A bit windy they say.

Spring time is also manure spreading time 🙂 Grenville! I think You´ll recognize this tractor 🙂 All lying photographs gets bigger and hopefully better when You click on them.

It´s a sunny day with clear blue sky and everyone would be happy if it wasn´t for one thing, the wind. It´s actually storm in southern Sweden and trees are falling, over 30 000 people have no electricity and lots of other problems has been reported.

The photographs are a mix from today and yesterday.

But here in the little village at the outskirts of the world the wind is hardly noticeable. I can hear the roar from it when blowing through the forest but it´s also the forest that hinders the wind from doing any damages here. I did however feel the wind rather much on my way home from work 🙂 But I had the wind in the back most of the way and the biggest problem I had was keeping the right speed 🙂 The wind made me save a lot of petrol today 🙂

We have lots of ravens here and they have started to be a problem now, they kill lambs and calfs.

I bet You wonder how things is with Nova now and things are good. The wound is healing fine and no signs of infections so far. Our cold climate helps with that of course, that´s why I decided to get the surgery done now instead of when I have my vacation in the hot (hopefully anyway) summer. No more protest peeing either, she has made her point and I shown I didn´t like it and that´s that.

You can see the roof of my cottage in the background, just behind the tree 🙂

I´ve told You a couple of times that we have a law here called All mans right (in swedish) and now I found out the name in english too 🙂 It´s called The Right of public access. If You click on the laws name a new window will open up at The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. It´s a rather unique law we have and explains why i can walk around like I want to even if it´s not my land and lots of other things we are allowed to do here.

Spring has sprung 🙂

The Hepatica, my favorite flower.

It´s time to drink my pot of tea and after that get out with my dogs again.                               Have a great day now!


28 thoughts on “A bit windy they say.

  1. Oh, I love the hepatica! So glad that Nova is healing well and has stopped protesting! I’ve missed your comments! Come visit when you can. I know you’re busy. Enjoy your tea and your day.

    • Hi Sharlene!
      I think the Hepatica is the most beautiful flower there is! I´m so glad I have several and they don´t all flower at the same time either 🙂

      I´ve been commenting on Your blogs a lot, but it seems I don´t stuck?? Can You check if I have been thrown in to the trash by Word Press!

      Yes I´m glad that Nova is healing fine, but she´d going insane by that cone 🙂 It has started to itch where it hits the neck on her, so most of my time I keep scratching her a lot 🙂 🙂

      Have a great day now!

  2. So many things to comment on today, Christer. The blue of your hepatica is absolutely amazing!!I had no idea that ravens would, or could, kill lambs and calves, that is terrible. Is it a group thing, like a mob of ravens? Aww, spring time when the air is filled with the wonderful aroma of…..manure!!! But it certainly is great for the crops. Relieved to hear that Nova did not “relieve” herself on your bed again!!! She is a good girl! Have the rest of a great week!

    • Hi Robin!
      Yes unfortunately they can and does so often too in this area. They start with the eyes….. But it´s not a group thing as far as I know, they are really huge birds.

      I have some Hepaticas that are paler blue and they are beautiful but nothing compared to these dark blue.

      Yes it wouldn´t be spring without that aroma 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Little Nova is a smart girl and knows when she has gone to far 🙂 I´m pretty certain that this never will happen again.

      Have a great day now!

  3. hi christer! that hepatica is gorgeous. i was wondering, how did you decide where to buy your cottage? have you lived there long? it is such a beautiful peaceful looking place. i always feel happy after visiting your blog! joyce

    • Hi Joyce!
      It is 🙂
      That´s a long story and I can write about it here this weekend 🙂 But I had already moved up to this county and rented another cottage not far from where I work now. The owner, Uppsala University wanted to sell the cottage and they just wanted to much for it, so I started to look at cottages close to the town I worked (Skövde). But it was pure luck that I got this cottage though, but I´ll tell You more about that on shall we say Saturday!

      Most of Sweden does look like this though. Sweden is slightly bigger than California in size, but we are only nine million people and most of us lives in cities or towns. The rest of the area is either farmland or forest 🙂

      Have a great day now!

  4. Hi Christer…maybe it’s a good thing I don’t post every day. I can’t anyway. I am fortunate if I get to it three times a week. IF I have to include photo’s..that is when I get stumped.

    When does Nove get that awful collar off. Those are terrible things. How on earth can she eat or drink, let alone see what is coming at her from the sides. I will be so happy to see it gone!!!
    Manure spreading? But of course! Not living in the countryside I had nearly forgotten some of the things that MUST be done at specific times.

    Did I sound like I was whining in my post? :):) I didn’t mean to. I just worry way too much I think! It’s silly!
    Enjoy your tea!

    • Hi Mona!
      The photo part is the easy thing for me, then I don´t have to translate every word I write in my head first 🙂 🙂

      I can start taking the collar of on saturday as long as I have my eyes on her, but next wednesday is the lsat day she has to wear it. Guess if I have a happy little dog then 🙂 🙂 But she has found a technique that makes it easy to eat and drink with it on, she´s a smart little girl 🙂

      No it didn´t sound as if You were whining, it sounded as if You were apologizing! But it is impossible to visit and commenting on every blog one reads if there will be time left to do anything else 🙂 🙂 🙂 So never worry about me feeling hurt because You can´t comment every time I write something, I understands so well 🙂

      Have a great day now!

  5. Hi Christer,
    Your Right of Public Access seems to assume that the people using the access will be responsible but there does not seem to be very much recourse left to the landowner. I would feel very invaded if someone had the right to ride their noisy, smelly ATV across my back woods whenever they felt like it just because it makes a great mud hole.
    We have a program called Rails to Trails which converts old railroad lines into bike/walking paths. This is a great idea. In my urban area, the houses are very close to the right of way. I think the homeowners are going to have a lot to say about that conversion but it will do them no good in the end. Too many people who don’t live along the right of way want the trail system installed.
    Is hepatica a flower I have to plant in the fall in order to get spring bloom?

    • Hi Caryn!
      But You are missing one thing, no one is allowed to destroy another persons land and ATW´s do destroy the grounds if they drive carelessly. As it says on the web site: Don´t Disturb- Don´t Destroy. We´ve had it like this for centuries (even if they didn´t write it down as a law until recently) here and it has always worked great. Tourists however that doesn´t read a site like this or the papers they get at the customs do try to blame everything they do on this law 🙂 🙂 This law is the reason I most probably never would move to another country if I had the chance to do so.

      We´+ve done the same with many of our old railroads too and it´s perfect.

      If You plant the hepatica now it usually flowers directly. They aren´t fussy in that way. But the seeds are rather hard to get to germinate if one doesn´t do it totally right. The best sowers are actually ants 🙂

      Have a great day now!

      • I have plenty of ants so hepatica seeding should not be a problem. 🙂
        Ah, well, there’s a major cultural difference. Apparently Swedish people grasp the concept that ATV’s and such are noisy, smelly and destroy things. Americans assume that, if they own one, they have the right to drive it anywhere they damn well please.
        I like the idea of Rails to Trails very much but I would want to know who is going to be responsible for damage to my property as a result of the increased usage, especially in very closely settled areas where the right of way is only feet from people’s back doors.

      • Hi Caryn!
        🙂 It´s something on the seed that the ants love and usually they bring the seeds with them rather far down in to the ground before they have managed to chew it of and that´s apparently how the seeds like it 🙂

        Since I see things from a swedish point of view I would most probably never think of any eventual damage of the property. But then again we are used to being able to move around as we like and really respects that law. But as You say, it´s probaly a cultural thing.

        Have a great day now!

  6. Hi Christer,
    I’m impressed that do not have to cover the points in the belly!
    Here every point is covered in skin. I have already taken spots on the forehead and beside the nose. No, I was not a naughty girl 🙂 It was bad luck on the two occasions. Amora, my cat has been operated and she got a bandage wrapped around his belly.
    I’m happy that Nova does not go through this discomfort.
    Now I just got a puppy … and a few promises of adoption.
    Keep wishing luck to the boy. He is so beautiful … I’m in love with him.
    Visiting you is always a great pleasure. I love to see the photo macro button peony. And her favorite flower is a spectacle:)
    kisses to all … and an itch in the neck of Nova;)

    • Hi Didi!
      It´s Your hot climate that makes it necessary to cover the wound. But even if our cold climate stops most infections I can never be totally sure that it won´t happen. It is also easier to see if anything happens without a bandage.

      I do hope that You´ll find someone that adopts the last puppy soon! So I keep holding my thumbs for good luck 🙂

      I´ll itch Novas neck 🙂

      Have a great day now!

  7. Halleluja! Ser ut som att jag nu kan komma in hos dig och ge kommentar!! 😉
    Härligt kunna hälsa på här igen! (Hoppas du anser något åt det hållet också…;-)….)

    • Hejsan Nina!
      Men har du inte kunnat komma hit på så länge?! Vissa av os, även jag, har haft problem då och då men bara kortare stunder.
      Kul att du är tillbaka igen 🙂

      Ha det gott!

  8. Ya think that’s where lamb chops come from? The birdies are circling Christer better stay indoors. Put the cats on the roof. I’d like to read that post about your history getting the cottage too. We have a hospital in Rockledge that after the crash bought all the foreclosures around its borders. An entire street across from the ER parking lot is now owned by the hospital and they offer the units to interns, visiting doctors or doctors just getting started. The structures are less than 1200 square feet, no car storage but the Tenant can walk to work, right? Enjoy your tea!

    • Hi Z&M!
      I really don´t hope so 🙂 But I doubt I have to fear the ravens any time, they know I´ll be able to defend myself 🙂 It´s actually enough to point my camera towards them to scare them away 🙂

      Well I guess that it must be nice to be able to walk to work, but even so I would never want to live that close to my job 🙂

      Have a great day now!

  9. Christer, thanks for the link to read about Sweden’s Right to Public Access. Hopefully everyone will be considerate and courteous as the law requested. The hepatica is a beautiful little flower and stunning in dark blue. We have a small ble wildflower that is very invasive on lawns now and it’s called birdseye speedwell. I will have to do a post soon about some of these lawn wildflowers. Glad to know Nova is doing better and I know you are too. Grenville enjoyed the photos of the John Deere tractor. My favorite photo today is the last one in the fields.

    • Hi Beatrice!
      We´ve had it like that for centuries here in Sweden and it has always worked great. It was a king that realized that it would be a good thing if people could gather berries and fire wood(dead branches and sticks) and survive even during years when they had no money and risked to starve to death. So for many years it was an unwritten law and it´s just recently that it actually is written down 🙂

      We have that flower here too, or at least a relative to it and it grows everywhere in my garden 🙂 But I don´t mind since it´s blue and flowers all the time 🙂 🙂

      I did think Grenville would like to see a John Deer 🙂 🙂

      I guess that´s my favorite too 🙂

      Have a great day now!

  10. I think that is a wonderful thing…the right to public access! As long as folks act responsibly, then all is well!

    Glad things are going well for Nova! Beautiful pictures today!

    • Hi Jim!
      There are naturally always some people that doesn´t act responsible but they are very few. We know how fantastic this law is so we are very careful not to break it 🙂

      Yes Nova´s doing really good and now I can remove the cone when she is close to me 🙂

      Have a great day now!

  11. Härligt att ni – du och Nova – börjar se slutet på trattbärandet! För inte är det kul inte!!
    Vilken underbar blåsippa di har, så otroligt djupblå! Och sen dom vita ståndarna till, mmmmm! Som alla andra älskar jag n aturligtvis blåsippor…och vitsippor…och gulsippor…och…..
    När vi flyttade hit till Gotland så var det nästan en chock att få se alla blåsippor som växte här. Från Stockholmstrakten är man ju visserligen van med blåsippor, men absolut inte i den överdådiga mängd som det är här. Det bara kryllar av dom överallt, som vitsippor i Sörmland. Det är den kalkrika jorden som gör det, den gillar dom. Men…man ser inte så ofta dom riktigt starkt blå, utan oftast är dom lila, karmosin, blekblå, himmelsblå, ljusrosa, vita osv. Det beror också på den kalkrika jorden! Men alla är ju naturligtvis helt underbara! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Hejsan Susie!
      Ja tack och lov att det närmar sig slutet på kraganvändandet 🙂 🙂 🙂 Nu har hon slagit mig i huvudet varje morgon med den där kragen när hon traskat över mig i sängen 🙂 🙂

      Blåsippan är ju min absoluta favorit, men sedan kommer allt både gul- och vitsippan strax därefter 🙂

      Kan tänka mig att blåsipporna trivs ute på Gotland! men jag har letat överallt bland de vilda blåsipporna efter andra färger men inte skam hittar jag några 🙂 Fast jag har en rosa fyll i trädgården som jag fått 🙂

      Ha det gott!

  12. Christer,
    Your grass and bare trees remind me of here, but I see fewer lovely flowers than you. I am so glad that Nova is doing so much better. I had a cat who peed on my bed and on the suitcases of any guests as he was upset by a change in routine. It drove me crazy.

    Gracie and I will be off soon for a few errands. No wind today, luckily. The other day it reached 61 miles per hour!

    • Hi Kat!
      But that are all flowers we have here 🙂 🙂
      Nova is doing fine and now I can remove the cone for shorter periods when I can see her all the time. But it seems she´s more interested in her feet than in the wound 🙂

      I once had a cat that peed in my shoes every time I did something he didn´t like 🙂 🙂

      Lots of wind here today again, but the sun is shining and it´s really warm 🙂

      Have a great day now!

  13. Not only could i see the JD, i could almost smell the manure. Or did i leave my window open. Thanks for the look. It’s manure season here too. We just call it ‘Ode du Spring’ so the tourists don’t complain too much.
    Public access is a great thing as long as the public respects the owners rights and natures rights. When we lived along the Jersey Shore beach access was always a problem. Folks trying to “Own” the beach. On the other hand was the public “trashing” the beach. At the State Park i worked at we had a ‘Carry in-Carry out’ rule which worked most of the time. I find that most people clean up after themselves. But here on the Eastern Shore we still have folks that just have to throw trash out of their car windows. Usually ‘fast food’ trash.
    Glad Nova is doing well.
    Grenville (tossing the manure)

    • Hi Grenville!
      I just felt I had to show You the John Deer we have in the village 🙂 Thankfully they only have cattle around here so I don´t mind the sell at all, but closer to work they have a lot of pig farms and that is something completely else 🙂 🙂 🙂

      We´ve had it like this for centuries so we seldom have any problems with people not respecting the public access law. Some tourists gets it wrong sometimes but otherwise it works fine! Finland have much the same law as we and they never have any problems either (Finland and Sweden were the same country for over 600 years until the russians took Finland away from us 200 years ago.

      Have a great day now!

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