Sunday, 29 June 2014

June moments....

I have spent most of June at work in the mountains. We are nearing high season at the lodge and there is a lot of work to do. Basically that is what life has been about this month.  Here are the moments from June...


 
In early June I celebrated my birthday with a long workingday and some redwine at the end of it...
 
 
 
I have spent a most of the month inside the lodge....
 
 
 
 
...but also some time outside enjoying the scenery...




 
In June there is no darkness and I got to see the bluelight - summer version- from the stairs a the main building.

 
 
 
 It is now so green, and the snow melting further up the mountain has provided a lot of "power" in the waterfalls and rivers.
 
 





 
 
 

 
A selfie is always nice...
 


 
In a couple of months he white will turn red..


 
They  have arrived for their summer holiday....

 
Another selfie - I'm going wild.....


 
 
Summer flora...
 
 
 
 
 
 
I got to spend a few days at home where we celebrated my birthday and I got the most beautiful birthday present...
 


Ahhhhhh....View from the living room....

 
They where prepairing for the midsummer celebration in the neighbourhood. This is as Close as I got to take part. I had to return to the mountain where we didn't really celebrate...

 
This is one of the biggest and most famous midsummer bonfires in Norway.


I had an errand in Hardanger, another beautiful area in Western Norway.


 
I got stuck in traffic by the Sognefjord. Can't complain about the view.
 


Saturday, 14 June 2014

June 14 - saturday...

It is the middle of June. Nearly  midsummer and a beautiful summersday. I am at work in the mountains. When you are running a mountain lodge it doesn't make a difference whether it is saturday, weekend or whatever. We still have to keep things going. Here is my day.....


 Early morning.......


I had check-out and paperwork this morning...
 
 
 
It has been a beautiful day in the mountains and lots of ramblers around....
 
 

 
A day at work in the lodge could make for many photos, but it'll do with two, The above one of the sunshine coming in the garden door and the one below of myself in a mirror. (I look as though I am about to jump into the mirror)
 
 
 
 
 
I went for a walk in the evening. A beautiful evening it was.
 



 I granted myself a plate of chocklate when I came back.
 

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Looking out the window

I seem to like to take a lot photos out of the windows. There is of course a lot of nice views to be enjoyed here in the mountains, and here is a random pick of some of the out- of- the -window photos I have taken over the past month.

 
View from the staff room


 
View from my kitchen window


 
View from the bedroom

 
View from one of the lounges on a rainy day.

 
Evening view from a corridor

Friday, 6 June 2014

These old houses and their story...

 
 
We know that it has been settlement around Østerbø and the Aurlandvalley since the 15th century. There are some evidence of settlement before that, but it is uncertain. The place lies in a mountainpass that connects the east and the west of Norway, but one can wonder why they setttled here? Even today in our modern world it takes 30 minutes to drive to the nearest settlement, so it is pretty remote. Still, that is the way people have lived around Norway ever since the first migration here 10 000 year ago.
 
The weather conditions up here is harsh,  with short summers and long winters. On the other hand, there is more hours of sunshine than further down the valley.
 
 
 
 You can find many ruins like this around here and elsewhere in Norway. This one has probably been used to house cattle. It is hard to say how old it is, though. When it was in use, it probably resembled something like the house in the photo below.
 
 
 
 
The lodge where I work used to be a farm. We know that it was permanent settlement here untill 1911 when the last full-time farmer here died. The family continued to use it in the summertime. In 1938 they started to develop the lodge.
 
The photo below is from the main building where there is a wall with the inscription  Anno 1772.
 
 
 
 
 

 
These are two old stabbur - storehouses. Traditionally they where use to keep salted and dried food in. Now they serve a completly different purpose. They are mainly for show and a part of our cultural heritage. The one above you can actually rent and spend the night in. We know that it is from 1742.  They are built in a traditional building style dating back to the Viking ages here in Norway called laft, where you don't use iron  or nails, only wood. This style has in recent years become popular again and you can see a lot of new buildings in this style.
 

 
The photo below shows a building in the traditional buildingstyle - laft - anno 2013.
 


 

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

The animals...

In the mountain lodge we have a lot of stuffed animals on display. They are all from the Norwegian fauna and are to be found in the mountains and the woods. Many of them I have never seen in real life - probably because I am from the coast and spend most of my time there. All the animals are numbered and we have a list that tells what animal it is. The are located all over the lodge. (There are a few different rooms here) It can be quite entertaining for people to guess what kind of animal it is or check the list and see if they can find them all.

 
 
 
There are a lot of different birds here. So many different kinds. The snow eagle below is one of my favourites. It is also the only one that is displayed behind glass. Probably would not be so nice and white if everybody could touch it.
 
 
 
The "chief" bird - The golden eagle. Being from the coast I have seen a lot of sea egles in my time, but never this kind.

  Lynx above. Bear and reindeer below.
 



 
He is the boss and he look it. Very popular guy this one.

 
 

 

Mrs. Fox - my favourite. I think this is a beautiful animal. This is just a few. We have so many more.  The bear below is the only one that doen't belong to the Norwegian fauna. He was caught by the owner of the lodge and we have granted him room, but not in a prominent position.