Nam-nam

Baked by Mama-Bakica and Damae three weeks ago. Damae takes credit for the coating (marmalade, marzipan and icing).

On the left is a gluten free cake, on the right the 'normal' Winter Solstice Cake (aka Christmas Cake).

On the left is a gluten free cake, on the right the ‘normal’ Winter Solstice Cake (aka Christmas Cake).

First proper snowfall

Winter seems to have arrived. I was down in Glitre yesterday afternoon and a cold chill wind was blowing down from Hemsedal. We managed to get the bike shed finished in the afternoon and put all our touring bikes in it before the snow came. It started snowing during the night. Talk about “just-in-time”…

Winter!

Winter!

Autumn…

Autumn, with its riot of colour has come and long since gone. Now all but a memory captured in pictures, until it comes around again.

The most beautiful season, you can't say you know Norway if you haven't seen the autumnal colours for yourself

The most beautiful season, you can’t say you know Norway if you haven’t seen the autumnal colours for yourself

Summertime…

The spring that never was has now turned in to a proper Norwegian summer.  We have warm sunshine, punctuated by cool showers and blue skies over an overwhelmingly green landscape. It smells delicious out there first thing in the morning.

We’ve planted out some vegetables in our garden, two rows of cabbage plants, tomatoes, courgettes of various colours and climbing twisting pea and bean plants. I between we have planted two types of lettuce and Damae has a bed with some strange type of berries who’s name I have forgotten.

Yes summer is here finally and it feels good.

View of our garden in the summer, green and sunny.

The view…

Here’s one for Syd!

Syd asked a while ago how our woodpile was going. Well, here is the answer: we have been making significant inroads into all of that lovely firewood we prepared in the spring of 2012. This is what the woodpile looked like a week ago.

Wood piled up against our house

Just to remind you, here is what the wood pile looked like in the Spring of 2012.

Stan and Damae and the wood pile in Spring 2012

It has been a very satisfying experience all told. Not just the process of gathering and preparing all the wood. It has been very satisfying to fill the wood burning stove with the fruits of our labours and watch the flames dance over the dry ash, pine and silver birch logs and feel the house warm up each time we light the fire.