Tuesday, 30 June 2015

June moments....

June is my birthday month.
I move from on age to another in this month.
For the first time in many years I had the holiday to look forward to...
It felt strange, but it is good...
The month of everlasting daylight
and warmer weather (to be a bit careful), as it has been the coldest June for a long time around here.....

 
 
 
I made chocolate cake for my birthday...
 
 
Wine, coffee, prawns and chocolate at a cousins house..


 
In grandads boathouse. Crab season is underway. Only got three in the first round. Later in the day we got two more crabs and a lot of crayfish.
 
 
 
 
The schoolyear is drawing to a close and the corridor needs to be emptied of winter clothes...
 
 
Late evening sunshine...
 

Gift from the parents at the school. Now sitting on my balcony table. Hopefully it won't freeze to death prematurely......
 


What better way for a bunch of teachers to end the school year than by going on an outing to a new school and try out the playground and to go out on a ribboat.


(photo: L.S.Ø)
 
I celebrated the start of the holiday with a glass of bubbly.

 
I am roaming the streets of Bergen....



....and enjoying the sunset from the flat....
 
 
..and the summernight in the country...




Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Holiday....

I had my last working day before a seven week holiday today. After having worked in the tourist industry for 15 years, it is very surreal to think that I am going to have all that time off in the middle of the tourist season.


St. Hans fire in the village 2014, not taken by me as I was in the Mountains.     (Photo: V. GR.)


It is also St.Hans today, or Jonsok (depending on what language you speak). It is our midsummer celebration. From the old times a christian riual, that turned into a pagan ritual in the 1700s that we still practice. All over the contry we have fires like in the photo above and people in the neighbourhood will gather nearby. Some places they have music and dance. Other places, like in the village, they have a fishing competition. Some other places only the fire. Historically the fire was burnt to keep wiches away, as wiches where believed to be particularly active on midsummernight.

Another superstition connected to midsummer night that actually I have actually practised myself as a girl is to pick seven different wild flowers on midsummernight and sleep with them underneith your pillow and you dream of your future husband.

Nice way to see in my holiday....

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Gatherer.....

 
I realise that I have become a gatherer. I currently have eleven books waiting to be read. Some are mine, some I have borrowed. Bearing in mind that we are six months into the year and that I have read four books so far, I can't help but wonder how long it will take me to get through them all.
Probably several years. This year I have started to blog about the books I read, so stay tuned. But, we have the summerholiday coming up next week. I have my work cut out....:)

Sunday, 14 June 2015

The year in books IV.....


It took me quite a long time to read the previous book, and I gave up at the last hurdle. Not so with this one. Perla by Carolina de Robertis was given to me by my mother. She tought it was good so I reckoned I would find it to be rubbish. (Sorry, Mum) But I like this book.
The main character in the book tells her story about family and love growing up under the military dictatorship in Argentina. She discovers her father, who adores her and who is adored by her, was one of those who commited violent crimes during the regime. The book tells the story of how this affects her and how she copes with it.

I found this to be a well-written story which captured me. Towards the end of the book I wasn't able to put it away. I would definitly recommend it.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Friday...

 
 This week I had planned to blog my Friday. Take photos every hour of worklife, homelife and start-of-the-weekendlife. It started well with the above photo of a tired me on the way to work in the morning. At seven o'clock in the evening I realised that I had forgotten all about my blog plan. The truth is that I had a really bad day. Problems at work that  continued from Thursday ruined my plan and my day. So when I realised that my plan hadn't worked out I thought: " Oh well, I have to think of something else for my post." 
But ain't it just so that we make plans, again and again, and they don't work out? Circumstances and events causes them to change, sometimes for the good, sometimes it is bad and disapointing. And ain't it just so that we try to make the best of the circumstances and events that happens in our lives and the effects they have on our lives. Sometimes we can even see a plan through and feel success, even if it is altered and quite different from what we originally had planned.
This is what I need to remember today. So here is my Friday post. Altered and changed, but I feel satisfied with it.
 

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Elegy....

Late May, 11 pm, life on the Norwegian west coast.

Nowadays we have round the clock daylight. The weather is cold and wet, but life in this part of the world does not come with weather guranatees. At least we have peace and most of us have roofs over our heads.  There are so much to be grateful for, and I am, but still...

Sometimes I feel like I am stuck somewhere in between black and white, where everything is grey. I am not happy, but not unhappy either. There are so many things to take care of and sort out. Other people depend on me, and I on them. Than there is this "to late" and the feeling of lost opportunities that perhaps never was an opportunity in the first place. Why worry? I ask myself. The things I think I need to get out of the greyness seems far away and unreachable.

The thing is that it is not so bad. It is just that sometimes I long for change, other stuff. I have enough life experience now to know that change and other stuff does not necessarily lead to happiness or betterness. Still it is so hard to settle for what I have at times. Shame, really!

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Throwback Thursday....



Recentley I have been going through some old photos. This one caught my eye. It says august 2002, from a colleague on the caption in my album. I can't remember the occasion or why I got the flowers, though. I love the feel of summer in this photo with the beautiful flowers, open window, green tree and sunshine outside. In august 2002 I had just embarked on an adventure I thought would last three months, but went on for seven years. Good memories! It felt good to rediscover it!

 

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Down.....

It is so easy to take lots of photos with modern technology. The thought is that I can always delete them if they don't turn out good. Lately I have been organizing all my photos, and I realised how many photos I take looking down. Photos of socks, shoes, floor, gravel, roads. The delte button was pushed heavily, but here is a few examples just for fun.

 
Toys spread out on the floor on a sunday afternoon...

 
At this time of year flowers turn up at my feet everywhere....

 
My own shaddow....

 
Feet and socks and shoes are a hit. I will do with these two photos of my feet in black and silver nylon and pink slippers on my blue yoga mat.
 
Now - look up....
 
 

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Birthday..

 
It's that time of year again.
My birthday.
I celebrate by being a bit crazy and posting a selfie galore.