Life on the Road


Well it’s been a while. 4 months to be exact and almost to the day. What am I talking about? Well it has been 4 months since I left Sweden and came back to the UK, why? Well I had a few underlying medical needs which had to be taken care of and I had to find help in starting up in business. Sweden is a great place to be and live but I wanted to sort that out with people from the UK and abide by our laws in so far as taxes etc. came into it.

So I am back in Blighty, for the time being that is. I haven’t sat on my laurels either. Most of the medical things have been sorted out and the 1’s that haven’t are at a stage where they will be soon. As for the business well I have a business advisor who is helping me setup and I have a business account with my local bank. When I came back I needed a place to stay and stayed at a friends until I was fortunate enough to be given a small apartment. I have been living there since December now and love it. It’s nice and quiet, warm and cosy and best of all it’s mine. Well rented but you get my drift.

So yes it has been a while since I last posted something but as you can see I have been a little busy.

As for Sweden well I hope I will be going back sometime soon. I do love that part of Sweden as it’s peaceful and beautiful although a little cold right now!

I unpacked the car in the driving snow and put the heating on in the house. God it was cold and that was the inside of the house!
I decided to sleep on the sofa that night as the bedroom was so cold it burnt your nose when you breathed so with a hot coffee and Sky News on the TV I drifted off to sleep.
I awoke next morning to a nice warm living room and started getting the house sorted out and unpacking. I plugged in the water pump and nothing apart from a high pitch noise. I unplugged it and tried again. Same noise. Shit the pipes and pump were frozen. A quick recce of the house revealed that the tap in the kitchen had also frozen open and I couldn’t close it not even with hot water. I stuck a heater in the pump room and left it to warm up. In the meantime I noticed a mouse had enjoyed a bag of flour that I had left on the kitchen table. Now I love animals but can’t have any living inside the house with me, not mice anyway. I cleaned up the table and finally found and despatched the foe and setting up traps for any more that had set up home in my house while I was away. The temperature outside was minus 6.4 during the day and with the windchill that made the overall temp of minus 20! The snow was still falling slowly but it was only about 30cms deep. Deep enough if you live in the UK or other places that “shuts down” at the first snow flake but here 30cms is nowt.

Nothing but snow, trees and quietness everywhere

Water, Water Everywhere.

When the pump room had finally defrosted it spawned a few other shocks for me, not least burst pipes. The pump room was starting to get a nice amount of water on the floor from 2 burst pipes and the loo had another. Under the sink in the bathroom was another so I turned off the water and wondered what to do next.
Luckily for me the guy across the road worked with pumps and all things mechanical so after asking him he came over and within 2 days I was no longer swimming in water! Looking back it serves me right for the leaks as the pipes are not insulated, so I intend to do that shortly. In the meantime I make sure the pump room and kitchen have enough heat 24/7 in order to stop the pipes freezing again. The only problem with that is that electricity prices here in Sweden are extortionate but there is nothing I can do.

Snowy Morning

So here it is, the 14th of January 2010 and already I have had my fair share of problems, but I survived to fight another day. I am continuing my writing in between keeping warm and repairing this lovely old house, I am even in the process of writing a number of E-books, should be fun!

Deathly Quiet

Yes I made it home, just! Originally we should have travelled back to Sweden on the 4th but my girlfriend “broke the car.” She went to check the oil and not only pulled out the dipstick but also the housing it was in as well! Luckily there is a garage around the corner so we had to take it there and they fixed it.
That meant we had to cancel the boat from Rostock to Trelleborg for the 4th of Jan and rebook it for the 5th. We managed to get there, Rostock that is in one piece. It never ceases to amaze me with the “other half.” There were 5 of us in the car and a mountain of stuff to take back, it’s a wonder the suspension didn’t give way! In fact when we were boarding the ship in Rostock something under the car violently rubbed against the ramp making us all jump and me very, very twitchy. Luckily nothing had fallen or been dragged off.

No Cabin This TIme

We usually have a cabin for the 6 hour trip whether it’s going to Germany or going back to Sweden, but they (the ferry company) wanted 50 Euros for a cabin because, they say the ship (Robin Hood) was a better class of ship! So, we decided to watch TV in the restaurant which I am glad we did as the ship was almost empty. 5 cars and about the same in trucks so we had the ship almost to ourselves.
While we were waiting to sail back to Sweden we took some pictures of the harbour. The sea was frozen in places and really amazed me as I have never seen the sea frozen before!!

Ice on the sea in Rostock

Passing Ships

Anyway we made it back to Sweden to be confronted by falling snow. For the last 3 weeks all I have seen is the white stuff and I am fed up with it right now! We struggled on and I got my car which wouldn’t start after being in the frozen Scandinavian weather for 2 weeks so we jumped it, filled her up (Betty is her name after Betty in the Flintstones!) and I slowly drove northwards back home. It was a crawl to as the snow fell heavier and heavier the further north I went. I was only driving 200 kilometres but they felt like 2000. I finally got home in the early hours to a house that was colder inside than out.

TBC…..

Well the season of goodwill is almost over for another year and I must admit this has been one of the best ever for me. I celebrated Christmas in Germany with my girlfriend and her family and everything was perfect, well almost. Ham and potato balls (knödel) for dinner (lunch) with lots of mustard, and all washed down with Sekt, which I believe is German Champagne.
Then yesterday it was my birthday, 21 again!! My beautiful girlfriend gave me a wonderful present of a bottle of Cuban Rum which is 28 years old! I haven’t opened it yet, I intend to open it when there is some special occasion, like my wedding.

The weather has been funny to. We got here to find snow everywhere and coldness, now it’s raining and warm! Talk about global warming. This part of Germany should be under mounds of snow and minus 30 temeratures, not rain and warm.
I love Christmas in Germany, lots of Christmas Markets all selling anything including homemade decorations,