Friday, 30 September 2011
The last week we have had surprisingly good weather. According to meteorologists, there were 76 locations in Norway yesterday that measured above 20 degrees. A small village, a few hours away from Eiker measured 26 degrees, the warmest in Norway. I spent the beautiful day inside, at uni, but managed to see the sun go down behind Hagatjern, a water in the forest very popular for swimming and sunbathing in the summer. The weather is expected to be just as nice and warm the next few days. I know I'll be enjoying this weekend, and I hope you will too!
Saturday, 24 September 2011
Here is the view from Knabben. The view is towards Drammen, a town nearby. The municipal border between Drammen and Nedre Eiker goes approximately across and/or around the little island. What you see of Nedre Eiker is Solbergelva on the left (north) side of the river, and Ytterkollen on the right (south). For those of you who speak norwegian, check out this inspiring article I found in our local newspaper: Ingen dag uten Knabben-tur.
Friday, 23 September 2011
Two weeks ago, the new wing of Veiavangen Ungdomsskole was officially opened. Last October I posted a photo of the construction site, where I wrote that it was going to be a new gymnasium. As you might see, I was wrong. The new wing includes classrooms, group rooms and common areas. The new gymnasium will be built in stage two of the high school's development.
Thursday, 22 September 2011
My mother's rose bush with beautiful orange-red hips. What to do with them? Make herbal tea? Marmalade? When I was young I used to have rose hip soup with oatmeal in it for supper. And once, I was a very naughty girl, rubbing the inside of the rose hip inside my little brother's clothes making him itch so bad.. Forget the herbal tea, I know what I'll be doing with these rose hips!!
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
I'm gonna give you a tip to a "mountain peak tour" in Nedre Eiker: Knabben, a 30-40 minute walk from Solbergelva, up the steep path to the vantage point Knabben. The walk has a rise of about 300 metres and the views are stunning! I will post a photo of the view another day, very soon!
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Rain rain and rain. Different from almost all of the 5 million citizens of Norway, I'm not complaining. I like rain, and I welcome the weather that we have! Now it has been issued flood warnings (for the I-don't-know-how-many time this summer), and already Eiker and the surrouding areas are the fifth wettest place in Norway. Today's picture is of Veiabekken, a small stream in the centre of Mjøndalen. The picture was taken at a different time, when it also had rained loads. Yet, the stream is not nearly as large and flooded as I know it can be..
Monday, 19 September 2011
Sunday, 18 September 2011
Along the road over "bygda," the area between Nedre and Øvre Eiker where many farms are situated, I spotted a field full of plants with yellow flowers and something small, round and green growing underneath it. Is it a squash? I'm only used to those looking like cucumbers. All this vegetable talk and thinking makes me hungry. Can't wait until the pumpkins are ripe, I'm gonna make pumpkin and orange soup!
Monday, 12 September 2011
Friday, 9 September 2011
Both Nedre and Øvre Eiker has a picture of oak leaves in their municipal coat of arms. There are not plenty of oak trees in this area, so I have wondered why the coat of arms look like they do. After some research on the Internet, I am not much wiser. The origin of the name Eiker is apparently unsure, and despite of the presence of oak leaves in the coat of arms, the name can have originated from an old variation of the word "åker" (field). Here's a closeup of an oak tree growing in Nedre Eiker!