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Av EvaLena Hallgren - 7 september 2015 12:51

It's very cold here now, and raining again................so we're getting ready to return to Florida's sun.

We are at the small village where Lucy is going to stay and there's no WIFI where we're staying, so Mom and I went into town just for this message..............

Looking forward seeing all my buddies soon again.

These are blackberries from last week, but since it has been such a cold summer they weren't all ready to eat.............mom seems to like them a lot..........me ? not so much

 

 

 

We also made a quick stop in Mom's favorite small town ASKERSUND, but weather stunk so it wasn't the greatest this time.

 

   

We got a giant for company, so big you can get lost in ,or hide real good.....

 

 

 

All Mom is doing now, is getting Lucy ready for winter sleep...................and knitting, and listening to books......................

we're all good, see you next week............

 

   

 

 

 

 


ANNONS
Av EvaLena Hallgren - 31 augusti 2015 08:35

Mom is looking at maps and information about Greece this morning ??? Don't know what that's all about, because for all I know we'll be flying back to Florida in a couple of weeks .............I know she can change her mind in a drop of a hat, but .............I miss Lilly........

We're still at the same place visiting this small village, which has been very peaceful and relaxing,  but I heard a rumor about this being the last day and that we'll be on the road again.................where ? I have no clue. The other day Birgitte made the ham the way Mom remembers from her puppyhood..........I heard a lot of grunting and smacking and mmmmmm..........she forgot to give me a taste !!..........not sure I'll ever forgive that.........

   

Saturday we went far into the woods ( Mom forgot the name of the village) to a fair and there was a lot of interesting people.........

   

 

This guy may be Santa Clause in disguise .........

 

 

 

 


here's a black smith working hard

 

Mom bought some cloudberries from this guy....................wonder if she'll remember to give me a taste of that ???

 

There was also some meatball factories with blankets on, not sure what the blankets was all about, because even if it was a little windy, it wasn't cold. The girls riding them was doing all kinds of tricks and people cheering ? I would have cheered if they had tossed me a meatball...................they didn't and I'm feeling real sorry for me...............again a lot of people had comments about me sitting in my wagon............they're all jealous of course.

     


Riders was supposed to slice a watermelon in super sonic speed, first girl missed

 

second girl got distracted and picked up something from the ground

 

 

Third girl....................swish swish, melon juice for everybody ................

 

 

This guy made waffles, and again Mom ate forgetting about me ?..................Mom is getting so forgetful it's crazy, next she may forget me at rest stop, and than what will happen to me ?? .................

 

on the way home Birgitte drove on a winding gravel road, and all of a sudden she stopped at garage sales, but there was no garages, or houses ??

 

 

Anyway, there was this super cute puppy,(says Mom) a mix between a powderpuff ( like my neighbor Bodi) and a Chihuahua ( like my other neighbor Scooter) ..............he's laughing when Mom tickles his belly..........I didn't care much .....this garage sale concept, seemed weird, really weird, so I stayed in the car

   

On the way to the fair,  was this cave, and ofcourse there's all kind of stories about it, true or not, who knows...............

     

Maybe these trolls lived there ?

 

I'm not sure this is a vehicle that could be bought in any store ? but it's pretty cool, and it gets you where you want to go......

 


An old Swedish brand Motorcycle

 

 

Last night we went for a shorter road trip to the town of Karlsborg which was established and grew due to the construction of a fortress, during the 19th century. According to the principles of a central defense the fortress was designated as the reserve capital of Sweden in the event of war.........

Today there's a Parachute Ranger School here.

   

 

Sky looked amazing, and Birgitte, and me, patiently waited for Mom wanting to take pictures

 

 

Here's a place to rent, if you want to live in a treestump ...............

 

 

 


There was a full moon, but Mom don't know how to get good pictures of that yet

 

   

 

here we go straight into the woods....................Birgitte seems to think she's driving some kind of tank or an offroad vehicle..........

 

 


This is the papermill by night..............

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Av EvaLena Hallgren - 28 augusti 2015 08:50

Not that it matters what day it is, since every day are the same here. We're still at the same little village, and I'm wondering if we're moving here ? It's fine with me, just want to know 

Wednesday there was a fair in the closest town ASKERSUND, a small town with population of about 4000.  I got to ride around in my stroller. It's amazing how much attention I get sitting there...........people take a second look surprised I'm not a baby..............( Mom calls me her baby sometimes) and when I get real cocky and bark at dogs walking by, people look around trying to figure out where it comes from ................I think it's hilarious, Mom get annoyed.........

This is how Swedes makes American donuts, if possible even sweeter and even more gunk than we can think of, but at least they haven't put bacon on them yet....................what's wrong with bacon I say ?? ALL donuts should have bacon..

 

 

Mom and Birgitte tried these balls, I can't say anything about the taste, since I didn't get as much as a little crumb.........

 

   

This is Askersunds town hall

 

The town Askersund traces its origin from the 14th century. Despite its small size, Askersund is for historical reasons normally still referred to as a city, although Sweden nowadays defines a city as a locality with more than 10,000 inhabitants. To me it looks like every single person in this town is out and about today.

 

   

It amazes me how these guys from South America have found this small quaint town, but it looked like they really liked it, smiling as they entertained with their music

 

 


Actually, this is Moms favorite city, second to her puppy town up North..........the cobblestone town square, the harbor, the lake, the old wooden buildings makes it a very nice relaxing city in the summer. In the winter ? not so much ............

 

This building has an  history from 1784, and it started as a drugstore, than a shoestore, and now it's a place for "fika". Very quaint and rustic, with old furniture and a nice garden in the back to sit and enjoy a great cup of coffee..................and pastries to die for ...........

 

 


Great looking florescent green bike..........but riding on these cobblestones ............................lalalalallalalalaaaaaa

 

 

yesterday it was raining hard almost all day, but in the afteernoon Mom and Birgitte went out to the forest looking for cantarellens............(not sure why I was left at home ?) ..............

this is what they came home with, and for what I heard it was AMAZINGLY  delicious............again, I didn't get a taste ??? ................the red stuff is lingonberries

     

 

Sarah didn't get a taste either, even though she tried to look this cute..............I sat on the chair and tried my hypnotizing look................which didn't work on these coldharted woman................I miss Ove

 

   

Not sure what will happen today, I sure hope we'll do something..............Mom is getting lazy, reading, knitting ............just sitting around............not even getting dressed before noon ...........

oh well..........what can I do ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Av EvaLena Hallgren - 24 augusti 2015 06:57

Now we're in a place I've been to several times before, I jumped out of Lucy and ran the fastest I could, hoping the door be open, and yes it was......................so here I come and straight to the fridge..........I didn't even have to use my hypnotizing powers.............Mom was so surprised and shaky she couldn't even hold the camera still.............

 


YES.....we are in the smallest village that smells a little funky, and that's because of a factory that employs 170 people and produce  bleached and unbleached kraft pulp. Town is  ASPA BRUK, and the pulp production started here in 1927

 

Mom spent a lot of time here as a puppy, and this time we were lucky to invite ourselves straight to a 70ies birthday party..............they served a sandwich cake, a typical Swedish tradition. It's the birthday boys daughter that's cutting the cake. Mom didn't give me anything to eat, but I was handed goodies when she wasn't looking, lucky for me, I could have starved to death........

 

 

Another Swedish tradition this time of the year is having crayfish parties , a tradition that started because crayfish harvesting in Sweden was, for most of the 20th century, legally limited to late summer. Today, the premier date in early August has no legal significance. Dining is traditionally outdoors, but in practice the party is often driven indoors by bad weather or aggressive mosquitoes. Customary party accessories are comical paper hats, paper tablecloths, paper lanterns (often depicting the Man in the Moon), and bibs. A rowdy atmosphere prevails amid noisy eating and traditional drinking songs . The alcohol consumption is often high, especially when compared to the amount of food actually eaten. It is considered customary to suck the juice out of the crayfish before shelling it.

Here Birgitte is showing some of their catch before cooking

 


Following day we came along to harvest the traps they had put out, and Lennart was the captain of the boat............

 

I nominated myself to the " First mate", and I heard no objections................not that I would care...

 

Here is a Beaver nest, and I looked and looked, but nobody home...............maybe they too were out looking for crayfish...........

A rowdy Beaver crayfish party would be fun to attend..........

 

 

There weren't many in the traps, and some were too small to keep, they had to be a minimum of 10 cm. 

about 4 inches

     

Since I was first mate, I had to keep an eye on everything, to make sure it was done correctly............

 

     

 

Mom didn't do one iota to help out, she just sat there and sunned herself ..............and sometimes restricted me from doing my work...........

 

back to the marina, and I tink Mom was relieved, since she get seasick in a bathtub

 

 


It was a gorgeous sunny day with not a cloud on the sky, but poff, all of the sudden water all over the car and a rainbow ??? ..........................Birgitte had driven through some strange kind of carwash that was put up for the people in the village....

 

 

Backat the house I finally got to say hello to the house cat.................she's Ok, but no Lilly

 

   

Sun is somewhere else today, so I suppose it'll be a "read a book in bed day"

 

later alligator

 

 

 

 


Av EvaLena Hallgren - 21 augusti 2015 22:10

To change view we decided to move to a different town called GREBBESTAD , that’s located only a few miles up the coast. As of 2010, there were 1,401 inhabitants, though this number can increase by as much as ten-fold during the summer, and even though this is the end of the vacation season, this campsite was huge and crowded, but very nice 
This time I was lucky to get a long bikeride with Ove, while Mom and Elvy just relaxed
 
 
 
 
we went into town
 
   
 
and when we got back I helped him with his pedicure.............I'm real good at foot licking
 
 
Mom and Ove tried their luck fishing, and Mom's fishing rod is a tiny travel thing, not much bigger than a pen............Ove lent her a lure, and at the second try she got a brown trout, but unfortunately the reel broke off from the rod, and despite Ove’s help the fish got loose and swam off..........
 
 
 
we went for walks 
 
   
 
in one place there was millions of swallows and they are such amazing flyers it’s fun to watch them ...........
   
 
This morning it was time to pack up and start the trip North, and we stopped at a rest stop with this amazing rock wall, that was put together without any cement,
 
and this was the view
 
 
We were driving along and this bridge was pretty cool
 
 
And it's not like like Sweden don't have enough moose, that they need to put up cardboard ones ??
I sppose it's a park with more or less tamed moose so the tourist can get a close up look
 
Arounf noon we stopped for fika, and now Ove and Elvy went on their way home.............I miss them already ....................  
 
 
 me and Mom stopped in a small town MARIESTAD, which is located by Swedens largest lake called VÄNERN. It had 15,591 inhabitants in 2010. 
Once again we're parked at a marina, and Mom finished reading a book. 
We also went for a walk and I met a kitty that I thought wanted to play, but nooooooo, as soon as I got close she ran ...............I miss Lilly
 
 
 
It's a pretty little town but not much to do I think, or Mom is just to lazy right now.............so it's an early night
 
   
 
 
Good Night all
 
 
 
 
 

Av EvaLena Hallgren - 19 augusti 2015 06:52

Believe it or not, we're still staying at the same place as yesterday, and te day before, and the day before...............I like it, it's relaxing .

 

 

I did hear something about moving today, but not too far, only a few miles North of here...........and that's fine too. I get new places to mark as my own..........

The Swedish west coast is famous for it's tasty fresh shrimp, so my people had a shrimp feast. I used to like them, but now when I saw them with the head and everything, I felt grossed out and didn't eat .................and that's coming from someone that eats shit, Mom says.............Don't knock it if you haven't tasted it, I SAY

 

 

we didn't do much yesterday, walked around town, and looked at some cliffs, and saw more funny pictures in the granite..................finally Ove is also inspired and start to see things ..........

 

       

Mom and Elvy did a little shopping

 

so many great looking boats in the harbour

 

 

Dinner is served..............

 

Salmon, potatoes,cauliflower, and a salad...............yummi

   

 

gorgeous roses every where

 

not much to tell this morning, don't think anybody besides me and Mom are up yet.................actually I'm not really up,up..............I just went out for a quick morning wizz............now Im back in bed

see you tomorrow.....

Av EvaLena Hallgren - 18 augusti 2015 06:59

It's the beginning of another beautiful sunny day, Mom is sitting with her morning coffee, and I'm dictating this blog from my bed..............I'm not getting up yet.  Our company showed up on Sunday afternoon, and boy was I surprised................it was my buddy that I know how to hypnotize and his lady. ...............Yees they do have pretty good stuff in their fridge.

 

We had a great time Sunday, but Monday morning things didn't turn out too well............I was left to watch Lucy .........they went to a place called  "The Ark of the North", and it's like a zoo where dogs aren't allowed.

It's a place where they work actively with several population-strengthening measures by reintroducing animals to the wild. But for this to happen, the environments where they live have to be suitable. Therefore they're are also working to improve their natural habitats. One reason many species are endangered is simply that their habitats have been altered by man. For Nordens Ark Foundation, the conservation projects form the backbone of the important work they do.

 

This is how chipper the ladies were when they started the long walk through this huge place...

 

This is a great foundation, and their main goals are .

To contribute to work on saving animal species/breeds threatened with extinction through breeding and rearing, as well as by releasing animals into their natural habitats whenever feasible

To conduct research and studies into animal species/breeds at Nordens Ark, thereby fostering a greater understanding of them and improving their chances of survival.

The first animal they looked at was Red pandas. They live in temperate bamboo forests in the foothills of the Himalayas. Although actually a predator, the red panda has long since become adapted to a vegetarian diet and feeds mostly on bamboo. It is totally dependent on the bamboo forests where it lives. Today, large areas of forest are being felled, leading to the species becoming endangered.

 

There was a wetland area, with poisonous dart forgs, and they are wery colorful to warn others not to play with them...........that's cool , they're not like our Bufo toads that almost killed me as a puppy

   

This is an Amazon Milk Frog, and he spends almost his entire life in the trees. It even lays the eggs in small puddles of water up in the trees.  The "milk" in the common name comes from the milky fluid these frogs excrete when stressed.

The species are native to Eastern Surinam, Guyana, Colombia, Equador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.

Moms favorite color............

 

 

Here's a White Naped Crane, which look very similar to the noisy guys living in my hood...........except, these guys seem to wear headphones ??

These cranes live in wetlands and humid woodland. In April, the birds arrive at the breeding site and seek out the same partner as in previous years. They are vulnerable for extinction

The nest is constructed on damp ground at the wetlands’ edge and is built from dry sedges and other common grasses. The female lays one or two eggs. During the 30-day incubation period, the cranes aggressively defend the area surrounding the nest.

Their diet comprises insects, small invertebrates, sedge grass roots and other wetland plants.


 

   


The most exciting animal by far was The Pallas Cat, who lives in the cold and arid steppes of central Asia, where winter temperatures can drop to 50 degrees below zero. What threatens the species, however, is not the freezing cold, but human activities.


   

 

Its pray, mainly small rodents, are being killed by man, and its habitats are damaged by grazing and cultivation. The Pallas´s cat lives at altitudes between 1 000 and 4 000 metres above sea level. In areas where the winter snow cover exceeds 10-15 cm in depth the cat cannot move and hunt, due to its short legs. Thus, snow conditions limit the distribution range of the species. They were being fed dead rats and they looked  very ferocious...............not even close to Lillys sweet face.......these are cute in  different way Mom says

 

   

These kitties was so short and stocky, with very fat tails.  If they had been orange, they would have looked like Garfield

 

 

 

There were many more animals, leopard,lynx,wolf,reindeer, otters, owls just to name a few.......

and this is how the ladies looked at the end of their walk ...............time to come back and relieve me from my Lucy watch ..................

 

When they came back, Mom and Elvy put on bathing suits ???? That's NOT like my MOm ?? now what ?

I know if it's the beach they're going to I'll be back on Lucy watch..............NOT FAIR...............

Oh wow, I was allowed to come along to this beach ...................nice...........Elvy went in to the water. Mom didn't even dip her toes.....................too cold she says...I can't tell, I was never allowed to find out .....

 


Mom gave me a bath before our buddies came, and she like to keep me clean she says...............this campsite she didn't have to smuggle me into the shower in the middle of the night. They had a great dog bathroom..............  

 

I hate those dryers ............but they are very effective Mom says

 


Ove have ants in his pants ....................( not sure what that means, I've never noticed ) so he came to the beach with his fishing pole..............but no matter how much he tried..............there was no catch

 

 

It was pretty windy, a perfect day for sailing I thought, but maybe not this close to the cliffs ? This guy came in full speed, and everybody at the beach thought this can't go well......................but it did .....luckily....................one guy rushed to take down the biggest sail, so it went fine..........all other sailboats we saw came in by motor...................we all admired the sailing guy who was either crazy or a real expert captain.

 

the cliffs are so interesting to look at, and Mom and Elvy sees all kind of formations and pictures, and Ove just shakes his head ...............woman and their fantasies ? ..............I tend to agree with him..........

all I see is rocks to climb on or pee on.

 

In the evening Mom made choclate covered strawberries, and they were devoured in a second. I didn't get to taste them at all.....................Ove didn't even look at me, so I had no chance of using my hypnotizing power on him............

 


 

Well, all in all I had a good day, being left to watch Lucy, (take a nap) once in a while isn't all that bad.................

It's a new day, sky is blue, sun is up.............and time for my peeeee

see you later



Av EvaLena Hallgren - 15 augusti 2015 21:55

and we are om top of the woooooorrld

well, kind of, we are right outside a small west coast town called SMÖGEN, and we're parked on top of the ciffs. Tonight will be our second night here...........it's a little windy up here, but the wiev is awesome...........

     

Mom says I'm jumping and climbing on these cliffs like a goat ............I think she means it as a good thing..................because I'm having a greeeeat time

 

I'm taking a break to lay down and to admire the  sun  down...................

 

 

 

This morning we were to explore two towns KUNGSHAMN and SMÖGEN, and off we went on the bike........ I totally enjoy these excursions we make on the bike. To relax laying in the basket, the sun, the wind in my hair, and all the smells............life is good......................and I think Mom likes them too, 


   

This is Kungshamn........

 

 

 

This place is gorgeous, but with one little problem.....................HILLS, and big ones.................Mom's huffing and puffing is not pretty................good thing she isn't smoking, she would be weezing too.....I try my best to ignore it and listen to all the beautiful sounds of nature instead.....

 

     

 

Still I'm a little proud of Mom to make it over this bridge, twice............it was a gorgoues wiev, not sure Mom looked that much..................she was just mumbling to herself as she carefully pedaled looking straight ahead.............I say it's no big deal, bridge is strong enough for both of us ..............ooh, That wasn't the problem was it ? right .......heights ......

 

 

Smögen  with 1,329 inhabitants, It is one of the liveliest "summer towns" of the Swedish West Coast, so the town population is much greater during summer month.

The community actually straddled several islands that lay so close together that the space in between has since been filled, and is now considered as a single island. The town is connected to the neighbouring town Kungshamn by Smögenbron.................the height of the season is now over, but it was still pretty crowded.

 

   

a very nice town to explore, there's fresh shrimp,and many, many seafood restaurants ............and they where ok with dogs, so surprisingly we didn't sit down for lunch ? Mom says she want's to wait for company.............oh ? who's coming ?.....................surprise Mom says

 

   

 

They seem to like dogs very much here, there's a lot of them ............and I bet they're all jealous of me for having a first class ride...

 

 

 

Kungshamn, was the town on the mainland side, and is famous for its fishing industry.   It is in Kungshamn where all products for Abba seafood are being manufactured and it has been that way all since around year 1920.

Tomorrow we're moving to a different place not far from here, and prepare for friends to come by.....................who is it ?  who is it? who is it ? ......................you'll see tomorrow...

 

 

 


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