söndag 29 september 2013

Halloween preparations :)

I succeded to find a few Halloween pieces at Ö&B here in Falun. Halloween stuff is so rare here but in a corner that shop had a little shelf with a few decorations. This straw owl looked so ridicilous/cute I had to buy it and get the car all sprinkled with fallen off black glitter.
As we plan a party for the kids (they don't read this blog, I know) I was happy to find dogs litter bags, pink with skulls and crossbone print. 50 bags for 1€ is a good price. But these will be used as candybags. I usually do my own graphical printed candybags but I love shortcut this busy autumn. Electric led lights will be used for those hot glued dripping candles (lots of tutorials floating around).

Another owl for tea candles.

And a ceramic pumpkin. Real ones are so expensive here and if you buy one you just buy one.  

I have been sitting indoors and on my ass for so long it really feels bad in my body. That's the big drawback with double working and studying. I got almost no spare time at all. This morning I had enough and took a lovely powerwalk. The beach was empty of course. Can you see the weird cloud behind the treetops? It looks like a bomb cloud.
I have been such a good student that I actually have some sparetime now :). I'm so looking forward to have a little time with my children next week.

söndag 22 september 2013

A new family member

This is our new family member, Pooki. She's a small lion hooded albino bunny. We only had her for one week and she has already proved to be a little miscevious one. 
Alfons bunny Wilma, missed her late friend so we put the cages side by side and the pens beside so they were able to say hello. How stupid wasn't I. 
One morning this week when I pulled up the blinds I saw only white fur balls, like snow in Wilmas pen, damn predators, I thought. But just as my thought was that some animal had taken the bunnies I saw that one of the bigger fur balls were Pooki in the middle of it. 
I ran outside and found Alfons bunny in a corner standing on her toes, litteraly.
Pooki had jumped over the fence to give Wilma a real beat up. 
So by that, we now she's a good jumper.

torsdag 19 september 2013

Furious!!

I'm so angry my head is exploding. Things that are unfair makes me really furious. One thing I have been proud of about my country Sweden is that the system is supposed to be fair. The fairness for all, is sustained by taxes. Yes we pay a third of our wages to the taxes system, that seems a lot of money. But, those money are supposed to go to schools, healthcare, those who are too sick to be able to work, roads....many things that we basically need. If you get sick, you only pay a symbolic fee for your care at the hospital.

Our latest government will promote all of us that works hard and push people to work, even those who aren't able to do so. New rules in the social and healthcare system force cancer patients to go to work and refuse multi disabled people assistance with their basical needs.

The governments new budget for next year, gives us all who have a work a fifth discount on our taxes. That means it's the fifth time they will lower my tax wich will give me 40€ more every month. Those with very high wages will have their extra tax cut even more. So what does all those money mean for me? Well, nothing until I get sick, they say my childrens classes in school will be even bigger, or loose my job. Those extra money I will receive are taken from those who can't or don't have a job.

The attitude is that those who fails to get a job in time, or have diseases have to blame themselves. These are lazy, unhealthy people.
One arrogant lady said that "all those who complain, should give their money to funds and make a contribute by that way (if they get the extra money)". I asked her were the fund for workless, sick, and especially those who have been sick or without a job for too long that they have fallen out from the social security system are. Are those people supposed to be dependent on charity? Charity isn't granted just because you need it, right?

If they took off their soft lens glasses and looked how the world is. They would see that segregation breaks down countries.

Enough of this rant. I will join everyone else in voting for a new government next autumn, this one completely made fool of themselves. I will go and get my son at school now and keep on my studies and work.

lördag 14 september 2013

Just some local history from the cemetary

What, already back for a post? Well one cannot crouch over books all the time, right? This thursday the local museum and the cemetary management arranged a historical walk around one of the cemetaries here. I kidnapped Johan and brought him there as a surprise. 

Here he is trying to hurry away from the camera.
The walk were so crowded that we returned yesterday to take better photos. The cemetary isn't very, old dated from the mid 18 hundreds. There is not many new graves either.
Due to last summers heavy raining, many stones are tilting and lots have fallen with the back or the face down. Grave stones in this size is very heavy and have actually caused a few deaths the last years when they accidentally have fallen on someone. To prevent more accidents the caretakers put tilted stones down. I actually saw some stones I rather would not go near.
Lots of the graves are for wealthier people. They made small yards in front of the stones with beautiful stoneworked walls around and carefully raked gravel (you wouldn't dare to thread).
Here's a picture from the walk. The man with suit and walking stick is supposed to represent one of the founders of the liberal party, Ernst Lyberg who were head of it during  1930-32, he were also minister of finance 1926. He was claimed for inhibiting a law against alcohol during that time and was claimed to split the party in two. 
There were many who were fighting for a law against alcohol back then, people whe looked down on those who took a single glass. Anyway, interesting thing I discovered yesterday was that the actors family were resting just beside were we stood (an unusual noble sirname). The other man on the photo above is our local historian.
I love the stone carving on this stone. I took the photo in an angle so the names won't be shown. Even if there are lots of celebrities resting here there are also new buried common people, and that must be respected.
By this square block lies one of the pioneers in swedish radio. In the beginning of the twenties, sweden didn't have an all over broadcasting, but many local radiostations, supported by enthusiasts. There were no radios available for purchase but you could build one yourself with some electrical skills. 
Falu rundradio were financed by advertising and foundations and held a high standard for that time, like live orchesteras, scientifical and cultural lectures and of course church services.
 At 1925 when Swedish broadcast were taking over all the local radiostations, they were supposed to send from Falun at new years eve. When they switched to Falun. All they could hear was a loud party going on, with clinking glasses, cheers and singning. In Stockholm they didn't understand that joke and switched off the broadcast by telling there was a technical issue (as I said that was a time when drinking or loud behaviour wasn't acceptable by some).
A part of the graveyard with smaller less pretentious stones. One just said a first name, nothing else. We found another two stones, not beside each other but a little apart, one said "mother" and date and the other said "father" and date. Things like that puzzles me.
The cemetary lies between a heavy trafficked road and the railway depot. Here you can see how close it is. An abandoned wagon and a stone.
I have a friend who lives just by this cemetary and she oftens prefer to take the path through it before using the sidewalk at night.
We don't have any ugly cemetaries were I live but I think this one is one of the most beautiful. The trees and hegdes are so hight that the busyness is closed out from this peaceful place.





A grave surrounded by a fir hedge. Creating a sealed space.
One of the fashions were apparently to plant two or three thujas around the stone. By the time they overwhelmed the stone by growth and the keepers have to cut a hole in the green mass for the stone.
This is not a tomb for a world known celebrity but the man who influenced this area of the country in a very positive way. He were an engineer and pioneer in new technologies and build several of the large factories in this area. Paper and steel mills etc. He also built schools for workers children. 
He and his wife got only one child that died in a very young age. Without any children they wrote in their will that their private belongings would start a foundation for school students. 
Almost everyone have gotten a small amount from this fund by their highschool degree (so have I) and I saw at Alfons school large crates with books with his name on.
 During the walk the light was very vague when we arrived to the grave so I took a photo of it in daylight for the details. Erik Johan Ljungberg designed in the his own tomb(in a mixed national romance style) before he died 1915. If you look closely you can see a glowing light in the holes at the copper gate
This lovely angel stands on a high red stones with several names written in gold (some new names therefore no picture of it). I beleive that it symbols the little boy who drowned at 4 years age and is the first name on it. 
Another young man, the boys brother,buried here had a funeral with 10 000 people attended. He was the pilot that flew Dag Hammarskjöld (general secretary for UN during the cold war)that night when the plane was shot down, crashed.....whatever the speculations goes, some even say that the pilot had a hangover but that was not a popular thread. The plain crash is still a mystery.
I supposed the one who were buried here had a more humble burial. The cross have no visible name but stands not far away from the one above.


This post took a while to write so I have been away from my books for too long now. I have a plan for my studies something that hopefully will take me in another direction. Right now I study a math course, the math is easy but it is about teaching math...

fredag 6 september 2013

Studying

So, autumn is here with cool and crisp air. Every morning, my routine is to check the thermometer to see if there has been any frost that tells the growing season is over. Unfortunately I will not have time to enjoy the nature for a long while now. I joined university again, studying math education. 
I’m really stressed about it because I came in the group almost two weeks late. No books, no information about study groups etc, so there’s hard work to be done.  At the same time I will fix my job and my family, phew.
To find a space for myself I had to turn the studio in the basement to a study. It’s freezing cold there but at least I have a door to close.
For the rest of this year I will be very absent from you, dear readers. Bye!