This lovely little island in the southern part of the Oslo fjord used to be home to whalers. As the whaling now is just for scientific purposes, It is only 150 permanent residents left and most of the houses are transferred into summer residence for rich people from nearby cities. Jens Bjørnebo, a famous Norwegian author, resided on the island about a year before he hang himself…
When I walked around the small farms and gardens, I was put back to my childhood and my grandmother’s garden with buzzing bumblebees, currant, blackcurrant and apples. I could almost see my grandmother on the front door stairs with a tray of homemade lemonade. The lemonade went down in big gulps, while a loving hand strokes the fringe away from one’s eyes … Norwegian summer memories!
To the mountain lodge
The Mountain Lodge
When I woke up this morning I felt that today is the most splendid day to start the preparation for our journey to India and Bhutan in october. This journey will be a combination of trekking at high altitude, and hard core tourist sight seeing.
As I consider my self to be an expert in sight seeing (have at least a master degree),there is no need to prepare for that, not at the moment at least. But I need to improve my trekking abilities. So to get a feeling of how my back will feel like after 5-6 hours trekking at high altitude. I filled my back pack with some heavy books (books from my psychology study ) and my camera gear.
The weather conditions was fine and I met a lot of people, presumably not with the same purpose as me.
Anyhow, in the absence of mountains, I aimed for Dronningberget – “The Queen’s hill”, which had to do as mountain substitute.
This little hill’s forest is created in inspiration of the english parks from the 19th century.
At the foot of the hill there is a bust of Count Wedel Jarlsberg, with the grieving national lion, and at “the summit”, a “mountain lodge”. The path to the “mountain lodge” goes through an old hazel and linden forest. The lodge, which now serve as a café, has been renovated and is now sparkling in its utmost beauty.
Well, for me this was the end of todays hard work out. Still, this was not at all a challenging trek, I admit that I could feel a mild pain after carrying my books on my back for 3 hours. So the little trip, was not in vain…
Yesterday we had snow! It seems that the spring and eventually summer have other things to do, than give us smooth and warm southerly winds. And in my longing for summer, I ended up looking at pictures of some of our hikes in the mountains…
…before I went out and bought myself a new racing bicycle, now I definitely need warmer weather! 😕