Weekend 82: Midnight walk

To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles ~Mary Davis

July is the month of midnight sun in Norway. Due to the high mountains we do not experience the fantastic view of sunset – sunrise but anyways it doesn’t get dark at night in late june and july.

Here are some images from our late night walk along the river yesterday. It was very warm during day but extremely pleasant at night 😀

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How are you spending your weekend?

For Jo’s Monday walk

Weekend 82: Am I lost!

These days my work keeps me busy for more than necessary and besides the working hours are just 7 a day as we follow summer time schedule.

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Yesterday I decided to take it easy and attended a farewell lunch party for a colleague and spent my evening laughing with jolly good friends. I could not stay late with the gang  as I was supposed to take a morning flight 😀 . Travelling early morning means  packing the bag before going to bed and the result, I forgot my sunglasses and temperature today is +25.

I have shared a clip from my journey in history on my instagram account. I think one needs an instagram account to see it. Link to my page is

https://www.instagram.com/rupali_mazeepuran/

Sorry for not able to visit your blog. I shall do it soon.

The above image of oriental turtle dove was taken at TianTan Buddha in Hong Kong.

Nurturing Thursday: A tale of simple life

I am going to share a story, a real one which I heard today.

Yesterday a young boy celebrated his birthday. Everyone was busy during day so the family decided to meet in the evening. Being young and energetic he lives alone in his own house very close to city centre. He has a small garden where he grows potatoes. I have heard this many times, Norwegians are very fond of potatoes but growing potatoes in city centre surprised me. Anyways every year he uses the home grown potatoes for Christmas dinner. I am impressed. Are you not?

During the family gathering on 17th of May,  the Norwegian national day, someone asked about what present he would like for his birthday. He made a joke and said I always wanted to have a steam engine (dampmaskin på norsk) and yes some eye brows were raised.

One family member decided to look for it secretly and he found a fantastic model of a steam engine in a hobby shop.

I used internet to learn more about the reason for this fascination. If you have 4.51 minutes to spare, do watch this.

I must say, I like this promotional short film. Looks like so much fun if one is interested in mechanical work.

Now back to the story, the young boy made Bergen’s famous “hvit dame kake”, it’s a very  traditional kake for any kind of celebration. Hopefully the picture (from internet) gives you some idea. It’s marzipan cake with layers of cream and jam.

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He also made hot chocolate for everyone, not cocoa but traditional hot chocolate.

Hero of our story was very happy meeting his family and he liked the gifts including “dampmaskin” very much.  What a great way to celebrate one’s 96th birthday. To make cake and hot chocolate for the kids (now in 60’s and 70’s ) and for grand kids in their 40’s.

The boys sat and discussed about various parts of the steam engine, including the motor and the extension where a woodcutter is in action as an application.

I am sure he will have good time with this new activity in coming days.

Hobbies make us happy – so ignore the mockery and enjoy!!!

For Becca’s Nurturing Thursday!

PS. This 96 year old boy keeps a 180 days bus pass as it is much cheaper than buying ticket everyday when he goes to cafe to meet his friends.

Monday Message

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful ~Albert Schweitzer

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Many are travelers.

Many are believers.

Still,

Buy and support small vendors,

outside temples, churches or any other religious places.

It’s not about the belief but

helping hard working individuals,

to live with dignity.

-Rupali

Weekend 81

After yesterday’s heavy rain we decided not to walk on tough terrain today rather chose country side for our walk with some light hiking on asphalt roads. It was cloudy with just a few light showers and temperature was perfect for a walk and especially going up hill.

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While passing by the river we saw a duck who was desperately looking for his/her mate. It was just yesterday when we noticed this pair for the first time. The river is not flooding but the amount of water is none the less. The duck was making some sound but we could only hear the loud sound of the river. We stopped and watched this wonderful drama of hide and seek and were glad to see the happy ending.  The river is full of fishes during this time of the year which might have brought this young couple to this place.

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For Becca’s Sunday Trees and Jo’s Monday walk.

Weekend walk: Simple pleasures

After a long, tough and busy week it’s Saturday. We planned a hike/walk, one of our favourite activities in the weekend.  We started just after breakfast as the weather forecast in the afternoon was cold and rain. We enjoyed our time in woods. The wild flowers, butterflies, singing birds and the lovely smell from wild surroundings was a treat to both body and soul.

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May your weekend be filled with positive thoughts, kind people and happy moments.