A nap should never continue for longer than half an hour.


I woke up around three this morning and this time I can’t blame any of the dogs πŸ™‚ I let the dogs outside and the night was rather warm and calm, the clouds had come and stopped the eventual frost from reigning the land. But I had big problems going back to sleep after that. I did eventually but I don’t think I slept for long. It was still dark when I got up the second time and by then the rain had come.



Autumn aster.




Even long after the sun must have risen oven the world it still was very dark outside. The rain had changed to a gentle drizzle and we all enjoyed the walk. I talked a bit loud so that no deers or other animals would stay to close to us, I don’t want to go out looking for Sune in weather like that if he would get the urge to follow them. But he did actually listen very good when we did meet a deer on the road one morning. He started to follow it but stopped when I told him to πŸ™‚ I do hope he will continue like that.






Nova is a completely different dog when it comes to that though πŸ™‚ But it seems to work great with her leashed to Orvar, he has already stopped her from running after animals and he doesn’t seem to dislike his job either especially since he understood that he’s in charge πŸ™‚ I always let him walk by himself for half the distance until I leash Nova to him and after that they both walk free from me but Nova still can’t do anything she shouldn’t πŸ™‚ I think this might be the answer if she refuses to stop running after hares. But there is one field where I can see if there are any hares and she’s allowed to walk by herself there.


Maximilians sunflower.



Clematis tangutica in the top of my crab apple tree.


The Aronia get a wonderful autumn color.


I thought it would be nice to take a little nap after the walk, fifteen minutes up to half an hour is perfect and the day always get good after that. Unfortunately for me I slept for more than two and a half hour and that’s never good πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I tend to get cranky, get a head ache and sort of zombie like for the rest of the day when that happens and I can honestly say that today is no exception. So when we were out walking a while ago I did over react when ever Orvar walked away to far ahead of us and I did over react when they continued to walk when I told them to stop and so on. The good thing is that not a single wild animal stayed within hearing distance after me going on πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


The day had become a bit brighter when we were out walking after our very long nap.





There was a short while when the clouds got thinner and the sun almost reached us but now it’s back to deep grey clouds again and it is almost as dark as when we went out the first time today. The kitchen door is open though because it is fairly warm but I have a fire burning in the stove at the same time. The rain makes everything feel damp and as soon as I close the door it will feel nice, dry and warm indoors again.






It is time to make another pot of tea and then I’ll get upstairs and watch a movie. I’ll start with MIB 3, if it is as bad as they say I still have two really good ones to watch after it so the day doesn’t feel like a total waste when it comes to film watching.






Have a great day!







This brain of mine.


I’ve been thinking all day about something I wanted to write about today and now it’s completely gone πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I think it was interesting but what do I know I can’t remember what it was all about πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I’m trying to make the fire burning in my stove but it’s a bit cranky, it can burn just fine for several minutes and then the fire just dies. It’s fire logs so it isn’t wet wood anyway.






We’ve had a sunny and warm day, well warm is a word that can be deceitful but it was warm for this time of year anyway. As soon as the sun shines the cottage gets really nice and warm so I didn’t feel there was a need for any fire today. But I realized that the temperature is dropping quickly now and if the sky will stay clear all night we will get frost. But rain weather fronts will stay most of the weekend so I guess the clouds will come late tonight. But I did get a nice photo of the moon just now so I’ll show You that tomorrow.






Nova is having one of her moments when she absolutely wants to be scratched behind the ears andΒ on her back and she does what ever it takes to make me do it πŸ™‚ If I try to write something here on the computer she pushes away my hands so it’s impossible to write anything πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ he has some strange ways too, like if I pat my self on my knees to make her jump up on my lap, she runs to her bed instead πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ and if I ask if she wants to have some food she runs and hide beneath the kitchen table. Behaviors from the first owners I guess so it’s most possibly a survivor behavior. God knows what they did to her most days.






I drove by the super market like I do all Fridays and today I bought two dvd’s. Men in Black 3 wich I’ve heard is really bad but I want to see it anyway, I rarely listen to others opinions about movies, especially not critics πŸ™‚ I also bought the Tim Burton movie Dark Shadows, I’ve only heard good things about that one and I’ve never been disappointed while seeing his movies. I also have the Hunger Games so I have lots to choose from when it rains all day tomorrow πŸ™‚




The Forbidden Forest.




It is time to make something to eat and I think I’ll have sour milk with strawberry and blueberry taste today. Now it seems as if the fire is burning steady as well πŸ™‚ Β I’ve posted two photographs of those flies I wrote about yesterday here at the bottom of my post, one is cute and awful and the other looks just as disgusting as it is πŸ™‚


I’ve never seen this kind of bumblebee before.


The best raspberries I’ve eaten this year.




Have a great day!


This is the Moose fly. It can take almost any hit and just refuses to die!


This is the other fly I wrote about, cute one that squirts its larvae in the eyes of us.


Lots and lots of apples even though half the tree is gone.


Hector woke me up at 3 am this morning. If he has to go, he has to go so up I went and all dogs followed me down. Β Guess if I got surprised when none except Sune went out to do his business, the other just stood and stared at me and waited for the treat they all get when Sune does what he’s supposed to do outside the cottage πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I’ve given them a treat as well so no jealousy should grow among them. I think I have to stop doing that from now on πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I opened the door again after they had eaten and then Hector just disappeared! He returned after twenty minutes and realized that he had done something stupid when he saw my face πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚



El Diabolo!



Β TheΒ Moose flies (I think You call them deer flies) have arrived and I just hare them! They rarely bite anything else than a moose but if they do it hurts like h… Their legs and feet are constructed in a way that makes it almost impossible to brush them off the clothes or the hair and one can hit them hard and they just laugh in our faces. It is an interesting fly though because as soon as they land on a moose they drop their wings and live very much like tics. Thankfully they can’t survive on human blood πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Three landed on my head yesterday and two tried to walk inside my ears!!!! I managed to get them out before they got too deep πŸ™‚






A new kind of fly has moved to us from the north-east and it too uses moose in a nasty way. They look very much like a small short-haired bumblebee and hovers in front of a moose, in front of its eyes. Then suddenly it squirts it larva’s straight in to the eye of the poor moose. Β The larva’s have some kind of hooks that they use to be able to stay there until it’s time to get to the next stage in their lives. It has happened that they have done this on humans too and those that have experienced this says it’s very painful. The only way to get rid of them is by going to the doctor. It is when I read things like that I’m glad I have glasses πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚






It is very quiet in the cottage at the moment. My cats are outside hunting things and my dogs are asleep. The only sounds that can be heard is me writing, the computers fan and the fire in the stove. It’s kind of nice and very unusual πŸ™‚ My peppers are growing by my kitchen window and are now as big as normal peppers are when ripe but these will become at least three times as long before I’ll use them but at least I will get some peppers. I have brought in some tomatoes and placed them in another window heading south but I doubt they’ll become red anyway.





A non climbing Clematis, I don’t know what species though.


It’s time to make a pot of tea and I think I’ll have some granola and yoghurt today. I’m not especially hungry to be honest but I know I will be if I don’t eat anything πŸ™‚

Have a great day!



Well we did get rain today so perhaps my letter reached the right destination, even if I haven’t put it in a post box yet πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ We’ll know tomorrow if I win the lottery or when the weekend arrives. If the sun shines I know they have heard my reasons and think that they only are fair πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ But I wonder how many nutty letters they actually get every year at the CIA with all conspiracy theories that floats around on the internet. I don’t doubt that they do a lot of things of course, the history shows what they are capable off. But I’m actually not sure about what the NSA is or what they do, I guess it stands for national security agency or something like that.




We’ve had a rather big public outcry here in Sweden today. I know most Americans doesn’t know who Tintin is, but he is a cartoon character, a reporter solving crimes with his close friend Captain Haddock. These comic books were written during a time when we had different views on people in other parts of the world so I can understand if some would see them as offensive. But there is a text in every book that tells the reader that they can be offensive and that they are from another time.



But today one library decided to remove all these comic books from their shelfs and all hell broke loose πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ This is, even if it actually is a Belgian that has written them, a part of our cultural heritage. I grew up with those stories without becoming a racist. Β The thing is that if they take away Tintin and his adventures they also must remove books like Pippi Longstocking. In the books about her it says that her father is a Chief of natives on an island in the south seas (something the author wished she never had written later on). But that is something they don’t dare, We love all books written by Astrid Lindgren and that library would probably be burnt down if they even thought of removing those books πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚




It is things like this, censorship of certain point of views, that makes those racist parties grow. The books came back on the shelves after a couple of hours and everyone in that library is now blaming someone else for that decision. I may not like some ideas other people have but I would never agree to forbid them to have those ideas! But I think that some people would think more than one hundred times before they use that freedom of speech we have in the western world. Just look what happens all over the Islamic world right now after a certain film was published on the internet. Was it worth it, was it worth people loosing their lives just because of that film?




There’s a fire burning in the stove and it’s time to put the kettle on so I can make a pot of tea πŸ™‚

Have a great day!

It is time to write a letter!

The apple to the left is from the tree I’ve sown long ago, wasn’t it Fanny I should call it Caryn? The one to the right is from where the seed came, an Aroma. Aroma has so far been my favorite apple but now Fanny has taken over that spot! It is delicious!


The sun has been shining almost all day, why couldn’t it have done that during the weekend? We also had frost this morning and fog, not the best of combinations to be honest. But the roads was probably too warm so no slippery roads to work. But since we now know how’s behind this weather I thought I should write them a letter, I mean they could do some well needed changes all over the world πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚





Dear CIA and NSA.

It has come to my knowledge that it is You that control the weather all over the world via the aircrafts that spreads chemicals and germs in the air and I would like to suggest some changes. It was a swedish local politician that told us the truth and since I have seen the X-Files I do know what You are capable of. A politician You may say with a snotty tone in Your voice but we don’t have those crazy politicians (Swedish politicians would never just make up something like this You know) You have that says a woman can’t get pregnant if she really is raped and that her body in that case can reject any start of life. Well we do have those to the far, far right that sees us swedes as super humans that should rule the world, I guess they didn’t see the Olympics πŸ™‚ We didn’t get many medals there to be honest.





And yes we do have those to the far, far left that still think Stalin was a nice chum, almost like a cuddly grandfather and refuses to see how many people he got killed. But no one cares about those kind of people anyway. We do also have those Christian politicians of course, I almost forgot them. Those that sell their soul by giving up all their ideals so they can sit in the government, power corrupts You know. They also think that only a woman and a man can be parents. To them it doesn’t matter if a child is loved even if it would be two men or two women raising the child. I’ve always thought that loving the child to be the most important





Then of course we have those in the middle section of politics, those who actually believes that if You tell a lie enough times it actually becomes true. Those who says that everyone is much better off after they have had the power in the country even though surveys shows it’s just the opposite are also somewhat insane I think. I mustn’t forget the local politicians that wouldn’t see corruption around them even if it spat them in the face, too many of those as well I’m afraid. I also almost forgot all the environmentalists, nuts all of them to be honest since they do what they can to make it impossible to live out here in the countryside. I think they are trying to make the it to some kind of museum and even if I like museums I’m not sure I want to live in one. But all the rest are almost sane anyway.




Β Well to get back to the weather subject. Would You mind making the weather nicer during the weekends? I mean nobody is at home anyway during the work week, well except for all those unemployed we have. But the rest of us are at work anyway and don’t mind the rain during the work days. Not all days of course, that would be depressing. We up here in the north see the sun so little during the winter so if You could skip the snow too and perhaps stop the cold winds from the arctic. I’ve always wanted a mango tree in my garden. It isn’t necessary to make it that warm but it would be nice.





I would also appreciate if You could make it rain during nights too instead of during the days. Perhaps remove rain all together during my vacation? I live by a big bog so I have no water problems if a drought would come our way. I hope You don’t mind that I send these suggestions to You.

Christer by the bog.

P.S. I have a Lotto ticket by my side and my numbers are Β 2, 3, 13, 14, 17, 29, 34 and the Joker number is 1052845. Not that I in any way believe that You have any influence on our Β  Β  naturally I don’t mean anything like that Β of course not …. Β , no noΒ  Β Β naturally not. Β But You could cross Your fingers extra hard for those numbers this Wednesday I wouldn’t mind becoming a multi millionaire. If I did I would just leave this climate for one that You Β sort ofΒ couldΒ show that will have nicer weather.





So what do You think, will they make our weather nicer after this letter πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Have a great day!


Soon night will rule my world.

The weekend is almost over, it is amazing how fast it has passed. The autumn equinox has passed and now times will become darker. I think it perhaps is more noticeable up here in the north since we during summerΒ only have a few hours of darkness but during winter have very few hours with daylight. Winters here can be much milder than for instance in the USA, but ours is so much longer and that’s what I don’t like.





But we can often have long periods with high pressure, cold but clear nights when we can see more stars and galaxies than we can count and for us with some kind of fireplace winter does get a bit nicer πŸ™‚ I love to sit in the kitchen listening to the cracking sound from burning wood and feeling the heat spreading through the cottage. Sometimes I have no lights on and then the deers jumps in to the garden in their search for frozen apples on the ground.





I love to walk out to the edge of the bog when the daylight slowly dies to watch out over the open spaces. Sometimes I might see a deer or a moose, perhaps a fox or even a marten run from one island to another. Sometimes I see something completely else that I can’t explain what it is. I always return home before the daylight is completely gone. On cold winters the bog freezes and gets so hard that I can walk all the way down to the small lake. I no longer get surprised when I can’t see my own tracks in the snow when walking home the same way again.





My cottage is warm and nice after a couple of hours with a fire burning in the stove. The smell of fried food is everywhere since there’s no fan above the stove. I don’t mind but sometimes it seems to drive my dogs crazy πŸ™‚ I usually give them a treat or two those days πŸ™‚ Dinner is made for a couple of days and now I’ll make a pot of tea, the night is coming and soon I’ll be sleeping.





Have a great day!




and down he goes πŸ™‚


Just like a summer day.


The temperature almost rose above 10 C (50 F) but then it dropped again. Now it rains, well drizzling heavily is a better name for it I think and together with the low temperatures everything feels damp inside the cottage. So no big difference from our summer to be honest, thanks for that CIA and NSA πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ But there is one big difference and that is that I have started a fire in my stove and soon it will dry up and warm the cottage.


It was very dark outside this morning so I had to adjust the camera for night time photographing. That’s why the photographs can be a bit blurry and the colors a bit dampened.



The bulls seems to gather together at night. The black one to the far left is a nasty one and I call him El Diabolo πŸ™‚ He stood up and came close to the tiny fence when we passed and he never lets his eyes off me πŸ™‚


The newspapers are already predicting super cool or glacial-sea cool winds for this weekend, so I wonder what kind of words they will use when the cold weather really starts πŸ™‚ What is worse than super or glacial sea cool winds? ultra super? Β ice age cool? The coldest must be outer space cold but I’m afraid they soon will pass even that when they’ll describe how cold it will be πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚



It turns out that we have old tombs everywhere in this village πŸ™‚ This is one of them.



And over here there’s even more tombs. There are more tombs than people in this village πŸ™‚


Now days we’re used to things like the British rains, German heat and Siberian cold when they’ll describe what kind of weather we’ll have πŸ™‚ and if one news paper starts something soon the others will follow and it is now rather ridicules to be honest. I guess it sells newspapers though since they keep on using this way of describing the weather.


I wonder if this is a one person grave or if it contains several people. It has never been dug out from what I know.





I’ve started to look at Nordic mythology, both when it comes to gods, beings and creatures. The problem is that when I read about one thing, like the horse Allsvinn it turns out that he was one of two horses pulling the sun and they were chased by wolves. So naturally I have to check out the other horse name and the wolves as well. This just continues so after a while I’ve forgotten what it was I read about at first πŸ™‚ But it is very interesting, I know way too little about this to be honest.



Nova’s Achilles heal, she never stops looking for hares!




It smells nice from burning lilacs in my kitchen, the fire-place in the stove became a bit shorter after I had restored it with new cement so I had to pull out a piece of wood because I couldn’t shut the door to the fire πŸ™‚ but I’ll use fire logs instead today and then I’ll cut the logs in half later on. I feel it is time for a cup of tea and then I’ll watch a dvd, the weather isn’t inviting and if this continues I don’t think we’ll take any more walks today. Now I have less than 3% space to fill in this blog, so the move will be rather soon. Here’s the address again: The Cottage by the Crane lake part two.






Have a great day!


You know that rose in a pot standing on my ladder? This is it πŸ™‚