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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.


Monday 29 July 2019

Road trip times two

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



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.


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


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.

Sunday 10 March 2019

Ups and downs

I felt a little down this morning and shared my frustration with Bjørn. So he joined me for a walk. Brought my camera, and had a good time.

Hedge. Snow. Sky.


Rødenes Church


Winter still.




The beach.




Bet the trees long for spring.


When we came home, our neighbour-to-be was there with her dog, Buddy.


He came running through the snow as fast as his Corgi legs could carry him.


Quite a little charmer!


Fed the birds, photographed some of them. We have hordes.

After the walk we had lunch and did some things at home. Life was better by the time I went to bed....

Monday 18 June 2018


Decided not to go into work today, but to work from Ås, and to get the unpacking done sooner rather than later. Only one week left of work before the summer holidays. These last few weeks have gone by so fast!

In the basement where I now live, there is a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom and a livingroom In the livingroom there is only one chair. When I came into that room today, the dog of the house had found the chair and made it her own.


Sunday 17 June 2018


Woke up early, I never sleep more than 6 hours these days, usually less. But I felt quite rested. Had breakfast, and then my brother came and invited me up to their breakfast as well. I had a cup of coffee there, and a nice chat. The weather was rough today. We have had rain, heavy rain, pouring rain, hail and a veritable hailstorm. A perfect day to move the rest of the stuff from my family's old house to the new.

We all went there, and me and Bjørn emptied the basement while Anja and Espen packed more of their stuff upstairs. Though I have not quite befriended the Caravelle yet, it scores some extra points for having been incredibly practical now that Bjørn has helped Amalie after the fire, and today when we are moving. We got all that was left in the basement, and a great deal of Anja and Espens things also into the Caravelle. When we came back here, we orded some food and had a meal before Bjørn left. I do look forward to the day when we live together again.

At the dinner table..


Thursday 8 March 2018

Walk and work

Anja and Espen both had to leave very early today, so I walked the boys to school. I came back here just to take Jazz with me and go for a forest walk. Then a few hours here before it was off to work. Had a fun evening in the classroom. We had more snow today. It is just insane. I have liked this winter more than I usually like winters. But it has been five months. It would be good to see the end of it now.



Tuesday 11 April 2017

Having Astri over

Astri came for a visit today. We met in Ørje, and went to the infamous Bakergården for lunch. Then we did a bit of grocery shopping before we went home. Said hi to Bjørn who was on his way out to another Red Cross course, put the groceries away , and then drove to a forest path. Walked for nine km, and then drove back home where we chatted the evening away. Astri left at 9.30 pm, and half an hour later Bjørn came home from his course.

Astri brought Brando with her, and it was nice to be around a dog again. I miss that.

Brando enjoyed the great outdoors.

And back home he enjoyed a big of destruction.

Sunday 24 July 2016

Home-owner visit again

Anja had a break from her holidays to look in on her bees. I had the pleasure of her nice company and of her ordering sushi :) Not to mention hearing a bit about honey production! Her brother came to pick up Martin, and the doggie was very happy to see him. Anja spent a good part of the night making a cradle for her brother's baby, and I sat up for the chatting.

Friday 22 July 2016

Visitors again!

I mentioned to Bjørn that I'd like to go and buy bread, but that I did not want to leave Martin. So he offered to come for a visit today also, and buy a few things I needed. We went for a short walk and roamed around in the garden with Martin. Bjørn left after a few hours, but it was nice to have had him over :)






In the evening I went for the third walk of the day. We walked for about 6km, and I enjoyed it immensely :) As did Martin.




My next visitor cannot really be said to be a visitor, since he owns the place. Espen had promised to play with a band at a music festival way up in Hamar, and came to sleep over and fetch his instruments. Absolute ages since we have had some hours alone, and we sat up half the night, talking. Not the wisest thing for him, since he had to get up early the next morning to drive to Hamar. I had planned to get up as well, but happily slept through him packing up and leaving in the early morning hours.

Wednesday 20 July 2016

Martin for the win!

Walking Martin, playing with Martin, petting Martin....

Reading a lot, sleeping a bit.

Tuesday 19 July 2016

Friendly furry fellow

Walked 7.6 km in the morning and 3.9 in the evening. Getting to know Martin, who is is a nice doggie.

Other than that, I have been reading quite a bit, done a bit of housework, and phoned Jan. The latter was way overdue. When he phoned me in February, we talked for a couple of hours, agreed we should stay in touch on a regular basis, and I said I'd phone in a week or two. And then four months passed. So, when he picked up with the line "Well, that wasn't too soon!", it was difficult to disagree. Had a long talk again and agreed to meet in August. I'll try not to let that become December.....I really do need to work on being more social.


Monday 18 July 2016


Started the day by a trip to Ski to go to the dentist. He simply put the crown back on, so that was cheaper and less of a hassle than I had feared. I went grocery shopping, and then it was back "home". Sat reading for a bit until Jørgen came to hand over the Flat coated Retriever "Martin" who will be in my care this week. When Jørgen left, Martin and I went for a 5 km walk. It is nice to have a canine companion again, it does make walking a whole lot funnier.

Before he came, his owner told me to hide tennis balls. If they were lying around, Martin would just be very insistent on playing with them, he said. So I looked everywhere, and found one tennis ball that I put away. I sat down to read, and noticed that Martin was sniffing around, walking out to the garden and so on, but I did not pay much attention until I had finished my chapter. Then I went out. There was Martin, tail wagging. He had rounded up no less than eight tennis balls, put them all at the same spot, and looked them with much happiness. God only knows where he had found them, but I have to say I was impressed!

Back inside we rested, and Martin found out where he prefers to sleep.


Saturday 27 September 2014

Day one of autumn holidays: Linnekleppen

Today is the first day of autumn holidays. All of next week I am off work, so a total of nine days of free time. Originally we wanted to go North to Lofoten on one long trip, but that was not possible. We do want to get something out of these days though, so we have thought them through and planned each one of them.

Today we walked up Linnekleppen. It has been on our to-do-list for a while. The walk up there was so very nice. Beautiful autumn colours and small waters along the way. I was a hundred percent charmed every bit of the way. And it was enough uphill walking to be good exercise for the Bergs. Maya was running free and had a great time. At one point it was so steep that there was a ladder to help us along, and tough little Maya managed to climb up the hillside beside the ladder all by her little self. The view from the top was really something.

We had started our walk a little late in the day, and darkness falls quickly at this time of year, so we could not stay too long at the top, but we had a short rest. AND my dear Bjørn helped me find the geocache that is up there. The walk down was just as memorable. We will be back here many times.









Saturday 26 July 2014


We want to spend a few days on some sort of summer activities. We had made plans for four days. Today's plan was to go to Fredrikstad. There we would buy a couple of things we need, then drop by our friend Erik for a short coffee break, and then go sighseeing in the Old Town in Fredrikstad. We have never been there before, and it is a charming, historical site. Anyway. We drove to Fredrikstad. And did some shopping (clothes for us both). By the time we were finished I was about to die from the heat. Then we went to visit Erik. Walking from the car and to where he lives took two minutes and was awful. We sat down outside in the shadow where Erik served something cold to drink. That helped a little. At the time when we had planned to move on, I told Bjørn I needed to test my tolerance for the sun. I walked into the sun, stood there for half a minute and was about to faint. No way I would be able to walk around doing sightseeing in that heat. So we stayed on at Erik's place which was a nice way to spend the day; it had been a year since we last saw him. Then home were we focused on doing nothing.

Erik's dog, a Rhodesian Ridgeback was not happy about today's temperatures either:


Sunday 20 April 2014

Ertsvika with Astri and Brando

Today I drove to Hurum and met my childhood friend Astri at my mum's home. Mum and her boyfriend were in Riga, so the house was empty, but I have a key. We had a chat and quick meal before we drove to Tronstad where we parked the car. We walked to the small cabin that Astri and her brothers own by the nice and sandy beach at Ertsvika, which was about a 2 kilometer walk. I have not been there for something like 20 years, so this was nostalgic. We went to the cabin first, by an old forest path. We had to cross a bridge on the way. Astri crossed the bridge first, and gentleman Brando refused to walk further before I had come over also.


The cabin


Drinking water Brando-style


A real charmer!


After a rest and a chat at the cabin, we walked down to the sea. We walked along the sandy beach and then went to sit on the rocks. It was warm and sunny and beautiful!



We sat and talked, ate biscuits and oranges and enjoyed what had become a very summery day. Then we walked back up to the cabin, played with Brando for a bit, had cold mineral water and walked back to the car. We drove back to mum's where we prepared prawn sandwhiches and kept talking. At around 7pm, we headed back to our respective homes. I was home at around 9pm, and I saw an amazing sunset over the Rødnes lake on the way.

Sunday 14 July 2013

Hurum weekend

Bjørn drove me to Hurum on Saturday. Met up with my childhood friend Astri at my mum's place. We all had coffee and waffels before Bjørn went off and Astri and I went on a Hurum quest. We started at the Filtvet lighthouse which lies right next to Villa Malla. Astri had found out that they have started having exhibitions in the lighthouse, and suggested we go there. Several painters were represented and there were many good paintings. The ones I liked the most were by Terje Risberg. We thought about having food at Villa Malla, but we just were not hungry enough to eat at this point, so we continued on down to Holmsbu. We went to a second exhibition at Støa. Astri had read about it in the newspapers, and since it was said to be a provocative one, we were curious about it. Turned out it was a Viskum - thing and you have to be a very delicate soul if that provokes you. As I said to Bjørn, he is a fairly bleak copy of "that-artist-you-know" (whereupon Bjørn looked at me and said "Damien Hirst", which was what I meant, only Bjørn was a tad more accurate...)

Pics I took in Filtvet:



Unprovoked, we went to have a look at a place where they sell expensive, but really nice arts and craft stuff. Had I been a millionaire, I would have bought a couple of things there.

From here we went on to the Holmsbu gallery which has a permanent exhibition of Henrik Sørensen's paintings. I have seen that many times, but it is always nice to see it again. And they always have a couple of other painters represented as well, and the ones this year were very good. The museum building itself is such an architectonical pearl!

By now we were quite hungry and we tried to find a place to eat in a crazily overcrowded and super-touristy Holmsbu. Parking had already proved to be impossible, but Astri, fortunately, had a bright idea. And while lots of cars were constantly circling the harbour in search of a parking spot, she brought us to an empty parking lot where we would not normally be allowed to park. We still were, and all was well in the world. Finding a place to eat proved to be just as difficult though. Restaurants were not only full, but people were standing in line outside them. In the end we gave up on restaurants, and settled for sitting outside in the sun down by the harbour while having fast food from a kiosk.

Then we drove back to mum's where Astri stayed a little while before she headed home. I was up talking with a sick mum (flu) and her new partner, then went for a walk with Jazz (mum looking after her for my brother and his wife) and then went to bed.

Today I was up at 6am to have breakfast with mum before she went to work. Being so ill, she should not, but there you are. Jazz and I spent some hours in the garden for some experimenting with the macro lense that I use all too seldom:
















Then I sat down to read in Bjørn's suggested "The blade itself" and sat reading till Bjørn came to pick me up and drive me home. I reached page 20 and already am quite intrigued. I will enjoy this one.

The day has been uneventful after we came home, since we are both tired. Well, uneventful with the exception of a mail from a good friend. What he had to tell left me speechless for quite a while, and was enough of an event for the whole evening. And here I thought there was no longer anything in this world that could completely stun me. But the world is a strange place. A very strange place indeed.

Now I will soon be off to bed, since I want to be up early tomorrow. I intend to have a good morning.

Monday 8 July 2013


It is Monday today, so obvioulsy we have just been through a weekend. Not sure where it went to. Oh wait: Washing, lawn mowing, forest walk with Bjørn and Jardar. And yesterday Irene came to pick up Jardar so we had half a day of nice chatting. We also had someone knock on our door, wondering if the Collie they had found wandering about was ours. They had decided to go where it lead them, in hope that it would go home. It had walked to us with great determination. We thought we knew where it belonged and pointed them in the right direction. We also said that if they did not find the owners, they could bring it to us and we could take care of him until we found its owners. They did not come back though, so it probably belonged to who we thought it belonged to. It has good owners, but that is Collies for you... they are the exploring types :)

Saturday 1 June 2013

Ode to the forest - trip to Østre Pulltjennet

There are so few things in this life that stay forever, and that stay forever good. Having been born close to a big forest and born into a family of lumberjackers, the forest has always been part of my life. When we moved from Oslo, my most important criteria for a new home was that it had to be close to a forest. It is so good to be able to walk for hours at places where the only sound you hear is that of birds singing and fish jumping in the lake and where there is beauty wherever you look. No matter how stressful and disasterous life should be, being in the forest is always about the here and now. When people tell me they have had a religious revelation, when they have had spiritual experiences, I always imagine it is the civilization version of how I feel when I am mid-forest. It changes me, if only for the moments I am there. And being horribly un-spiritual, it would never cross my mind to think of it as a methaphysical experience. But it brings calmness, balance, tranquility, perspective and what I can only think of as "inner peace". Combining walking, photography and the forest is as close I will ever come to "sacred". And for mid-forest companionship - Bjørn and Maya.

''It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.''

Robert Louis Stevenson

Here are some pictures from today. None of them good, but all of them good memories.












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