My life in the country with my site

Author Archive

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.



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.



<img src="



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!



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 153 other followers