15 October 2017

Bangers & Barns

So the blogging is back but.....the first one you'll see will be an Old Post which decided it wanted to bee seen as a new post...annoyingly ! so when you edit a post make sure the date doesn't update as well in the future Carol....

Firework night......way way back.... was on Saturday for us.
Any excuse to light the chiminea makes me happy.
Food prepared we all 'skipped' (soon as the boys arrive we revert to excited little children) to the bottom of the garden to the unfinished Barn.

It looked good with all the candles.
No electric yet as the rendering has still to be finished.
It is a shame that I cannot capture what is really looks like, the camera flash makes it too bright and no flash means the image is almost invisible.

Some of the oak beams still need to be put up to hide the rsj.

All my boys were there apart from James who was quick to escape with Francesca for a quiet evening alone together and Steve who was working late.

I have made a start on painting the beams, not a very good one though!

Paul and Johanna were in charge of lighting the fireworks, while the rest of us oood and aaarrrd.

It was a fun evening for us all.
Nice and easy.

Until the next morning when we went back down to the barn to clear away the debris.

This white lantern came all the way form Norway
It was very cheap so I am now wondering why I did not buy more of them!
It will eventually get its own hook to hang on but for now it hangs from the electrical cable (not live!)
where an electric lantern will hang.

This tall wooden lantern was looking very sad in a local Florist shop, left over from last years Christmas window display. It looks perfect in my rustic barn.
Perched up high on a table, which is standing on a table, I am free storage for Johanna's new home.

Ah....with our fire burning and seats ready after the clean-up we was ready to finish off them beers which were left over from the little party.
We sat there all afternoon chatting.
Then it was time to put the dinner in the oven and back they all came for their Sunday evening roast.

My plants seem to love the dappled light of the barn.

Hanging on the door to the 'Inn'...lol.....
is my wreath which is slowly growing into what will be a lavender wreath.

Just before we go indoors Mr N like to stand and look at all his hard work.

I had roast some chestnuts on the top bit of the chiminea, they were good, bit sooty but very yummy.

What a bargain this was.
I have been looking at glass cake stands for a while now but they are so expensive.
This one was in a the local Red Cross shop, brilliant.

And the lemon cheese cake with fresh berries on top was so easy to make and delicious.
Courtesy of Nigella.

It has turned really cold this week.
Time to get out the hats and gloves as well as scarves I think.
Hope you all have a wonderful week.

27 February 2013

Norway & The Snow Hotel

Might be worth putting the kettle on for this post...

 These are the last of the images of Norway that I want 
to show you. 

We we wowed by the stunning,
quiet beauty of this wonderful country.

In awe of the ever changing skies.

I wanted to just stand still to take it all in.
It cleared my mind.
Made me think that nothing is forever.
This world.
It changes.
We adapt to these changes.
We are only small in the grand scheme of things.


 The folk who live here are strong.
The extreme weather does not stop 
it seemed to us, anything.

 We found everyone to be polite and helpful.
They really want you to enjoy
every moment.


 The Reindeer People

The Sami's live in the north of Norway.
They have a different language.
Their own traditional clothing, handicrafts, and music.
This is a Lavvu which along with Turf Huts, was
the traditional home of the Sami who were
a nomadic group.
They travelled around with their herds of Rein Deer.
I so wanted to meet some Sami people, probably did with out
realising !

On this holiday there was time to relax if you wished.
But mostly we were up, out and active,
 both daytime
and nighttime.
Another trip we had planned was 
The Husky Dog Sledding.
In a Traditional Dog Sled.

This Kennel where we were to have out Husky Dog Ride
preferred to use Alaskan Huskies.
The dogs were beautiful and so friendly.
They wanted to be fussed.
The howled that spooky howl.
Just because they wanted to run....

So we got into our Sled, I grabbed a lady who was travelling alone
and let her share with us.
I am in the middle and Hub at the back.
I am not silly !
No really, I would have been happy to be at the front.
The ride was magnificent.
I want to do it again and again...

Breath taking countryside.
I could not talk much I just had to take it all in.
The driver of our Sled was Aussie, he was great.
Very knowledgeable, which added to the fun of the ride.

He preferred a team of twelve dogs as opposed to

As always the skies were ever changing.

I was glad to leave behind in England 
our solid sheets of Grey Sky!

Twilight was approaching
the time around 4.30pm.
I think.
And we were going back to our Ship.
For another night of 
Sky Watch.

The buildings are typical of Scandinavia.

There were on wooden stilts built on the waters edge.

Quite a few are metal.
We were told that after the bombing of the
Second World War
the Swedish gave the Norwegians
pre-fabricated houses to help with housing shortage.
Rather like the us after the War.
My Mum & Dad lived in a prefab !
With a proper fitted kitchen and fridge.
Very posh!

The place is so clean.
It amazed us.
You can sit outside this Cafe and enjoy
just watching people kick sled by...

Snow & Ice
does not bother anyone.
High heels and cycles just the norm.

Solid ice on these roads.
No salt just sand, which freezes into the ice and give traction
for the tyres.
The bonus is the roads are clean not slushy and black stained.
Even the very busy roads with big lorries were white.

Grey & White

Our last night was to be spent in 
the Snow Hotel.
Then we would travel back to England.
You are taken to a Hotel in the town
for a briefing and to leave all of your luggage overnight.
Only your toothbrush is needed for night in the Snow Hotel.
You get to spend some time exploring the town of Kirkenes
and then of you go in a mini bus to
a night of.....

It was exciting.
It was amazing.
It was freezing.

Into the walls are the most brilliant

The Ice Bar.
Where you get a local tipple.

Ice chairs.

We were all given a room number and told to go off explore the
To leave you overnight bags in your room.
Then to report to the warm room.
So we had room number 20.

This was the corridor leading to our room of delight.

A little fireplace, just outside pour room.

Here we go.

And this is it.
The Honeymoon Suite.
Ice bed and two mattresses.

Our carvings on the wall one side of the bed.

On the other  side a Rose.

This is the warm room for those who just cannot
cope with the cold during the night.
Here there is also tea and coffee making facilities.
Shower, sauna and toilets.

And in a wooden tent style building
with huge log fire in the centre,
is where you go for your evening meal and breakfast.
This was a great place.
Tables all around the edges.
Candles and twinkle lights.

So after our last night of chasing the lights.
Our first night on land with lots of falling snow,
there was no chance of seeing them tonight.
But it mattered not, we had been so very lucky
this week seeing them every night whilst on the ship.
So to bed...

Hub was ok.
I did not enjoy it at all.
Claustrophobic feelings came over me.
Being wrapped up in layers and a sheet beg and Arctic Sleeping Bag zippered all around me 
was more than I could bare.
But I made it until 6am.
Then I was up and out and into that warm room
for hot tea....yeah

The day before our trip to the Snow Hotel we
had a day to explore a very pretty little town.
It was a Sunday.
Everything closed.
The town was still and silent.
We climbed to the top of the ridge for the view.

Picnic benches await.

And then back down and to the boat.

Which was waiting with hot drinks and lovely food.

Goodbye Norway 
The North Cape.

It was a dream holiday.
We looked forward to this for a year.
It was over all too quickly.
So what is next ?
Love from