Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bertil the cat.

It will be a warm day today. Already at five am it had reached 12C (54F) and there´s not a single cloud in the sky at the moment. There´s a weak wind blowing, just enough strong to blow the mosquito´s away.

There were still some haze left when we took our walk.

We took a short walk into the forest so I could feel how my foot worked. It still hurts if not walking on flat ground, but nothing compared with yesterday morning. I´ll most probably go to work tomorrow again.

The wind wasn´t strong enough to reach into the forest so the mosquito´s had a party on me all the time we were there :-) But I can take the itching from those bites, but when the horse flies comes I´ll get crazy :-) :-)

You´ll have to click on this photo so it gets bigger. Then You can see all the cranes on the field. All phot´s gets bigger and better if You click on them.

Bertil followed us as usual, but this time he wasn´t relaxed at all. I think he might have met the fox again because when one of my dogs walked through a bush making some sound, Bertil ran away in panic. Don´t think we will get him to follow us into the forest anytime close again.

The deer’s are getting a bit to used to us now. I saw one just 40 meters (around the same in yards) in front of us. It looked at us and continued to eat whatever it was eating. I had to shout and wave with my arms to make it jump in to the forest again. I and my dogs wouldn´t hurt it, but others may so it´s not good if they doesn´t care when someone comes close.

On our way back we passed a field where there were over 41 cranes. They are what I call the teenagers, those that are too young to nest yet. They didn´t care to much that we walked by them either, but of course they knew that we wouldn´t have a chance to get them even if we wanted to :-)

When we got home I also cleaned the pond pump. It does get a bit muddy in the pond when putting down plants in pots and that sticks soo good in the pump. This year I have six fishes in it. Two fantailed goldfishes (slöjstjärtar) and four Rosy barbs (Praktbarber). None of these can survive a Swedish winter in my pond (I live in what we call a ”chill hole”, gets really cold in winter), so I do hope I can catch all of them when autumn comes.

I do like my Haberlea!

I already have a cup of tea beside me and now it´s time for breakfast.
Have a great day now!

Spanish Bluebell, Hyacinthoides Hispanica.


Anonymous said...

Tea time again at the Cottage, how nice. And the photos are wonderful today Christer. Get that book going! Glad to read your ankle is on the mend. Sorry about those horse flies. We don't live near a farm anymore but when we did, we hated them too. Have a good day.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Z&M!
It´s always nice with a cup of tea :-) I sit by my kitchen door having the sun towards my back and ignores all flies that lands on my legs :-)

I sort of use the name Horse flies as a collective name for all kinds of blood sucking flies. Some of them are here because of all farms and cattle around me, but some are here because they grow up in the bog, that sort of starts behind my garage. But one can actually find smaller zones where these flies avoid, like open spaces by the fields. So during summers I trend to walk there most of the time.
Have a great day now!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Feels like I have already had some exercise through "sharing" your walk. It is already much warmer and more humid here on the VA eastern shore with the threat of thunderstorms this afternoon.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Beatrice!
They say all exercise is good, so now You´ve done Yours for today :-)

We´ve had a really cold month of May, so it´s so nice that the warm weather finally comes to us. We´ll have sun all day and no risk of thunderstorms :-)
Have a great day now!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Hi dear Christer,

Here's hoping that your poor foot is feeling better today.

I did enjoy the walk with you and LOVED seeing the cranes in the field. They are so wonderful.

I am tired of worrying and worrying and mourning the oil spill in the gulf. I witnessed the bad one in Santa Barbara many years ago and this one is hundreds of times worse than that. I hurt for all the animals and people and earth injured by this horrendous tragedy.

Wish all could be as gentle and caring as you.



Sharlene T. said...

Lovely walk, this morning, Christer. We've had rain for the past few days and I'm way behind on finishing my gardens because I've come down with bronchitis. The medicine the doctor gave me just knocks me out, plain and simple, until the next does is ready. I don't know how drug addicts to it...Today, I think it's breaking up and I'm on the mend, but I still have the pots waiting for the transplants...I feel bad for them...

Terria Fleming said...

Christer, I just love the photos you take on your walk. It is still chilly here where I am, I'm ready for summer. My garden is doing poorly because of the rain and cold weather, but maybe I can get a few tomatoes, or something later.
Glad your legs doing better.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Sharon!
I´glad to see You here again:-)

My foot is a bit better so tomorrow I´m of to work again. Perhaps it would have been better to stay home one more day, but since I became the chairman of the union things that has to be taken care of pulls me back to my job :-)

The cranes are so beautiful and I live not far from a lake where many cranes rests when moving north or south. I think we have had as many as 18000 cranes there at the same time one spring!

Yes, that catastrophy with the oil!! It´s really depressing to hear about their failiurs stopping it. How many animals must die and how many peoples economies has to be destroyed before it ends? And now I heard that they allowed more drilling for oil in the gulf!?

At the moment I´m not that caring. I´m having a big killing hunt after flies in my little home :-) :-)
Have a great day now!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Sharlene!
It was quite nice that walk, despite all mosquito´s. It´s a bit difficult to take photo´s though, they are quick to start biting me in my hands when I stop walking :-) :-)

Bronchitis! Not nice at all! Is it that medicine they have put morfine in? I had a neighbour that got that medicine and she slept for two days :-) :-)

She hadn´t taken anything stronger than lemonade in her whole life before. She used it one time and never more. But she did admit that she never had felt better afterwards :-) :-) :-)

Take care of Yourself now!! Your plants will survive, they might take some more days to look good but Your health is more important!

Kristina said...

What a beautiful place for a walk! I chuckled at the antics of your cat. I have several barn cats and they all "help" me in the garden to the point of giving too much! The weather here in Nebraska, USA is finally warming up and the plants are starting to take off. I'm glad to have found your blog!


The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Terria Flemming!
Great that You commented here today! I´ve lost so many adresses since my old computor got hit by the lightning. Now I can find You again :-)

I try to find new things to take photo´s of when walking around, but it´s getting harder now. I´m often walking the same roads and now I feel like I´ve shown You all there is to see :-)

I´ve finally placed some tomatoe plants and tomatillo´s outside. The so called Iron nights (nights with heavy frost around now)hasn´t passed yet, but I just had to get them out of my kitchen :-) :-) I hope the weather changes over at Yours so You get some too!
Have a great day now!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Kristina and welcome to my blog!

To move here from the the city was the best thing I´ve ever done :-) Even ig Gothenburg is a very green city it´s not the same.

My two cats are just digging up plants in my garden. Nowdays I´m not sure who to blame, my cats or dogs :-) :-)

We´ve had an unsually cold spring here, so now I hope the weather keeps warm for quite some time!
I´m glad that You found me!
Have a great day now!

Kat said...

You make tea sound so delightful, especially to warm you after a morning walk.

We have black fly season, and it is close. I remember taking my dog Shauna for a walk in the woods, not knowing the black flies were out. I used the leash to slap them off her but they ate me. I was near tears by the time I hit the car.

I'm glad your foot is better!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Kat!
Yes he does make it sound delightful :-)

We have a similar fly over here, I think they are called midgets in english. For some reason they don´t really care about me that much, but my dogs have big troubles with them. But their season doesn´t start yet for a month or so.

Lets hope the foot hold all day tomorrow! :-)
Have a great day now!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Christer...did you get my comment on Wind in the Willows? I wrote but lost my comment and not sure if it went or not as I cannot check because comments are held for approval.
I hope it went through as I don't recall what I said or if I even finished it. I got interupted. Just know I will certainly begin a serious search for your book..and make sure it is in good condition.

LOVED the photo of Bertil. I am surprised he didn't make you carry him home. Bertil. LOVE that cat!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Mona!
No that comment got lost I´m afraid. It has happened to me a couple of times this week too. Very annoying!

I cross my fingers and hold my thumbs then :-)

He got so panicy that he ran like crazy. I called after him but he just didn´t stop the poor cat. But I don´t think I´ll ever have to worry that he will be taken by the fox anyway :-)
Have a great day now!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

hi christer...i just came inside from trimming hollies and cutting down a bunch of bushes. the pollen is awful! i feel like a pin cushion. that holly is prickly!! my lower gardens look so bare with so many trees gone. it will be a month before i can get new ones planted. and the horrible heat continues here. i feel like i live in a swamp. when do you make the banana pudding? joyce

Anja said...

Hi Christer!
I like your Harbelea too and Bertil The Cat!

Alltså: Jag skrev en riktigt lååång och innehållsrik kommentar på ditt förra inlägg. Dock är den inte där - jag har ölyckats att klanta till det på någe'vis.
Nu orkar jag inte nästan skriva ett ord, men måste säga att dina bilder är fiiiina!/(Anja

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Joyce!
Pollen season must be terrible for You! I know the few times I get hit by it and then I´m at least dying :-) :-)

My holly is so small that I never really thought of it as being prickly. But naturally they are, those leafs are like thorns on a rose.I wonder if I´ll ever even gets close to have to pruna mine, I think the climate is to tough for it here.

We´re getting it a bit warmer here, but nothing compared to how You have it.

I´m not sure yet when I´m going to make the pudding. They sell spices at different markets all over southern Sweden and those are usually on weekends when I don´t work. We´re trying to find a date that fits us all.
Have a great day now and take care!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Tjänare Anja!
Det har hänt mig några gånger nu också. Man blir så trött!! Blogger verkar ha kommit in i en period när det krånglar här igen.

Tänk att vi tycker det samma om haberlean och Bertil :-)
Ha det gott!