19 augustus 2017


Instead of spotting many reindeer or moose during our holiday in Norway, it were sheep that we saw most! This bunch was walking near the St Thomas Church in Filefjell. Two of them were wearing a bell. Aren't they cute :)

These three crossed our path in Nordseter. They were one of many small groups of sheep that wandered around freely anywhere in the village..

.. and apparently they like to eat anything :) This sign was at someone's gate.

I'm linking to Saturday's Critters.

18 augustus 2017

17 augustus 2017

Vrangfoss staircase locks

The Telemark Canal in southern Norway is 105 km (65 mi) long and connects the towns of Skien and Dalen by linking several long lakes. A series of 18 locks make it possible to deal with a difference in elevation of 72 metres (236 ft). At Vrangfoss -where we took these photos- is a staircase lock that consists of 5 chambers and a lifting height of 23 metres. The Henrik Ibsen is one of two riverboats that travel with tourists on the canal during the Summer season.

It must be an exiting adventure going through the locks for those on the ship, but for us on the quay it was also a spectacular sight. The water made lots of noise and look how deep they were.

It takes an hour for the ship to pass the Vrangfoss locks.

MS Henrik Ibsen is a historic Norwegian diesel-powered ship built in Sweden in 1907, then named SS Styrsö. After being adapted to canal traffic, it arrived at Telemark Canal in 1992 and was renamed MS Henrik Ibsen after the former steamship SS Henrik Ibsen, which also operated on the Telemark Canal from 1907 to 1919.

16 augustus 2017

Toll road signs

Driving by car in Norway means paying toll regularly, as least in the area where we were. On bigger ongoing roads this happens automatically: a sign indicates that you reach a stretch -sometimes a tunnel or a bridge- that requires money. Cameras above the road read the licence number and voilá. The average amount of these stretches is about NOK 25, sometimes less, sometimes more. (NOK 100 is roughly EUR 10). We live in the Netherlands so we can most likely expect an invoice that we will have to pay -hope it all fits on 1 page haha ;)))

Obviously the smaller toll roads have no cameras. Here we had to put money in an envelope and write our licence plate no. on it, fill in a similar ticket to put behind the window screen, and once more voilá :)

I'm linking to signs, signs.

15 augustus 2017

Flowering moss

These tiny white and yellow flowers were tiny like pin-heads, as we spotted theme all over this patch of green moss next to the walking trail that we followed on the ridges of Venelifjell Mountain. It is near the village of Vrådal in the Telemark county, Norway. I don´t think I have seen it before. Aren't they lovely? :)

I'm linking to All Seasons.

14 augustus 2017

Monday Mural

 This is another mural we found on a wall next to a parking area in Lillehammer, Norway. It shows some scenes from the past. I googled for the name "Tårn Petter" ("Tower Petter"), which apparently is an alias for Petter Syversen (1845-1928) who was a thatcher. He was known for climbing on roofs with thorn clothes, bare feet and always without a rope. But he became a legend when he had to repair the roof of the church tower and he pulled breakneck stunts to get onto the tower.

I'm linking to Monday Murals.

13 augustus 2017

More Borgund Stave Church

I have another 2 photos to show you from the Borgund Stave Church, see also last Friday´s post. Look at the beauty of this carved piece..

.. and this is the clock tower, that stands separate from the church and dates from the Middle Ages.

12 augustus 2017

Cow crossing

 Arriving at the Bøyabreen a herd of cows was crossing the road. A few were already on the other side..

..and the rest was looking for the right spot to cross..

.. okay .. let's go ladies!

-Bøyabreen is a glacier ("bree" is the Norwegian word for glacier) in Sogn og Fjordane county, in western Norway. It is a side branch of the large Jostedal Glacier.

I'm linking to Eileen's Saturday's Critters.

11 augustus 2017

Borgund Stave Church

From our cabin in Kaupanger -in west Norway, at the end of the Sognefjord- we visited the Borgund Stave Church. This church was built sometime between 1180 and 1250 AD with later additions and restorations. Its walls are formed by vertical wooden boards, or staves, hence the name "stave church".

Four carved dragon heads look over the overhanging roofs; they resemble dragon heads found on the prows of old Norwegian viking ships.

Old and new graves in the church cemetery.

10 augustus 2017

In the streets of Lillehammer

Some things hold your attention longer than others. Like this gentleman that walked past us in the streets of Lillehammer with his red moped..

..and the moose that was looking inside Nikkers, a bar/restaurant in the centre.

9 augustus 2017

On top of the Nevelfjell

From our cabin in Nordseter (15km from the city of Lillehammer) we followed a hiking trail to the top of the Nevelfjell. With an altitude of 1089 m it is the highest peak in the municipality of Lillehammer.

I´m linking to signs, signs.

8 augustus 2017

Summer ski jumping

During our stay in Nordseter we visited the Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena in Lillehammer and watched a training session of ski jumpers on both the 90m and 120m hill. Of course it´s a wintersport and not the same thing in Summer, but it was fun to watch and we enjoyed seeing it from so close.

The arena opened in 1993 for the 1994 Winter Olympics, where it hosted the ski jumping and Nordic combined events, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.

According to Wikipedia 20,000 jumps are made here during the Summer season, and 80,000 in Winter. Aren´t they daredevils!

I´m linking to All Seasons.

7 augustus 2017

Monday Mural

Back from our trip through beautiful Norway! We found this mural on a wall of a building in Lillehammer, picturing some of Norway's best: a stave church, mountains with forests, fjords, and agricultural history.

I'm linking to Monday Murals.

22 juli 2017

Highland cattle

Last Sunday we walked a marked route in the Borger-Odoorn forest range. Some areas are fenced to allow sheep and (Highland) cattle to wander around and graze, and about halfway our route this beauty was standing in the middle of our path, frozen still. A beauty alright, but they can weigh up from 500 to 800 kg, and those horns demand respect! :)

Highland cattle is known though to be tolerant and easy-going, at least when there are no calves around, and we didn't see any. This one stood there watching us for a while, and then decided to step aside and ignore us, so we could continue safely ;)

I'm linking to Saturday's Critters.

21 juli 2017

Dutch Summer

This is the kind of weather we are having lately: a mixture of sunshine, clouds, rain showers, an occasional thunder storm, and (most of the time) comfortable temperatures - a typical Dutch Summer I'd say :)
Photo taken near the village of Ter Apel, near the German border.

I'm linking to Skywatch Friday.

20 juli 2017

Groningen office building

A view through the train window to the 92 m high office building 'Kempkensberg' at the edge of Groningin city, named after the Kempkensberg hill that used to be at this spot ('berg' is Dutch for 'mountain' or 'hill'). Standing out because of its round shapes, the building is locally known as 'Cruiseship Kempkensberg'. It was designed by UNStudio architects and was finished in March 2011.

19 juli 2017

More paper cranes

Following up on yesterday's post showing folded paper cranes here are a few more photos of the exhibition dedicated to the victims of the MH17 crash on July 17, 2014.

The exhibition with 298,000 folded paper cranes in the former zoo in Emmen can be visited until September 24.

18 juli 2017

298,000 folded paper cranes

When her colleague and good friend Hieke Raap was killed in the disaster with Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17 was a scheduled passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down by the Russians on 17 July 2014 while flying over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board), teacher Tjitske Dijkstra decided she was going to fold 1,000 paper cranes for Hieke together with her pupils in a way to express their grief.

Her project was soon picked up by the media and it didn't take long before many people also began folding cranes. Not only in the Netherlands, but also in Spain, Germany, Indonesia and Africa. And they all sent the cranes to Tjitske Dijkstra.

The result was a collection of 298,000 paper cranes, 1,000 cranes for each victim of the crash. At first it was unclear what was going to happen with the cranes, but now they form the exhibition "Room of Hope" in a building of the former zoo in Emmen. A great memorial and very very impressive.
I will have a few more photos tomorrow.

Linking to All Seasons.

17 juli 2017

Wooden Shoes Museum

This is the colourful facade of the 'Internationaal Klompenmuseum' (International Wooden Shoes Museum) in de village of Eelde, that we passed during one of our recent hikes. According to their website their collection includes more than 2,200 pairs of different clogs and other footwear with wooden soles from 43 countries, and hundreds of tools from 7 European countries. We took this photo on a Sunday morning when the museum was (still) closed, so a visit will have to wait until another time.

I'm linking to Monday Murals.

16 juli 2017

Sweepers Clock / Maarten Baas

Another ´Real Time´ item by Maarten Baas (see also yesterday's post) was this 'Sweepers Clock', where a camera films 2 men from high above while they keep the time by sweeping the hands of the clock.

Almost 11:45 here.. :)
The Sweepers Clock is part of the current exhibition 'Hide & Seek' in the Groninger Museum.

15 juli 2017

Real Time / Maarten Baas

I had a great time visiting the exhibition 'Hide and Seek' in the Groninger Museum last week, with works by Dutch designer and artist Maarten Baas (1978). As the photos show, 'time' is a prominent theme in his work. With clocks everywhere nowadays many people's lifes are ruled by time, and timekeeping has become increasingly precise. With these 5 Real Time clocks Baas visualises time using videos, in which actors -over a 12 hour-period of time- literally keep indicating what time it is by drawing the arms of a clock forward by hand.

And so every few minutes the time was wiped out and then drawn again. It was very funny to watch as it was like somebody was standing inside and you could actually see them draw.

Maarten Baas is considered to be one of the most influential Dutch designers of the beginning of the 21st century. His work is known as rebellious, playful, theatrical and artistic. His website is worth a visit, click HERE.

13 juli 2017

12 juli 2017


On the other side of the wooden bridge that I showed you in yesterday´s post is a drainage-mill (poldermolen in Dutch) called 'De Boezemvriend', that as one word could be translated as 'buddy' or 'soulmate' however in Dutch 'boezem' also means 'drainage canal' - so it's a pun.

The mill was built in 1871 to help pump water out of the polder to another level, the building next to it is a pumping-station. In 1990 the mill was renovated and is still operational today. On the grass an old wooden screw pump (vijzel or waterschroef in Dutch) is displayed; placed inside a mill and rotating it 'screws' the water up. They were a replacement for scoop wheels.
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