Archive for October, 2009

Box Plants... the big dig

Box Plants… the big dig

Friday, October 30, 2009 No Comments

boxplants-1

The gardens here are full of lovely mature box plants. Unfortunately they’re too much for us to deal with here, mostly planted in areas that aren’t suitable for our future plans for the garden. As such, we’ve been investigating possibilities to sell them as oppose to just digging them up and destroying them. There’s far [...]

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Category: Misc.

Early bonfire night...

Early bonfire night…

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 No Comments

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This evening I was able to have an early bonfire night… Yey!! Even though Sweden don’t really have Bonfire night as we do (obviously), I thought I might have my own little bonfire anyway out here! The reason for today’s bonfire was that today I’ve been cleaning out one of the rooms in the barn [...]

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Category: House renovation, Misc.

Smashing time with the sledge hammer

Smashing time with the sledge hammer

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 3 Comments

Door and frame after removal from wall

Today has been very productive. I decided to get up and start clearing the kitchen out, ready for some demolition. I was sick to the back teeth of the sight of apples, so, all thoughts of baking behind me, I turned myself from domestic goddess in to Bob the Builder, or more accurately, Don the [...]

Simple Swedish – Episode 1 (YouTube clip)

Monday, October 26, 2009 1 Comment

Here’s a short video of a Swedish guy explaining some of the finer points of the Swedish Language. I thought it might help me to understand things a little better, but, it’s just confused the heck out of me. The en/ett singular plural business is just stuuuuupid. Hopefully it’ll all become clear when I start [...]

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Category: Odd bits

Cooking night...

Cooking night…

Friday, October 23, 2009 No Comments

apple picking

Phew. I’m shattered. Been cooking for a couple of hours making huge vats of bolognese, beef stew, and “äppelmos” (like the filling to an apple crumble, served warm with cream). So now the freezer is full of yummy food for a while to keep things to keep me going whilst working on the house!! Yes, [...]

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Category: Food & drink

How to reclaim three hours of my life…

Thursday, October 22, 2009 No Comments

Successful business colleagues at a business c...

I’ve just returned from a three hour presentation / lecture for New Business Start-ups. Not the most stimulating of subjects? True. But, consider this… the whole thing was in Swedish!! Therefore after, “Hej, välkommen” [hello, welcome], I was lost. The worse thing was that as well as being bored out of my brains, the room [...]

Nothing exciting lately, so here’s a short musical interlude

Thursday, October 22, 2009 2 Comments

Unfortunately, because I’ve been trying to get over this rotten cold thing, I’ve been trying to force myself to stay on the sofa and rest up / keep warm and all other such brain-numbingly boring (none-)activities for the past couple of days. I’m not sure it’s working though, as I see little improvement. I won’t [...]

How to transport pets from the UK to Europe, dogs / cats

How to transport pets from the UK to Europe, dogs / cats

Saturday, October 17, 2009 13 Comments

Young Boy Traveling Down the Road with Dog

Young Traveler from Stock Photography I’ve had a couple of questions from people who’ve found my blog on the internet, and asked how I transported my two dogs from the UK to Sweden. So here’s some information that will hopefully prove useful to others. First of all, I did my research way in advance. Things [...]

Todays outdoor jobs...

Todays outdoor jobs…

Thursday, October 15, 2009 No Comments

Engine found in bushes... Almost everything cut back and cleared... and then I find this ENGINE hidden deep in the bushes that were once here. My topiary on the huge overgrown box plant is also almost complete here!

Today I’ve been digging up yet more trees and shrubs, and even tried my hand at some topiary!! I’ve now cleared by sides of the drive entrance into the courtyard, which will eventually get a nice big gate between the two, and graveled. It as previously full of climing plants up the walls, trees that [...]

Blog Action Day 2009

Blog Action Day 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009 No Comments

blogday

Ok, so, after my previous post about sunny weather here in Sweden, I felt I should perhaps add a post about Blog Action Day 2009. Today, 15th October, is “Blog Action Day”. Sounds like a good idea. If one person blogs about an issue then a few tens of people read it. If everyone blogs [...]

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Category: Misc.

Swedish weather; it ain't all that bad (so far)

Swedish weather; it ain’t all that bad (so far)

Thursday, October 15, 2009 2 Comments

15th October 2009 in Sweden -  in my garden

I can’t believe it, after watching the weather report last night, I was expecting to see clouds, rain, and even snow today. But, I’ve just been out with the dogs, and it’s fantastic. I had to snap this photo whilst in the garden to remind me how nice October can be… it’s just 9.15am and [...]

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Category: Misc.

Mobile phone in tea – update…

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 1 Comment

Young angry businessman screaming on cell phon...

If you read my previous post, about dropping my mobile phone in a cup of tea… then you may be interested to know that, after 8 hours on top of the radiator (the phone that is, not me) drying out, I tried to get it working again. I actually didn’t expect it to work because [...]

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Category: Food & drink

Blood apples? Anyone know? UPDATED...

Blood apples? Anyone know? UPDATED…

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 6 Comments

One of my apple trees

I was walking down the drive, and decided to test a couple of the apples that are bursting off the trees at the moment. I’m no apple expert, in fact without a sticky label on the side, I’m pretty clueless. I can just about tell a good apple from a bad, but that’s it. Well [...]

Mobile phone in tea

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 No Comments

Young angry businessman screaming on cell phon...

Like a complete fool, due to my sick doped up state, I’ve just accidentally dropped my mobile phone in to my cup of morning tea! What a complete and utter cluts. I was just about to text a reply to a friend, when the phone slipped out of my fingers. Before I could react, it [...]

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Category: Misc.

My ketchup and ‘special’ meat

Sunday, October 11, 2009 No Comments

I’ve been to a couple of supermarkets now and noticed that apart from the layout, many food items are familiar to me from UK supermarkets, such as Findus frozen foods, Heinz baked beans, and even good old HP sauce! A couple of things however have surprised me. So much so that I felt the necessity [...]

I am a number…

Sunday, October 11, 2009 2 Comments

Numbers

Yesterday, I went to the Swedish Tax Office (Skatteverket) to commence my application for a Swedish ‘Person Number’. At first I started to pay some interest in the process, but then it sounded much too over-complicated with temporary ‘coordination numbers’, ‘Person Numbers’, number calculations plus 60, and all sorts of different forms… So I gave [...]

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Category: Misc.

Full of a cold… Swine Flu?!

Sunday, October 11, 2009 1 Comment

For what feels like EVER, I’ve had a crappy cough and cold and I’m today I’m sick of it. So I’m wondering… hmmm could it be Swine flu?! Well I doubt it. But, I’m a man. And I like to think that at least I have man-flu! I think later I’ll be doing my dying [...]

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Category: Misc.

Attacking the garden... day one.

Attacking the garden… day one.

Saturday, October 10, 2009 3 Comments

Me attacking a deep routed tree

Today’s been a killer of a day. It didn’t take a genius to realise that the garden here has been swamped by weeds, overgrown plants, trees that have self planted etc etc. So somehow I decided that since it was a nice day, I’d try to start ripping up weeds and plants / shrubs that [...]

Just down the road... a church

Just down the road… a church

Saturday, October 10, 2009 No Comments

Church Photo 1

Driving about 2 minutes from my house, I drove by this church… It seemed odd to be ‘stuck’ there seemingly in a field, which at the moment (due to my unfamiliarity with the area I live), appears to be in the middle of know where.  Upon further investigation I have found that it’s called “Trollenäs [...]

Making use of the new van

Making use of the new van

Friday, October 9, 2009 1 Comment

van-with-doors

Today we went to fetch some new external doors for the back of the cottage. The existing doors are ok, but they’re getting quite old and tired, and are in desperate need of refreshing. The new van came in handy, because it has roof bars which were ideal for this kind of job! Looks quite [...]

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