Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The year 2008 in my blog - photo-cavalcade

It is getting close to 2009 and everyone is making a cavalcade of some sort based on the year that has gone by. Surprisingly, I'm going to to the same. Since this is mainly a photo-blog, I have picked one posted picture from each month during the year. I hope you will enjoy them - just click on the picture below and start scrolling.


Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

X is for things we are not supposed to do

Found in the bathroom of a hotel. They had obviously been the venue of a conference for editors...

A Happy New and Better Year to all the Lexicographers in ABC Wednesday!


Today's post is my entry in the third round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt.

For more, you can log on via a Mr Linky enabled site or
a no-comment blog where you can post a copy or short version of your post with a link-back to your original post for the full version and comments.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Odd Shot Smile(y) of the Year

Found yesterday - one happy stone ball! Looking forward to the New Year's Ball, perhaps? Or maybe it was only an oddball.

Happy New Year to all Odd Shooters!


Please visit Katney's Kaboodle for more about Odd shots!


Sunday, December 28, 2008

Amalie Skram

Bergen has its share of statues. As usual they depict politicians and various cultural personalities, most commonly men. One of the few made to commemorate a woman is this one of the female writer Amalie Skram. Wikipedia describes her literary life like this:

In 1882 Amalie Skram debuted under the name Amalie Mueller with Madam Høiers Leiefolk. Her work continued until her death. She dealt with topics she knew well.

Her work can be divided into three categories:

  • Novels concerning marriage, which explored taboo topics such a female sexuality, and the subservient status of women in that period. These works was received by many as overly provocative and resulted in open hostility from some segments of society.
  • Multi-generation novels, which dealt with the fate of a family over several generations. With these she explored the social institutions and conditions of the time and campaigned for change.
  • Mental hospital works such as Prof Hieronimus and Paa St. Jørgen, which deal with the primitive and brutal conditions of such institutions of the period. Her novels created a major stir in Denmark and precipitated improvements in these institutions.

She is recognized as one of the early and strong proponents of what has come to be known as the women's movement, setting the early European early trend. Her works, which had been generally forgotten with her death, were rediscovered and received strong recognition in the 1960s. Several of her works are currently available in recent translations to English.

The Statue was made by the female sculptor Maja Refsum in 1949 and is placed at "Klosteret" on "Nordnes" in Bergen

Saturday, December 27, 2008

From a post-Christmas stroll

Do we eat too much at Christmas? Do we spend too much? Do we get too much? I don't know - all I know is that with 'flu in the house, guests in the house, variable weather and personal side-effects of medicines, it has been little exercise. I attempted to rectify some of that today.

At least the weather was nice!

Someone on the other side of the fjord had obviously got too many gifts and was doing something about it...

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Investigating a Christmas tree

Have you ever investigated your Christmas tree close-up? It can be an interesting experience.

You will of course find some "ordinary" Christmas-tree decorations.

But you might be lucky and find an elf (or a "nisse" as we call them here)

And if it is really your day, you might have the kind of tree that attracts birds!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

W is for Wishing You a Merry Christmas!






Today's post is also my entry to the third round of ABC Wednesday. The Wishes goes to all who pass by, and especially to the founder of the meme, Denise Nesbitt.

For more, you can log on via a Mr Linky enabled site or
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Star Gazing in Sky Watch

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Watchers!

(A special dedication goes with this post to my lung transplanted friend Truls Zimmer who has been fighting for his life against infections and is finally showing signs of recovery!)



PS Please visit Sky Watch Friday's own site for more.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A spectrum of/in escalators

How to break up the boredom of shopping?
Look around!

Something might be changing.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

V is for Voss in ABC Wednesday

Voss is a municipality not far for from Bergen - many would call it a small town. Wikipedia describes it like this:

Voss is a municipality in Hordaland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Voss. The administrative center of the municipality is the village of Vossevangen.

Voss was established as a municipality on January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Vossestrand was separated from Voss on January 1, 1868 and Evanger was separated from Voss on January 1, 1885. All of Vossestrand and the main part of Evanger, were merged back into the municipality of Voss on January 1, 1964.

The main centre of population is the town Voss or Vossevangen. Voss is situated on the main road and railway line from Oslo to Bergen, about 100 kilometres east of Bergen. The people of Voss make their living mainly from agriculture and tourism, both in the summer and winter.

When you look at the snowcapped mountains in the distance you could be excused for thinking that you were now into the Norwegian "Highlands", but you are not. The picture above shows the station building, and it says clearly that you are now all of 57 metres above sea level. However, Voss has fostered a number of Olympic champions in the winter games and Voss was also for a number of years a training centre for winter warfare for NATO-troops.

The lake "Vangsvatnet" is in many ways the centre of Voss, with most of the town on one side and agricultural areas on the other.

The main church is called "Vangskyrkja" and is a stone church from 1277 with room for 550 people.

You may have noticed that I have mentioned winter sports several times, but only shown summer pictures. There is a very good reason for this: Voss arranges a festival called Ekstremsportsveko (The Extreme Sport Week) where anyone with a suicide complex can take part in a number of death-defying activities. A quote from their homepage should give an indication:

Ekstremsportveko is build upon the four elements; water, air, earth and fire. Kayaking, rafting, kiting, big air and freeride represent water. BASE, skydiving, paragliding and hanggliding represent air. Longboarding, climbing, MTB/BMX and multisport are based on the earth element, whereas the festival program is rooted in fire.
The pictures were taken this summer, but I stayed on the ground...



Today's post is part of the the third round of ABC Wednesday. The founder, Denise Nesbitt, has changed the rules to make the system more practical. There is now a no-comment blog where you can post a copy or short version of your post with a link-back to your original post for the full version and comments. Scanning through this no-comment blog will give you a Variety of Vs. She has also set up a site where you can log on via Mr. Linky if you want to do that. However, Mr. Linky has lately been somewhat uncooperative, so I do not know how it will be today.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Odd Shot Jug


In Norway it is prohibited by law to smoke in restaurants and other indoor, public areas - including work. This makes the freezing, smoke-addicted people smoke outdoor. So outside a number of buildings you will find a variable amount of people (mostly women it seems to me), huddling around some trash-can or other.

But I have never seen a jug like this.


Please visit Katney's Kaboodle for more about Odd shots!


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Today's flower - The Christmas Star


Julestjerne (Euphorbia pulcherrima) - Christmas star


PS The Today's flowers meme is hosted by LUIZ SANTILLI JR. . Please visit and enjoy.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

A light in the window

Even an old agnostic appreciates a
bit of light in the window at this time of the year.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Heron on a mirror

A lonely heron looking for food in a small bay of on an almost flat fjord. Even in December there is fish to be found.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A cold Sky Watch

December - the sun is almost hiding.




PS Please visit Sky Watch Friday's own site for more.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It is late in the year

It is December, the sun is low in the sky and it is getting cold. Even the pleasure crafts at Alvøen Marina are starting to feel the freeze.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

U is for Uniform in ABC Wednesday

Wikipedia defines Uniform like this:

A uniform is a set of standard clothing worn by members of an organization while participating in that organization's activity. Modern uniforms are worn by armed forces and paramilitary organisations such as police, emergency services, security guards, in some workplaces and schools and by inmates in prisons. In some countries, some other officials also wear uniforms in some of their duties; such is the case of the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service or the French prefects.
Below I have collected some pictures captured of Nordic Naval Cadets at an arrangement that coincided with the Tall Ship's Races in Bergen this year.

Swedish cadets at attention.

The Nordic Cadets marching along the quay

Even the future Naval officers can turn a corner...

Saluting the deck before entering the barque "Statsraad Lehmkuhl" for a reception.


Today's post is part of the the third round of ABC Wednesday. The founder, Denise Nesbitt, has changed the rules to make the system more practical. There is now a no-comment blog where you can post a copy or short version of your post with a link-back to your original post for the full version and comments. Scanning through this no-comment blog will give you lots of Utilitarian Us. She has also set up a site where you can log on via Mr. Linky if you want to do that.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Odd Shot at the Bus stop

Are you wondering why the bus isn't stopping?



Please visit Katney's Kaboodle for more about Odd shots!


Sunday, December 07, 2008

Today's flower - A rose for Truls


You can still find roses in Norway in December. I dedicate this one to my friend Truls Zimmer who is at the moment fighting for his life at Rikshospitalet in Oslo, Norway. He has suffered from Cystic Fibrosis all his life and had received new lungs by transplantation in 2006. He is now suffering from one of the risks of this treatment - serious infections.

He and his wife Hilde need all the support they can get. Please visit his Blog and leave a greeting.




PS The Today's flowers meme is hosted by LUIZ SANTILLI JR. . Please visit and enjoy.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

A place to rest and view

Even when driving along the roads on our small islands you might find a place to park you car, a place to sit, and enjoy the view. I presented the view the other day.

Friday, December 05, 2008

A shot from the moon?

What might this be? A shot of the moon - cheese, horizon, craters and all?

No, just a piece of rusty junk found on a quay by a hobby photographer who was looking for something suitable for a shot by a macro lens.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Sky Watch along the coast

We live near the North Sea. The islands on the picture were all that were between me and the Atlantic Ocean at that moment. The clouds above, lighted by the sun just to the left, are typical of a fine day in winter.



PS Please visit Sky Watch Friday's own site for more.


Turn around and lift you head

Some of you wondered what the view was from the bench in my former post. This might be a small part of it - looking north-west towards the island Askøy.

If you just lifted your head after taking the photo, you would have seen Mon Plaisir, a small pavilion from 1840.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

When your backside needs a rest...


Found a Sunday in November in Sandviken, Bergen - one stone bench.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

T is for Towing by Tugboat


Wikipedia says:

Towing is the process of pulling or drawing behind a chain, line, bar or some other form of coupling. Commonly, towing is done by road vehicles, but anything from boats to tractors to people can tow cargo.
and furthermore:
A tugboat, or tug, is a boat used to maneuver, primarily by towing or pushing, other vessels (see shipping) in harbors, over the open sea or through rivers and canals. Tugboats are also used to tow barges, disabled ships, or other equipment like oil platforms.
In this case it is a Tugboat Towing an oil platform in for maintenance at the Coast Centre Base (CCB) at Ågotnes outside Bergen, Norway, not far from where I live.


Today's post is part of the the third round of ABC Wednesday. The founder, Denise Nesbitt, has changed the rules to make the system more practical. There is now a no-comment blog where you can post a copy or short version of your post with a link-back to your original post for the full version and comments. Scanning through this no-comment blog will give you lots of Tasty Ts. She has also set up a site where you can log on via Mr. Linky if you want to do that.

UPDATE: MR. LINKY IS NOT WORKING,SO PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT AT DENISE NESBITT'S OWN SITE!