Today is a great day. My Verbascum Densiflorum is blooming, it has been growing the whole summer, but without any flowers. I didn’t expect it to bloom at all this year, but suddenly it is blooming. My Pyrenean Verbascum pulverulentum is still blooming, have been blooming all summer ! I’m really happy that my dream about having a special Verbascum garden has come through. Next year I’ll put seeds of verbascum thapsus from Ohio in and see if they can grow. So the garden grows and there are still a lot to do, not least with clearing the roots of the old raspberry plants in order to plant some new raspberry plants, so we can get a lot of raspberries
As regular readers of this blog will know, I have retired and now I am so called profesor Emeritus which means that I go up north to the Arctic University in Tromsø and teach a little bit and enjoy the city of Tromsø, the surroundings and my colleagues and friends etc., a bit like being grandfather, doing a little bit of work, but most of the time I just enjoy life and go to places you know so well.
That is my first track, my documentation studies track, a bit mixed with my 2nd track, friends and family. Since our grandsons live in Norway, we can visit them on our way to Tromsø and enjoy going out in the forests around Oslo and that leads to the 3rd track hiking / walking, which I happily enjoy, it is cheap if you just walk out of your door and certainly healthy too! and I hike of course in my most worn out overalls that leads to my 4th track overalls, which I love, especially for their special kind of texture when they get older, perhaps a reasonable interest for an old guy !:) but it is also some kind of interest in how things evolve and grow and dissolve like in nature and that leads to my 5th track, gardening, both keeping up with all plants growing up but also a special interest for special plants like the Royal Light plants, Kings Light or in Latin, Verbascum, of which I have at least 3 sorts, and all this is a part of a history, of a history of my life which leads to my 6th track, historical research, where I really feel at home! I’m historian by profession and I have loved doing historical research since I was a kid, running on archives as a teenager and doing genealogy as a teenager!! yes, a true nerd from the beginning! and now I’m back and going to be Visiting researcher at the National Archives in Denmark, doing research about my ancestor Jens Harpøth, a creative Merchant from 1758, who did a lot of inventions, tried to fly, did social work and business, who apparently also was a bit of an artist in this business letter above a drawing of a very noble man (he was very often satirical!) and I have also have had an artistic interest, which leads to my 7th track, opera, since I have written an opera about the merchant, which has not yet been finished, but hopefully will be premiered at some point ! but at least the first act was performed at Berkeley in 2006 at a workshop and since then I have worked with musicians and singers and still do planning a concert, Vivaldi “the Four Seasons” in a swimming Hall,
unusually stage and that leads to my 8th and last track, distributed performance, which actually started at the workshop in Berkeley, discussing how can you play together if you use technology, the internet and after that I wrote to my colleague at Stanford Chris Chafe and since then I have been working on this format, having Porgy standing in Stockholm and Bess in Stanford, singing I love you Porgy across continents! bringing the world together and next week I’m going to make a course for Danish music schools on how to play together between cities and the whole world ! so I better stop now ! have a nice weekend
Our house is not painted, it is limed! In our water, in our ground we have a lot of lime and our fjord is called Lim-fjord, the fjord of Lime. Liming is a complex chemical process in which the lime fuse together with the air and the bricks and makes a kind of protective cover for the bricks and in this way for the house. In order to do it properly, you need to prepare it properly by whipping the lime “juice” and watering the wall
Bodil, my wife has done it 4 times before, but it was my first time to do it and you can see it some places on the wall with the traits of the brush going too much up and down, you cannot lie with lime!, but you can learn it and I was more precise, when we came to the end, a good feeling. Next time is in 2016!
When I went with the train from Cleveland to Boston with Amtrak, sitting in my overalls, I saw out of the window and discovered that Verbascum is all over! my favorite plant and very accidentally I found some seeds :) so perhaps next year I’ll have an American Verbascum side by side with a verbascum from the French Pyrenees and Denmark ! and here are my current Verbascum garden as it looks now when I’m back home and the rest of the garden is flourishing as well words are not necessary here !
This is the Verbascum, Kings Light, we found on our hiking tour in Vallée de Campan in the French Pyrenees 2 years ago and we took some seeds with us. Now this year, we are lucky, and have it here blooming ! This is really nice and it is funny that it is one of the few the different sorts of Kings Light we have been trying to grow, which is blooming. It is really nice to have that kind of travel souvenir in our garden, just like our South state, Louisianan flowers from the Botanical garden in New Orleans, They are probably weeds down there, but nice flowers here. I wonder if I manage to get some seeds from my upcoming tour to the States, we will see.
2 years ago, we walked in France, down in the Lot and Pyrenees, a fantastic trip, after having been on train but we have discovered that we can actually just walk out of the door and down to the sea and follow walk either up north or down south for days or just take a small bit of it for one day. So we just went down to our local beach and followed the trail which at some places was very narrow due to the effects of the big storms last fall, but we made it We had lunch at one of the old churches from 13th century and then down to the sea again watching the bridge going up for crossing ships In the old days there was a ferry, but now there is only the ferry inn, where you can get solid icecream There is of course a light house to ensure the boats get free from getting too close to the coast Before we went home we tested the water and it had a really nice temperature And I must not forget our treasure a fossile within a stone, haved asked the local geological museum how old it might be. THe conclusion on this post must be, that the adventure is waiting for you right outside your door! just need to discover it!
After waiting for weeks for rain, so the seeds, plants and trees could get some power to grow, it finally came last night, so now the wall is beginning to flourish and the Kings Light flower, verbascum, begins to act as a royal plant and the soil is much easier to dig into when it is wet and not completely dry , happy weekend !