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Well we had something like six or seven power outages yesterday where I live and I had to do without electricity for seven or eight hours. In the end I figured the time was right to test some gear (a prepper is always ready for a certain degree of trouble after all). Glad to report that this Camping Lantern (which I blogged about in August 2016) worked just fine. It generates power from sunlight and it was ready to go. A few of these around the house and you are set.

I will take this as a signal to get going again, this sort of stuff is good to have around.

(My image of said lantern)

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Pretty interesting Midsummer for me as I realized that I had no transport to work for Saturday. So I decided to be a Viking and make a bicycle trip of it on Friday afternoon rather than look for any other solutions. The 55 km journey took over six hours, I had no idea that so much of that road from Stugun to Östersund is uphill, but it is. Also, when I started I had sunshine and a light breeze, and the last two hours was quite the opposite with rain and cold winds. I half expected to see some wildlife though (moose, deer, bear etc) along the way, but I did not (I had the camera ready just in case). I see animals all the time when I make this journey in a car or by bus. No rest stops on the way, just endless forests and some beautiful lakes. No place for a flat tire or some general bad luck, I can tell you that much. Glad I made the effort though. Quite memorable in some strange way.

Thank you Per for being on standby in case of emergency.

(My images)

Local ale

Posted: June 21, 2019 in Cool stuff, General, Jämtland (County), Stugun

Just discovered that there is a local ale called Stugubrygd here in Stugun (Jämtland County). It has been produced by our ICA (food) store and is manufactured by a well established brewery called Jämtlands Bryggeri. I like the label with the old church and the bridge etc, all located close to my new place (especially the church). On the back they mention how these parts got going back in 1290 when a Bishop in Uppsala gave a man called Gjurd Bodakarl the mission to build a guest house for Pilgrims that journeyed to Trondheim in Norway through this land. I have heard the story, the guy is a distant relative on my grandmothers side. Just imagine going out in the middle of nowhere to build this station (if you want to call it that), that took a lot of courage. I heard he never had to pay any taxes ever again if he did, too bad it did not stipulate that this would include all future relatives.

(Image by me)

ARTOMUS FRIENDSHIP

Well I posted about my friend Staffan Eriksson coming out with an album back on March 26 and here it is (see top image). The project is called Artomus Friendship and the album title is “A Day Of Celebration”. The CD can be ordered and the Vinyl is coming up. I will interview Staffan about this release on this blog, it deserves a push.

The HU

A Mongolian band called The HU is making huge waves on YouTube with their videos. And they are absolutely brilliant. First album “Gereg” is due in September and they are currently on the road in Europe. They will play in Stockholm on June 27 at the Debaser Club. They will also perform with Babymetal Stateside later this year.

RUTH COPELAND

Glad to see that Ruth Copeland´s 1971 solo album “I Am What I Am” will be reissued on Vinyl on June 28. Great cover, great music.

BABYMETAL

Rumour is that Babymetal is to release a new single called “Pa Pa Ya!!” on June 28. They perform at the Yokohama Arena in Japan that night, first of two before they take off to Glastonbury Festival (June 30) in the UK. It is rather typical that Babymetal hit us with new music when a tour kicks off so this makes sense. We shall see.

(Artomus Friendship shot courtesy of Staffan Eriksson)

Summer has finally arrived, although you will not have more than one day at a time with stunning weather (clouds and rain is still the norm). Took this snapshot of my backyard yesterday though. I had to bugger off to work, otherwise it was just a perfect day for a beer on the porch. My holiday kicks off on July 22, that is something to look forward to.

(My image)

Stumbled across this lovely art yesterday at a local shop in Östersund (Jämtland County) called Omistliga Ting (translates roughly to Irreplaceable Things). Had to add it to the old collection and I think you can see why. Signed “Pansarhierta”, I think it has been made by a couple that lives in Strömsund (you can visit their site for more information). To me, this artwork looks like something that you would have seen in a magazine from the 1930s, so it has a classic feel to it. The fact that they have incorporated our beloved Great Lake Monster (Storsjöodjuret) makes it an instant classic. In these parts there will be a good market for this. And as it happens, I saw this thing (whatever the hell it may be) very close to this very bridge back in 1977, so for me it is even more surreal for that reason as well. No wonder it speaks to me. I have seen a lot of art that features this mysterious creature in it, but this strikes me as being better than most. People who visit Omistliga Ting can buy it in two sizes, as posters – I just happened to spot one that was framed. Or check out the artists site.

(My image of said art)

Summer finally arrived over here in early June. After a few days of wonderful weather we had some serious rain and thunder today though, which I kind of like. I had to go out and snap some pictures. Last year was very dry, I hope this bodes well for this season.

(My image)