Friday, December 29, 2006
If you have a look around this Blog you will find that I have taken quite a lot of pictures of this bridge. It is not far from where I live so it may me natural that it crops up now and again. In this case it shows the bridge on a sunny afternoon in December between Christmas and New Year's Eve.
And part of the traffic that is the reason why they are planning a new one.
Published by RuneE kl. 15:33
Thursday, December 28, 2006
In our part of Norway, 2006 will be known for a its fine spring, summer and autumn - that is until the middle of October. After that it will be known for its rain. I will let this picture stand as both a symbol of the weather in 2006 and a hope that the sunshine we see far off will prevail in 2007.
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Saturday, December 23, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Christmas and stars go together. Any shopping street worth its name is filled with stars a month (or two) before Christmas. So also in Bergen. I found these in our main shopping street, Strandgaten.
If we can't go to the stars - let the stars come to us.
Published by RuneE kl. 11:26
Sunday, December 17, 2006
As passing guests to my pages may have noticed, I do a bit of walking for my exercise. I usually carry a camera of some sort with me, and you would be surprised how often one finds a motive worth snapping. That the results not always is worthy of the motive can only be blamed on me and my cameras.
Today the sky cleared long enough for a passing jet to reflect the sun - a contrast worth recording.
Published by RuneE kl. 11:08
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Christmas is getting close. Everyone around is spending money as fast (or faster) than they are coming in on gifts for people who most likely have more than they need already. But not everyone can do that, and not everyone may have someone that can give them the parcels they should have had. In Bergen (as in no doubt many other places) there is a tradition that the Salvation Army has a Christmas tree where you can place Christmas-gifts for those who for various reasons will not receive one. What is under the tree shown here is what has been placed there morning and noon. It will be "filled" by evening.
Published by RuneE kl. 17:59
Friday, December 15, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
As you may have noticed in my postings, rain, wind, clouds and fog have been part and parcel of the weather in Norway lately. Nor a snowflake in sight. Not that I miss snow particularly much, but I an not very fond of the changes in the climate thar man has brought upon himself. But enough about that now.
Today I got an indication that there really is a sun behind the clouds somewhere and that the rumours that says that the sky is in reality blue - not grey - is right,
Published by RuneE kl. 15:10
Monday, December 11, 2006
We are about to get a new kind of ferry in Norway - a ferry were the fuel for engines is based on gas. Five new ones are on the way, and this is the first: M/F "Bergensfjord". It is 129 meter long and 19 meter broad. The carrying capacity is 212 cars and 587 passengers. It is owned by a company called Fjord1. The ferry shall go between Halhjem outside Bergen and Sandvikvåg on the island of Stord. It will reduce the time taken from 55 to 40 minutes.
By the way - the name "Bergensfjord" was initially carried by an America liner owned by NAL - quite a different kind of ship...
Published by RuneE kl. 16:18
Saturday, December 09, 2006
During the last couple of months we have been drowning in this part of the world. It has been difficult to get proper pictures of proper flowers. But, luckily, a young man with very close ties to me bought a single, large rose to give to someone whom he thought deserved one. I was allowed to take a picture of it.
I'll share it with you.
Published by RuneE kl. 14:39
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Friday the Dutch naval ship M861 Urk lay peacefully sheltered in the harbour of Bergen. Not so yesterday. With a firm gale blowing and the rain coming down like it was no tomorrow (or rather today), it left Bergen by the way of Hjeltefjorden. This leads straight out into the North sea, but I suppose the Dutch sailors are more used to the North Sea than most people.
Published by RuneE kl. 20:31
Monday, December 04, 2006
If you think that you have seen this ship before, you are quite right. It was formerly known as "Fjord Norway", but after much hullabaloo, the ferry line from Bergen to Newcastle was taken over by DFDS Seaways and the ship renamed "Princess of Norway".
Maybe that is why the weather is so much worse today?
Published by RuneE kl. 12:15
Sunday, December 03, 2006
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Saturday, December 02, 2006
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Friday, December 01, 2006
Is is getting on for Christmas - or is it? The grass is as green as ever, the thermometer shows 10 - 11 degrees C., it is raining cats and dogs and we have gale force winds. The traditional Christmas tree has been erected in the middle of Lille lungegårdsvann where a fountain usually resides. The lights will go on this Sunday, but that is about all. The shops are doing there best to give an illusion of a White Christmas, but nobody is fooled.
Maybe we for once can avoid buying expensive presents we cannot afford to give to people we don't like and who will change them anyway?
Published by RuneE kl. 15:24