The Green Wall

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The Green Wall Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The green wall is up.
Now is the season where all the greens take on the same color. The green wall will still get somewhat deeper green.
The trees across the road (with a small stream at its feet) become impenetrable and hide what is behind them.
Though I know there is a daycare home behind them and plenty of large villas. Those I only see during winter when the leaves have fallen off the trees. This time of the year until autumn it is a green wall of leaves.

In a British TV-show I watch on and off, Escape to the Country, about people seeking new homes in the country-side, people often refuse homes near to the woods or lots of trees. As if they are afraid of the trees… Odd.

I love this green wall. This is where all the birds come from that eat at my feeder. This is also where the frogs, toads, snakes, rats, mice, hedgehogs and squirrels come from.

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Clover. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I also have a green carpet of clover. In lack of good grass there is the clover. When it gets too high I move that too, together with the grass. This year with the very dry spring the grass is not really green and it grows slowly. But the clover grows and spread.

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Clover for luck. Photp: ©nini.tjader.2017

If you look closely into the clover you will find your lucky clover with 4 leaves. Above there are four stems with four leaves and one with five. Most clover have just three leaves.

Talking about greenery… Recently I found a hazelnut with roots in one of the flowerbeds. And two small leaves on it. First placed it in a glass of water. Then planted it in a small flower-pot. It stands on the table on the patio. And it grows. Should I plant it somewhere and get a hazel bush? Can it survive indoors as a house-plant? It was planted by the birds.

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Ladybug on honeysuckle. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Not only the greenery attacks presently. So does the bugs and the lice… It keeps the ladybugs busy and happy. Looks disgusting, but it doesn’t really harm the plants.

And the green or black lice… The green lice are on the rosebush, the black on the digitalis and the hollyhocks and the elder bushes. I’ll spare you pictures of those…

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Climbing hydrangea. Also a green wall. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

The climbing hydrangea on the backside of the plank of the patio now covers almost the entire plank creating a green wall there. After five (5) years, it now blooms for the first time ever. Three flowers… Could have been four, but one froze one of those very cold days/nights in May.

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Flower on the climbing hydrangea. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I wish there will be more flowers next year. It is nevertheless a green wall, which was the intention when planting these two hydrangea plants. Nothing else likes this location. Too shady, facing north.

Everything grows presently (provided it gets water) and gets larger and larger for each day. And it grows fast. Our garden might be wild and look slightly overgrown, but that is the look I like.

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Digitalis and hollyhocks. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

 

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New flowerbed

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New flowerbed has been added along the fence, June 2017. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

New flowerbed has been created.

Late last year we created two new flowerbeds along the fence, That turned out well. Already then we thought we might create a third flowerbed, as there were enough space for it and it looks nice with plants along the fence. Just looking at the fence isn’t all that exciting. Both I and my neighbour can see those flowerbeds from our flats. So last week I started digging.

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Digging for new flowerbed. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

The worst with digging for a new flowerbed is to get the grass off. That is hard work.

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New flowerbed. Digging done. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Next step was to create a border around the new flowerbed and to add fresh nourishment and earth.

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New flowerbed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

To create the border around the flowerbed was no problem as we had collected quite a lot of nice round stones for this purpose not that long ago. We had to go buy fresh earth though. Nourishment (earth with cow-dung) we had half a sack so that was added first. Then the fresh soil. And then plants.

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Plants to be moved. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The next step was to decide which plants to have in the new flowerbed. Two of our alumroots/heuchera had long begged to be moved to a place where they would get more space to grow. They com ein a lot of colors and we have four of them in different colors. Two of them had so far grown just to the right of the lambsears (above). So those two I dug up and moved to the new flowerbed. You see the green one at the back and a purple green one at the front in the picture above. Now the lamb’s ears can spread even more…

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The heuchera gone from the flowerbed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

It looks perfectly normal without the heuchera here in this flowerbed.

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Heuchera before it was moved. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The above purple alumroot/heuchera also needed to be moved as it was slowly disappearing under the hosta at its side. so I dug that up as well.

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Alumroot removed from the flowerbed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

After the third heuchera was dug up I added some stones at the backside of the flowerbed and some sticks in it as there are plenty of bulbs for springflowers in the ground and I don’t want the cats to dig them up. I also dug up some of the anemone sylvestris that had spread to that same area and moved them as well to the new flowerbed. I also dug up some Japanese anemones (anemone hupehensis) that had disappeared under the largest hosta outside the patio where it would get no light.

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The new flowerbed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

When the planting was done and watering too it looked like in the picture above. The sad plants top the left are  the Japanese anemones. There is space left top the right of them as they have a tendency to spread out if they like the place where they grow. They didn’t like being moved though and leaves immediately wilted. 

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The new flowerb3e3d 2017-06-14. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

One of the alumroots also hung at first after being replanted. It has recovered since though and today looks just as fine as the other two alumroots. The Japanese anemones look very sad though but I think they are still alive. Keeping an eye on them… I will have to cut off the leaves I think, but I will wait a few more days before I do. It might help them recover though.

Three flowerbeds along the fence.

So, now there are three flowerbeds along the fence. Much nicer to look at than just the fence and the grass. The two we created last year are coming along just fine and looks like in the pictures below. All plants in them have been moved from the long flowerbed along the wall of the house, which got too crowded over the years.

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One of the flowerbeds along the fence. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

This one (called number two…) got some new plants this spring, to the left of the left astilbe.

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Flowerbed number two. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I added two ajuga reptans (with nice blue flowers) that creeps along the earth and spreads. Have to keep an eye on those so they don’t take over the entire flowerbed. If it grows too much, I’ll move some of it to another location. I also added two other plants with yellow flowers which are low and can stand dry and poor circumstance. They have flowers now, but not the entire season.

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Flowerbed number one along the fence. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

In flowerbed number one (closest to my flat) the plants are coming along fine as well. They have grown a lot the last couple of days and have changed quite a lot since I shot this picture. The three green plants at the upper right will become quite tall later in the season. They just now started growing.

Otherwise… everything is growing with an amazing speed and all is green and lush. I love this season. Summer is here.

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Summergarde, 2017-06-17. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

 

 

 

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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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My outside place

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Part of my outside place 2017-05-28. Photo: ©nini,tjader.2017

My outside place can finally be used. The warmth arrived and plants could go outside and everything be arranged.

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My outside place 2017-05-20. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

My outside place faces west from the wall and south from its entrance from the garden. It gets very hot there in the afternoon. On sunny days it is sunny the whole afternoon until evening when sun disappears behind the higher ground on the other side of the road.

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My outside place from the entrance. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The floors in my outside place are of concrete and not that pleasant to walk on barefoot so I have two outdoor carpets, plastic, on the floor. I think they are already on their third year so they have lasted fine through rain and lousy weather. I take them in over the winter, before the snows begin.

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Part of my outside place. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Just outside the door I have this black wooden bench – which has cushions when weather permits – which I bought at Ikea the very first spring I lived in this flat, 2010. It is placed toward the wall and has cover from the upstairs neighbours balcony when it rains. Convenient… 

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Pots Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The top of the sofa has a small ledge where I can place various pots when needed. The naked plant in the middle of the picture is my ginkgo biloba plant… I am still unsure if it still is alive or not. Meanwhile it lives outdoors on the top of the sofa where it is warm and it gets as much light as possible. Still waiting for it to come alive again… it might, they say. To the left of it is a fragranced pelargonia from last year that survived the winter indoors. To the left of that a bought tomato-plant. I gave up on growing tomatoes from seed… At the right are seed-sown sweet peas that are coming along just fine. They will be planted in my large pot in the corner of the outside place when I get the plant they will live together with. That plant is still not available in shops. Too early yet.

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Hanging plants at my outside place. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

Just at the entrance from the garden to my outside place I’ve hung two pots on the railing. The one to the left is a red basil, the one to the right is a lavender. Just inside are white and red “stjärnöga”, Osteospermum. They last and bloom until the first frost some time in October if you frequently cut off flowers that are done.

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Pots on the table. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

On the table in my outside place I have two pots. The one to the left is a rosemary, which has bloomed also indoors for a long time by now. I keep cutting it, as I use it with oven-baked cleft potatoes regularly.  The one to the right is a myrtle. It has buds, but I am still waiting for it to bloom. Bought it at the garden fair this spring and it has been indoors until recently.

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Part of my outside place.Photop: ©nini.tjader.2017

This corner of my outside place isn’t quite ready yet. The large black pot still have to get its plants. I am waiting for the climbing cobea to arrive in stores. It will live there in the corner and grow upwards on the trellis on the wall (it can grow upto 3 meters in one season). I haven’t had a cobea for the last two years. It is time for it again. It will live together with the seed-grown sweet peas that are ready for planting. My olivetree is outdoors as well now. You see it on the right in this picture.

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Australian wild pelargonia. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

On the high wall at the outside place hangs an Australian wild pelargonia which I bought at the garden-fair this spring. I will get whitish-pink flowers later on that smell like candy. I have never succeeded to save one of these over winter indoors so have bought a new one each year. Might try again. Oh. I got myself a wind-chime to hang outside. Got it from Ikea. I like the sound of it.

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Plant under umbrella. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I recently moved my figtree outdoors to the outside place. For the first couple of days I let it live under the umbrella, to protect it from the strong spring sun. Didn’t want to do the same mistake I did last year when the strong spring sun burned some of the leaves and made them fall off.

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The figtree on my outside place. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

The figtree is now out from under the umbrella. Haven’t seen any sun-damage so far even though the sun has been pretty strong the last week.

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My outside place from outside. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Along the railing of my outside place are three boxes with three bright red pelargonias in each one of them. As I live on the groundfloor I can have the boxes on the outside and even water them from the outside. Very convenient.

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The olivetree. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

My olivetree – which used to be small and compact… – has also moved outdoors and seems to like it. It is no longer small an compact. I cut off all dead parts of it in the spring, but not the long new ones. Still hesitating if to cut it more or not.

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Poppies. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

Just outside the outside place the poppies have started to bloom. Just yesterday I removed a lot of poppies as they spread a bit too much. They are nice, but I won’t let them spread too much. Hard to take photos of though because it was a bit windy just then.

The day before yesterday friend Ulla and I spent some time on the outside place eating home-made (by me) frozen strawberry cheesecake with a glass of cold white wine (wine is Inycon, I really recommend it) in the sun.

My favourite season has finally arrived. May there be more days like these this summer.

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Ulla on my outside place. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

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Latest purchases from Ikea

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Mobile holder. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Thought I’d show you my latest purchases from Ikea.

Last time I was at Ikea (about a week ago?) I bought some small items I really didn’t need but couldn’t resist.

The above is a mobile holder of bamboo. The cord for the charger goes out at the bottom middle. Took me some time to find out how to assemble the two pieces… but I managed in the end. There was no instruction. This is not where it will finally stand (on top of a pile of magazines).

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“Lighthouse” for tealights. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I also bought this black tealight stand at the center of the picture (Ikea also has a larger version for large candles). The one to the left I’ve had for many years and it is not from Ikea. The new one is in metal and you simply lift its top to put in a new tealight or to light it. Fell in love with it’s graphic expression and that it is black and in metal. The head to the right of it is of iron and bought somewhere in Greece.

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Hanging holder for tealights. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I also fell in love with this white tealight-holder. Also in metal, with a chain to hang it in a window or outdoors. This is the smaller model. There is a larger one too. I have presently no idea of where I will place it. Will decide that later on.

That’s how it is with Ikea… hard to just pass and not buy anything.

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It is all green now

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All green new table cloth on the kitchentable. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

It is all green now. The kitchentable got a new tablecloth. Not the green I would have wanted, but this is the one I found.

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Green in the kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I also exchanged the chair-pillows for the green ones. Both the tablecloth and the chair-pillows go well with the carpet in the kitchen that also have green stripes (not seen in the picture).

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Tomatoes in the kitchen, 2017-05-11. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The tomatoes are still there. All green, waiting for larger pots, warmer weather, sunshine… The other seedlings I had have either died (most of them) or been put outside (and died there). Next year there will be NO seedlings… (yes, I’ve said that before).

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Frozen garden 2017-05-11. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

It is an extremely cold spring where arctic weather has slipped down over us causing both cold days and ice-cold nights. It has been several mornings now that we wake up to frost and several days where it actually snowed in May… Every time worrying that what grows have taken a hit from the cold. The birds are really hungry as there are too few insects because of the cold weather.

But it is all green outside and I moved the grass yesterday… The weather is supposed to turn this weekend. The arctic winds are supposed to be gone now…

The pelargonias really want to go outside now… They are only outside a few hours daytime if temperature permit. If temperature is below zero they will freeze and die. I really hate having them on the floor in the livingroom to protect them. Patience…

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Pelargonias on the livingroomfloor. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

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New Beginnings

 

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New beginnings with new stems and leaves on my figtree. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

“New Beginnings” is this months theme for the Urban Jungle Bloggers . Just the right theme for this time of the year when talking about the plantworld.

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Part of my figtree. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

At the end of March I decided I had to cut my figtree. Something I have never done before and have no experience with. I decided to cut at least one of the stems that grew straight out and made the plant larger than I wanted it to be. So I cut off that branch and dived it into two pieces after consulting the internet and some plantgroups on FaceBook.

One part of the cut off branch had no leaves and was put directly into soil in a pot with a plastic bag around it. I kept notice of what was up and down of that bit of stem before planting it. It just took a couple of weeks until it produced a small green thing on the stem. I hope that will be a new beginning for that piece of figtree…

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Figtree cutting. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The top part of the cutting I put in a decorative vase with water. All leaves except one soon fell off, but on the cut branch in the water small white growth appeared pretty fast.

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Part of my figtree. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I hope those small, white things that appear on the cutting in the water are new roots?

With a bit of luck I will get two brand new figtrees after cutting off that branch.

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New branches on the figtree. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The new branches and leaves are growing just fine (and fast) on the tree itself.

My figtree is, against all rules, kept indoors over winter, in regular house warmth. I give it extra light by a special plant-lamp. It loses some leaves over winter, but not all. When the branch got cut, it immediately produced two figs… If it is anything like the last time it did that, it will take a couple of months to get ripe and will be almost inedible.

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Figs on my figtree. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Also one of my old cactuses is showing new beginnings. (Reload page to get images to sort in another order, click an image to see a larger version).

Apart form those two new beginnings I am again, against better knowledge, sowing all kinds of seeds. I am usually not very successful in that, but I keep on trying. Those are for outdoor plants though and will be covered in another post later on. Those are tomatoes and some flowers.

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White geranium, cut down. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I cut down my white geranium to get more plants and to give the old one a new beginning. This is the only one I kept indoors over winter as I simply didn’t have space to keep more of them. This kind answers well to get cut down and made more plants from and did so this year as well.

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New beginnings of the white geraniums. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

One of the small cuttings died since I shot this picture, but I will get at least three new white geraniums. These new beginnings will all get their own larger pots when they get big enough and I am sure that they will survive. They live outdoors on the patio over the summer.

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Fragranced geranium. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The above is a fragranced geranium that also is a cutting from last years geraniums. It was two from the beginning, one died. This second one is growing though. The cutting started off in a glass of water where it got lots of roots. Only some time in January did I move them and put them into soil. Then its twin died, but this one survived. It needs more light to grow better. This spring has been poor of light and warmth, but hopefully that changes soon.

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Ginkgo Biloba Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

If the Ginkgo Biloba will get any new beginnings is doubtful though… Since I shot this picture two more leaves have fallen off and it is down to one rather withered leaf. I cannot yet see if the plant is dead or alive.

My oldest and largest aloe vera is very much alive though with lots of babies. Need to remove those, but waiting for warmer weather so I can take it outdoors. It is hard to handle it indoors as it is so big and heavy.

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Aloe Vera with babies. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

(And then there are the tomatoes…)

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New beginnings. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

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Gustav was in a fight

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Gustav 2017-04-22 Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Friday April 21st 2017 in the morning, Gustav, my neighbours male cat, that visits me almost daily, was in a fight.

Gustav was seriously hurt and got bitten over the forehead by “something” with a big mouth. According to the veterinary whatever bit him was probably a fox or a dog, rather than a cat. Or maybe a large cat with a big mouth…  The bite was deep into his scull and nearly touched the scull-bone. Fortunately nothing happened to his eyes.

My neighbour brought him into the animal hospital on Friday to get it throughly checked out. After a wait of about 4 or 5 hours he got checked and it was decided to operate on him on Friday night and keep him over night at the animal hospital. His wounds were sewn and a drainage pipe of some sort was placed through his forehead to make it possible to remove whatever puss that might otherwise collect there. It has to be cleaned 3 times a day. It looks like he has got horns… The drainage pipe will be removed on Wednesday. The stitches on May 2nd.

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Gustav 2017-04-22 Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

When Gustav got home again he was both hungry and thirsty after not having eaten or drunk for 24 hours. He was really hungry and ate with good appetite even though he had some difficulties with the thing around his head that was in the way. Drinking was even more difficult, but got solved by changing to a larger bowl with water all the way up to the edge of it. Gustav didn’t want to go on the litter-box though until late in the evening as he is not used to using the litter-box. He prefers outside, in nature.

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Gustav 2017-04-22. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Gustav is also grounded and not allowed to go out by himself until drainage and stitches are gone. The cat-flap is locked. He just sat there longing to go outside. But no. My neighbour, his owner, will get a leash to take him outside under surveillance.

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Alice 2017-04-22. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

His friend Alice, which lives together with him at my neighbour, was puzzled first by his absence, then by how he was when he came home. At first she kept her distance and just looked at him.

I heard that medication of Gustav went well and he even liked the medicine he got, as well as the cleaning of the drainage tube. Apart from his wounds, he seems alert and just his usual self. Even though he gets irritated by that thing around his head, which he also sleeps with. He looks a bit funny walking with it and gets a bit wobbly by it. Not to mention all the corners he gets stuck at because of it. He is forbidden to jump… but how do you stop a cat form jumping when there is nothing wrong with his body?

Hopefully all goes well and he will be his old self again soon. Here are some more pictures of him. Reload page to get pictures sorted differently. Click on a picture to see larger version.

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Too many plants… it is somewhat crowded

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Plants in the kitchen 2017-04-16. Too crowded. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

There are too many plants everywhere at the moment. It is somewhat crowded. To use the kitchen table for instance, I need to temporarily move various plants and seedlings.

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Crowded with plants. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

I’ve had to move around lots of the plants to be able to use space and light as best I can. Some of the orchids have had to take a step down from the windowsill to other plants that need the light more.

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Crowded with plants. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The kitchen table is occupied by tomato-seedlings and some other seedlings. The tomatoes have been replanted once so far. I keep on taking away new plants that keep coming up. The tomato-seedlings all comes from tomatoes bought in the supermarket. They grow like crazy.

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Plants. PHoto: ©nini.tjader.2017

Some of the seedlings are flowers that will be placed outside when they get bigger and weather permits.

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Wild pelargonia. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

It sits low on a low piedestal. To the right of it you see one of the orchids that I had to move down from the windowsill to get more space there.

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Plants.Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

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Plants. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

And here are some more images of the plants that crowd my kitchentable and the windowsills in my flat presently. Reload page in browser to make images sort differently. Click an image to see a larger version.

Meanwhile outside there is still some snow in a corner and we are waiting for warmer weather. Not around the corner presently though…

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Part of the garden seen through one of the kitchenwindows, 2017-04-16. Photo;: ©nini.tjader.2017

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Neighbouring cats (and dogs)

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Gustav and the neighbours female cat. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Where I live I am surrounded by cats. There are four of them just in my building, all four on the ground floor. There is one dog in the building too, upstairs, Jerry a Jack Russell. We are three flats on the ground floor and three upstairs. I love cats and they normally love me too. So I don’t mind.

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The female cat of my neighbour across the hall. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The neighbour across the hall has two striped cats. One female and one male. They are siblings, brother and sister. They are both extremely friendly and like being stroked and keep on befriending ones legs of you pat them.

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The male cat of one of the neighbours just outside my outside place. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

If you have the door open to the outside place, you have to watch up as both these cats really want to come in and are very curious and friendly. I don’t let them come into my flat. My flat is primarily Gustavs territory.

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Gustav in one of his favourite chairs in my flat. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

One of the neighbouring cats is Gustav, 12, who comes to visit me almost every day. He has his favourite places to sleep in in my place. Two chairs and the sofa. Gustav gets along fairly well with both the striped cats, which are much younger than him. Both like to follow along after Gustav when they are outside.

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Alice and Gustav, spring 2016. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

And there is Alice, my neighbours female cat that lives with Gustav. She is very shy. Took me a couple of years to become friends with her. Now she is fine with me and doesn’t run away when she sees me and she even come into my flat sometimes, if my neighbour goes to visit me, or if there is somebody in her home that she doesn’t like. She then sometime borrows one of the chairs where Gustav use to sleep.

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Alice in Gustavs chair in my flat. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

But beware of Alice if you are any of the other neighbouring cats… She doesn’t like competition and viciously chases other cats away. Particularly female cats. And she is no lapcat, like Gustav, and it is impossible to lift her up.

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Alice at the gate to her outside place. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Alice and Gustav are normally friends and even sleep side by side. But sometimes they chase each other around the garden (or indoors in their own home) and run like crazy (like cats do sometimes). They are both skilled bird- & mouse-killers. That’s nature though. They do not give me gifts of dead mice and birds. They give them to their owner, my neighbour. Grateful for that…

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Gustav and Alice in 2013 in a sunchair at their own outside place. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2013

Cats are fun and lovely to have around. Except for the four cats in my building, there are several others in the neighbourhood.

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Neighbours male cat watching over the neighbourhood. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

PS. I forgot the 2 small dogs that live in the ground-floor flat with own access from outside. They are small and cute and they watch you through their window beside their door when they are home alone and waiting for their owners. They are smaller than the cats in the house…

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Neighbours doggies. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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Livingroom – planning a refurnish

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Part of the livingroom with he corner I plan to refurnish. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

For some time now I’ve been planning a refurnishing of part of the livingroom. That is, moving some furniture around to new locations in the room.

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Part of the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

This is the wall between the door to my outside place and the sliding door to the bedroom.

My plan is to move the low bookcase towards to sliding door to the bedroom, and all the rest to the wall to the right of the bedroom door.

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Part of the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

This, above, is where the two high bookcases in the previous picture would go. The TV and the TV-bench would go to the previous wall, to the left of the low bookcase.  The picture wall would move as well. The chair would go into this corner, in front of the higher book-cases. The pouff on the floor (with a red pillow on) would go elsewhere as well.

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Part of the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The width of the TV-bench is the same as the width of the two high book-cases in the first two images.

The CD-DVD-shelves would stay where they are and the bookcases in the right corner above would be put more straight toward the wall to the right.  They are presently angled.

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Part of the livingroom. Photo: nini.tjader.2017

All the cables for the TV etc. would have to be moved. There is an outlet for them just inside the bedroom, to the left. Only “problem” with that is that I would never be able to close the sliding door to the bedroom with that solution. But I never close that door anyways, so…

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Part of the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

With this solution of the furnishing, the sofa would be towards the TV, and not like now, when you have to lay down in the sofa to watch TV. Nothing bad with that though… The new place for the TV would probably be better for watching TV (and not falling asleep on the sofa).

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Part of the livingroom, my sofa. Photo: ©nini,tjader.2017

What I would do with the small round table beside the chair would still have to be decided.

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Part of the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

That I haven’t started yet with the refurnish is all about how much work that is… I like to have it carefully planned in my head before I start moving around the furniture and cables. To move bookcases you need to empty them first. They are too heavy to move with content in them. AND I would be without TV and internet during the move of all the cables.

I will do this one day in the near future though. I’ll report with pictures when it is done.

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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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My kitchen presently

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My kitchen. Photo ©nini,tjader.2017

This is my kitchen presently, in Februari 2017. I know I have shown it before, but it changes slightly over time, which is why I sometimes come back to it with new pictures. That wall-paper has still not got exchanged…

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My kitchen windows on a sunny morning. Photo ©nini.tjader.2017

My kitchen has the most fantastic light in the mornings if the sun is shining.

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My kitchen windows. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

The kitchen has two windows in an angle. The one to the left faces south, the one to the right faces west. They are perfect for flowers of all kinds.

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In my kitchen. The windows. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

I do not use curtains in the kitchen. Instead I have this now huge philodendron plant which grows along the top of the windows, attached to the curtain-rods. I do not have neighbours or passers by that can look into the kitchen anyway even though I live on the ground floor. I do have blinds in case I need to block out the light for some reason.

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My kitchen.Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The floors are oak parquet (as is the entire flat). The floor is easy to maintain, not as parquet floors used to be when I grew up. Nowadays they are very practical. 

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My kitchen carpet. Photo: ©nini,tjader.2017

As the falt is on the ground floor the floors are pretty cold (if you ask me), so I have carpets everywhere and in the kitchen too. The present carpet is from IKEA and called Ravnsö. I love its colors. It is flat-woven, which is a must when you have chairs to draw out and in from under the table. I had another Ikea carpet before which drove me nuts in that respect.

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My kitchen ceiling lamp. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The ceiling lamp looks like a designerlamp called SEMI, but it isn’t. This one is an old Ikea-lamp that I love which has followed me through several flats by now. As the electric attachments in this flat were different than in my previous flat (more modern), and the kitchen also has a sloping roof and no electric outlet in the roof, I exchanged the electricity in the lamp when I move in here and gave it a longer cord. It was much needed. Because of the sloping roof it also got an extended arm to hang in (not seen in the pictures).

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The kitchen is more or less square and has a nice size. It could have been better planned though when it comes to cupboards, fridge and freezer.

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My kitchen Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

In the corner in the picture above there used to be a regular bottom cupboard, I exchanged its content a couple of yeras ago to drawers instead of shelves. The shelves were impossible down there in that corner. You couldn’t reach anything without first more or less emptying the cupboard. It is also 60 cms deep which made the shelves down there in the corner really hard to be useful. I love those drawers. They were worth the cost.

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My kitchen. Photo ©nini.tjader.2017

I have plenty of cupboards but no real pantry. For a while I used an Ikea Billy bookcase with doors as pantry. When I exahnged the shelves for drawers in the bottom cupboard though the drawers became my pantry for all dry stuff. Those drawers has a lot of space for your dry goods.

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

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My kitchen. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

I’ve got two sinks, both pretty big, 

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The coffebrewer. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

Just beside the sinks is my coffee-brewer. I love its rounded form and that it is bright red. 

The benches are oak-imitation. I would love to change it for something else.

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My kitchen. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

The stove is an Electrolux stove with glass ceramic top. I didn’t want an induction top when I exchanged the stove two years ago as that would have meant that I would have had to exchange several of my pots and pans.

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Just above the stove is the kitchenfan and a spicerack. Only the spices I use the most are kept here, the rest I keep in the cupboard to the left of the fan-cupboard where it is dark.

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

To the right of the stove I keep all those things and tools that are essential when cooking, plus two black bread-boxes and the cutting boards.

The hanging shelf under the cupboard I found a Lidl some years ago. Comes in handy for small stuff.

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

There are more cupboards on the other side of the kitchen.

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My kitchen. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

Here you also look out to my work-corner and the two halls that you pass to come to the kitchen.

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

In the corner there you see the fridge and the freezer. Really small. I would love to have full size fridge and freezer. That would mean though that I would have to remove some cupboards. Heights is also an issue because of the sloping roof.

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My kitchen. Photo ©nini.tjader.2017

On my fridge/freezer.

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The cupboards beside the fridge/freezer. That fake oak-top again.

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My kitchen. PHoto: ©nini.tjader.2017

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Tea, cacao and regular coffee (red tin in the bottom row) are kept on these small shelves from Ikea (not sold any longer).

That wall-paper will be exchanged one day…

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My kitchen. Photo ©nini.tjader.2017

Under the tea-shelves is the Ikea-trolley with all kinds of dry stuff that I didn’t find a logical place for elsewhere. To the right of that is a bookcase with cookery-books, recipes and the like. Presently my former iMac also stands there. Have to empty it and try to sell it. It has a sick graphic card that needs to be changed if it will be possible to use properly. It also isnät compatible with the latest OS.

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The kitchen bookcase. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

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The kitchen bookcase. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

That concludes the kitchen roundtrip.

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My kitchen. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

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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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The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017

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The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017. The entrance exhibition by Jaime Hayon. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017 is now over. I visit this fair every year to see new trends, beautiful furniture and lightings and to get impressions and input on what is to come in the near future when it comes to furniture and light. This year was no exception. I was there.

I visited on the one day that is for the common people, like me. The fair goes on almost the entire week for the pros. One of few fairs where you cannot buy anything unless you are a company. Liberating.

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The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Overall impression was that the furniture is more rounded and stuffed than previous years. There are more colors. There was a lot of blond wood everywhere. There were less office chairs, more regular chairs, less office interiors, more interesting lightings (both in form and expression), more diningtables/conference tables.

This year I managed to visit all three halls and a short visit to the Green room hall. I even sat down for a while in the C hall and listened to an event about trends.

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The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017. Photo: nini.tjader.2017

I took fewer photos this year than I use to. But, I’ll show you the ones I did take. I do not keep track on designers and/or firms or who did what. I just look at how things look and if I like them or find them interesting in one way or the other.

The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017

The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

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