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So, October came and went and now it’s November. Seen the last week of October the stores filling up with Halloween stuff and at the next row of shelves it’s everything concerning the month of December. Wish they could wait until closer to that month… or as when I was a kid (looong time ago) when all the stores spent the days just before the first of advent decorating their windows, and you just had to wait until that Sunday until you could see what they had decorated with. That was a real family day, not like now, there is stress, all is about money and how much you can spend on buying a lot of stuff that you wont need in the end and it doesn’t make you happier either.

Sorry, got away from the things I was going to write. So photos and October it was. It’s been an unusually warm fall this year, not that I mind really. Today on the other hand fall and November is showing its not so nice side, but that is part of the turning of the wheel too. You can always grab a blanket, a great book or a movie, and light some candles and feel warm and cozy, if you haven’t got to go grocery shopping or some other important stuff. Besides that then? It’s been daughters birthday, she’s 10 now and time does fly I think, or am I just getting old? The kids had great fun and the cat was saved from the invasion since we had a chance to use a bigger place for it, for free. It’s something we can book where we live and use for meetings, festivities, and if you like that, a sauna. It’s been sort of an invasion of the religious people again, been quite a long time and now in just a couple of days I’ve run into Mormons and Witnesses. Well, I can talk with them and all that, but don’t try and convert me or get too into my private space, because that wont work with this old witch.

Ok, enough talking, over to the photos. I guess that is what you are most interested in seeing anyway.

October

October

October

October winding path

October sunrise

October sunrise

October mallards

October mallards

October first frost

October first frost

October golden leaves

October golden leaves

October swans

October swans

October stillness

October stillness

October playing crows

October playing crows

October sunshine

October sunshine

October sun between tree trunks

October sun between tree trunks

October fall

October fall

October admit you stole the warmth

October admit you stole the warmth

October birds!

October birds!

October rosehips

October rosehips

October dragon from Pumpkin Lady

October dragon from Pumpkin Lady

October my bag!

October my bag!

October churchyard memorial the 31st

October churchyard memorial the 31st

October part of the churchyard October 31st

October part of the churchyard October 31st

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Just to continue that idea I had about having my photos once a month, here are September. It’s been a good one mostly, weather is always a little on and off this time of year and the first colds are making its way through school and families. I know, my own darling shared hers with me, lovingly and generously just the way she is. But I do feel that this one she could have given to someone else really. Besides that we’ve been to that baptizing and it was great to see all the people that we haven’t seen for some time now. The only thing that was really tiresome was the traveling, about six hours each way, and even if we do stop to stretch our legs and get something to eat, my body has some very firm ideas about it. Not like. We were back home around midnight and I promise, we slept very well shortly after we arrived home and the cat got some attention too. We had after all been away since around 5.30am that morning. But here are some photos and I do believe some are daughters even if I don’t remember which ones exactly. One is the strange one with the cat, must have been some reflection from the window or something in that way. Hope you enjoy these.

September bright autumn morning

September bright autumn morning

September waves gently hitting the shore

September waves gently hitting the shore

September still someone hoping for one last time

September still someone hoping for one last time

September hugging trees

September hugging trees

September hideout and a little rowan growing

September hideout and a little rowan growing

September sunshine and green grass

September sunshine and green grass

September sun playing on leaves

September sun playing on leaves

September old stone wall

September old stone wall

September water and sunshine daughter

September water and sunshine daughters photo

 

September clouds sailing the sky

September clouds sailing the sky

September trees growing together

September trees growing together

September sunshine over water

September sunshine over water

September spiderweb hiding among the stones

September spiderweb hiding among the stones

September light playing in the water

September light playing in the water

September light playing in the water

September light playing in the water

September daughters strange photo of the cat

September daughters strange photo of the cat

September changing colors

September changing colors

September still colors of summer

September still colors of summer

September bright colors

September bright colors

September the green is fading

September the green is fading

September fall is coming

September fall is coming

September beautiful light

September beautiful light

September preparing to leave

September preparing to leave

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Just to catch up, here are some of the photos from August. And no, those “spider webs” are not actual spiders I’ve been told, instead it’s some caterpillar and it’s all over the place at those times. Funny enough it always seems to be a very moist and misty day when you really see them, and it gives a little eerie touch to it all. Like you have stepped into a fairytale of some sort. A friend of mine actually said that the faerie’s had their laundry day and hung it up to dry. Of course she was joking, but I sort of like the thought, triggering the imagination of tiny creatures going about their business and trying to finish things up before it’s too cold and winter makes it impossible to do certain stuff because of the temperatures and snow.

The photos of the full moon was taken around 9-9.30pm and my camera isn’t the best with photos late at night with little natural or artificial light so there was a lot of testing and hoping there would be some good ones coming out of it. That evening was really special, so much energy moving around. Felt the presence of many creatures there along the path where I walked. Hearing the waves gently roll and the wind blowing. Magical.

August boat on the river

August boat on the river

August sunshine on the river

August sunshine on the river

August misty morning

August misty morning

August spiderwebs in the forest

August spider webs in the forest

August spiderweb

August spiderweb

August where does it lead?

August where does it lead?

August

August

August birds

August birds

August full moon among the branches

August full moon among the branches

August full moon over water

August full moon over water

August full moon over water again

August full moon over water again

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Or at least some, if my computer will allow. It doesn’t seem to like some new stuff, but it’s old so maybe not a big surprise really, perhaps I can find someone among my friends who’s good at stuff like this and it will be better. So, here are some photos to begin with, July this time. Thinking that if I add photos like these monthly I will make it easier to remember what month I have added or not.

July Trush eggs

July Trush eggs

July moss

July moss

July mushroom

July mushroom

July summer flowers along the road

July summer flowers along the road

July Bluebells

July Bluebells

July cat watching from the attic

July cat watching from the attic

July see the little spider?

July see the little spider?

July sleepy cat

July sleepy cat

July late evening walk

July late evening walk

July late walk

July late walk

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That sort of summon it all, I had plans for midsummer together with my daughter and that included going to visit my mum outside town. The plans changed abruptly early Friday morning. Someone had either a stomach flu or had eaten/got in touch with something that really upset her tummy. So the rest of the morning was spent helping her out when she threw up and hoping it would calm down soon. It did, no problems, and she got some well deserved sleep too. The cat was not sure about how to handle the situation so he kept away for the most part. But the day went by and I had a chance to take a short walk at least while a friend of ours stayed with her. Those lovely mosquitos have arrived… yey… not.

Saturday came and daughter was well again, taking it easy with eating naturally but a lot happier than the day before. Another friend came by and helped us put up the net on our balcony so the cat can stay there by himself without getting any ideas about getting down and not be able to get back up again. Happy kitty sat there for hours basking in the sun and feeling like a king over his kingdom below.

So this morning, Sunday, arrived early since daughter is on her way to Norway with some friends and I’m so missing her right now, and the cat too. But it will be great fun when she’s back home again late Wednesday to hear all about what she’s seen and heard about. And for a chance to see her photos. Today I brought my brother and his two sons out to our mum and they had a great day. I did too, and had the chance to take that walk that didn’t happen on midsummer eve and walk the labyrinth too! I used our old camera, and it sounds like it’s old too when you start it up or zooming in on something. It squeaks… but the photos turns out ok even for an oldie like that, I think it’s around 7 years now and that is a lot for a digital camera used as much as that one! Oh, I wasn’t planning on writing this much so now over to some photos taken today at the Summer Solstice. I’ll write some more tomorrow (I hope) about my adventures with the tarot cards and what spreads I used.

Birch on summer solstice

Birch on summer solstice

Small brook on solstice

Small brook on solstice

Small beach on solstice

Small beach on solstice

Labyrinth on solstice

Labyrinth on solstice

Brook in the other direction

Brook in the other direction

Small Violets on solstice

Small Violets on solstice

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Music and ice, perhaps not the first combination you would come to think of. But someone did, his name is Tim Linhart. He and his wife Birgitta are known for ice sculptures mostly, but as he said himself, 17 years ago on a mountain top in Colorado he got this vision, a dream, about making music with instruments made of ice. Tim told us about this at the concert me, my mum and daughter attended on Friday 20th of February, and that people probably considered him crazy to even come up with such an idea at that time. But he was right, it is possible that’s why we have Ice Music, you just have to find a way to keep a steady temperature so the instruments wont melt. He jokingly said that to all of us standing outside this big igloo, that since the instruments are very sensitive to heat perhaps we could try and hold our breath during the concert, but if we couldn’t we were forgiven. But thinking about it, like 50 people in a concert hall made out of snow and ice where there is a constant temperature of -5 or -6C (21-23F) to keep those instruments from thawing, well, a lot of moist air from each one of us makes a difference. Promise you, that poor violin had a puddle of water underneath it before that hour of music was at an end. But if you ever have a chance to come and listen to ice music, take it. This year it has been irish music, some mixed, some classic and then there will be a very special thing with music created by musicians from my home town, Luleå, and from Austin, Texas. I wish I could go to that one also, but it’s a matter of money there.

But our evening on the concert called HarmonICE gave us a mix of music played excellently on their instruments. They played some folk music from Sweden, there was some jazz and some irish and a little this and that. A lovely mixture even if they had to re-tune the string instruments often since they change with temperature and how fast they are melting. Magical, and when we came out from the igloo the sky was lit up by stars and since we were a little outside the most central parts of town (walking distance from the bus) there wasn’t a lot of street lights, lights from shops and such that made it hard to see. A most magical evening even if I had a tired daughter on our way home.

I’ll give you some photos I took at the concert and some links. Unfortunately my camera hasn’t the best sound so I hope you’ll survive. Otherwise go to the web page for Ice Music and have a listen, it’s on the right just a little bit down on the page.

HarmonICE – Hårgalåten, and here (I forgot the name of it so any help is appreciated), here (another one without name) and lastly one most of you will recognize, All of me. And yes, Tim told us all that we could shamelessly share photos, videos and such all over the internet and with friends, so that’s what I’m doing.

Ice Music Concert hall overview

Ice Music Concert hall overview

Ice Music the drums

Ice Music the drums

Ice Music the violin and Åsa Yew Olsson

Ice Music the violin and Åsa Yew Olsson

Ice Music special instrument

Ice Music special instrument

Ice Music the cello and the padded "drumstick"

Ice Music the cello and the padded “drumstick”

Ice Music ice violin melting

Ice Music ice violin melting

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It’s been a lot longer than I thought it was. And no, I haven’t disappeared in the snow somewhere either, I guess I just lost the inspiration for a while there, like 2 months and counting. Lets see if I can start again now that the light is returning again.

So, we finally got snow… a lot of snow too, more than we’ve had in almost 50 years and it’s been a little chaotic some days actually. We’re teasing those living in the south of Sweden when they complain over snow chaos and such and we’re here with at least twice as much and not having any major problems with it, but we’re used to it. This time on the other hand we doubled the amount of snow in just a week so that caused our guys and gals to work harder than in a long time to keep the roads and everything else open. This is an article about it, if you feel like playing in the snow it’s just getting over here while it is still here.

And these are a couple of my photos during these days. It became interesting to get to school at one day, but it wasn’t bad enough to stay home for us, a normal 5 minute walk took a little more than the double so… the others are from the fire show at Hägnan , the open air museum, and the Churchtown. It was both beautiful and a little cold standing there watching.

Hägnan runestone made of snow

Hägnan runestone made of snow

Hägnan EMP performing

Hägnan EMP performing

Hägnan EMP performing

Hägnan EMP performing

Hägnan

Hägnan

Hägnan light from the smithy

Hägnan light from the smithy

Churchtown

Churchtown

Churchtown church square

Churchtown church square

Around home

Around home

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