Tuesday, June 30

Thank you for the hospitality

Once more we have spent some days and nights together with good friends at Asbjørn and Anne Katharina´s summer residence close to the North Sea.
Eating excellent food, drinking good red wines, singing old Ålesund songs, climbing the hills, walking costal safari for flower picking and ending the days / evenings with Jacuzzi bathing.
Thank you for the hospitality.
Part of the weekend was late celebration of Anne Kath´s 60 birthday, and the old bunch from Ålesund gathered together for an excellent lunch, dinner and over night party.Touring the landscape around the residence included climbing steep hills, was of course part of the event including guiding through the history of the islands around
A great view down to the "farm houses" and the North Sea. Out there to the west you find Greenland as your first shore. Sitting in the Jacuzzi with camera watching the sunset from 23.30 to 23.45 was spectacular.We return when invited. (do not wait too long)

Saturday, June 27

Painting in Pastel colors

My paintings are normally known as sometimes overloaded with strong colors. During these sunny days I had to recall the view from Asbjørn and Anne Katharins´s house at the seashore at "Lepsøya" north west of Norway, and express the colors on a sunny day towards the North Ocean. Title: Land and Ocean.

Have a sunny Sunday and feel the colors warm your hearts.

Friday, June 26

Summer flowers

The garden is full of flowers. It is full summer. The night is warm and the nordic light as beauty as ever. The flowers in my garden returns every year, and we have not much heavy work to do until the blossom cheers us up and fill the property with colors, cense and sensibility.
I do not know too much about Roses and their names. The importance is, however, that the beauty in red, yellow and pink can be found everywhere around our cottage.
Have a nice weekend all over the world.

Thursday, June 25

Sign of the Day - Summer is hot

The weather forecast for my birthplace Ålesund (photo from Sunnmørsposten below) gives great opportunities for the weekend ahead.
This town has during the last years gone through a process of keeping the Jugend facades of the buildings, but renovate the interiors in most of the houses. A discussion has been giong on if the city can still be called the Art Nouveau Jewel, or if the sign below is more accurate.
In this summer heat another discussion has also come to the surface in tabloids. The signs from Denmark are my contribution to this debate.

Tuesday, June 23

W is for Women

After having removed my last painting from the easel, and recognized that we this week are on the letter W in ABC Wednesday Round 4, I could not find any better word than:

W is for Women (in plural).

This blogpost is therefore dedicated to all the women being expressed with acrylic on paper or canvas during the last seven years through a selection of 15 more.Hairstyling
The mirrorLion QueenThe green hatStar night
Golden Jacket
Pearl Tanga
Dansing in the night
Anitra´s Dance
At the Riverbank
Yes, yes, yes

Sign of the Day - "Rett i Dass"

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Monday, June 22

Leftovers at midsummer - Sign of the Day

Today´s Sign of the Day is in Norwegian (or ?) and may be a reference to Anne´s Photoblog or an introduction to the photos and video from Oslo´s new Glacier in the middle of the capital. (the sign-text in English: Banana closed when freezing)
First photos from last winter just to remind you that it is still 6 months until the sun turns again at winter solstice.
See the video of the Leftovers here.

Sunday, June 21

Solstice celebration - Midsummer in Norway

Summer solstice is the astronomical event that happens each year, when the tilt of the Earth's axis is most inclined toward the Sun, causing the Sun's apparent position in the sky to reach its northernmost extreme. The name is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the apparent movement of the Sun's path north or south comes to a stop before reversing direction.

This year the event happened at 5.45 this morning, and we celebrated Midsummer with bonfire yesterday night.

Internet vs Mobile phone coverage

I am not familiar with the philosophy behind this Sign of the Day, but we all know that the time lag (at least for some) feel different going from west to east instead of east to west.
However, how many times have you been in an area where your cellphone has no network signal coverage, or where you have no satellites in right position for your GPS?

Through internet and our bloging world persons from areas far away and sometimes almost in the middle of nowhere call upon your attention by visiting your sites. That is what happened with my two latest visitors.
Friday I first had a new visitor from French Polynesia:and then my first visitor from Mauritius call upon Arne´s Blog.
French Polynesia is located in Oceania, archipelagoes in the South Pacific Ocean about half way between South America and Australia
The French annexed various Polynesian island groups during the 19th century. In September 1995, France stirred up widespread protests by resuming nuclear testing on the Mururoa atoll after a three-year moratorium. The tests were suspended in January 1996. In recent years, French Polynesia's autonomy has been considerably expanded.
The flag of French Polynesia was adopted in 1984. The red and white colours have been adopted from historic Tahitian flags. An outrigger is depicted in the central disc over a stylised emblem of sun and sea; this is very similar to other flags in this area, for example the flag of Kiribati. In some versions of this flag, five figures representing the peoples of the island group are included in the design.

Mauritius is an island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar Southern Africa.
Although known to Arab and Malay sailors as early as the 10th century, Mauritius was first explored by the Portuguese in the 16th century and subsequently settled by the Dutch - who named it in honor of Prince Maurits van NASSAU - in the 17th century. The French assumed control in 1715, developing the island into an important naval base overseeing Indian Ocean trade, and establishing a plantation economy of sugar cane. The British captured the island in 1810, during the Napoleonic Wars. Mauritius remained a strategically important British naval base, and later an air station, playing an important role during World War II for anti-submarine and convoy operations, as well as the collection of signals intelligence. Independence from the UK was attained in 1968. A stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record, the country has attracted considerable foreign investment and has earned one of Africa's highest per capita incomes. Recent poor weather, declining sugar prices, and declining textile and apparel production, have slowed economic growth, leading to some protests over standards of living in the Creole community.
The flag of Mauritius was adopted upon independence, March 12, 1968. It consists of four horizontal stripes of equal width, colored (from top to bottom) red, blue, yellow, and green. The flag was recorded at the College of Arms in London on 9 January 1968.

Saturday, June 20

Sign of the day - P for People

P is for Petunia and her Norwegian based ABC in words and photos.

But also, as an introduction to my "Sign of the Day" posts in the days ahead,
P for People (etc.)
Have a nice search for odd signs in your neighborhood.

The last P is for Pensioners with reference to Wednesday meetings for Asbjørn, Arve, Anton and Helge in Ålesund. Too far away for participation from Oslo.
Ka har London å by på som vi ikkje har?
Ka e Nilen og Niagarastupet?
Ka e Bosporusstredet og et Gibraltar
mot ei kveldstund ned på Naftadjupet?
Hellebroa, Hellebroa,
du e Ålesund bys Golden Gate, ålreit!