Monday, January 21, 2008
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!