Dark red spots all over my stove.
This is one of those days when one either take the car to go somewhere like a museum or shopping or one stays at home just relaxing and enjoying life. It is rather cold, somewhat windy and every now and again the rain falls down. I love these kind of days even if I really need to continue with the painting. But I guess they are a pain for those people that needs to have fun, fun, fun all the time during their vacation 🙂 🙂
I´ve already done what I had intended to do today since I knew it was going to be like this. I went to the grocery store in Gudhem and bought what I needed already when they opened up at nine am. It showed that I had won on the lottery as well. I wouldn´t say I became rich 🙂 🙂 but I did win 22 swedish kronor, that´s around three US dollars 🙂 🙂 🙂
I did intend to take a walk down to the creek yesterday afternoon but changed my mind. After we had come home I put my dogs in the dog yard and fetched a little bucket. I realized it was time to pick some wild raspberries because people from the cities had started to come here to pick them as well. Unfortunately it seems that people from the cities stops to use their brains as soon as they get out here.
Like us all they want to pick the biggest berries but to do so they hade walked over a lot of other raspberry bushes and destroyed them and the berries!! They could just have sneaked in between but no they walk around like a stampeding herd of cattle!
It is a special feeling walking around out in the forest close to the bog all by one self. It is all quiet and one sees things that is hard to explain. But mostly I heard a lot of things. I heard a moose cow calling for her little one, wild hogs digging in the ground after roots and other delicious things to eat and I did hear that strange sound I´ve heard before. I don´t know if You remember but I have written about it before. It is a kind of bubbling noise but it comes from places not close to water. Sort of bubbling and growling at the same time, very strange.
While walking around and picking berries I started to wonder how the animals even could survive all these mosquitos, forest flies and horseflies! I realized that horseflies can bite through a thick sweater and mosquitos through a thick mosquito hat and hair at the same time 🙂 🙂 I think I even got bitten by a few midges (our black flies) but they really doesn´t like me and since there were both moose and hogs nearby they soon left me.
I gave up after being bitten way to many times and came home with little more than one kilogram (a bit more that two pounds) of berries (I had mixed in some of the wild gooseberries, wild strawberries and wild black currants I had found as well) . I know I got rid of all beetles, ants, small green insects and leafs before I made jam of the berries but I´m not that shore I managed to get rid of all those larvae´s that lives inside the raspberries 🙂 🙂 🙂 Well I´ll just have to think of them as extra protein I guess 🙂 🙂 🙂
Making jam means a lot of hard boiling of the berries and at the same time removing that foam it creates. Not a nice thing to do since hot jam splashes in the sauce pan. A big part of my stove got big red sticky spots and so did my hands 🙂 Well those burns did distract me some from those itchy bites the mosquitos and horseflies had given my 🙂 🙂 🙂
It´s time for a pot of tea and then I´ll take a nap I think. The rain is coming and going and we might get some thunder they say but I doubt it, it doesn´t feel like that to be honest. I have sown seven apricot kernels and it looks like they all have germinated. I don´t sow them in soil but in moist paper towels in a plastic bag that I´ve put cool. I can show You how if You like to know. Even if this means it won´t be the same kind of apricot as the one You bought it will give great apricots the day it gives fruit 🙂 Have a great day!