All weekend the echoing call of cuckoo has resonated over to Ovantrask from Rosendal. The call sounds closer than it is. Just when you think he's taking a break, he starts up again (apparently only male cuckoos actually cuckoo). It can drive you nuts if you're out gardening all day. Or cuckoo.
The hill above Rosendal, which we cleared the winter before last, is named Kukkuubackaskoga on the original deeds - kukkuu is the Swedish-Finnish word for the call of the cuckoo ("gök" being cuckoo), "backa" means hill and "skog" is forest. So it would appear that cuckoos have been driving people crazy around here for a couple of hundred years!