Friday, June 18, 2010

The flowers of the Guelder-rose. The big flashy ones on the edges are sterile and are there just to make pollinators come to it. The ones in the middle are the important ones, but they are still bud yet.

It´s been warm, but cloudy all day today and when we finished work the rain came. It poured down so har that it was difficult to see the road some times. But now the clouds slowly thinns out and the sun has shined a short while. But they have warned for thunderstorms so this is just a break before the storm hits I belive.

I got a mail yesterday from a good friend in Main, AliceMary. She sent me a link from the New York Times about swedish men and paternal leave. It was quite interesting so I thought I should share it with You all. Just klick on this link and You can all read it: article is called "In Sweden, men can have it all". It´s more or less text to photographs.

Bulgarian geranium, Geranium macrorrhizum. A rather beautiful ground cover geranium, but the leafs smells awful when touched.

Tomorrow is a big day here in Sweden, our Crown princess is getting married with a man from the "common people" Well there´s not so many princes left in the world to be honest :-)´
I´m not a royalist in that way that I think they are really important or something like that, but I do think they gives us better PR than a president. What do You find most interesting? That the swedish president and his wife comes for a visit or that the king and queen from Sweden comes for a visit? There are fifteen president on the dozen to be honest.But kings and queens are rare :-)

Rhamonda myconi. A realtive to the African violet.

Cinnamon rose, Rosa majalis. This one will get three colors if I´m lucky. White, rose and red.Unfortunally it hasn´t gotten its name because of its scent, but because of the colors of the stems.

Well it´s time for a shower, a cup or two of tea and then out in to the internet world to meat all of You.
Have a great day now!

I bought this one as a Delphinium oxypetalum.


jaz@octoberfarm said...

hi christer...i read that about your royalty marrying a commoner. i added the cauliflower to the curry. it did not call for it so it could easily be left out or substituted. i just watched the USA tie slovenia. we really should have won that game. the ref was awful. i am watching england play this afternoon. i never watched soccer until now but i love it and am now a fan!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Joyce!
Then I´ll try that curry :-) Just thinking of cauliflower makes my hair stnad straight up :-) :-)

I just heard about that match! Congratulations! Slovenia is a tough team to meat normally. I do hold my thumbs and cross my fingers for Your team!

Soccer can be addictive :-) Especially dyring world cups :-)

Have a great day now!

NinaVästerplana said...

Hoppas du får en skön helg, trots åska o regn....

Anonymous said...

Definitely Kings and Queens are more popular to visit. Lovely photos today Christer. The ground cover is all greens and very beautiful. You are lucky to have your little piece of paradise dressed up for the summer. So who owns the barn, cottage,in the top photo from yesterday's post?

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

My grandchildren have play soccer from age 6, and one of the granddaughters still plays. She is in college now. I have watched her but other then that I have not. I did read about it in the papers today... :) Seems to be lots going on there.

King or President? Well, I guess if you don't like your King there is nothing you can do about it. Here he can be voted out or if a real rascal, impeached.

Being a Fairy Tale fan, Kings and
Queens and royality is always interesting to me...and I watch every movie or documentary I can find about Monarchies. Really interesting.

Your photo's were great today.
Enjoy your tea, Christer.
P.S. We have two more wheelbarrows of a very heavy weight. One I bought at garage sale for $5.00 and put a new tire on it. we have three different sizes.
You are right...this one of mine would not do for heavy duty! Weeds and small plants only! :)

Kat said...

The flowers are just so beautiful, Christer!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Tjänare Nina!
Skit samma vad det är för väder, bara jag är ledig är jag nöjd just nu :-) Har antagligen en förkylning på gång igen för jag känner mig kroniskt trött.
Ha det gott du med!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Z&M!
I thought it would be so. Royalties has a special aura of mystique around them, even if they are just common people to be honest :-)

Yes I am lucky :-)Few people gets the chance to live like I do here. Surveys shows that most sweeds wants to live like I do if they could.

Since I don´t think that property is sold yet it still belongs to Bjurums castle. But I know they wants to sell it.

Have a great day now!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Mona!
Soccer is really popular all over the world and it´s a good thing it has become a rather popular sport in the US too. But it is still rather small compared to American football ofcourse :-)

I think You are not allone feeling like that about royalties in the US or on many other places in the world :-) Our royal house behaves and makes very few scandals so I thinkwe should keep them.

I think Your wheel barrow is great. Light and easy to carry around when not needed. But I do think You need a very even lawn. Here it just would get stuck in all holes my dogs makes :-) :-) :-)

Have a great day now!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Kat!
The flowers seemes to like this weather much more than us others :-)
Have a great day now!

Anja said...

Hej Christer!

Så mycket tjafs om det där med "överlämnandet" av bruden, när ändå hela proceduren är så antik att bruden måste be om lov av fadern och riksdagen om hon kan få gifta sig med den hon vill...
Men, jag kan tänka mig att halvavägen-kompromissen tillfredställde alla andra utom de grälsjuka;))!
Det var vackert och mäktigt och här hemma räckte näsdukarna knappt till!
Monarkin är ett fantastisk kulturarv i Sverige och inte alls dyrare än en republik med hela apparaturen från presidentval till - you name it.
Själv är jag inte rojalist men väl pragmatiker: varför förändra något så välfungerande som Sveriges styrelseskick?!(Alltså en "retorisk" kommentar till alla som vill avskaffa monarkin i Sverige)
Den formella och konstitutionella makten ligger ändå hos folket i detta land.
Om jag hade något att säga till om skulle jag vilja ha en bättre fungerande närdemokrati.

Visst var bröllopet fint? Och så underbar afton kvällen innan i Konserthuset!

Härligt att "spektaklet" är över så att man kan återgå till trädgårdssysslorna som redan är katastrofalt försenade;))!/Ha det gott i ditt "Home, sweet home"/Anja

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Tjänare Anja!
hade faktiskt glömt av att hon var tvungen att be kung och riksdag om lov! Fast jag måste erkänna att jag inte gillar seden att lämna över bruden som en ägodel. Nu fick ju alla nästan som de ville i alla fall :-) :-)

Såg däremot inte mycket av bröllopet. Sov middag och vaknade strax innan det började, så jag tog två bilder som visas i dagens blogg. Sedan var jag nöjd och glad :-)

Jag tycker också att vi skall ha kvar det som der är nu. Finns ingen anledning att byta något som fungerar så bra som det gör!

Här är så kallt att jag helst håller mig inne, trädgården får klara sig bäst den kan :-) :-)
Ha det gott!