Sunday, March 28, 2010

It´s grey and rainy outside today. You know that kind of drizzle that sort of eats its way through the clothes and one doesn´t notice it until it´s to late and one is far away from home :-) :-) Not even the dogs like to be outside in that, not to mention my cats. They stay inddors close to the stove today :-)

Yesterday It was the annual shaving of all hair on the hed day here. I do that once (sometimes twice, depends on how hot the summer is) a year. I´m a powder painter nowdays and that paint has a gift of getting stuck on my scalp and if the hair is long it´s hard to get rid of. Especially warm summers when I clean the paint box and sweats a lot. But I feel it might have been a bit early, so now I use a cap when going outside :-)

Now it´s so warm outside that I barly use the electric radiators to keep the cottage warm. I and three big dogs sort of keeps the temperature up any way. Well I use the fire heated stove in my kitchen too, but now is a time when it´s getting a bit difficult to use it. Have a fire in it too long and the heat in the house will be awful, to short and it will get cold in the middle of the night. But after ten years with this stove I´m kind of used to use it by now :-)

I feel a bit late today, we changed to summer time last night. I really don´t like it and way up here in the north it really doesn´t do any good. Soon we´ll have at least 18 hours of daylight here and even further north the sun won´t go down at all. Studies has shown that the heart attack rate goues up dramatically on this day and when we turn back the clock again. I usually have troubles for a long time to get used to the change, but this year I hope it´ll be easier since I´m home after surgery. I don´t have to care about the time at all :-) :-)

There are still some small rose hips left on the branch on this Rosa multiflora, or as we call it "Japanese climbing rose". They are so small and contains only one or two seeds each.

I think it´s time for yet another fire log in the stove and I think I´ll make myself a cup of tea with the new sort I bought today. After that I think I´ll force the dogs to follow me out into the garden for a while :-)

Have a great day now!


jaz@octoberfarm said...

hi christer..i am right there with you about daylight savings time. i hate it. i have trouble adjusting to it too. i am really hoping that they will change it back to not having it at all. i hate waking up when it is light so it makes me get up earlier and earlier. we are about t get rain here too! joyce

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Joyce!
I could live with it if they changed the time permanently, so that we always were one hour early :-) But I´m afraid that this has come to stay since the whole of Europe and the Us has it now.

They showed that we might get sun here later today, but that´s just nonsens I think :-) :-)
Have a great day now!

Anonymous said...

Boy Christer, those top two photos are soooo inviting. I found a farm photo I'll try to post on my blog later this week which reminds me of the old Cook farm in Richmond, Virginia. We used to love to visit the farm almost all year 'round when we had time to drive that far south. Mrs Cook always had something hot on the wood burning stove. The acreage she owned looks very similar to the two photos you posted today of your farmland. I really wish for those days again as we had such fun leaving the city and visiting her. In the Summer she would get us to dip freshly picked chives in Gin, then Beaumont salt and eat it with crackers. I have to say it was delicious. She canned all Summer for the winter. Love those memories. I love the rose bud image too. More artistic than for the buds which I could hardly see until I re-sized it. Good post today, thanks!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Z&M!
What good memories! Nowdays very few have someting on the stove all day, they buy it redy made instead. I have to admit that I never heard anyone dip chives that way :-) Something to try this summer :-)

Those hips are so small, but there´s plenty of them. But nothing to make that wonderful soup from, for that I have other roses that makes much bigger hips :-)
Have a great day now!

LJ said...

I was hitting "Next Blog" when I came across your blog. I like your style of writing. It makes me want to curl up on the couch and dream about living in a small cottage far far away. And your pictures are lovely. You're making your lifestyle look and sound simpler than it must be. But thanks for sharing it.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Thanks for stopping when You came to my blog :-)

At the moment my life actully is a bit more complicated than usual. I´ve had surgery done to my left hip and that complicates things a bit. But I do live a simple life, boring many would say :-) :-)

Have a great day now and welcome back!

Anonymous said...

Hi Gristerbonken! Really nice blog you got! I diddn't know you where so good in writing English!! I've had a sick weekend, cold, yesterday in bed for some hours. But today better, cheered up by your blog :-) / Jonas

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hallå Jonasgrabben!
Kul att se dig här! Det är fullkomligt ok att skriva på svenska här också. Hade ju en svensk blogg och startade denna vid sidan om. Så havererade det andra stället och då blev denna kvar :-)

Inget kul att vara sjuk på helgerna (tja det är väl inte så att man hurrar annars heller direkt :-) :-) ), men vädret var väl lika illa hos er, mer regn och rusk, så då spelar det kanske ingen större roll.
Kul att du gillade det här stället :-)
Välkommen tillbaka och ha det gott!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Hi Christer...
It was about 87 degree's here today. I went out for a nap in the lawn swing and woke up miserable from the heat! Got up and came inside all cranky. Ice tea helped matters. It's way to early for that heat. I loved your photo's but goodness it does look cold and damp. As usual I loved the photo of one of the dogs. I cannot tell one from the other really. Always wonderful shots!

Glad you liked the flowers. I probably should add some again this year. I'm thinking about it. :)

Everyone here is complaining about the time change. I don't like it either. No problem getting used to it as I have no choice! And..I don't have to be anywhere.
Enjoy your tea! :)

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Mona!
It iscold and damp here, that I can assure :-) But 87 already! Well I always complain about our cold weather, but that is perhaps a bit to warm even for me this time of the year :-) :-)

I´m not always sure which dogs is wich when we´re out walking either :-) I only shout Orvar and usually all dogs reacts and comes to me :-) :-)

Have a great day now!