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Boris gets a misting of warm water at least 3 times a day. This just helps to maintain his humid environment.? Most use cool water, but I think it would be a shock to his system so I use warm water.
He loves it.


Good Evening from Gullringstorp

Our goats have Christmas lights that stay up all year long. They are on timers that start lights as the evening moves in and will automatically shut off at a reasonable, bed time around 9pm.
We have lights up on both sections of our 8 box stable.
We have one lady living in a room at the very end of out stable in the once tack room.
We finally put up a string of lights for Nanna. So now all our goats have a softly lit stable to relax in before bedtime.



Winter is Coming

Time for new winter stable clothes.
New winter jacket
New stable boots
New stable snow boots
New gloves
New hat (just because it’s cute)
I’m ready!





Macbeth in the Swedish Countryside

Last evening, this city girl turned country gal attended the opera in the Swedish countryside. I viewed  a HD broadcast sent direct from a performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
We saw Shakespeare’s  Macbeth, composed by Verdi, with Anna Netrebko, Zeljko Lucic and Rene Pape.

Here is a short synopsis, for anyone not familiar with this opera,  courtesy of Wikipedia:

Macbeth (full title The Tragedy of Macbeth) is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, and is considered one of his darkest and most powerful works. Set in Scotland, the play dramatizes the corrosive psychological and political effects produced when evil is chosen as a way to fulfill the ambition for power.

Macbeth is Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, and tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia, and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of arrogance, madness, and death.


What a wonderful evening spent in a tiny theater.  The Metropolitan Opera was brought to us in the Swedish countryside.  This production was done in modern dress. It was a wonderful fast paced opera with such wonderful voices.  Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth was on FIRE ! WOW! Zeljko Lucic was fabulous in the demanding role as Macbeth. René Pape’s presence on stage was as compelling and commanding as always.


Here is the beautiful music:


I must always thank Peter Gelb, the General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera in New York for his idea to start the HD worldwide broadcasts, 9 years ago. He brings the wonderful world of opera to the world.



Good Morning from Gullringstorp !

Boris was ready for another adventure around the house yesterday. He is a fearless climber. Little Lady only got up on a couch,but that was all. Boris wants up on EVERYTHING ! Even cats! Poor Pumpkin had her nap interrupted.
I could continue my daily routine and just listen to know where Little Lady was. She rarely needed supervision while out of her enclosure. Not so with Boris. In a blink of an eye, he’s up somewhere he doesn’t need to be. I have decided he can not be out unsupervised and only has a limited time to roam.
One very good thing is, when I need to remove him from an inappropriate place for an iguana, I can remove him to safer ground with no fuss. He is a good boy, just very curious.
After he was returned to his enclosure,he got some company, Pip. They have become pals.












Boris really has his appetite now! Whew am I glad!

He finished his breakfast already.
I wasn’t sure if he was knocking his dry food out with his tail until I discovered the plate empty and no mess on his shelf.
Little Lady loved her dry food also. I had to order some from the UK because we could no longer get it here in Sweden. It’s a lovely Fruit and Flowers blend. It arrived after she had passed so it was just sitting there.
I’m so glad Boris likes it.



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Boris is Eating!

Boris has a lovely lunch. Kale, grated zucchini, apple and carrot. Diced grapes, deseeded. He’s enjoying it and loves to stand in it. Oh well, as long as he’s eating I can’t complain about feet in the food!




Tiffany Lamp

A light bulb went out on my bedside Tiffany lamp. No big deal accept the bulbs for an American socket can’t be purchased in Sweden. I didn’t realize that my husband had ordered a supply when I moved here 12 years ago. No longer available, he bought a Swedish socket and now my sweet little lamp is lit once again. Silly u know, but it’s little things like this thatGood afternoon from Gullringstorp!

A light bulb went out on my bedside Tiffany lamp. No big deal accept the bulbs for an American socket can’t be purchased in Sweden. I didn’t realize that my husband had ordered a supply when I moved here 12 years ago. No longer available, he bought a Swedish socket and now my sweet little lamp is lit once again. Silly, I know, but it’s little things like this that makes life a little more pleasant.
Thank you Leif!


Tweety and Sylvester

Our babies who aren’t babies anymore, are fully integrated into our chicken flock.
They have even started sleeping in the hen house. Tweety and Sylvester have found their place in the flock and their place to sleep at night.





Boris Update

It has been nearly 3 weeks since Boris came to live at Gullringstorp. In all this time in spite of all the delicious plates of food offered to him, he has not eaten.

I’ve had several options: a warm bath
or a Calcium injection or Vitamin B injection.
I tried the warm bath with no results other than a lovely bonding experience with my new iguana.

Yesterday we took Boris to the vet. He had a full examination by a very competent herp vet. It’s great to know that our boy is in perfect health and condition. Boris was a great little patient as he was held and weighed and examined. I held him when needed, not thinking that he could bite me. He didn’t. He was great.

The vet decided that Boris was not in any kind of health danger because of his lack of appetite. He is still in the adjustment phase after his move to Gullringstorp. He gave Boris a Calcium injection not only to try and stimulate his appetite but to help him remain healthy while not eating. Calcium is very important in an iguana’s diet.

We were also given an assist feeding formula called Critical Care with all the nutritional needs for him. It will not only provide what he needs but may also assist in stimulating his desire to eat.

I was very pleased with our visit and feel that Boris could not have been in better hands.

He has a nice plate of food. I will wait and give him time to want to eat before giving the Critical Care.











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