Thursday, August 28

Scenes & inspirations

Succulent growing

He: Flying kites at the beach of Middelkerke

Me: knitting while the skies turned dark grey

My first self grown tomato

Cell phone photos from our Norway adventure

Visiting the zoo in the Netherlands

New sock yarn

Some nice and inspiring web visits lately:

Resurrection fern's blogger Margaret's trip to Iceland

Kristina's Canada trip

Looking forward to Amanda's new pattern and lovely new hats and jewelry in Melody's shop

Jade happened to befriend a very cute kitten, which reminds me a bit of my former pet rabbit, that has the same name and same fur colour

I once stumbled upon this great site, with a new drawing every day!

And be sure to check out Andi's Pink Wapiti Shawl!

Saturday, August 23

Expect nothing and appreciate everything

When I started knitting Keynote back in May this year, I was thrilled -after only a year of self-taught knitting - that I was able to understand a knitting pattern, of a cardigan, with not only stockinette stitch, but with a twist and a raglan ànd a twist in the raglan ;-)

I measured myself multiple times, I swatched, changed to smaller needles, didn't do the full increases again after decreasing for my waist, because I am a bit petite. And still, it's too big again. Am I disappointed? Yes, of course I am. I mean, it took me 4 months of knitting.

But it got me thinking too: it's better to know and be disappointed, then to never know and always wonder. I also learned that when knitting the body in 4.0 mm metal needles, I should avoid to knit the sleeves in 4.0 mm wooden needles. It shows and I didn't know. (I have this weird opposite knitting thing going on: I can only knit in the round on 4 dpn's and I can knit back and forth the best on circulars.)

So I made myself a promise: from now on: only large and loosely cardigans, or socks. And maybe some mittens and a new hat attempt. Because, you know, Autumn is almost there. And I'm cold.

Keep on knitting!


Sunday, August 17

Wanderlust: Norway - Return to Oslo and Belgium

On our way back to Oslo we didn't planned anything, but to make the travelling a bit more interesting we visited the stavkirke in Ringebu (which was in scaffolding), the Norsk Vegmuseum in Fåberg ( a museum about how the roads and tunnels were build through the years), and we passed by Lillehammer (a place where the 1994 Olympic Wintergames were held.)
At the end of the day we arrived at a camping with a beach and lots of mousquitos, causing us to eat our beach-barbeque meal in the tent... .The sunset was beautiful though.The next day we got up early to drive the last kilometers to Sognsvann, where we parked the car for free and took a tram to Oslo (because it is quite expensive to park your car in Oslo and you have to pay toll to enter the city).
We visited the University of Olso (faculty of Law), the gardens of Slottet (Royal Palace), we shopped at Granit, we went to see the Akershus fortress, strolled around the docks, ordered a coke and a coffee and watched the masted ships.
Afterwards we walked to the stunning and impressive Opera House.

It got closer to 6 PM, so we headed to the docks where our ferry to Denmark was waiting.

Leaving Norway behind us, sailing the Skagerrak to Denmark, we enjoyed a good meal and the magnificent sunset. In the cabin we spend the night.
And we woke up early to arrive in Frederikshavn, Denmark. Now only a few kilometers (1022!) to Belgium ;-)

Thank you, Norway, for your beautiful views, rich nature, culture, hospitality, neat campings and facilities and great weather! This trip was an excellent acquaintance and I'm definitely going back one day!
Thank you, fiancé, for driving me around and being such a nice company :-)
Thank you, readers, for your comments and for reading all the reports, I hope you liked them!

Wednesday, August 13

Wanderlust: Norway - Jotunheimen and Rondane

After a good night's rest in Lærdal, we took the ferry from Fodness to Manheller to get on route 55 that would lead us to Turtagrø Hotel (Hurrungane, Jotunheimen). We started a 3-hour hike to the Tindeklubbhytta and enjoyed the Skagastølstindane mountains we were surrounded by.

After the hike we drove to Lom (the route over the Sognefjellet was breathtaking) and found a sleeping place there to spend the night.

The next day we continued our route to Ringebu, Rondane, another national park in Norway. The scenery from Jotunheimen (which helds the highest mountains in Norway), slowly fade into this great flattened out area of hills and low mountains. We lay a bit in the sun on this kind of crusty vegetation that looked like coral and then climbed the Muen 'mountain/hill' where we had this magnificent view over a bit of Rondane. 

Sunday, August 10

Wanderlust: Norway - Nærøyfjord and the Snøvege

After visiting Bergen, we headed to Nærøyfjord. This fjord is a branch of the Sognefjord in Aurland. It's an extremely cold (yes, we tried swimming in it because it was so hot that day), but magnificent fjord!

After the swim we had another 100 km to Lærdal over the Snøvege (Aurlandsfjellet). Snøvege is one of the National Tourist Routes in Norway, which treats you with stunning views of Aurland and the Aurlandfjord. To get from Flåm to Lærdal you can also drive through the world's largest road tunnel (Lærdal Tunnel, length: 24.5 km), but we opted for the scenic route :-)

'Stegastein', a spectacular viewpoint (a walkway of wood about 31m long, 640m above Aurland), offers you a staggering feeling, when slowly approaching the glass fence to see what's beneath you.

Once over Aurlandsfjellet we continued our route and found a camping in Lærdal where we started planning our route for the next day.