Now they’re here.

I didn’t take especially many photographs this morning besides this one, so the rest will be a day or two older.

I killed the first horse fly here in my kitchen yesterday, yippie they are finally here 🙂 🙂 I did think I was bitten by one when I was out mowing the lawn but thought it to be a bit too early for them to fly already. I had forgotten the very early and warm spring we had this year. It is a kind that sort of has a see through body (not really but in strong sunlight it comes close to it) and this one were filled with blood. I think it was Nova who was the victim because she has a nasty wound on her left ear now, I guess it itched badly and she scratched it up.


I do hope this spring was dry enough to kill of most of those larvae because this is otherwise horse fly paradise. I’m pretty sure I never would have moved here if I had known how bad it can be, now despite knowing that I still wouldn’t move because I really like this area 🙂 I’ve seen a change in what insects we have here now compared to what we had when I moved here. We have more butterflies but perhaps not the same as back them. We definitely have more dragonflies and more species too. I rarely saw any when I moved here. I guess having only organic farmers in the village helps getting more species here.


Flowering in my garden right now.


We were supposed to have sunshine already from when the sun was rising and that’s not quite true. The sky is covered with a thin cloud mass, so thin that it still is rather bright outside and every now and again there’s a tiny gap where the sun can shine through. It was a bit too warm so the flies were out and about doing what they do best, annoying every living thing but there’s also a wind that blows some of them away. I hope they cut down the grass in the fields soon because most flies go away when they do, they will have no place to hide if fly eating animals comes around.


It is time to do the first batch of the laundry and after that either a small nap or another walk with the dogs. I won’t be back until next Friday, the day after I get a new timing belt in my car and the day we celebrate Midsummer here.


Have a great day!


8 thoughts on “Now they’re here.

  1. Det är hemskt med stickande, bitande, sugande insekter och värst av dom alla är fästingarna! Jag hatar dom!! Och det är MASSOR av dom i år. Ärligt talat har jag nog utvecklat en fästingfobi efter det jag fick borrelia. 😦 😦 😦
    Bromsar, myggor och flugor är inte heller kul – men dom har vi inte så vansinnigt mycket av. Det är nog alldeles för torrt. Och det är skönt! 🙂
    Vadär det för otroligt vacker blomma på bilden efter rosen, den syrenlila? 🙂 🙂


    1. Hejsan Susie!

      Det verkar som om det funkar hyfsat att ge vitlök till hundarna för antalet fästingar på dem är mindre numera, men visst håller jag med, de är de värsta blodsugarna även om de olika flugorna inte är långt efter 🙂

      Om jag det kunde säga 🙂 Jag tog med den blomman från en växtbytardag och skylten satt bredvid plantan rätt länge men så såg skatorna den och tog den med sig 🙂 Tycker mycket om den dock!

      Ha det gott!



  2. Hi Christer,
    I’m not a fan of horseflies either. When I worked at a riding school, one of my jobs was to help take out trail riders on Sunday mornings. Horseflies were the bane of my existence. They always chose to bite the horse with the novice rider on board. And they almost always chose to bite that horse on the tenderest portion of its bum. You can imagine the effect.

    Today started out foggy but now the sun is out. It’s humid and it’s going to be hot, too. AC will go on pretty soon, I think, but for the moment it’s okay.

    Enjoy your internet vacation and the rest of today as well.


    1. Hi Caryn!

      Of course everything would happen that way 🙂 It would be way too easy otherwise 🙂 🙂 I know how the poor horses react here and those horses are the calmest in the world, until bitten by horse flies that is 🙂

      It si still quite nice here, sunshine with very few clouds in the sky and very windy. The flies hide in the vegetation instead of annoying me 🙂

      Have a great day!



  3. Yech to horseflies, Christer, of course, I would probably think of a much nastier term to use especially if one had bitten me! Hope the grass gets cut so it shorten their nuisance to you. WOW on those flowers in your garden. They are simply stunning and you have taken the best photos (as always) to show off their beauty and colors.

    It was good to read that you enjoy where you are living, aside from those nuisance insects of mosquitoes and horseflies. And nice to read that you also have more butterflies now too.


    1. Hi Beatrice!

      I can say several more nasty words about horse flies 🙂 Those flies are something I really wouldn’t be sorry about if they died out 🙂 🙂 🙂 So I too hope they’ll cut it down soon. I think they follow the wish from the EU that they should wait until most birds have left their nests and that the deer have walked in to the forest too, lots of animals get killed by harvesters every year because they follow their instinct and stay put when they sence danger.

      I do like my flowers here but lots have died this warm winter so they are less than usual.

      Yes I do despite the flies 🙂 but I must admit that if I had known how bad the fly situation can be here I never would have moved to this place 🙂 It si good that we have lots of butterflies since there are fewer and fewer in the world now days.

      Have a great day!



  4. Christer,
    We also have a fly season of black flies who also bite and swarm around your head. They are mostly near the woods. When I walked Shauna, I had to stop once the flies came as they loved biting her. We have caterpillars now which will become gypsy moths and eat the leaves of trees. Many of the trees get totally stripped. My deck has a lot of caterpillars and their poop. The paper today did say there will be fewer this year as May was so rainy. A fungus develops with all that rain, and it destroys the moths.

    My garden has flowers blooming at different times. I’m glad for that. Every morning I check to see the new flowers.

    Have a great evening!


    1. Hi Kat!

      Here it starts in late June (this year however it started already in early June) with the annoying but not biting forest flies. In late June (this year however already in early June) comes all the different biting horse flies and when their season is over the moose flies come and they’ll stay until the heavy frosts kill them. One of my clematis is always filled with caterpillars this time of year, it has almost no leafs left after a while but thankfully new ones grow out sson. I always feed the fish in the water barrels with lots of them 🙂

      There’s a short period here when I have almost no flowers in bloom, it’s just before the autumn flowering ones start. It always look a bit sad here then.

      Have a great day!



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