Imaginary Karin - Zaphod in the forest

As I’m sure most of you know by now I have a tiger-striped whippet named Zaphod. People seemed to appreciate the snake f.a.q. I posted a few years ago, so I’ve decided to do a similar post about my dog. About bloody time too, I’ve only had him for 11 years…

When your dog happens to be of a slightly unusual breed (at least where I live it is) curious questions from the public are inevitable. Here are a select few:

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My Favourite Things is a monthly linkup hosted by Raisa and Eirene. Head over there to participate!

So apparently I’m not dead, I just fell off the blogging wagon for a while. For some reason that always happen to me either in the spring or in the early autumn. Guess it has something to do with the seasons changing, but it usually only happens once a year. Hopefully that means I won’t fall off again until 2017

Anyway, let’s get back into things with some positivity: my current favourite things!

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Umeå from above

Mixed architecture

Apparently me and Markus have been engaged for 4 years now! In total we’ve been a couple for almost 9 years actually, so it’s been a long run.

Normally we don’t bother much with anniversaries. I understand and remember the excitement about the first couple of years, but after being together for almost a decade adding yet another year to the counter isn’t all that spectacular.

Although it should be, shouldn’t it?

Clearly we must be doing something right if we’ve managed to keep it up for this long, but that doesn’t mean we can just drop the ball and stop making an effort. Where’s the fun in that?

This year we decided to celebrate with a trip to the neighbouring city of Umeå, 2 hours south of here.

Umeå (pronounced you-me-oh) is the biggest city in north Sweden and so has a lot more entertainment to offer than our home town.

We drove down on Saturday morning and then spent the whole day strolling around town, doing some shopping and just generally having a good time.

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Golden eagle

Guys, I have to tell you about my Christmas gift from Markus… He gave me an “eagle safari”!

A professional wildlife photographer (Conny Lundström, his site is in English so check him out) has a cabin set up in a golden eagle territory a few hours inland from where we live, and Markus arranged for him to take us there to observe and photograph the eagles. We got to borrow cameras and objectives too, so we had real professional equipment to play with.

To avoid disturbing the wildlife we had to go out to the cabin before sunrise and stay until dark, which in north Sweden in January means from 7 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon.

Conny had put some fish on a field outside the cabin to attract the eagles, but of course that doesn’t guarantee any of them would show up. I was a little worried that spending the whole day in a cold little cabin might get boring if no animals showed up, but I had no reason to fear. During the day we saw 3 eagles, 2 foxes, half a million ravens, and plenty of smaller birds.

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