Wednesday, 29 April 2015

April moments....

You just can't beat April...
Greener, sunnier, warmer-

On April 1 we woke up to this. It had to be the biggest joke you can play on April foolsday.
There where also days when the neighbours cat could enjoy the sunhine on the roof.
 Sure sign of spring to bring the birch inside for it to go green

We have celebrated two birthdays, which involves a lot of flowers.

I have a thoughtful moment at home.....
....and some beautiful walks around Bergen...

......looking over to my side of town....

Yppi, the sunsets are back.....


And daffodils are everywhere, even if I have only photographed these planted ones we keep on the stairs in the country.

Mysterious wood photo....

A not so mysterious one from the same wood, where we had an outing at work.
Frost on the windscreen 28. april

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

X is for Xenolith........

Lava rocks from Iceland

The rocks in the photo above are lava rocks from Iceland. (They are not xenoliths, but they are quite rare in Norway so I steal the term and widen the definition for a minute)  I found them the other day when I was clearing out a drawer. I brought them back from Iceland seven years ago when I worked there for three months. I was so sick of lava when I left Iceland. I was so sick of Iceland.

My life was at a turning point in the spring of 2008. I knew I had to leave the one I loved. It involved leaving my job and the village I had made my life in. I didn't know what to do or if I really wanted to do it - I just knew that it would happen. I needed to get my head around it all and I decided to take a job in Iceland for three months.  It was not really a good idea. The job was awful - I knew that before I went there, but I thought I would stick it out for three months. Iceland was beautiful but boring, in my mind. Of course there was nothing wrong with Iceland, only with my life back home that I had run away from.

The other day, when I found the rocks I started to think: Was it really that bad in Iceland? So I got all the photos out. Of course I took about a million photos during my three months in Iceland. I now know that I was at the time the xenolith on Icelandic soil. There is nothing wrong with Iceland. It is a beautiful Place and  probably not boring at all. I will share a few of the million photos I have of it all.


Sunday, 19 April 2015

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The year in books III.....

I am quite pleased with the fact that we are three and a half months into the year and I am currently on my third book of the year.

At the moment I am reading  Sara by the Norwegian author Toril Brekke.
I came across this book in an exchange box (you put a book in and take one out) when I was in the mountains last summer. I have heard of the writer, but never read anything by her before.
This is an historic novel set on the west-coast of Norway around year 1850. It is about Sara, who goes her own ways and doesn't follow the wishes and demands of family and society when choosing how to live her life.
I am not particularly keen on historic fiction, but as I am myself grown up in a similar environment as the setting in this book I decided to give it a go. Even with the time gap between my life and Saras, there are things in the mentality described that I can recognise. That is probably the thing that will pull me through. I have read about a third of it at the moment. I am not overwhelmed, but it is ok.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Silent Sunday....

Misty day with a blurred outlook, but the trees have a trace of green.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

W is for wandering...

At the end of March, a new foothpath opened in the neighbourhood.  I decided today was the time to try it out.  I loved it. The path follows the mountainside from one part of the city to another, providing great views at times.This can very well turn out to be a new favourite.
I'll let the photos speak for themselves.