One of Norway’s famous author, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1832 – 1910), celebrated for his lyrics to the National Anthem and was also a 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate once wrote a poem ‘Jeg velger meg april’ (I choose April). The story says he was writing for a magazine who wanted one poem per month, and April was the one left. He decided to make the best out of it – in an offensive way – and his reason was:
-because it storms and wipes –it smiles and melts –it’s capable and in it the summer comes!

After all, my blog is about Norway, our significant four seasons, so let me give you another example of its powerful change: Today I had another quality time with my wife, and experienced just that and I’ll gladly take you along on our trip:

Children wading at the stony shore.

Remember Norwegians have 4 – 5 months of winter behind us – a wet, cold, windy, snowy season with daylight time down to 6 hours where we live. Don’t get me wrong; my regular readers know I love it; skiing, skating, ski jumping and even curling, all outdoors with crisp fresh air. The best of it though, is the season change and you notice and appreciate it even more when the nature wakes up from hibernation. Let me give you some promising examples:

This years first BBQ among the scilla in the garden.

Blue and white Anemone (Hepatica) – and “hestehov” called horses hooves.

The two last pics are from our trip through the forest to the beach today. These flowers are stubborn as they find their way towards the spring sun through the last year’s fallen leaves. Everything longing for the warm and prosperous season and as you can see in this post’s first pics the youngest can’t resist the first wade of the year.

The smell in the air, the songs from the migratory birds busy making their new homes and also the waves on the beach make you humble. Spring is in the air and soon there will be summer again:

Norwegians exalt the spring!

For those who really like to see the contrast to this spring time, I’ve actually posted from this very beach in the winter time last year: ‘Walking on water’. In a couple of months these people will lay on the sand tanning and even swim or play in the water. Today the water holds around 10C (50F) and in June/July it’s often above 20C (69F). So all of you who are planning for summer; come visit Norway in a couple of months and see how nice, warm and sunny it can be! If you tell me in advance, I’ll gladly guide you around or you can find a lot of tips looking around in my blog of course.

26 Comments

  1. Mother of Invention

    I can’t believe how nice it is there now! We don’t have many flowers at all yet! I can still some snow on the sides of some roads! Hail spring! It’s been a long time coming.

  2. Irish Church Lady :)

    Yeah, I’m surprised that you have those flowers already in Norway. We don’t have anything here yet, that I’ve seen! Spring please come!!!

    I checked out the beach contrast from the winter. Looks the same just all white! LOL

    Thanks for your comments about the Grizzly Bears. Nice to see you are an old softie like me! Come back and see the video I just completed. You’ll cry even more!! lmao!

    ~ICL~

    P.S. Funny that you didn’t even balk at the pricetag of my Cyber Cruise outfit!! Sssssshhhh! Don’t tell Pool Boy okay *wink*

  3. oh it looks lovely! and here we are being threatened with snow tonight and tomorrow!

  4. Looks good, although we had a few cm of snow last week. It is gone now.

    We should be having a bbq soon enough.

  5. I bet you never wanna want to live in any other country at all with such a beautiful sight everyday :D

    I must & will visit Norway someday!

  6. Last I read about Norway was in my geography book when I was 16!
    I can only remember Norway has lots of fiords!

    Looking forward to reading about your quality time with wife and enjoying the pics you post

  7. I absolutely love those blue skies. I guess I miss that a lot! We have had rather colder weather lately, small jacket outside and mostly a lot of rain on the weekend..

    Now the shores look like so much fun, a vacation in itself on the weekend!

    Oh man – P and I need to get out!

  8. Its only rain rain rain over here :-(
    wish spring would come…
    are those the hot dogs with the cheese inside?!? mmmm

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  10. Bonsoir Renny
    I really understand that you love Norway! ski, jumping etc in winter is super! And with fresh air! I love the fresh air of montain! We don’t see the snow here but sometimes if the air is fresh we know that the snow is falling in Alpen! In summer the temperature is too hot here and we need a ventilator or a clim. So many people like to go at montain to have a fresh air at night and to have relax holidays without all tourists! But if you stay in south you must come very early to put your terry towel on the sand!

  11. @MotherOfInvetion: Others from northern America have mentioned the same. That often means we’ve have some snow here a week after. I trust summer will come soon though:-)

    @ICL: Maybe Norway is better than you think LoL

    @Lime: Please don’t send it over, we’ve had enough this year:-)

    @Richard: I’m sure the summer sun will soon shine on you too!

    @Shionge: Well, never say never, but always good to be back home you know:-)

    @JustMe: It’s true – you have a good memory!

    @ET: Yea, a perfect lightening for photographing you know!

    @ttfootball: You will have sun soon too – when you get well:-)
    No, these are the original one without cheese.

    @Rod: Always good to welcome new readers.

    @Claudie: So at least you can go and get the spirit in the Alpen then! Carpe Diem

  12. Surprisingly we got a lovely weather here. Coz on the previous it was wet and cold as if winter took an extension. Love the pictures!

    I’ll keep you posted about the comments threading if I found one for blogger

  13. Just six hours of daylight?! I’d never want to get out of bed!

  14. The more I hear of Norway the more special it sounds. You seem to have so much unspoiled nature around you and it looks so beautiful.

  15. I would book a flight just to taste your BBQ! ;-)
    Enjoy the coming summer!

  16. It looks absolutely beautiful there. I am so looking forward to when there are flowers and green grass here again. Canada, well Sasktachewan is still waiting for snow to finish melting. Our front yard is covered and we have a drift in our backyard about 3 feet tall.

    YUCK!!!!!

  17. OldOldLady Of The Hills

    I love this post, Renny…And your pictures tell the story of what is starting to happen now that Spring is really coming to Norway…! Almost there in your beautiful country. Six hours of daylight a day…Lord!
    If I could travel, I would…but since I cannot, you allow me to take a virtual trip to your fabulous Norway Renny and I thank you for that…And say…MORE, MORE, MORE!

    And when you have the time, do watch that video link on my blog..Here in the U.S. our schools do not support “creativity” ay least not in the way I experienced it…I wonder if it is different in Norway. I bet it is.

  18. It is snowing here in Trondheim this morning, and this is what I don’t like about April :-(
    I also posted hestehov, or leirfivel as we call them at this part of the country, a few days ago.

    I was in Oslo yesterday and had a lovely walk in the silent garden at Kathinka Guldberg hospital, at Lovisenberg. Will be back there tomorrow.

  19. summer once again..
    national anthem of norway? hehe. i remember researching it coz that’s my song for you. hehehe ;p

  20. I do love that you Norwegians get outside, Renny! We all should do it more often. Last week in Amsterdam I got out every day and walked around for 1-3 hours. I loved it!

  21. Oh your nice April came earlier than ours.
    We had a Nor-easter blow through and we either got rained out or snow stormed, depending on the Canadian location.
    Our weather is beginning to warm.
    Might see 15-17 degrees Celcius this weekend.

  22. i love all the pictures,renny!esp the children palying on the beach.

    and the food that your`re grilling!!wow!theyre making me starve :)

  23. Great post again I particularly like the pix of the flowers.

    My scilla has just finished flowering here. Do you also call scilla maiden in the snow and is it native to Norway?

  24. Just one word: wow!
    I’ve always wanted to visit Norway and I will when my budget allows it. It’s not too far from here.
    Thanks for visiting my blog. I like yours!

  25. Wow – what a strong contrast to the ice of winter. This post was a nice warm up to the winter slowly approaching here ;) *brrrr* :D

  26. That looks absolutely lovely on the beach! And I really like the ‘frozen sea’ (in the ‘still’ sense of the word) in the second pic – great shot!

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