Saturday, October 25, 2014

Among Giraffes and Elephants

Friday My Town Shoot Out this week asks:

Does your town have a zoo? Do you have a pet?
Do you own farm animals or live nearby them?
This Friday share with us animal life from your town, city or village.

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I don’t have any pets, and there are no farm animals grazing close to where I live – but my town does have a zoo, and the FMTSO question reminds me that I still have unposted pictures from my last visit there (back on my birthday in August).

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One of the enclosures at our zoo where you are almost certainly always guaranteed a good show is the African Savannah. Especially the giraffes and the elephants are usually very obliging when it comes to posing for photographs.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Indoors Wednesday

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Today has been an Indoors Wednesday for me.

The primary reason was not the weather - even if on that account it was actually a rather good day to have a reason or two not to go out. Those reasons can be seen above: A new fridge and a new freezer being installed.

That’s one of the advantages as well as disadvantages of living in a rented apartment. You don’t have to decide vs don’t get to decide about these things yourself. They either happen or don’t, as the case may be. In this case, I got notice last week that is was going to happen; and further notice on Monday, that it was going to happen today, some time between 8-12 a.m.

Which meant that I was up and about around 7 a.m., just in case. But of course they did not turn up until around 11:30.

On the whole I guess it went smoothly, even if it got a bit more stressful for me than I prefer… Having to hurriedly clean away I-don’t-know-how-many-years worth of grease and grime that had been hiding under and behind the old appliances (while two strong guys carried the old ones out and the new ones in). I’ve lived here six years, but there were things living under the old fridge that I’d never seen before…

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Question of conscience: Do you pull out your kitchen appliances every year and clean behind them???

The manuals accompanying the new appliances tell me, of course, that I should.

They also tell me, in visual language, that it’s okay if my new fridge sounds like a cat…

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… but not if it sounds like a bear.

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Remains to be seen how we’ll get along. So far this afternoon it’s mostly been me roaring like a bear, rather than purring as a cat. This because I’ve not yet got used to the fact that the new fridge only has one, big door; while my old one was a fridge-chiller with two doors that opened separately. (The lower half supposedly keeping a somewhat higher temperature, suitable for vegetables and fruit etc.) What has happened a number of times this afternoon is that I somehow manage to hit my toes with the door when closing it… (being used, I suppose, to being able to stand closer to the cabinet when I only had the upper door open).

I also have a slight grudge going on with the new freezer, which still lacks a proper “front” (which also means it still lacks a handle!). I was given a vague promise this will be added “another day”, apparently by someone else… Until then, I have to open the door by gripping around the edge of it. On top of that, the new freezer also turned out to be a little bit smaller than the old one… And as my old one was more or less full, you may be able to guess some of the initial consequences. No? Okay then: I had to have a bowl of ice-cream for dessert after lunch. And a couple of packets of very icy frozen veggies (with best-before date expired and half-thawed and re-frozen at least once before) had to go…

Minor troubles. Hopefully we’ll learn to get along…

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday

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No chance of “live” shadows today, I’m afraid,
so I’m using a photo taken about a week ago… Smile

Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Friday, October 17, 2014

Weekend Reflections: A New View

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The stairs you see across the water here are part of a new addition to the “promenade” along the river in the centre of my town. That section of the riverbank has not been open to the public before, but will be soon. I’m looking forward to it! I think it’s a great idea to extend the possibilities for pedestrians to follow the river the whole way through town.

Weekend Reflections

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Moody Weather

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Sunset clouds from my balcony, about a week ago.

As I’m putting this post together (Thursday evening), the TV news in the background is reporting flooding in the coastal areas of south-west Sweden today. And a bit further north they had snow! Just around here, I think it’s just been a rather ordinary rainy day, though. (Well, as far as I know! I’ve not been out much!)

More of the same forecasted for Friday:

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Friday My Town Shoot Out

SkyWatch Friday

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

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The autumn rains have set in… Every now and then I’ve been lucky and managed to sneak out between showers, though. (These pictures from Sunday afternoon.)

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Outdoor Wednesday

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Circles of Gold

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Scriptor’s recent post with a ring in it reminded me that I have not yet posted about this one, which I had made (or re-made) recently.

I had my parents’ rings just lying in a drawer, not knowing what to do with them. Mum’s rings did fit me, but since they were just plain gold rings (i.e. obvious engagement/wedding rings and nothing else) it felt weird wearing them as they were. 

But then recently a friend of mine inspired me by what she did (or had a goldsmith do!) with her inherited rings. So I decided to do something similar with mine, and had mum’s plain rings soldered together with a brand new one (in white gold with gemstones) which I picked out for myself; and traded dad’s rings in to pay for it (or part of it).

I’m pleased with the result. It no longer feels like wearing someone else’s rings, and yet my parents’ names and dates are still preserved in the inscriptions.

Doing it justice with the camera turned out to be another matter, though. Any reflections on how to avoid reflections (of oneself and the camera)??

Macro Monday

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Autumn Light & Shadows

I try to be out walking as much as possible (or comfortable!) just now, to catch the light and colours of autumn. I find the camera a great companion, as it helps me “see things”, even when I just keep to the very familiar neighbourhood close to where I live.

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Linking to Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Shadow Shot Sunday 2

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PS. On request from Adrian… (see his comment)

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Better?? (I suppose he might have a point, but my brain objects because I know from where the light actually comes in that place at that time of day…)

Friday, October 10, 2014

FMTSO: Close Up

Some close-ups I’ve snapped over the past three weeks – all taken in the neighbourhood of where I live, for

Friday My Town Shoot Out: In Close Up

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