Friday, July 23, 2010

It rains outside, sometimes a nice drizzle sometimes a bit more heavy showers. I realised that we need the rain much more than I thought. When I made the small place for my potatoes I realized that the ground was totally dry just a couple of centimeters (an inch) down. As I wrote, my garden soil contains mostly of sand so it dries out fast. The funny thing is that just some meters (some yards) outside my garden its a totally different soil in the ground. The bog starts just behind my garage and it´s almost never completely dry there.

The morning walk was so pleasant that I almost totally forgot to take any photo´s :-) But I have around 200 photo´s You haven´t seen yet, so I just use some of them today :-)
This will be a day of relaxation I feel. I´ll go to the grocery store in Gudhem and perhaps I´ll drive in to Falköping too. I´ve seen ads in the papers and here on the internet that there are many cameras for sale now. It would be fun to get a more advanced one but even on sales they do cost a lot.

I think it´s almost seven years since I could see my patio from the garden :-) It´s been covered by honeysuckle and a climbing rose (with lots and lots of really sharp and big thorns).  I haven´t gotten rid of the roots of those yet and that´ll be a nasty job. My dead nectarine tree is still standing there too, but I think I´ll let it stay and plant a clematis or two by its side. If You look on the pillar furthest away You can see my Frost grape vine. Now it´s supposed to take the place where the honeysuckle and rose has had.

I´ve always loved Minolta´s cameras, but now I´ve heard that that company doesn´t exist any more! So I´ve been looking at some different Cannons and Nikons instead. But even on sales they cost around 4600 swedish kronor (that would be around 614 US dollars) That´s almost a third of what I get payed a month from work after taxes :-) :-) I really don´t need a new camera to be honest, but what does need have to do with anything :-) :-) :-)

Iliamna remota, Kankakee mallow. It´s very rare and grows only in a small place in Illinois and nowhere else (in the wild that is). Seemes to love it here in my garden too. I never see any seeds, but still I have small seedlings in the flowerbed.

Kitaibelia vitifolia, Vine-leaved Kitabelia. A Mallow relative that also seemes to like it in my garden.

So I guess I´ll just drive home after Gudhem and continue to read Winnie the Pooh. I always read those books when my vacation starts. Sort of puts things in perspective if You know what I mean, because those books shows what´s really important in life. Cameras doesn´t exist in them at all :-) :-)

Lady bells.

Well it´s time for breakfast and a cup of tea. Teodor and Bertil is sleeping beside my feet and all dogs sleeps in my livingroom. Perhaps I´ll join them in a nap too :-)
Have a great day now!


Susie på Stjärnarve said...

Det lät så skönt när du beskrev regnet, jag hoppas verkligen att vi får något idag. För en stund sen så duggade det - kom två droppar - men nu har det upphört igen.
Men.....jag tröstar mig med att det i alla fall är betydligt svalare idag, bara 21 grader vilket känns underbart mot dom 30 igår.
Jag har en urgammal Nikon som jag fått av en vän, men trots åldern så blir det bra foton - om jag skärper mig. Man blir lite bekväm ibland och kör bara automatiskt vilket kanske inte alltid är det bästa.

Anonymous said...

We have Hurricane Bonnie heading around the tip of Florida and into the Gulf, threatening the oil spill region. It will be wet all weekend here too. Thunder has already started and it's not even 6AM here, yet! Deep woodsy photos today Christer. I think anytime a person skilled like you are with taking excellent photos searches for new camera equipment, it's always the right time. My son-in-law got a really good deal on Amazon and his new Nikon is unbelievable. We use it to take photos of the baby.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Tjänare Susie!
Det var otroligt skönt ute, men nu har tempen sjunkit till tolv grader och då är det inte skönt alls :-) :-) Fast då passade det ju bra med en tupplur på soffan :-)

Kameran jag har duger ju alldeles utmärkt egentligen, blir ju inte bättre på att fotografera bara för att jag köpt en dyr kamera :-) :-) Men jag saknar att kunna ställa in kameran som jag har den, det går inte speciellt mycket på den jag har nu.

Ha det gott i det svalare vädret!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Z&M!
I´m a bit worried about that hurricane of Yours. All that oil in the gulf that will be blown way in over land and all those gases that in the long run are so very poisouness. I do hope Bonnie misses You all!

It would be fun with a new camera. I have the money so that´s not the problem. But I also have to buy a new fridge/freezer and a new washing machine and those are as expensive. I´ll have to think about this. The camera I have is great but it would be fun to adjust it as I like to, that is something I can´t do with the one I have.

Have a great day now and I hope You´ll miss the worst of Bonnie!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hi Christer, you are so right about those "needs" and wants and needing a new fridge and washing machine and wanting a new camera are tough choices, but maybe you will find a way to get all in time. I have never read Winnie the Pooh stories, but will check them out based on your comments. It's good to be reminded of what is important in life and it's not "things." Thanks.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Beatrice!
We´ll see if I can figure out if I can have both the wants and the needs :-)

I do like the two Winnie the Pooh books. They show that the only important thing in life is taking care of Your friend and that it is ok to make misstakes and being afraid too.

Have a great day now!

caryn said...

Hi, Christer.
It's a grey day here too. Not Bonnie, just regular rain. We need it. I don't water my lawn like everyone here does so some of the grass is brown now. It'll green up as soon as it gets enough rain.
I bought my first digital camera a few months ago and now I want a new one, too. I was used to using an old Minolta SLR. My Panasonic Lumex digital camera is fine but I want to be able to do more adjusting, as you do. I'll be sticking with my currant camera for a bit more, though. It takes great pictures for a point and shoot.
Time to take my dog for his walk. Have a great day.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Caryn!
I never water my lawn and it is still quite uncommon to do so, at least out here on the countryside. Grass always comes back and if not weeds are green too :-) :-)

My last non digital camera is a Minolta XG-1. I love that camera but it has to be cleaned now. A couple of years in a green house does makit filthy inside :-) :-)

This one that I use now, a Sony cyber-shot, is really good, but as You say there aren´t a lot of adjustments one can do. Sometimes that makes the photo looking fantastic but mostly not :-)

I´ll have to drive to town tomorrow, naturally I forgot to buy most of what I needed :-) So I´ll take a look in the shops there to see what I can find.

Have a great day now!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

hi christer....these new cameras are addictive. i feel like my camera has become a part of me. mine however has flour all over it which can not be good! you already take such wonderful pictures i can't imagine how good they would be if you had a better camera. no rain here and just hot as hades. we are almost to 100 degrees here for this whole weekend. i floated in the pool for a while today. it is the only way to cool off. joyce

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Joyce!
Yes they are :-) I guess You are satisfied with Your Cannon. It is a good camera no doubt about it! But I don´t think it´s healthy for it to be covered with flour :-) :-) :-) I have powder paint in mine and it is impossible to get it out. That´s why there are spots when I use the zoom towards light objects :-) :-)

I honestly can say that I wouldn´t be able to take 100 for a whole week! I´m so glad You have the pool and I guess an AC too. Otherwise it would have been torture!

Take care in the heat now!

Sharlene T. said...

I used to love the Minoltas, too, but it's a new world... like Jaz, I can't imagine what you would do with a better camera... your pictures are so beautiful, already... it's hot here, too, but at least I was able to save the gardens... come visit when you can...

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The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Sharlene!
So fun! I must have been to Your blog at the same time You were here :-) :-) Your garden looks great!

I´m not sure my photo´s would become better if I bought a more expensive camera, but I do like to adjust the camera after my own wishes and that´s impossible to do with the camera I have now. But I have to admit that it is a great camera I have even if it is a cheap one.
Have a great day now!

Kat said...

It's raining here now, a gentle quiet rain. I'm heading out under the umbrella to read. I love listening to the rain overhead.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Kat!
That is one of the best sounds I know of!
Have a great time reding!

Wenche said...

Beautiful picktues as always,give my regard to Bertil.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Wenche!
Thank You :-)
I will!
Have a great day now!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

You may not read this as I am so far behind. I am so sorry. I just had a rather sad week.
I'm fine but it was hard. Still is.

No flies here..or very few, thank heavens...thank heavens. They are terrible things to have to put up with..and as many as you have...I would probably act like an idiot and flop around trying to kill them!
Nope...glad we don't have that many flies. Ants are another story!!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Mona!
I always get an email when someone post something here, so I´ll never miss it :-)

I got crazy before I got my mosquitoe hat, I even had a spray can with insectisides with me on my walks :-) :-) They are still annoying but now I can take it :-)

Sorry to hear about Your week! I hope things turn out for the better now!
Take care now!