My dog Lisen and I have been on quite a few walks in the snowy weather here in Karlskrona in Sweden the past few weeks. And because I Iove to photograph I have taken quite a few photos during these walks. So in this post I thought I would share some of those snowy photos, I give you - For The Love Of Snow.
On a snowy walk along Lyckeby River.
Lisen and I love to walk here, we usually walk on the other side of the river though.
Hm, those tracks look interesting.
Our walk continued.
In among a residential area in Lyckeby.
Row-houses in Lyckeby.
On another snowy walk, here Lisen and I were in the Rodeby forest.
Where Lisen decided to take a snow bath.
On this snowy, but very nice day, walk we stopped by the Lycka Castle Ruin.
Where Lisen got in the mood to play. :p
On a mission.
Come on, you know what I want.
Yupp, Lisen wanted to carry her leash - as usual. Hehe.
Now although I do love snow, not nearly as much as Lisen though, I do look forward to spring with its lovely colours, brightness and warmth. So hopefully it will not be too long until she arrives again. But until she does, Lisen and I will simply continue to enjoy our snowy walks. Because, although we have had a few sunny, lovely days here lately, it does seem like the snow will linger on a little while longer.
I just happen to look up and glance out my window earlier today here in Lyckeby in Sweden, and this is the wild view I saw.
View from my window, do you see them?
Two cute deer who seemed to be eating something...
...while keeping an eye out for possible danger of course.
Now I know we have wildlife up there, it is after all a nature reserve, but it is very unusual to see any wild animals out and about like that (except birds) - especially in the middle of the day. Either way, this "wild view" sure put a smile on my face. And I am so glad I happened to have my camera nearby so I could snap some shots of these adorable creatures to share here too. :-)
Though the snow has pretty much melted away because of the mild weather we have had here in Lyckeby in Sweden lately, we have now once again gotten a bit of cold weather and sun - yay! So when my dog Lisen and I were on one of our walks along the lovely Lyckeby River recently we took the opportunity to step out on one of the many bridges there to simply enjoy this beautiful weather. Which was very relaxing and peaceful indeed. Ahhh. :-)
Below are some photos from our Moment By The Bridge.
Lisen enjoying the moment and inspecting "the other side".
It is now officially winter here in Lyckeby in Sweden! Because yesterday evening snow began to fall over Lyckeby, which resulted in me waking up this morning to a crispy, cold and snowy white view over Ekebacken Nature Reserve from my window. And the snow could not have arrived more perfectly, just in time to make this first Advent Sunday of four before Christmas feel extra Christmas like. In other words, Lisen and I had A Perfect Snowy Advent Premiere here in Lyckeby today.
And below are some pics from our first walk in the snow this morning.
View from my window.
Outside walking in the snow.
Lisen sniffing away in the snow.
And in the air.
Snow Dog. :p
Ekebacken Nature Reserve.
Enjoying the snow fall.
The walk continues.
Fa la la la la - la la la la... :-)
Come on Alex.
The only thing Lisen finds annoying about the snow...
... is that it forms small snowballs between her paws, which she has to stop and try to gnaw away.
Lisen and I on the lookout...
... until Lisen remembers that with Advent and Christmas comes a lot of yummy Christmas treats and presents. Yuuum!!!
Which is true, December is definitely a fun and delicious month in Sweden indeed. So here's to the start of this year's Advent season, to a great start to this year's Christmas season and to a fabulous snowy December month! Happy First Advent Everyone!
To read more about why and how we celebrate Advent in Sweden, check out: Advent In Sweden.
So I am back home in Lyckeby, Sweden, with my doggy Lisen again. Yay! :-) And though we have been on quite a few walks since I got back from Rome, our walk here in Lyckeby today included both horse drama and glove stealing. Incidents I coincidentally happen to capture a few shots of with my iphone. Therefore, below are some photos of the horse drama and glove stealing which took place earlier today on my walk with Lisen.
It was a rather quiet and nice day for a walk in Lyckeby today by the way.
But when we got to the horse pastures, quite a lot of drama was going on between some of the horses.
More specifically between these two horses, who kind of look like they are kissing here though...
Ops, we were spotted quite quickly by the curious and feisty horse pals.
"Hello there.", said the White Horse to Lisen.
Lisen, who is not very comfortable around horses, looked at them for a few seconds and then quickly replied with a loud "Wouff!".
So off they went.
And continued with their drama.
"Look now, I am going to show you something.", said the Brown Horse.
"Oh please.", said the White Horse.
Then they started to run around together.
And when we had left the horse drama behind us, Lisen suddenly remembered something.
"Give it to me."
"Come on, let go."
"Giiiiive meeee it."
"Now, was that so hard? Come on, let's go home Alex." And off we went, with one glove each. Hehe.
Lisen of course dropped her glove a bit further ahead. Lol! Sometimes she will carry my glove, her leash, a water bottle or something else all the way home or to the car. But mostly she just drops whatever she is carrying whenever she does not feel like carry it anymore... Therefore I always have to keep a close eye on her whenever she has nicked something from me to carry in her mouth.
Anyway, life is back to normal again here in Lyckeby. Which is rather nice, though Christmas is just around the corner with its many preparations, markets, Advent Sundays and so on. Which is why I am sure this somewhat calmness that is at the moment will soon transform into usual December madness. Or, maybe it won't? I guess I will just have to wait and see. Until then though, I am sure there will be plenty of daily "horse drama" and "glove stealing" going on here in Lyckeby. Hehe. Because there is always something happening in our little neighbourhood here in Sweden. ;p
Fall is in full bloom here in Lyckeby in Sweden right now. And because I will be in another country by the end of this week, I thought I would share some photos of the fall surroundings in Lyckeby before I go. So below are some photos of Fall In Lyckeby.
My favourite tree where I live!
Seen from a distance.
My walk in Lyckeby continues...
... with this lovely lady of course. :-)
There are lots of trees in Lyckeby .
Even red trees (or perhaps I should say red leaves, hehe).
We were not the only ones enjoying the lovely fall weather and surroundings in Lyckeby yesterday.
A roundabout in Lyckeby.
And this is what Ekebacken Nature Reserve here in Lyckeby looks like right now.
Where Lisen and I walk everyday.
But we do not encounter big mushrooms like that everyday though.
Now I only had my iphone with me on these walks, unfortunately. But when I go away on Thursday I will of course bring my proper camera, and take lots of photos of the very historic city I am about visit. However, because I do not want to jinx anything... I will not reveal the destination of my weekend journey until my next, and final before I depart, post. Though I can say that I am extremely excited and I look forward to this trip indeed! Not sure if I will see any fall surroundings there, like here in Lyckeby, on the other hand. Hm...
Though fall is a beautiful, vibrant and colourful season - it is also a season often visited by wind, clouds and rain. Which is what we have been experiencing lately here in Lyckeby in Sweden. So this morning I captured how my walks with Lisen have looked like these last few days...
Wet... (We live in one of those houses on the hill here in Lyckeby.)
... and rainy. (Lisen looks about how I feel there... Lol!)
Now I sure hope we will get back that beautiful sun we had a visit from in the beginning of last week, because I actually feel like the weather has quite an impact on my energy levels. In fact, I think Lisen is a bit extra slow and sleepy when the weather is like this as well. Though outside she does not seem to mind the rain as much as I do. But I do feel like we both need a little energy boost right about now. So: "Please Sunny Sunshine, come back again!". Let's hope that does the trick. ;-) Hehe. For now however, soon time for one of those rainy fall walks with Lisen again... Aye, aye - phew!
Today my dog Lisen and I went for a little stroll on the other side (from where we live) of the Lyckeby River here in Lyckeby in Sweden.
And to get to the other side we had to cross the old Rail Road Bridge here in Lyckeby.
Now this bridge was originally delivered from Gothenburg in Sweden and built in the late 1800s. The bridge was first part of a railroad which ran here until sometime in the 1960s, when it closed. It then became the footbridge it is today.
And I just adore this bridge! Because it reminds me of one of those old scary bridges that sometimes appear in horror movies and that are the only link to and from an isolated horror island where a twisted plot take place. Not that that is the case here though. Hehe. I also feel like I should be expecting to see an alligator or crocodile swimming around down there in the river. Because it looks quite Amazonic (Amazonic as in like the Amazon River) to me.
View over Lyckeby River from the Rail Road Bridge.
View over Lyckeby River from the Rail Road Bridge.
But neither of those scenarios are of course likely to come true, or are they..?
Actually Lisen and I did see some very suspicious foot steps on the walkway on other side of the bridge.
So Lisen decided to take a closer look.
But naww. Nothing weird about those steps.
They were just Lisen's paw prints.
Because of course Lisen had to step in the only little puddle that existed on that walkway. Lol! So I backtracked and took some photos of her cute paw trail. Anyway, we had a lovely little stroll over there, on the other side of the Rail Road Bridge, this morning. And I look forward to many more adventurous walks there with my doggy in the future as well. :p
A lovely historic part of Lyckeby here in Sweden that I frequently pass on my walks with my dog Lisen is the old Castle Ruin Of Lyckå, Lyckå being the original name of Lyckeby.
Lyckå Castle was built in 1545 on orders from the Danish King Christian II.
The King wanted a new "firm house" of stone to be built to be able to resist in case local farmers ever should decide to start a riot. Also at this time Blekinge, the county where Lyckeby is located, was a boundary country in the wars between Sweden and Denmark. So on orders from the King a rectangular castle with two sturdy corner towers was built on a pre existing stronghold. It was completed in 1560.
Now the reason Lyckå Castle was built here in Lyckeby, and not in the main city Karlskrona, was because Lyckeby was actually founded several hundred years earlier than Karlskrona. In fact Lyckå City (Lyckeby) was mentioned for the first time in 1449, Karlskrona was founded in 1680. Unfortunately though, Lyckå lost its city charters in 1600. This was because the Danish government wanted to move people and invest in the newly built city of Kristianopel, located about 28 kilometres outside of Lyckeby. That same year the Danish king Christian IV also commanded that the Castle Of Lyckå be demolished and the stones reused in Kristianopel's fortifications. Luckily however, after the Peace of Roskilde in 1658, Lyckå once again became a part of Sweden. Although it never regained its former status as a main city.
But because Lyckeby has such a long history, there are still bits and pieces of historical remains scattered around the former medieval city. And fortunately many of them have been dug out and restored, like the Castle Of Lyckå. Which really is a lovely spot to hang out at by the way. So below are some more photos from my latest visit there with my doggy Lisen. :-)
Lyckå Castle Ruin.
View from the castle towards where I took the previous photo.
Today people seem to have barbecues by the old castle ruin... Hm.
Inside Lyckå Castle Ruin with Lisen. :-)
Also inside the castle ruin.
Outside looking in.
Outside at the back of the castle ruin.
Lisen now waiting for me patiently with her leash in her mouth, ready to move on outta there! Lol!