Sunday, March 30, 2008

Crashed computer



Last weekend my computer crashed for the last time, so I have had to take a break from blogging, but have now borrowed one to try and catch up. These picture was taken last Saturday. As an Easter treat we went downhill skiing in the mountains. It takes us an hour to drive up into these mountains, just under if we use the ice roads across the lake.

We stopped here, on an island, to buy a sack of potatoes, on the way home. The mountains we skied down can be seen in the background across the lake we have just driven across.

Turning a 180 degree angle this was the view to the east.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Birthday Chick!

During the Biathlon World Cup we saw a few people walking about with chickens on their heads. Strawberry really wanted one, so I told her to go and ask a young man, with a blue one on his head, where he had bought it. I thought she'd chicken out (sorry) and that would be the end of the matter, but she bravely walked up to him and asked in Swedish first and then in English where he had got his fantastic hat. To the Swedish she got a response she didn't understand, gobble-de-gooch (?), and to her English question she got the reply:
"I speak French!"
So we presumed that the hats were purchased in France and we made do with a fuzzy wig in the German colours.
On her birthday I had to buy some more material for the Art Room and in the Art shop, where they also sell fancy dress clothes, sitting on a shelf was a chicken hat. I couldn't leave it behind. Since then she has had to put up with a lot of staring and giggling and a few new names, but she still loves the hat. She uses one of the feet as a pretend microphone, holds it close to her mouth and says:
" I repeat there is a chicken sitting on my head."

On an entirely different subject, she would like to know if there are a lot of "skywalkers" in America?

Friday, March 14, 2008

For a Faster M.


Are highest mountain, on the horizon at the centre of the heart.
(Are is not a spelling mistake, not this time.)


M's bro' admiring the view from the top of our water tower.



M's adoring fans grovel at her feet,
or it's all that cream getting to them.
We have just celebrated,
a little early,
the Strawberry's birthday
at the restaurant on top
with prawns, chocolate and cream.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Sportlov


Sportlov = Swedish winter sport holiday, all this week for us, so we are going to head off to the forest for a few days. Here in town the buildings don't have the same cheerful red colour as in the countryside. These buildings on the left are going to be demolished sometime during this coming year, it will be interesting so see what goes up in their place.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Red houses?


This house isn't , but a lot of the houses here are painted red with white details.
The red paint used was originally a bi-product from the copper mines.
The red provides a contrast to the evergreen forests that surround us, as the luminous green of this house does to the dark blue sky. This is not it's usual colour, it had been lit up as part of a light show that was put on here in town. It was pretty amazing.