Today is my
We have had guests for coffee and cakes
this afternoon. Tonight we have barbequed trout in our
Yesterday I had
a wonderful evening, too! I was on a trip together with my
colleagues. We went to the home of one of my colleagues
childhood, on an island. Here is a photo from the place where
we spent the evening:
The weather was
wonderful! I took this photo at 00.21 AM at night:
We went home by
boat. We left the island at 1 AM, in the middle of the night.
It was a wonderful experience standing on deck on the boat the
entire trip home:
passing by us, during our trip home:
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It was a
wonderful afternoon and evening. It's not very often that we
are blessed with this kind of nice weather, with sun the
entire day and night, and no wind.
After work today,
I drove Joakim to a track where he drove hit ATV. Several
other kids also were there, driving their ATV's and crossers.
Here is a
photo I took of Joakim today.
much happening nowdays, so it's not much to write about in my
blog. We are at work at daytime, while the kids are at school.
In the afternoons I do housework, helping the kids with their
homework, and work in our garden.
Tomorrow we are
travelling by car for 6 hours. We are going to our brother in
law's 40 years birthday party. We are coming home at Sunday.
Norway's Constitution Day. We celebrate our Constitution Day
with children's parades, ice og saucages.
noteworthy aspect of the Norwegian Constitution Day is
it's very non-military nature. All over Norway,
children's parades with an abundance of flags form the
central elements of the celebration. Each elementary
school district arranges its own parade with marching
bands between schools. The parade takes the children
through the community, often making stops at homes of
senior citizens, war memorials, etc. The longest parade
is in Oslo, where some 100,000 people travel to the city
centre to participate in the main festivities. This is
broadcast on TV every year, with comments on costumes,
banners etc, together with local reports from
celebrations around the country. The massive Oslo parade
includes some 100 schools, marching bands, and passes
the royal palace where the royal family greet the people
from the main balcony.
a school’s children parade will consist of some senior
school children carrying the schools official banner,
followed by a handful of other older children carrying
full size Norwegian flags, and the school’s marching
band. After the band the rest of the school children
follow with hand sized flags, often with the junior
forms first, and often behind self made banners for each
form or even individual class. Nearby kindergartens may
also have been invited to join in. As the parade passes,
bystanders often join in behind the official parade, and
follow the parade back to the school. Depending on the
community, the parade may make stops at particular sites
along the route, such as a nursing home or war memorial.
We have had
wonderful weather today, and we have enjoyed our coffeee at
our terrace, with guests, after watching the childrens
Here is the
parade in our town.
Except for Saturday, we have had bad weather for the last few
days. But this means that I have gotten time to do some
housework instead, during the weekend.
In addition to
this, I also got time to do some scrapbooking.
I have ordered
all the photos that we took on Cecilie's confirmation day, and
now I am waiting to get these photos in the mail, soon. It was
nice to get the photos from Fall and Christmas into the photo
albums, before the photos from the confirmation is coming.
It's early in
the moring, now, and I hope that we will have some periods
with no rain today, so that it's possible to take a walk in
the garden later.
This is our
first day without rain and fog for 5 days.
Today I have
bought 5 new perennials.
have been in our garden the entire afternoon.
the evening we were sitting in our barbeque house, and
enjoying delicious BBQ food. About 8.30 PM it started to rain
But at that time,
we were indoors, so it did not matter.
Friday May 9th
We have had cloudy weather, with rain and fog for the last few
days. We have been very lucky to have wonderful weather for
almost the entire April, and beginning of May, but after 5
days with bad weather, I have to admit that I miss the sun and
warm weather. It's not nice to work in the garden either, when
the weather is bad.
This weekend it's Whitsun.
Whitsun is a Christian feast, seven weeks after Easter. In
Norway both Whitsunday, and 2nd Whitsunday (monday), are
We don't have any tradition for Whitsun. When I grew up, we
used to light bonfire's and barbeque, and Charles and I also
do this, when the weather is nice. We'll see what we will do,
I have posted
LOTS of photos from our garden. Check out my "Whats
news-page" to get the links to the updated
pages. Or go directly to my
confirmation is over. We had some rain on Saturday, but rest
of the weekend, the weather was nice, we had no rain at the
We have had a
wonderful weekend! Lots of guests and delicious food. The
confirmation Sunday was very nice. Everyone enjoyed themselves.
Both Cecilie, as the confirmant, and the guests.
The first guest
arrived at Friday. We had homemade pizza's when they arrived.
Charles, my father and my two brother in law's went to wash
the premises where we had the party, and to prepare the dinner.
After this, I went to decorate the tables, together with
several others. At Saturday, even more guests arrived, and at
Saturday evening, we had a barbeque party, in our barbeque
On Sunday it was
the confirmation day. We went to church at 1 PM. After the
church service, we photographed the confirmants by the church.
Then we went to have dinner and, after dinner, cakes and
wished for money for her confirmation. This is very common in
Norway. She got lots of money, but she also got some jewellery,
and a iPod. In addition to this, my mother had quilted a
wonderful bedspread for her, and one of my sisters had made a
lovely scrapbook album for Cecilie, with photos from the
period when Cecilie was a baby, and until now. Two very
personal gifts, that Cecilie really appreciated.
I have posted
lots of photos from Cecilie's confirmation
and some photos taken by the photographer
Friday May 2nd
continued with organizing and washing our house, preparing for
Today I have
planned to bake some cakes. I have a day off from work today
too, and now, at 09.30 AM the first cake is in the oven. Later
I am going to the grocery store, to buy a few things for the
confirmation. In the afternoon, I am going to make 3 homemade
pizza's, which we are going to enjoy when our guests are
coming. Some of them has been driving for over 6 hours, while
som others have been driving for over 8 hours, so I belive
that thay will be both tired and hungry when they arrives.
Tomorrow we are
going to arrange and decorate the tables in the house that the
confirmation party is going to be. We must also get the cake
that we have ordered from the bakery, and the flower
decorations from the flower shop. We are also going to fry the
meat that we are going to have in the dinner, so that
everything is ready for sunday's confirmation party.