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Claus Ulstrup

 
 

Last update 2021-10-13
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2021-10-13 - an october update

Last wednesday we made apple juice with the rest of the apples from Lolland. It turned out to be impressive 10 liters of juice. Now we know the system - wash - cut - press - heat treatment - bottle. Some Italian disco helped us on our way. We drove down to Lolland on friday and stayed until sunday. The weather was super nice. Kind of cold in the morning but then up to 15 degrees later. We both took a powernap saturday afternoon. We had to cut down a part of an apple tree because it had this huge crack from the windy weather some weeks ago. We rather do it ourselves than waiting on nature. I have begun sport of removing ivy again. I still try to go to the gym as much as possible. Last tuesday I had a casually talk to a buddy, who wanted to begin climbing again. I meet her again this tuesday and we most likely climb again next tuesday - If lucky this could last the winter season.

On thursday I meet up after work for beers at Taphouse with some old friend - nice to once again talking about the state of the world and everything.

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Sunrise on saturday
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Out house in this funny light
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Misty morning
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The crack has become much larger than last week
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Cutting down tree
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Cutting down tree
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Cutting down tree
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Nice big hole in the apple tree
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After taking a powernap
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Cleaning the backend of the garden
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Ivy - to go
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The apple juice factory
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Filtering dirt from the juice
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The final product - we didn't have enough bottles so we had to improvise
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Quiet morning - no wind on my way to work
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City Hall

The sunset on saturday evening


2021-10-04 - Yet anther brand new week gone

I drove down to our summerhouse tuesday afternoon. Wednesday I had a guy looking at our doors to out winter garden and to the utility room. We really want to change them. Thursday we go our new silo for the pellet furnace installed. That means no going outside anymore and that we don't have a silo with a lots of pellets that are never burned. I drove home thursday afternoon as I had to go to work in person friday. Later friday - Tina and I drove back down to Lolland for the weekend. We harvest all the rest of the apples and found out, that our walnut tree had dropped 9 walnuts.

One of the apple trees have a huge new crack. Next time down there, we have to begin cutting it down. I really don't it coming hard during a winter storm. I don't mind - it is a huge tree and kind in the way. We drove back home on sunday evening for the first time, it was dark before we got home - surly the winter darkness is coming for us all.

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Trying to sell Tinas homemade jam.
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A before picture
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And now with the new silo attached
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Our walnut tree
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Only one or two days old walnuts
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A coworker said they looks like brain - I think she is right
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The leaves are coming
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I got the lawn mowed
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The "broken" apple tree
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Long time since a selfie? 

I had a busy monday at work. Arrived at 7 and left at 5. We are working on the last and final forecast this year, where it is possible to "move" budget to 2022. It looks like, we have to do a lot of work, before we can finish. Anyway tomorrow I will surly go to the gym for a session.


2021-09-27 - Climbing trip to Gothenburg

Friday morning we drove from Copenhagen to Gothenburg. A short road trip which took 3 hours. We began at Landvetterklippan. That was kind of okay but wet. At some routes it was too wet. After doing what was possible for us we drove onward to Seglora. However it began to rain heavily. We agreed that it was enough climbing for one day and drove to Tjörn and Tjörnbropark. That turned out to suck - the apartment we rented was pretty worned out. The kitchen totally dirty and the water heater was broken - so not hot bath that day. I am sure, that the manager knew it - what an asshole. When we left all the staff was gone, so we just left the keys. Never go to Tjörnbropark!!

On the second day we climbed at Viks Kile (also pretty wet) and then Sibräcka - very nice in the sun. We had most likely up to 20 degrees. This nigh we found a prober hotel "Quality Hotel - Winn Göteborg". On our last climbing day we went to Âlvbroklippan and had an awesome climbing day with almost dry rock.

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Arriving at Landvetterklippan
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Climbing Kärlekssprickan 5c
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It had a very wet midsection which made it quite scary
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Dirty kitchen at Tjörnbropark - never go there!
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Dirty kitchen at Tjörnbropark - never go there!
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A getaway car from a bank robbery
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Walking toward Viks Kile
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Climbing Rampage 5C and trying the extension Corona Virus 6a
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Nice view over the water
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Nice blue skies - but cool as we climbing in the shadow
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Moving on to Sibräcka
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This time climbing in the sun - very nice.
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My buddy climbing
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The rope is ready for climbing
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The longest route was 37 meters - we only had a 70 meter rope - but we made it
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One happy face - long time since last time
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Planning ahead a Âlvbroklippan
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Climbing "Baby on board" 5b
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E45:ANS Serend 5b
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My buddy had a private selfie moment

I am so busy these days - this climbing trip was a nice break. Work is peaking and with the gym and summerhouse time just seems to fly by. I really try and want to make weekly updates - but sometimes the time just don't seems to be there.


2021-09-20 - It is not because I am lazy

Life and time seems to be a little off sync for the moment. I have so little "private" time that I simply don't make the updates I am supposed to and really want to. I miss my old buddy so much. She left for her home country after been in Denmark for so long and climbing with me for 5 1/2 years. The gym seems very empty without her. My other friends at gym have been very kind - I am looking for some else, but it will most likely take some time, before the right one comes by. I guess I keep finding things just to do to make time go fast.

We are at a peak at work. The annual budget agreement is settled. Now we have to generate master data and so on. This monday I have a +10 hour workday. But I don't mind as long as I am able to go to the gym. I have this coming friday off. My old buddy who moved to Aarhus many years ago and me are planning at "guys" climbing trip to Götenborg this coming weekend. This will be the first time for over a year that I leave Denmark. I am very much looking forward to this trip and getting my mind off things.

Life in Denmark have completely returned to life before the Chinese corona. Basically people simply don't give a fuck anymore. As long as people don't die in the streets or hospitals I guess the government have the same standpoint.


2021-09-06 - Two weekends at the summerhouse

We spent both this and last weekend at our summerhouse. I had my last meeting friday at Tinas workplace. Just after 3 pm we headed for Lolland. The traffic was insane and we got 30 minutes delayed on our drive south. As we arrived we found yet another giant puffball in our lawn. It is a cool fungus - but it ruins our lawn and had to be removed. It is nice to see, that the new grass is growing - however to slowly in my opinion. But there is not much I can do about it not. This saturday after dinner we drove down to the beach to see the sunset. We arrived with only minutes to spare before the sun was gone. I can fell wintertime is coming - already now the sun sneaks behind the horizon just before 8 pm. 

I have begun painting window moldings for 4 windows in our winter garden. It is a slow process - I have to paint them 3 time and we are only down there every second weekend. But now I have begun - that's is kind of necessary to be able to finish. Also this saturday we went by the Danish Red Cross for used furniture. We found a good used dinner table and a very nice sideboard - and very cheap. I have begun to get tired of buy expensive china crap which really don't last that long. So now we will try to find old used stuff, which have been cared for and which will last for many more years. The bonus is, we don't have to wait 3 months or more before delivering. With the trailer we can pick it up the same day. I am very happy that Tina don't mind we are buying used stuff.

Saturday we looted one of our apple tress totally - or maybe only 50 percent. I guess we dove home with just around 30 kilos of apples. Already to we cut up and made apple juice of 12 kilos aka 4,5 liters. It was not that bad - it took around 3 hours from washing the apples to the final produce in the bottle.

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Arriving at our summerhouse
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A giant puffball on our lawn
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The grass look good
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From the 27. of august
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From the 4. of september
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I hope it will become more dense
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We wanted to see the sunset
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We came in the last second
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Almost gone
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But looks cool
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I have begun to paint the next batch window moldings for the winter garden
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More painting
13 / 21
The great apple hunt
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Cleaning 12 kg
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Removing the core and cutting them up
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Then in the blender
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Filtering the dirt away
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The final product
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The result board
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We have bought a used sideboard
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And a used dinner table and chairs

2021-08-26 - Quick update before a weekend at our summerhouse

Finally our prime minister have stopped smoking chinese Corona dope and have announced no more restriction at this moment in time - hopefully that will last for a very long time. Else it is mostly back to the altered everyday life post Corona. Still trying to be at the offices as much as possible. I left work tuesday early around 2 pm and went to the gym - just for a solo session. The other days have been kind of long meeting at 7 and leaving after 4:30 in the afternoon.

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Weird rare clouds over Copenhagen monday morning
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Not that much wind
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On my way home monday
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Tuesday morning at the offices
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On my way home wednesday
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And a selfie of cause

We will spend the coming weekend at our summerhouse however coming home early because I have planed a session at the gym with a buddy who is leaving town. But it is going to be interesting to see who much fruit has fallen from the trees and how much we can pick from the trees. 


2021-08-22 - Summer is falling asleep and the fall is coming

I spend all of week 32 down a our summerhouse at Lolland. The primary plan was to clean and remove a 9x9x9 meter section of the garden. I began by cutting down all the bushes. Then I began digging everything though and removing all the roots and other unwanted stuff. Finally I evened the ground as much as possible and I sowed grass. It sounds easy but was truly hard work. Sometime during the week I wished I was 20 years younger. This removal makes the daily week in the garden much easier. You can say - we are taking the power back from nature, which until now have had a free card.

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The project
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And from another angel
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The beginning - cutting down the branches and bushes
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An old tree stub
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On my way to the recycle yard
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All is almost cut down
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Big difference compared to the first picture?
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Digging though the ground and removing shit
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Removing all kinds of roots
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Thankfully this old tree stub was rotten and easy to remove
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Cleaning the ground meant moving quite a bit of earth
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After more removal
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Cutting down a tree we don't want
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Finally finish
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Time to sow grass
Beside the removal project tons of shit happens that week. As I arrived the garden was full of fallen apples. As a very beautiful storm cloud passed by. One of the days I took a walk around down to the sea - just to relax a little from the garden work. Tina came by friday and immediately began to pick apples and small plums - naturally I had to take out the ladder and climb the trees. It was with a sad heart we left knowing - that until november, we can only come by during the weekends.

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Apples all over the place
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Surprising heavy
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A clean lawn
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Storm clouds coming in
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Out for a walk
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A selfie
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To cross this one, I have to take off my shoes
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Walking alone the beach
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Windmills in the background
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Though a forest
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Flies on a newly cut tree stub - I don't know why?
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Sun in the morning
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The field next door
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Tina is busy
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Me in the trees
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The neighboring field is being harvested
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We think is mush be a giant puffball - It has just comeout
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Back at work
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First one at the office
Next weekend we will again drive down to our house for the weekend. Else nothing much have happened. I got my second chinese corona short - made in Germany. Again this time my armpit swollen up - don't as much as the first time - or maybe I just got used to it. I have almost stopped reading the danish news - I guess I just hope this post-chinese-corona will last and the old normality will return or just part of it. 

This sunday we made apple juice of all the apples we had brought home - in total 8 kg. It took almost 4 hours from removing the core, cutting them up, pressing and finally heating the juice up to 80 degrees. The result was almost 5 liters of juice. I am pretty sure, that we will do this again next time we come home with apples.


2021-08-09 - One hole week at the office

For the first time since marts 2020 and the chinese Corona outbreak I have been one hole week at the office. It was just good as it was hard. Hah hah half an hour on a bike each way and it was joyful every second. For celebrating this picture gallery - two pictures for everyday:

Monday

 

Tuesday

 

wednesday

 

Thursday

 

Friday

 

In the beginning of the week I still had problems with my arm pit because of the vaccinating against this bug chinese virus. But during the week the swollen decreased and is almost gone. On monday evening we went to Copenhill for climbing. My buddy took the key duty and we were the only one there - this was cool. On wednesday I had a good and long session at the gym.

On friday I drove back to our summerhouse for one extra week of vacation (overtime) without Tina. Usually I go hiking in Norway - where Tine don't want to go. But the borders to Norway is closed except if you are fully vaccinated. But still the weather up there are really not that great - so Lolland it is. My plan is to remove and dig up some more so we can have some more grass. The weather is not summer like - but then I can always open a bottle of wine and watch a movie.


2021-08-01 - Back from more than two weeks at Lolland and one week at work

As you can imaging much have happened since last update - but mostly down at Lolland. Below you can see some of the stuff.

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A hare at the hedge
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On a walk down to the sea
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I walk alone fields on old roads
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More cornfields
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The short beach
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A selfie
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Flowers along the road
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Setting up nets around the air vents to stop the bees
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The air ventilation holes around the foundation
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I washed down the gate - It turned out to be white and not gray
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A removal project
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A removal project - stage 2
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A removal project - stage 3 and the next one in the background
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Yes - I still have a low mental age
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Tried to burn the stump
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But failed and placed at big rock instead
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A removal project
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A removal project
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Next level lawn mowing
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Our cherry wood
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During one or two days it was ripped off by birds
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Some more hares
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Cleaning project
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Cleaning project
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Our Fig tree
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Around the garden
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On my way to work
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Back at the gym
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The situation at work :-)

First project down at Lolland was to finish our bedroom - sorry no pictures - I totally forgot. I also forgot my daily journal on the computer down there. The next project was to buy a trailer. With this big garden we cannot live without a trailer anymore. We spend the first days with the trailer on cleaning up the garden for all the old garden waste. Then it was time for the old chicken house, which went to the recycling plant. Then we moved on to start new cleaning up projects - like removing over growing flower beds. I also finish changing the window moldings on one side of our winter garden and we bought wood for the next section.

The weather was on our side most of the time with sun and high temperatures. The first weekend Tinas family came by for lunch and dinner. Alone the next week my parents also came by for lunch.

This most be the first vacation ever, where we have spend so much time and activities together. In a week, I have an extra week of vacation (actually time off to bring down my overtime). Under normal circumstances I would go hiking to Norway. But everything is closed because of the chinese Corona - so I guess it will be a hole work week down at Lolland.

I have decided to get vaccinated after all. This will give access to the gym without two or three weekly tests. I got my first shot last monday. That went okay except some days after my armpit has swollen. It guess it will go away at some point.

It has been a quiet week at work. One three at work. from now on, we are allowed to come in very day. This is an offer I accept. For the next many months I will work from the offices as much as possible. On monday four new colleagues will start. I sincerely hope they will feel at home and we can benefit from these more hands on the deck.

We had a doctor's appointment last thursday about the cancer. It was once again very good news. Apparently the lymph nodes have recovered and the cancer thing left in the breast is only 1,5 cm now.

The next update is a little uncertain because of my upcoming one week of vacation - time will tell - it always does.


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2020 - First half
2019 - Second half

2019 - First half
2018 - Second half

2018 - First half 

 


 

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