Up with the badger.
I normally write this earlier in the day on weekends but I took a nap and it became a bit longer than I had planned 🙂 We were up walking already at 4:30 am today, I wanted to get a photo of that badger we can see early mornings. They usually follow their route every day looking for food so I was pretty sure that we would find her like always. I write her because it is rather small, the male ones I’ve seen have been rather much bigger. I brought the little camera since it has such a good zoom, I shouldn’t have 🙂 This time the little lade wandered around in her own thoughts looking for something edible just beside the gravel road.
She was so occupied digging up what ever she had found that she didn’t even notice we were there. Unfortunately that meant that her head was below grass level. I coughed, whistled and talked loud, she just kept on digging. So I took a photograph on her back and suddenly she raised her head. I got so surprised that I did everything wrong 🙂 She realized that we were there and ran away in a hurry and I missed the chance totally 🙂 🙂 🙂 We’ll go back next week again if weather permits. I don’t want to disturb her that much that she changes her habits and walks elsewhere.
Tonight’s the grand finale in the Eurovision Song Contest. 42 countries have sent an artist and song (not longer than 3 minutes) to participate in this competition. That is way to many so there has been two semi finales earlier this week and those have left 26 songs for tonight. Five countries are always in the finale because those countries pay so much to the European Broadcast Union 🙂 and the winner from last year naturally. Sweden made it to the finale and is one of the favorites according to all the big betting businesses. This year the contest is held in Baku, Azerbaijan, a not especially democratic country.
The regime in Azerbaijan thought this would be a great opportunity to show how beautiful the capital Baku is, so they evicted lots of people living in the area where they wanted the new arena built where the contest is held tonight. They did that in the middle of the night in February (very cold there then) and the evicted had no place to go and wasn’t paid what their homes was worth. I guess the regime never thought us long away ever would get to know that. What they absolutely didn’t expect was that the artist competing would visit some of the civil rights movements while being in Baku for the contest. Our Loreen did that and the authorities in Azerbaijan wanted her to be disqualified for politicizing the contest. Suddenly I don’t think the regime thought it was such a good idea to win last year 🙂 🙂 🙂
Suddenly they couldn’t hide the fact that they are persecuting people who wants democracy , they don’t even try it any longer. The police arrested peaceful demonstrates in front of the entire European press yesterday. The ruling family can do much whatever they like because Azerbaijan has lots of oil and it is way to easy to bribe foreign politicians with Russian caviar, champagne and other luxuries. But that will be harder now after this week 🙂 🙂 🙂
It has been cooler for most part of today, even if we did reach 27 C (81 F) for a short while. Clouds and wind helped to keep a lower temperature most parts of today. The stench of lilacs fills the air in the village and it is slightly disgusting. Well I guess You all think I’m unfair and that lilacs smells fantastic and I agree that one lilac does but we have them everywhere here. Every cottage and house has lilacs around them, they grow in the forest as well out in the fields, they are everywhere! My hedge was filled with flowers but thankfully something killed over half of them 🙂 Unfortunately it didn’t kill the entire hedge, just the flowers.
It is time for a pot of tea and perhaps something to eat as well. Nova wants me to throw a stick and Hector agrees, but his bad leg got worse after this mornings stick throwing so I think I’ll skip that this afternoon. Nova thinks that I’m boring 🙂
Have a great day!