Monday, July 13, 2009


When Norwegians talk about convoy, there's but one thing in their mind. The unarmed civil ships that went from America (Canada mostly) with vital war equipment through 5 long years during WW 2. Every 9th man died, the others were injured for life.I have nursed many survivors. Their stories deserve to be written in gold.This North Sea Cup is held in their memory. From Skudenes, voted Norway's summer town #1.
Skudesnes, a former tall ship town is situated on the island just south of us. The old town still is like it was built in last half of the 1800. People still live in the white houses, and the red sea houses still are used for storage buildings.
It's a slow town, good for inhabitants and tourists.
We stroll along the narrow streets at least once a year. Best time to be there is when it's rose blossom time.
It has indeed been a good year for the roses.
This garden pavilion always makes me dream.
Narrow streets for pedestrians only makes summer days a thrill.
More roses.
The park is where people gather for all festive occasions. The lady of the Park, an ancient tall ship figurehead, is guarding the place and keeping outlook over the harbor.

This house is for sale. I've dreamed to have it for a summerhouse, but people deserve to have inhabitants living there all year.
A fire post, vital to the fragile old wooden houses.
Doesn't take much fantasy to understand that handicrafts are for sale in this shop.
Outside our favorite cafe, selling only homemade, fresh confectionery. Yours truly may be spotted in the right hand corner of the window.
I made this picture to honor Ralph. So far I've never been inside the aviation gallery.
Serina is negotiating with the sellers in this ambulant antiquemarked. Most of the porcelain and faience are Norwegian made by factories no longer existing. No need to say I have a huge collection. That's also why I can't have a dishwasher. The laze is bound to crackle in a machine. I use mine everyday and find it worth while to wash up by hand.
Have a wondeful summer still, everybody.
Originated by MaryT, check hers for today.


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Annie Jeffries said...

Oh. Oh. Oh. Elise. I want to go there. Norway is officially on the top of my list of places to travel to. The town looks absolutely scruptious to behold and enjoy. Hugs, Annie

p.s. Can you tell I really, really, really liked this post??? LOL

EG CameraGirl said...

That was a a wonderful tour, Felisol. Looks like you and Serina had a fabulous day together. ;-)

SouthLakesMom said...

What a wonderful post. I feel like I hiked the town with you! You truly have a gift for making us want to join you there! Thank you!

Leora said...

You take such lovely photos. I love the architecture, especially the old houses with pretty paint and the fire hydrant, too. So sad to hear tales of WWII.

Terry said...

dear felisol,
i kept you up all hours of the night and you still managed to put out this amazing ruby tuesday?
it looks like you were following your beautiful rose all day!
i never realized before what high cheek bones your princess has... like a movie star!

you know, welland used to be a ship town too felisol but they re-routed the canal and now port colborne is the ship town.
when we lived near the canal in our first years of marriage, those big ships used to petrify me because as i saw those men heading out to the big water from the welland canal, i used to worry about how dangerous it was.
i have always been afraid of large bodies of water...i don't know why.

kudenss is such a home spun town felisol.
that little house that you are talking about is so unique and simple.
it is good that people will live there all year round.
those windows surely need children's smiling faces looking out of them and on a rainy day the attic needs to be filled with the laughter of children as they search for its treasures on a rainy day.
yes all year round, there should be people making sweet music with their talking in that white house with the many windows and brown roof.
it would be way too lonely if the rooms were empty eight months of the year!
and way too cold!

it was great that you had the privilege of nursing the wounded soldiers felisol.
i guess you have always been a loving person that way...caring more for others than for yourself.
i really hope that soon your wrists will be all better..
love terry

Ralph said...

The view is one of beauty and style - in the USA, there is not a 'standard' architecture, so all styles go. I see Skudesnes as a Norwegian fishing town, with red paint, roofs and flowers and the beautiful cross on the flag of Norway. The look of this town never loses its charm, nor its history. This is a beautiful area, and your pictures makes this a required stop when I do visit Scandinavia(someday)

Carletta said...

So many wonderful images here today!
I loved the red building with the blue windows and that pop of yellow from the nearby adjoining roof.
The old fire hydrant is really quaint and has character. The roses are almost as beautiful as your daughter!
Lovely post!

Dianne said...

wonderful tour!
I love the red sea houses

Maya@A Beach Lovers Place said...

What wonderful picturesque town. I'd love to stroll around there.

Crown of Beauty said...

Wonderful, this post and pictures take my breath away. It is worth going back to many time. What a lovely town rich in memories and memoirs... yes, the house you want is a lovely one. And Serina blends in beautifully with all the roses and the scenery.

I am so happy to be able to visit Norway through your blog, dear Felisol.


Kranky Granny said...

Beautiful. Wish I could visit. But, thanks for taking me on the grand tour.

Linnea said...

What a charming looking place. You've captured its colors and feeling so well. I'd really like to visit this place one day...I wouldn't mind having that summer house that's for sale...!!!

Robin said...

What a wonderful little town - beauty, history, quaint shops, and pastries - what more could you want :). I'd love to join you there someday.

Jim said...

Felisol, this is such a pretty little (I am thinking, maybe it is big) town.
If I were you and had the finances I would buy that summerhouse. For sure they have people who only live there in the summers and you would be of the best for neighbors.
I said 'if I were you' because I can only afford one home.
I've had red since Sunday on my blog but I don't have time for all the RT this week. Happy RT!

Constance said...

How wonderful to be able to enjoy a slice of your rich life! Thanks for sharing!

My husband Dave and I are currently watching,
"The World at War". It's 26 episodes, made in 1974, narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier and is THE definitive documentary on WW2. One entire episode was devoted to the u-boats and the destruction they caused in the North Atlantic in the shipping lanes! As good as it is, my only complaint is that there are NO subtitles. (They do have translator's voices on the documentary). The British however are VERY difficult for me to understand. They aren't as animated as we Americans! I told Dave that you know it's bad when I can understand the Japanese better than the British! Ha Ha!

Marites said...

pretty!! i love the houses, they're so nice and those roses! love them. you're so lucky to be able to stroll around the place, must be really interesting.

Miranda said...

Very nice shots! I love the red houses!

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prettyfirefly said...

I'll be back soon!

Amrita said...

This was a pleasureable excursion to the ship town with all its land marks Felisol.
The white houses speak of the meticulous way the Norwegians look after their propery. So neat and clean.

The ship houses are symbols of the past, courage, adventure and sacrifice.

Serina makes a pretty picture with her charming smile, summery attire and stylish sandals.Very much like the summer roses on the vine.

Rechie said...

nice shots...i like all the red things here, especially the uniformed houses in red

Ivon said...

Felisol, I must say that I always enjoy your posts, both pictures and your comments. I want to visit Skudesnes. Thank you so much for sharing.

Constance said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. I did not know that the Germans confiscated the radios during WW2 and that you could be killed if you were found with one! As I have been watching that documentary that I mentioned, it amazes me how that war touched SO many countries and people! Hitler truly was an evil man but what's sad is how the German people accepted him in the beginning as the savior of Germany. Once he had control he ran with it!

Jew Wishes said...

These are all wonderful captures of not only mood, but contrasts, textures and light.

I love the red architecture, and love the roses!

What a beautiful looking town! It appears to be so serene.

maryt/theteach said...

The perfect seaside town to visit! Lovely! :)

Debbie Petras said...

What an interesting place to visit. I love the flowers, especially the roses. I would have loved to sit and have pastries and coffee with you two. And the store with all of the dishes looked lovely.

BTW, for my Saturday post I'm using a Sissel video with her singing with the Oslo Gospel Choir. I love her voice. She's so talented!

Love you.