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Saturday 21 July 2018

Bjørn showing the house and me walking

More people to see the house today, and I am trying to be optimistic. Bjørn stays at home the whole day to take care of cleaning and showing it.

I walked for about 12 km, with the main walk being about 7 km. The evening walk was at the exact right time when the sun was setting beautifully over the corn fields.

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Friday 20 July 2018

Winding down

Unpacking, getting instructions about what to do when Anja and Espen leaves for their Croatia holidays tomorrow morning and I will keep dog and house and lawn safe. And try to keep their stick insects alive. Have also rested a bit and had a bit of a head ache.

Thursday 19 July 2018

Leaving Gålå

Getting up, having breakfast. Amalie went for a walk while Bjørn and I started packing and cleaning out of the cottage. We stopped for lunch along the way. Back at Ås, Bjørn dropped me off and drove back to our house.

Wednesday 18 July 2018

Going to Hell

I discovered that close to the cottage, was a row of Giant's kettles in a nature park called "Helvete" which is the Norwegian word for "hell". We drove there. It was really cool. We walked the steep path down into the biggest of the giant's kettles, and walked along the old water path to a place where we could walk back up. It was fascinating.

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When we were back up, we had a meal at the restaurant, and then we drove back to the cottage for a last late evening of our own versions of "Tabboo".

Tuesday 17 July 2018

A quiet day at the cottage.

Bjørn and Amalie were on a drive and bought some groceries. I was reading and relaxing. This evening, as all other evenings here, we have used the cards in the game "Taboo" in our own ways, and had a lot of fun.

Monday 16 July 2018

Ridderspranget, Valdresflye, Hulderstigen

A day of sightseeing. We got up early, pack our rucksacks and drove to Ridderspranget

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From there we drove over Valdresflye, one of our 18 national scenic routes.

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We drove over the mountain passage and back. At the end of it, we stopped for a walk on "Hulderstigen".

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We would have been late back to the cottage as it were, and when we took a wrong turn and added 45 minutes to the drive, we returned back really late and soon went to bed.

Sunday 15 July 2018

The Gålå Canyon

Went on a walk recommended by my brother, to the small canyon in Gålå. It was a very scenic route, and the weather was back to being sunny and hot.

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Saturday 14 July 2018

My father's notebook by Kader Abdolah

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Read in one sitting. Found this at the library, had never heard about the Iranian author before. It was excellent. I read it in one sitting, it was unputdownable.

The invisible bridge by Julie Orringer

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This novel was a present from Amalie. It was very well written and a very enjoyable read. The cover looks a little like chick lit, but it was far better than that. I lost half a night's sleep over it :)

A bit of welcomed rain

Today it was raining. Amalie and Bjørn were out for a short little trip, while I stay inside. How absolutely perfect to sit in a mountain cottage and read for a whole day! It was good to have some rain, this summer is so hot and so dry that nature is suffering. As are the farmers and their farm animals.

Friday 13 July 2018

A mountain walk

After breakfast we packed our rucksacks, got in the car and drove to the Peer Gynt Road which is a dirt road over a beautiful mountain area. It was so very difficult to decide where to park the car and start walking in the mountains because it looked perfect everywhere. But eventually we just decided for a place. The sun was shining, it was warm, moods were good, and we had a perfect day.

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Thursday 12 July 2018

Let there be light

We met our friend, Mr. Squirrel today, and gave him some nuts.

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But today was mostly about the electrician. He came, and his verdict was as we had suspected - it was the refridgerator. A new one was needed, so I got Espen on the line so he could make that decision. The electrician left with the old one, bought the kind of fridge they wanted, and came back with the new. meanwhile he had also provided us with power in the parts of the cottage that had nothing to do with the fridge. As soon as all was OK, Amalie and Bjørn went down to the nearest village Vinstra, and bought provisions. By the time they came back, we were hungry and made dinner. In the evening we found the game "Taboo" in the cottage, and that kept us busy till bedtime.

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Wednesday 11 July 2018

Fredrikstad - Oslo - Gålå

Bjørn came to Ås and we drove to Fredrikstad where I picked up my newly bought Skoda Octavia. I love it. Then we drove back to Ås, and Bjørn drove from there back to Ørje to check for mail. Then back here, and we drove to Oslo to pick up Amalie. By then it was quite late, but now we started our drive to Gålå where we will spend some time at my brother's mountain cottage.

When we arrived, there was no electricity. Bjørn did some tests and found out where the problem was, but there was nothing we could do to fix it. I contacted Espen who told us to get hold of an electrician tomorrow. We found candlelights and had a nice evening all the same.

Tuesday 10 July 2018

King Crimson

Bjørn and I went in to Oslo. Met up with my colleague Per. Per showed us a second hand record store that we did not know about. We had a very nice and chatty dinner at the Golden Mountain restaurant, and then we went to this evening's big event - a concert with King Crimson. I did not know what to expect really, and am not as big a fan of prog as Bjørn and Per. But it was an amazing concert! I loved every second of it. As I told Bjørn afterwards, it probably is on time to stop saying I am not a big fan of prog music. It seems I am. Per who is quite the concert goer, was thrilled too, so the evening was a success.

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I have to say that so far my year as being 49 is treating me quite well.

Monday 9 July 2018

Repacking

Relaxing a little and repacking for a new trip.

Bjørn had an important day at the bee-keeper course, and luckily his bees had done well. More people want to look at the house, others who have been there before, tell us they will not bid. I no longer get my hopes up when people come to look.

Sunday 8 July 2018

Holmsbu, Støa and Rødtangen

Had a good breakfast at the cottage. Drove to Støa where we first went to the wonderful stone building that houses Henrik Sørensen's art. I have been there many times, it is always good.

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Then we walked down to the small houses at Støa where you find other art exhibitions, and a craft exhibition. The art exhibition have different paintings each summer, and this summer's was the best. I enjoyed most of the paintings there, and some I liked so much that I would have bought them if I had had the money and a wall to hang them on. Then we sat down in the sun and enjoyed the idyllic little spot that Støa is.

After Støa, we drove to the beach at Rødttangen. Astri and Ida went for a swim, claiming the water was warm and lovely. Me and Amalie stayed dry.

Back to the cottage, we made dinner, and then it was time to pack. Astri drove the girls to the bus at Sætre, and herself home. I stayed on to tidy and clean the cottage. I was done at about 9pm, and then I drove to my mother and said a quick hello before I drove back to Ås.

Bjørn's day has been spent at his father's and visiting his brother in his new house.

Saturday 7 July 2018

A day in the sun....

After breakfast, Amalie and Ida went to Tofte to say hello to granny and to check out the "Tofte Day", which might mean a good bargain. Me and Astri walked down to the harbour and strolled around for a while, before we walked back to the cottage in tome to meet Amalie and Ida. The girls had been grocery shopping, so we made dinner and ate it while watching the world cup semi-finals. Then we walked down to a beach where the brave ones went swimming and I waded. Such a warm day, it is perfect for this weekend!

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Friday 6 July 2018

A weekend at a cottage in Holmsbu, hurum

Today I drove to Sætre, Hurum where I met up with Astri who came driving and Amalie and her friend Ida who came by bus. We grocery shopped and went to Holm farm in Holmsbu to pick up a key fr the cottage we have rented for the weekend.

Then we found the cottage, settled in, went for a walk in the Holmsbu harbour area, went back for dinner and a world cup football-match. It was a very relaxing and nice day!

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Thursday 5 July 2018

Relaxing and packing

Been a quiet day. So quiet in fact that I decided to go the cinema in the evening. The only thing that was remotely tempting was "Oceans 8". And because I was in the right mood, I quite enjoyed it. Bjørn stayed at home because he was not feeling well, and this was actually only the second time in my life that I have been to the cinema alone. It is usually a typical social thing for me, something you do with a friend or a partner. But I did have a good time.

I have also packed a little for a girls' weekend at Hurum.

Wednesday 4 July 2018

Leaving Hurum

Slept over at Hurum, so I had breakfast there today. I stayed for lunch also before I packed my things and headed back home. Met Bjørn in Ås, we picked up the Caravelle seats from the place Espen and Anja have moved out from - they were left there when Bjørn needed to find new furniture for Amalie after the fire. Had a couple of hours together before he needed to head back home.

Decided to buy the car!

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