Tuesday, March 13

Food Blogpost, Winter dinners in Norway

During our stay in Norway (some weeks between our stays in Spain) we are eating traditional Norwegian dinner dishes.  Here I will present some of them.

 At Christmas and around New Year we have Rosted Pork Ribs (upper photo) and Lutefisk.
The Rosted Pork Rib is normally served as Christmas Eve dinner in many Norwegian homes, but we are having Lamb on that date, so the pork rib are more a winter dinner, served with sausages, potatoes and sauercraut.
The Lutefisk is served with pea stew, potatoes and bacon.
In addition do not forget the Norwegian beer and Aquavite

A real follow-up dish from Christmas, and perhaps leftovers from Christmas, we eat: Rakørret from Valdres".
A Norwegian fish dish made from trout, salted and fermented for several months, served on lefse together with leek/raw onion, beetroot and sour cream, followed by Beer and Aquavit.

On Thursdays Western borned Norwegian have  Potetball or Kompe.
It is a potato dumpling made of barley flour and potatoes. Served with Rutabaga / Sweeds, salted lamb, grove sausages and bacon butter. As usual beer and aquavite although some drink kephir on Thursdays.

Fårikål is also an autumn / winter dish. For us it is a weekend dish because it is made to last for many days. Better and better as time goes by.
It is cabbage and lamb served with whole peppercorn and potatoes

Baccalao is also a great dish. Not only during wintertime and for many a party dinner.
Made of Klippfisk potato, onion, pepper and tomatoes. The dry and salted cod must be deluted for 2 days before put into the pot.

At last in this "Food blog" Skrei or North-atlantic Cod served as Mølje. Softly cooked in salted water and served with potato and carrot.
To this dich most Norwegians drink red Italian wines.

Please enjoy.

Wednesday, January 24

Poster paintings

Yesterday I was sitting with my iPad and my Apple Pencil playing with colours. The result can vary from image to image, but it is always interesting to find new ways to present paintings and posters.
Changing our New Year Geeting card 2018 from photo to poster is one example.

Years ago I made these two paintings (acrylic on paper) and got very good response from an artist and galleryowner in Portugal. May be this way of working can be my style. Every artist try hard to develop his or her special print in history.

The two paintings above was made in 2005 and 10 years later the painting below (the Lighthouse) left my easel

Monday, January 15

Making sketches for Springtime paintings

As I have bloged about many times, the wintertime in Oslo makes it almost impossible to sit in front of my easel at the balcony and paint. It is too cold and the acrylic paint can freeze before it has covered the canvas.
As a consequence I make sketches, either on paper or on my iPad with Apple pencil. This image is one of the digital results of colouring an image from Ålesund using the fantastic Apple Pencil.

The original photo ?

Visit the most beautiful city of Norway and make your own photo from Hellebroa.

Monday, January 8

Visiting Ålesund and View from the top of Oslo

Happy new Year

The first week of 2018 started with a visit to my birthplace Ålesund.

Coming together with old friends from schooldays in a dinner party, and use the opportunity to see the latest exhibition of Terje Fagermoe´s paintings was the aim of the visit and a great experience.
If you have good friends, see them often for obstacles occur on the roads not used regularly.
 The visit at KHÅK was very interesting, and these four paintings were still on sale (ab. 40 - 50.000 nok) during my visit.

Coming back to Oslo after heavy weather with snow and storm a visit to the top of the capital was on the program because my wife wants to go skiing. This image is of Frognerseteren is great, and please be aware of the color similarity between the snow here and in the fourth painting by Terje Fagermoe.

From the road close to Midtstuen Ski jump the low sun was rising and the city is probably wakening.

Friday, December 29

Landscapes in Norway by some friend

Some of my blogfriends have asked me why I do not publish as many blogposts as before. The answer is clear: FaceBook.
This media has taken over much of my presentations and contact with the cyber world. In addition  more friends are on this platform instead of the old Blogger. I published my first blogpost in March 2005 (in Norwegian) and have now over 10 years given you over 2000 blogposts. Proud.

In this last blogpost of 2007 (number 33) I hace chosen Norwegian landscapes as topic. I have "copied" (or stolen) phothos from some of my FaceBook friends and hope they can forgive me using their beautiful images.
The first two image is taken by my wife. The above shows the sun in a foggy Oslofjord early December 2017
The second photo is of one of Norway´s most famous mountains: Hallingskarvet (Peak 1933 alt) taken from Vestlia Geilo December 2017
This image is taken by Astrid from her neighbourhood in Ålesund against the fantastic Sunnmørsalps dyring her morning walk a day the snow has fallen.
Towards the same mountains with Borgundfjorden below the city mountain Aksla my sister Brit has catched the low sun, the beaytiful sky and the snow painting a living Christmas  three.

With these images from Norwegian landscapes I send all my greetings to friends all over the world and wish you all
Happy New Year

Tuesday, December 12

Home from Spain and preparing for Christmas

December is dark and cold in Norway. However, we like to spend some time in this special country between our long periodes of staying in Andalucia. So what is the most wanted activities up here in the North:
 Having the possibility to come closer to our lovely grandchildren in Norway and England?

or is it the possibility to eat traditional Norwegian food like Lutefisk.

or is it to stroll the city
 fronting the City Hall
and the Royal Castle.

Christmas is coming closer every day and Life is Great both in Spain and Norway.

Saturday, November 25

Friends and Family on visit at Costa del Sol

We have many friends at Costa del Sol. Not only among all the crew members at different restaurants, but also old friends either living down here or coming on short visits in their own vaccations.

 Our friends Anton and Grethe living at Manilva Beach are always coming to Fuengirola for a walk along the beaches and for lunch at one of our recommended restaurants.
 During the October school holiday in Norway our daughter and her family come to stay for a week. A lunch (paid by my sister living in Calahonda) is mandatory at the restaurant La Farola with Mago Manuel performing his magic for our Grandchildren (and the adults do not understand his tricks either)
 This year we also had an old friend (Gunnar) from DNV together with his partner (Carina) visiting.
 The sunshine boys (Arne and Audun) also find an opportunity to have talks about Organ Donation etc over a cup of  coffee. The photo session has now been an tradition, and the TX-personnel at the National Hospital always appreciate these images.
 One of the eldest long-stayers at the hotel; Irish John, is here caught during Halloween as Dracula.
and at last the Sweedish (Britt and Evert) and Norwegian (Lillian and Knut) neighbours at the hotel are saying goodby for now the day before we returned back home. We will meet again next year.

Arcos de la Frontera, Cadiz, Vejer de la frontera and Estepona

Going west. Visiting Costa de la Luz and villages de la fronteras (being the frontier of Spain's 13th century battle with the Moors) and Cadiz.
 Arcos de la Frontera are located on the top of this steep hillside. The town was a bulwark of Christianity after king Alfonso X of Castile 'the Wise' (1252–1284) expelled the Moors. He constructed a Gothic cathedral which remains on its high ridge.
 From Arcos we travelled southwest to the Atlantic Ocean and Costa de la Luz.
Cádiz, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain and one of the oldest in western Europe,] was founded by the Phoenicians. The older part of Cadiz is located behind the old city wall.
One of Cádiz's most famous landmarks is its cathedral. It sits on the site of an older cathedral, completed in 1260, which burned down in 1596. The reconstruction, which was not started until 1776
 A lunch or a drink at restaurant Cafe Royalty with it´s beautiful decorations in the ceilings is recommended. One problem for us in Cadiz. The restaurants open for dinner at 21.00. Yhat is very late.
On the way back to Costa del Sol we visited  another "de la Frontera city" the white Vejer. It contains several ancient churches and convents, and the architecture of many of its houses recalls the period of Moorish rule, which lasted from 711 until the town was captured by Saint Ferdinand of Castilein 1248.
This Sunday the ciity was crowded due to an annual market activity so this image must represent the city this year.
 Next stop was Tarifa. At exactly 36 degrees latitude, it is the southernmost point of Continental Europe, situated south of the two African capital cities of Tunis and Algiers. It is also one of the southernmost points of geographic Europe with only Malta, Cyprus and the southernmost Greek islands of Crete and Gavdos being further south, with Gavdos being the southernmost point of Europe.
An interesting city with lots of Kite people and "Hippies" as one Spanish man told us.
The image shows the observation tower: Castle of St Catalina
 Last stop was Estepona. It is ten years since our last visit to this city and it has turned into one of the most beautiful cities along Costa del Sol.

Costa del Sol - Mijas Pueblo - blogpost 4

 In this blogpost I will share with you some images from Mijas Pueblo, the white village above Fuengirola, and the Secret Garden that completely has changed our oppinion of visiting this area.
 Behind the tourist paths there is this restaurant. Silent and with good food. Find it and feel better
 Outside the restaurant the steep road can take you further up the hillside where local artists exhibit their works.
Further down at one of the squares there are restaurants and shops to be visited. normally crowded, but in +40 degr most tourists aare at the beaches.