Narnia

The best welcome

The best welcome

I am so happy we have our hens and haven’t regretted it for a minute. They are such an asset to our household. I must admit I was a bit freaked out by birds before we got the chickens but now I love them so. They all have different personalities. My children are so lucky to get to experience the whole thing from egg hatching to little chicks and to watch them grow. Even if the cockerel killing is very tough I also think it adds to the experience of life and death and how to handle loss. Although I seem to mourn the cockerels more than my children. Maybe not so strange because I do most of the feeding, egg-picking and cleaning. The other morning I was met by a completely soaked, shivering and miserable looking Bugget on the lawn. She kept sneaking off to sleep outside for about a week. She is moulting a bit and I suspect the other hens have been mean to her. I felt so sorry for her so I swept her up in a towel and brought her inside. Sat down with Bugget snuggly on my lap and stroked her with the towel until she dried. At first she seemed to fall asleep but after a while she lifted her head and there we were, me and Bugget watching telly on the sofa for an hour. The other day when I came home for a lunch break after a busy day at work they all waited on the stairs by the front door to great me welcome home. That put a smile on my face! Yesterday the kids finished school and had the celebration in the church right across the road. After the service some kids from my daughters class outside shouted Oh! There are Maya’s chickens! I called to them to come over and while they ran across the street I heard them say Wow, Maya’s garden is like Narnia… Aah so sweet!
The one and only drawback is the fight over my flowerbeds. They are so good at digging, eating slugs and nettles but so rubbish at seeing what’s a flower or perennial or weed. Need to come up with some good solution for spring, now I’ve put out fishing nets and christmas tree branches but that’s not gonna stop them for long. My own fault though, seeing how happy they are I’m not locking them in it’s even worth all the flowers in my garden.

Storm walking!

The last few days it’s been very stormy on the island. First we had Gorm then Helga came along. They have a name for every storm and it’s in alphabetical order, is it done differently in other countries? Luckily everything that was once loose on the house has blown off but walking to work I kept loosing my breath because the wind was so strong. It was like taking 2 steps forward and one step back. Then after a day off, starting to feel a bit restless I asked my daughter to come for a walk. She did point out that it’s not the first time I’ve asked her to go for a walk when the government warn people to go outside… And the mother of the year award goes to…! Well if we lived in the woods or even in town I wouldn’t have but out here most stuff threatening to blow in your face is salty water. So we took an evening walk down the harbour see the extremely high water levels and then, on daughters suggestion, went up the water tower. Well actually we climbed the mountain but being up there and having to grab on to the railing not to fly off we didn’t dare to go up the tower. Still an awesome view though! IMAG3792 IMAG3801

Christmas market

Such a shame, every year the weather is awful when it’s time for the Christmas market down the harbour. Even though there was apparently loads of people! I had the gallery open again and people braved hailstorms, rain and gale winds to come visit. The first hour I sat there with one of the exhibiting photographers and thought, not one person will come the rest of the day, but I was so wrong. One woman even took the weekend offer and paid to go on a boat from town, then walked from the harbour just to buy one of my pictures! After we closed I took a walk down the harbour, Hönö Klåva, to see the market myself. It was so cosy and nice even with the crappy weather. I bought myself some lovely knitted socks for xmas, for myself. Bought some lottery tickets. I rarely win, usually I make my son choose numbers for me, he is so lucky in games, but the person in front of me won a kilo of prawns! I thought well if I loose the money goes to the island sports clubs so well spent but then I won! Pickled herring, I don’t like herring so actually the hens(I do hope no islanders read my blog or I’m gonna be punished for this) had a lovely meal.

Great xmas tree!

Great xmas tree!

Creator of the alternative xmas tree...

Creator of the alternative xmas tree…

Even the fishing boats look festive!

Even the fishing boats look festive!

Popular lottery

Popular lottery

Crazy hail storm!

Crazy hail storm!