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I was raking leaves around the big oak tree next to our house yesterday and discovered that it has taken some wind in the last storm.

It’s been leaning for many years because it is situated up against bed rock, so it doesn’t have any deep roots on one side. We’ve been watching it the last couple of years. Now Alfrida (the storm) has loosened it even more.

It seems a little too precarious now, so we have decided it has to come down soon in a controlled manner.

This will leave a big hole in the landscape and in our hearts. A tragedy.

In the meantime Farmer Ericsson and neighbors have been here and stabilized it with heavyduty chains to a nearby tree, because a new storm is brewing, until a tree doctor can come and take it down gracefully.

Altho you probably can’t see it, there are snow flakes in the air.

Not amounting to much, the flakes have been blowing in with the strong cold winds from the north east all day – enough for me to call it my first official day of winter!

A combination of wet, snow and wind.
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Winter, minus 5 C, snow, sunshine and no wind – Just Right!

We were supposed to get a big storm last night – Simone by name – but it didn’t hit us at all. Just the normal rain and wind. It did give me a good excuse to take the tipi down…

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and batten down the hatches,

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which had to be done anyway, often too late.

The storm was pretty wild to the south. Denmark registered winds strongest ever recorded. I’m glad it didn’t hit us.

Then the wind came and blew it away.

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Actually, I took the tarp off, because the wind was flapping it furiously and driving me crazy. I thought it might take off and fly away. I’ll put it back on the next time it rains. It did function well the last couple of wet days.

The wind is also blowing all the autumn leaves off the trees, so I can get busy raking them up for the compost.

The ground fog was thick yesterday morning when I went out skiing. I followed old trails and skirted the woods to the neighbors farm, then set out into the white field of fog and snow, not knowing where I was going, but with a sense for the right direction. Finally, I found an animal trail and figured that they had gone where I was heading, so I followed the trail. Sure enough, they led me to the juniper hill where the neighbor has a wind turbine.

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The bright future.

It nearly always blows here but not today. When it does, Farmer Westerberg doesn’t use the electricity himself but puts it out on the grid and recieves compensation for it.

The hill is covered with bushes of juniper, wild roses, rowen and sloe. It is a bit late for foraging rosehips and rowen berries, but there were lots of juniper berries and sloe.

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Both of which make wonderful beverage flavors. Frozen sloe can be eaten on the spot for a refreshing pick-me-up.

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I made these whirligigs from a rusty old canister. They will be placed at strategic points in the garden to scare deer and rabbits hopefully. To be effective they’ll have to make a bit of noise or a buzz, and flash and flutter a bit. I’ll be making more dangling, tingling things to complement them. Breeze is a neccessary ingredient and we have plenty of that.

No matter how much I do to protect my vegetables from animals they will still get in sometimes. I can only try to keep it to a minimum. And then I do love those dear little creatures in the garden.

With snow on the ground you can see tracks of all the nighttime activity in the garden. The wildlife use the garden as a playground as well as a source of food.

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The rabbits (brown hares) have been trying to find a way in to nibble at an elderberry seedling covered with a wire bushel basket.

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Young fruit trees must have a chicken wire tube around the base also, for protection from the hungry rabbits and deer (roe deer).

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The deer don’t eat the cypresses but use them for rubbing their horns and marking their territory turning them into skeletons in the process, so they get chicken wire tubes too. We have moose, elk and wild swine in the area also, but they don’t come to the garden so far.

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Inside this burlap wrap is a mulberry bush. Someday it will hopefully be a giant mulberry tree. In the meantime it too needs protection from the animals. It is, however, a plant better suited for a warmer clime, so it gets added protection from the cold dry winds of winter.

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They don’t look much for the weather but these leeks are still edible. They are covered with a chicken wire cage because the rabbits like them too. The kales get such treatment as well.

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I got this birch tree from the horticulture school in Enköping. The rootball was rather small and I planted it this fall. It needs to be tied in for a few years to keep it stable in the wind, so that the roots can get established.

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And last but not least, the wellpond has a sheep wire fence around it. This time it is to protect the wildlife (including kids) from falling in and getting frozen wet or drowning.

The morning after a blizzard is such a relief. The winds and the snow have calmed down, and I go out to inspect the damage and to dig out.

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The rest stop has held up nicely to the gale force gusts of wind.

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The car had to be dug out. It’s good that we live on a big farm where Farmer Eriksson comes with a huge plough to help.

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The car looks pretty cool in it’s new cloak of blizzard flames.