Friday, November 17, 2017

Postcards for the Weekend

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CN-2123514 (Maxi card – Watermelon)
Postcrossing card from China, February 2017


Strawberry Fairy

The Strawberry Fairy (by Cicely Mary Barker)
Postcrossing card from Lithuania, October 2017
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Refreshing reminders of summer in the midst of grey and rainy November Winking smile

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Bird Nests, Art and Witchcraft

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The answer to yesterday’s Guess What? is: A magpie’s nest. Not that I can say for sure whether (for the magpies) it counts as one two-storey building, or two separate nests on top of each other… To me, seen from my window, it also rather resembles a big wicker sculpture of a woman’s head and shoulders... Magpie art? ; )


Anyway – the structure has grown since I first blogged about it in March 2014:

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There’s also a nest in another tree close by. You can see both of them in this photo from January 2015. Both nests have grown bigger since then, but it is the one to the left that has the “head” added on top now : )

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In the cemetery nearby, I recently also noticed this tree:

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My first thought was “an apartment tree for birds!” – Not sure, though… Someone yesterday suggested “witch’s broom” for my mystery picture (a kind of tree disease/deformity). While I’m pretty sure that magpies made the wicker sculpture - perhaps this other tree is “bewitched”?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Guess What?

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Any idea what you’re looking at here?
I’ll let you have a guess before I give the answer…

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Under the Weather

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The photos above are from a walk along the river on Monday (6th November). Since then we’ve been through a variation of sun, rain, wind, fog and frost…

Over the weekend I’ve been feeling a bit “under the weather”. Whether really to do with the weather, I’m not sure. Also got my annual flu shot on Thursday. Not been really feverish or anything, just a bit… well, whatever... Anyway, didn’t get round to any blogging - until now (Sunday evening).

Sunday started out foggy and frosty. I waited until the afternoon to go out. But even then I found the ground still treacherously icy and frosty in places (where there had not been enough sun). So my walk was cut short.

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Frozen muddy puddle


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Frost on the lawn


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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Shadow Shot Sunday: Halloween

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In Sweden we celebrate All Saints’ Day on the first Saturday of November (and All Souls’ Day on the Sunday); with focus on remembering the departed by visiting graves and lighting candles etc. A tradition which does not go back all that far here, but seems to be growing rather than being on the decline.

For those who prefer the American/British Halloween traditions (with pumpkins, scary costumes, parties and candy-begging etc), there is some confusion about which day is the most appropriate for such adventures. Judging from advice I’ve heard/seen given this year, 31st October (whatever day of the week it happens be) seems to be encouraged for that kind of thing now – to avoid mixing it up with the more solemn traditions.

Around here it’s been rather quiet, and I have not noticed any ghosts sneaking around.

For my own part, I preferred to go and visit some family graves earlier in the week, in sunny weather. Which means that over the weekend, I’ve felt at leisure to mostly stay in and put my feet up and ignore the mist and rain outside.

Reading: a novel by Catherine Czerkawska, The Jewel, about Robert Burns (the Scottish poet) (and his wife Jean) in “Scottish English” (i.e. with lots of Scottish dialect in it) + (just started) Het Achterhuis, Anne Frank’s Diary in Dutch (!).

Watching: the Netflix series ‘Velvet’ in Spanish (with Swedish subtexts); and last night the Disney musical movie Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson (‘Hermione’ in the Harry Potter movies), and a number of other great actors as well. Can’t say I’m a huge fan of musical movies in general, but I found myself really enjoying this one. Classic fairytale and modern fantasy in a good mix with musical / action/ romance / comedy.

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Shadow Shot Sunday

Friday, November 3, 2017

Postcards for Halloween

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I do know who! Smile 
This Halloween card came from Jarina in the Netherlands.

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And so did this one – “Kindheitsfantasien” by Gerhard Glück

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This Welsh dragon came flying in from Britain - sent by John


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Monday, October 30, 2017

Squirrel Nutkin

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Walking across the old cemetery recently, I spotted a red squirrel. Of course it wouldn’t stop and pose for me on the ground, but I managed to catch sight of it up in a tree, and zoomed in a few shots more or less randomly. Especially one of them came out much better than I was able to see with my bare eye from the ground. So I have to give credit to the ‘new’ camera that I bought back in May (with 30x optical zoom). My old camera could not have done it! (The collage below is from the original photos. The one above made from cropped/enlarged images. I forgot to also take a photo of the whole tree for comparison, because I had to keep my focus on the squirrel, so as not to lose sight of it… It’s a very high tree!)

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The name “Squirrel Nutkin” is borrowed from Beatrix Potter, of course. Her story, illustrations included, can be found online here: “This is a Tale about a tail…” I just read it, and have to confess I found it hard to make head or tail of it. It’s really quite nutty!!!  ; )


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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Postcards for the Weekend – Markets

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Postcrossing card from Taiwan, 2013 (TW-1047478)


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From a market in Morocco, but sent to me from Belgium, 2015 (BE-353459)

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I don’t have any postcards of Swedish markets, but here are some of my own photos from our latest autumn market:

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Weekend Reflections: Bye, Bye October

It’s been a wet month, even if with glimpses of sun too.

▼ 5th October

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▼15th - 16th

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▼27th

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Sorry to see the autumn colours fade – but looking forward to setting the clock back to normal (winter) time this weekend… My body clock has already made the switch!!!


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