JENS MALMGREN I create, that is my hobby.

Let it grow!

This week, the seeds were sown, and the plants were transplanted. Now, let it grow!

Monday 13 May

Today, I worked from home. DW is having her first day off on her sabbatical.

After work, I continued on the garden along the driveway.





Tuesday 14 May

Before going to work this morning, I took out a garbage container. It was a lovely day, and I noticed that there were a lot of flowery morning stars along the road.






I went to the office today. I forgot to take a photo of the puzzle table. Today, while I was at work, our sheep got vaccinated against the bluetongue virus. That is so good!

Wednesday 15 May

I worked from home for the first part of the day. After lunch, I cleaned the tiller machine I had rented for a week. Then, I loaded the tiller machine into the small trailer and drove it back to the rental shop.

For the rest of the afternoon, I worked on sowing and planting until everything was filled in the garden along the driveway. The pictures here look similar to those from Monday, although now you can see wood sticks indicating what has been planted and where.





Today, DW planted the rosemary plant that has lived inside as an indoor plant. This rosemary came to us as a seed we ordered in October 2021. In February 2022, I soved the rosemary seeds and placed them in the fridge. On 22 March, this rosemary had sprouted.

At the end of April, I gave up on the experiment for the rest of the seeds. There have been several holidays when the rosemary plant almost died due to meager watering by DS. Now was the time for the rosemary to be planted in the garden! I will keep you posted on the progress.

Thursday 16 May

This morning, I discovered that 7 of the pickle plants I transplanted yesterday had been eaten by slugs. Completely. Now, there were four left. I put all of these four in rings with copper tape. Slugs don't like copper tape, so that might work.

Today, I worked from the office. There were not many people at all in the office. I actually laid a couple of pieces of the puzzle. It is progressing slowly. We got the news that we will move to another office, so this puzzle table may be moved to a new location. I do hope the puzzle is finished before we move.

DS was coming to us this evening. She brought with her my DSLR camera. That is nice because I started to miss it. Unfortunately, her train was delayed, so I had to wait for her for an extra hour.

When she arrived at the station, we went home. DW had prepared an excellent dinner that all of us enjoyed. You would think this was the end of the evening, but that was not the case.

We had just finished eating when a car rolled up on our driveway with a trailer. Wool art friends of DW sold their loom to a lady in Norway. It would be so nice if we brought it to Sweden, and the lady would pick it up at our cottage in Sweden. When it arrived in our driveway, it was still in mounted condition. We got a big car, but it is not that big. We disassembled the loom into smaller pieces, and those pieces fit our car much better. After that, we offered the couple a cup of coffee and tea, which was nice. He was into maintaining garden machines, such as my tiller machine. It could be an idea to have a professional looking into making the tiller machine operational.

You would think we were done for the evening when the guests left. Not at all. Now, we have started to move our sheep to a new area. We made the new area so that the sheep could get from the rain roof area along the north and west side of the property inside the dyke. At the apple trees, the area opened up.

When this was done, you would think we were done today with activities. You are correct. I was exhausted.

Friday 17 May

Today, I worked from home. At 3 in the afternoon, I checked out from work. We went to our sheep and lured them into the chute. DW cut away the wool around Selma's tail because she has deplorable hygiene. Bea and Hannah lift their tail sufficiently before doing their deeds. Selma got a haircut and will not collect so much stuff. Also, Bea got a little touch-up, but not as much as Selma.

Merida got a chock of the sheep net in the afternoon. That was not nice but inevitable. I had a dark feeling when it happened. She hid under the couch in the guest room for a while, but then she looked okay.

DW drove DD to the train station. It was a concise visit this time. I had my camera, so that was nice.

We packed the car, and I started driving to Germany at 5 in the afternoon. It is rather unusual that we start driving in the afternoon.

DS was taking care of our animals and plants. He experienced how it was when Merida had an epileptic seizure. No less than three times in a row. That means the seizure count is now on twelve seizures in total, and she now has 16 days between each seizure on average. It was 32 days since the last time. It was not a pleasant experience for DS. He was a little shocked by this. Merida had peed on the floor during the seizure, and DS had work to do.

We arrived in the center of Delmenhorst in Germany around half past nine in the evening. There was a hotel we booked. We stayed at the City Hotel. It was dated but okay-ish. The room had no ventilation except for windows, but that was okay.

After checking in, we went to the bar where I wanted to blog, as I do, and DW knitted on a pair of gloves from a knitting box she bought in Estland. I asked if they had WIFI in the bar, but that was not the case. They could offer a bowl of peanuts, though. I told DW about the odd experience of being offered peanuts to comfort me with the lack of WIFI. I munched on my peanuts while turning on tethering on my phone, doing my blogging as I intended.

After a while, DW got it figured out. There had been a misunderstanding. The man in the bar had heard the question as if I asked him if he could offer me BiFi. That is what you ask in a bar, obviously.

Saturday 18 May

We slept well. The breakfast was okay. Then we checked out and started driving to Sweden.

It was warm weather, an actual summer day. We drove up through Denmark via the land route we had been using for a while because we had such a bad experience with the ferry Rödby Puttgarden.

DW drove through Denmark, and I drove the rest. We arrived at the cottage at 6 PM in the evening.

I used the evening to make a new version of our application for changing the layout of our property in preparation for a building permit. We got the drawing bounced a couple of times now so this time, we checked and checked again.

Sunday 19 May

This was another beautiful day. It was so lovely weather it was tempting to sit and read a book or knit. So that is what we did. No, that is not what we did. We started on DIY tasks. DW was to paint windows, and I would get the ornament on the front porch. We made platforms around the windows that DW can stand on to reach the windows from the outside.

While searching for pallets in the barn, I noticed an owl unhappy with the intrusion in his barn. He left so quickly I could not take a photo of him.

I drove the tractor to the front porch, climbed up on the hood, and worked from there. We got an ancient carriage that I also tried, but it was not high enough. The hood of the tractor was just about right.

With the requisits arranged, DW started scraping paint flakes, and I removed the rotten planks.

In the afternoon, I managed to create almost all the replacement planks. It was hot weather, not at all suitable for regular work.

We got several animal visitors this afternoon.

You see the tail of a dog that came and said hi.

A cat.

A fox.

A deer.

Here ends this week's blog. This week's main achievement is that the gardening season has started for real. Seeds are sowed, and plants are transplanted.

I was born 1967 in Stockholm, Sweden. I grew up in the small village Vågdalen in north Sweden. 1989 I moved to Umeå to study Computer Science at University of Umeå. 1995 I moved to the Netherlands where I live in Almere not far from Amsterdam.

Here on this site I let you see my creations.

I create, that is my hobby.