Floral Friday: Double Daffodils

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Recently I have posted various daffodils but taken in past years. Tomorrow I am planning to visit the arboretum to see how the flowers are coming up. We are enjoying sun for last two days.

I got very busy today and after working for 6 straight hours I decided to go on hiking 😀 . I know for some it might sounds crazy but for us it’s quite natural. When the weather is good we love to be outside. When in Rome ++.

I wanted to enjoy sun but not interested in stairs, so hiked (one way) around 7.5 km and up to elevation 568 m (8.5% inclination). Up on the mountains it was fantastic. There were people but not crowded, not like weekends. I found a nice bench and read a few pages from “Cider with Rosie”, relaxed for about 20 min then came back. Now I am tired.

It’s time for yoga stretches and a good sleep. Will check the comments and blogs tomorrow.

Have a fantastic weekend.

 

Sunday Trees 110

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Two Trees
A portion of your soul has been
entwined with mine
A gentle kind of togetherness, while
separately we stand.
As two trees deeply rooted in
separate plots of ground,
While their topmost branches
come together,
Forming a miracle of lace
against the heavens.
~Janet Miles, Images of Women in Transition

Inspired by Becca’s Sunday Trees.

A short visit to botanical garden

Last week I had an unplanned visit to a botanical garden. Though the summer is already gone in this part of the world the garden was nonetheless very green and perfect for relaxing walk. The garden holds a large and varied collection of trees and shrubs planted in a systematic fashion after plant families. Also there are two green houses The Palm House from 1868 and The Victoria House from 1876 present exotic plants from other parts of the world.

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The buildings are surrounded by lush green trees
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Diphylleia cymosa
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One of the many walkways
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A grand tree!
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Rock garden
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Another view
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Remains from the season
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Garden landscape
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Garden landscape 2
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Ageing

Flowers from well maintained greenhouses.

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I heard about the giant waterlillies from amazon which I missed unfortunately.

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I could not spend a lot of time exploring garden and taking more diverse and detailed images still I decided to share my experience with you all for Jo’s Monday walk.

I hope you like this short walk. Next year I shall plan a thorough visit.

 

Monday walk to “the Norwegian book town”

For Jo’s  Monday walk this week let us have a short walk to the Norwegian book town (den norske bokbyen) which is situated in Mundal, the centre of Fjærland.

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MILES OF SECONDHAND BOOKS IN QUAINT BOOKSHOPS:

The Norwegian Book Town is an experience out of the ordinary, situated in a bewitchingly beautiful spot between fjord and glacier in Western Norway. Between May and September, various bookshops are open every day 10am-6pm, some of them are combined with a café, art gallery and souvenir shop and even hotel. Numerous events are arranged all season.

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How is it possible having thousands of second-hand books in a small 280-inhabitant rural town?

The Norwegian Book Town in Fjærland started out very modestly in 1995, and now stocks about 2.5 miles of shelving, filled with books, in a variety of abandoned buildings – from ferry waiting rooms, stables and local banks to post office and grocery shop. Besides taking care of books, the idea here was also to preserve the old buildings, this makes some of the shops rather exceptional and characteristic.

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Three large shops are selling only second-hand books: Straumsvågs Antikvariat and Den norske bokbyen A/S. Solstice bookfairs are arranged every year in May/ June.

Requests by e-mail, post, fax or telephone are served all through the year, and the book town enjoys a lively postal order business. During winter, the office hours are 9am-2pm every weekday.

During my short visit on weekend I was able to get two books by Ernest Hemmingway but of course I shall visit this place again.

Resource: https://bokbyen.no/en/

 

My Monday walk: Nothing so special

I happened to go on a light hike/walk today, which resulted in my first ever contribution to Jo’s Monday walk. Usually I go on hikes/walks on weekends and record them in my weekend posts. The weather and heavy brainstormming at work persued me to use my office training time for a short hike.

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Going up and up!

I like walking in natural surroundings

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Still going up
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I love this corner
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Still up and more in woods
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One does not feel tired in such surroundings
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Light and shade
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Blueberries
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Very near to destination

It is obligatory to take at least one picture from the top. Do you see a big cruise ship?

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Wild lovely bluebell flowers cheering us

Time to go back to office

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A local family enjoying summer
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Time to say adios

Thank you for joing me on the journey 😀

After going back to office I continued my work for an hour or so.