Ahh, it surely was, because we got bathed in sunlight! And the temperatures were not bad either, just above freezing in the sun and below out of it. No wind..... Wonderfull!
That means that the hours around midday our livingroom gets maximum sunlight, so I took advantage of that and started to tank up on those sorely missed D vitamins, while I waited for someone to come and pick up the disabled Mitsubishi from our parkingarea, along with 2 dishevelled children's bicycles, the old lawnmower and a metal bathtub. He never showed up or was heard of. I hate it, when people do that.... but I caught a good deal of rays!
|You have been warned!!!|
The shadow is a candle standing on the table...
and you can see the effects of eating grain again... damn.
But the day started out well before that.
While we were doing dishes my wife caught a movement between the trees in our backyard. It was a bird. The same colour as a thrush, but bigger.... and thrushes will not be here for another 2-3 months. She mentioned it to me and as we stood there looking out there came a bird, wafting through the trees, ever closer and I recognised the shape..... It came right up to within 2 meters of the window and as it turned, it turned its underside towards us, which caught the sunlight and we saw the sandy/black mottled underside of a peregrine falcon! Must have been a young one, since it was not completely white yet...
I am always thrilled by a sight like that.
|Now this is what winter should be like!|
25-30cm of snow, clear skies, frost and sunshine!
|The 2 tracks visible are the hares we scared.|
|something didn't make it...|
|To me this is as Swedish as it can possibly get!!|
It was a large amount of wood. Piles up to 6 meters high and 20-30 meters long.... on both sides of a path. That had to be a large area
they came from and as we walked on we saw that area..... And I was right... Yet the area was not completely clear cut. There were still trees standing among the large heaps of debris, branches and leftover wood. If this is left here in spring I will go ask the owner of the land if I can take the stems.
We moved on, crossing the cut area and entering another, previously cut area. Here the underlaying brush made the snow even deeper, at points reaching halfway up my thighs. I would've loved to have my snowshoes with me! Rex just happily plowed on, hopping from left to right, sniffing here, digging in there... We did not take a single, known (to him) road or path and he clearly enjoyed it! The "road" home took us straight across the lake and he ran "free" on his long leash, racing and jumping, challenging me to "fight" him. We spent our remaining energy out in the open, before heading home again.
It is surely noteworthy how one day of sunshine re-energises a human. Talked to one of the "neighbours" out on the ice and he said the exact same thing. You feel so much more alive and energetic, much more willful to go out and do something....