Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Still I don't think we appreciate it enough. Maybe me posting it will help me see it with fresh eyes every morning?
Today's been busy. Hubby's trip to Houston was cancelled,instead he will have meetings in Oslo next week, so he decided to come home for a change-LOL! And when he is home, there is always a lot that should have been done... I've been doing some paperwork on the sheep, there is always laundry, and then a PTA(?)-meeting in the evening. There are plenty of teacher-parents meetings, a result of having four children...
When I came home, it was time to put the kids to bed, and then suddenly DS1 came running out of his room, asking for the camera. Still the same old view, at 11 pm...
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Today (Monday) we did a whole different thing-we gathered the sheep and walked them to their summer pastures in the mountains. DS1, DS2 and the good neighbour helped out, the girls also came by the first lap of the way. This year we walked fast...usually it takes us two hours to walk from sealevel to where we let them go, at around 450m. It is steep and heavy to walk. But we did it in one hour...DS2 and I dragging ourselves up by pure willpower, while DS1 and TGN were running...And the sheep? All happy to get up there, knowing exactly where to go! We got them through the gate on top, and they never even paused, they just went off. See you all back in September! And yes- there ARE sheep in there, maybe if you click on those two pictures in the middle, you might see a couple of woollen 4-legged creatures...!
There is a great view from the top, again you can see the island with the monastery ruins,it is the dark island in the middle.
We had a great day.
wishing you a happy week!
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
And I've finished my second pair of MayDay socks, this time for myself! Knitted in Silja, on 2.5mm needles. I think they turned out just fine. My niece got hers in the mail yesterday, and she called to say thanks! I have another idea for this pattern too...
Have you ever trieed Kool-Aide dyeing? I was sure Kool-Aide was some sort of drink, and couldn't understand what this was all about. Then I read Kristy's encounters with it...read and enjoy! I know hubby will have to buy me some packages if he goes to Houston,TX next week...
Have a lovely day!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
No,really- it was so much fun meeting them. My husbands father and the mrs. mother were cousins. The mr.s father was Norwegian, but had been in Canada since 1952. Three of their five children came with them, and we had a big meeting with cousins once/ twice removed, lots of kids running around playing football/soccer, cakes, coffee and talk-talk-talk. They live in Manitoba, on a 10 000 acre farm...we have 150 acres...
I picked up the kids at school at 2:15 pm, and we drove up north, it took us three hours- first 45 min drive, then 15 min ferry, 45 min drive, 30 min ferry, and finally 45 min drive. And back again tonight...we spent less than 3 hours with all those relatives, but it was worth it. My daughters were jealous though- the Canadians had horses!!! One each! And my kids have a terrible mom who won't allow any horses on the premises!!
We came home at 11:15 pm...so it was a long day. Our view, only minutes from home:
It was raining (the white spots), but it doesn't get really dark at night.
I did put in some knitting too- 90 minutes on the ferry is plenty for turning a heel!
Have a nice day.
Monday, May 21, 2007
our plum tree...we're hoping for some fruit this year.
We've been rather busy cleaning the barn this weekend, it is an old building, from 1860, and not very easy to use or clean up or anything. Now we have to remove the dirt from the sheep, they've been in the barn the whole winter, so there is plenty to take out. That aches on my back and arms...but it's okay if I don't go too many hours in a row. I do get some knitting done, though-lol! I've started another pair of MayDay socks, this time for myself, using the larger size. Great pattern. The first pair I made, was sent off to niece today- it was actually her birthday today- I'm just a bit slow...
Tomorrow I'll pick up the kids after school, and drive up to my MIL, there are Canadian relatives visiting(my husbands relatives), so it would be nice to meet them .Hubby is at work, so I doubt if he'll meet them this time.
Have a nice day!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
We've had a glorious day, sunny but cold, but we didn't get any wind either, so it was nice.
The day started in church, with a celebration sermon, then putting down flowers to remember the victims of the war, and then there is the parade! First the flags, carried by the sportsclubmembers. Then the brassband- this year consisting of 8 "cheerleaders", 8 kids playing, and 4 parents helping out...They sounded great though. They played our national anthem amongst others- several times...The parade walks from church to the retirement home, where there are more speeches and singing and playing. Then off to school for games for the kids, coffee and cakes, and even more speeches...
The main thing for the children, seems to be allowed to eat as much icecream as possible! DD2 (Åshild,with the checkered apron) and her friend are doing just that.
The area we stay at, is around the school and footballstadium-or soccer, as some might call it.
We went home for a break in the early afternoon, inviting some friends to join us, and ate "rømmegrøt"(porridge made of sourcream, wheatflour and milk-very heavy, but oooohhhh so good)and hotdogs, which is also a must on this day.
In the evening,DD1 and her classmates of 6th and 7th grade, had a 2hour long play, which was great! Lots of laughing and jokes, and music. They even had a goat on stage. And The King- Elvis Presley himself-came by to see his anchestors birthplace! Is that all new to you, you say? Well, it turned out that his grandfather was born on the small farm of Prestvik, which is somewhere around here...but of course he had to change his name when he came to the U.S.! They had made their own translations of Presley-songs that they performed, and it was really great! We have a lot of actors in this community, I can tell you!
As for the bunad-there were plenty to be seen today! We have a vast variety in Norway, there are so many beautiful ones, and people use them on May 17th, and for weddings and confirmations and so on .Here is finaly a couple of shots of mine.
It has a heavy wool skirt, a green brocade vest, white linen shirt, white linen apron with wool(!) embroidery, and the knitted lace! The belt is woven, I did that too- it is at least 20 years ago, but I have made several for family and friends, and it is great fun, and also they are so pretty! There are a lot of different patterns both for the belt and the apron.
And on the back of the vest, there are silver bands! Of course, there is also plenty of silver...broches, buttons, a chain,...
We enjoyed our day, and are now looking forward to a long weekend.
Have a lovely weekend, you too!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Have a nice day!
Sunday, May 13, 2007
We watched the Eurovision song contest this evening, which Serbia won, and later Jim "rubberface"Carrey entertained us in "liar,liar"-bad tv makes for good knitting!LOL! I've started the sock cuff down, have turned the heel, and done the first pattern repeat on the instep. These will be for a niece. Will have to get more yarn for myself- and if I continue to use Silja, which seems soft and durable, I will need three skeins for my feet...which I don't have at the moment!
Have a lovely Sunday!
Friday, May 11, 2007
But first: The rules!
1: Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves.
2: People who are tagged, write a blog post about their own 8 random things, and post these rules.
3: At the end of your post you need to tag 8 people and include their names.
4: Don't forget to leave them a comment and tell them they're tagged, and to read your blog.
Here you go!
1:I am very tall (187 cm, or 6feet1and1/2) This used to bother me, because people would mistake me for a boy, or a young man. The very short hair I had, or the lack of makeup, might not have helped...
2: We lost our house in a fire in December 2003.We got out alright, but lost everything. Now the house is rebuilt, and we're doing fine. After the fire, we found a few items in the ruins- a couple of silverspoons, some glasses, a piece of jewellry-only small things. But the very first thing we pulled out, was my Bible and a cross, the Bible severely burnt on the outside, but NOT ONE SINGLE WORD OR PAGE WAS MISSING OR UNREADABLE.
3: My grandmother taught me how to crochet at the age of 4 or 5. I've been doing it ever since. My two younger sisters claims that I've got all the craft-genes of the family- from both sides...
4: We are readers. My parents and sisters and I all read. And then we are lost to this world. We all married men who don't read...
5: I live on a farm. So does my two sisters!
6: I have two sons and two daughters born within a period of five years. There are 16, 23 and 21 months between them. I love them. But it often amazes methat I am related to them at all!
7: I went to California as an au pair when I was 20 (in 1983...), lived in northern Berkeley, and really enjoyed myself. I've lost contact with that family.
8: I speak Icelandic, though not fluently, due to my stay in Iceland for 18 months in 1985/86. I still keep in touch with that family, they've been here to visit several times. I would love to go back!
So, there you have. 8 random things.
Now I just have to tag someone....
Judy ,Mother Chaos ,Faith ,Bea , Anniken ,Audrey ,Nathania ,Sonja : Your turn!
We've had pretty nice weather today, but it was cold. We're in the middle of May, and still there is only 4degrees Celsius at night (like right now)
Went to school to watch dd2's theaterplay with her class- Hakkebakkeskogen by Torbjørn Egner,he wrote some really nice childrens books,we read them when I was a child too.DD2 was playing Bakermester Harepus (Bunny the Baker). The kids are all 10 this year, and they were doing great. Spoke loud and clear, sang the songs and remembered their words. The play lasted 55 minutes! Afterwards there was cakes and coffee in their classroom. DS1 and 2 went for the golfcourse instead of going with DD1 and 2 to the play.
Okay- then I have to find out whether I made that link for the NayDay-socks...
Have a nice day!
And no, I have not yet figured out why there is such a big space between the photos of my last entry...
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
When we came home, it was time for dinner. He chose the menu too, a pork steak with vegetables. The table is decorated with shells and seaside stones, and those glass balls where used on the fishing nets in earlier times. He has always loved to fish and look around in the sea, so I thouhgt it would be a good idea. The red flowers are japonica, from a friends garden. My sister and sister-in-law decorated the table the night before while I was making a cake, and the sauce , and some other stuff...
We used shells for placecards too, my son got the biggest...
We were 21 for dinner at home I had two good friends helping out cooking and serving, and everything went smoothly.
And then there was cake....
I got several cakes from friends, and made Devils Food and Lemon Meringue Pie myself (American recipes- my mom is born in Brooklyn and grew up on Staten Island, New York by norwegian parents-and the cakes has folloowed her...and they are yummy!). I also made KRANSEKAKE(the coneshaped one), which is almonds ,extremely finely grained sugar, and eggwhites.Very good.
There were krumkaker, svele, karamellpudding, creamcakes, chocolatecake,cheesecake....
Later we ate bread with salmon, eggs, cheese, jam and so on...
The three siblings had made their big brother a song, and Åshild,10, played while we sang it.
My sister gave a speech- and she is wearing the same bunad as I have- did I have my picture taken? I think not...We took a lot of photos- but any of me? noooo
-but here is a photo of the apron with the knitted lace, it is linen fabric with wool embroidery, and a cotton lace.... Have a nice day!!!
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
The celebration is coming up this weekend, I think I'm on schedule...Need to bake some more.
The lace is finished, only need to attach it to the apron, and sew some buttonholes on my shirt...
Have a nice day!!!