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Boris has no costume this first year at Gullringstorp, but he wants to wish everyone a SPOOKY and HAPPY HALLOWEEN !



HAPPY HALLOWEEN from Gullringstorp!

Max had two choices, a bumble bee outfit or a lady bug outfit. I have a chest in the hallway and one drawer is his. He jumped up when he saw me open his drawer. He came running with his little tail wagging.
I held up both so he could decide.
Hands down he wanted to wear his lady bug outfit.








Max and Henny Penny

It was a cold and windy day yesterday.
Henny Penny dug herself a warm nest in the sand.
Max was a bit confused because she was so far down in the hole she dug out. She just didn’t look right to Max.



Breakfast with Boris!

Boris enjoyed his breakfast this morning. Today he had two new fruits in his bowl. He had bananas and diced plums.
I sat in his doorway and watched him eating as the cats walked in and out. Boris wasn’t bothered at all. I sat and enjoyed him as l could without letting to much warmth out of his home.

I was able to kiss my dear Boris for the first time today. Thank you Boris!





Boris’ Pool

While Boris eats his breakfast, I clean his pool. Most iguanas prefer to go potty in a pool water.
A pool of water is placed at the bottom of the enclosure. Not every iguana prefers water. Little Lady preferred shavings at the bottom. Luckily, the enclosure is next to a window and below that window is the garden hose. I empty the pool out the window and just drop it down to the grass. I have a special bag that hold rubber gloves, a long handled brush and a spray bottle of cleanser.
The pool is cleaned thoroughly, including the edges. Once cleaned, it’s placed back with Boris and filled with warm water.
It needs to be cleaned daily to eliminate the possibility of bacteria building up.
















Morning Rain

It was another rainy night and early morning.
There are the most beautiful water droplets everywhere.
This is Gullringstorp in Autumn.









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.




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