floridatjej

Alla inlägg under juli 2015

Av EvaLena Hallgren - 31 juli 2015 22:25

Sitting in Lucy being cozy warm at a marina in FALSTERBO, while the wind is howling outside..........Mom had plans to cross the bridge and go to Denmark, but since the alcove (where we sleep) on Lucy catch a lot of wind, she decided to wait until tomorrow, when the wind is supposed to die ............

It's very nice here, so it's OK...........just came in after a long walk looking at all the sailboats........ wind whistles. ............Mom tried to record it 

But now again I'm getting ahead of myself, last night we spent on a field outside a racetrack waiting for the races to start. I didn't go, Mom said it'll be painful for my ears, and I think she was right, because I could hear it while I tried to take a nap.

This kind of racing is called "Folk race" Peoples race,

You can start to compete in folkrace the year you turn 15 years in the so-called junior (but you must have completed a debut race and if you do not have a driving license). From the year you turn 18 will compete in one of the senior classes

After each competition, there's sales of the racing cars. During the competition, a maximum of 15 minutes after the competition's final, will anybody give so-called tender on the race crews. All race cars are out to tender for 6 500 SEK (ca $750 )unless it involved so-called debutants. (plus 200 SEK to the race organizer). After the competition there is a prize draw of submitted tenders. This is conducted by judges / event director. Personal equipment such as seat, seat belts and steering wheel if there is a replacement steering wheel must be removed before the sale takes place. The rule of forced sale at the bid has been introduced, for an easy way to keep costs down for the entire sport: if it is forced to sell the car for 6 500 you learn to not spend more money than that to prepare the car for the race.

If more than one person bid on the same car, there will be a drawing .............so you newer know if you'll win the bid at the end.....

 

           

Cars are not supposed to be driven faster than 55 an the track is made so there should be no need for higher speeds.

 

here's a bunch of leftover stuff, guess all xtra stuff just weigh things down ...........

 

 

This is how they fix thing under the cars............no lift, just manpower and turn thee car on it's side..............and than flip it right back 

 
  Ever so often somone end up on the roof........

 

 

 

No big deal, just get the forklift .................

 

 

Not sure what purpose this guy had, he was driving around and around delivering nothing ? When Mom was a puppy a lot of her guy friends had summer jobs as delivery guys on these mopeds. You never see them anymore....... guys or mopeds

 

  

 

Lot of busy people working between races to make these cars go........the races went on for 3 days, but we were only there for a few hours.......

   


Next we went to an old castle.............Glimmingehus.......which is the best preserved medevial castle in Scandinavia. It was built 1499-1506, and contains many defensive arrangements of the era, such as parapets, false doors and dead-end corridors, 'murder-holes' for pouring boiling pitch over the attackers, moats, drawbridges and various other forms of death traps to surprise trespassers and protect the nobles against peasant uprisings. The lower part of the castle's stone walls are 2.4 meters (94 inches) thick and the upper part 1.8 meters (71 inches).

Construction was started in 1499 by a Danish knight Jens Holgersen and stone-cutter-mason and architect Adam Van Duren, a North German master who also worked on Lund Cathedral. Construction was completed in 1506

This strange vehicle was in the parkinglot ?.................a safari something ?? ...........

 

 


In the moat was blue fish and some really cute duck babies...............didn't see their Mom tough, and that worried me.............Mom said I could be sure she was there somewhere and didn't let me get closer.

   

The castle had toilets built like little cubicles on the fasad, so when you do your business in there it was free fall................I wonder if it was part of their defens system to build one just above the front door ??

 

         

 


As usual Mom has to try everything, shes lucky a kind person was there to  let her out of this contraption

 

 

This was the kitchen, the nicest room in the entire place Mom thought....................so that's  pretty much the same as our house than ?  

 

 

 

walls sure were thick, nice places to sit in the window and look at the view.............or look for intruders... 

     

 


Mom admired this wall hanging................but find it hard to believe it's an original.............couldn't find anyone to ask either

 


The views over the farmland is spectacular,  Mom told me as you fly over this providence it looks like a giant quilt in green, yellow and brown................just gorgeous

 

   

 

Here's a vagon waiting to be used...........

 

 

 

We're feeling nice and cozy in Lucy, who by the way got new wheels yesterday............so she feels no pain either..................all is well ......

Good Night all 

 

 


 

 

ANNONS
Av EvaLena Hallgren - 30 juli 2015 08:51

Today is going to be a gorgeous summer day...........finally.. we're still at the same marina in Simrishamn

Mom has a sore throat so she's been up since 4.30 to medicate herself with who knows what ?? she made som funny garglig noises and than she took the camera and went out for a walk, I went back to sleep............

 

That awful black cloud had disappeared by 7 AM.........when I got up and we went for MY walk

 

 

My Mom is an early bird, not even the ducks want to get up...........I don't mind, but could sleep another hour or so. I think we'll take a little nap around noon tough...........a new habit of Moms that I really like


 

 

The marina looked amazing this time in thee morning.....

   

Lots of Germans come here.............both by boat and by campers

 

 

 

Is this a siamese seagull ?? or a trick shot..........most likely a lucky shot I think

 

 

Last night we went for a bikeride exploring yet another quaint city. They put planters with flowers in themiddle of the streets to slow down traffic.............again it's cobble stones so the rattling continues

 

     

The church is located in the middle of the town square and is old, very old, as a matter of fact 

the church is first mentioned in writing as far back as the year 1161. At that time it was most likely only a small fishing village chapel consisting of the existing chancel. The nave was completed in the 1200s and the arches were added in the 1400s. And by the end of the middle age the vestibule and tower were built.

 

 

and this is  the city hall

 

     

Mom just discovered a lot of boats here are marked SIN, and this one only has 14 ? ....Hmmm....

either it's a really holy one, or it's a puppy that haven't had time to sin much.....

 

  I

I totally forgot to tell you about Brösarps hills, ...........2 days ago we drove a small winding road through lots of fields 

The hills of Brösarps are equally stunning all year round, with walking trails which run across large areas of moorland and along the hillsides with their unique flora, they are at their finest in the spring, when they are covered in cowslips. These high round hills were ice age river deposits sculpted by the forces of melting glacier water................of course it started to sprinkle while here

     


I'm on top of the wooooooorld.................It was also very windy...................notice my new collar ? it's Italian design, very fancy and very different from my old one. I didn't really need a new collar, but Mom forgot mine at Lottas house, so ..............oh well !

 

   


it's an iceberg...................watch out !!!

 

   

no false alarm..........it was only a Swans ass...............

 

 

Time to put the bike back on the rack, do the breakfast dishes and get ready for next destination...........weather is great, and so is the mood.............wooohooooo

 

 

 

 



ANNONS
Av EvaLena Hallgren - 29 juli 2015 11:30

Next town we stopped at named KIVIK  is known for the beauty of its cottages & for the abundant production of herring, apples and apple cider, but also for it's  fleemarket that used to have 100 000 visitors and 1000 sellers.

It's a yearly tradition and supposedly started in the 1800 with the trade of salted herring to buy and sell to Southeern Europe. 

       

 

It's a very quaint town, with a population about 960 permanent inhabitants, but during tourist season it becomes crowded with boaters, and here's a gorgeous well kept wooden boat

 

 

This town is also covered with cobblestones, and luckily I got to walk on my own istead of shaking in my wagon..........

 

As usual Mom admire all the flowers everywhere 

 

   

 

Fritiof Nilsson Piraten, born 1895 -1972..................according to Mom, there is not a Swede born who didn't read his books 

Educated as a lawyer he left a successful practice in 1932 to write, and that same year published his debut, "Bombi Bitt och jag" ("Bombi Bitt and me"), a  Tom Sawyer-like story of sorts. Bombi Bitt is what he is most remembered for, it was made into both a movie in 1936, and a TV-series 1968, the series starring Stellan Skarsgård of present Hollywood-fame in the lead role as Bombi Bitt, with Piraten himself as the narrator. Piraten went on to write two more books about Bombi Bitt, one in 1946 and one in 1974. Most of his books are collections of bucolic anecdotes about eccentric people in this province, such as his novel, Bock i örtagård ("Buck in herbal garden", 1933), about an illiterate horse-dealer and squire who bullies his way into a church-wardenship to win a bet. A movie was released 1958 based on this novel. A later novel, ("The book-dealer who ceased bathing", 1937) is a deeply tragic story, dotted with occasional comic situations, about a too-sensitive man falling in love with a woman and marrying her before he realizes who she really is, and the disasters that follow. 1969 a movie came out based on this novel. Most of his books are considered to fit well in the tall tale category.

He himself added "Piraten"to his name to  distinguish him from another Nilsson

 

 

 


I met this guy who's supposedly the same breed as me......................Mom couldn't stop looking at those socks tough ..............

 

 

 

this two houses connected with a greenhouse looked dreamy said Mom,but she wouldn't have chosen to paint it blue and yellow................

 

   

 

Not sure this  young kid knows what thee leaf on his hat is,  Mom thinks ..............for real ? really ???

 

 

 


A tourist from Germany was driving this Rolls Royce, and according to him this is 1 of only 4 of this model left ..........wow

 

 

The weather is still very unreliable, but luckily there has been enough sun so we could go for a long nice bikeride, in the town we're in now. 

We're parked between some real big guys, in a town called SIMRISHAMN. There's going to be a jazz festival here, so Mom said we can hang out here a little longer...............and that's fine with me

 

 

We have been driving a lot from North to South and Easst and West..............so just hanging in the same place for a while is Ok ............Denmark is still a possibility says Mom 

so far about 3265 miles..........

 

 


This town is also a port where a lot of  sailors, and we're parked close to the water, which means lots of these noisy birds. You should hear them walking on the roof of Lucy.................definitley no pussyfooting...........

 

This ship is in port and I'm wondering if it takes courage to have 602 sins ? or what it's supposed to mean ?

 

   

 


Now it's sunny again, and I've been waiting long enough for my walk,so we better hurry up to go outside before more rain...............

 

 



Av EvaLena Hallgren - 27 juli 2015 20:28

Leaving Karlskrona Mom went north for about 20 miles ? I really thought we were going south to look for the sun ??

Relax she says, just had to check out this town that a friend mentioned ...........Kristianopel.......sounds so international, a little Greek a little Danish...............and it is.

It's such a cute little town, well worth a visit........

     

 

Gorgeous homes and flowers, and of course there's the church in the middle

 

 

In the early 1600 southern Sweden useed to belong to Denmark, and
for centuries Denmark had regarded Sweden as their arch-enemy, and the town of Kristianopel was established in 1660 by King Christian IV of Denmark to strengthen his defense on the Swedish Danish border.
Kristianopel was the first town planned according to the architectural ideals of the Renaissance.
At its height the 100 men of the garrison were responsible for 60 cannons and the protection of the 600-700 inhabitants who lived within the walls.
In 1611the city was stormd by the Swedes and they torched the place, It was later reconstructed and restored, but in 1658 Denmark was forced to cede her provinces of Scania, Blekinge and Halland to Sweden, so the town ceased to be of strategic and commercial importance.
The Danes attempted to regain thier lost territory but without success. In 1678 the Swedes demolished all the fortifications surrounding the town.

Walls still there and we walked all around on top of them

     

Two little ladies having a smoke and a chat..........must be Danish

 

fantastik roses climbing the walls everywhere...........so much nicer it would have been if it was sunny and warm.

   

looks like the Danes forgot a couple of their cannons 

 

This must be a kind of light house from that era ?  they light a fire in the basket 

 

 

 more of the wall ......

 

 


after this stroll we continued a little further south to a town called Ronneby.

We parked at a place made for RVs for free in a remote area close to a golf course, and we soon had a family of deers visiting.

 

       

So we didn't drive much today, weather still stinks even tough it didn't rain much, Mom got a new rubber thingy on Lucys wiper............... it's chilly and gloomy..........one more week of this crap and it's supposed to get better ? ...............I know I've heard that before..................we'll see

In any event we'll continue south first thing in te morning..................good night all

Av EvaLena Hallgren - 26 juli 2015 23:21

The club that arranged  the Swedish FIM Speedway Grand Prix did an exceptionally job to make sure the event could go on, despite horrible rainstorm most of the day.

They covered the entire track with tarps around noon, and luckily the rain stopped in the evening, so the races could start with only one hour delay........what a giant job..........

 

   

 

The top 15 riders in the world compete, including world champion Greg Hancock plus Sweden’s Andreas Jonsson. Mom bought an American flag to cheer the US driver on.

   

That didn't help him tough,...............................maybe it's this guys fault................;-)

 

 

Here he is in the lead, and I think he won this heat, but it wasn't enough for a medal place 


 


after the races it was fireworks, and Mom made it back to me and Lucy in time before it started. Good thing it was short and not very noisy.....

             

Sadly, in the morning we parted ways with Ove and Elvy, they went back north and we're continuing south, still looking for the sun and warmer weather..........

We didn't drive very far, only about 120 miles, and ended up in a town called Karlskrona. It's a town that was founded in 1680 when Karl XI decided to establish the country's new naval base here. More than 300 years later the naval base is still here. It’s impressive and well –preserved architecture and town plan, gained the town World Heritage status in 1998. 

We parked at the harbour, with lots of other RV's, and took a nap..................Mom is finally learning to nap with me during the day...............awesome.

It's not raining aymore, but windy as hell, so we were rocked to sleep

 

this is my wiev now...........

 

     

after the nap we went for a very long walk exploring the entire town, strating at the X where Lucy is parked............lucky me was riding in my wagon..

 

 


beautiful park, and tents are being put up every where preparing for some kind of festival...............this girl don't look all that happy about it tough, maybe she can use a different hat ? one that doesn't shit on her ...............

 

    

 

The statue of Karl XI gazes out over the grand paved square. There's two impressive churches that are immediately eye catching as you enter, and here too there's preparation for a festival.

 

     

 

I don't know history that well, ( and neither does Mom ) but this guy KarlXI must have done something real bad, for getting a black eye like that

   

This is The Admiralty Clock Tower From 1699, and it was built as a clock for the dockyard workers. In 1909 it began to be used as a bell tower for the Admiralty church.

 

This gorgoues boy made me think of Harry ..............RIP 

 

 

Reading this sign form a distance, we were thinking "What ? and How? it wasn't an car sales shop...............getting closer we realize it was a driving school..............hahaha 

 

 

This is a tough tree growing through the concrete

 

 


In front of the Admirality Church, stands the popular wooden figure of Old Man Rosenbom. He has been standing there since the mid 18th century. In 1956 the original was replaced by a copy and put in a safer place inside the church. The life-size figure is actually a poor box, which means, if you lift its hat, you can insert a coin for the poor.The figure holds a placard in one hand which states in a slightly old-fashioned Swedish:


I humbly beg of you,
even though my voice may be weak,
come and put a penny in
but first lift my hat.
Blessed are those that care for the poor

A beggar that became famous ? wonder if all the Romanian beggars we see so many of in Sweden also will become famous in a few hundred years  ???
 
       
 

Holy smokes !! I'm inside a church !!! this is my first time, and that's because Mom ignored the "no Dogs allowed" sign........I'm pretty sure God will get over it she says.......actually not a big deal ..............I think

 

 

 



Oh please Mom, so childish of you to take picture of sign that says no pictures allowed ................this is navy secret stuff I guess...............

 

The Enclosing Wall was erected in the eighteenth century both as a defensive measure and to prevent unauthorized persons from being able to see into the naval base and dockyard.

 


pretty flowers growing on the wall now

 

 


another no photos allowed sign..............................stop it, we'll get arrested I say.............nope, we don't understand Swedish, she says....................oooh that's even worse I think............we'll be arrested and tortured as spies ..................but on the other hand, if they don't want us to see their stuff, why will they leave it out ?

   

 Admiral Chapman’s residence This was first the official residence of the Admiral Superintendents of the Navy yard and later for the Commandant of the Naval base...............not too shabby huh ?

 

 

OK Mom, it's not that I don't appreciate thee ride, but FOR THE LOVE OF GOD these cobble stones........ my teeth is rattling and will soon fall out. ...........and what do you think my doc will say than ? I have a dentist appointment when we get back home ...remember ?

 

 

Back in Lucy, it's time for a good night sleep, don't know where we will go tomorrow.....................just hoping it'll be a nice sunny day 

 




Av EvaLena Hallgren - 25 juli 2015 08:28

In the morning Mom did the final touches to the lady bugs, as I'm watching to make sure she spells my name correctly

   

 

 

And than the journey is continuing south, Mom driving behind Ove and Elvy

 

We stopped in a town where the old Husquarna factory is located, and while I was put on Lucy watch again, they went in to their museum 

   

 

Husqvarna has a long history that is rich in tradition. The first Husqvarna plant was established in 1689 as a weapons foundry. In the course of the centuries, Husqvarna has produced a large range of different products, including sewing machines, bicycles, motorcycles and kitchen equipment.............who knew ?????

               

When Electrolux acquired Husqvarna in 1978 the outdoor product range comprised mainly chainsaws. In the 1980s operation expanded strongly through acquisitions. In subsequent years, consistent organic growth gradually gave Husqvarna leading positions in the global market.

Since Ove now is retired, he doesn't get to use so much heavy equipment........................this little machine lets him at least listen to the noise, and he will not get hurt.

 

Mom says she used one of these when she was a puppy ????........................... how old is she really ??

 

 

this is a snowmobile......................hahaha............
....at least this was before Mom was born ................or was it ??

 

 

 

in this machine they make meat grinders................who knew HUsquarna made that too ??

 

 

 

this is Motor cycle that was made especially for export to USA

 

 


Mom soon came back to Lucy and I got a lot of praise for doing a great job watching Lucy................talk is cheap, give me a treat NOW

There was a nice little village next door where we went for "fika" , gorgeous roses, and lots of nice handmade stuff in the little shops.................Mom didn't buy anything ??? ..................which is hard to believe............she did take a few pictures for future inspirations tough

 

   

 

Next to the museum was this apartment building, great wiew and nice balconies

 

Next stop was at the speedway track, and here's hundreds of campers already................this was the sign to the entrance of the track, and it has pictures of stuff you aren't allowed to bring in...............one of the pictures is a dog, and this is what I thought about that .........

 

    

this means that once again I'll be put on Lucy watch.........Mom says it'll be way too much noise on the track so I'll be better off at home ......I'm getting real good at Lucy watching.......................and I don't really mind...............but there's a price ...........

Every evening is gametime...............this is a game called Sequence...

 

 

We are camping next to the best kept forest I ever seen. This will be very valuable in a few years when it grows out of the puppy stage............

 

 

keep your fingers crossed there will  be no rain this evening ........................according to the weather rapport it's going to be pouring cat's and dogs again ??? can't wait to see that ................

 

 


Av EvaLena Hallgren - 24 juli 2015 06:42

Second day without rain.................amazing, but now it's windy instead so it doesn't feel very warm................but inside Lucy all is well.

Yesterday Mom started early to paint more lady bugs after she found many perfect stones at the beach 

 


later in the day we went in to the small town where they cook candy canes, it was so crowded I was happy to sit in my wagon and watch everybody from a safe place. You should hear all the remarks from people in the streets, like they never seen a dog with their own wheels before.

I don't care I know they're only jealous.

   

According to Mom there is one problem with me in the wagon..............????? She says it has to stop, or else ...........

oooohhhhhh, I'm shaking in my hair .............what is it ? .............Every time we pass a large mean dog, I tell them off very loudly, and since most don't see me or know I'm there....................you should see the look on their faces...........it's hilarious to me ..............but Mom finds it annoying.....................OH well, can't please every body..........AND I was perfectly quiet in that restaurant you snuck me into............don't expect to get your way ALL the time......

 


I got threathen with another ferry if I don't behave..................I saw the ferry and backed down..............I HATE those rides. This ferry is very short and goes out to a small island in Swedens second biggest lake. Noone felt like doing it, so I lucked out this time.

The fishing boat looks real cool ...............

 

   

 

We didn't stay in town vry long, and on the way back Ove stopped to take pictures of this beautiful field with cornflowers...........growing in a field of rye

   

   

 

and Mom shot thistles

 

 

On the top of the hill is The ruins of Brahehus Castle. Due to 270 m height above sea level and 180 m above the lake, a fantastic wide panoramic view of lake Vättern and the island of Visingsö ( where the ferry goes) opens from the ruins. Built for Count Per Brahe in the 1640s, the castle soon was come in desolation in the 1680s and had suffered at fire in 1708. Now it is close to the highway and popular place for tourists and recreation.

 

 

 

 

Back with Lucy Mom contiued painting, and Elvy is showing pictures of some of her crafty things she made in her garden .........


   

Later we drove up on the hill to look at the wiev......................it was spectacular

   

Mom and Elvy is discussing if it's barley or rye ears  on this field........................hahaha, Mom has been living in the city too long.........there's 4 kinds, rye, wheat, barley and oats...............take a pick ....hihihi

 

 

Sweden use wind power for electricity 5% in 2012 and 2% in 2010. (couldn't find any numbers for 2015). Sweden consumes about 150 terawatt hours of electricity per year of which about 6 TW·hours is generated from domestic wind power  resources. Many more projects are on the way and you see these all over the place..................here's a link to more facts about this clean energy

http://www.thewindpower.net/country_en_17_sweden.php  

Some people are against it, but since we don't know enough of all this stuff, we have no opinion

 

 


finally a picture of the sun going down about 9.30 PM.............here in the south it does get dark at night......and time flies............it's the end of July, so it'll be winter soon again...............................2 more months at least Mom says, but by than we'll be back in sunny Florida.............................

 


Av EvaLena Hallgren - 23 juli 2015 09:10

 First thing in the morning, after coffee andd morning pee, Mom went into the RVshop asking for help with the fridge..................noooo time..........but there wasa second place a few miles down he road.

We went there with no hope of them having the time either...............Mom said, if begging don't help, she'll try crying....................At this place they were so nice,they opened big doors for Lucy and we drove right in..........A guy looked in the back of the fridge and said it's very sooty on a "dudad", and got a blowtool and blew the "dudad" clean. The fridge started up in a second....................fixed, and at no charge..........

Great guys  ..............

The city we were going to was Gränna................(.remember that place that makes candy canes ) there was a zoo of tourists, more crowded than ever, and the campsite was almost full.....................we continued another 9 Km. and there we met up with our friends. 

I was sound asleep in my front chair, when I heard a sound I recognised................it was the sound of my buddy's car, .........you know the buddy I can manipulate so easily to empty the fridge............... so I flew out do greet him........Mom running behind me scared I'll get run over.......

That was the brighttest thing happening all day, because the weather stunk, even tough there was a few blue holes on the black sky...

     

 

They ate very good, and yes I managed to hypnotize my buddy into dropping a few pieces my way................

 

   

 


Ove helped changing Lucy's position lamp that Mom broke in Trondheim............. .she got to close to a light pole...............shhhhhh..............don't tell I squealed

 

 

 


Later he tried his luck fishing in the lake..................wish he would fish for steak instead...............

 

 

   

 

Ove and Elvy have the kind of camper you pull behind the car, and the parked besides each other so I have a nice courtyard to play.......... while Mom collects dishes.............................Mom is having a laundry day, and she can be soooooo embarrassing sometimes...

 

 

 I'll be back tomorrow, on a  hopefully sunny day

 

 

 



Skaffa en gratis bloggwww.bloggplatsen.se