First harvest

I picked our first tomato two days ago. We never had ripe tomatoes this early in Hallingdal and here are plenty more to come. We also have potato plants, some carrots, onions, kale and pumpkins that have survived the hot and dry summer.

Despite having an irrigation system none of our beans and peas have survived though so we have to upgrade the hose pipes to the “paddock” before next growing season

I ate the tomato today and it was delicious!

Ripe red plum tomato

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We needed some more space in the house. We had some of our bikes stored in a bedroom but really wanted to use the bedroom as a bedroom.

We had no desire to move to a bigger house, so this was the chosen solution; our very own bike shed. It took a while to finish but was well worth the effort.

Stan and Damae's bike shed

You can see it on the sunset webcam. It is painted a tasteful shade of yellow known as “Herregårdsgul” (“Manor yellow” in English).



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).

Back again. Fantastic!

We arrived home a week ago yesterday from our long summer cycle tour. The tour had been our first one since the summer of 2009 and took us from Gol all the way up to Bodø and then to the Lofoten Islands. A trip of new experiences and remembering old ones.

After a slightly fraught train journey back (engineering works meant we had to take two buses and almost missed our connection in Oslo) we arrived on Saturday evening to a lawn covered in lush green grass, and tomato and pumpkin plants growing well albeit bereft of fruit. Whilst I went inside to turn on the water and the water heater, Damae grabbed the “gressklipper” and started giving the lawn a haircut.

Once again it was good to be back home.

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