The stove.


I made warm sandwiches the other day and I wanted to have curry on them.  I know where the different jars stands so I just stretched to the spice shelf and brought down the one I wanted. I poured on quite a lot but got a bit confused when I looked at what I had done. The color wasn’t right, instead of this bright yellowish/orange color it was dark brown. I did wonder if a spice could become too old, so that it actually changed color?




But then I smelled that it had the wrong scent as well🙂 I took a look at the bottle and realized that I had poured lots of cinnamon on my sandwiches🙂🙂 :-)I tried to blow it away but it already stuck like glue🙂 I know that they very often use cinnamon in Thai food so I just poured some curry over it all and tossed it in the electric grill. It actually tasted really good🙂 So I’ll keep on having cinnamon but perhaps not that much in the future🙂





The sun comes and goes today but it is rather warm and we had some drizzle as well for a while. I won’t complain about that rain, it is my excuse to not mow any lawn today🙂 The grass is rather low to be honest so I think it can wait another week before it looks to bad🙂 Instead I finally started to repair my fire heated stove. The inside, some kind of concrete, was slowly falling apart and I needed to repair it before the season started.


The walls of the fire place has looked bad for quite some time now.



After some cleaning and then filling in concrete where it was needed it looks much better, well it isn’t a work of Leonardo da Vinci but it’s good enough🙂


This concrete doesn’t look to be the same that’s already in there but it is bought in a specialist store so it is the right thing.


I had already bought that special concrete/ cement long ago so I just mixed it together as it said on the bucket. It was totally impossible to use because it just got too dry, so I added more water, just very little and it worked perfect. It says on the bucket that I can start a fire in it after three days but only for a short while so the concrete doesn’t crack. I think I’ll wait at least a week before I use the stove, it’s better it dries a bit longer so the risk gets smaller. It was an easy job to do but that doesn’t mean I want to do it often🙂





Now I have less that 4% space left on this old blog so the move will happen soon, so here’s the address again: The Cottage by the Crane lake part two. It is time for some lunch and I think I’ll make a couple of warm sandwiches, with cinnamon and curry🙂






Have a great day!


I let Sune walk without a leash more and more now. So far so good🙂


But I do speak loud so no tempting animals are left when we walk around🙂 He’s too young to run away in the forest yet.




16 thoughts on “The stove.

  1. thats a curious combonation for your sandwich! Beautiful phots as always, the little black and white cat peeking out of the hay is really cute.It must be bothersome with the hunters in the area, hopefully they won’t stay long,

    • Hi Laurie!

      Yes it was but a really nice one🙂

      That cat is actually very big🙂 But he’s very much like Bertil, likes no one or nothing🙂

      We have the hunters here all autumn and winter but I know when they are here so that’s no big problem. Most of them are rather old and enjoys getting out in to the nature and rarely shoot at anything🙂🙂🙂

      Have a great day!

  2. perfect post.
    horses, dogs and a kitty.
    I think that both curry and cinnamon are very good for you!😀😀😀
    I signed up on your part two blog!🙂

    • Hi Cindi!

      I thought You would like it🙂

      I got surprised over how well they worked together🙂 I wonder if I should try cardamom next time, that beside cinnamon is probably the most popular spices when it comes to baking over here🙂

      Then You’ll know when I move even if You haven’t been able to read anything for a while🙂

      Have a great day!

  3. Det är oftast så man lär sig nya smaker:) Jag använder faktiskt rätt ofta både kanel och ingefära i matlagningen:) Det var ju bra att du fick fixat till spisen innan vintern, hoppas nu att det håller. Ha det gott/Monne

    • Tjänare Monne!

      Ja ingefära har jag ofta, men jag har aldrig haft kanel i annat än bakverk och till gröt🙂 Väldigt bra kombinaton dock så det skall jag ha så ofta jag tror det passar🙂

      Ja, att det skall ta sådan tid innan man får ändan ur vagnen🙂 Detta kunde jag ju gjort redan tidigt i våras🙂🙂 I och med att jag låter det torka längre än vad som behövs tror jag nog det håller. Så länge fukten gått ur bör det hålla.

      Ha det!

  4. Glad the curry/cinnamon combination worked out for you! Better than using salt when sugar was called for as I have done.
    Love the horse photos, and the fall colors today. Our little Sune is certainly growing up, walking without a leash; Good boy!! He’s going to put Nova to shame! Don’t need to be daVinci if the stove heats the place up; who cares what it looks like!! We need to get the chimney sweep here soon to check out the chimney on the fireplace and the stove pipe on our wood stove. Winter is definitely coming!

    • Hi Robin!

      Yes this was much better than mixing salt with sugar🙂🙂🙂 That’s just awful🙂🙂

      I hope he continues to walk that good without a leash! Nova will get there too, it’ll just take longer before we reach that goal🙂 It would have been easier if she had come here as a pup though. I think I can add goats to those things that must be killed by her🙂 She shows a bit too much interest in my neighbors goats and not in a nice way I’m afraid🙂🙂🙂

      The chimney sweeper comes here twice a year whether I want it or not, well I want it so I don’t complain. I had a big check up on the chimney and the stove last year and since I already had bought this concrete/ cement I didn’t need them to come here again to check the stove. Now I don’t have to think about that for eight more years🙂

      Have a great day!

    • Hi Jim!

      Yes I am, soon it’ll be just enough cold to start the fire in the stove🙂 I do like it even if I really don’t like cold weather and winter. I don’t need to start the radiators for quite some time if I use my kitchen stove a couple of hours every evening🙂

      I wish we could get those fiery colors I’ve seen on photographs from the Rocky Mountains. Ours are more dull I’m afraid.

      Have a great day!

  5. hi christer! i can’t figure out how that stove works? what are the cords for? i see your leaves are turning. all of out maples are brown because of the drought. we are due for rain tomorrow night. i sure hope they are right because it is no use to water anymore. haha…interesting sandwiches!!! sometimes mistakes are a good thing! joyce

    • Hi Joyce!

      I thought those would confuse those of You who knows how a stove like this works🙂🙂🙂 They aren’t cords but springs from an old bed I used to have🙂 There’s a grate at the bottom that lets the ashes fall down into a ash-bucket beneath. There’s a hole in that grate so I’ve placed those old springs over it🙂 Amazingly enough they last for over two years until I have to replace them. I can’t find a new grate so these will have to do until I do find one🙂

      Yes they are but the time they have those colors is so short, they turn brown and fall off after just a couple of days. I wish they could stick for a couple of weeks at least. I do hope You’ll get that rain!

      This mistake was at least a good one🙂 I wish I could have seen my face when I saw that strange color of that curry🙂🙂🙂

      Have a great day!

  6. Hi Christer,
    You didn’t say what you dumped the cinnamon and curry on top of. Cheese? Quark? Meat? Peanut butter and jelly?😀 I think there is cinnamon in curry anyway. You just enhanced the flavor a bit.🙂

    Lots of horse pictures today. Thanks. They don’t look so shaggy this time of the year. I expect they’ve been shed out and/or clipped.

    Cool, sunny, slightly breezy day here. Several monarch butterflies have flown by my house today, heading southwest with a purposeful look, so they must be migrating to Mexico. It’s a little bit sad because it means the cold is coming back. They are a little early this year in my area.

    Enjoy the warm sandwiches and the rest of the day.

    • Hi Caryn!

      I had meatballs, sausages and tomatoes on that sandwich. I doubt I would like to put curry on quark🙂🙂🙂 Peanut butter and Jelly is nothing we normally put on anything🙂 That is a very american thing🙂

      Lots of horses in the village now🙂 I guess they clip the horses during summer but never during winter since they are outdoors all the time, they simply refuse to walk in to the stable they say🙂

      We don’t have Monarchs here but we have other migrating butterflies, they left long ago though. warm days and cold nights here now.

      Have a great day!

  7. Hi Christer, sorry for not commenting sonner, but it seems your blog is rather slow to load, especially when I’m using the iPad. Tonight I switched to my desktop PC. SOmetimes WordPress complains that I haven’t signed in when leaving a comment, so I get frustrated. But I so enjoy seeing all your wonderful photos. It’s clear to see that autumn weather is already in your area, but not so here. I was looking for some fall colors on the plants in our yard today and they are still ALL green. So, thanks for sharing those lovely red leaves and other colors. The photos and description of the stove repairs was interesting. The combo of cinnamon and curry sounds interesting. I bought cardamom last year after reading a post you did, but am not sure I have tried it on anything yet. Sune is still one cute doggie!

    • Hi Beatrice!

      I guess it might be all the photographs that makes downloading my blog slower. They tend to do that I’m afraid.

      I left Blogger because there were so many problems for us who writes, no such thing in WordPress. It seems those problems have moved to those trying to comment instead🙂 But I always have big problems commenting in Blogger blogs. Usually I have to try three or four times until it allows my comment to pass.

      I guess You won’t reach autumn for weeks yet since You live so far south. I do like autumn but I don’t like what follows🙂

      It was interesting to repair the stove🙂 Only four days until I start the first fire for the season in it🙂

      Cinnamon and curry worked great together🙂 We normally only use cardamom when baking but I know it is common in all kinds of food in Asia. I love it🙂

      Have a great day!

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