Tuesday, May 26, 2009



It´s time to say good bye to Hobbes, my Volvo. Tomorrow I´ll drive it to the junk yard and after that a friend will pick me up and drive me to my new car Piglet. Yes I have always had names on my cars :-) it´s an old tradition in my family. My mothers cars was always called Kleopatra and a number. All my cars have had different names though. My first car, a Citroen DS21 was called Bettan. A typical name for ones first car, but after that they became more personal. Usually I don´t name them until I´ve been driving them for a while. I must get the feeling of the car. One Volvo I had was called Eyeore. It had just that personality :-) Since I know the current owner of my next car I´ve seen it quite often and has always seen it as Piglet.




My sailboat had the name Winnie the Pooh. It was a bit slow but very friendly. It never did anything extra ordinary and could always be trusted to slowly go where I wanted. I never used the engine on that boat. My friend who tought me to sail hated engines and said that if I started to trust the engine to bring me where I wanted I would be completely lost if it broke down. I actully think he was right there. When friends didn´t dare leaving port when the engine broke (they always brake when most needed :-) ), I simply set sails and sailed away. The only time I tried to use it I hit a jetty just because I didn´t understood if I should steer the boat with the rudder or the engine :-) But to be honest, I was never a good sailor, so I didn´t miss my boat when I sold it and moved to the country side.


I was used to be in the country side even before I moved there. I had rented cottages for years before the move, but still it was a different thing to actully live here. When comming up over a weekend one has a tendensy to think bad roads are a bit charming. That it´s no problems when the closest store is miles away and that it´s impossible to travel by bus, because it goes on a sceduel that doesn´t fit anyone :-) But one adjusts to the cirkumstanses and these things becomes minor irritations. I remember that I in the beginning sort of forgot that I´d moved up here until I was half way to Gothenburg :-) Realising that made me so happy that it actully hurt. In the beginning was it difficult falling asleep because it was so silent here. On weekends I was used to the silence, but on weekdays I sort of missed the sounds from the traffic and the trams. Nowdays I can´t sleep in the city at all.
Have a great day now!





24 comments:

Barb and Steve said...

Hi Christer...I love the name Piglet for your car!
I talked to Lizzie & she welcomes your letters. She apologizes for not geting back to you quickly (she has a lot to do with 11 kids :-)
Barb

Zoey and Me said...

I have to see this car called Piglet. Does it look like a little piggy? Photo Please! And by the way, the last picture of the pink flowers dangling from branches, what is it? It's a great shot and looks great next to the side of a barn, also maybe taken after a rain? I never named cars but I dated a girl who took plastic print and put under my headlight switch in my VW Bug "Glimmerblinker" ashtray: "Smoka-geDunken" and windshield wiper button: "da vinda vipers". The ignition of course was named "Der Puttersparken". Some people actually thought it was German and came with the car. Bye, Bye Volvo. How many miles did you put on that car?

NinaH said...

"Personliga" bilar hade vi förr vi också. Men nuvarande kallar vi bara "Brödbilen" kort & gott! (Citroen Berlingo).
Jag gjorde ett sån't där test på Facebook- "Vad är du"... typ.... Då blev jag en "country girl"... (eller vad nu den exakta benämningen var....)Blev lite förvånad först. Uppväxt i stan, ju.... Och talade förr alltid om/drömde om att så småningom flytta till Manhattan eller Götgatan!;-)
Men jag inser att jag nu faktiskt blivit en "country girl"! Hundra procent!! Kan inte tääääänka mig "betong-nästen"!! Ens nära mig- så jag skulle vara tvungen passera såna miljöer till & från arbete till exempel!
Nä- jag gillar verkligen lugnet & att ha naturen ständigt runt mig!!

NinaH said...

PS Garttis till nya (?) bilen- Piglet!;-)

NinaH said...

Nä... men... "grattis"!;-)

Valerie said...

Hi Christer.

Can't wait to see pictures of Piglet! I think it's cute that you name your cars!

So true about the boat engines and sailing! Probably best to know how to sail before relying on the engine.

Are those "Bleeding Hearts" in the last photo? So beautiful. I also like the farm picture.

Have a great day,
Valerie

senior Bean said...

Sad to take an old friend to the junkyard may Piglet serve you well and long.Your pictures are great but you already know that. I think I should make you another video of sun and flowers.If you wish let me know.

Susie said...

Kul att hitta till dig här - och som vanligt är det mycket trevligt att läsa dina inlägg!

Nice to find you here - and as usual it´s extremely fun to read your pieces!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Barb!
I think it´s perfect for it. Picture comes in my blog tomorrow.

I didn´t expect any lettre from Lizzie, this was just lettres to make time pass faster for them. So she doesn´t have to appologise at all. I´ll sit down and start writing tomorrow then :-)
Have a great evening now!
Christer.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Z&M!
The cae is small, like a VW golf. And Piglet is Winnie the Poohs little friend :-)

The pink flower is a Bleding heart. Yes it´s taken just after a rain, but it´s not a barn but my cottage :-)

Shame my Mazda isn´t a German car, it would have been great to put signs like that in the car :-) :-) :-)

Hobbes drove almost 48 000 european miles, that is about 298258 of Your miles. Not bad at all really.
Have a great evening now!
Christer.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Tjänare Nina!
Brödbilen var bra ! :-)
Det var också ett val, Manhattan eller Götgatan :-) :-)

Visst är det fantastiskt att kunna bo och jobba så här på landet. Till storstan flyttar jag inte frivilligt igen!
Ha en härlig kväll nu!
Christer.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Valerie!
Piglet is really fine, I enjoyed every minute of my drive home :-)

I think he was right not learning me how to use the engine. I ten new that I always could get in to even small harbours. Not all my friends could :-)

Yes it´s Bleeding hearts. They are so common that one sometimes forget how beautiful they are.

Have a great evening now!
Christer.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Woody!
Yes it´s sad, but it was time to say farwell to it. But I think the owner of the junkyard had thought of reparing it. It doesn´t cost him much to do that, so perhaps Hubbes life isn´t over yet :-)

You Don´t have to ask permission to use my pictures, You have life long permission for that :-)

Have a great evening now!
Christer.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hej Susie!
Tack skall du ha och tack för att du tittar in här!

Ha en härlig kväll nu!
Christer.

jaz said...

hi christer....out with the old and in with the almost new! i love the name. that bleeding heart pic is wonderful. i am waiting on a new camera lens and hoping to take better pics with it. joyce

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi joyce!
I must say that I like my slightly newer car :-)

I almost forgets how beautiful Bleeding hearts really are. Most of mine froze during tha last two heavy frost nights.

I wish I could afford to buy a camera where one can change lenses. Maybe next time´when I buy a new camera.
Have a great evening now!
Christer.

jaz said...

hi again christer....years ago i was very into photography. i developed all my own pictures and printed them and all the rest of it. now i bought this new digital camera to take pictures for my blog. it is unreal! how photography has changed! i can sit at my computer and crop these pictures and tint them and brighten them and on and on. so far i am not so good at it because i have my son helping me and i haven't read the instructions..ugh..i hate reading instructions. to show some of the pieces of my collections with very small details i can't get it with the current lens. so i had to order a macro lens. so prepare yourself to see the eyes of the bugs in my gardens! happy first day with the piglet! joyce

Anja said...

Själv är jag så dålig på namn att jag namnar bara det nödvändigaste...;))!/Anja

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi joyce!
They are fantastic the new cameras! I may not always agree with mine :-) But one can delete the picture at once if one wants to. On my last compact camera I had something called Super macro and that could take the tiniest objects if I wanted to.
Looking forward to Your comming pictures then!
Christer.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Tjänare Anja!
:-) Bilens namn kommer jag alltid ihåg trots svajigt minne :-)
Ha en härlig dag nu, tots regn och vind!
Christer.

Kat said...

Christer,
I saw myself in your story. I am prone to falling-off ladders, down steps, off chairs and even going upstairs. Your story brought only sympathy, never laughter!

As always, your flowers make me ooze with envy for their color and beauty.

Anonymous said...

Hi Christer,

Love your photo of the bleeding hearts! My little bleeding heart plant didn't come back after winter this year so I had to buy a new plant, I love them! I'm also a Mazda driver (currently driving my 8th Mazda).

Happy Driving! Abby

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Kat!
I´m rather clumsy to be honest :-) I could give You a story every day for a year with all things I´ve done when it comes to hurt my self in accidents :-) :-) But it is alowed to laugh at my clumsyness, I wouldn´t tell You outherwise.

Thanks, I´ll do my best with my camera. I´ve noticed that I sometimes forget how beautiful some flowers really are. I see them all summer and gets used to them and that´s a shame really.
Have a great day now!
Christer.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Abby!
I´ve noticed that if winer has been rainy before it´s getting cold, bleeding hearts has a tendency to fade away. But I sometimes forget how beautiful they are.

I really like my Mazda Piglet. I´ve been driving it a lot today and can´t notice that it has been drinking specially lot of petrol :-) Mazdas also are the cars with the least problems here in Sweden. Another reason to buy one I think :-)
Have a great day now!
Christer.