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Sunday 4 August 2019

The Fall

Started the day with a long morning walk with Aro. We saw the Common Buzzard which always is a treat. Only had my mobile camera, if not I might have got a half way decent photo of it. As it is, I only got a strange black spot in the sky.


Had a nice long breakfast with the young ones, and then they packed their bags and got ready to leave. Me and Aro came with them, but got out of the car to follow a dirt road into the forest while Bjørn drove on to the railway station. It was very nice to have both of them here, and we much look forward to having them back. Aro and I were happily walking, but then I suddenly stumbled and fell. The knee with the torn cartilage hit the ground first and carried all my weight for some seconds. That was more than enough time to get properly worried about whether or not I would be able to walk a single step more. Trousers torn, knee bleeding, but the pain was not as bad as it could have been. So we walked on.


An hour later Bjørn was back, and we were safely in the car. By then it was no longer much fun to walk. Darned knee.

In the evening it was time for a short evening walk.


And afterwards, sofa and cuddles.


Saturday 3 August 2019


Walked Aro for over an hour in the morning.


Caught in the middle of a yawn, looking funny


When I came home, we had breakfast. Love having the kids home, it brings life to the house! After breakfast Amalie and Benjamin took Aro out for a two and a half hours walk in the forest. When he came home, he was a little tired.


Dinner, and an evening of playing cards and drinking Gin :)

Tuesday 30 July 2019


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.


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

Wednesday 10 July 2019

Maihaugen with Astri and Amalie

Got up early, had a long, chatty and nice hotel breakfast. Then off to the main attraction: Maihaugen.. I have not been there since I was a little girl. Amalie had never been there.

We walked around at the outdoor museum for 6 hours. A perfect day!






























By the time we had walked back to our hotel, we had been on our feet for 7 hours, apart from a couple of breaks for coffee and lunch. We had an hour of rest in our rooms, and then we walked to the nearest restaurant - which was just a across the street. We got a great table at a quiet place, and had excellent food. And desert was served along with a fancy thingy since the girls had told the waiter I turned 50. This really is the birthday that keeps on giving. We sat eating and talking for almost three hours, and then it was back to the hotel. And again, I phoned Bjørn and then fell into coma.

Tuesday 9 July 2019

Driving to Lillehammer

After breakfast I drove to Lillestrøm. Amalie and Astri had arrived one minute before me, and we soon found each other and started our drive to Lillehammer. Last year the three of us (and Amalie's friend Ida) spent three days at the cottage in Holmsbu. This year it will be Lillehammer. The drive up was nice. We had plenty of time, which was good since we had roadwork most of the way. We stopped at Espa for the infamous Espa buns, and had a long, chatty stay there. We came to our hotel in the early evening, found our rooms, and then went out for a walk in the town. We found an Italian restaurant, and had a wonderful meal. Were back at the hotel at around 9.30pm. Phoned my Bjørn and fell asleep two minutes after that call. Slept like a log.

Wednesday 26 June 2019

Amalie's graduation

We have no tradition for graduation ceremonies in Norway, and it was not even a thing when I went to University. But the department of physics and chemistry arrange a ceremony for their graduates, and we were thrilled to be invited. It was a very nice event, and Amalie was the only one of the graduates who chose not to just describe the project of her thesis, but to give a personal speech where she also thanked for the support from her closest. That was touching. And her closest is no longer just me and Bjørn, but also her new boyfriend. This was the first time we met him, and he comes across as a very good guy.

After the graduation ceremony, the four of us went out for dinner at an Indian restaurant to celebrate both Amalie and me. This really has been the never-ending birthday.

From Amalie and her boyfriend, I got flowers, a bottle of my favourite wine and a gift certificate to the theatre. Overwhelming.


Saturday 12 January 2019

Amalie and her friends visiting

Today Amalie and her two friends Ida and Yoomin came here. I know Ida from our stay in the cabin in Holmsbu this summer, and Yoomin we have met several times. It was so nice to have them here. I picked them up from the train station, we shopped groceries and when we came home,we made dinner. How nice to have dinner with the girls, and then an evening of chatting.

Amalie and Yoomin






Saturday 1 September 2018


Bjørn was in Oslo, helping Amalie out with her computer. I drove to our storageroom in Ørje to store away the beehive that Bjørn got from my colleague Trond yesterday. When back, mum and Per were here visiting Anja and Espen, so I went upstairs and joined them. Family time for about 5 hours. Then mum and Per drove home and Bjørn came back from Oslo. The last hours of the day were spent watching a couple of episodes of "Suits".

Friday 10 August 2018

Moving and going to a wedding

The first part of the day was spent moving.The truck from the moving company came. Anja were there to help out. I did practical things like getting us insurance for our two storage spaces. I then drove to Askim, showered, changed into a dress and waited for Bjørn to come. We were going to Eira and Axel's wedding. Funnily enough, when Bjørn had come home after being at the storage room, he had parked in the garage, and then power had gone, so that he no longer could open the garage door. He phoned to tell me. We were running short of time, so I told him to take a taxi and I would drive and meet him half way. So he did, I drove us to Sarpsborg and we came to the wedding just in time. Amalie was also there, looking as beautiful as ever.

Since the bride and groom are both transsexual, it was a Pride-themed wedding. Bjørn was so worn out that he fell asleep a couple of times, and he was completely shattered at the end of the day. Pride.jpg


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.













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".

Monday 16 July 2018

Ridderspranget, Valdresflye, Hulderstigen

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



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



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





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.

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.


















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.

Amalie and Ida outside the museum, enjoying the sun.

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.

Tuesday 1 May 2018

Celebrating Amalie's birthday!

We met up with Amalie in Oslo and went to a Persian restaurant for dinner. Four hours passed in a heartbeat.



Wednesday 21 March 2018


Went to Oslo. Met Amalie, had dinner, then went to see the musical HAIR. I enjoyed it a lot.


Saturday 3 March 2018

Birthday celebrations in Oslo

What a perfect day this has been.

Bjørn came here in the afternoon, we spent some time talking with Anja and Espen, and then we drove to Oslo. We were there a little early, visited the store "Outland", but without buying anything. Then, since it was bloody cold, we walked to the restaurant and asked if we could sit and have a cup of coffee, though we were half an hour earlier than announced. It was the first time we were at the Italian place "Baltazar". I have read a lot about it and knew it was supposed to be very good, so I had booked a table here for me, Bjørn and Amalie. When Amalie came, we ordered food, and we had a lovely evening. Such a cosy place, and the food was beyond words. At least on the top ten list of the best meals I have ever had. We could not have wished for a better place to have a birthday dinner. Amalie took some pictures along the way, and I have stolen them.





And finally one I took


We walked from the restaurant to the Concert house where we had tickets to see Jethro Tull and their 50 year anniversary tour. It was excellent, and I enjoyed every second of it. I also met a former colleague from Øvrebyen who i had not seen in 5 years. She told me that all the teachers of Norwegian who were there had quit, except for Hjørdis. And all the new ones who had started, had also quit. So now they were on their next generation of teachers of Norwegian, and they would undoubtedly quit as well. They really do need to do something about the work load for teachers of Norwegian... Anyway, back to the concert. I have never listened to Jethro Tull before, so their music was new to me, except for the tune "Heavy horses". I still had a very good time, as did Amalie who no doubt was one of the youngest there.

After the concert we walked together to the tube where Amalie said goodbye, and me and Bjørn drove to Ås. He slept over here, which means he could have a glass of the whisky that Amalie had got him for his birthday :)

Sunday 18 February 2018

Meeting Amalie in Oslo

We went to Oslo today and met up with Amalie at one of the restaurants I have been to most often in Oslo - Jaipur. So good to see her again, and I am very glad that we meet up so often these days. We all ordered dinners that we had not tried before, and the food was excellent. We agreed that neither of us had ever had something quite as tasty as this at Jaipur before. Brilliant conversation, perfect company and superb food. Can't ask for more than that.

The "Thanks for a lovely evening" message she sent me after Bjørn and I were on the train, heading back to Ås, was so charming that I stole it, and will put it here!


Saturday 27 January 2018

Meeting Amalie and Astri in Oslo

Bjørn was going to a party for Red Cross members, and was there from 6pm till around 4am. I went to Oslo and met Astri and Amalie. I drove to Mysen, parked the car and took the train to Oslo where I met them at the station. Amalie chose where to eat, which means we finally got to try another restaurant. Nice as our Indian restaurant is, it is so good to try something new. Amalie first suggested an Italian place, but it had not opened yet, so we walked on and ended up at a Thai restaurant. It seemed so anonymous and unnoticeable, but it was brilliant. Service and food was excellent. And both the young comedian/actor who sat there when we came in, and the long queue that started forming shortly after we sat down told us that we were now at the place to be. With such good food and such good company, and such friendly waiters, it was easy to ignore the line of people waiting for a table, and we stayed there for a long time.

I have stolen Amalie's picture:


After dinner, Amalie went home, while me and Astri spent four more hours in the big city. I had a really good day. At 8.30pm, I took a train back, and was in Mysen at 9.30pm. By then it was snowing like hell, and my weather app warned me that our area had "dangerous driving conditions". It took me a while to get home. When home I had 30 minutes of TV and a beer before I went to bed.

Bjørn wake me up when he came home, just as I was dreaming I stabbed the neighbour with a pair of scissors, after he had broken into our home. I did manage to fall asleep again, and having forgotten to set the alarm, I slept for absolute ages.

Sunday 21 January 2018

Meeting Amalie and Yoomin in Oslo

Today was our first chance to see Amalie after she returned from yet another stay in Iran. We grabbed it with both hands, and drove in to Oslo. She and her friend Yoomin met up with us at a Chinese restaurant. It was so very good to see her again, and also nice to see Yoomin again. We chatted away for about four hours, and they passed way too fast. It was such a perfect way to spay a Sunday.

Me, Amalie and Yoomin


Amalie and Yoomin


Me, Bjørn, Amalie and Yoomin - taken by Amalie


Yoomin brought me flowers


Sunday 10 September 2017

Family weekend

Amalie came here on Saturday morning. We were at home for a few hours and then went to Anja and Espen for pizza evening. We were home late, went to bed, and next day we went to Hurum. Anja and Espen came there also, so we were nine people around the dinner table. Not often that happens, so it was really nice. On the way home, we dropped Amalie off at the train station, so when we came home, we were alone. That almost felt strange.


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