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Av EvaLena Hallgren - Fredag 29 maj 21:19

Around noon today we left our friends place in the small village and are heading south in a very slow pace. As soon as we got to the bigger city Mom picked up a card for the computer so we can stay in touch. I hope it means no more excuses for updating my blog every day as she promised.
We didn’t drive very far today, we didn’t even make it to the place we planned, before Mom said she was to tired to keep on driving..............As a matter of fact, we only made 116 miles (19mil) and we stopped for the night at a campsite Mom was familiar with from waaaaaay back when she camped with her parents. This also gave her the opportunity to take care of all the laundry that’s been piling up. I found my first Swedish dog friend, and I wish we didn’t need the leads so we could have really played. He reminded me of a friend back home .........Henry rest in peace.
 
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Av EvaLena Hallgren - Torsdag 28 maj 20:56

I'm so sorry about not updating my blog, but as you know it's never my fault, it's Moms. We are once again in a place where they have no WIFI and when Mom went to the store to buy a wireless card, the lady in the store didn't know much, which as usual made Mom irritated and the drop that sent her over the edge was when the lady received a message on her phone and HAD to look at it right in the middle of conversation.

Mom hit the roof and walked out with no card to the PC.

Tomorrow we'll be in a city so no more excuses ............

The daily "fika"is continuing, Mom and Vanja made more trips into town ,and this time Vanja was kind enough to share some of her shrimp with me.............. but Mom ..................not even a small bite ? 

   

 


it's sunny, but windy and cold, so we made a very quick walk around town to make sure everything was still in right places. This little statue is new to Mom and it's a memorial of a little immigrant boy who's crying for his family ............can't blame him

   

This deer has been sitting in this place as long as Mom could remember, and the flowerbed has always been beautiful. This time of the year it's only tulips that can take the cold

 

   

We made a quick stop at Mom's cousin, and there was a tiny human that at first was afraid of me, but when she understood how nice I was she pulled my hair so she got two big handfuls................not so nice but I kept my cool and got away by jumping up on the couch.

 

 

 

 

 

We left Mom's puppy town around 5 pm Sunday evening and drove about 180 miles heading south. Lucy is purring almost as fine as Lilly, and we had the sun in our back all along. Since the highway is so boring we took a few backroads through the woods

So far I have seen a Moose, a red Fox and a Eurasian Curlev...........the last one is a bird that reminds the northernes it's spring time.

The shadow from Lucy on the road shows how low the sun is.

 

     

 

we went to sleep for a few hours at a truckstop mom was very familiar with, and as soon as Mom felt rested we continued south on the highway.

Next nap was by a lake and we was half way to our destination.

   

 


Finally we arrived at the village where we left all of Adriennes stuff 2 years ago, and it was great to see our friends again.................don't know what Mom was thinking about, since she forgot taking pictures of everybody ?? but here's me and the guy that's the easiest to flirt with. Mom keep telling him to stop spoiling me, but he doesn't listen..................in other words, a real good guy 

 

A lot of fresh air and freedom to run, require many naps...

 

 

 


This is one strange puppy sitting on a field, and I have no idea what he's all about 

 

 

 

This is a barn Swallov that was flying making loops and putting on a real show. It was fun watching, and even more fun when he flew in through the front door, made a few circles around the fixture above the

kitchen table, and than out .....................

They sure know how to fly.

 

 

 

Tomorrow we'll continue our trip south and eventually we'll end up with Moms puppyfriend and "personal chef" Lotta, who's supposed to come along on our trip through Norway..................woohoooo

Wonder if her cat Morre will remember me ?  he's buddy Saba went over the rainbow bridge a while ago, so maybe he'll be a little friendlier to me this time?............I'm hoping so my missing Lilly will be less painful.

All is well with us, even though the weather stink so far................it's cooooooldddd

 



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Av EvaLena Hallgren - Fredag 22 maj 06:40

Plane leaving Orlando was delayed, so arriving in Frankfurt the connection flight to Stockholm had already left. Never have I seen such a big airport and confusing as hell. Since we had to wait a long time for next flight, mom brought me outside so I could go to the bathroom which was a plus. The bad part is you have to go through security again, which is a real pain in the a$$.
The flight was a nightmare for mom, but not for me I was an angel, never complained, didn't make a sound. Nobody even knew I was there in my bag on the floor, and a few hours in her lap under the blanket. Mom sat next to a very big man and his wife from Germany. The big man had part of is body on moms side since the seats are made for tiny people, and the wife stretched out her legs across the mans lap so her feet ended up in moms .................some people are clueless ?? 
Anyway, next flight to Stockholm was a pleasure. We met a really nice couple, he from Canada, and she from Sweden. Mom made friends and now she seemed in better spirits again, although very tired. We arrived safely in Stockholm but our luggage didn't, it was left behind in Frankfurt.......oh well
Here we had a lot of time too, so I got another chance for a bathroom brake.
We had one more flight to final destination, Moms puppy town, where our friends Vanja and Lizze was waiting. This is a tiny airport nothing like I've ever seen, and now for the first time I got ornery and jumped out of the bag and made a run for it. I dodged a lot of people but realized this was really scary and mom soon caught me. She wanted to know where I was going..............I told her anywhere as long as it isn't an airport, and she agreed. 
 
   
 
It was totally awesome to arrive at our friend house, and of course the "FIKA" started. Fika is a Swedish tradition, and they do it a lot, and they do it everywhere, wherever you go. There's so many places to buy fika, and everyone you visit serves you fika (that's why mom got fatter last time we were here shhhhh )  This time our neighbor Max in Florida told her he's keeping a close eye on her so he can stop her if needed. .......................what if she doesn't post any pictures Max, than what ?  If you promise to keep those treats of yours coming I'll make sure to keep you posted.
 
 
 
We are now in Moms puppy town Skellefteå and we have slept 2 nights in Lucy. I'm not quite sure what to think about her yet, (there's all kind of noises I have to figure out ) but Mom absolutely loves her. She's smaller than Adrienne but a hell of a lot stronger an much easier to drive. First night she was parked inside a big machine hall so there was pretty dark and quiet, kind of like home. Now we are parked next to Vanja and Lizzes house and guess what people......................it never got dark. Mom woke up at 2 am, birds are chirping in Swedish and the sun is on it's way up. At home that means time to get up, but here it's not so.
I thought mom knew all this stuff, but she seems very confused and got up and made coffee. I of course have to wait for my breakfast ?..................oh well..............a few more days and she'll get the hang of this again.
   
 
 
 
Our suitcase was delivered the following day, which was very nice, but everything in it stinks horribly ? and as we all know mom has a nose like a bloodhound, so I figured it was in her imagination, but Vanja also noticed so all the clothes have to be aired .....................
We did a premier drive yesterday and mom was very pleased..................but I wasn't. Even if I really do love moms friend Vanja, she was in my space and I had to sit in the back ?  It's not always easy to be me.............and of course they left me alone to watch Lucy while they went to Fika............I'm going to have a chat with some Swedish colleges to find out if they too get left behind like this ?  if so maybe I'll organize a protest to make fika available for us too.
 
 
 
 
 
Spring is very late this year,  leaves on the trees have not opened all the way yet, but
at 2 am this morning we heard the coo coo bird.....................(yes dad, it's a REAL bird not only in clocks ) and that's a real sign of spring. We also heard some cranes making noise, and they spoke the same language as the the ones we have. Not a  pretty sound for us, but here it's another sign of spring. The birds sing all night here ? it's very pretty, but I like to know when do they sleep ? 
 
   
 
at our morning walk today we met this row of little people. The picture is blurry because mom aimed the camera from the hip, assuming the teachers wouldn't be to pleased about exposing the kids. It was a playschool on an outing, and they all wear these vests to warn everybody to be careful around them ??? WHAT ? are they dangerous ? no mom says, but just like you they can be unpredictable and careless................ME careless ???
They also have a long rope with loops, and every kid have their own loop to hold on to, and there's a teacher at each end..................cool huh ? 
 
 

Av EvaLena Hallgren - Tisdag 19 maj 04:21

I'm b aaaackk...................after weeks of mom packing, shopping packing again and again and putting the luggage on the scale, saying a few bad words and starting all over again. Finally it looks like it's all done, so tomorrow we should be ready for take off.

Lilly tried my travelbag, I even let her take a nap in it

 

 

 

A few days ago I went to see Dr. Grigsby, at Harbor City Animal Hospital, so he could update my passport and and to tell me I'm the most gorgeous, smartest,funniest most wonderful dog he knows......................well, and make sure I'm in great health, which ofcourse I am.

 

  

 

His nurse keeps the good cookies somewhere in the back, so I wait patiently by the door for her to bring me my well deserved cookie.

 

 

This morning I went to see Krystal, she's a proffessional groomer, and very very good at it.

 

 

 

Now I begin to look like a real champion I thought

 

     

Tomorrow it's Moms turn to be groomed, 

 

I made sure to give Lilly extra love so she shouldn't forget me......................don't really want to admit it,

but between us, I really going to miss her...............

 

 

 

 

My flight leaves Orlando at 7.55 tomorrow, and we'll land in Frankfurt at noon on Wednesday. I'm not staying there long enough for me to be able to take a leak...................it's on to next flight that'll take us to Stockholm, where I will have plenty of time to do my business before I get on the last plane to take us to moms puppytown in Northern Sweden, where my friends Vanja and Lizze will be waiting to pick us up. By now it's almost midnight on Wednesday.

Adrienne has been replaced by a little smaller gal named Lucy.  She got her name because mom bought her on Lucia day that's celebrated on Dec. 13.

This girl is a little smaller and stronger than Adrienne and most important she has powersteering.

Can't wait to meet her.

bye for now, see you Thursday


Av EvaLena Hallgren - 26 september 2013 09:37

An entire week has gone by without me getting the opportunity to speak up..............What’s up with that Mom ?  She has nothing to say about it other than she’s getting a little nervous about the upcoming long flight home. I’m not the least worried so why should she ? Guess that’s because I don’t have any preparation to take care of. “You’re just coming along for the ride” Mom says............oh well, what can I do to help ?
We have spent several days at our friend Lotta’s house, and that was a real sweet reconnection.  Her cats on the other hand........despite my charm, trying to put it on extra thick............again to no avail. Maybe next time, since this time no cat climbed the curtains in panic, or totally disappeared from the house. As a matter of fact, we even stayed in the same room for short periods..........so there’s hope..................I have figured out they can’t be too smart being afraid of me since first of all, it’s 2 of them, secondly they are bigger and quicker than me, and third, they have sharp claws that could really hurt me if they wanted to. In other words, I wouldn’t stand a chance in a fight................it’s a good thing they don’t know, and I think they are very cute and would like to be their friend some day.
 
The weekend we spent driving around to small villages and farmhouses, to see what they produced and wanted to sell...........
 
     
 
 
I saw this car that Dad wants, but the owner didn’t want to sell, and even if he would, I doubt it would be less than the $1000 that Dad was willing to pay.
 
    
 
At this farm they had lots of those funny looking dogs with curly hair. They aren’t dogs, Mom says, they are sheep. Poor sheep was just sitting there on his butt, and once in a while a little pitiful sound came out. She sounded real frightened I thought and I wanted to go comfort her.
 
     
 
  
This man that was about to cut her wool coat to make yarn, said sheep play dead when they realize they can’t escape. They save their energy for when they do get a chance to run..........and who said sheep was stupid ?
Why oh why make her completly naked, poor baby I thought
 
   
Here's Mom trying out the first step in making wool the old fashion way. Meanwhile I'm watching this mans hands real close so he doesn't shave me too......
 
 
As usual I get a lot of attention from the short two legged kind
 
 
On one farm they had a lot of these guys, and we bought eggs from them ...............according to Mom the place where they live don't smell good ............I don't understand that at all
 
   
 
This man does wood carvings ...........
 
Talk about wood carvings, this carving of a wedding, made by a very famous artist in Sweden, stands in a roundabout  that we passed. How Mom managed to drive around and take pictures at the same time??? scary scary I say....
 
 
 
See this cute little kitten ? I bet she would have been easy to make friends with ...........
 
This is the first sign that is high time to return to Florida..................what is THAT machine doing ???????  He’s putting down the poles to mark where the road is, so the snow plow driver knows where to go when he’s clearing the roads ?? WHAT ???? they are at least 2 meter long, snow can’t get that deep can it ? Well, maybe in some places where it drifts Mom says................uhoh. ... let’s get going to the airport now I say. We will soon Mom says, but first we have to get Adrienne ready for her winter sleep...........Maybe next update will be from the warm and sunny Florida..........wwooooo hoooo
miss you all...........wet kisses.
 
    
 
 

Av EvaLena Hallgren - 19 september 2013 07:53

We just woke up, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be a sunny day, sky is gray, but mood is sunny so it doesn’t really matter. We are on the mainland, a little further north than planned, but you know Mom always changes her mind. This time she got irritated at the campsite rules and a snotty check in girl. They had the audacity to  charge an extra 50 kr. for me ?? and extra for electricity no wifi, only here in the lobby..........so can I bring my PC here and sit than ? answer No!.......that did it so we kept driving. It’s not that I’m not worth an extra 50, it’s the principal, NO campsite charges extra for dogs, (hotels yes) but in this case I live in my own space, there’s no cleanup after me. I have a feeling the girl just had a bad day............
Anyway, here’s the story about Öland island, it's the second largest island,and is about 10 miles wide and 85 miles long, it has 25 000 inhabitants, but in the summer the tourists invades by the thousands.Last count on the 4mile bridge was ca.500 000 during the summer month.
The most famous building on the island is Borgholm castle.It was first built in the second half of the 12th century, and rebuilt many times in later centuries. For a hundred years, the palace was left to fall into decay. In 1806, the castle was turned into a ruin by a fire that started in the roof of the north wing.
 
The castle was closed for visitors, so we couldn't go inside...........well that's what you get for not being here with the tourists. ...............this is a picture from above, stolen on the web, and a picture on how it looked before the fire.
    
 
Queen Victoria of Sweden 1862-1930...........she doesn't look like a very happy lady ....maybe she's pissed about the fire ?
 
Archaeological evidence indicates the island of Öland was settled about 8000 BC, with excavations showing the presence of hunter-gatherers. In the early Stone Age, settlers from the mainland migrated across the ice that connected the island.
Burial grounds from the Iron Age through the Viking Age are clearly visible at Gettlinge
 
     
Locals told me that this man, (in his early 90ies) are spending every summer and fall measuring and calculating trying to reveal more secrets that he claims the experts didn’t find. They consider him a tad loony, but who knows........ Mom made sure not to start a conversation with him............we still would have been there.
 
Every stone was put on top of a few smaller ............what that means ???
 
At one point, there were as many as 2000 mills on the island. Today around 350 remain and are lovingly cared for by their owners and local history societies.
    The majority of the windmills were built in the 19th century, but flour was probably ground using wind power as early as the Middle Ages. The mills were located outside the villages, often each farm had its own mill. There were "Dutch" mills, where only the top part was turned by the wind, and the more common "stubbkvarnen", where the entire rotating mill rested on top of an oak tree stump.
 
 
 
 
The island has nice sandy beaches that’s usually packed with tourists, but at this time we were on our own, and that was fine with us...
 
 
we’re drove across the island and turned south on the ocean side. Lots of farmland, and it’s completely flat, no hills for Adrienne to conquer, such a different landscape compare to Moms Puppy hood.
Modern time windmills are built at many places, not even close as interesting or beautiful as the old ones..............and ofcourse not used for the same purpose either.
 
   
 
 
here's a field of onions, ready to be picked up and sold on the market.
 
I'm not allowed out every time Mom stops to take pictures, but I'm keeeping a close watch.
  
 
this collection pole, was located outside a church, and said “give to the poor after your abilities”..........good idea.
 
 
 
By the road we saw several runes, but since Mom can’t read Viking language, there was signs that translated. One says "Olof and old Sax erected this rock after Unn his father,Unn was rich,and owned half this village."
Another is " Näv and Ingvald erected this rock for Rodman their father".............ahh ....now I know where Dennis is coming from ..........
   
This was the cutest little meatball factory I,ve ever seen, but he was shy and hid behind his hair
 
we finally reach the most southern part of the island, and this is thee birdwatchers paradise.
It’s also home of  “ Långe Jan”
The lighthouse was built in 1785, probably by Russian PoWs. The tower was built by stone from an old chapel. Originally the light was an open fire, and the tower was unpainted. It was painted white in 1845, and the same year the tower's lantern was installed, to store a colza oil lamp. A couple of years later a black band was added to the tower.
 
 
 
 
the road to get there was crowded with bulls and walking yarn balls............. they didn’t want to move and I really wanted to go out and play.............too dangerous Mom said.
How do you like my version of Moving moving mooooowing..........?
 

 
this is what's called a Mexican stand off I think .........
 
this is a Panda bull...............
 
 
 
we weren’t allowed to stay there for the night, (too crowded with bulls I think) so we continued to the small boat harbor and found a beautiful space. Mom did her laundry and took a long hot shower
     
nice rocks shaped by the ocean waves, too bad we couldn’t bring some home for the garden............it’ll be to heavy in the suitcase.
     
we went for a long walk in the morning, and made a note of coming back here. We also had very nice neighbors, which of course added to the pleasant stay
       
 
leaving this lovely place heading North again, we encountered this wall ????
This famous two meter high wall stretches right across the island from west to east. It was built on the orders of Duke Karl Gustav, later King Karl X Gustav in 1653. The intention was to keep the deer in the royal hunting grounds from escaping them, although many speculate it served the double purpose of keeping the peasantry away from his sport. It was built with local materials and local labor in lieu of taxes. It is still in good condition
 
 
 
back on the mainland we’re driving close to the coast, and came to a small town called Påskallavik, and all of a sudden Mom shouted “OMG, this stuff is still here!!” and we had to turn Adrienne around for a closer look. Somewhere there’s a picture of Mom as a puppy sitting on the foot of that blue boy.
 
   
An artist named Arvid Källström, 1893-1967, lived in this house for 30 years and he made these sculptures for his garden, and many more that you can see all over Sweden.
 
 
this is called the French lady
 
Not sure what to think about this lady in front of his house.......................our neighbors would have hart burn for months I think
 
 
 
Time to move on, we will soon be back to the town where we started our trip, but first we'll have to visit Lotta and the cats................miss you all ...........wet kisses. 
 
 

Av EvaLena Hallgren - 17 september 2013 20:34

We had a very nice adventurous day, and are now parked at the most southern tip of the island. Unfortunatley not very good connection, and I do have some stuff to tell,  but Mom don't feel like helping me, (she's in the middle of a really good book) This video is all from me today................wet kisses.



 

Av EvaLena Hallgren - 17 september 2013 10:31

Waking up to a rainy chilly day, good thing Adrienne has heat, and a roof to keep us dry. At the moment we are at Sweden's second largest island called Öland. We got here over a long bridge, that was inaugurated September 1972. The bridge is almost 4 miles long and have a clearance of 118 ft..


 

But now I’m getting ahead of myself, last night we stayed at the harbor on the main land. We took a long walk to explore the grounds of the castle where one of the most significant political events took place in 1397. 

     

It was The Kalmar union which was the personal union between the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Also included was Finland that was a part of Sweden (until 1809) Iceland, Greenland, the Faroes and the Shetland archipelago, belonging to Norway, meaning that the union encompassed all of the Nordic countries.

     

The union’s centre of power was located in Denmark, but all the countries were principally ruled according to their own laws and traditions. The union was, with short breaks, maintained from 1397 to 1448. Following this, only the personal union with Norway – with a few interruptions – remained in effect (until 1814), while the Danish kings only managed to rule in Sweden for brief periods until Sweden definitively seceded by proclaiming Gustav Vasa king of Sweden in 1523

   

a real draw bridge and a moat................so much exciting stuff to explore, sure wish that stupid lead could come off for good............love the canons...........yeah Mom says, if one of those would go boom, you go boom under your tail............don’t embarrass me I say.....

      


On the way out these wooden people were standing, not sure what their purpose was, other than decoration



 

in the middle of all this historic interesting well build stuff, some new fancy architect has put up this black ugly cube ............ Mom hates it, and I tend to agree

 

this is one strange looking tree.................

 

this town had palm trees, planted in pots so they can be moved indoors for the winter month. Makes me long for my Florida home and real heat


  

I had no clue chestnuts grew in clusters like this ? and they have tails ?

 


This is a memorial statue of Kalmar Nyckel that was constructed in about 1625 and was of a design called a pinnace. The ship was named after the city of Kalmar, which purchased the ship in 1628 as its contribution to the Royal Swedish Navy. When Sweden decided to establish a trading colony in the New World  the Kalmar Nyckel was chosen for the voyage, and sailed up Delaware river to Wilmington.


The ships sailed from Gothenburg in December 1637, but encountered a severe storm in the North Sea and had to divert to the Netherlands for repairs. They departed on New Year's Day 1638, arriving in North America in March 1638.

A second voyage, which departed on February 7, 1640, and arrived at Fort Christina on April 17, brought additional settlers for New Sweden.  Kalmar Nyckel made four successive round trips from Sweden, a record unchallenged by any other colonial vessel. She later served the Royal Swedish Navy in the Swedish-Danish War, then was used as a merchant ship. She was lost at sea in the late 17th century. There are conflicting reports on where she was lost. One says she sank off the coast of the city of Kalmar, while another says she was lost in the North Sea.

  


 In 1986, a group of citizens of Wilmington, Delaware, established the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, whose primary source of funding is from the taxpayers , plus donations from corporations and individuals. The foundation designed, built, and launched a replica of the Kalmar Nyckel. The modern ship, designed by naval architects Thomas C Gillmer, Melbourne Smith, Joel Welter, and Ken Court, was built at a shipyard in Wilmington on the Christina River  near the original 1638 Swedish settlers' landing site at Fort Christina. She was launched on September 28, 1997, and commissioned on May 9, 1998. The re-creation measures 94 feet (29 m) on deck and 131 feet (40 m) overall, with a 25-foot (7.6 m) beam, a 12-foot (3.7 m) draft, and a displacementt of 300 tons.


Mom boarded her at a tall ship regatta in New York, and at the time not all the wood carvings weren’t finished still very impressive..............this is a borrowed picture of the replica



 


Once again we were up early watching the hustle in the harbour as people were heading for work. After a short bathroom run, we made it over the bridge to yet another castle, but I'll tell you more about that tomorrow........

   


wet kisses to you all................miss you..................

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