some of last weeks pictures…
Always fear the winter – but when the first little snow and the frost arrives – it is so beautiful. Early in the morning I was out taking these pictures after one of the first cold nights this winter. It was so amazing, like the most fantastic gala performance with the grass dressed in white coats glittering with thousands of crystals and diamonds in all colors.
I grew up in West Germany with my relatives on the other side of the border, only 30 km away. Soon after I moved to Sweden in 1988 things started to happen on the East German side of the border I was told. Small signs. Lighted candles could be seen in the windows. With every day that passed more and more lighted candles appeared in the windows. A silent revolution.
I still shudder when I think of it and that this probably was kind of the beginning of what ultimately led to the unification.
Listening to Ane Brun`s song ”one”. In a little passage she sings:
It all starts with one; revolution starts with dreams.
Right now, here – just as in former times – lighted beacons and ringing bells of the churches are used to spread a message of protest around lake Vättern against the horrible plans of our Swedish defense.
When I moved to Sweden from Germany, 24 years ago, I was happy to leave a loaded history of war and dying forest in the harz mountains behind me, leaving to a neutral country with lots of wonderful nature.
…to finally realize I have ended up in a country with the worlds highest weapons production per capita, with a defense spoiling what you think they should protect (our drinking water) in order to sell air force. A country without a vision, selling off its soul, cutting down all of the old forests that remain in a progressively increasing rate.
Though all seems to be about sustainability nowadays it only is a chimera. Nothing really essential happens that could make a big change.
In fact we are accelerating all processes that will change the world climate and local eco systems – to the worse. Some weeks ago a logger stopped by and admired our place. He excused himself by saying that he was actually cutting down forests but – ”even since it is total madness to keep on as we do it is my job, I guess I continue as long as it may last”.
Nights are getting colder, longer and kind of darker and we are finally closing down for this season. It is not that it isn´t beautiful wintertime that we close down. In fact I am astonished every autumn again. It is like an eye opener. Somehow you see details, nuances and feel fragrances much better in the clear and cold air and the ”lack” of other colors. It now settles a calmness over the farm.
Also the hens are taking the opportunity to enjoy the last warming rays of the sun. Hope I won´t forget to close the door in the evening this time. The fox is not far away I guess.
It turned out that this company visiting us also were a bunch of great(chorus)singers, so the day before I asked them if they could ”sing” us Astrid Lindgrens´s Ronia the Robber’s Daughter – song. And so they did :)
I wished we could have that as a welcome song for all our guests in the wood hermitage.
Exactly one year ago Ute Schäfer and her son Leon from Berlin visited us at Urnatur. Ute makes the most exquisite pearls! She got very inspired by the nature and our surroundings – and here you can see one of the results:
a blueberry necklace made in glass.
Have to attach a picture of real blueberries I found among my pics so you can see how well she succeeded. It is a be happy necklace :)
Here is the link to her page
Finally great weather for drying hey!
Tula is a great help!
…from the garden!Have a look at Urnatur on facebook as well for more pictures!
…start collecting wild herbs in early spring and in the end of the summer you have a wonderful tea that keeps you happy all winter.
Some of the herbs are medicinal and should not be drunk by itself under a longer period, but this great mixture you can drink as a daily tea.
The herbs I used here are flowers of Hypericum perforatum, Primula officinalis, Viola tricolor, Tilia cordata, Filipendula ulmaria, Tussilago farfara, Thymus, Pulmonaria obscura, Alchemilla vulgaris, Bellis perennis, petals of any Rosa, Calendula officinalis and leaves of Melissa officinalis, Mentha, Urtica dioica and Galium odoratum.
Right now Håkan and Tula are taking in hay from the meadows. Perfect drying weather: blue sky and a strong wind…