Today is Walpurgis night and this is a big day here in Sweden. I would like to say that this day is when we celebrates the return of spring. Bonfires will be lit all over the country and choirs will sing songs by them. Tv will show the celebrations too, most probably from one of our most known parks there.
But we don´t have any May poles here like in many other countries. We have our May pole, or Midsummer pole as we call it, at midsummers eve instead. The May pole (or Midsummer pole) is a fertility symbol and I´ll write more about that when midsummer arrives (many of You already knows about it but there are new readers that might not know anything of it so You´ll have to read it again 🙂 ).
Today is also our kings birthday but I´ll not celebrate him or Walpurgis night 🙂 By the way! I´ve sent a mail to the American Embassy asking if it´s legal to send flower seeds by letter to the U.S.A. There are very strict rules when it comes to plants and so it should be! We have for instance a disease here in Europe called “The Dutch Elm Disease”. It isn´t dutch at all to be honest, but north american and it kills our elm trees.
It is however not a problem in north america though, because elm trees there are very resistant to it, but ours aren´t so they die. They are trying to find trees that are immune to it but so far I´ve heard of no success. But I have never heard of diseases following seeds though, but it is always best to ask before doing anything stupid 🙂
I´ve put together the wood chip chopper this morning. Well most of it was already put together naturally but I had to get the sort of legs (or frame perhaps is a better word) with the wheels on it. Isn´t it rather annoying when they put the holes in the frame so that it is almost right? It´s possible to put in all but one screw in it, but the last one just doesn´t fit!!!!
After fighting with the frame, doing some cursing and threatening I finally got it together 🙂 But I haven´t started it yet. It´s still absolutely quiet outside, from human activities I mean. Birds are singing as loud as they can and starlings are fighting with magpies about magpies being in their neighborhood 🙂 The starlings won this time 🙂 🙂 I´ve heard a tractor plowing a field but that´s all and it doesn´t feel right being the one breaking the silence today. I´ll start it as soon as someone starts mowing their lawn or something else that makes a lot of noise 🙂
But I´ll have to put out the ground cloth before making any wood chips to be honest. Should I cut the carpet in the shape I´m planning to have the area around the pond or should I try to fold it in the right way? I think I´ll cut it if I see that it´s a big piece I´ll cut of and that I can place elsewhere. Otherwise I think it´s better to fold it. It will be a bit tricky no matter how I do because I already have some plants growing by the pond 🙂 I´ll show You the result when it is finished or almost finished.
Nova has turned out to be a good guarding dog, she warns as soon as someone comes close unless she sees them by the gate because then she´s just happy as a puppy 🙂 🙂 🙂 It´s time to get out to enjoy the beautiful weather that they say will go away soon. Have a great day now!