Thursday, April 30, 2009

mourning and dismay...

Shocking events at KONINGINNEDAG...

It should have been a shining party!
It should have been only laughter and joy!
It should have been an unforgettable event!
It should have been a day of love, union and pride!

One man decided to hurt people!

was it
that brought this man to a point in his life
where he stopped caring about the precious lifes of others?

4 dead.
Many hurt!
More wounded!
A nation in shock!

It takes a while until you realize that what you just saw on TV is reality.
Human bodies flying through the air.

Laughter changes to horror in a split second.

Some start running, screaming.
Others are paralysed.

it happens all the time,
all over the world.
People kill people.
But every life lost is one too much!!!

Lifes are so fragile.
We are fragile.
I am fragile.

Everything around us is fragile.

That is why we have to be

With our children, neighbour, animals, strangers... ANYONE!

In every situation, with everyone and everything.

We don't have to agree with everyone, like everyone.

we have to treat each other well at all times.

Life is fragile.



Hasi is dutch, so for her today is a very special day.
It's KONINGINNEDAG today in Holland,
the day where the Queen,
her family and the entire country celebrates her birthday.
Well, it's not her actual birthday today,
but the day where Holland celebrates the
"Queens Day".

It's a day where the dutch people get to see the entire royal Family out in public.
Every year they visit a different city and the city organizes a big party for them.
Hasi will watch it on TV.
I wish I could watch too, but I have a doctors appointment...

At the party the members of the royal family get to see art performances,
traditional customs that are typical for that part of the country,
they are offered food, children sing for them
AND they get to play fun games or even go ice skating.

Prince Willem Alexander from Oranje-Nassau and wife Princess Maxima
(Picture source Internet)

Almost everyone is dressed in orange,
or wears something orange
because it is the royal familiys color.

I also used to live in Holland for a couple of years
and even though the country is small and very crowded
(that was the main reason we left)
I like to follow what is going on in that country.

Dutch people are - in general - very nice people.
And they have fun traditions and beautiful flowers.

Photo source Internet

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

One more month

This place has been our home for six months now.
We rent the house of a huge farm that used to be a pig farm.
The barns and stables have been empty for years.
Our landlord bought the farm (about 30 ha) a couple of years back.
He and his family are living a couple of km from here on the original farm which is called "Semb Mölla". They are bording and breeding race horses (trotters). I don't know how much land they really own, but they told us that they are also renting additional farmland to be able to produce all the feed they need for their horses.

There are tow harm houses on this property.
The second one is just a couple hundred meters away from us, it's also rented out.
It has a garage and a small barn, that is where our horses are living.

The photos where made last September...

This is the horse farm we will move to end of May...

We are already in the planning for the move.
But with the help of the internet is that really easy.
So much can be arranged online these days, I love that!

Hasi's sister will come from Holland to
help us with packing and cleaning and
the moving company is already arranged for the 28th of May.

It will be a "smooth ride" all the way to Fjälkinge!


Beauty Day for Cleo

Mission accomplished!

It was time for Cleo's Beauty Day
and her Spring haircut!

When I was taking this picture i could here her think:

"Well well, she's taking
ANOTHER picture of me, hmmm, whatever...!"

She was still relaxed, enjoying the morning sun and
I had promised her a cookie if she would "smile" into the camera.

OH OH!!!
"That's not good! How did I end up here???"

"Are you really serious??!!??"
"I don't need a bath, I look fantastic and the smell is OK too!!!
I just rolled in something interesting yesterday..."


"You're sooo mean! I thought this would be a fun day and look at me now!"
"I don't deserve this!!!"

Stupid camera!
Get on with this Missy!
I don't have all day!"

"I think I got a little water in my ear... gotta shake it out."

"Oh YES! THAT'S more like it!
"I like that thing that blows warm air on my skin!!!
And please don't forget the massage!"

"This feels pretty nice!
Thank you!"
"Yes, you were right, I was a little filthy, that's true.
I am the most beautiful little dog on this planet now, right??"

I didn't sign up for that!!!"


and even MORE cookies

TA TA!!!!


Yesterday's Impressions

I love spring!

Every day, every drive is exciting!

Each day the scenery is different.

There is something NEW to discover every day.

I wish I had a wide-angle lens to get nicer lanscape shots though!!!


At I first thought...
OH! Look at those sheep, aren't they cute!
But then I realized it were
PIGS on the LOOSE!

This is our landlord at work.
Two of the large fields around the farm got ploughed last week.
Yesterday they planted the new seeds and finished the field by draging a big heavy roller across the field to push the rocks back into the ground.
We are ready for some rain now...

is a busy day,
I have to give our little one (Cleo) a bath,
she is getting a little filthy!
And she will have her haircut today.
Maybe I'll think of making a before and after photo...
Hasi has to go to town running a few errands,
I will stay put and deal with some
household stuff and entertain the animals...

Have a great day everyone!


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Optical Illusions

For those who are interested in more

optical illusions



The next level...

The horseshoe picture is fantastic, isn't it!

But now my friends it's time to go to the next level...

How about the ballerina?

Is she dancing clockwise or anti-clockwise???

THE Right Brain vs Left Brain test ... do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?

If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.

Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.

uses logic
detail oriented
facts rule
words and language
present and past
math and science
can comprehend
order/pattern perception
knows object name
reality based
forms strategies

uses feeling
"big picture" oriented
imagination rules
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can "get it" (i.e. meaning)
spatial perception
knows object function
fantasy based
presents possibilities
risk taking



How do you see it?

I took this picture in 2002 in Austria, or maybe it was 2003...

It has always faszinated me since.

Of course, it is a footprint of a horseshoe, that is a fact.

The question is



Do you see it "deep", meaning normal,
as an imprint in the dirt,
left by a horseshoe?

Or do you see it
if the "horseshoe" would lay
ON TOP of the dirt...?

Or can you even see it both ways???

I can.


Try it for yourself!


New Life Everywhere

What a wonderful time of the year!

Fresh greens everywhere.

Gorgeous colors everywhere.

And new babies...


I saw them in a corner of their pasture and thought:
"Great! I can get some nice horse baby shots!"

But you can see what they did
when they saw me coming closer....



Monday, April 27, 2009

Full time job

is hard work.
It could become a

We blog a lot because we want to share and
want to keep our regular readers happy, don't we!
Of course we do!

But that is not enough...
There are all those friends
that want to keep in touch with you
on other platforms

(...where strangers become your friend by just one click)
(...where you gather followers)
msn messenger
and myspace
(...where people pretend to be someone they are not)
yahoo messenger
and not to forget Skype!

Just to name a few.
Wouldn't ONE provider/service be enough for all of us?
It would make life so much easier!


And then you have your special contacts and friends
who you are still sending regular (ordinary) e-mails from time to time,
friends who want to know what is going on in our lives.

That is why I started blogging originally.
I thought it would be the easiest way to
keep all our friends and contacts up to date
on our daily adventures.
For those who really want to know.

But I am not complaining!
Don't get me wrong.

I love to get e-mails and also love to write them myself.
It is still my favourite way to stay in touch with our beloved friends all over the world.

But all that
IMing and
tweeting and
is just too much for me.
A great way to get friends and followers though...

I love the internet


What will they come up with next?


Tolle Nachbarn

Vor 6 Monaten haben wir "Auf Wiedersehen" gesagt.
Mönchdorf vermissen wir nicht.
Auch das Haus nicht, in dem wir 5 Jahre gewohnt haben.

Wir hatten tolle Nachbarn in Mönchdorf!
Die Besten die man sich vorstellen kann.
Wir vermissen nix aus Österreich,
nur unsere lieben Nachbarn Z. und M.!

Aber natürlich bleiben wir in Verbindung
und die Beiden schicken uns Fotos von unserem
alten Haus.
Die neuen Besitzer
sind gerade beim Umbauen.
In den ersten 2 Jahren unserer Zeit dort
taten wir nix anderes als renovieren und bauen.
Jetzt ist jemand anders an der Reihe!

Die Fotos zeigen nur den Anfang...

Fotos von Nachbar Mandi :)

Ein Haus wie dieses
könnte viele Geschichten erzählen.
Es hat viele Jahreszeiten kommen und gehen sehen.
Familien haben dort gelebt, Tiere gehalten und Kinder großgezogen.
Und es waren harte, kalte Zeiten damals.

Es gab einen Baum hinter dem Haus,
er war nicht groß aber alt.
Es war eine Linde.
Ein wunderschöner Baum,
die Hunde lagen gerne darunter.

Jetzt ist er weg.

Zeiten und Dinge ändern sich,
Menschen kommen und gehen,
so wie die Jahreszeiten.

Nur dort wo Verfall ist,
kann Erneuerung stattfinden.
Ich hoffe und wünsche,
dass die neue Familie glücklich wird in ihrem neuen Heim.
Wir waren es.
Ich bin sicher sie werden viel Liebe
in die Renovierung des Hauses stecken.

Und eins weiss ich ganz sicher,
sie haben fantastische Nachbarn!


Great Neighbours

We said "Good Bye" 6 months ago.
We don't miss the village,
we don't miss the house that was our home for 5 years.

We had wonderful neighbours in Mönchdorf (Austria).
The best you can imagine.
We don't miss anything about Austria,
only our neighbors Z. and M.!

But we stay in touch and they are
sending us picures from our old house.

The new owners, their new neighbours,
are doing a major

We did nothing but renovating and landscaping
the first two years while living there,
now it is their turn!

The photos below show only the beginning...

Photos by neighbour Mandi :)

A house like that could tell many stories.
It has seen many seasons.
Families lived there, kept animals and raised children there.
And it was rough, cold times back then.

There was a tree standing right behind the house,
it wasn't tall but old.
I think it's called Lime in english.
It was a beautiful tree,
the dogs loved to sit under it.

It's gone.

Things change, people come and go like the seasons do.

Only if there is decay,
rebuilding can arise.

I hope and wish that
the new family will be happy there,
we were.
I am sure they will put
lots of love into the reconstruction of the house.

And I know for sure they have great neighbours!


Sunday, April 26, 2009

Picture in the header

"Ales stenar"

I took this one and the picture
in the header on the coast in south Sweden.

Ale's Stones (Ales stenar in Swedish) is a megalithic monument in Scania in southern Sweden, probably from circa 600 CE, that is, the end of the Nordic Iron Age. Scanian folklore ascribes the stones to King Ale's grave. This site is significant for Scandinavian heritage studies.

Ale's Stones consist of a 67 metre long stone ship formed by 59 large boulders of sandstone, weighing up to 1.8 tonnes each.

There are more sites like that throughout Skandinavia and Europe.

picture source internet...


It is truely a magical place!


Saturday, April 25, 2009


We are back in Getinge, the contract is signed and we are happy!!!

The first map shows where we'll move to 1st of June.

The second map shows Getinge,
that is the place
where we live now,
as well as "Fjälkinge",
that's where the horse farm is.


South Sweden

Fjälkinge is a nice village
about 10 km from Kristianstad,
an absolute historically interesting city in South Sweden.
The horse farm is just outside Fjälkinge,
and just minutes away from very nice Nature Reserve.
(That is the "hill" behind the farm on the second photo below...)

The farm is called "Persdal" and used to be a HUGE farm.
I believe that most of the land has been sold many years ago
and since then it has been adapted to keep horses.
Size of the farm is
about 6 acres, that is 2,5 ha
pastures and paddocks.
And we will rent
an additional 7,4 acres (3ha) of summer pasture.
Lots of space for happy horses!!

The barn has room for 10 or 11 horses at it is now,
but there is room for more if we want to.
We will see.
We will stay there at least 2 years,
but you'll never now.
It might just be those 2 years, it might be longer.

We don't have any specific plans for now.
We take it day by day and focus on the move first.
We'll be very busy for the weeks and months to come,
quiet a few things have to be arranged.
Can't wait for 1st of June!!!




I had a dream

I had a dream last night.

I dream often and I do remember them mostly.

I used to be upset about most of my dreams.

Many of them were sad and I would wake up sad.

Nowadays its mostly "OK" dreams.

Sometimes I might even wake up,

remember the dream and smile.

I have changed and so have my dreams.

My dreams are still mostly silly and weird though,

no real story, everything gets mixed up and

they seem to make no sense whatsoever.

It seems like it...

This dream I woke up from this morning

had a message in it.

I recognized it while beeing still IN the dream.

And I rememberd that message

right away when I woke up.





Have a fantastic day everyone!!!


Friday, April 24, 2009


We spottet them on a big grassland
next to the road to Åsige.

When they heard the car coming
they tried to hide in the short grass.
But then the male Pheasant decided to
initiate a distruction maneuver
to protect the female...
What a gentleman!

He took off so fast that I had
a hard time following with my lens,
still sitting in the car.

I took a chance over my shoulder and
was really surprised that about the result
because I was pretty sure I had missed him...