Saturday, August 29, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Høyt henger de og sure er de, men ikke i år...

rowan

Vi bruker å si at hvis rogna har mye bær, så blir det lite snø.
Har den lite bær, blir det mye snø. Dette pga at rogna ikke skal bære tungt to ganger på rad.

I fjor hadde vi mye rognebær, og vi fikk lite snø. Vel, hva som regnes som lite snø kan vel diskuteres, men mye er i allefall når vi ikke ser bilene som kjører forbi pga brøytekantene... Og som en kan se på rogna i år - ikke et eneste bær. Så det blir spennende å se hvor mye snø vi får...

Og bloggen vår ble vist fram hos Imagine Childhood på mandag :)


We have a saying here in north of Norway which goes like this.
Lots of rowanberries = little snow.
Little rowanberries = lots of snow.
Because the rowan should not carry a heavy load twice in a row.

Last year we had lots and lots of rowan berries, and we got little snow. Well little can be questionable, but a lot is when we can't see the cars driving past the house due to the hugh snowedge... And as you can see from the tree - not a single berry this year. I wonder how much snow we'll get...

And our outdoor blog got featured at Imagine childhood the other day :)

Pair # 10 and 11 - Stripes for Endre

stripes

Endre needed new socks, and since he also has started kindergarden I have to knit several pairs.
So # 10 and 11 in the 52ppiii was a rather fast knit ;) Eirin also need a new pair, so I might be able to catch up by the end of September - I hope...

blue stripes

Pattern: simple k2, p2 - 52 st.
Yarn: Pair #10 is knitted with leftovers from Kieler Sprotte and #11 with leftovers from Erlend's k2, p1 socks.
Needles: 2,5 mm.

rowan

We have a saying here in north of Norway which goes like this.
Lots of rowanberries = little snow.
Little rowanberries = lots of snow.
Because the rowan should not carry a heavy load twice in a row.

Last year we had lots and lots of rowan berries, and we got little snow. Well little can be questionable, but a lot is when we can't see the cars driving past the house due to the hugh snowedge... And as you can see from the tree - not a single berry this year. I wonder how much snow we'll get...

And our outdoor blog got featured at Imagine childhood the other day :)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The fall is starting to show

bigfrog1

The weather turned out to be good, so we went to our lean-to hut today.
On the way up this chubby frog jumped beside the trail.
I don't think I have ever seen such a big frog before ;)

bigfrog2

It had to be a queer guy, because he continued to
hide his eyes even after we put it down.

working

At the lean-to there was both sawing and hammering,
and Endre is quick to find his saw.

a small shed for firewood

We built a little shed to keep the firewood in.
It still needs a door so we just hope the snow won't come yet...

a new fireplace

Hubby also digged out the firehole and made it bigger
before he put more stones around it.

red

The forest literally smells of fall when we walk in it now,
and with the red glow it also has gotten there is no doubt
we're close to the end os August...

red.

And the read glow we can blame these bunchberries for.

Stone Bramble

But there are other red berries in the forest,
The kids found lots of Stone Bramble.

a cup full of Stone Bramble

They are tiny, but we managed to pick a cup full ;)
I don't know what to make of them yet.
It's not enough for either jelly or fruitsyrup...
And I don't think a jam made of these will taste very good.

lingon

And the lingons have started to blush, so I guess
there will be a trip up here next weekend too :)

catepillar

And it's not just frogs that are big today.
This caterpillar fall down at Helene's head ;)

happy, tired and dirty

Og til slutt et bilde av Endre.
Glad, sliten og skitten -
akkurat sånn det skal være når en er på tur i skogen!


And finally a picture of Endre.
Happy, tired and dirty -
just as it should be when one are out in the forest!

Friday, August 21, 2009

# 9/52 Kieler Sprotte

We are back to normal after the summer. Erlend & Eirin started school again on Wednesday. It was a bit hard to get up 6.15 in the morning again... But the kids falls asleep earlier too, so that means we have some more adult time in the nights :) Endre had his first day in kindergarden on Monday. It has been some tears, but he really like to play with the other kids. He will just be in kindergarden three days a week, so we still have some days with just him and me. I on the other hand just don't know what to do all alone at home *lol*


kieler sprotte1

My 9th pair - Kieler Sprotte and they are hubby's ;)
I just love all the socks in Socken aus aller Welt by Stephanie van der Linden, but had to start with a simple pair. My german is not what it was... and we don't learn knitting terms at school either.

kieler sprotte2

It was not easy to take good pictures of these socks...
Pattern: Kieler Sprotte
Yarn: 50 g Sisu and 50 g Ida strømpegarn
Needles: 3 mm

kieler sprotte3

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Jumping fish

by the lake1

After seeing several big salmons or trouts jumping at
the lake, we deside to go and have a look.
We saw several big ones jumping close to land. I tried to
catch some in a picture, but they jumps so fast...

by the lake2

But you know kids and water ;)
After a while the fun about standing still looking for fish got boring...
And with all the splashing the fish disappeared...

by the lake3


by the lake4


by the lake5

The highest mountains got a drizzle of snow the other day,
but the forcast has warmer weather for the weekend
so I think we'll go for a hike :)

Monday, August 17, 2009

# 8/52 Nutkin

nutkin2

Pair #8 is done - a pair of Nutkin's. I'm feeling very behind on this sock knitting *sigh*
But I need to knit up a few pair for Endre & Eirin, so I might catch up by the end of the month. Some (like Pinneguri, Irenesol, Mariannan, Bittami and Wims) have knitted over 20 pairs already...
Pattern: Nutkin
Yarn: Fabel
Needles: 2,5 mm


polaria1

We drove to Tromsø on Saturday, and went to Polaria. Great fun for the kids :)

polaria2

Endre and a huge red king crab.

polaria4

I tried to get some good pictures of the seals (and the kids), but they didn't stand still ;) Even though it's great to be able to see these beautiful animals up close, I don't think they have a good time in this pool. The three of them just kept swimming round and round in circles...
polaria3

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bilberry

bilberry picking

Yesterday the kids and I went bilberry picking :) It's funny, because we call these berries "blåbær" and if you translate it right into english it will be "blueberry". Which we also leraned at school. But if you look up "blåbær" at wikipedia and the go to the english version, it's not called blueberry, but bilberry. Blueberry is what we call American blueberry ;)

having a break

Endre has a break and get fueld with chocolate.

and we find a little more cloudberries too

The kids find a few cloudberries too ;)
And yes, it was very wet in the forest yesterday.
I think the fog must have been here during the night.

exploring

But there was some time for play before we had to go home and change to dry clothes.

Green

green swap package

I got a wonderful package from Claire today. I've been in a swap at Ravelry called Don’t be pea green with envy and as you can see I got a lot of great green stuff! (click on the pic to get it larger) There are cotton yarn, silk bamboo, some funfur and a beautiful handspun skein. I also got needles, stitch markers, a table cloth, tea , candles & candle holder, notepad and Hello Kitty pens and note book - which Eirin grabbed right away ;)

handspun beauty

The handspun yarn is so beautiful! I think I will knit up a pair of mittens to myself with it :)

table cloth with my wip socks

And I love the table cloth - just wish I had curtains that matched ;)

bilberry picking

Yesterday the kids and I went bilberry picking :) It's funny, because we call these berries "blåbær" and if you translate it right into english it will be "blueberry". Which we also leraned at school. But if you look up "blåbær" at wikipedia and the go to the english version, it's not called blueberry, but bilberry. Blueberry is what we call American blueberry ;)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Summer

knitting in the sun

It's been quiet in here for some weeks and it's all because of summer! We are not used to great summer weather here in the north of Norway, so when we get three weeks with temperatures above 22 C, we have to make the most of it :) So there has not been very much knitting around here, but I have had my Vinterblomst mittens with me out and knitted a row now and then. So there's only one thumb left to knit now.

playing in the garden

Some days have been just too hot, but the kids have had some wonderful weeks. Running in and out the house in barefeet, playing in the tent, having icecream...

at the lake4

... and even went bathing in the mountain lake. That's summer!

cloudberries

And there's a lot of berries in the forest this year. The bogs are full of cloudberries :)

bilberries

The forest is full of bilberries.

strawberries

And I got some sweet strawberries from hubbys dad, so we have lots of jam in the freezer :)

swap package.

And I have got a great package from Gramma Jewel the other week. Endre loves the cloth bag with the alligators and it's perfect for him to have his allergy and asthma medicine in when he starts kindergarden in a week...

Summer

geitrams

There's no doubt, the summer is coming to an end. Which we also can see at the fireweed. It blooms from the bottom an dup, and now there is not many spuds left before the top is blooming... But we have had three great weeks with summerweather which we can look back at now when the fall is coming.

at the lake2

In the middel of the week we went to Tårnvatnet so the kids could bathe.
It's very shallow here, so the water was somewhat "warm" ;)

at the lake1


at the lake4


at the lake5

Berry picking

We went to the lean-to this weekend and picked berries.

cloudberries

The bogs is full of cloudberries this year!

bilberries

And the bilberries are big. We just picked enough for supper this time.
So we have to go and pick more next week ;)

yum

And it tasted good!

Warming at the fire before bedtime

We gathered around the fire before bedtime. Not that is was cold, but
it's part of the cosiness :)

Finally asleep ;)

Endre and I slept in the tent while Hubby and the other kids slept in
the lean-to. It took a while before Endre settled and fall asleep...

Morning mist

And even if one fall asleep late, one wake up early when camping
(at least Endre do so..) And the morning mist hang over the mountains.

Our camp

When the mist lighten, big rainclouds appeared. So we had breakfast,
played a little and packed our stuff and went home. Just in
time before a heavy rainfall.

Swinging