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.


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.

TO THE FOURTH OF JULY : Poem by Swami Vivekananda

It is well known that Swami Vivekananda’s death (or resurrection, as some of us would prefer to call it!) took place on the 4th of July, 1902. On the 4th of July, 1898, he was travelling with some American disciples in Kashmir, and as part of a domestic conspiracy for the celebration of the day — the anniversary of the American Declaration of Independence — he prepared the following poem, to be read aloud at the early breakfast. The poem itself fell to the keeping of Dhirâ Mâtâ.

Behold, the dark clouds melt away, 
That gathered thick at night, and hung 
So like a gloomy pall above the earth! 
Before thy magic touch, the world 
Awakes. The birds in chorus sing. 
The flowers raise their star-like crowns — 
Dew-set, and wave thee welcome fair. 
The lakes are opening wide in love 
Their hundred thousand lotus-eyes 
To welcome thee, with all their depth. 
All hail to thee, thou Lord of Light! 
A welcome new to thee, today, 
O Sun! Today thou sheddest Liberty

Bethink thee how the world did wait, 
And search for thee, through time and clime. 
Some gave up home and love of friends, 
And went in quest of thee, self-banished, 
Through dreary oceans, through primeval forests, 
Each step a struggle for their life or death; 
Then came the day when work bore fruit, 
And worship, love, and sacrifice, 
Fulfilled, accepted, and complete. 
Then thou, propitious, rose to shed 
The light of Freedom on mankind. 

Move on, O Lord, in thy resistless path! 
Till thy high noon o’erspreads the world. 
Till every land reflects thy light, 
Till men and women, with uplifted head, 
Behold their shackles broken, and 
Know, in springing joy, their life renewed!


नाताळची पूर्व तयारी: Juleverksted (Christmas workshop )


काल Advent Sunday होता, नाताळ आधीचा चौथा रविवार. काल  पासून नाताळ साठीची दिवे लावणी (प्रामुख्याने वेग वेगळ्या रंगातील मेणबत्या ) सुरु झाली आहे. तसे पाहता नोर्वेजिअन धार्मिक नाही पण सण मात्र उत्साहाने साजरा करतात.

सध्या बऱ्याच ठिकाणी,  शाळा आणि ऑफिस सुद्धा,नाताळ आधीचे वर्कशॉप सुरु आहे.                jul_2014_3                   त्याला येथे juleversted (jul (Chirstmas ) + verksted (workshop) ) असे म्हणतात.

सामील होणाऱ्यांचे स्वागत, गरम gløgg (mulled wine) ने केले जाते.  खायला रीस्ग्रोत  (risgrøt) असते. थोडक्यात दुधात शिजवलेला भात,  तो लोणी, साखर, दालचिनी पूड आणि बेदाणे घालून खातात. खाणे पिणे आवरल्या वर मग क्राफ्ट वस्तू तयार करतात. त्यात प्रामुख्याने pepperkake (ginger bread ) तयार करतात. इतर शोभेच्या वस्तू देखील तयार करतात.  ही असते नाताळची पूर्व तयारी.

jul_2014_2The risgrøt photo is from google.

 आवड असल्याच हे पण पाहा : बिस्किटांचे गाव (pepperkakebyen)!)