Friday, September 18, 2009


2. SEA




Trish has sent me a five words challenge.
Actually I was the one, thinking it might be fun to play along, reading Trish's 5 word post. Guess I knew at once what to write. Worst job was searching out the pictures to go with the words.

I am rich.
Not in money, power or fame, but in spiritual heritage.

My parents gave me a spiritual foundation and a spiritual home. Not through so many words, but through their lives.Saying grace before meals, praying together every evening of my childhood,going to Sunday school, lots of hymns singing, my dad reading the Bible as a daily routine, also asking all kinds of tricky questions (the name of Zelofad's daughters? Higla, Milka, Tirsa). Indeed, knowing that I could always place all my needs and burdens in every aspect of my life on the almighty Lord; that's what have formed the essence of my world. What a mighty heritage!
2. SEA
I'm "dwelling by the uttermost parts of the sea".
Just 5 minutes walk to meet the mightiest and
most wonderful elements of the earth.I'm getting renewed by walking along the sea in all kinds of weather any season and any time of the day.
The song of the waves will overwhelm any
negative thought or trouble of my mind. Collecting seashells, stones and driftwood is a challenge to my creative side, as is also photographing.The summer is not complete if I haven't had a salt bath.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there would Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand would hold me.
We have named our home pages The Exodus/Ulysses years ago.

That about states the importance of traveling in my life too. When, lately, my health has made me stay much at home, even small trips inspire and renew me.
I don't travel to relax or escape life. I travel to live and broaden my horizons.

Friends are the family we choose.
Unlike family they don't necessarily stay that close or that long in our lives.
I've always found that bond strengthened through sharing tears and laughter remain the longest.
This year I've been blessed with reconnecting with long lost friends both from my childhood and youth.
I've seldom felt richer.
I've also made precious new friends through my blog-life.
They have broadened my horizon, made me feel richer, wiser and happier.
Indeed the kind of friends making durable footprints in my heart.

I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew,
the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and
That it can follow the flight of song?
Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from
beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of
a friend.

H W Longfellow

5. Love

1 Corinthians 13

1If I speak in the tonguesa]">[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,b]">[b] but have not love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Ruby crowns

Bridal crowns

The Bridal crowns are photographed in a black room, behind glass and wires in the West Norwegian Museum for arts and crafts in Bergen.
They are all made of silver and some gold.
The foliage, the hanging leaves are special for our crowns and also for other bunad

The bridal crown can only be worn by a virgin, and only together with a Norwegian bunad.
Only few families possess a bridal crown of their own. Most museums will rent the bride to be a crown for a fair price. Even in America there is a museum where one may rent a genuine Norwegian bridal crown.

The 19 Norwegian counties each has its special bunad . Rogaland, my county has at least 8 various bunads . Here a Rogaland collection from Serina's confirmation. My mother has made both hers and Serina's. She also has made one for me.

Originated by MaryT, check hers for today.