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.
The snow keeps on coming down here in Lyckeby in Sweden. And all winter I have been trying to get some good photos of individual snowflakes, which has not been very easy in my world, but this morning I think I finally got a few good ones. Again, as I did when I spotted the deer a few weeks ago, I just happened to glance out of my window when I noticed some snowflakes caught in spider web. I immediately grabbed my camera and started to shoot. Below are the results; The Snowflake Symphony.
Last week my dog Lisen and her daughter Diva (my sister's dog) decided to play around in the snow together for a little while. I always love to watch them play together, though Lisen (who turns 12 in March) is rarely in the mood to play with Diva (7 years old) nowadays. I think she thinks Diva is a bit to wild for her now. Hehe. Because Lisen likes to play, but in slow motion and very carefully - the opposite of how Diva likes to play. So when Lisen decided to actually accept Diva's play invitation in the forest last week, I think Diva was as surprised (but very happy) as I was. :-)
Below are some pics I snapped of them playing in the snow together.
Let's see what we can find then.
Searching for something fun to play with in the snow.
A stick that is stuck of course, what could possibly be more fun to play with than that?
Whaoo! I won (Lisen).
Diva running around in the snow.
Lisen, relaxing in the snow.
Until she realizes she has some snowballs stuck between her paws...
Diva helping Lisen removing snowballs from her paws. :)
Mama (left) and daughter (right) after a fun filled time in the snow. :p
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.
It feels like I am still trying to catch up with things from when I got back from my vacation in January. The main reason I am so behind with everything is because I have been working 10-12 hours almost every day since January 20th. There have been some changes at the company I work for so I have been asked to do other things than before, hence more work. However I am very grateful for that and I do hope I continue to get more work. Although it does feel weird not to be able to spend as much time in the Blogosphere as I am used to.
But, I, my blog and dog Lisen are not going anywhere. We are just in a more random post period right now. I truly appreciate all comments and feedback as always and will catch up with it all as soon as I get a bit longer breather than a few hours, which I think will be after this weekend.
Now while I have been swamped with work, a lot more snow has fallen outside. Which I love! Because with the snow comes a sense of calmness and light I feel , something very well needed at the moment. And because I work from home the only breaks I really get is when I take my dog Lisen out on walks, which is also the only time I have had lately with an opportunity to take some photos. So below are some recent photos of my neighbourhood here in Lyckeby in Sweden. :-)
The first thing my dog Lisen and I see when we come down the little hill from my apartment building.
Always extra fun to sniff in the snow it seems.
Snow in Lyckeby.
And it is on mornings like these I am very grateful my car is in a garage. :-)
I had decided that me and Lisen were going to walk home after our visit with my sister yesterday. A walk of 6 kilometres, no problem. Except that I did not expect it to be windy and snowy! I probably should have checked the weather forecast beforehand... Oh well, I was not about to let some weather conditions interrupt my plan. Especially since I just downed a pizza, hehe. So away we went.
And here are some pics of our walk. :-)
Left top pic: That's the road to town, takes about 15 minutes to walk from here (Galgamarken). But Lyckeby is the opposite way though, 6Ks away... In the right top pic: Lisen telling me to hurry! Below left pic: This is the road to Lyckeby. Behind me is Galgamarken, where we started our walk, and on the other side of the road is a cemetery. The buildings even further away, behind the cemetery, is our hospital. And in the below right pic: Lisen probably thinking that we have a long way to go...
I'm forcing Lisen to sit and be a nice doggy, haha. My goal here is to take at least one nice pic of us, but she just wants to check out our surroundings all the time. Don't know what could possibly be more fun than posing for the camera, haha.
Top pic: At last she gets to walk in her own pace. Bottom pic: Although not completely her own pace. Because she still stops and waits for me whenever I stop. And I can see how she just wants to scream "Let's goooooooooo Alex!" every time. Haha!
In the end our walk took about 90 minutes. And when we finally got home, we were both pretty wet and tired!
I can't believe it's actually Christmas Eve tomorrow! It feels weird. Like I'm about one week behind. Oh well, no matter how I twist and turn it's still December 24th tomorrow, hehe. So, I'd better get with the programme. And I can't even describe how much I look forward to all the food!!! Yuuuummy! However I still have some gift shopping to do...yikes! And besides that I have to clean, both my apartment and dog. So today is going to be a busy day for me.
But before I get started, me and Lisen want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Here is Lisen on our morning walk today. It has been snowing heavily during the night and will continue to do so today and tomorrow. We are supposed to get about 30 more! centimeters of snow. So we will definitely have a white Christmas in Karlskrona this year.
We (me, my sister and dogs) finally managed to take a walk in our lovely forest of Rödeby yesterday. It was probably two weeks since we went for a real forest walk with both Lisen and Diva. We made plans several times to go, but each time something came up and we had to cancel. But yesterday away we went. And I don't even have to tell you how happy our dogs were to see their precious forest again (just check out the pics below, hihi). The fact that the forest was filled with snow up to their stomachs, only made it more fun :-p
Pics from yesterday.
We were a tired bunch afterwards, dogs and humans! :-)
Snow, snow, snow and...yes that's right - more snow! It just keeps on coming. So I thought I'd share some pics of Lyckeby covered in snow, and Lisen covered in snow :-) Not that Lisen mind the snow. Well, she does not like it when she get cramps in her legs or when snowballs get stuck under her paws, but besides that, she enjoys the snow.
Because Lisen has the dog breed New foundland in her, who originally lived in cold weather, her fur is adapted to withstand cold temperatures. And the main reason she has a jacket on is because last year we found out that she has a bit of plaque between some of her vertebras. Therefore our Vet suggested I put a jacket on her to insure she stays warm, which helps prevent her from getting inflammation in her back. But when she was younger she use to love jumping in the ice cold water and swim. And when she got up, her fur use to freeze into ice. Brrr!
This is something I love about snow, I can so clearly see where all wild animals have wandered. Usually when Lisen is sniffing around and pulling me in all kind of directions, I have no idea why. Now I can see why :-) Not that that makes her sniffing marathons more enjoyable for me though, LOL!
In the pics above are some footsteps we have encountered yesterday and today. And then one pic of Lisen shaking her booty, lol! I just had to post that one :-p
The first snow has officially landed in Lyckeby, Karlskrona. And not in a soft, calm manner. But with the forces of strong winds and freezing cold. It is now winter... Unfortunately for me I have not yet changed my summer tires to winter tires, so no driving tomorrow. Oh well, when the snow has settled, it is actually quite nice :-) Maybe I'll throw some snowballs at Lisen tomorrow, lol!
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