The first Troll spindle for the season.

No protection for the sunshine so that’s why the right side of the photo is whitish. Taken with the Rolleicord.

I’m either coming down with a nasty cold or I have an allergic reaction to Pine pollen. I sneeze all the time, my nose is runny, my throat is slightly sour and a headache comes and goes. I’m leaning towards an allergy because I felt much better hen I was using my fresh air mask at work. I am at the moment very happy that the pine pollen season is very short 🙂 🙂 🙂


The wild strawberries are in bloom. They give the most delicious berries.
Today I saw the first Troll spindle 🙂

Tjeiyjzjzjz is not a sound You want to hear from Your camera lens because that means the auto focus breaks. I heard it on Wednesday afternoon but I wasn’t surprised. It has behaved slightly odd for quite some time so I was suspecting that it was about to break down. I’ll manage but it is so much easier when it works.


Sorry about no blog yesterday. I was caught up in a conversation with the beekeepers and it was a bit late to start writing anything since I had a couple of things to do, like feeding all the animals 🙂 It was a cool and nice day, only 16C (60,8F)  and semi sunny so it was quite nice to be outside. Today is slightly warmer but with a clear blue sky and a weak but nice wind. I had been to Falköping after work because I have bought a new sack of Albin’s dog food. I also drove to the pet store and bought some fish to have in my water barrels and a biological anti tick spray. It smells like one of those really cheap deodorants one only can buy on vacation resorts where people only go to get burned in the sunshine on the beach. It made us all sneeze a lot but it is pretty good and I haven’t been able to see any ticks after our walk.


They say this is the White Skunk Cabbage but I’m not so sure, the flower is just too small and the leafs are a bit wrong too. I’ve now found what it is, it’s Calla palustris.

I think that Albin finally have understood the thing action and reward 🙂 He saw the cows behind the fence and started to bark at them. I called for him and after quite some time he decided it was safe to go back inside. I gave him some treats and it didn’t take long until he ran towards the cows and barked but this time he returned immediately when he heard me call for him 🙂 He has done that a few times now so now I have to try and teach him not to go there at all 🙂 🙂 🙂 I’ve noticed some changes in him, he does for instance not have to sleep on me any more, now it works to sleep beside me at least in the beginning 🙂 🙂 🙂 He might actually soon be an adult 🙂


Our legless lizard.

It is time to get something to eat and after that I’ll have some of that nose spray to stop my nose from running 🙂


Four photographs taken with the Bessamatic.


Have a great day!


12 thoughts on “The first Troll spindle for the season.

  1. Hi Christer,
    I had to google two things in your post today. I haven’t come across Callus palustris even though it is supposed to grown around here. I wouldn’t mind having it growing in my swamp along with the skunk cabbage and the jacks-in-the-pulpit. It would fit right in.
    Then I had to google why it is that legless lizards aren’t snakes. They have eyelids and external ears and eat differently from snakes though some do eat similarly to snakes and some have vestigial limbs but then so do some snakes. Essentially, the answer was because they aren’t snakes. 😀 Okay.

    No troll spindles showing up around here yet. I’ll have to check down by the lake shore where they seem to proliferate. There are lots of cabbage butterflies though. And rabbits. So many rabbits. There were three sitting beside the front doorstep this morning. They didn’t even bother to hop off very far when the dogs exploded out the door. That tells me that even though the coyote pack is back in the neighborhood, they aren’t hunting rabbits.

    It’s another colder than normal day today. The sun is brightening up the cloudy sky but it’s not really out.

    Enjoy the day.


    1. Hi Caryn!

      It is a beautiful plant and it seems to be just as invasive as the white skunk cabbage but is allowed since it grows here naturally 🙂 🙂 I’ve tried Jack in the pulpit here but not even the hardiest one survives for more than a couple of years. I guess that might have changed with these shorter winters we have now though.

      I guess one can say that it is the eyes and ears that is the difference between lizards and snakes. Well the teeth are very different too I think. That they aren’t snakes just because is also a great answer 🙂 🙂

      I have been looking for the troll spindels because there were a few around this time last year but I have to say that it feels a bit early. I guess the warm weather sort of turbo’d them into becoming adults already now. There aren’t especially many flies to eat right now.No rabbits but rather many hares here now. I see them on my way to work every morning but I don’t think I’ve seen any during the day to be honest.

      The predictions for tomorrow say either as it was today or hot again. I do hope for like today 🙂

      Have a great day!



    1. Hi YariGarciaWrites and welcome to my blog!

      I do feel lucky to have found this place but then again, most of Sweden look like this since most people live in the cities 🙂

      Have a great day and welcome back 🙂


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  2. Igår var det jätteskönt väder, vi kunde t.o.m. sitta ute i solen (!) och äta middag med vår gäst (en f.d. granne och min bästa väninnas änkling) som köpt sig ett hus och flyttat ner hit i höstas. 🙂
    Man har ju varit tvungen att hålla sig i skuggan ett tag nu, och jobben i trädgården har blivit lidande. Man orkade ingenting i den otroliga hettan som var….. 😦
    Så idag trodde jag att vi skulle få massor gjort, men vad hände då!? Det blev fruktansvärt blåsigt och vinden var iskall och blåste rätt igenom en. Speciellt genom huvudet kändes det som – tydligen är man tom därinne. *fniss*
    Till slut fick jag faktiskt ont i öronen och var tvungen att gå in och sen var jag så genomfrusen att jag efter middagen lindade in mig i en filt och somnade naturligtvis framför TV´n. Inte bra….. 😦 😦
    Men i morgon skulle vinden tydligen lugna ner sig. Skönt! 🙂 🙂


    1. Hejsan Susie!

      Nej det var omöjligt att göra något i den hettan men å andra sidan växte inte gräset like fort som veckan innan och det är ju alltid något 🙂 🙂

      Här var det faktiskt riktigt skönt och vinden var precis lagom. Nu i natt har det dock varit minusgrader så jag hoppas att tomatplantorna på uteplatsen har klarat sig, det är ju under tak så jag tror det gått bra. Frös som en hund igår men idag känns det bättre, nyser dock hela tiden 🙂 🙂

      Ha det gott!



  3. Glömde att tala om att igår spolade Rolle altanen och allt på den 2 gånger , trots det var den illgul. Vi har massor av tallar i kohagen bakom oss och så har vi svartlaserat golv. På dagen när jag klippte gräset trodde jag att det brann någonstans – men det var stora moln med pollen. Men nu har nog all pollen förhoppningsvis blåst bort!


    1. Ja det är vansinnigt mycket tallpollen nu, min svarta bil är mer eller mindre gul hela tiden 🙂 🙂 Grannen hade sett gula moln passera förbi när vinden blåste till ibland! Det är väl egentligen ett regn som behövs men det känner jag inte för 🙂

      Ha det!


  4. Aaahhhh!!!
    A legless lizard!
    Egads! Was it right there in front of you?!?!
    I can hardly stand to look at it!

    Good luck with Albin becoming an adult!
    I’m still waiting for Jimmy to grow up.

    Sorry about your allergies.
    I’d hate to have that reaction to pollen.
    Seems like a lot of people do.

    Enjoy your weekend!


    1. Hi Cindi!

      Yes it was, they play dead when they can’t get away 🙂 It is a really nice animal and tries to avoid contact as good as it can. The dogs never seem to see it even though they walk right over it 🙂 🙂

      I think it might be a collaboration between pollen and a cold 🙂 Yesterday I froze like a dog all evening so I must have had some fever. Today is better so far but I keep sneezing all the time 🙂 🙂

      Have a great day!



  5. Christer,
    I find the animals bother me if I don’t tend to their wants first. The cat is the worst. She meows so much I tell her to shut up, but she is deaf so I do that for myself. The dog runs up and down the hall. If I don’t go downstairs and let him out, he pees on the floor in a line as he is running.

    Yesterday never had sun. It also wasn’t warm. I have lilacs but the bus is a small one so not a lot of flowers. I’m glad as I am allergic to the aroma of lilacs. No pine pollenate yet.

    Have a great day!


    1. Hi Kat!

      It is only Albin who makes any sounds here and he is loud 🙂 🙂 but I must admit that he does tell me that he needs to go outside long before it’s a panic situation 🙂 🙂 but I’ve had dogs that peed just like Henry 🙂 🙂

      I really dislikes lilacs! First it’s that strong smell when they flower and after that it’s a just as strong but even more nasty smell when they decay. I would however need a digger to get rid of them.

      Have a great day!



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