Sunday, May 28, 2006

Tunnel under the E39


E39 is the main road along the western coast of Norway. It also passes nearby Ostereidet - the village where we have our cottage and where my own name comes from. The road crosses many fjords and goes through many tunnels. However, here we can see a tunnel that goes under (or more or less through) the E39. And what do we see at the other end? The same fjord we saw yesterday - Hindenesfjorden

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Hindenesfjorden


Today I will show you another picture from the little Norwegian fjord called Hindenesfjorden. You get there by taking the E39 from Bergen to Ostereidet (mentioned several times before in this Blog) and then go straight north along and old and narrow road. It is not large, it is not famous in any way, but I think it is nice and very, very much Norwegian. It is also very typical of the many small Norwegian fjords that the tourists miss.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Living the good life


I have shown you sheep in this Blog before. Now they are here again. This time a ew with her three lambs have crawled into shadow of "our" beech - and they are very welcome to it. The shape of the tree shows that they like the taste of the leaves too. This is what I call living the good life.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Wooden shoes


Wooden shoes (or clogs as someone would call them, incorrectly in my opinion), were worn not only in the Netherlands. They were the standard footware among the poor, the small farmers and the fishermen and many others - indeed, you may still find them in use among elderly people in the countryside. They were cheap, waterproof and lasted for a long time. In many ways the ideal shoe - that is, if you didn't want a flexible sole.

I found these at "Hordamuseet" mentioned in yesterdays post. They look as if someone has just stepped out of them after a long day in the fields.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Yesterday once more


If you ever see this gang coming towards you, you had better watch out - they are no joke. No, they are not vikings, but a group of young historically interested Norwegians called Kongshirden 1260 who are re-enacting this part of the Norwegian history. In the year 1260 (after the ending of the Viking age), the Norwegian realm was at its largest under king Haakon Haakonsson. The group is focusing on both the history as such and on the fighting with real, but blunt weapons under conditions of the highest safety. Their training area is the Bergenhus castle and they have been extensively used by museums, schools and other official and private organizations, including TV.

This particular exhibition was today at Hordamuseet which each year has an iron age/mediaeval day with various very interesting demonstrations and exhibitions about this period.

The reason I know so much about it? Half my family is involved

Saturday, May 20, 2006

In memoriam


My father died three year ago today. May he (and my mother) rest in peace.

Ramform Explorer


As you have probably noticed, all kinds of ships pass beneath our terrace. This one is called "Ramform Exporer", but what it is exploring is beyond me. In Norway, when we see something like this, we always say:"It is probably something connected with oil".


Today I have a small addition: Some days ago I received a nice comment to a previuos posting. It was from a woman called Kate and I at first thought it must be from my wife, who is also called Kate. But it wasn't. It was from a young American musician who had recently visited Bergen and who seemed to have enjoyed the stay very much. I sent her another picture which she liked so much that she included it in her own Blog, with a recommendation to go and visit me here. So what else can I do than recommend everyone who passes by to visit Kate at her Blog? It is well worth the visit - a young woman telling the world how she sees it. Europeans have a tendency to think that all Americans are alike . They are not.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Red, white and blue


17th of May - to most people around the world it is a day like any other day. To Norwegians it is THE DAY. It is the Norwegian Constitution Day, or put another way - our National Day. What the 4th of July is to the people in USA and the 14th of July is to the French, the 17th of May is to us - only more so.



The day is in commemoration of the signing of the first national, Norwegian constitution in 1814. After 400 years of Danish rule, the Napoleonic wars had left Norway to be transferred as a booty of war from Denmark to Sweden. However, the Norwegians wanted it otherwise. A national assembly was called at Eidsvold outside Oslo (then called Christiania) and they signed the worlds most liberal constitution on this day. True, after a short war with Sweden, Norway had to accept a personal union with Sweden under the rule of king Carl Johan. But the constitution was kept almost unchanged and Norway had a very high degree of independence within the union until total independence was declared on the 7 of June 1905. But the 17 th of May is the greatest day in our historty.



Typical for the celebration is the almost total lack of military presence in the various parades. It is the people of Norway who celebrates. It is a civillian celebration.

Monday, May 15, 2006

F357


I have shown you foreign naval vessels before. This time it is the Danes that are leaving Bergen after a courtesy call. After all, they are our neighbours and have been here before - they ruled us for 400 years. But we are still on speaking terms :) .

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Bergen in bloom




The Japanese cherry trees (also known as the Sakura tree) around "Lille Lungegårdsvann" in Bergen are famous for their beauty when they bloom in May. The pink flowers are a spectacular sight. See for yourself.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

"Murder on the QM2"


It sounds like a crime novel title made by Agatha Christie, but it is true. According to local a newspaper, one of the crew shall have been killed by one of the other crew members in a brawl. It happened in International waters when the ship was bound for Bergen, Norway. The British police is investigating.

In the first picture the QM2 is seen passing beneath the "Askøy bridge" after leaving Bergen - in the other picture the Norwegian ship "M/S Trollfjord", belonging to the Norwegian Coastal Voyage (Hurtigruten) is also seen.

White narcissus


We had summer for a few days and everything suddenly bloomed. Among them where this White narcissus, a bit ahead of it's time, but so what?

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Submarine in a Norwegian fjord


During the so-called "Cold war" there were several alleged sightings of foreign submarines in Norwegian fjords. However, nothing was ever proved, and lately the whole question of the presence of the submarines has been brought into doubt.

The submarine on the picture, is however genuine - but probably Norwegian.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Statsraad Lehmkuhl - once more


I have shown you several pictures of this ship (1, 2), S/S "Statsraad Lehmkuhl". This morning she was returning home while I was out walking. Thus this picture.

Friday, May 05, 2006

AWACS



We have previously had pictures of both ships, cars and trains. Today, ot rather yesterday, it was planes. And not your everyday 737. These two pictures shows one of NATO's custom built Boeing 707 AWACS radar surveillance aircrafts. They visit our neighbourhood from time to time for a bit of training. If they had only chamged to more modern engines! The noise is tremendous and the smoke is worse. And they more or less insist on landing on my roof (or so it seems).

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Dandelion


Today I have another yellow flower to show you - dandelion. It is usually considered to be a crabgrass, but to me it's a spot of very bright colour when it erupts in (other people's) lawns. In Norway we have about 240 variants, and it's useful too: The leaves can be used for making salads, the roots can be used as a replacement for coffe and from the flowers you can make wine.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Coltsfoot


Many flowers in the spring are yellow. Some are large and displayed in all the gardens. Some are smaller and more unassuming - like this coltsfoot I found by the side of the road. It has even got a little visitor smaller than itself.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Black and white


"Black and white" is perhaps a name that is better known for other consumables than sheep (X-mas dinner in spe). But I couldn't resist using the analogy when I found these two resting peacefully in the grass. The consumable mentioned above has dogs as it's trademark. Maybe it should be changed to sheep? As far as I have seen there are sheep in Scotland too.

Monday, May 01, 2006

May 1st


May 1. is known as a day of International Labour Solidarity. In Norway it has been a Public holiday since World War 2. However, for many people it also hold a personal memory. My father built this cottage for his familiy in his spare time. It is where my heart, such as it is, belongs. Today was his birthday - he would have been 91 years old. This posting is made in memory of him.