Monday, July 6, 2009

The flower of the Canada thistle (Cirisum arvense) is really beautiful. It´s a shame the rest of the plant is so hostile :-)
(Click on the pictures to make them bigger!)

It´s like walking in a steam bath outside today. It´s not the cool nice day I was hoping for at all. The rain added to that made it a bit awful to be honest. The flies has started to be a bit aggressive too so thunder might be closing in as they promised in the weather forcast.

The Meadow sweet (Filipendula ulmaria) grows everywhere here near to the bog. Smells delicious and can be used as a head ace remedy. Put some flowers in hot water or tea and keep it there for some minutes. Belive me it helps!

Yesterday I saw the movie "A prairie home companion" and it was a nice movie, Perhaps not the best I´ve ever seen, but nice. It made me remember when we had radio shows like that over here. The one I remember was called "The breakfast club" and an over exited show host had a very similar show as the one in the movie, but without the commersials. We didn´t have commersial radio until twenty years ago here in Sweden.

These comming three pictures shows species of different verbascums (Mulleins) The last one can be over 2,5 meters high (6,6 feet). They like it here and behave some what like weeds :-)

As I remember it was a very popular radio show. They had everything from our most popular stars to newcommers. The show host was also one of our most popular filmstars. But in Sweden if a program is popular for a longer time, they stop sending it. It´s like they think as if it´s popular there must be something wrong with it :-) It´s the same with tv-programs.

A species of what we call Wolf spider. The don´t have webbs, but runs to catch their food. It sits on a leaf from a Geranium zonale (one of the parents to our common geraniums. I´ll show You pictures of the flowers in early autumn I think).

Chinese globeflower.

Chinese globeflower.

But if the program is boring and no one listenes to it, it can continue for years after years :-) I´ve always wondered about that way of thinking. I only know one radio program that they actully saved after protest from listeners here in Sweden. But I don´t think we ever will get back the programs with live audience like the one in the mivie or our breakfast club. They were proably too popular :-) Well, the clouds looks like they will start arguing with each other, so I better stop for today.
Have a great day now, for me it´s only two more workingdays to vacation :-)


Anonymous said...

Two more working days, Ahem. Then what? Do you leave immediately for the north? I love these pictures today Christer. Gorgeous flowers. Abundant too. You must live in Paradise.

NinaH said...

Nope! Now a days it´s "Allsång på Skansen" som gäller, ju!;-) Beacuse wants to see the artist now to... I guess... But yes- the Breakfast Club & Sigge F was the past!
Nice flowers & pictures!
Came to think of all your planted seeds today.... How are they all? (Have I miss some "reports" perhaps?)

NinaH said...

The sentense should of cource be: "Because people wants..." !!

jaz said...

hi christer...i love thistles. i have a tattoo of one on my foot! your story about the popular movies and shows reminds me of my favorite movie....."babette's feast". it is norwegian and is about how people are afraid to relax and enjoy themselves. if you can get a copy to view you should watch it. it is in norwegian and i am not too sure how close that is to swedish. I watch it subtitled. sorry to her it is hot again. it is getting hot here too. i had to put my A/C on today and in this old victorian house it does not work as good as it should. count down to vacation time for you!!!!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Hi Christer! I think this day is being taken up with Michael Jacksons service. I have watched it for the past hour...mainly just watching black cars go by and now inside the stapes center...the reading of a couple of letters and now just silence. It is supposed that many have not yet been unloaded and things have ceased to move forward. Diana Ros and Mandella of Africa were the two letters read.
I will probably watch it from time to time. I was mainly interested in the service inside..but we'll see. I am not sure how much you have seen in Swededn or how poplular he was there but is amazing..especially considering his negitive press last year.
Your photo's of flowers are as usual beautiful. I am not a huge lover of spiders but the wolf spider is beautifully marked.

Television. It seems to me in this country that the best shows never last long. "I'll Fly Away" being one one them. I hated to see it go.
Have a wonderful day...clouds arguing? I love the way you put that!
Mona :)

Roses and stuff said...

Christer, Älggrästhé mot huvudvärk? Det här var nytt för mig. -Jag måste pröva!
PS trevlig semester!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Z&M!
Well I´ll take a trip to friends up north and to my mother down soth. I have to paint my cottage too. It looks really sorry now:-)

But before doing anything else I´ll take a couple of beers and just enjoy life I think :-)
Have a great day now!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Nina!
Yes Allsong på Skansen är stort yet :-) The show from Liseberg wount compete for some time I think.

I have forgotten to tell You about all my seeds, has to do so in a day or two. Some of what I sowed needs at least two winters to germinate, but half of it has but with different results. Hope I can write about it tomorrow!
Have a great day now!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Joyce!
Thistle flowers are really beautiful, but most people doesn´t see that just because they woun´t go close to them. I should have some here, because some of the really beautiful ones love sandy and dry soil. Have to think about that this autumn when I order seeds again :-)

I think I´ve seen Babettes feast, but years ago. As I remember it, it was a great film. Norway has too rather close languages and one is really easy to understand, the other some what more difficult. But both are really easy to read.

The temperature rises and sinks like it went with an elevator at the moment :-) Now it´s rather cool and nice again, but who knows what it will be like tomorrov :-)

Vacation has started and I´m happy :-)
have a great day now!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi MOna!
I looked at the funeral for a couple of minutes. It was Mariah Carey that sang and I have to say she sounded lousy. Bad sininging day for her I think.

He had loads of fans over here and as You say it´s a bit strange considering what happened these last years. He had a troubled life in all ways it seemes.

No clouds arguing today though :-)
have a great day now!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Tjänare Katarina!
Jo det funkar bra med älggräs (man kan visst göra saft på blommorna också har jag läst). Blommorna innehåller nämligen Acetyl salesylsyra, samma som Treo alltså. Smakar dock mycket bättre :-)

Jo jag skall allt ha en trevlig semester vilket väder vi än får :-)
Ha en härlig dag nu!