This and that.


Once again I wander around on the internet instead of writing anything here. I took a look at that auction site I placed a bid last time and saw that someone had placed a higher bid and got rather happy about it 🙂 Not that it was expensive or that I had changed my mind, but they don’t deliver anything so I would have been forced to go and get it myself or pay a delivery company to bring it home to me. I don’t mind driving to Gothenburg but I really didn’t want it that much 🙂





After that I took a look at a newspaper on the net as well and found a story from Kazakhstan about a dog that saved his owner but died himself. The owner was an unemployed suicidal man who drank a bottle of vodka and fell asleep on the train tracks because he said he had had enough now. But he didn’t count on the loyalty of his dog. The dog managed to pull the man from then tracks and even if the train driver did hit the brakes he couldn’t stop in time. The man survived though with two broken ribs and an injured shoulder.





It is drizzling outside. We managed to take a walk before it started poring down, it actually started as soon as we entered the garden and we managed to get indoors before the worst hit us 🙂 But after that it slowed down to drizzling instead. It is rather warm though so I have my kitchen door open and Sune run in and out all the time 🙂 He doesn’t mind that the others rather stay inside, he seems to have just as fun by himself 🙂





I’ve noticed that he’s a guarding dog, as soon as he hears something outside the garden that comes from a human he runs to the door and starts growling, sometimes barking too 🙂 Not surprising since Bernese Mountain dogs originally were guarding dogs. But he does like to follow tracks as well and I guess that part comes from his mother since she is an English hunting cocker spaniel, even if she herself  didn’t care about tracks at all 🙂





Well it is time to prepare something to eat, I think I’ll make some warm sandwiches today. I’ll bring out the old electric grill from the cup board. It’s so long since I used it so I hope it still works, if not I’ll start my oven instead.


I didn’t manage to get one descent photograph of Sune today but I took this one yesterday.


Have a great day!


In my bathroom.


20 thoughts on “This and that.

  1. Wish I had an oak tree like yours, look at those acorns!!! Sune takes his heritage very seriously, and will grow up to be an excellent guard and tracker!! I hate that story you shared about the drunk guy getting his dog killed. Poor dog, wish he had had a better owner.
    Well, that is certainly a spider in your bathroom, ack!

    • Hi Robin!

      It’s fun because I really like the acorns You have over on Your side of the ocean 🙂 And I like the leafs on the Red oak especially much! Nothing like that over here (well they do plant red oaks all over now so I might soon have one close by 🙂 ).

      I don’t mind if he likes to guard this place but I do hope he won’t start tracking animals if I’m going to let him walk without a leash.

      I do feel sorry about that dog but we really don’t know if that man was a bad dog owner.

      I have lots of that kind of spiders in my cottage, I see them as pets now days and they are cheap too because I don’t have to feed them 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Have a great day!

  2. Här har det också regnat emellanåt under dagen, ett tag tänkte jag nästan att det var syndafloden för då vräkte det verkligen ner. Vilken otroligt sorglig berättelse om den stackars hunden som räddade sin husse:( Blir alltid så ledsen och arg när jag hör sådana historier. Så bra att Sune vaktar, så länge han inte anfaller:) Ha det gott/Monne

    • Tjänare Monne!

      Det skulle ju ha blivit regn idag också, men jag tror att det kanske bara blev en skur här i byn för hundarna var torra när jag kom hem.

      Ja det är en sorglig historia, Det är synd om lokföraren också som gjorde vad han kunde för att få stop på tåget.

      Ha det gott!

    • Hi Laurie!

      I have lots of those spiders in my cottage, I see them as pets and they eat lots of flies during summer 🙂 I call all of them Charlotte 🙂

      Have a great day!

  3. I saw the headline of that news story and didn’t click on it because I thought I might get upset……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………the train should have run over that stupid drunk instead.
    In a perfect world the drunk would somber up and make his life worth something. I just hope he doesn’t end up staggering back to the bar crying about his dog instead, or the poor dog’s live will have been lost for naught.

    • Hi Cindi!

      And then I writes the entire story here and destroys Your day 🙂

      We don’t know anything about that man, he might have been a very good dog owner. But he was tired of his life and didn’t think at all after a bottle of vodka. But like You I do hope he has learned something from this!

      Have a great day!

  4. What a great spider! It is doing a great job 🙂 Love the dog pictures, that news story makes you realize how lucky your dogs are to have you and how lucky anyone with a dog is, we have to make sure we take care of them so we deserve the loyalty and protection they are ready to display. Hope you are having a fantastic day.

    • Hi Alice!

      I do like my spiders now days, I have been terrified by them almost all life but since they do eat loads of flies I now like them 🙂

      I feel I’m the lucky one 🙂

      Have a great day!

  5. Hi Christer,
    What kind of oak is that? The acorns look very different from the oaks we have around here. They are much longer.
    How many legs does that bathroom spider have?!? If I try hard I can manage to limit it to a respectable arthropodish 8 but it really does look like she has several more. 🙂
    I managed my photography class assignment in spite of the dust in my camera. Fortunately abstract photography can be fiddled with enough so that unwanted blotches can be hidden in the general composition.
    Enjoy the day!

    • Hi Caryn!

      It is a Forest oak, Quercus robur. We only have two different oaks here and they look very much the same.

      I counted to eight legs even if it does look as if it had more 🙂 We didn’t get especially much from Chernobyl otherwise I wouldn’t have been surprised if it had had many more legs 🙂 🙂 🙂

      I’m glad things went well with Your assignment 🙂 I used the vacuum cleaner when I got dust inside my mobile phone before. I didn’t open it up, I just kept the vacuum close to anything that looked as if it would let in dust and it worked 🙂 I can’t guarantee that it works on a real camera though 🙂

      Have a great day!

      • I had to go out early this morning and on the way back I stopped in at Staples to see if they had one of those little keyboard vacuums but they didn’t. I can get inside the camera a little through the battery compartment but I didn’t want to use the house vacuum as it is really powerful and it might suck out something important. 🙂 I think I’ll give it a try though. Nothing else has worked.

  6. hi christer! i love oak trees. and acorns! that is such a sad story about the dog. i think teddy would just let me lay there! that is so cute that sune is becoming the guard of the cottage. little scary sune! joyce

    • Hi Joyce!

      I do like Your Red Oaks! We have nothing like them here in our nature.

      I think that Nova might try and save me but the others would only watch and then complain when they didn’t get any food 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Yes little scary Sune will now be the guard dog of this cottage 🙂 He will try to scare them with a cute look 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Have a great day!

  7. Hi Christer, we were away for a few days returning to our native New Jersey for my mother’s 90th birthday celebration over the weekend. When I returned to blog reading today, it seems that fall has already arrived for you. The browns, yellows and reds in the tree leaves seem to signal the change of seasons for you sooner than here. We have had cooler temps and can now open the windows and turn off the air conditioning, which is wonderful. We could use some rain, but there is none in sight for the foreseeable future.

    • Hi Beatrice!

      Yes autumn is here and now there’s no return 🙂

      I do live so much more north than You do so this is normal autumn return for us. We even got our first frost night when it was supposed to come 🙂

      The days have been rather warm so far so I’ve been able to keep the kitchen door open when I have come home, but it gets cold really quick in the evening now.

      We’ll have rain tomorrow and after that the sun will return again they say.

      Have a great day!

  8. Christer –
    Love the pics today, especially the oak bough – just seems to say Fall to me. That kind of spider is what we down here in the southern USA call a “Grandaddy LongLegs” – and we pretty much leave them alone. When we were kids we used to get them to walk on us, because it tickled, but don’t see them too much anymore. Maybe I’m too urbanized now. I did see quite a few of them, however, when I lived in Australia…

    Emjoy your Fall – I’m certainly looking forward to ours, hopefully we’ll have one!

    • Hi Ann!

      Yes autumn has returned and even if I like it I don’t like what comes after, winter 🙂

      We have another spider we call Daddy long legs, looks very similar but has an almost round body 🙂 We did just the same when I was a kid 🙂

      Yes the big question is, will You get any autumn or even winter? This year it seems You didn’t even have a spring, summer just came and took over directly 🙂

      Have a great day!

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