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Day 152 of my "365 Days" project. Akademibokhandeln, Stockholm.

Akademibokhandeln on Master Samuel Street in Stockholm was once the largest bookstore in Scandinavia. With the increased online sales and the growing  e-books business, the Akademibokhandel group doesn't do very well and the store has shrinked considerably since its golden years. This is my second home more or less, even if I rarely buy books there anymore. But I love being surrounded by books, browse through books I had no idea I was interested in and have a cup of coffee while reading the latest magazines for free in the café.

And, as the book nerd I am, I just love  this wallpaper in the media corner 😃. Not that I'm in need of one, my house IS wallpapered with real books, from floor to ceiling.

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Day 151 of my "365 Days" project. The outdoor gym.

We found these gym machines in a park, and they work incredibily well. Perfect on a sunny day, I always hated training indoors when the sun is shining.

Note: no flowers today :-).

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African Daisy

Day 150 of my "365 Days" project. African Daisy (Osteospermum), stjärnöga in Swedish.

This is another daisy, a lighter pink than the one yesterday. From the ones we recently bought from the plant nursery.

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African Daisy

Day 149 of my "365 Days" project.  African Daisy (Osteospermum), stjärnöga in Swedish.

We bought a few yesterday for the terrace, so you'll see more of them in this blog. I love them, they worship the sun and close their petals when the sun disappears.

Their scientific name, Osteospermum, is derived from the Greek osteon ("bone") and Latin spermum ("seed"). They belong tot he daisy family (Compositae / Asteraceae), hence their common names such as African (or South African) Daisy, Blue-eyed Daisy or Cape Daisy. They are half-hardy perennials therefore they don't survive outdoor wintry conditions. I always buy a few every year, they come in many colours, and flower until the frost kills them. By then they've grown to  a small bush. I think one can take cuttings, but I've never tried.

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Day 148 of my "365 Days" project. At the gates of the plant nursery 10:59.

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We went to the nursery this morning to look for some flowers for the terrace. A line was already formed when we got there. Luckily we knew exactly what we're looking for, so we were in and out in twenty minues. To plant the new acquisitions took a bit longer than twenty minutes though, on a very hot day. 

Sweden has won the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) last night in Baku with Loreen performing "Euphoria". Party, party!

Now the headache: Sweden will now be hosting the 2013 ESC (as the winning country this year) to be hold mid-May 2013, at the same time as the hockey world championships. The Globe arena in Stockholm cannot accomodate both events, and the discussions have already started what should take place where. I know, luxury problems. It's fun to follow though. 

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Day 147 of my "365 Days" project. Bleeding Hearts. In full bloom now.

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Pink Hot Air Balloon

Day 146 of my "365 Days" project. Hot air balloon.

Hot Air Balloon

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 Hot Air Balloon

Now it's officially summer: we have spotted the first hot air balloons! And, did you notice? No flowers today :-)?

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Day 145 of my "365 Days" project. Tulips are beautiful even when dying.

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Now that the gardening season has started, there will be PLENTY of garden and flower shots (you couldn't guess, now, could you?). I WILL try to post other types of photos as well, but until September you can count on lots of flowers.

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Day 144 of my "365 Days" project. If you thought that pink and orange clash!

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Haiku Tuesday

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First day of spring -

I keep thinking about

the end of the autumn.

By Matsuo Basho (1644-1694). Basho is the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan.

Photo: by me in the Peony Garden in the Ueno Park, Tokyo.

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Day 143 of my "365 Days" project. Spring time!

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I used my lunch break to go for a walk - everything is blooming now, and walking around is such a joy!

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Day 142 of my "365 Days" project. Mr. Ducky - a fine addition to the bird bath.

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Pink Tulips

Day 141 of my "365 Days" project. Spring in my garden: tulips, daffodils and forget-me-not. 

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Day 140 of my "365 Days" project. Spring in my garden.

You noticed probably that there's no much text lately. Well, it IS a photo blog :-). Seriously, I don't have that much time now that the gardening season has started. I spend a lot of time outdoors, gardening, taking photographs in the garden, or reading - in the garden, of course. While I still take a lot pf photos, I don't have much time left in the evening to process them and write the blog. Right now I have three thousands of photos to process from the Japan trip, and write some content for the Japan photos on this blog. I managed at least to publish some photos every day, but I'd like to add some information about the photos. Just bear with me for a while - thank you!

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Day 139 of my "365 Days" project. Spring in my garden: tulips.

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Day 135 of my "365 Days" project. Western bleeding-heart (Dicentra formosa). Fänrikshjärta in Swedish.

I featured an earlier development stage in one of my April entries.

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Day 137 of my "365 Days" project. Mr. Ducky and his Japanese girlfriend.

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Day 136 of my "365 Days" project. 

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Day 135 of my "365 Days" project. Finally spring!

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Day 134 of my "365 Days" project.

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Day 133 of my "365 Days" project.

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Day 132 of my "365 Days" project.

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Ueno Park

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Tokyo National Museum

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Day 131 of my "365 Days" project. Ueno.

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Benten-Do was construted by Mizunoya Katsutaka in the early 17th century. It was destroyed by an US air raid in 1945 and rebuilt in 1958.

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Ueno Zoo. Picknick Japanese style.

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The Flame of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Ueno Park

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Ueno Toshogu Peony Garden

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Day 130 of my "365 Days" project. Mount Fuji.

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Mount Fuji fifth station Kawaguchiko at 2.400m and zero degrees Celsius (32 Fahrenheit).

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Mount Fuji fifth station Kawaguchiko gift shop.

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The hot springs of Owakudani (which means "great boiling hell").

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Day 129 of my "365 Days" project. The Imperial Garden, Tokyo.

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The Imperial Garden, Tokyo.

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Hibiya Garden, Tokyo

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Day 128 of my "365 Days" project. Hibiya Garden, Tokyo.

Hibiya Garden was once the parade ground for the Japanese army. The 16 ha (41 acre) garden was restyled in 1903 as Japan's first Western-style park, including a rose garden, an open-air theatre and a bandstand. The park also has a Japanese garden hidden in the southwest corner, complete with stone lanterns and a pond.

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Senjo-ji Temple, Asakusa. The Kaminari-mon or Thunder Gate.

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Senjo-ji Temple, Asakusa.

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Hama Riky Garden.

Haiku Tuesday


The summer grasses:

of mighty warlords's visions

all that they have left.

by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated by Bernard Lionel Einbond.

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Apple Tree Flowers

Day 127 of my "365 Days" project. Apple tree in full bloom.

May Snow

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A transparent shroud lies

On the fresh sod and imperceptibly melts.

The cruel, chilling spring

Is killing the swelling buds.

And the sight of this early death is so frightful,

That I can't bear to look at God's world.

I feel the sorrow that King David bequeathed,

The kingly, thousand-year grief.

by Anna Akhmatova, translated by Judith Hemschemeyer.

Anna Akhmatova (1889 - 1966) is recognized as one of the greatest twentieth-century Russian poets.

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Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)

Day 126 of my "365 Days" project. Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera).

My Christmas Cactus is blooming again!

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Day 125 of my "365 Days" project. Forget-Me-Not. 


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End of Summer


An agitation of the air,

A perturbation of the light

Admonished me the unloved year

Would turn on its hinge that night.

I stood in the disenchanted field

Amid the stubble and the stones,

Amazed, while a small worm lisped to me

The song of my marrow-bones.

Blue poured into summer blue,

A hawk broke from his cloudless tower,

The roof of the silo blazed, and I knew

That part of my life was over.

Already the iron door of the north

Clangs open: birds, leaves, snows

Order their populations forth,

And a cruel wind blows.

by Stanley Kunitz, from "The Collected Poems of Stanley Kunitz". Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006) was an American poet, appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress twice, first in 1974 and then again in 2000.

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Christmas Rose, Helleborus

Day 124 of my "365 Days" project. Christmas rose (Helleborus).

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Apple Tree Flowers

Day 123 of "365 Days" project. Apple tree.

Today's shot was easy: walk a few meters across the street and take a few photos of my neighbour's apple tree.

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Apple Tree Flowers

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Mr. Ducky sun-bathing

Day 122 of my "365 Days" project. Mr. Ducky sun-bathing.

One can really tell it's spring - Mr. Ducky is up and about. He takes the garden rounds very seriously and checks for snails, especially early mornings and nights. And in between the rounds - sun-baths and rest. 

Haiku Tuesday

Cherry Blossom, Kungsträdgården, Stockholm

"Ah!" I sad, "Ah!"

it was all that I could say - 

the cherry flowers of Mt Yoshino!

by Teishitsu. Translated by R. H. Blyth.

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Drumstick primula (Primula denticulata)

Day 121 of my "365 Days" project. Drumstick primula (Primula denticulata) and aubretia (Aubretia cultorum).

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Drumstick primula (Primula denticulata)

Wonderful spring day - such a bliss to be outdoors and garden!

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