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Icy walk in the woods

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Icy walk in the woods. Photo:©nini.tjader.2018

An icy walk in the woods

Day before yesterday, neighbour and I took an icy walk in the woods. The intention was to walk around the two dams we have here in Tumba, the big one and the smaller one. This path is popular for skiers in the winter when it is snow-covered, for walkers and runners when snow-free.

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Pinetrees. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

Snow was more or less gone among the trees.

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Icy road. Photo:©nini.tjader.2018

The roads were covered with ice… You had to be very careful and keep to the sides of the road so you wouldn’t slip and fall and slide down the slope.

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By the big dam. Neighbour Gullis on the other side. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

We finally made it down to the big dam by small steps and carefully moving in order not to slip. By the dam and the road there, there is a fence you could hold on to. The fall from the big dam was all ice too.

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The Big Dam in Tumba. Photo: ©ninoi.tjader.2018

The big dam was still ice-covered.

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Waterfall from the Big Dam. Photo:©nini.tjader.2018

The above is the waterfall from the Big Dam. All icy but water still streamed strongly there. A couple of weeks more and ice will probably be gone.

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Ice on the Big Dam. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2018

The ice is now melting and dangerous if somebody would risk to try to walk in it. There were signs of walking on the ice. I would never… Some years ago an elk drowned here when it went through the ice. But the ice is melting close to the shore and where the waterfall is under the tree-bridge.

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The Big dam with ice. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

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Unreliable ice on the Big Dam. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

When we passed here there was a cyclist from the other direction with very thick wheels on his bike. He somehow managed to pass and get up the slope with his bike.

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Resting place by the Big Dam. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

This corner of the Big Dam later in spring is a mating place for frogs and the water then is full of frogs, the path also full of frogs passing from the below the waterfall up to the dam. And the dam itself for a while is filled with frogs and baby-frogs. Just now the path is slippery with ice, then it will be frogs instead…

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The small dam. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

We made it all the way to the smaller dam too. At this time of the year you can actually see it as the trees and bushes have no leaves. Later on it disappears behind the greenery.

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The Small Dam. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The ice looked thicker at the small dam. And its’ waterfall for transport of the water further down the slope was blocked by tree-branches.

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The waterfall from the small dam. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The waterfall from the small dam was more icy and less water than the one from the big dam. It is unnerving to take photos from above at these spots. You don’t want to drop your mobile here…

Not far from here there is a way out of the woods, down to the main road. We opted to leave the woods here as the remaining path we usually take is in shadier parts of the woods and therefore probably even more icy and slippery. We were pretty fed up of the slipping on ice by this time.

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Icy roadside. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

By the roadside there were ice-falls from the slope above. That’s what happens when the snow melts and then freezes again. Reasonably warm daytime, freezing at nights.

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Ice by the roadside. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2018

The icy roadside is pretty interesting and beautiful I think. Last years growth still stand up through the ice.

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Ice by the roadside. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

I’ve always been fascinated by the icefalls you see by the roadside at this time of year.

When we were home again after approximately 10500 steps, we saw the first tussilago by the lawn in our garden. Despite all the ice out there, it now must be spring… right?

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The first tussilago. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

Posted by nini in Nature, spring, Various, winter, 0 comments

Hans Grosin, Hanseman, January 1945 – November 2017

 

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Hans Grosin. Picture borrowed from his FaceBook page.

Hans Grosin, called Hanseman in our youth,  was born on January 1945 and died on November 13th 2017.

On Dec 22nd 2017 I read the morning-paper and found a memorial text about my old friend Hans Grosin. On further investigation (Google and the Internet) I found out that he passed away on November 13th 2017. A year and some days since our mutual friend Elge passed away. The memorial text (in Swedish) was about his professional life as a psychotherapist and his house on Gotland (Swedish island).

On our last communication (via FaceBook Messenger on October 14th, 2017) he said, among other things, that he was missing Elge. And that he got tired and had problems breathing just by sitting down. He mentioned his lack of fitness also sometime in the summer and I recommended him to get more exercise. I don’t know what caused his death, but apparently he had health problems.

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Hans, Ninna and Elge, 1964. Photo: ©nini.tjader.1964

Hans and I were never very tight. At first he was the close friend of Elge, which then was my boyfriend, and then the boyfriend of Ninna, which then was my closest girl-friend and later became the girlfriend of Elge after she and Hans separated. Complicated to say the least. Hans and I had a very shortlived fling some time there when our respective boyfriend/girlfriend left us for each other. It didn’t last though, but we remained friends.

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Elge and Hans, Februari 1963 on the beach in Israel. Photo: ©nini.tjader.1963

In January-February 1963, all four of us, Elge, Hans, Ninna and I, went to Israel. We went there  by boat and we stayed at House Bankier outside Tel Aviv by the parents of our mutual friend Channa Bankier (who also was there). That house was our basis during the months we stayed in Israel. We went on to a kibbutz (Gvar’am in southern Israel), where we stayed for a couple of weeks, until we decided to leave the kibbutz and the work and hitchhike around in Israel and visit other friends who also were there at various kibbutzim at that specific time. We then split up in pairs. It was Elge and me, and Ninna and Hans.

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Hans on the beach February 1963. Photo:©nini.tjader.1963

We returned to Sweden some time in the spring of 1963. By that time Ninna and Elge became a couple and Hans and I went different ways.

I’ve been in contact with Hans on and off over the years. Elge and Hans remained friends and had a business together for some time. I spoke with Hans around the time that Ninna died, and later tried to teach him how to use his computer (he was very un-technical) at his home, then again communicated on and off via FaceBook and around the time when Elge died. Actually FaceBook created more communication between us all the last couple of years.

Now he, Hans, too is gone, just like Ninna and Elge. Of us four only I remain. And then a few others of the friends from then. That feels strange. That is the nature of things though when you get older. One by one they disappear.

 

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A New Part of the Commuter Line

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Commuter train inside 2017-07-13. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

A New Part of the Commuter Line has opened

Yesterday I went with the commuter train all the way from Tumba to Odenplan – without having to change trains! I went to visit my old friend Ulla who lives just by the new stations at Odenplan. The new part of the commuter line only opened this Monday, so it is really new (after some eight year of building it).

The line is not all finished though. The new bridges and tunnels at Älvsjö and Årstaberg are not yet taken into service. It is first at Södra Station the train now goes in under the water and under town to the new station Stockholm City that replaces Centralen. No more running through the culvert at Centralen, no more waiting outdoors at Centralen for the commuter trains as they are moved to the new station. Only the regular trains to wherever in the world now stop at Centralen. I went on though to the next new station at Odenplan. I’ll visit Stockholm City station another time.

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Commuter train doors. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

At the new stations there are now sliding doors on the platforms that open where the doors of the commuter trains are only when the train is at the station. Nobody can now enter the rails or fall down on them. Very good.

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Stockholm Odenplan commuter train station. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The station called Stockholm Odenplan is huge, clean, open and really nice. It replaces the station at Karlberg. All the commuter trains pass here.

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Stockholm Odenplan, exit Vanadisvägen. One of the escalators.

I didn’t exit at Odenplan proper but at the other end, exit Vanadisvägen, as that is the closest to Ulla’s (she lives at Västmannagatan).

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Stockholm Odenplan, exit Vanadisvägen. One of the escalators. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

There are three different escalators at the exit to Vanadisvägen… Two of them are really long. This commuter station is deep down in the mountain.

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The last escalator upto Vanadisvägen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

In between the escalators there is a long tunnel, Middle North it is called.

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Stockholm Odenplan, tunnel. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The tunnel between two of the escalators is really long and not as dark as it looks in the picture above (even though that is shot at 21:30 at night on my way home).

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Stockholm Odenplan, exit Vanadisvägen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I like the lighting in the ceiling at the last/first escalator to/from the Stockholm Odenplan exit Vanadisvägen.

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A stepup for the station guards. Stocholm Odenplan. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

At the station there was a stepup… Looks a bit temporary… When I arrived earlier in the day it was used by the platform guards who controlled the doors from the station to the commuter trains with a remote. Or whatever it was that they controlled… By stepping up, they got a better overview of the station.

I will visit Stockholm City commuter train station another time, and I will also have a look at how the Stockholm Odenplan station looks like above ground.

I like the new stations. I also like not having to get off at Centralen and switch to the subway after passing through the long tunnel there when I visit Ulla near Odenplan. The trip between Stockholm City and Stockholm Odenplan was just a couple of minutes. It was a very smooth journey. Even though trains were delayed when I went home because of problems on the line north of town… One of the reasons for the new line under town though is that the commuter trains and the regular trains no longer compete for the rails through town which should make trainrides through Stockholm smoother for everyone.

The new stations are really nice.

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Squirrel in the garden

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Squirrel eating birdfood. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

We suddenly got a squirrel in the garden.
A hungry squirrel.

He/she (?) loves that birdfood that has fallen to the ground. So far it has not managed to get up on the bird-feeder, and probably won’t. The bird-feeders are put on iron rods that are not climbing-friendly.
The birds tolerate the squirrel. They just move a bit to the side, or eat above him from the feeder. The squirrel only eats pealed sunflower seeds. The seeds from other, larger, bird-feeder has so far not been of interest. Here it is also close to the fence for escape. Probably feels more secure.

I haven’t seen one single squirrel before since I moved here in November 2009. Until this year. One I saw about two weeks ago on my way home from the gym. This is the second one. It appeared a couple of days ago. Very cute.

We just hope the cats won’t hunt it across the road in the traffic and every body getting hurt in the process. I doubt they would be able to catch it though. Also have to keep a closer watch on my open door so it won’t go inside… not that I think it will, but…

Here are some more shots I managed to take. If I get too close it runs off. Each time I approached it it has become easier to get close to it. Reload page for images to sort differently. Click a miniature image to see a larger version.

What happened to the squirrel?

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Squirrel in the garden. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

The squirrel was last seen on June 4th. A day or two later Gustav, my neighbours cat, chased it up into the nearest birch tree. It hasn’t been seen since.

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Squirrel in the garden, on the fence. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

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Oops! Didn’t mean to take this long a brake from blogging here…

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Crocus with bee, 19th March 2017. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Oops! I didn’t mean to take this long a brake from blogging here… Time sometimes flies faster than you realise.

Meanwhile I was caught in between various activities. Spring finally has arrived and all the snow is gone. For the moment at least. It snowed this night again but snow is now gone again. That’s normal for the season.

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Larvae Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

Both the bees and the larvae are waking up as well as the spring flowers. The soil has thawed (more or less) and spring-cleaning of the garden has begun. Too early yet to dig or plant anything, but soon…

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Gustav asleep. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Gustav the cat, my neighbours male cat, turned 12 on the 20th of March. He still visits me almost daily if he finds the door to the garden open. May he yet last many years to come.

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Garden-boots. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The bench against the warmest wall in the garden is in place again and the neighbour and I and the cats can sit there when weather allows and have coffee and just enjoy the sunshine.

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Knitting. Photo: ©nini,tjader.2017

I have taken up knitting again and again enjoy it. Presently only re-using old yarns from old sweaters that have been unravelled. Had forgotten how much I used to enjoy knitting. And crocheting.

I am also presently participating in an Instagram photochallenge called #fotoutmaningmars2017. It is fun. We have one word or phrase a day during March to interpret with an image and post on Instagram. You do not have to participate every day, but it is a challenge to do so and I really enjoy it. My identity on Instagram is @ninitj. You can also see my latest postings on Instagram in the column to the right if you are interested.

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Will be tomatoes? Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

I’ve also been busy sowing all kinds of things. Despite that I said that I would not buy any seeds or sow any seeds again… I’ve usually no luck with sowing seeds.

But here I go again … The above will be (if it succeeds) tomatoes of 4 different kinds. Three different ones in the pink box, and another under the plastic. Those in the box is an experiment with seeds from sliced tomatoes from the grocery store. We will see…

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White geraniums. Photo: ©nini,tjader.2017

Now is also the season to tend to your indoor plants and particularly the geraniums. I cut down my only remaining white geranium, which resulted into 8 cuttings, which I planted 2 in each pot. The mother-plant is now smaller and got new soil in a new pot. With a bit of luck I will get 5 healthy white geraniums to move outside when it gets warmer in a couple of months.

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Fragranced geranium. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The fragranced geranium which I had as a cutting in a vase for a long time over winter, also survived being planted in its own pot a couple of weeks ago. Originally those cuttings were two, with lots of roots in the vase. One survived being planted, the other one died.

I’ve also knitted two pairs of socks.… That was what awakened my re-born interest in knitting. Then there was one pair of fingerless mittens. And one pillow-case.

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Hand-knitted socks. Photo.: ©nini.tjader.2017

All is well. Spring is here. Summer-time starts on Sunday.
I will not have such a long brake in blogging again… unless I get extremely busy with other things.  But I will always be back. That I promise.

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They call this “art” and sell it

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Ylva Skarp “art” lightboxes by IKEA. Screendump from image at livethemma.ikea.se

IKEA just announced these lightboxes with “art” by Ylva Skarp on a foil attached to the lightboxes. Price SEK 1295/approximately USD 145. The product is called FLOALT. Ylva Skarp and her images are popular in certain interior design circles and you often find her images in featured interiors. 

Personally I don’t call this “art” or “calligraphy” which some do. Personally I would never pay SEK 1295 to IKEA for a lightbox with her images. Would you? I’ve always found her imagery overrated.

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Images and “art” by Karolina Palmer. Screenshot from Leva&Bo.

The above “art”-images are sold via Leva & Bo, a magazine from one of Swedens daily newspapers. They are posters and art-cards and even pillow-cases. They are created by Karolina Palmer. Apparently they are very popular? I fail to understand why… How can images like these be called “art”? They look like something your child (or your friends child) would have created. And mass-produced to sell via the magazine. I would never pay for them. Nor would I ever put them on my walls at home.

Of course taste differs between different people, but some things that are sold as art, really shouldn’t be called art…. In my opinion.

I actually love art and am a real image-nerd, but these ones? No, thanks.

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Nothing new under the sun…

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Picture from Fermliving.

I today read about the new collection from FERMLIVING in a few of the blogs I follow. One of the items that caught my eye were the saucers in the above and the below pictures.

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Image from Fermliving.

I thought: wait a minute. Aren’t those very much alike the old saucers I have in my cupboard that I inherited from my parents/grandparents?

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Image from Fermliving.

I also thought: What is new about these ones, this model? Haven’t we seen them before? Or at least very similar models? These cost €34 a piece and are not yet in stock at Fermliving.

The ones I inherited, see below, are often seen at stores that sell used goods, like the Salvation Army store for instance. Then at a price of about SEK25 a piece. I still have seven of them left. You might be able to get more of the same model at the Salvation Army store…

Nothing new under the sun, right?

Below are my old saucers. Not the same, but similar in model and look. Mine have a handle and are probably not dishwasher safe. We used them for deserts when I was little.

Reload page to sort the images differently. Click on an image for a larger view. Photos below ©nini.tjader.2017

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Hangups over the door

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Hangup in the entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

We always need hangups, that is, somewhere to hang stuff, don’t we? When you have limited space for hanging things, use your doors where it is possible.

I have a very small entrance hallway. Except for the entrance door it has one door to my storage room. On that door I use an over-the-door hang up thing for jackets and bags and such that I use frequently. Also my guests hang their coats and such on this hanger as there is no space for anything else for this. This particular one I bought at Lagerhaus long ago. I like its colorful heads. No longer sold, but there are similar ones around.

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Hang ups over the door. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

On that very same door I use both sides for hanging things. On its inside I have two small over-the-door hangers.

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Hang ups over the door. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Both hangers are used for bags for recycling purposes. They hang on the inside of the door to my storage room so you don’t see them unless you open the door. The one to the left is used for bulbs and batteries, the one to the right for plastic bottles to be returned to the store after use. A plastic bag with various paint brushes alos hangs there at the moment. It is always hard to find space for all that recycling one does nowadays. Hang them on hooks over the door works when content isn’t heavy.

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Hang up on the bathroom door. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I also use the door to the bathroom for over-the-door hangers. Here I only use the inside of the door, in the bathroom. There isn’t really anywhere in the bathroom to hang things, except for one single hook on the wall and smallish hooks for towels and then the towel-dryer. I need somewhere to hang my bathrobes and some other clothes. One of Ikeas over-the-door hangers solved that. When I bought it they only sold them in grayish metal. Nowadays you can also get them in white.

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Over-the-door hangers. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Except for the entrance door, I only have three doors inside the flat (not counting the sliding doors to the bedroom or the door to the patio). I only use two of them for over-the-door hangups, the one to the bathroom and both sides of the door to the storage room. I could use the inside of the door to the walk-in-closet, but presently have no need for it. Nowadays you can even find mirrors done for hanging over the door.

So, when there is no other solution for hanging things, use your doors.

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The globe got a new home

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The globe in pieces Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I’ve always been fascinated by maps and lighted globes. Two years ago I went with my neighbor to her former husbands sister to help clean some stuff out. I then saw this globe and wondered if that was something she wanted to keep or not, but never had the opportunity to ask her then. Last week we were there again and I had the chance to ask her. And she said I could have it. Brought it home on Sunday. The globe got a new home.

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Dis-assembled globe. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

As the electric cord was yellowish and the wall-connection of an old model that doesn’t fit in my electric wall-mounts, I knew I had to exchange the electrics in it if I wanted it lighted. The foot is wood and the holder for the globe is metal.

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Parts of the globe. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

After googling how to disassemble and change lamp in a globe, I managed to disassemble it. I then had to go to the store and buy a new cord and a new LED-lamp for the globe. It got a 15W/140 lm cool white LED lamp. And a new cord with a button for on and off light that had a connector that fits into my wall-mounts.

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The globe with new electric cord. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

After cleaning every part of the globe and assembling it with the new electrics, I tested that I could turn on the light, and I could. The globe was then put in place again and I turned it on with the globe on.

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The globe with the light turned on. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Then remained to find a place where to put it.

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The globe in the bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I’ve placed the globe in the bedroom on top of my tower of two smallish chests of drawers after some re-organizing of other stuff. It is connected to the electric outlet that has a timer, so how it looks lighted there, I will only see tonight.

What I do see though is that I have to change the curtain there to something less colorful. It is a bit much with the globe in front of this colorful curtain.

The globe has got a new home and after cleaning all its parts (except the inside of the globe), it now almost doesn’t smell of cigarette-smoke any longer.

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The globe by the bedroom-window. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

 

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Adobe Bridge and El Capitain

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If you like me are using Adobe Bridge to import images from camera or smartphone AND has updated to Mac OS X 10.11.x El Capitain, then there is something you need to know. Importing from iPhones and iPads and certain cameras doesn’t work if you choose “Get Photos from Camera…”. Adobe Bridge doesn’t “see” the devices and says that there isn’t any device connected if you choose “Get Photos from Camera…”.

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If you use Get Photos from Camera in El Capitain

According to Adobe: On Mac OS 10.11, Bridge CC does not recognize the following types of devices:

  • Devices (such as cameras or Android-based devices) connected in PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) or MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) mode
  • iDevices such as iPad or iPhone

Instead of choosing “Get Photos from Camera…” you should choose “Import from Device…” to import your images.

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Bridge “Import from Device”

You will not get all the options with this choice as you do with “Get Photos from Camera…”, but at least you can import your images from those devices (smart phones, iPads and certain cameras) that are not supported by Adobe Bridge in El Capitain.

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Import from Device in Adobe Bridge

If Bridge is pointing to a folder you have earlier imported to, it shows which images are in that folder. If you don’t want to import to that folder again, you click on the Import To: at the bottom of the window and choose which existing folder to import to or you create a new folder as destination by choosing “Other…”.

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Import To

You can either Download All or choose by clicking on the images which ones to import and choose Download. Then you can use Adobe Bridge as usual by pointing to the folder you want Bridge to manage.

Bridge and “Import from Device…” uses the application Image Capture to import from device. It is just a faster way of doing it if you are already in Adobe Bridge.

This is a temporary situation. Adobe is working on solving it. It is solved in other Adobe applications so, one of these days…

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Adobe Bridge

Here is Adobes own explanation.

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A visit to Millesgården

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Lemontree at Millesgården. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Last Wednesday Ulla and I visited Millesgården. Both the special exhibition of Josef Franks patterns, textiles, furniture and aquarelles and the park with it sculptures and the home of the sculptor Carl MIlles which used it as his and his wifes summerhouse.

It was a perfect day for visiting. Sunny, blue skies and just the right temperature outside. This time of the year the estate and its sculpture garden is also at its nicest with all the plants and pots with Mediterranean plants.

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Between the steps. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

In between the stonesteps in the garden were planted this nice little plant, called “murreva” in Swedish, or Cymbalaria Muralis in Latin. It was everywhere between the heavy stonesteps at Millesgården.

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Millesgården, Europa & the Bull

The first thing you see when you enter the sculpture park at Millesgården is the pool with the sculpture called Europa and the Bull. And then the view out over the water.

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Europa and the Bull at Millesgården. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I’ve always been fascinated by sculptures. For some reason I have only visit Millesgården once when I was in school, long ago… Didn’t enjoy it then. Though who does as a school-child?

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Millesgården, Europa and the Bull pool. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

One of the most famous sculpture here is the one of Poseidon, which also can be found in Gothenburg.

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Poseidon at Millesgården. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Here are some more pictures from our visit. Doubleclick an image to see a larger version, reload the web-page to sort them in a different order, hover over an image to (eventually) get an explanation of it.

We also visited Anne’s house at Millesgården. There the interior had furniture and patterns of Josef Frank. Very contemporary.

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Anne’s house at Millesgården. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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Anne’s house at Millesgården. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

And of course we also had a “fika” at the much too expensive restaurant almost at the top of the garden. The prices were ridiculous there, as in almost all places where you have no choice of other less expensive restaurants.

The birds in the surroundings also got their share when guests left their tables…

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The flat where I grew up

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Brännkyrkagatan 44, the entrance. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I grew up at Brännkyrkagatan 44, 2nd floor, Stockholm.

It was a one bedroom flat with a hallway, livingroom, entrance,kitchen and diner corner. More about it here including some pictures.

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Brännkyrkagatan 44, 2nd floor. Drawing with Adobe Illustrator CC2015 ©nini.tjader.2016

I don’t have all that many pictures from this flat, only a few presently, but I will add more to that page in the link if and when I find more.

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Brännkyrkagatan. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

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Bye bye Samsung, welcome back HP

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My new HP printer. PHoto: ©nini.tjader.2015

My printer problems continued. I had to say bye-bye to the Samsung printer and got myself a HP printer instead.

The new Samsung SL-C480 color laser printer turned out to be less than compatible with Macintosh and Mac OS X 10.11.2 (my iMac) and 10.10.5 (my MacBook Pro). I installed and deinstalled, I downloaded new drivers directly from Samsung in exchange for those on the install CD. Nothing helped. Once in the blue moon the printer printed one single page. Normally it just printed gibberish. It couldn’t even print a pdf.

The newest drivers available from Samsung were released before Mac Os X 10.11 El Capitan was released. So of course they were not all that compatible. Apart form that it lacked a file it said when trying to install it. After trying to make it work for about a month, I gave up. Installing drivers and getting a printer to function shouldn’t be that difficult. And in this case, impossible. It was good at making color copies, but I really needed to print now and then.

So about two weeks ago I asked my neighbor to take me and the printer back to Netonnet to return the printer and get another one. Was a bit anxious if they would accept the exchange or not as the free 30 day return-period was passed with about 13 days. But to my relief they did accept to take it back when I explained it wasn’t compatible with my Macs (or the iPad or the iPhone either for that matter).

My choice for a new printer was between an HP LaserJet Pro 200 M277dw and a Brother DCP-9020CDW. As I had/have no experience with Brother printers, the choice fell on the HP. I have used HP printers for many years and never really had any problems with them. Both the above are sold at the same price at Netonnet (SEK 2.990) and cost SEK500 more than the Samsung I returned.

The HP printer was (and is) a totally pleasant and good experience from the very first moment. The installation was smooth, fast and easy and HP has drivers for the latest Macintosh OS. Everything just worked from the start. Both on the iMac, the MacBook Pro and the ePrint from the iPhone and the iPad. I am happy. I can finally print – even from the sofa from the iPad. Haven’t tested the copier yet, or the fax (don’t know where to connect it presently – have to find a vacant phoneline for it) or the doublesided printing, or the print from anywhere, or the scanning – but I will, soon. The most important thing was to be able to print. It has all the functions I want, including wifi-printing and much more. The HP toners are expensive, but so are the other firms toners too. May the printer last a long time.

I am happy. I can print again. And I can recommend this HP printer.

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My new HP printer. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

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The kitchen wall is finally done

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Kitchen wall, before. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I today finally fixed my kitchen wall. At the beginning of the summer we (I and my neighbor) bought two reinforcing bars. The intended use was to be trellis. One for the rosebush, and one for my neighbors clematis. I put up the one for the rose. My neighbor regretted the buy and didn’t want it any longer. So I bought it from her. Thinking that it would be perfect to put onto the wall in the kitchen to hold various small things.

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Kitchen wall, before. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2015

It has been standing there in the kitchen ever since, waiting to be put onto the wall. Today I finally put it up. This is the result.

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Kitchenwall, after. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I got some decorative clothes-pins for hanging things with onto the bars.

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Clothes pins. Photo:©nini.tjader.2015

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Also had to slightly re-arrange the plates on the wall and some of the other things. i’m quite pleased with it. This part of the wall is pretty damaged with holes from pins and other things that have previously hung on the wall. Those marks became much more invisible with this solution.

Next time I’ll do something to the kitchen-walls will probably be to give them new wallpaper, or paint them. That will have to wait until I can afford it.

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Kitchenwall, after. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

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