Monday, October 26, 2009


The inner city of Haugesund is a total disaster. Barrack barons flattening the old buildings for square steel and concrete buildings everywhere.A desert only homeless can thrive in.
The council in some ways compensates by making the rural outskirts of the city inviting and available to young and old. Here; the hut "Round view" with benches and waffle serving on Sundays.

They've made this place a project where young students have practice. There even are a house for rabbits and hens. Wild sheep grass outdoor summer and winter, this way cultivating the landscape. My good hiker friend Liv is riding the newly painted wood horse.
Trees are chopped to logs for both indoor and outdoor fireplaces.The wheel barrows are neatly lined up for the day.
The lavvo is frequently used by kindergarten children. They all have at least one hiker day a week in sun or rain. For a Ruby Tuesdayer its convenient that barns, huts and sheds are commonly painted red all over Norway.
Originated by MaryT, check hers for today.


Leora said...

You start by telling us of the problems, but all the pictures tell of such beauty!

Patti said...

Ah, yes, it truly is convenient for a Ruby Tuesday participant that you have many red buildings in your country.

I like that stone pony you are seated on.

Happy RT to you, Felisol.

Terry said...

oh felisol..i wish that those people fixing up the inner city of haugesund would come to my beloved manitoba and fix up my old home town of rivers..
they seem to have done a marvelous job of this!
what a wonderful post felisol!!!
love terry

Marites said...

I really like the first and the last pics. Too bad they are putting down the old houses. Hope they retain some. have a good week! happy RT!

Marice said...

those are great shots!

u may view mine if u have time

EG CameraGirl said...

I love all the red barns in Norway. We have some red ones too BUT not as many as you have, I suspect.

Sorry to hear that so many buildings are being destroyed to make room for steel and concrete.

Annie Jeffries said...

How sad that something, presumably lovely and evocative of the culture, is being replaced by cement. Long after the decision-makers are gone, there will be a lot of regret for what cannot be undone.

Dianne said...

I wish there was a way to move forward and preserve the past as well

actually there is but it takes careful planning

your photos are lovely as always

Rose said...

What a great RT post...I love all the red.

Ralph said...

The efficiencies of a modern building makes those easy to build. But often devoid of the classic style of wood framed buildings. Yet some character remains with the old that is allowed to stand. That they wear the color of barn red adds to the classic look they enjoy. Modernity can be great, but often the look of the past is more enchanting...

Amrita said...

This is a lovely getaway from the steel and concrete jungles... a natural Paradise.
In India our rural countryside is such. Its good to escape the harshness of the city .

Liv looks so happy on her wooden perch.

I really like the neatly paited houses of Norway.

I remember the cottage your family owns in the moutains. That is also a lovely place to visit.

Dimple said...

Lovely pictures. Lovley.

Chubskulit Rose said...

It looks like a relaxing place to eat waffles...

Come and see what I’ve got for Ruby Tuesday

Ivon said...

Nice pictures and commentary. I like red barns, and other buildings. Thanks for sharing.

pinkyshelo said...

wow great that they made that rural outskirt into a nice haven for young and old.. Love the huts.. very cool..

Jim said...

Hi Felisol, I am guessing that none of the steel buildings are red. But those others you showed sure are pretty.
Do you remember the old song, "Put up a parking lot?"

"They paved paradise and put up a parkin' lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swingin' hot spot
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got till it's gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

They took all the trees, and put em in a tree museum
And they charged the people a dollar and a half to see them
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got till it's gone
They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot ... "

I can still almost sing that song. And it is still true, although today it might have been a parking garage.

Thanks for the BDay wishes. I really am not one for big fusses but I do suppose I asked for it by telling.

Happy RT, :-)

Raven said...

Lots of beautiful reds and beautiful scenery. What a great idea to have a weekly hike for school kids. Builds good habits into their life.

Felisol said...

Hi, Jim,
I'm not familiar with the song, but it only too well describes the conditions in our town ( in contrast to Bergen)

maryt/theteach said...

Yes, Felisol, there's RED all over the lovely place! Happy Ruby Tuesday! :)

Crown of Beauty said...

Beautiful pictures, and interesting background story, dear Felisol. I would love to taste the waffles that they serve. It is my favorite breakfast food.

By the way, what is a lavvo? Is it a Norwegian term for something, a small hut maybe?


Felisol said...

Dear Lidj,
A lavvo is a tent or a tree hut,, originally used by the Norwegian indigenous people, Lapps. Main common construction; cone with an open top.
Inside; a fireplace in the middle.
benches, fur rugs or pillows for sitting in a circle around the fire.
Very comfortable all year/all weather use for longer outdoor activities for young and old.
In various outskirts of our town I know of at least 10 lavvos.
From Felisol

Debbie Petras said...

I love the red often seen on buildings in Norway. Red is my favorite color.

The grass looks so green. Living in a desert, there are patches of green but mostly mountains and brown. But I love the burst of color we see in the desert when the cactus bloom with beautiful buds of colored flowers. There is beauty in the most unexpected places. I'm glad the people are fixing up this part of your world. I love to see and hear about restoration.

Love you,