Circus Arnardo

August 19th, 2016

Yesterday me and the two oldest ones went to Circus Arnardo.

The boys really had fun, they especially loved the clowns. We all enjoyed the trained animals and the rest, but I must admit that what really impressed me was the Norwegian artist Chris Pettersen doing his slackline/slackrope show. I found the act on Youtube, but I must admit that seeing it live was even more impressing - but well worth spending time watching the video.

Cleaning the greenhouse

August 14th, 2016

Had to clean the greenhouse, since it had actually become green due to moss and fungus.

My latest book - War and Peace vol III, Leo Tolstoj

August 14th, 2016

Three down, one to go...now the French has invaded Moscow in 1812, and by the end of Vol III the fire of Moscow is ravaging the city.

Marking the spruce plants

August 9th, 2016

To make the job a whole lot easier the next time I need to cut down grass, deciduous trees and all that prevents the spruce plants to grow up I have marked each one with a stake. Can do since it is just about 50 plants

Black currant jam and red currant lemonade

August 4th, 2016

Thanks to my dad and Siri we now have black currant jam and red currant lemonade

Heavy duty garden tending

August 4th, 2016

Had to cut down the spruce hedge and this year not just a little bit. Did first try to use the tractor and the front loader, but it did not reach high enough, so down to Løken and rent a boom lift.

Not the best picture, but look closly and you will be able to see how much I did cut

5 days trip to Vestlandet

August 1st, 2016

Last Wednesday we packed the car and headed for Vestlandet to visit family. First stop was at Norwegian Railway Museum where all of us had a lot of fun and we would really recommend for others to stop there as well.

Then we stopped for the night at Fossheim Hotell, where I enjoyed a bottle of "Heidrun - eit Fossheimøl"

Heidrun er navnet på ei geit i norrøn mytologi som beiter på taket av Valhall saman med hjorten Eiktyrne. Heidrun forsyner einherjarne i Valhall med mjød som renn frå juret hennar og ned i eit stort drikkekar.
- Einherjarne var dei som falt i kamp på jorda og kom til Åsgård etter døden.

Heidrun er og 4. generasjons drivar av Fossheim Hotell

Then the day after, on the ferry from Eidsdal to Linge.

Yesterday we headed home again, this time staying at Beitostølen. So what better than to stop at Lemonsjøen to stretch the legs.

This morning from the hotell window.

Running up to Slogen and down again, and the aftermath

August 1st, 2016

Four days ago I headed out from Liasætra, heading for Patchelhytta, Slogen and then Øye. The weather was nice and so was the run/walk up to the top of Slogen. Took some pictures at the top, here towards Norangsdalen

And here Norangsfjorden

And then, 1 hour and 30 minutes from 1564 meters down to the sea at Øye. Had to be as fast as possible to be there on time and I did, but it came with a price. My thighs did hurt as h$#, and even now - four days after - I am having issues walking normally. My thighs are still very, very sore, actually I think this is the worst time ever when it comes to soreness...but, it was worth it and I will do it again...but on another top.

Reforestation

July 27th, 2016

Earlier this year we bought about 50 spruce plants, so hopefully in a couple of years we have a lot of Christmas trees available. Back in May my father and I did prepare the location, had to cut down a lot of Sambucus Racemosa (Rødhyll), a plant which is actually blacklisted here in Norway. A real pain in the ass, it grows very fast and forces away other species which naturally belongs here. A lot of work collecting all the branches.

When done, time to plant the spruces. I did this on the 16´th of May

And this picture was taken yesterday, a lot of fresh Rødhyll. The fight continues to ensure good conditions for the spruces.

My latest book - War and Peace vol II, Leo Tolstoj

July 14th, 2016

Now finished War and Peace volume two. Two to go, must ... be strong and keep on reading...