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Wednesday 31 July 2019

Aro

Today was mainly about him!

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Tuesday 30 July 2019

Football!

Started the day by going in to Ski for some X-rays. Bjørn drove me there since I did not want to have the car for the rest of the day. Had breakfast at the mall in Ski and then got on a bus to Oslo. The bus replaces the train as it does every summer because there is work done on the railroad tracks. They told me the bus would take me to central station, but it stopped at Brynseng, so I had to find the closest metro station and go on from there. Met Astri downtown. We went to a pub for lunch and beer, and then, who should have thought, to a football match. Manchester United against the local Norwegian team from Kristiansund. Manchester has a Norwegian manager now, and he is from Kristiansund. Though not planned, Amalie and Benjamin were at the match also, and we were able to spot them n the audience. A lot of waving going on there for a while :) Manchester unexpectedly did not wipe the floor with Kristiansund, but they won 1 - 0. It was a cool experience to be there.

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Walked down to the central station and got on a train to Lillestrøm where Bjørn picked me up and drove me home.

Monday 29 July 2019

Road trip times two

I looked after the dogs while Bjørn and Kjetil were out on a road trip.

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They came back, and me and Bjørn wanted to bring Aro with us to do something. We put him in the car and drove to a dirt road in the forest which we walked on for fifteen minutes. Then to a lake where we walked for a little while and where Aro had a swim.

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Then we drove on to a petrol station where we bought something to eat. We had also brought dinner for Aro, and the three of us sat outside eating. Then we drove around for a little while before we went back home.

Sunday 28 July 2019

Kjetil visits

Bjørn's brother came here today. Always nice to meet Kjetil. He brought his dog along also. A male dog who came rushing in, and tried to dominate Aro. And Aro behaved well. Love that doggie!

Kjetil brought tools to help us in the garden, and a lot of help it was!

Kjetil's dog, Leo

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Saturday 27 July 2019

Aro impresses

Another lovely summer day. Bjørn did the morning walk with Aro, and when he came home, we set the table for breakfast. I went out to get a couple of the spring onions that I planted this spring, and Aro escaped out with me. He had no collar, so Bjørn handed me some dog-goodies to increase chances of it going well. Me and Aro walked over to the spring onion, but then he ran off with great speed. Turned out Mette had been for a walk, and now came back home with her dog on a leash. Aro and Buddy have not quite settled their small dispute of which of them who runs the neighbourhood, so me and Mette have decided to let them meet over the fence for a while before we let them have another go at meeting face to face. This meeting with Aro without collar and Buddy on a leash was not what either of us wanted. Mette looked at me and said "What do we do now?". I decided not to run after him, but instead calmly called for Aro to come to me. It took two "come here" before he came running to me, and sat down right in front of me. Mette was really impressed, and I have to say I was amazed myself. Not only did he sit down, he also raised his front paws, like a circus dog, and sat looking at me. I think this one can be trained to do just about anything.

Aro, the garden and the vicinity

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Friday 26 July 2019

30 degrees!

In the shadow!

Aro lies flat on the floor and tries to survive. As do we all. But it is really good to have some warmth. This kind of heat will only last a day or two, which means it is possible to enjoy it. In Europe, when they now have up to 40 degrees and more, and it lasts for weeks, it is quite horrendous. But it seems that people need to die by the million before we start changing our ways.

Aro had only had two very short walks so far, it is far too hot for him. We did some obedience training in the garden which was fun. Bjørn is off to Sweden for grocery shopping - I hope he does not melt on the way.

Yesterday I got a message saying that an American friend of mine and her grandson might come for a visit next summer. I would love that.

Aro continues to be good, and fits in so well here. We had a nice evening walk.

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Thursday 25 July 2019

The sense of an ending by Julian Barnes

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Read this earlier this year. It was a good one.

Hot!

28 degrees today. Wonderful to have some days with real summer. Me and Aro went for a morning walk. This is what I woke up to this morning:

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We were out for 15 minutes, came back and had breakfast with Bjørn. After breakfast we went out again, and we were out for two hours. I brought water to put in him and on him. The last part of the walk was by the lake, and he jumped in and frolicked around for a while.

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Then me and Aro did some gardening (well, mostly me), and I had a chat with Mette.

Bjørn went to Eidsvoll after breakfast to give back the car hhe had lent from his brother, and Kjetil drove him back down here. Nice to see him again, as always.

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Summer is here!

Finally a bit of proper summer warmth. Up to 27 degrees now. I walked Aro in the morning, did a few things around the house, and then drove to Askim to have summer lunch with colleagues. We were ten people, who chatted away for four hours. I had brought a gift for Per, a T-shirt with a print that was just perfect for him. It caused a lot of laughter. He sent me text message when he came home, saying it had made his wife laugh :) It is Lene who now has made it a tradition to invite all those who can for summer lunch at her place, and it is always such a treat to be there.

The rest of the day was dedicated to Aro, of course.

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Tuesday 23 July 2019

Aro!

Today has mostly been about the dog. He has been taken for three walks, he has come with us for a drive, we have trained obedience in the garden. He is amazing.

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Photo by Bjørn:

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Monday 22 July 2019

We have a dog!

We drove to have a look at the dog today. And when we left, we did so with the dog. We are dog owners again! The dog is a beautiful Australian Shepherd, an American breed in spite of the name. He is absolutely adorable. He does have a troubled background, and I hope he will settle in as part of our little family.

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The rest of the day was dedicated to the new member of the family!

Sunday 21 July 2019

Drowsing the day away.

Low pressure, humidity and 20 degrees. I never woke up today. Got out of bed at 7.30am, but this has been a day in the sofa. Been so sleepy and tired the entire day. Have blogged a bit, read some, played some online boardgames, said happy birthday to my very young friend Zoltan, made tacos with Bjørn and just lazd about.

But I have also looked at dogs for sale, as I have done every single day for the last half year or so. And today there was this one dog.... So I contacted the woman who owns it now, and she told me its story. And all of a sudden we are going to her tomorrow to meet the dog and see how we get along. I am both excited and anxious. The dog has a troubled background, and might be more of a handful than what I should take on. Here's to trying to use both heart and good sense when I see it.

Saturday 20 July 2019

Bees, Visitors and etting things done.

Got up at 6.15. Got dressed, had breakfast. To help my kidney along, breakfast is now accompanied by one big glass of water, one with juice, and one with milk. And after breakfast I have a cup of tea. I then sat down to start reading the book that dear Cassie gave me: "A country year" by Sue Hubbell. I loved it from the first page! Bjørn started the day by tending to his bees. The hive looks very active and healthy in some places, and quiet unwell in others. I came with him and took pictures, so we can show them to more experienced beekeepers and get advice. There is an endless amount of things to learn about beekeeping if we are to continue the project.

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I made preparations to start the big belated spring cleaning of the house, and Bjørn to go to Sweden for some grocery shopping when my friend Geir contacted me. He wondered if we were home so that he and his wife could drop by for coffee. They ended up staying here for almost four hours. Geir is a colleague that had to leave our school because we now have fewer pupils. He became a friend, so we have stayed in touch. We have stored some things in their barn, and have combined visiting them with bringing home things we have stored. He is married to a very sweet and lovely Danish woman. When they left, I went on to do housework while Bjørn drove to Sweden to do a week's worth of grocery shopping.

Friday 19 July 2019

A drive

We now have a new neighbour, Mette's horse "Diva" has finally moved in with her. Such a calm and friendly Fjording. We were over there to say hello to her and Mette. Mette's dog Buddy was not happy with Diva having moved in, and he was barking his lungs out. I'm sure he will calm down once he understands he'll still get Mette's full attention when the horse is around. I another chapter of the continued lawn mower saga, Bjørn and I drove to Askim to buy a new air filter for our lawn mower. Incredibly they had one in the store, so perhaps we will get some meters of grass mowed again before the next problem comes. We then had a drive to a scenic place Bjørn had seen back when he was directing traffic for a living. The nature was beautiful, and it was a nice drive. We continued on to dirt roads where neither of us had been before, and entered what can only be called the Norwegian equivalent of redneck country. I sort of anticipated the spooky banjo players around every corner. It was raining for most of the drive, so I did not bother to take pictures.

It has been a chilly and rainy day, like so many other days this summer, and I did not have a lot of energy when I came back home. Low pressure weather can make me so tired, and drain me of energy. I went to bed early and fell asleep right away.

Thursday 18 July 2019

Birthday still!

Today I went to Askim to buy myself something for birthday money I got from my mother. I ended up buying plants for the garden; lillies, sunflowers, white coneflower and a small perennial whose name escapes me. But before we got that far, we had been to Mysen to by a part for the tractor mower, in the hope that we will get it working again before the snow comes. They did not have the part, and when he placed the order for it, he said that it will take some time before it comes. What else is new? We drove to Askim and had dinner at Peppes before I went bananas in the garden-shop.

When we came home, Bjørn dug holes where I needed them, and I planted flowers. I also relocated four tomato plants. Bjørn went in to watch TV while I continued gardening till it was 10pm. I was really tired by the time I called it a day, but it was a good kind of tired. Perhaps except from the pain that kept me awake all night.

I did get one more thing done today though. I booked us rooms at an Oxford hotel for the autumn holidays! Oh, and one more thing, I started using the new phone I got for my birthday from Bjørn, the Motorola One Vision. It is perfect!

Wednesday 17 July 2019

The Luminaries by Eleanor Cotton

A very good read, and well deserving of its Man Booker award. It seemed the perfect story for a TV-series, and I figured someone else must have seen that too, and started googling. And what do you know, by the end of this year, BBC comes with a 6-episode mini-series based on the book.

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The other thing of significance that I did today was book tickets for the trip to Oxford from September 26th till October the 2nd. We are so thrilled to finally go there again!!!

Tuesday 16 July 2019

Phew

Up at 6.15. Breakfast and exercises. Housework and gardening until 7.45pm, by which time I felt dead. Have chatted with Mette over the fence which is always nice.

Monday 15 July 2019

Visiting my mum

After breakfast, I drove to Hurum to visit my mother, and I spent most of the day there. I am happy to see she is still fit and in good shape. As is her boyfriend. I had a very nice day! In the house and garden, there was, as always, lots of flowers, and lots of... everything else.

Sunday 14 July 2019

Planning an anniversary trip

Today we planned a trip to Oxford. We have been going back and forth on this for ages. Now we finally decided. We are going. I am thrilled! When we met 29 years ago, we had six months together before I went to Oxford to stay there for half a year. Bjørn came over for Easter holidays, and we spent a nice week together. It seems a fitting choice to go for our wedding anniversary celebration.

Saturday 13 July 2019

A day for reading and relaxation

Bjørn left early today. He is going to Eidsvoll to hear his niece play with her band at a festival. I am tired, and stayed at home. Though it might be one of this year's warmest days, the most of the day has been spent in the sofa with my current read. And I have caught up with some blogging. I have felt a little bad for not being busy outside, but I can't be at my busiest and best every day. The door bell rang today. A woman and her daughter told me they had been planting flowers at the graveyard next door, when they had seen a flock of sheep grazing among the graves. They asked me if I knew who owned the sheep. I did, and pointed them to my neighbour Hilde. She told me when I talked to her a few days ago about the time her sheep had gone through the fence and gone down to the graveyard. And that it had not been very popular. As soon as she was told, she went to gather them and bring them back.

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