Sunday, December 31, 2006

A rose in December

The world seems to be off its hinges in so many ways. One of them is fresh roses in a garden on New Year's Eve in Norway.

Let us hope it's only nature's way of wishing us a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 29, 2006

The Sotra bridge in December

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.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

A wee drop for the year that soon has passed

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.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Since this a is blog that I try to write to write in English, it may look a little strange that I post a picture with Norwegian text. But have no fear: it is only the old familiar wish which I want to send to you:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Christmas stars in Bergen, Norway

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.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Morning glory?

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.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Soon to be Christmas

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.

Friday, December 15, 2006

After the rain

Getting quite a bit of rain also has its advantages - it sometimes stops and you can enjoy the beauty in the little details. Such as a pole reflecting in a pool.

BTW, we don't need to make our own pools - nature makes them for us.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Cloudy Norway

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,

Monday, December 11, 2006

M/F "Bergensfjord"

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...

Saturday, December 09, 2006

A rose is still a rose

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.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

M861Urk again

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.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Princess of Norway

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?

Sunday, December 03, 2006


Bergen is connected to several other countries by various car-ferries. One of them is Smyril-Line from the Faroe Island. Their ship Norønna connects Bergen with no less than four other places: Iceland, The Faroe Islands, Shetland and Denmark. It crosses the North sea steadfastly, in all kinds of weather, and I can assure you that the North sea has all kinds of weather. Here the ship filling up with oil in the harbour in Bergen.

I see the ship passing often, but I have never taken her to the Faroes. However, I once spent a week there, and I can wholeheartedly recommend it as one of the most spectecular places you can visit.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

M861 Urk

We have shown pictures of naval vessels from the Netherlands in Norwegian fjords before. However, this one, M861 Urk, was visiting Bergen itself. It is named after a town in its home land, so it is only fitting that it visits a town here. However, we could have offered our guests a somewhat nicer weather.

Friday, December 01, 2006

December 1st, 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?