Monday, April 6, 2009

Spring, shoelaces and razor blades.

Once again a day with sunshine and warm weather, but the wind is quite strong though. Suddenly I wished it was Saturday again so I could go outside between differant jobs. I can´t even se what weather it is when I work at my usual place. But I forgot to order lunch this morning, so I had to drive to the closest store to buy lunch so I got some sunshine anyway :-)

Both the small ditches

as well as the big ones are filled with water now. I think that is a sign of the ground not being deep frozen any more.

I have been wondering about a problem with shoelaces lately. When You buy a new pair of shoes the shoelaces that comes with the shoes holds for a long time. But when You buy a new pair to change, the new ones holds just for a month or so. Do they make them worse on purpose? Even if it´s the exactly the same kind of shoelaces they brake really fast. The same thing with razorblades! The razor blade that comes with a new razor can last a long, long time. But then one have to buy new ones. There is five or ten packs to buy. The first one You try is really good, but the second, third and fourth is normally crap. The fith one on the other hand can be really good. To buy a ten pack is to spend mony for nothing. The first and last is good, but those in between is usless. It can´t be just unluck, they must do it on purpose I think :-)

The first field is plowed, so now the heavy smell of cow dung slowly dissaperes and is replaced with the fresh smell of wet soil :-)

Soon easter is here and then I´ll tell You a little about how we celebrate easter here on the west cost of Sweden. It´s a bit different from the rest of the country. One thing I can tell You already now, we don´t have the easter bunny here. I was rather old until I understood what that was :-) Of course we buy chocklat bunnies filled with something, but that is only because they are imported from germany :-) But we have our wiches instead :-)
Have a nice day now!

Blåsippan (hepatica) flowers in my garden :-) What do You call this one in english? The scientific names is Hepatica nobilis.

The first two flowers on the lungwort. It starts as pink but slowly changes colour to blue.


NinaVästerplana said...

Do you know that the change is a signal to the bees... the food is already taken!

The cranes passing by over my head every day now....
Have a nice evening

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Nina!
Yes I know :-) But there isn´t a lot of food for them here right now. Just a few flowers and no pollen to speak about.

The strange thing is that we have never had so many cranes here and yet I see almost no by the village :-)

Visiting Voyeur said...

Beautiful flowers. I should have taken some of my daffodiles, tulips and hycinths? They die to quickly here... My crocus never really came up so something might have happened to them. I think I have a brown thumb. My english ivy I have at my desk got over watered and is dying. Very sad. Perhaps i should just enjoy your lovely pictures instead. So do you get up with the sun and dine with it? I should do that more often.



The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Chelle!
Crocuses are delicious for small rodents, so I wouldn´t be surprised if it´s they who have damaged Your crocuses. Actully even people eats some crocuses bulbs, they roast them I´ve heard.

Ivys really don´t like life indoors, they almost always dies if they live their lifes inside.

In summer it´s perfect to go out early and eat breakfast I think :-) But in summer the suns goes up already at three o clock and I woun´t go up that early :-)
have a nice day now!

Valerie said...

Such lovely pictures of flowers, streams and fields. It is so very cold here today...high of 38(F) degrees. It snowed last night, but didn't stick!

I supposed to someone in Michgan or North Dakota, 38(F) degrees might feel like a heatwave, but after a 70+(F) degree day on Sunday, it feels like winter again! :(

Blessings to you from Kansas,

Sorry, don't know much about shoelaces or razorblades to help you out! Usually wear slip-on shoes and as for razor blades...well, I use disposables and have a "schedule" for disposing that I follow...kooky American that way!!! LOL

Anonymous said...


I have the same experiences with shoe laces, if you can even find a matching pair that came with the shoes in the first place, and razor blades, you are exactly right too. I switched to double blades and a five blade recently and alternate every other day. That stretches the time out for usage. I am saving about $26 U.S. a month by doing it this way and the five blades last really a long time and give a close shave. The double blade is easier to get into curvy areas of the chin which I need to really do a close shave there. That's my trick. Love the photos today and I drove past Sykes Creek here and see the white Pelicans have landed on the water, a sure sign spring has sprung. They will make their way north to the Carolinas now. When they take off, all at one time, it sounds like an explosion. I waited and waited but they were resting longer than I could wait so missed their take off this morning. Z&Me

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Valerie!
It´s always awful when a warm day is followed by a cold one. Typical April weather here.

here rain and slightly colder weather is on it´s way they say, but A long weekend is comming and I can stay inside and watch movies if the weather is bad :-)
have a great day now!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi ZaM!
That was a good way of using razorblades. Have to do that to I think. But during summer I shave more seldom because I have big spots whithout pigmentaition in my face and usually get rather burnt if I´m much out in the sun.

I think we had one pelican here last summer, it came here by misstake and strong winds from a zoo in germany :-)But who knows wuth tha climat change :-)
Have a great day now!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Great post today...and now you have me wondering about the shoe lace thing. My husband used to say the same thing about both razor blades and shoe laces. are probably exactly right about both. I have never needed a razor so took Pat's word for it. Your part of the world is certainly starting to show signs of Springtime. Beautiful..and it is so much fun watch it unfold through your beautiful pictures.
NO EASTER BUNNY??? NO!! LOL The little ones have fun with it here in our country. I have to admit I still enjoy all of the pretty things associated with Easter..
Have a wonderful day, Christer. I am looking forward to your story about Easter in Sweden.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Mona!
Yes, it´s something fishy with both shoelaces and razorblades :-)

Spring is really comming fast now and I´m enjoying every second of it :-)

No easter bunny :-) Isn´t it the easterbunny that puts out eggs in the garden? Think I´ve heard something about that anyway.
Have a great day ttoo!