Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bømlo, a ruby and emerald island

It took a long time for the spring defeating king Winter this year.
By end of April/beginning of May our beloved princess finally won.

The hiker girls went to visit one of the members' hut (hytte) on this island Bømlo just north of Haugesund. Elbjørg grew up on this farm here, om a small island with no bridge or road over to the main island.
Back then it was hard work on the farm, going by row boat to school, but also lots of precious memories from that close knit community.

Where the old smith house stood, Ebjørg has created a small park.
She's literally cut stone, made stone walls, freighted mold soil and planted.

Liv is thrilled to be back on this paradise on earth.

The hut was set up in 1963 by Elbjørg's husband. Their youngest son has taken over the farm, not to live there, but to have an open house for family and friends.

Sheep from the vicar's farm are keeping the cultivated landscape free from overgrowth. The old barn are not being used for other than storage of sporting equipments.

The barn isn't even painted on all sides. We are walking into the woods to explore Elbjørg's fairytale land.

This shed was kept to boil water for the cattle and clean milking gears.
The roof panes are old raw cut slate plates. This is an 18th century building.

The old, solid made road are now only used by hikers.

Elbjørg left and Torill are thrilled to show us the secrets of the woods.

A wood land full of yellow, smelling primroses, waiting to be picked by old ladies with little girls in their hearts.

Tilly, who also grew up on a farm, 70 years ago, has got that sweet, girlie luck look on her face.

Torill is challenging nature and forces on the edge of a steep cliff.
She's frame by the laces of the not fully sprung trees.

Elbjørg's elder brothers made these table and benches of stone back in another lifetime. The youth used to gather here in the blond nights.

Four lucky ladies with their primrose bouquets. Here was the glen where they once used to dance, helped by a fiddler or an accordeonist.

Elbjørg still is joining a dance group every Wednesday. If you doubleclick, you'll see the happy faces of she and Liv.

As usual on the coast, the weather was changing all day, from wind and gray sky to sun and blue.
Here's a boathouse/ storehouse fro fish and fishing boats. The lift hanging out from the third floor is still in use.

This is how it looks like while resting on the pier belonging to Elbjørg's hut.

Liv is greeting the small crab fishes.

Finally; dinner at the terrace.Menu hot dogs and mashed potatoes, with strawberries and cream for dessert.
God bye to Børøy. Hope we'll see you again soon.

I'm uploading this post now, cause next Tuesday is May 17th. Lots of work to be done before the celebration of the Norwegian Constitution Day.
See you on the 18th.

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steveroni said...

The truth here, Felisol: A MOST inspiring post, your photos of the island and Peeps, your narrative, and for me, the 'Grande' Finale' the National Anthem of Norway.

Thank you SO very much! (I went through the whole post two times!!) said...

How absolutely beautiful Felisol! The pictures of the hytte so reminded me of my mother's childhood hytte in the mountains of Norway.

The music is just a wonderful way to end this day.

As always, I LOVE visiting you here!!


Colleen said...

And this is why I love Norway. It is indescribably beautiful...these pictures are stunning. I miss the little lambs Bryne we had a farm right beside us and they were precious in the spring. :)

"A wood land full of yellow, smelling primroses, waiting to be picked by old ladies with little girls in their hearts." Just have to comment on this sentence... it's so moving.

Thank you for sharing this Felisol. Gratueler med 17. mai!

Annie Jeffries said...

Oh, Elise. Do places like this really exist? The place is pure magic. I expect to see Hobbits and Ents at work and at play.

Anonymous said...

Oh! Felisol! What an absolutely beautiful post....what an amazing planet we live on! I also went through the entire post twice....lingering on the pictures which brought out such deep emotional responses...I felt like a fairy child wandering through the fields and forests...! Thank you!! We finally have our internet set up in our home so I am back in the blog-o-sphere! Warm hugs from Japan!! God Bless!

clavs said...

love the shirts grandma wore!LOl! mine is here :

Robin said...

What a beautiful and magical spot. Truly a fairy tale land.

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Amrita said...

This is such an enchanting place to visit and I simply can' t get enough of sheep my favourite farm animals.

You girls are having such an enjoyable time, so glad for you all.

Enjoy the Norwegian National Day.

The pure sweet voices of the children are lovely

Chubskulit Rose said...

Such gorgeous collection of photos!

Hope you don't mind peeking at my Ruby Tuesday, thanks!

Jada's Gigi said...

This place truly IS a fairy land paradise!! I want to visit it too!! just gorgeous, sister! Ahhh the sheep! ahhh the stones ..ahhh the Barn!! so lovely!

Trish said...

Dear Felisol...i can't believe how long it's been since i have stopped by to visit!
What a remarkable group of friends.
You are so blest to be surrounded by such beauty and love.

Crown of Beauty said...

I just love the pictures you posted here - of your friends, the Elborg's farm... and early spring... everything everything so beautiful.

I love the woodlands... the yellow primroses... waiting to be picked by old ladies with little girls hearts... so well said, Felisol.

The place looks magical.

I loved the lambs!

Thank you for always taking time to show us around!