Archive for the ‘My photographs’ Category

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.

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Another hidden corner in the old man cave. Got some American Xena Fan Club stuff and some Scandinavian DVDs upon that safe, and my life size Xena cardboard cutout stands on guard. Do not mess with this collection! And if some uninvited intruder still gives it a shot, I have two baseball bats at the ready. One for the right Patella (kneecap) and another for the left. Guess you could say that I am a strong believer in Private Property.

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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.

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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)

Time is a funny thing. Ritchie Blackmore´s Rainbow will perform at Sweden Rock Festival tomorrow and it may well be the last rock show we get from The Man In Black in this country. Then again, I heard that some veterans from D-Day (aged about 97-98) parashooted over Normandy yesterday in memory of what they did 75 years ago. How about that?

The older I get, the more I think about time.

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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.

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