Monday, January 30, 2012

Animals around us

So far, we may not complain about the animals living around our new place. Every day, many birds visit the bird feeders and it seems like their number is growing. Every night, a fox passes by - in the morning, Jeanny shows us the fresh tracks - and we have also found tracks of other small rodents en predators. Last but not least, we have a house squirrel who's very fond of sunflower seeds.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

A walk in the woods

Yesterday, my human and I went for a walk in the woods. We started in the forest behind our house. The trees provided shelter and kept the greater part of the steadily falling snow away.


We reached the hill and started climbing. The first part of the path winded through dense tree patches. We didn't see many tracks of other animals. Only a fox and a hare had been there before us. I followed the fox track for a while, but it wasn't fresh so I let it go. Finally, we came at a clearing where we took a rest and enjoyed the view.


A few minutes later, we continued our way up along the edge of the forest. Suddenly, I smelled something interesting. I turned left into the forest and it didn't take long before I discovered what was causing the scent.


It were the remains of a woodpecker. Feathers, flight feathers and some blood. That was all what was left of the poor bird. I didn't smell the odour of a fox and my human couldn't find any tracks in the snow in the vicinity, so most likely a bird of prey had been the culprit.


After a thorough examination of the crime scene - without finding any further clues - we continued our walk. For a while, we followed the hill side and then we descended the hill and headed for home. I started walking faster and faster. It had already been supper time and I could almost smell the dog food waiting for me. And yes, it tasted great. I made sure my bowl was empty, laid down on my pillow by the stove and fell asleep. Soon, I was dreaming and going through this exciting day, again.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mild

Until now, it has been an extremely mild winter. Sure, we have had frost and snow, but nothing like the extreme cold (-30 degrees Celsius or more) and immense amounts of snow (from knee to waist deep) we had to endure the last two winters.

This winter, it hasn't been colder than -18 degrees Celsius and that only for four or five days. Furthermore we have had a lot of days the temperature staid well above the freezing point. As a result of that, there are a lot of places where the lakes and rivers haven't frozen over yet. A few days ago, on a lake nearby, we even stumbled on a huge group of ducks. Never before have we seen ducks around here, during the winter time.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Watercolour

Today, I just stumbled upon a nice watercolour or aquarelle.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Everyday life

Last Friday was the transfer of our old house. At one of the local banks we exchanged the keys and property documents for a nice cheque and having that concluded the buyers of our property became the official owners, too.

It sure feels nice to be done with the sale of the old property and move to our new house. All together, selling, moving and cleaning - in Sweden, a house has to be almost clinically clean before it can be transferred to the new owner - was a full-time job for almost two months. We can only blame ourselves for that because we chose to do everything ourselves. But now, we are glad that everything is done and that we can continue our everyday life.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Boredom

A long time ago, I read the piece of wisdom below. It was part of a remarkable book and I have never forgotten it.

In order to live free and happily,
you must sacrifice boredom.
It is not always an easy sacrifice.
- Richard Bach, Illusions.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

A new start

Slowly but surely we are unpacking the moving boxes and putting all our stuff in its place. As fast and easy as this goes with some things, so difficult it is with other. We have to move them several times before 'it is right'. Despite this, we are making progress and it won't take long before we can take up that what we call our everyday life again. And that is something we are really looking forward to, because selling Lilla Laggåsen and moving all our belongings to our new property was time and energy consuming - both mentally and physically.

This is what you see when you arrive at the place where we are going to make a new start.


An this is how it looks from a different angle.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Farewell

Almost a week ago, we not only said farewell to the old year, but also to 'our' house in Lilla Laggåsen. And just before we welcomed the new year, we moved into our new house. Thus a very special era in our life came to an end. And a new one, which hopefully will be as special and full of adventures as the preceding one, began. Time will tell...

The old house is empty now. We have to clean it properly and then the new owners can move in.

The picture below will be the last we show of the house in which we lived the past six and a half years.