May. 17th, 2017 10:15 pm
I have now planted my beans. Before I did so, someone stood them on their heads in the sofa. I don't know if they survived it, but they look okay for now.

We expect a severe water shortage this year. I'm thinking of watering the plants with beer...
Tomorrow is Spring Worship Day, and I'm going to Worship Spring in Church. Or at least, sing spring songs at the service with Kammarkören. I hope it doesn't snow. Or hail. That's a reasonable request, isn't it?
I put down some seeds the other day. Not in the ground -- we're having snow and hail -- but in a box in the living room window.

They are beans and peas. I usually have trouble with them: the season here is a little too short, especially for beans, but I'm thinking of putting them in the greenhouse, which might give me couple of weeks more.
The last snow is disappearing out there, and the lawn shows all those little bumps, that I think come because the frost makes things move somewhere deep down. I have started to clear out the greenhouse -- there's a lot of junk and broken glass in there.

Perhaps some tomatoes this year? And cucumber?
Today was the day when the ground went from being mostly covered in ice, to being mostly not covered in ice. I think most of the ice disappeared in the storm.
M and I may take a trip to Rovaniemi some time soon. We were invited this weekend, but it won't work, so perhaps in two weeks.

If we dare...


Jan. 5th, 2017 09:27 pm
We're back from Scania (just before the bad weather), and tomorrow I have to be in church with Kammarkören. It's still Christmas songs, I think.
You know the ground is slippery when you go out and see where the cats have fallen on their behinds.
From now on I'll wear a ponytail.

I fell like a log on the ice a few days ago, and hit my head -- on the tie that was holding my hair.

Weird. I sat for a couple of hours, fingering the spot on my head, trying to figure out if I was ok, but I probably was.

I was lucky that it was in the right place...


Nov. 24th, 2016 08:21 pm
It was the cats' fault. When M came home yesterday, he had to stop in the middle of the driveway. They were both doing impressions of Bambi on ice. When he tried to go again, the car made its own impression.

No disaster, though. I managed to get a ride to the very important choir practice. Of course, I had to walk the four hundred metres to the road first. In the dark. Preferably without impressions. And I forgot some of my notes. But I managed.


Nov. 18th, 2016 09:26 pm
We had nice cold winter weather for a time, but the last few days have been above freezing, and ice has formed everywhere. Then it goes away.

I went for a walk. Walking is okay, since there is usually a little snow beside the road in which to put your feet. Crossing a road is dangerous, though.

On one of the bridges over the canal, I stopped and looked down. I saw something spectacular. The water is very swift and smooth, but there had been time for a thin layer of ice to form. It had now come off. I stood on the bridge, watching sheets if ice floating by -- as wide as the canal itself, and probably fifty metres long, or so. Small bits were being torn off at the edges, but they kept coming.



Oct. 19th, 2016 10:05 pm
We're going off to the mountains this weekend. Hopefully the weather will be nice. It's stunningly beautiful even in pouring rain, but I'm a little worried about cold and wind. We don't want Scanian winter.

Today a gigantic box arrived, containing among other things a new pair of winter boots for each of us. I have to try them on tomorrow.

The cats will be at the hotel, as usual.


Oct. 16th, 2016 01:18 pm
We have had the first snow. Medium-sized flakes that stayed for about an hour. I have hopes for winter.
We're back from our holiday. The car managed it back and forth, although we had an extra battery just in case. Things seem to be back to normal, except that I'm extremely easily distracted, not sure why. I keep forgetting things.

Before we left I took all the chard from the garden plot and froze it. I left the rest hoping it would be ok, and it probably was. Today, I have taken the onions -- there were about a dozen. There are still carrots and beetroots, and also some chard that seem to have grown while we were away, but it's been damaged by frost, and I think I'll leave it.

The weeds keep growing. I'm a little impressed.
I should have taken a walk while I still had the energy... (and before I took off my clothes)

I think autumn has come -- today was hopelessly dark, but not cold.

I usually like autumn.
M found the little flags that you put on top of the archery targets to show the wind. They have some use, I suppose.

Yesterday was ok. I shot about 170 in 36 arrows...
For some reason, I can't think of anything to post about. Weather's nice and sunny. Night's only a couple of hours. Choir's preparing for spring concert.

I dug out a large rock in the garden yesterday. Perhaps we'll use it to sit on, or rest our feet or something.


Mar. 20th, 2016 09:03 pm
I write a little most days. Today it's 55 words so far. I'd like a hundred if I can manage.

I had a weird experience this morning. I went to church for a choir performance, As we left, the temperature was one degree Celsius. A little on the way I had to turn back, because I had forgotten my very important choir scarf. So i went back inside, grabbed the scarf, and hurried back into the car. As I steered along our little road, I noticed that the temperature was minus three.

That doesn't usually happen in the midmorning.

One of my choir mates said: "Oh, it's probably the Apocalypse."
The snow is a couple of decimetres thick, but very firm in most places; you can walk on top of it. The air is coldish -- a couple of degrees below freezing, I think. In all, it has been very pleasant today, with a blue sky and no wind to speak of.

I noticed one thing. We actually have twelve hours of daylight now! Spring's coming.
We finally got snow. There's about two decimetres of it, and since the temperature is at fifteen below zero, it's likely to stay for a while.

I feed the birds.

The other day there was something very odd by the roadside: a helicopter flailing about in the air. I had to slow down so I could see what was going on. It was beating snow from the trees along the road, and more importantly, I suppose: along the power line. I knew they do that, to keep the branches off the cable, but I have never seen it before.

That's a problem they don't have in Scania.


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