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Sunset view from Dronningen on the Oslo Fjord in August

This weekend has been quite a hectic one. You see a family member got married yesterday. Out of respect for the couple’s wishes to keep thier private lives private I will not be posting any photos from the wedding. That must be for the happy couple to decide who they will share those with. I have however taken some nice photos of the fjord which I would like to share 🙂

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Sailboat in the Sunset taken with Nokia X6

If you haven’t noticed me around so much this weekend its because we have been quite busy with this event. Renny’s family doesn’t live in the Oslo area so we opened our home for them to stay with us from Friday to Sunday so they could go to the wedding on Saturday, stay out as late as they wanted and go home Sunday afternoon. We have had a really lovely time with my in-laws here. They are really very nice people, helpful and friendly and we have all been very talkative. The house feels strangely empty now that our guests have gone.

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Sunset over Oslo fjord

Thankfully the weather was lovely, we have all been crossing our fingers all week, and the reception was held at a very nice location, Dronningen (which means the Queen) on the Oslo fjord. When we took a break during the dinner we could not help but admire the view! And having my Nokia X6 with me, even in my finest cocktail dress, I was able to capture the moment.

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Fireworks over Oslo fjord taken with Nokia X6

Later in the evening when the dinner was finished and the dancing had started the atmosphere was even more romantic with fireworks over the city of Oslo. Yes we did joke a lot that they arranged fireworks for the party, but the truth is that there was a rock festival this week in Oslo, Øya festival, wish ended Saturday night with a grand fireworkds display! You have to admit they were lovely from across the fjord too!

Now we are counting down to OsloBG!! Only three days left before the fun begins, and we are busy making the last minute arrangements, and making offerings to the weather Gods 😆 to make sure the weather is favorable when we want to take everyone around our lovely city! Everyone out there in Blog land keep your fingers crossed for us, okay???

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Summer is in full swing

Yes folks summertime has come to Scandinavia and we are currently relocated to our summer home in Sweden. RennyBA’s vacation has started and he is celebrating with an Extreme Blog Makeover courtesy of our good buddy Charles Ravndal who is RennyBA’s blog designer. So you have to drop by and give these guys some praise, they are doing a great job!!

I have less vacation time then Renny so my vacation isn’t starting for another 10 days. I will take Swebuss Express home to Oslo tomorrow and work another week, and then return to spend the weekend with Renny here in our Swedish Paradise. Thankfully the weather has been beautiful and I have been going out and enjoying the summer even though my vacation has not yet started. Earlier this week we took some of the girls out to a local lake for grilling and the kids went swimming, and I have been testing the water every chance I get. I love to swim and love the beach so anytime the temperature is above 70 degrees I’m game.

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Sunny summer days

My dad is also coming to visit in just a little over a week as well. It will be their second trip to Norway, and the first time they have been here in the summer. The last time they came in the winter and got to experience the mountains and the snow. This year they are looking forward to enjoying the long summer days. We will be visiting all the tourist stops in Oslo, and taking the guided bus tour as well as getting a bit outside the city to see some of the Norwegian country side. We even have a couple of boat trips on the agenda, so it should be a really good time.

And of course we are looking forward to the Oslo Blog Gathering and are busy making last minute arrangments for that so that all our guests will have the best experience possible. Hope you are enjoying the lovely summer weather as well!! Drop me a comment so I know you’re out there!!

Shining start to Midsummer in Sweden

Midsummer is a great celebration in Sweden, where one celebrates the light of this year’s longest day and the flowering vegetation. In Norway we celebrate St. Hans which is basically the same but set on a regular date of June 24. Midsummer festival in Sweden is always on the weekend closest to the 24 June – with a midsummer evening on Friday and midsummer day on Saturday.

Perfect Midsummer Weather

Perfect Midsummer Weather

We were of course in Norway for St. Hans and this was the last day of my trip to the mountains which you can read about in my last post. We have in recent years traveled to our summer home in Sweden for midsummer celebration because we think it is such a lovely time. We rolled into Sweden yesterday afternoon in time to celebrate midsummer eve with good company and a bit of cold beer and wine as is the custom hehehe at least for us.

Today was midsummer day and I have never experienced a more beautiful one. The weather was absolutely perfect. We started the day with coffee on the balcony where I soaked in the sun and tried to get a bit more color.

Guest Harbor in Mariestad

Guest Harbor in Mariestad

A short time later we took a trip into the town. Most shops and businesses are closed but thankfully the ice cream kiosk was open so we took an ice cream on the docks and watched the pretty boats sailing in and out of the guest harbor. Mariestad is a bit of a touristy town in the summer and there are always many nice pleasure boats visiting the harbor.

A trip to the beach is popular

A trip to the beach is popular

The weather was so fine that a trip to the beach was in order. I was obviously not the only one who had that idea because the beach was full of happy families who also felt this was a good way to celebrate the day. This is a great beach because the water warms up fairly quickly. I would guess the water temp was around 20 degrees Celsius – 70 Fahrenheit.

Gilled Salmon with Hollandaise

Gilled Salmon with Hollandaise

To finish off a perfect midsummer day we need to have an appropriate dinner. Fish is of course summer food, especially when it is grilled and eaten on the balcony of our summer home. What a lovely way to spend the day. If you want to experience summer in Scandinavia, remember it’s not too late to join Oslo Blog Gathering 2010!

Outdoor fun and fabulous view at Gol in Norway

Yesterday I came home from a wonderful little trip to Gol in the Western part of Norway. Located half way between Oslo and Bergen Gol is a popular location for skiing and winter sports. Of course it is great in the summer time too! The center where I work organized a trip for underprivileged women and children to get a little vacation this summer up in the fresh air and mountains of Norway. We were lucky enough to be able to borrow a large cottage with room for 22 guests, as well as a van which could transport 8 people plus our baggage. In the end there were only 15 of us, but that was plenty. It was a good group and we had a great time.

Field of mountain flowers

Field of mountain flowers

The cottage was very nice with a fully equipped kitchen, large living room, 3 bathrooms and a large terrace with a view. Of course the best activities were the outdoor kind, and we had a lot to choose from. Some took a run in the morning, and everyone went on some hiking trips to check out the view from above. We also had outdoor games like badminton, as well as a lot of card games in the evenings. UNO was especially popular with the children who learned to play very quickly and wanted to play all the time.

Sunset in the summer

Sunset in the summer

The accommodations were as good as the view!

Fantastic cottage for over 20 people

Fantastic cottage for over 20 people

As a special treat to the children after our long walk to the top of Storefjell we took a walk to a nearby High Mountain Hotel, which is popular for skiers in the winter time. Right now it was off season so we got a good price on a day pass for the kids in the pool area, and we even had a little luxury in the Jacuzzi.

A little luxury

A little luxury

Everyone had a fabulous time and really hope we will be invited again next year. It meant a lot to many of the families we work with who might not have a summer vacation otherwise. They have free from school of course, but don’t have enough money to travel like their classmates. We try to help give them some summer memories that they can share with their friends in the fall.

Home again from Gol in Norway

Hi folks! Just letting you know that I have come home from my trip into the mountains with 15 other happy campers. I will soon be writing to you about our adventures, but now it is a bit late and I have been really looking forward to sleeping in my own bed. We have had a great time. The weather was incredible with warm sunshine and perfect weather for grilling, hiking, badminton and other great outdoor games. We have eaten lots of good food, and enjoyed lots of fresh mountain air. Here is a little hint of the view….

View from the cabin

View from the cabin

Stay tuned for more of my adventures in the mountains of Norway!!!

Off for a trip to the mountains

Hi folks! I am now almost finished packing for my trip into the mountains of Norway. I will be traveling with 15 women and children for a little summer break in a cottage in the woods. I promise to take lots of pictures and write about it when I get back. The cottage called a hytte is located in Hardangervidda, Europes highest mountain plateau. They have predicted good weather so it is not just to get into bed and get up early to start the trip tomorrow.

Mountain cottages

Mountain cottages

I had an exciting weekend with a trip to Tusenfryd on friday and a big party on Saturday I will bring you up to date when I get home. See you all later!!!

Summer parties and trips galore

Ah summer has come to Norway, a busy season for us here. We have to get in all the activities and parties we can while the nice warm weather lasts. Okay some might discuss how warm it actually is, everything is relative you know!

A crown of flowers for the child statue

A crown of flowers for the child statue

My calendar is getting full of summer parties and activities before more than half the nation disappears on vacation – off to their summer cottages, or maybe a little trip outside the country. Lets see, on Friday I am going to Tusenfryd with some kids from the center. In the evening our work is having its Summer Party at the home of one of my coworkers.

The Loop at Tusenfryd

The Loop at Tusenfryd

On Saturday <a href="“>RennyBA and I are invited to a BBQ mixer at long time blog friend A….since it is a bit outside of the city we will be staying the night and drive home again the next day.

Fresh Shrimp Sandwich

Fresh Shrimp Sandwich

Then on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week we will be taking women and children up to a cottage in the mountains.

Outdoor fun

Outdoor fun

Summer vacation is coming full steam into our lives at this time of the year. My oldest son finished his 2nd year of University last week, and my youngest son has just a few days left of his Junior year in High School. They are of course deliriously happy (well when they aren’t sleeping…which is a lot with teenage boys).

Good and Green

Good and Green

Our summer vacation will be starting late this year at least by Norwegian standards. We have lots of interesting things planned this summer. My Dad and step mom are coming to visit the last week in July and staying a couple weeks, the week after he goes home we have a wedding in the family to attend to, and the yes yes you know what I am going to say, it’s the week of OSLO BLOG GATHERING 2010!! So just you stick around I am sure I will have plenty to post about this summer.