Year: 2019

On my windowsills

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The western kitchenwindow 2019-+8-17. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

In my opinion, windowsills are for plants and flowers. Makes the rooms nice to be in.

At this time of the year, the content on the windowsills is in transition between summer and autumn and there are far less plants there than in the cold season as some of them live outdoors during the warm season.

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Kitchenwindows 2019-08-17. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

In the kitchen

My kitchen has two dinws. One to the south, one to the west. In the kitchen I use plants instead of curtains. One of the plants is my huge philodendron that follow the curtainrod over both the windows. It starts in its pot on the floor though. I’ve had that one for many years by now and it started its life in my previous flat.

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The southern kitchenwindow, 2019-08-17. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

In the southern kitchenwindow I presently have two hanging plants and smaller ones on the sill. There are one small cactus (that grows really slow), three Saint Paulia grewn from leaves, and one Thai Basil to the right which you cannot see in this picture.

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The western kitchenwindow, 2019-08-17. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

In between the two dinwos I presently have a kind of cactus on a high stand, then cuttings from fig trees and Saint Paulia and a regular basil. Two hanging pots with tradescandia (two different kinds). And a potus hainging up there as well.

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Hanging plant in the kitchenwindow. 2019-08-17. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

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In the corner between the two windows in the kitchen, 2019-08-17. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

In the livingroom

In the livingroom I have one west-facing window beside the door to the patio.

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Livingroomwindow, 2019-08-17.Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

I recently re-organized the plants in the livingroom-window and moved one of the hanging plants from the kitchen to here. There was more room in the window here than in the kitchen. I also led the Monkey Face monstera upwards when I gave it a larger pot and new soil as it was becoming very long.

I have a bench in front of the window to be able to have more plants there. The lamp on the bench is from Ikea, but the bulb in it from ICA Maxi (grocery store).

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Ficus. 2019-08-17. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

The above ficus is from cuttings from my neighbour. It is fast getting big now so it too got new soil and a new pot.

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Monkey Face monstera in the livingroom window, 2019-08-17. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

On the floor in the corner of the livingroomwindow I have a hug tradescantia. Had to get a new plantstand for it from Ikea. It still reaches the floor from the stand…

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Tradescantia in the livingroom, 2019-08-17. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

In the bedroom

I have one small window in the bedroom.

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Bedroomwindow 2019-08-17. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

The bedroomwindow is pretty empty presently On the sill, behind the curtains, are my cactus plants. The I have a chests of drawers in front of the window that I also use for plants, but mainly wintertime. At the moment there are only two aloe vera here. Wintertime some of my pelargonias live here.

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Cactus and haworthia in the bedroomwindow, 2019-08-17. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

In just a month or so I will have to solve the problem of where to put my figtrees and pelargonias that have to come in from the patio. Which to keep and which not and where to place them. Meanwhile they are just fine outdoors.

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In the garden just now

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The Garden 2019. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

In the garden just now or recently you can see that it is much greener this year than last. We have had (so far) a quite normal Swedish summer. Days with rain and wind and almost chilly, hot days with lots of sun and warmth have passed. Personally I prefer the hot and sunny days, but I also appreciate the rain when it comes as that means that I don’t have to water the garden those days… It has been drier than normal though so we are forbidden to light up grills except in specially designated places.

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Part of the garden 2019. Photo ©nini.tjader.2019

The grass is almost green this year and so is everything else.

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By the birdbath. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

The garden is a bit “wild” and unorganized at places. But that is how I like it.

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One of the flowerbeds. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

The tagetes planted here to keep the lice away from the rose has become much bigger than I thought it would be. The rose, presently without flowers, is without lice, but just now also without flowers. But new buds are coming so there will be flowers again. In the righthand corner is a large ruccola which I have no idea where it came from… The astilbe here just started blooming. 

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One of the flowerbeds. Photo:©nini.tjader.2019

In the picture above you can see the rose.

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The hostas and echinacea in the flowerbed along my patio. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019
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Echinacea Purpurea Magnus 2019. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

The Echinacea Purpurea Magnus are larger than ever this year. And the grew fast. The bumblebees and the butterflies love them.

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At the entrance to the patio and to the left to the backgarden. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

The wild wine on the bow that is the entrance to the backgarden is growing fine this year and looking good. The hollyhocks at the front flowerbed are tall as usual. Almost finished blooming now.

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The dark red hollyhock. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

I have several different colors of the hollyhocks. Prevailing are the dark red ones. But there is also one yellow, one pink, one green and pink… You never know from year to year which colors they will get. When finished blooming (after several visits of the large bumblebees) I let the seeds dry on the plant. Then harvest and put them in the ground for next year. Next yer they will have leaves but no flowers. Only the year after that they will bloom.

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Blackberries 2019. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

In the flowerbed by the entrance I have a blackberry-bush. Last year and the year before it got about 2 berries… This year is looking much more promising… Not ready yet but I hope I will get enough for at least one year of blackberry-jam…

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American blueberries. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

My two bushes of American Blueberries in the backgarden also delivers this year. Sweet and large blueberries. I do nothing with them but eat them directly from the bush when they are ripe.

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The flowerbed along the outside of my patio. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

The flowerbed along the outside of my patio is all filled up this time of the year. Hard to believe in the spring when you see nothing but some crocus here and the rest looks empty. The white astilbe above has bloomed out already and the echinacea is coming up behind them. The red pelargonias in the boxes along the rail are doing their thing by adding color in the garden.

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Black currants. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

The black currants delivered fine this year as well. All picked now and in the freezer.

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Black currants 2019. Photo: ©nini.thjader.2019

Eventually they will become jam and/or a cake or so. I still have black and red currants from last year in the freezer which I will soon do something with.

And I have finally got myself a battery-charged grass-scissor for cutting the edges along the the flowerbeds. I it is a joy to use and SO much faster than a manual scissor. Love it.

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Grass-scissor. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019
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Wine 2019. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

The wine is also coming along fine this year. Long before it is ready yet, but looking promising. They do not get big, but the grapes get very sweet.

And it is already August… I wish summer would last for ever.

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The garden 2019. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019
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Daylilies, summer 2019

Daylilies 2019. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

I love daylilies and have three kinds of them in the garden. They originally came from a flowerbed in the housing community that were re-made and we had the free take of whatever grew there before the remake. So I got these three kinds of daylilies. They are well established where they grow now in my garden. When it rains they get a “waterfall” from the roof right down on them. Which they actually love. Apart from water I feed them nothing else. Sometimes in the spring might add some fresh soil on them. In the winter they totally disappear and start new again when spring arrives.  Each flower blooms only one day. But, as there are several buds on one stem, they have a long blooming-time. When wilted, I cut off the wilted flowers. When the leaves get yellow, I take off those too.

Here some pictures of this years daylilies which started blooming jus a little over a week ago.

Daylilies 2019-04-22. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019
Daylilies 2019-06-27. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019
Dayliles 2019-07-07. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019
Daylilies 2019-07-17. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019
Daylily 2019-07-21. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019
Daylily 2019-07-21. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019
Daylily. The dark-red one. 2019-07-24. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019
Daylily. The red-yellow one. 2019-07-24. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019
Daylily, the peach colored one. 2019-07-24. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019
Daylilies. The peach-colored ones. 2019-07-26. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019
Daylilies. The dark red ones. 2019-07-26. Phopto: ©nini.tjader.2019
Daylilies. All of them. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019
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Summer at the Big Dam

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Summer at the Big Dam Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

 

Yesterday neighbor and I took a walk in the woods by the Big Dam (in Tumba, Sweden). We do that now and again at different times of the year. There and back is about 8 kms.

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Summer at the Big Dam. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

It is a magical place. I shoot almost the same pictures of it every time we are there. Yesterday was no exception. Water was still, no wind and the sun was shining.

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Summer at the Big Dam in Tumba. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

The water was TOO still. Brown stillstanding. Smelled rotten. The flow down to the creek was blocked by treestumps and dead branches.

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Summer at the Big Dam in Tumba, Sweden. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

Still, it is a beautiful spot. As there was no wind, the clouds got mirrored in the water.

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Summer at the Big Dam in Tumba, Sweden. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

The trees in the middle of the summer are as green as they can be. There is fish in the dam.

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Summer at the Big Dam. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

The dam seem endless when you stand at this point. It is supposed to flow down into the creek and further on to the Small Dam further down. There is a place there with logs to sit on to contemplate the view. I wouldn’t recommend swimming in this brown still-standing water though…

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Flower by the Big Dam with bumble bee. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

By the dam there was a group of these flowers. Have no idea what it is but the bumble bees seemed to love them.

On out way back home we always pass this old treestump by the path. I take a picture of it every time to see the change of it. It is the remains of a large tree that fell over the path during a storm some years ago.

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Treestump by the path we follow from the dams. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019
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I love poppies

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Poppy in my garden. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

I love poppies. All kinds. These flowers are so beautiful. Some reappear every year, others just appear from nowhere. And they spread of themselves by seeds. You never know from year to year which ones you will get. Or where. But they are alway beautiful. And always welcome.

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Pink poppy, Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

Here are some pictures. All photos by Nini Tjäder and ©nini.tjader.2019

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Summertime

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Birdbath. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

Summertime

Summer arrived by the middle of May and went away again and then came back. Far from as hot as last year but almost as dry.

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Bluebells and roses. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

Summer is my preferred season. I love sun, light, the light evenings, and the warmer temperature.

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Clematis Rouge Cardinal. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

By now the entire garden has come to life. But the grass is more brown than green because of the long periods of draft we have had. Rain once a week isn’t enough to keep the grass green. I water the flowerbeds and bushes, but not the grass.

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Climbing Hortensia. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

The climbing hortensia is blooming this year again, much to the joy of the bumble bees.

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Elderbush with tagetes. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

The elder bushes have bloomed. Not as much as I would have wanted but at least they bloom. They had a lot of lice as usual. A tip on FaceBook made me test an unusual way to keep the lice away from the elder bushes. To plant tagets under and around them! The first ones I planted froze just shortly after I had planted them. A sudden coldspell took them. So I grew from seed a batch of them and when ready (and frost nights no longer to be feared) planted them at first under the elder bushes. Then also in one of the flowerbeds around the rose therer.

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Flowerbed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

A border of red petunias are planted at the edge of this flowerbed. The tagetes behind them and also around the rose.

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The rose “Summerwind”. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

The rose “Summerwind” just started to open its flowers. We planted it last year, late summer.

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Entrance to outside place from garden. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

At the entrance to my patio from the garden the hollyhocks are getting bigger and bigger and whatever else grows there is hardly visible… They are also several more than last year. Not blooming yet, but soon. The wild wine and the honeysuckles cover the rose-bows that lead into the backgarden.

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The backgarden. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

The backgarden

The backgarden is starting to look like an unkempt jungle. But, as it is not outside my windows, not my responsibility to take care of.

The backgarden is starting to look like an unkempt jungle. But, as it is not outside my windows, not my responsibility to take care of.

Mint and peppermint. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

What I do have in the backgarden is a bed of mint and peppermint that gets bigger for each year. It is unusually good this year. No hungry insects have eaten it yet and it hasn’t bloomed yet either.

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Marigolds. PHoto: ©nini.tjader.2019

I also have a bed of marigolds grown from seeds from last year in the spot where the old planting-box used to be. Presently surrounded by net so the cats won’t use it for their toilet…

I love gardening and to be in the garden, no matter if it is work or relaxing.

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Part of the garden. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019
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Cherry Blossom Time

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Cherry Blossom Time 2019. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

It is Cherry Blossom Time presently. Once a year we all (or many of us) go to Kungsträdgården (Kungsan)( in Stockholm to watch and take pictures of the cherry blossoms there when they blossom as best. I’ve been there before for that, but missed it the last couple of years. This year weather was prefect. Sunny. Warm. Everyone was there. So were a lot of Japanese for some reason, and som buddist monks. Here are some pictures from this years bloom.

All this pinkness is overwhelming.

When I was done taking pictures I walk to the other end of Kungsan (Kungsträdgården) to have a short, nostalgic look at the tea-house where I spent lots of hours with friends during several summers when I was young. The tea-house under the elm-trees looks much the same as it did then. It even looks like they still have the same chairs as they did then. Uncomfortable ones…

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The tea-house in Kungsan. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019
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Getting a new floor in the livingroom

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Due to the water-damage from leaking radiator-pipes in my livingroom, I am getting a new floor, now that the pipes are fixed and the water-leak stopped. Images about the water-leak and the emptying of the livingroom can be found in my Swedish blog.

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The floor in the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

The old floor was removed yesterday. The new floor will be done when the dampness from the water-leak is gone. Will be contacted by the beginning of the week about when they will come and install the drying-devices. Then I will have to live with the dryers for a couple of weeks until floor is totally dry. They will then pour new concrete and isolation and then lay the new floor and put back the livingroom in the condition it was before removing the floor. When that is done my stuff will moved back from upstairs where it is stored in two room the housing-cooperation has there. Then I will have a lot of work with moving the books and all other stuff into their places again…

View of TV from bed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

Meanwhile I live in the bedroom and the kitchen and the halls and bathroom. I have to pass the livingroom every time I go to and from the bedroom. The TV and internet router are moved into the bedroom which make the bedroom extremely cramped. I hope the driers won’t be too noisy.

Here are som pictures from the work being done.

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Happy Birthday Gustav 14!

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Gustav 2019-03-15. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

Happy Birthday to Gustav, 14 years old today. May he get many more years and continue to be as healthy as can be at his age. A bit more tired, but still alert enough to catch both rats, mice and birds… And begs for smoked ham as a treat. Still as talkative, still a lapcat. Gustav visits me regularly, sometimes almost every day and sleeps in his favourite places in my flat for a couple of hours. Then he goes out and home again.

Here are som recent pictures of Gustav.

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The ugly season and pelargonias

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The garden, 2019-02-16. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

It is now officially the ugly season. The period between winter and spring. And the time for the pelargonias to wake up.
Snow is gone  –  hopefully we will not see any more snow this season.
Greenery hasn’t woke up yet. But it will the next couple of days as warmer weather has been promised.
It is still cold outdoors. One day it rains. The next it snows. The next it rains.

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Icy 2019-02-09. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

Or sudden frost and really cold nights that makes it next to impossible to walk outdoors on sidewalks and walkways. The green grass is about to wake up, but not really yet…

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Gustav wounded. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

Gustav, the neighbour cat, got wounded catching a fat rat. Gustav is fine now and healing fast. He caught the rat that for some time was stealing bird-food and even climbed the metalrod to get to the feeder. I’ve removed msot fo the bird-food since I saw him/her the first time. Bird with a tail in the feeder? No thanks.

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Dead rat, 2019-02-19. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

The rat is dead and went in to the common bin. Good riddance… Gustav killed it and brought into his mom and left it on her office floor… I am grateful that he doesn’t consider me being his mom so he has to bring me such gifts…

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Mårbacka pelargonia. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

With the increasing daylight, the few pelargonias that have survived the winter and the dark are waking up. Above is a cutting that came from the large Mårbacka pelargonia as it broke off from it when I moved it indoors in the autumn.

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The mother plant of the Mårbacka pelargonia. Photo ©nini.tjader.2019

The motherplant has woken too. I need to cut it down soon and make more cuttings from it. It is growing high. Presently it is 65 cm high from earth up.

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Bontrosai pelargonia. Photo: ©ninitjader.2019

The Bontrosai pelargonia – which originally, a year ago, was the top of Ulla’s Bontrosai  –  is ridiculously high, 75 cm from earth up. It too needs to be cut down, get a new pot, and get siblings. Any day now. I have waited for the daylight to increase.

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Snowdrop, 2019-02-17. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

The first springflower, a snowdrop appeared a week ago. I have seen the leafs of the crocus coming too, but so far no flowers. But soon.

I long for the real spring, warmth, more light, no frost…

At the gym. 2019-02-04.

Meanwhile when waiting for warmer weather I go 3 times a week to the gym. Above my gym group on February 4th 2019. Till in the middle with Anette our trainer had birthday that day.

Present knitting, a greenish cardigan. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

And I knit (will return to more about that another day). Presently a multi-coloured cardigan from top to bottom. First sleeve almost don, second to follow.

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Bought on fair. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

I also visited the Sy- & Hantverksmässan, also called Syfestivalen, on Februari 15th with friend Ulla. I visit this fair whenever it occurs, which is twice a year. The above is what I got this time. The five balls of Opal yarn I won at a contest on the homepage of the fair. The six red skeins will become a simpla sweater when I am done with the cardigan above. This time from a Norwegian pattern that I bought on Ravelry. Looking forward to start it… I try not to knit more than one thing at the time and never start the next project until the one I am working on is done.

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Yarn and pattern. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

And meanwhile the jungle in the kitchenwindows is still there.

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In the kitchen, 2019-01-27. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019
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Blackbirds

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Blackbird on the bow surveing the neighborhood. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2019

Across the road in the tree I see from my outside place and the livingroom the blackbirds sit daytime. I feed them during winter and have done so for several years. They always come back. They are fun to look at. I recently stopped feeding them as a mice had discovered their feed and I want to get rid of that. But the below are the visitors this winter. They normally were 6 in numbers but occasionally they were 13 at the same time.

Today 2 of them were back again since I stopped feeding them. They have to find food elsewhere from now on. The blackbird restaurant is now closed for the season.

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