Today I finally picked up the six goldfish I had in my two water barrels. They don’t feel the cold as we do (they are cold water fish) so when it gets really cold their body temperatures fall down as well. They don’t freeze but sort of goes in to a hibernation. Good thing for me because those water barrels have been almost totally frozen twice this winter 🙂 Now they live in the cool cellar until next spring. A little too strong filter is cleaning the water and as long as the water temperature is 10C (50F) or lower they won’t eat, the food would root in their stomachs if they did.
I also planted the false cedar tree (the one they call Julen here or Yule juniper in English). It has a much bigger chance to survive the winter here (if it gets normal and cold) if it already is planted in the ground. Now I have nothing even remotely decorative on the front of my cottage, i better place a lantern or two there instead. I also planted the tiny spruce that grew on that magnificent tree stump I’ve so often photographed. The tree stump got severely mangled by a forest machine and the little spruce had no chance of surviving if I hadn’t taken care of it. It barely did anyway since it was so dry this summer and I forgot to water it 🙂
I looked in to my aquarium the other day and one of the plants looked a bit odd, it had a white leaf so I thought it might be dying. Turns out it is a flower! I have never had an aquarium plant in bloom in my aquarium before and this one is flowering way below the water surface. It must be enjoying life since it is flowering but the flower looks like a Calla so I wonder if it instead might be desperate and tries to flower before it dies 🙂 🙂
There’s a fire burning in the stove and I’m boiling rice porridge on it at the moment. I’m also boiling normal rice for Albin. I wish I had some whole cinnamon at home, it does taste rather nice if one boils the porridge with a piece of whole cinnamon with it. Instead I put in some cardamom instead, not the same but rather tasty anyway 🙂 I also like to put in some vanilla sugar but I didn’t have that at home either. If I had had some whipping cream at home I would have been able to make some Rice a la Malta as we call it (Risalamande in Danish but I can’t find any English name fo it at all). It is cold rice porridge mixed with whipped cream and vanilla sugar. The original recipe says it also should have orange juice and pieces of oranges in it but my family have always used berries that we like, like blueberries , raspberries or strawberries. Quite tasty but fill the stomach really fast, it is very easy to eat too much of it 🙂
The porridge is almost done so it’s time to find a soup-plate. The laundry is done and It is time to start the radiator in the dog house, we’re getting a cold night they say. They also say we’ll get snow but so far we’ve been lucky and no snow in sight.
Have a great day!