Monday, 30 January 2012

Black-necked Swans

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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.

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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

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Thin ice

 

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First tiny snowflakes on spider web threads

 

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Candy-striped amaryllis

 

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Model ship with sails made of lace (Textile Museum)

 

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Details of frail sail

 

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Summer left-overs (silky hairs of willowherb)

 

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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)

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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 ?

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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)

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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.

 

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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

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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…

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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!

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

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Monday, 16 January 2012

Ruby Tuesday: The Old Garden Shed

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‘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

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

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

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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.

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▲ 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 ▲

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▲ Midsummer celebration in the Open Air Museum Park▲

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▲ Marching band on their way to an Autumn Festival▲

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▲ Summer evening concert in a residential area park ▲

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▲ 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

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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!

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

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday: Welcome to 2012

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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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