Sunday, January 4, 2015

After many days..

I've had so many projects and made so much different things,
but unfortunately not written to you my dear blog.

We got a couple of millimeters of snow on Christmas Eve.
As always, we followed a series of traditions and we also broke some. 
We had a family voting what we should eat on Christmas Eve.
 I would like to have cod and Mr SpiderDan wanted "pinnekjøtt" (ugh), 
but the kids voted for Turkey, as it was. 
I was just happy not to have a dead pig on the table!

The Jewish holiday Hanukkah was celebrated at the same time as our Christmas 
and I was lucky to receive a Hanukkah Menorah from Lev HaOlam.

Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish festival celebrating the rededication of the Temple 
in Jerusalem after the Maccabees had conquered the city in 164 BC. 
When the Jews had cleansed the temple and should rededicate it, 
they would light the eight armed candlestick Menorah, which would burn day and night. 
Then they discovered however that only existed lamp oil for one day, 
while the needed eight days to prepare new, dedicated oil. 
Candles were lit, and then it happened that God let it burn in the required eight days.

Lev HaOlam delivering a piece of the Biblical heartland to your door every month!
Lev HaOlam gives the international community the opportunity 
to show their support for the Jewish pioneers of Judea and Samaria.
If you like to have Christmas once a month with great products from Israel, 
organic and handmade things, check out the website:

The few snowflakes around our house was gone within a few days. 
We figured that we had to drive a some hours to find lots of snow.
I think Mr SpiderDan is tough. Continued snowboarding in his age.. 
I feel a bit safer with slalom skis

Frost and nature's own art is always so beautiful, especially when you do not see it every day.
Approximately -19 degrees, but we were well dressed without freezing.

It's one of those things that keeps me through the dark period.

And the sun has turned! How good is it? 
It is January 4th and we have already had more sun this January 
than we had throughout January 2014. It could only get better

I have also seen A small glimpse of Aurora between Christmas and New Year

New year new opportunities.
I just finished this knife today. Yes, absolutely true. 
I made shaft, sanded and stuff. And I also made sheath. 
Maybe I should paint sheath in a different color.. 
You're allowed to say it if you are impressed:-)
I learned everything by Mr SpiderDan, he has made 20 to 30 knives, 
I have no idea what we are going to do with all this knifes..

I was reminded of a word today:
"Cast your bread upon the waters,
For you will find it after many days"
(Eccles. 11:1)

I think I'll try to throw more bread on the water in 2015, 
because I would like to have more blessings.

Happy New Year to you:-)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black and white

Life is like a mountain

Up and down. Dark and bright.
Reason I mention it is that it is Black Friday.
And yesterday I said to Mr. SpiderDan that I was tired all of this creative marketing about 
Black Friday and I would certainly not buy anything.
You know I've been in this business for 20 years,
so I am not so easily fooled. Hm, I'll never say never again. 
I bought a whole bunch.. I grieve!
Thank goodness it's white light over the mountain!

Sometimes it seems to fall down some things from heaven incessantly.
Reminds me of my mailbox when it is crowded by mail with a red flag.
Then I like to ignore and think "it will go over" - surely:-)

Between the mountains I am lucky to hit a herd grazing in between snow

All these photos are taken along Fylkesvei (county road) 51 between Lom and Valdresflye.
Highest county road in Norway, 1390 meters above sea level. 
One of these beautiful roads, which are closed whenever there is too much winter and snow.

On top everything looks like this..
Very little snow 14 days ago and the road was only closed between 8 pm and 8 am.

I give a picture in black/white as well, just so it matches the title of the post

Happy weekend!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mountain pass

Some pictures from my trip from Stryn to Strynefjellet in Sogn og Fjordane

I'm a little out of blogging for the time and do not have so many thoughts to share..

Some verses from a song I'm practicing on my guitar:

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

Oceans by Hillsong 
(One time I've learned to be boldly I will publish my own version:-)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We never get tired

I have a couple problems with my computers and a sore wisdom tooth..
 so then you know..:-)

What goes on in this little center of the world?
While people elsewhere fear Ebola and IS raging at its most grotesque way 
we sit here staring at a mountain. It is possible to look at this 24 hour live.
It is the mountain Mannen (The man) whom we expect will breed. 
This is really hyped up by the media and some say we are waiting for a nuclear bomb, 
while it might just be a firecracker.
(The picture is not of Mannen, but very close in Åndalsnes)

Oh I thought.. how many hours I spent staring at a mountain?
Well, the weather is seriously something that interests people and there are many exposed 
areas between the fjord and mountains.

Same place as picture above. Odda in Hordaland

I am planning and packing equipment right now, so I can spend even more hours of staring at the mountains.
We never get tired of staring at each other

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Landmark in Grimstad

November theme day for City Daily Photo blogs is all about Landmark

Memorial of the fallen
This landmark is visible from many places in our city.
t's great to see when you come by sea to Grimstad Marina.
I see her every day from my office.
(Grimstad Church in background).
The text on the stone:
"In memory of those who gave their lives for our country in war 9/4 1940 - 8/5 1945"

She looks out over the bay
I think it fits well with black/white pictures for November, 
which is often very wet and gray here in Norway. 
We are lucky here in south, in other parts of the country they have great flood
and several houses and bridges have fallen into rivers.

Click HERE to see the other Landmark from City Daily Photo bloggers around the world!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Auroras magic dance

Last night she was back and danced at the south coast. And I was there with her..
Not as spectacular as in northern Norway, but fantastic anyway.

"God’s glory is on tour in the skies,
    God-craft on exhibit across the horizon."
(psalm 19:1, msg)

Some myths about the Northern Lights

* Nordic countries thought the northern lights were and active volcano in the north, 
placed there by the Creator to provide light and warmth in those cold, murky regions. 
They also thought the northern lights were a vengeful force which killed those who mocked it. 
The mythological role of the aurora was important in religion. 
Many believed it a message from the creator.
Flaming auroras reminded people that their creator still cared for them. 
An old tale from the Nordic countries said that, "God is angry when the aurora flames." 
It was a common interpretation during medieval times that northern lights were an omen of war, 
or disasters or plagues.

* Scots called the Northern Lights "Heavenly Dancers" or "Merry Dancers." 
"Merry Dancers" were supernatural beings warring in the heavens, 
and the battle is for the favour of a beautiful woman. 

* Ancient times most people were afraid of the lights. Children would be brought inside when 
the mystifying flames of the auroras spread across the heavens, 
for the lights could descend and cut their heads off. Thus, in many places northern lights were 
a threat to people's lives and health. 

* Chinese believed that the northern lights were fighting dragons (good/evil).

* In Alaska they believed the lights were the spirits of animals they hunted: 
seals, salmon, deer and whales.  

When we talk about light.. 
I was reminded of the little town Rjukan in Telemark today. 
This town is located deep in a valley with high mountains on all sides and 
the sun has just said goodbye. It will be gone for 6 months. Can you imagine?
Last year (I think) they got a sun mirror.
A mirror is built up in the mountain side, to capture the sunlight and send it into the market square. 
 You can read more about it here

Sunday, October 19, 2014

At the platform

From time to time I clear his memory card. He never uses the pictures,
 so I do not understand the thing about having a camera.. 
Always interesting to see what he has caught in the lens, about half of the photos were from his work. 
Here are some pics of what he is doing when he is not home

Is this posing for the camera? Or is it some sort of mission to hang this way..

This is an exercise in survival. Something they do when they are waiting..

This was a bit funny
OBS cards (observation cards). Both written by my SpiderDan. 
Wonder if there is some kind of competition to submit such cards.

Left description: Praise to the Chef and the helpers, for good food, BBQ evening was enjoyed.
What is done: Good food is served, continue with this!:-)

Right description: Found an old mayonnaise tube lying at Derrick. Risk of drop.
What is done: Nice view at Derrick, but is not suitable for dining.

Special heavens in the North Sea when the weather is good.
Romantic view of another platform far out there.
The orange thing on the left side is one of the lifeboats

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem is Israel's official memorial to the Jews who were killed during the Holocaust. 
It is located at the foot of Mount Herzl in Jerusalem and was established in 1953 
by an act of the Israeli Knesset. 
It is a big complex that contain a historical museum, memory exhibitions, art galleries, 
archives, outdoor monuments, synagogue and education centers. 
Non-Jews who saved Jews during the Holocaust, often at great risk to his own life, 
is honored by Yad Vashem as "righteous among the nations".

"Til dem skal jeg gi et minne og et navn (et "Yad Vashem") i Mitt hus og innenfor Mine murer.
Jeg vil gi hver av dem et evig navn, som ikke skal utslettes"

"And I shall give them in My house within My walls a memorial and a name 
(a "Yad Vashem").. that shall not be cut off"

(Isaiah 56:5)

6 million!
The Holocaust was the systematic annihilation of six million Jews by the Nazis during WW2.
The word holocaust comes from the Greek word holòkauston, meaning burnt offering (also known as annihilation). 
In 1942, the word was used about the Nazi regime's treatment of Jews. 
The most extreme and systematic extermination policy was directed against the Jews. 
It was drawn up detailed plans to destroy all those who were defined as Jews...

In the museum there are pictures, clothes, personal items and stories from both the survivors and the dead. 
Here you meet the faces, innocent frightened eyes before the gas chamber..
Pictures, movies, numbers - millions of names of individual destinies, 
here's executions and people in extreme poverty. 
The documentation and all testimony from survivors Jews make a deep impression.

Part of what made ​​extra strong impression on me was a glass floor where you looked down 
at shoes from the victims in the concentration camps. 
It makes it all very closely when trying to imagine who went with these shoes..
And all the movies.. Interviews with survivors. 
No words can describe what I feel when I'm standing there next to a Jewish man and watching 
a movie of one of Hitler's speeches.. And I do not understand how he manages to look at this..

The main part of the museum is built so that you start by going under ground in the dark and go 
upwards towards the light. The output of the museum is on a balcony overlooking Jerusalem Valley. 
This is built in this way to represent the Jewish people's struggle through the dark days of the Holocaust until..

...the light of Israel and the Jewish future

Childrens Memorial 
The pillars symbolize family portraits that were never made​​, 
and some of them are cut off to remind the interrupted lives. 
"Childrens Memorial" in memory of the 1,5 million children who were killed during the Holocaust. 
One enters a totally dark room full of mirrors and lights everywhere. 
Light reflects in walls, floors and ceilings. 
The children's name, age and hometown is spoken over a speaker.
I thought of each child as a star, a light..

Strongest sights in Israel 
I left with tears in my eyes...

This was my first visit here and it was so much that I did not have time to see everything in one day. 
I will go back next time I'm in Jerusalem.
Yad Vashem should be the duty of each of us to visit and not to forget.

"Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, 
that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.
Never shall I forget that smoke.
Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies 
I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky.
Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith for ever.
Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity 
of the desire to live.
Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and
 turned my dreams to ashes.
Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live
as long as God Himself.
Never Shall I Forget from Night by Elie Wiesel.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

From darkness to light

It is so typical here in Southern Norway
One day, it seems that the weather will drown us all in the deepest darkness
The next day is just WOW, the light and the sun is back for the most beautiful day ever!

God has put his signature in nature!
I think I will look forward to the magical winter light and frost..:-)
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