Sunday, May 02, 2010


In Norway May 1st is celebrated as Freedom Day of the Laborer.It's a bank holiday with parades and speeches, flags, banners and festivity.
The majority chooses, however,to use the day for various activities, embracing the spring.

We went to a flea market outside the town. A mission summer school is gathering "fleas" all year and have a sale once a year. I bought some books, a small embroidered table cloths and a framed, elderly picture. This book, written by Billy Graham, "The Angels, God's secret agents", was very interesting. I find we talk to little about angels, even though they are described more than 300 places in the Bible. I sure can do with some help from God's agents.
To many the most beautiful fairytale of spring, is the day their beloved MC is let out from winter hibernation.
Here the MC Seniors are gathered for the first great meeting in 2010.Wrooom.

The leader of the clan riding a most prestigious and well groomed machine.
Short before sunset we drove south to visit the grave of aunt Lilly. Outside the graveyard sheep and new born lambs are grassing. Eight greater ships are laid up in the bay. A sign of the depression on the world market.
Under "Mary's sewing needle"a pre Christian menhir. The saga goes, when it touches the church wall, Domesday will come. The rusty drain pipe answers for the red in the picture.
Crisscrossing the island on our way home as the sun went down about 9.30, we found this cow stop sign. Be prepared for cows crossing the road on their way home from green pastures.
The sun is now up 15 hours a day, and life is ph

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Jada's Gigi said...

beautiful pics and a beautiful spring day! 15 hours! I would LOVE that! :)

Lola said...

Great post - I love Norway!

Happy Ruby Tuesday!

Mine's HERE!


Ralph said...

All excellent rubies! Spring allows us to shed the indoor places we inhabit so much when it was cold - the warm season is a time for all to end their hibernation. Including the cattle! I have never doubted the existence of angels, although I seem more sure as I have aged and seem to now see when...It gets dark late over there!

EG CameraGirl said...

Looks to me that you had a lovely holiday. Flea markets are so much fun. I love the cow sign, probably because I live in the country. :)

Mirage (gizelle) said...

I love flea markets! Books books! Spring cleaning? One man's trash is another's treasure ;)

-Happy RT! -Gizelle, Vienna

Anna, Japan said...

So many reds! love the bike!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Philippines AND Korea also celebrates labor on May first. Great photos Felisol!

Nostalgic Rubies

Kris said...

YAY for May! And YAY for the sun being up 15 hours a day and YAY for cow signs! Those are all nice piccies though. YAY!

maryt/theteach said...

Great shots of all the may 1 activities, Felisol! Thanks for participating in Ruby Tuesday so loyaly all this time! :)

EJ said...

Very interesting tradition and history.

Hard Work Ruby

Ivon said...

Well my cousin, I hope this Ruby Tuesday finds you felling better and allowing you to enjoy your long days of sunlight. My son is in Anchorage, Alaska, and his daylight might be the same as yours or a little more. For him, the sun rises around 6 am and sets around 10 pm. I always enjoy your posts. You have great pictures and I love the story you tell about each one. Take care.

Kim, USA said...

Indeed it is about time to celebrate Spring. Nice post! Happy RRT!


Hootin Anni said...

Love the tour of your homeland. And cultures for May day.

My Ruby Tuesday is a joke [PG-13] today. Do come by for a visit, won't you?!!


MaR said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful May first.
15 hours of daylight seems very unique!
My Ruby Tuesday

Ron Cooper said...

Love your wonderful pix and captions...thanks for sharing :)

Ron said...

Oh how I love all of those Norwegian reminders in red!! nd also, you will enjoy Billy Graham's book about angels...

I just love visiting your page elisol... it always has a touch of Norway and it touches my heart.


Marice said...

wow! fun time indeed :) we also celebrates labor day on the 1st May :)

u may view mine too here

Tanya said...

Wonderful pics!! The vivid colors invoke Springtime. My favorite is the one taken outside the the graveyard.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I really appreciated your comment!

Crown of Beauty said...

Lovely post, as usual! Sun is up fifteen hours a day? And I guess when summer comes, daylight will be even longer!

I like what you said -- Life is phenomenal!

Your blog posts do celebrate life. It is such a blessing for me each time I visit here.


Carol Joy said...

Felisol you are such a darling Norwegian girl!!! My sister Sonja met you first and now I have to tell you I love reading your posts too! My Norske genes just come right to the surface when I hear you talk, you'll be getting ready for the 17th of May soon, yes? I am covering my floor with my mother's growing up Norwegian pictures to show my aunts and cousins this summer when we hop from Oslo to Tromso where my daughter will be married (my mother's hometown), can't wait! Keep on KEEPING THE FAITH Felisol, I love angels too! Be thinking of you somewhere over there as I'm drinking lots of pots of Norske coffee!!! (p.s. I love the look of the MC Seniors you pictured, too cute for words!)
Your Norwegian cronie,
Carol Joy

Terry said...

dear felisol..what a great way to spend your may 1st freedom day holiday!
what a blessed thing to be so free!
mom golden would so loved to have gone with you to the flea market.
whenever she goes to good will or salvation army thrift shops, she comes home almost every time with embroidery or lace table cloths, and in her case, pretty wall plates and fancy frames and dresses for grace and me....EVERY time!
just imagine though how many treasures would be in this norway flea market...a years worth of saving all the stuff!!
i always, when i see one buy billy graham's books.
.he wrote another angel book too is called "angels, angels, angels"
i don't have to be convinced of their secret agent job.
see all of those motorcycles you have here...bernie and i drove thousands of miles out west five times by motorcycle and so many times we were prevented from accidents...we could feel the protection.
one man from the church used to say that "when bernie and terry travel out west on their "murdercycle" that god was having a whole army of guardian angels looking after them, so that they wouldn't become just two "grease spots" on the road"....ha!
i love the picture of the sheep felisol and just to think that aunt lily, one of god's own sheep, herself has just like those cows left the green pastures of earth and gone to much more greener pastures in heaven and is with the great shepherd himself!
such a lovely post my dearest terry

i wonder where amrita is felisol?

Amrita said...

Hi Felisol. I am enjoying catching up with your remarkable entries.

I have that book by Billy Graham, its really a good treatise on angels.

The MC people look like they are prepared for a great adventure trip. I would love to ride pillon.

The siter with the sheep grazing looks so pastoral, right out of a European novel.
I love sheep.