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Tuesday 16 April 2019

To the island of Sjælland for a dose of modern art

We wanted to go to the famous Lousiana museum of modern art on Sjælland, but we realised that we should do that on another holiday when we live closer and can spend a couple of days there. So today brought us to another museum of modern art on Sjælland: Arken.

The museum

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Outside the entrance

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A bird's cage outside of the museum

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Some of what we saw in the Damien Hirst part of the museum

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There will of course always be some things you like more than others. My favourite piece at this museum was a huge tapestry, that I did not photograph. Another favourite was this one - Andrea Golders "The road to happiness".

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Strolling around at Arken

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A significant part of the museum was dedicated to a Patricia Piccinini exhibition. The museum writes quite a bit about the thought behind this exhibition, and I am quoting what I personally thought stood out as the purpose of her art:

"Piccinini’s fascinating aesthetic makes use of hyperrealistic means, and by bringing hyperrealism into an imaginative dream universe she shakes our expectations of the well-known. Her aesthetics are made of contrasts: the playful and loving meet the odd and alienating. Piccinini challenges cultural norms of body and beauty: Why do we see certain features as beautiful and familiar – and others as unknown, dangerous or confusing? Unlike Hollywood’s dystopian version of science fiction, where strange aliens, monsters or robots pose a dangerous threat to humankind, Piccinini celebrates everything that is ‘different’. Here we find poetry and beauty in the connected, the strange and the diverse. She invites us to meet her creatures with curiousness and openness. Perhaps we can see ourselves in them and their relations?"

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A few other pieces from the Arken collection:

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We needed a break and a cup of coffee. We had not eaten for about eight hours, but the food was hysterically expensive there, so we settled for some of the famous Danish pastry...

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After the museum, it was back to the hotel, dinner and then some well deserved sleep.

Sunday 14 April 2019

Odense and Langeland

First today, the beautiful town of Odense. We strolled around in the historical part of town, and explored Hans Christian Andersen's Odense.

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We had not eaten since breakfast, but were in hurry to get to Church on time (!!!), so we settled for an Easter treat....

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It is Sunday, it is Easter, and we are in the town where Thomas Kingo once was bishop. Between our hotel and downtown Odense, we had walked past Thomas Kingo's Church (not the one on the pictures, that must have been where he was bishop), and we had seen online that they had an Easter passion concert that included Bach, Brahms and a choir. We went there, and listened to some amazing music and some truly wonderful voices.

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There was more left of the day, and we wondered what to do. Bjørn went online, found a map, and said there was an island in the south connected to the Fyn mainland by a bridge, and that we could go there. He started driving while I googled to see what we should do and see on Langeland. And there was one thing that stood out: Langeland had wild horses! Now that is something neither of us thought we could find in Scandinavia, and of course that was what we wanted to see. So I guided us towards the nature reserve where they should be found.

On the way to Langeland, we drove past so many places with crazy names. Some of them crazy because they had funny meanings in Norwegian, like "Tullebølle" (Silly bully)

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Others because they meant the same crazy thing in Danish as in Norwegian. The most dubious one being "Ball of semen"

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Once we had parked, the first thing we noticed was the birdlife. Birds everywhere, and large flocks of them flying over our heads. After some minutes of searching, we found the entrance point to the reserve. As everything else in Denmark, it was flat. A huge field of grass, and at the far end, the sea. I had read that there was a hill you should walk up to have an overview and look for the horses. In a flat landscape, even the smallest of hills stand out, so it was easy to see where we should go. We walked up the hill, and from there we could indeed see the wild horses of Langeland. And then a huge flock of birds came and landed in the nearby trees. They were quite big to be sitting on branches, and I think it looked really cool. We walked down the hill towards the sea, and walked about for a bit. It is so cool how we sometimes find pearls like this - just by completely randomly going somewhere.

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We said goodbye to birds and horses, and planned on going back to the hotel. But google talked about a "Dovns klint", and signs pointed in that direction. Out of curiosity, we drove on. We came to a parking place with a path leading down to the sea. At first we said we were tired and that we did not want to do more walking just to see more sea. But then we thought that after all we are here now, and we should do as much as possible while we have the chance. We were glad we did. We walked down to a charming place where lots of people were fishing. A path to the right let us see a light house in the distance. And then walking down to the people fishing, we discovered w could continue along the shore on a path around the cliff. While walking there, the sun set, and it was all really beautiful.

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It was midnight before we were back at the hotel. We had not eaten much, so we grabbed some food from the local petrol station and had a snack before going to bed.

Saturday 13 April 2019

Driving to Denmark

We started from home in the early morning hours. I drove for the first three hours, by which time my arm was no longer able to hold the wheel, and Bjørn took over. We drove straight to our hotel in Fyn, with only a couple of stops for fuel and food along the way.

Driving over the Öresund bridge. Known from the TV-series, The Bridge, brought us from Sweden to Denmark.

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We found our room:

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unpacked a little and did a google search to find a place to eat. We found an Italian restaurant that looked very promising, booked a table, and walked the 30 minutes it took to get there.

It had been a long day, and we decided to go for luxury and the Angus beef. That was one of the best meals we have ever had. We planned on walking back also, but it had started raining, so we went for a taxi instead.

At the restaurant

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Monday 1 April 2019

Work

Working from home at day, and going into work in the evening to have the monthly get-together with our online pupils.

Me at work:

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Monday 25 March 2019

Spring has sprung

Was working from my home office, and needed a walk.

Had a stroll in the garden, and was thrilled to see the first flowers bloom in the garden. I have of course never seen this garden in spring before, so every little plant and flower that pop up, will be a nice surprise. And it is especially good to see the first ones now after a long winter.

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Then I left the garden, and found our first wild springflower as well, the "hestehov". In Norway we can not really be sure that we have seen the last of winter until mid May, but it is so good to see that spring has taken up the fight with winter.

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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.

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Rødenes Church

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Winter still.

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Home

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The beach.

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Bet the trees long for spring.

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

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

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Quite a little charmer!

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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....

Friday 1 March 2019

Birthday and birds

I tried to make up for Bjørn having to be alone yesterday, by having the birthday celebration today. I got up early and drove down to Ørje to buy some breakfast treats, and then I made us a nice breakfast. I got an SMS that meant I did not have to go into work today, so I stayed at home. My original plan was to go into work quite early, and catch up on all the work I have fallen behind with while I have been ill. But the temptation of just staying at home was too big, so I will have to do that on Monday instead. I already have net pupils on Monday evening, so that means I will both day and evening work five days next week, but that seems to be a prize I am willing to pay.

So, today was about Bjørn. Already 5 minutes after midnight, I told him what his birthday present would be, and I know it is something he has been wanting for a while. Then the breakfast. Then we watched some of his favourite TV-shows together before he went off to Askim to reconnect with an old friend.

While he was gone, I did some housework, and went for a walk. Nice and sunny today.

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I also photographed some of the birds at our bird feeding place. There are more birds at the feeding place here than any other place we have lived. And today I even saw the relatively rare Stillits. That was cool.

We have a big delegation of Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Pilfink in Norwegian).

And another big delegation of European Green Finch (Grønnfink)

And quite a few Eurasian Blue Tits (Blåmeis)

And the rare European Goldfinch that I have never seen in real life before (Stillits)

When Bjørn came back, I made us a dinner worthy of a birthday, and we spent the rest of the day in the sofa. We had an early night, since he is arranging a seminar with the autism organisation this weekend, and we need to get up early tomorrow.

Saturday 23 February 2019

Celebrating Kjetil's 50th birthday.

Irene and Amalie came also, and it was nice to see them both. I was still sick, and had some breaks where I went to bed and slept for a little while. Bjørn did all the cooking. I only set the table and let him do all the work.

We had a really nice evening. I can not remember the last time I laughed so much.

After breakfast - Ingrid played and sang. She is good at both.

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I tried to take some pictures of Ingrid's dog, Leo:

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Partying the night away!

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Wednesday 20 February 2019

Darned cough

Fell asleep haf an hour past midnight. Woke up again at 2.30am because breathing passages were blocked. A moment of panic, and then a lot of coughing. I gave up on sleep, and stood up. Eventually fell asleep in a chair, and has been waking up with regular intervals for a bit of coughing.

Had breakfast with Bjørn at 8am before her went to work. After work, he and Kjetil will go to Hedmark to pick up their cars which have been there for a while. Meanwhile I am staying home, trying to get more things done, and coughing constantly. I have been quite effective, but I am so tired of all this coughing.

Went for a walk before it got dark today.

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Tuesday 19 February 2019

Winter holidays

It is good that this week is holidays. I am so far from being well, and have spent most of the night coughing. Bjørn is off to work again, today it will be from 11.30am till 7pm, so he has full days. This means we can not do anything together this winter holiday, but that is just as well. It is so much cooler that he has a job to go to, and with the way I am feeling now, I need all the rest I can get, to be ready for work again.

Like yesterday, I have been moving slowly, but I do get things done. I made dinner for Bjørn, so he got a meal when he came back home. In the evening I went for a walk again. Last week was such a setback, and my lungs hardly have any breathing capacity at all. Walking after dark with a headlight can be quite cool.

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There was a beautiful full moon, and quite a few stars in the sky. I like living where there is not so much light from people, it really makes for some outstanding night skies. This evening, Arctutus shone particularly bright. It is fitting that it does outside this house where there lives a bear.

Back inside, my cough gathered strength. My stomach muscles are so sore from all this coughing.

Monday 4 February 2019

Evening meeting with the online pupils.

Getting a few things done at home at daytime before I drove to work. This time in a brand new Renault station wagon. Bjørn drove my car to the garage today so that they would fix the damage that was done when he was in the chain-collision some time back. They lend us this Renault while we wait for my car to be fixed. Though it is 3 years newer than my car, and would cost almost twice as much, I am happy to say that my own car is much to prefer.

Though I am not to fond of winter, I will admit that it can be beautiful.

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Wednesday 23 January 2019

Doc

Had a doc's appointment today. The ear infection still will not go away, and it is painful and bothersome. A new doc this time since my own was not available. He sent a requisition to a new specialist. I got an SMS later in the afternoon from the specialist, saying he had time to see me on March 27th. I will not be able to wait that long, so I will need to find another way. After the doc's appointment, I went for my walk in Ørje.

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Saturday 19 January 2019

Winter wonderland...

Moving forward with the house project, it really is becoming the perfect home now. It will take a lot of time still, but it is coming along, and turning into the perfect home.

Today's walk took me into the forest and on snowfilled paths where it was difficult to walk.

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Monday 14 January 2019

Being madly effective.

Getting lots of things done. Lost another kilo. And walking 6km. It is still winter.

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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.

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Monday 7 January 2019

Starting 2019's second week.

The first one went fairly well. I lost a kilo, which was good, and I have walked every day. Today the walk needed to be in the morning since I had to go into work in the evening. It was foggy and uninviting outside. I walked 3.7 km.

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The evening work was a get-together for our online pupils. It is useful to get to see them now and them.

Sunday 6 January 2019

Walking

A quiet day. Walking 2 km down to beautiful Tjuvholmen.

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Wednesday 2 January 2019

2019th's first the second!

Once again I was up early. We wanted to do something together, but were not full of energy, so we settled for driving to Ski to see if there was something interesting at the New Year's sale. We did not find much of interest, but I did find some woollen slippers to wear on the rather cold floor here at the vicarage. We also had lunch there, which was nice.

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Living up to my resolution of getting out for a walk every day. I walked 3 km. today.

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Sunday 30 December 2018

Walking on ice

Bjørn and I went for a walk. It was very icy, and Bjørn fell a couple of times and hurt his back, so the walk was cut short because he was in pain. We took some pictures along the way, and until he fell, it was a nice walk.

Thursday 27 December 2018

My day of doing nothing.

One day a year it must be allowed to do nothing. Today was my day of laziness. And with a year of 140% work, neighbour hell, moving out and moving in, Bjørn's recent surgery and my own health issues, I made plans quite early that this should be a day of not feeling guilty about doing absolutely nothing. And I followed through! No alarm clock, which was heaven. Woke up, read a little, slept a little more.... We got out of bed at 1.30 pm. Then to the sofa for more reading and more sleeping. Eventually a dinner followed by reading, TV and sleeping. And then going to bed. OMG what a treat!!!!!

But I did take a photo out of the window to test my new wide angle lens!

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