children’s party including a Yule tree plundering. But I guess that now days they get a little bag of candy when they go home after the party. Most trees doesn´t have many needles left on the branches by then 🙂 🙂 🙂

It´s snowing now and has done so since the night towards yesterday. I think we´ve gotten about two decimeters (around eight inches). I´ve been looking att different weather forecast sites and some say we´ll get over 0C (32F) and rain on Saturday and Sunday. Others say we we´ll get below 0C (32F) and lots of rain. I don´t know which is worst because they all say the temperatures will drop rather much after the rain. In any case the roads will be dangerously slippery and I´m not even sure that I´ll manage to drive up that little slope I have outside my cottage 🙂 🙂 🙂

It´s time to make a pot of tea, watch some tv and then take a nap 🙂 I´m so tired of the blue light we have here in the morning so I made all photos black and white today 🙂           Have a great day now!

 

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23 thoughts on “Long weekend.

  1. Hello!
    I’m glad you do not have a cold or anything bad.
    Here does not is a holiday and we called King’s Day”(Dia de Reis)
    I like a lot pictures in black and white.
    See your kids running so happy, it’s always a joy.
    Yesterday I am surprised to read the paper here (online) and see a story about Falkoping. He said that many birds have died in the city. Said they were bewildered with the fireworks. I was wondering if there’s so many fires in Falkoping! What do you think about this?
    Where is Teodor? He only sleeps? 🙂

    • Ana-Didi, we had dead birds and fish in the USA state of Alabama, too. The scientists say that the birds were confused by New Years eve fireworks or the weird weather that was in that state at the time. They don’t know what killed the fish. I am pretty sure the fish weren’t confused by fireworks, though. 🙂

      • Hi Caryn!
        Unless some fireworks flew down in the water 🙂 🙂 🙂 But to be honest, strange things happens right now. We still don´t know why our birds (Jackdaws) just fell down to the ground.

        Have a great day now!
        Christer.

      • Hello Caryn!
        I read about that too. Fish and birds killed in quantity. I do not believe in coincidences … strange that! Very strange…

    • Hi Didi!
      the weekend is still young though, much can happen still 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Orvar and Hector just loves to run and they love this weather so theu can´t have a better day than this 🙂 🙂

      We still don´t know why those birds just fell down to the ground at the same time, but they haven´t found anything special with them yet. I´ll tell you more when I know anything new.

      Not fires, fireworks (fogos de artifício) 🙂 🙂 But we don´t have that much of that either.

      Have a great day now!
      Christer.

  2. Hello Christer
    Wow, I saw an article that in South America in Brazil and many fish died.
    And also in America and here in Sweden hove death of birds.
    How sad.
    Nobody knows the cause, but it is very coincidental do not you think??
    Have a good day
    Andrea

    • Hi Andréa!
      Strange things are happening at the moment. We still don´t know why these birds died here in my home town. Perhaps we´ve reached a point when we have polluted this little planet of ours?

      But I like catastrophe theories so I see this as the beginning of the end of this world 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Have a great day now!
      Christer.

  3. Hi Christer,
    Happy vacation. Black and white makes your photos look warmer than the blue. I am not sure why I think this but I do know that the Great Tit in the last photo looks really cold.
    Mostly we do not celebrate Epiphany as a holiday here. Our Christmas trees are usually out on the curb the day after Christmas, waiting for the rubbish men to take them away. When I had a real Christmas tree, I would stick it out back in a snow drift and use it to hang food for the birds.
    It’s 14F here. It’s going to snow tomorrow and the next day. But I don’t have to go anywhere so it’s okay.
    73 days until Spring.
    Have a great day.

    • Hi Caryn!
      Thank You 🙂
      Yes that blue color makes everything look cold and I really don´t like it (even if it just shows how cold it is 🙂 🙂 🙂 ).

      My family always bought the yule tree at Saint Lucia´s, so that was usually dead since long already after yule 🙂 🙂 🙂 but everyone in our apartment building threw it out into the big yard and all we kids used to build hideouts with them 🙂 🙂

      Have a great day now!
      Christer.

  4. Så bra att du klarade dig från sjukdomar o benbrott:)) Här ha snöat en fasligt massa hos oss också så det är inte roligt ute nu och värre lär det väl bli. När du berättade om julgransplundring så kom jag osökt att tänka på min första (och enda) julgransplundring, jag var 8 år och gick i 2:a klass. Min klasskamrat Sally skulle ha julgransplundring och jag var bjuden!!!!!!!! Hade ingen aaaning om var det var men ville ju inte verka föör dum så jag hängde med på alla ringlekar o annat konstigt och att en gran kunde se såå konstig ut utan barr visste jag inte:)) barren satt däremot i våra strumpor och i håret och innanför kläderna bläää. Men det jag minns mest var att Sally hade en studsboll (de blev moderna då) en ca 3 cm i diameter röd STENhård gummiboll som STUDSADE!!!!! Vi stod alla uppe i hallen och de andra uppmanade mig att kasta bollen ner till källarplanet (betonggolv) aningslöst gjorde jag detta och tittade efter bollen som kom tillbaka med en ENORM kraft rakt på min mun:( Jag kom hem den eftermiddagen med spräckt läpp men med en godispåse:))

    • Hejsan Monne!
      Helgen är ju ung än, så mycket kan hända trots allt 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Jag har faktiskt aldrig varit på någon julgransplundring själv 🙂 Men jag hade nog uppfört mig som du gjorde. Med min tur hade bollen träffat mig på samma sätt 🙂 🙂 🙂
      Jag minns min första studsboll och jag var helt fascinerad av den. Kunde studsa den i timmar utan att tröttna 🙂

      Ha det gott!
      Christer.

  5. hi christer! we are getting snow too but first we had black ice. the blog tech and i turned some circles in his car at the end of a bridge this morning. we were lucky not to hit anything. your boys look so joyful running in the snow. teddy has turned into an even fussier chow and doesn’t want to be outside when it is too cold. my last chow would climb on a snow pile and lay there all day with the winds blowing her and never wanted to come in. have a good long weekend! joyce

    • Hi Joyce!
      I just looked at the news and there have been lots of accidents on our roads today. I do hope it doesn´t rain in the next weather front that will come soon. I´m glad that You and Blog Tech got out of it without problems!

      Sounds as Your last chow and my boys loved the snow and cold weather just as much 🙂 They would live outside if they could decide for themselves 🙂 🙂

      Have a great day now!
      Christer.

  6. The last shot looks colorful, what kind of bird is that? And happy to hear you are feeling good on this time off. We have rain the next three days which we need but temps will also drop here into the 40’s. People complain it’s Global Warming effect but the snow birds down from the north consider 40 a reasonable temperature. We don’t. Anything below 55 is sweater weather or worse. But we do need the rain so I don’t mind so much. Enjoy your days off.

    • Hi Z&M!
      Yes, that´s the only photo I didn´t change 🙂 It´s a Great Tit. If You put the dart over the photographs You´ll see some text that explains the photo.

      I would love temps around the 40´s 🙂 🙂 The birds would start singing their spring songs if it got that warm now 🙂 🙂 🙂 We will have water enough for a long time when all this snow and ice starts to melt, but at the moment it´s like a desert up here in the north because all water is frozen 🙂

      Have a great day now!
      Christer.

  7. I love seeing the dogs enjoying the snow!
    Thanks for the comment on my other blog – Your country sounds like a wonderful place for animals to live! Except for all that snow and cold! LOL!
    I like the blue in the photos but the black and white is cool too!
    about the comments concerning the dead birds…..that kind of happening always scares me…if something is happening to the birds (and fish) what might be happening to us and we don’t realize it yet…..scary.

    • Hi Cindi!
      We do have the laws to protect our animals and hopefully people follows those laws too. Unfortunately we can read otherwise in the newspapers every now and again.

      I like the first blueish photos i get every year, but I soon get tired of them 🙂 🙂

      It´s always unpleasant when animals just dies without any reasonable explanation and especially when it happens in several places at almost the same time. I hope they can figure out why this has happened.

      Have a great day now!
      Christer.

  8. Christer..when you mention the “blue light” do you mean that everything has a sort of bluish cast to it? I would think it is really a beautiful and very wintery sight..but..I also suppose it is an every single day thing..it would get a bit old. Is it depressing after a bit? I have heart some say that it is.
    To one who does not have to live in it, it is really very beautiful. We equate WINTER with that color.
    Your dogs look like they are having the best of times.
    With animals being deprived of food, I hope Bertil is very, very careful out there. Some animals might see him as a tasty meal! Bertil lives a bit on the edge anyway. 🙂
    A braver cat I have never seen. Looks danger in the face and goes on his little adventures anyway. Doesn’t winter keep him a bit closer to home?
    Keep warm and be careful out there on those icy roadways.
    Mona

    • Hi Mona!
      Yes everything sort of gets bluish and it is because of the snow. The light that is rather weak for a long time in the morning now in winter reflex in the snow and becomes blueish, much like the sky actually. It´s not until around ten that the light gets strong enough to get rid of all that blue 🙂

      My boys just loves this and would stay outside all day and night if they could decide 🙂

      Bertil stays mostly at home now, he sleeps above the radiator in the kitchen or with the dogs in my bed. The snow is a bit too deep for him now to move around properly. I´m glad because now we have a lynx walking around in the village at night.

      Have a great day now!
      Christer.

  9. I kind of like the blue light, but, of course, I don’t live with it all the time… The poor little Tit Bird really looks cold…. brrrrr…. Glad that nothing bad has happened and that you’re not sick…. just enjoy this time and your boys and have some hot tea…

    Oh, just changed my blog to a domain address at http://mainstreamsolarcooking.com in case you want to fix your link. (I think I’ve lost all my comments, too… Won’t know for a few days.)

    • Hi Sharlene!´
      The blue light gets stronger in the camera and that really annoys me 🙂 So once in a while I like to change it to something else 🙂

      Still nothing has happened so maybe I´ll stay healthy this weekend 🙂 🙂

      I didn´t need to adjust the address to reach Your blog after You had made that change. Strange, I thought one had to do that 🙂

      Have a great day now!
      Christer.

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