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Spring is in the air!

posted on 24th April 2006 under Nature, Spring

This blog, my Terella, is meant to be about Norway and the Nordic countries; the significant four seasons, our culture and habits. So it is with great pleasure I now declare the Spring Season to be starting for real. This means going from the dark period, when you don’t see the sun more than a couple of hours low on the horizon, a lot of snow and the temperature is mostly below freezing, to daylight until late in the evening. Already now the sun is up until 9 pm! Yes, this is the land of the midnight sun, but in Oslo we have a couple of hours of darkness in the middle of the night. Remember Norway is at the same latitude as Alaska and Siberia and looking at it in this prospective, the change from strong winter to light spring is important and significant. Since November not only the brown bears, but all of nature has literally been in hibernation and now it’s waking up and reaching for the sun. In this post, I will give you some proof:

The RoyalCastle starts to prepare for the summer:

Last week, after a meeting, I was passing the King’s Castle. In front, I found these two young girls experiencing that spring was in the air. (I had my mobile phone camera ready of course) Their winter coats were still on, but will soon be gone and as you can see, the lawn is not yet green, but it has its potential.

Some of the staff where cleaning up the King’s garden and planting to make the very best presentation for the 17th of May, Norway’s national day – our Independence Day.

Some spring flowers, Crocus, have found its way up from the defrosted ground even though there is still some snow left, as you can see in the background. Down from the monument of King Karl Johan on horse, you have a view of Oslo’s main street named after him. That will be the parade street on the 17th of May where all the children will march to salute the King’s family who stands on the balcony, which you can see in the first picture.

Let me tell you about the birds and the bees:

Every day in April, we are looking for signs of spring around our house. A couple of weeks ago, my wife showed me the scilla, which could not even wait for the snow to disappear. I just love to see this as the proof of the power of nature. Even if it seems hopeless in the cold and snowy winter time, there is life in the ground and it appears as soon as the sun starts warming it up. Not that I dislike the winter time – you have plenty of posts in my blog showing the just the opposite!

Last Saturday we were starting the same garden clean up as the King :-) and I saw bees flying around and helping the flowers to multiply. Remember it is only my mobile phone camera, but I do hope you still can see there is love in the air too.

Our first garden BBQ this year:

Married to an American gives a lot of joyful experiences. One of them is that the grill is out before all the snow is all gone. I wasn’t used to bringing it out before June, but she insists and I don’t mind. We had a visit from a couple friends from Bulgaria and my wife made some wonderful shish kebabs. My job is to grill them, which I do with pleasure. In that, I can’t resist a comment here: I would not say I am helpless in the kitchen, but most of the time my wife is most active in the cooking department – I make excellent gravies though! However when it comes to grilling, I am the master. Is it the same in you’re family?

Like I said, this blog is about the significant four seasons. Take a look at my post from January and February and you will know all about winter in Norway. From now on, the posts will be warmer, sunnier and with less clothes every day. So stay tuned!

17 Responses to “Spring is in the air!”

  1. Mother of Invention says:

    In Canada, we BBQ in snowmobile suits in sometimes blizzaed conditions!
    Just now, May 4th, we can see the beginnings of lilac leaves and blooms! Yesterday, the temp was 23!

  2. RennyBA says:

    @Asian:Yes, the summer will soon be here and then the colorful nature.

    @Lisa: Thanks for you’re nice comments. My weekend was long and lovely as you can see. Hope yourse was good too!

    @Elvy: Yes, the siginificant four seasons brings a lot of changes – as traveled a lot around the world: that’s what I like the best of Norway:-)

    @Expat: I see :-). Yes you are a bit earlier in Vancover, but we are soon catching up now!

    @Tine: Thanks for the compliments and the honor of listing me on you’re blog, I am flattered ;-)

    @April: Yes there are differences in the world, that’s why it is exiting to travel I think. Thanks for the compliments on my blog and for listing me too. You are welcome to Norway any time and please give me a hint – I’ll gladly be you’re guide!

  3. April says:

    well i guess spring fever is a global thing, huh? here in philadelphia people are out strolling. switching those frowns to smiles. finally the city feels friendlier. i am adding you to the blog links on my blog because your blog is very informative, and i’m impressed by the quality of those camera phone photos. also, i love scandinavia! i always wanted to visit norway. last year, i was in iceland…

  4. Tine says:

    I so enjoy reading your blog, I will link you to mine. Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comment :)

  5. Expat Traveler says:

    Hey Renny – the problem is that yellow bulb in all of the white and purple.. ;-) Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yeah I guess Vancouver has a bit of a milder climate and spring comes out a bit earlier than in Norway…

  6. elvy says:

    hi!
    thanks for your comment on my blog. ^_^

    after reading your entry here, i just realized how extreme the season-change up there in norway. from a couple hours of light to a couple hours of darkness. wow!

    lovely pics that you posted, i especially like the first one of the blue flowers. they’re blooming even if the snow hasn’t melted yet. like you said, ‘the proof of the power of nature’, so true.

  7. Lisa says:

    Looks like spring is in full bloom now! What wonderful pictures you have of the pleasures of being alive. :) Thank you SO much for your visit and for the reminder to visit you too! Have a wonderful Sunday!!

  8. aceian says:

    I cannot wait to see the colors in this blog my friend! I am starting to see the beauty of it now.

  9. RennyBA says:

    @Sidney: 1: Like I always say: the significant 4 seasons you know. 2: Yes, I’m afraid my blog would be black listed if I show up in anything less then than that:-)

    @Irvine: Yes and I do hope you noticed the bee too:-)

    @Cheh: That just proof the change of season you know. Have a great end to you’re week!

    @Barbara: I’ll promisse to say hi to Sonja next time i see her:-)

    @Apples: I could not have said it better myself and that’s why I love it: the change and the antisipation :-)

    @Andrea: I take it you are one of the big friends of Delaila (http://rennybasblog.blogspot.com/2006/02/doll-in-winter-wonder-land.html )Thanks for sharing you’re botanical experience and you’re praising of the nature waiking up. I understand you’re suprizeness – it’s becouse of the golf stream (tell you about it later!):-)

    @Chas: Yes, mygrating birds is a great sing of spring too!

    @Buddy: Yea, you are a bit ahead of us, but we are catching up! I’m glad you have marked our special day – I’ll keep you posted!

  10. Buddy says:

    Hi Rennya,

    We had crocuses about 3-4 wks ago, and about now, the last of my daffodils are going.

    I am stil reluctant to plant annuals (geraniums, impatience, etc.) around the house, though, as nights here sometimes still dip below 32F. Can’t wait, though.

    I have marked May 17th on my calendar as the day to make a celebratory toast to beautiful Norway and the glories of freedom.

    Be well, and have fun pursuing happiness (I quote the Declaration of Independence)!

    - Buddy

  11. Chas Ravndal says:

    the birds here are in full choir as well! Also the plants are beginning to bloom! Nice pics you have there

  12. Andrea says:

    Ahh, the Scilla, I love those, mine finished recently, but now I have blooming Iris, lilacs (mmmm!)dogwood trees, money plant, euphorbia, creeping phlox, climbing roses (and the war on aphids has begun!) lenten rose, and maltese cross about to start. Spring for us right now means lots of thunder and lightning as well. Grilling and gravy are good skills to have! Anyhow, thanks for the spring show. I am surprized you are not too far behind us here in the southern US. I am always surprized at how green everything gets in the spring, you get used to winter and forget the wonders of spring from the year before.
    Andrea

  13. apples says:

    There is nothing like seeing the first flowers come up, the first couple of leaves on a tree. The heavy clouds lifted, the sun feeling warm again. Just looking outside one day and again realize that another long winter is over. Spring and the light has come.

  14. Barbara says:

    I think all the colors are brighter in Norway — great pics! Say hi to my distant cousin the Queen if you see her. We fired up our grill for the first time tonight also. That’s a sure sign that warmer weather is coming!

  15. cheH says:

    ahhhhh spring is in the air indeed:)

    The funny thing was, after I posted about spring not many weeks ago, a week after snow came in,haha Oh no!! I’m not hoping for snow or rain these days, I just cleaned our windows last weekend :)

    hey, I love shish kebabs nammmm

    Have a nice week ahead renny!!

  16. irvine says:

    ohh cool photos! I especially love those blue flowers! mmm lovely spring indeed..

    hihi ^_^ huuggss

  17. Sidney says:

    I agree this is a dramatic change. It is hardly to believe how quickly things changes. From snow covered landscapes to a sunny BBQ!
    If I understand it right we will see you soon in swimming trunks… ;-)

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