I have not been blogging for some time, have been too busy and not knowing what to write about, but today I was in town, at the office, in proper jeans etc. a bit tired, didn’t want to be seen, became a bit grumpy on the way back in the train, and felt almost sick ! then I slept, got some tea and changed into my favorite worn out summer-thin overalls and went out in the garden and cut some grass and harvested some nice rhubarbs and enjoyed the blooming apple tree and got back in fine style, glad and friendly, and so happy that I live in the countryside with a garden,and is expecting to live here the rest of my life ! so why do I try to find money to keep working in a big project in town, involving a lot of officework, traveling etc. instead of relax and just work in garden half day and write half day in our wonderful farmhouse !? people are crazy including myself ! Hope you all over have summer now !
This weekend we could sit out and have tea and cake outside for real, yes it is Spring time now for real, even the sheep at our neighbor has recognized and have given us all some nice lambs, most of our neighbors have sheep, feels a little bit like in my youth, when we had sheep at home Bodil is really a champion in weeding and not only that, she actually use the weeds for tea as well as salad ! while I’m putting branches I cut some weeks ago back almost where they come from for composting, hopefully the rest of the living branches will grow ! so again ” halleluja” blogpost from me, when I can enjoy life in boots and insulated ! before I go back to winterland tomorrow !
After celebrating Spring in my new home in Denmark, I went back to my work up in the North, in Tromsø, and woke up to this snow, right now with a snow depth around 1.5 meter, probably increasing today, eventually close to 2 meter at average ! and when I walk to my office at campus, I see snow and snow, and when I am eating my food in the cafeteria I can enjoy snow art and after having my very last regular class yesterday, I went on a socalled “Blue” adventure tour with my colleagues at the Music Conservatory. Nobody except the small group who organized the tour, where we were going and then we ended up like this and going like this quite amazing and actually not as scary as I expected when I realized no return, but just hang on, quite a nice celebration of the end of my 39 years of teaching !
Although we don’t exactly have high temperatures and have to sit in your insulated on sheep skin !,we decided to celebrate the Spring with the first out door “party” in 2013, good rhubarb cake and of course well brewed coffee and well brewed tea and now you can look forward to see photos of a lot of snow, when I return to Tromsø in the coming week, where they have meter high snow ! Even I have lived up there in almost 20 years and it is beautiful, I think in the end I’m happy that we decided to live down here in the Danish countryside!
When I look out of my window and see the Spring is coming, I sort of feel privileged to just be, especially after having received sad news about the death of a former colleague, same age, with whom I started my working career in the 70ties, and like myself also had been grandfather and could look forward to retirement. I know you have to be grateful for every day of your life and I am for sure grateful and happy for my life.
Although my life road has not always just been soft and easy, it has led me to so many opportunities and experiences, so I just cannot avoid feel happy. Of course I have challenges, irritations and frustrations, but they are small viewed in the long perspective of life. Yesterday we had our Easter celebration, with painted eggs, and today the sun is shining, so perhaps I’ll go out and continue to keep the bushes down in order to get some new life and more berries ! so I will close and wish everybody a happy Easter, Pass Over or just Spring holiday all over !
First came the snowdrops, and today we saw the first eranthis, so now it is for sure documented (and I’m professor in Documentation Studies !:) so believe me, Spring is coming !
It has been really winter here although not as cold as in our former countryside in Norway, but cold it has been also here, , but today it is Spring, but we, Bodil and I, still need to, as always in good collaboration, to cut woods for the fire-oven but it is so nice to be out again in garden and cut old branches and just be outside and not freezing a lot, even if it is still weather for the insulated overalls, so Tammy, Spring is hopefully also near in Vermont and again another tra-la-la blog post, well, apparently it is the way I’m blogging, talking about the bright side of life, why bother you with my thoughts when I’m grumpy and tired etc. !:) Have a nice weekend !
It is interesting to come to Tromsø now as a visitor staying at the hotel, but still work and also know the place so well after having lived here in more than 18 years. Tromsø is not only a city, but also an island since the word for an island in Danish / Norwegian is a one letter word, Ø, so Troms-ø is literally translated, the Island of Troms (name of the county), as you can see. I stay at a hotel at the southern point of the island down to the sea, so this morning I decided to walk up along the coast of the island as I have wished many times, but just being too busy and taken the bus instead, until today, so I started this morning, walking along the sea and just take photos, This shot of a bus shelter at Sorgenfri (=free of sorrows) is the place where my mother also came in ’93, 79 years old. I,20 years after, still feel so happy that she accomplished to travel all way in train and bus in 30 hours from Denmark up here ! and I walked and walked and finally came to a bus station, and came downtown and went on to a café in a former butcher shop and then I went out and watch one of the many competitions up here, the championship in lasso, before I went home and saw the most beautiful sunset in the south