Monday, January 21, 2008

Norway


Just back from a nice week in Norway, helping Hazel put up her exhibition in the Kunstbanken Gallery in Hamar. We stayed with our good friends Esther and family nearby. It took longer to put up the exhibition than Hazel first thought but despite the setbacks were able to enjoy some days out in the beautiful Norwegian countryside. We had previously only experianced Norway's natural wonders in the summer and this was out first visit in the depths of Winter. Around Xmas it was apparently 15 below zero so we had taken many layers and stocked up with thermal underwear and appropriate gloves, scarves and other woolies but it turned out to be one of the mildest January's ever and raining! The rain froze so the pavements were quite trecherous! It's a wonder any of us didn't fall over during our stay but managed a few nifty dance steps!

Above is Hazel on one of our "days off" at the end of our stay up in the hills around Hamar where it was snowier and more like what we imagined it would all look like. We spent a lovely day sledging and careering down hills on various toboggony craft. Below Archie is building a snowball from part of a glacier!
Two days before we went to Lillehammer by train which was similar and very cold but crunchy underfoot. Went to the Art Gallery or Kultur Haus or whatever it was called but they were changing exhibitions so we got in free so see some amateurish daubs from the permenant collection. Hazel bought a nice folk art looking tapestry from the only charity shop in the area for her Mom. I looked through some old Norwegian records and tapes but none caught my eye and they were rather expensive.
Hazel also found some metal gadgets for her blog - some old xmas tree candle holders.

The exhibition looked great and Hazel was surprised to find she had four rooms to fill and not the one she expected! Somehow with devilish cunning and inter-active enginuity she managed to fill the space very well. Some more about that tomorrow. I have earache due to cabin pressure so better add more when I feel less jet- lagged and deaf!

8 comments:

scrapatorium said...

Brrrr, I got chills just reading this post! Sounds like you had a lovely time. Did you take pictures of Hazel's exhibition?

Glad your back!

wastedpapiers said...

It was rasther cold but not as bad as we expected. Global warming has hit Norway as well despite the image these photos suggest. The snow feels lovely and warm if you sledge and run about enough!

Some photos of Hazel's exhibition tomorrow perhaps. Thanks for dropping by Angelica.

Jonathan said...

Congrats on Hazel's exhibition...
I lok forward to tomorrows pics.
Welcome home...
We're having a bit of cold, here
-6C or so...

Adele said...

Wow, so much lovely snow!

Roger Stevens said...

It looks and sounds as if you had a wonderful time. We had about three feet of snow covering Britain. You probably heard about that. But it only stayed for a few days and was gone by Thursday.

wastedpapiers said...

Roger, you big fibber! We were in constant contact with Hazel's Mom who told us about the English weather conditions - rain rain and more rain. We are glad we missed it!

wastedpapiers said...

Hazel said..that photo is of a very happy content lady sitting in the snow in her big warm coat and boots...how can it get better than that.A magical sparkling place.

wastedpapiers said...

hello Adele..Snow snow THICK THICK snow...