Friday, June 22, 2007

Summer in Western Norway

The summer is short at 60 degrees North, so we are used to enjoy it while we can. I will let this picture taken at Lyngheissenteret north of Bergen some days ago stand for a true and peaceful Norwegian summer.

I wish you all a happy summer!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

QM2 2007

Once again the cruise ship "Queen Mary 2" has visited Bergen. We have many of these ships in the fjords at this time of the year, but this is one of my favourites. It looks more like a ship than a horizontal high-rise, which many of the other large cruise ships do.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

"Queen of Scandinavia" has come to Bergen

I have previously reported that "Princess of Norway" has left the ferry route between Bergen and Newcastle. Now her replacement has come - "Queen of Scandinavia". It is here seen passing beneath the Sotra Bridge ("Sotrabroen") just outside Bergen.

The second picture shows "Queen of Scandinavia" last year in Tynemouth, Newcastle. BTW, the picture was taken from aboard "Princess of Norway", or "Fjord Norway" as she was then called.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Mouse in a hedge

Not all animals are large and easy to see and hear. Some are small and tries to be discreet. This little fellow had found some nice titbits in a hedge near my cottage. They must have been delicious indeed since he didn't take any notice of me even when I took the picture half a meter away.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Rhododendrons - the flowers of Western Norway

In these parts of Norway we have ideal conditions for growing rhododendrons. Everywhere you go around here you can see lots of them at this time of the year. Here you can see the three we have. From the top:
Catawbiense "Grandiflorum
Cunningham's White
Nova Zembla

I wouldn't live anyplace where you couldn't grow rhododendrons.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Christmas dinner in spe

It is early June and this year's lambs are getting bigger and have started to fatten themselves on the fresh, green grass. Little do they know that in about half a year they'll end up as "pinnekjøtt" - the traditional Christmas dinner in these parts of the world.