Monday, 30 January 2012

Black-necked Swans


The black-necked swan is not native to Scandinavia or Europe, but comes from South America. However, we have a couple of them in a bird sanctuary in my town. These and other rare birds live within  fences at one end of the lake; while wild birds are free to come and go as they like.


For Ruby Tuesday & Watery Wednesday

Mosaic Monday: Playground

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Linking to Mosaic Monday at Little Red House

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Friday My Town – Delicate


Thin ice



First tiny snowflakes on spider web threads



Candy-striped amaryllis



Model ship with sails made of lace (Textile Museum)



Details of frail sail



Summer left-overs (silky hairs of willowherb)



Dying, worn-out butterfly (spoonfed by me in its last hours…)


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Looking forward to seeing what delicate things everyone else found,

at Friday My Town Shoot-Out









Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Snowy Branches by the River (Watery Wednesday)


The branches of an alder tree stretching out over the water.

Linking to Watery Wednesday

Monday, 23 January 2012

Ruby Tuesday: Care To Have A Seat ?


Another garden picture from a couple of weeks ago.
Now we have just about the same amount of snow again.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Friday My Town – Glass

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Glassware from a 1970’s Design Exhibition at the Textile Museum
(February 2011)

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“Glasmästeri” = Glasscutter’s Workshop (January 2010)


My New Year’s Eve table 2011. I don’t have a whole lot of ‘fine’ glassware and china, but I do have these (six) glasses, which I only use on festive occasions. They were my mother’s - maybe even her mother’s, I’m not sure. Mum passed these on to me about twenty years ago because she also had a set of similar ones after my other grandma.



The “snowball” candle holder (for tealights) is a very popular model from the Swedish glassworks Kosta Boda. (Designed in 1973 by Ann Wärff; I think I’ve also had mine since back in the mid 70s.) The origin of the other candle holders I’m not sure of.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Frozen Flood


Yesterday I very nearly did not bring my camera, just going out for a quick (hmm!) short walk to post a letter. “There can’t possibly be anything interesting along that way on a grey and snow-free winter day,” I thought to myself. But then I grabbed the camera anyway…


And it turned out nature along the familiar path surprised me, once again – as my familiar paths sometimes do. This time I found a frozen lake - where there usually is no lake!



In April, this is one of the close-to-home spots where I go looking for wood anemones! (…not water lilies…)


Monday, 16 January 2012

Ruby Tuesday: The Old Garden Shed


‘Everything passes, everything wears out, everything breaks.’
~ ’Tout passe, tout lasse, tout casse.’ ~ French Proverb

Linking to Ruby Tuesday 

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday: Winter Beach


My brother, his dog and me – and our shadows! - on a beach walk,
11 January 2012


The water level in the lake is very high this winter.
In fact, there is hardly any beach left to walk on!


See more shadows at Shadow Shot Sunday

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Friday My Town: Arms and Legs

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▲▲▲ From a Textile Museum day back in April 2010, with demonstrations how people used to do their washing in the river back in the early 1900’s.


▲ One of our more famous sculptures from recent years:
Pinocchio (9 m high) by American artist Jim Dine.
(At his feet friends of mine who were visiting last summer.)


Friday My Town Shoot Out – Jan 13th

Monday, 9 January 2012

Delicious Amaryllis

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I find no better word for these candy-striped flowers than ‘delicious’!

Mosaic Monday and Ruby Tuesday

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Friday My Town – Music

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▲ Whether summer or winter, the best place to go in search of free outdoors concerts in my town would be the Town Square. ▼

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Not the only place, though!

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▲ National Day celebration (6 June) in the Town Park ▲

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▲ Folk music on key fiddles and accordion ▲


▲ Midsummer celebration in the Open Air Museum Park▲


▲ Marching band on their way to an Autumn Festival▲


▲ Summer evening concert in a residential area park ▲


▲ Outdoors Lucia (St Lucy) concert in the same park (December) ▲


All photos © DawnTreader (2009-2011)


Friday My Town Shoot Out – Music


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Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Frosty Red


If you look carefully, there is still some red to be found in Nature.
(Photo from frosty New Year’s Eve 2011)

I had intended to link this to Ruby Tuesday, but discovered today that apparently in the 2012 calendar there are no Ruby Tuesdays.

There are still Tuesdays though - and all the colours of the rainbow, red included. So I’ll just post this anyway, with a thanks to Mary at Work of the Poet for all the Ruby Tuesdays in the past.

May new colourful adventures await us all!


And two hours later, I am informed that there is Ruby Tuesday 2!

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday: Welcome to 2012


May you have the hindsight to know where you've been
the foresight to know where you're going
and the insight to know when you're going too far.”

~ Irish Blessing ~


Linked to Shadow Shot Sunday

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