Friday, December 28, 2012

Clouds and silver linings


Swedish power company Vattenfall said that average electricity prices, both for customers on one-year and

three-year contracts, were the lowest since 2005.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Bengtsfors + snowflakes

Bengtsfors webcam 2012-12-05_025404

Snow in front of the webcam makes rather pretty decorations

Monday, December 03, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012's Sweden – it's winter!

Sweden winter storm

I never cease to be amazed at how, in recent years, the media has become more Americanised in it's reporting.The 'havoc' referred to in this headline

is…cars skidding and ferries having a rough crossing.The fact that weather forecasting is now pretty accurate did not deter the ferries from sailing.There must have been 'havoc' in the accountancy offices of the ferry lines, the thought of having to cancel a sailing! Vehicles skidding…oh, what havoc!!!!

Hey, it's Sweden. It's winter. it happens every year. 'Havoc' is maybe just a little (no a lot) over the top as a headline.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Friday, November 09, 2012

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Friday, October 05, 2012

Thursday, October 04, 2012

autumn impressionism gallnas-041012-001

gallnas watercolour-041012-001

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Raja Batak coffee morning

In Bengtsfors I buy my coffee from my favourite Coffee Shop (which is also an internet

cafe and PC shop…so I get so much pleasure going there…as well as meeting my 'club'

of wonderful Swedish friends


I buy mostly a coffee latte when I visit and buy coffee beans to take home. They get

some truly exceptional coffees (including Kopi Luwak, which I could never drink due

to it's source). So here's a SUPERB coffee I just bought at CAMERAIT

Raja batak coffee-001


They source many of their coffees from Johan & Nystrom, arguably Sweden's most

interesting roasteri producing 'slow-roasted' expertly sourced select coffees by hand.

Even just reading about their coffees (each usually has it's source history,farm,

location,etc shown on their website) guides you into the realms of not simply a

cup of coffee,but a 'coffee experience' that is one of the

great pleasures and delights of life. Click on the picture

below to go to their website (available in English)

Raja batak coffee-1001

Monday, October 01, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

autumn impressionist watercolour v 4.0

Gallnas-watercolout- 5466S

you are welcome to download the full size image for wallpaper: 1920 x 1080.  Just click on this image

for a full size version opening in a new window.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

autumn impressionism watercolour v 3.0


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autumn impressionism oil painting v 3.0

Gallnas-oils - 5463S-02

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autumn impressionism v 3.0

oils- gallnas-030912-001

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autumn impressionism v 2.1


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autumn impressionism v 2.0


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autumn impressionism


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Friday, September 14, 2012




swedish diet

Not so different from the rest of the West. It will be interesting to see what Sweden does about it….it may prove

(as with other aspects in society) that Sweden will give some lessons to the world

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Party night


One of the locals visiting the apple trees again

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Fishing bonanza

Over 10,000+ Rainbow Salmon escaped from the fish farm in Vestre Silen lake a little

over 2 weeks ago.

Needless to say, it brought out the fishermen who have been having a bonanza.

The more they take, the better it is for the indiginous fish population in the

Dalsland Lake system.(clicking on the pictures gives you a larger picture)



For those interested these shots were taken with my Fuji HS10 I bought last year

(a little over SeK  3000,-) with it's built in 30x optic zoom.

The picture sequence is from my kitchen window looking out across the lake.

Here's the real close-up:


Saturday, September 08, 2012

children not possessions

"I think children in Scandinavia are looked upon differently to the United States or Britain. We do not classify them in terms of gender so much," SkarsgÄrd said. "We treat children with respect. They are not possessions of the parents."

Asked if he has wanted his eight children to grow up in Sweden, the actor replied that he is "not nationalist by any means," but remains "fond of the Scandinavian culture".

"It's a society that is decent. We pay high taxes, but we also get free education and health care. It's a society that is worthy of the name society, because that word means we're all living here together."


Stellan Skarsgard


stellan skarsgard



Saturday, September 01, 2012

Squirrels…at least 5

I have seen 5 all at once and there is maybe more. This one seems to like having it's picture taken and appears to pose for me


If you click on the picture you will get a larger version to download if you wish

Full Moon

Referred to by many as a 'blue moon'

"While dust particles in the atmosphere can in fact make the moon at times appear blueish, the term "blue moon," which has a somewhat confusing history, generally refers to the second full moon in a calendar month. And they occur more frequently than the phrase "once in a blue moon" might have you believe: every 2.7 years. The last one happened to fall on New Year's Eve 2009." via Newser and  Picture by gkr in Gallnas,Dalsland


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Autumn Apple harvest

These animals just love the apples….but they ferment in the double stomachs and the Elg get drunk on them, so be careful around the Elg at this time of year.

This guy was in our garden late this afternoon


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Weasels - Vassla

So, I was just sitting on the porch, about 21-15.The sun had gone down and I was having my evening smoke.

Then, like they were out for a Sunday stroll and completely oblivious to me, two of these walked past – about 4 ft from me – and wandered along the paving stone pathway from the main building to the studio building.

I didn't have my smartphone or my camera with me, so I have had to find a pic online.They were just like these two:



I was totally amazed by how nonchalant they were, chattering away to each other and strolling along.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Andy Murray – brilliant!

It last happened 104 years ago

andy Murray-gold

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

transcendental – YouTube flypast

bjorken overview

click on the picture for a YouTube clip

Monday, July 30, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Net1 internet supplier for folks out in the forest,etc.

Yeah, I love the internet. What I don't love is all the problems I have had over the years getting anything like a modest and reliable connection

3.5 kms from me a fibre optic cable runs along the road.My telephone line, however, goes for 7 kms in the opposite direction! So I can't connect with superspeeds. The telephone company can,however, offer me….2 MBs. (that's two). I have even had satellite connections – which were expensive and pretty good – except uploading was via telephone on that 7 km line!!

About 4 years ago I looked into 'mobile broadband' and found that the 2 biggest suppliers couldn't reach my location – you know,there are lakes and trees and small hills…and only 12 people per square km.


Net1 (formerly have been supplying me for about 4 years. It was not a massive speed, but it was reliable and not so expensive.

Now, they have come with a new,faster modem/router called an R90 and I have just recorded speeds that are 10 times faster than I was getting 2 months ago! For some of you these speeds won't seem fast…in which case my advice to you is not to move to live in the beauty,peace and tranquility of the Dalslands lake and forest areas.

record net speed

Considering this signal is coming about 25 kms,over hills and forests, I think it is pretty good. I am a very very satisfied customer of Net1.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Squirrel acrobatics

squirrel show-001

click on the image for a YouTube clip


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