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.

Creativity and Commitment

Please excuse me for tagging a few challenges to this post but you will soon find the reason. 🙂

For Nurturing Thursday, I would like to share this fantastic quote:

Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the           “right stuff” to turn our dreams into reality~ James P. Womack

Hurray it’s weekend and I am back on wordpress to relax. I had an extremely busy week with almost 10 -12 hours of brainstorming every day. Today I am satisfied and contended.   All are happy happy and hence the quote.

Be committed!

I visited a remarkable place in Pisa last week, called “Orto botanico di Pisa”, the Botanic Museum” one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world and world’s first academic/university botanical garden established in 1543 by naturalist Luca Ghini.

The garden has contained a gallery of natural objects (now Pisa’s Museo di Storia Naturale), a library (now part of the university library), and portraits of its directors throughout the centuries. It also includes one of the earliest iron-framed hothouses built in Italy.

Nature has always facinated humans and many  live a very creative life.  This is amazing how circa 400 hundred years ago someone thought about studying botany and sharing his knowledge with his pupils.  So many generations have benefited from his work and I am sure more will be inspired. Creativitiy at its best!

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The botanical garden extends across three hectares and is home to plants from all over the world, including medicinal plants like foxgloves, aquatic plants, and centuries-old trees, such as a majestic magnolia and a ginkgo planted at the end of the 1700s and an enormous camphor tree planted in 1872.

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The hand written notes and old printed books are very well preserved. There is so much information available for someone interested in botany. Also the outside gardens and green houses are well maintained.

Though it was warm and dry day in Pisa the wisteria flowers and various varieties of camellia flowers were in full bloom and spreading their fragrance all over the gardens.

Here are some clicks!

For lens-artists-photo-challenge the theme is creativity.

Last Friday for Friday Foto Fun,  the topic was libraries. Kate I hope you don’t mind this post.

On a funny note: when we were near Wisteria vines and Camellia trees my son asked if he could borrow the camera. Till today he didn’t ask about how the photos came up and now I feel that he is better with patients than camera 😉  but then some things are never to be said. Anyways, the above flower images were taken by me on my mobile!!!

For details on botanical garden:

https://www.visittuscany.com/en/attractions/botanical-garden-and-museum-in-pisa/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orto_botanico_di_Pisa