The Creative Blogger Award

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I was really surprised and very happy to find out that I had been nominated for the creative blogger award by Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life! Not does she herself do a lot of great posts on a lot of interesting topics, she is also wonderful for sharing the work of others and following her blog has made me discover quite a few interesting blogs and posts by others. If you have not been to visit I strongly recommend you go over and hit the follow button.

Here are the guidelines for this award.

  1. Contact all of your nominees and notify them of their award. You can pick as many blogs as you like, but five is the minimum.
  2. Give a shout-out to the blogger that nominated you and post a link to their website.
  3. Share five random facts about yourself.
  4. Display the Creative Blogger Award image above your post.
  5. Pass along these rules to the nominees.

I’ve chosen the people to nominate because I think they deserve the nomination. And I hope that they’ll see this as an appreciation of their work and don’t feel pressured to accept the award. They are just really great creative bloggers that I enjoy reading and I just want to share their blogs with those of you that has not been introduced to them yet.

Mother Hen – http://motherhendiaries.com

Professor VJ Duke– https://thepunchylands.wordpress.com/

Mommermom – https://mommermom.wordpress.com/

Rachel Carrera –  https://rachelcarrera.wordpress.com/

Zambian Lady – https://zambianlady.wordpress.com/

Five facts about me

1. I play the cornet in a brass band. I started playing when I was a kid and I still enjoy it.

2. I have only recently done my driving test and I’m now allowed to drive on my own.

3. I love to reading and write in cafees  while enjoying some nice food and a great coffee. I find it makes me more creative and enjoy the reading more. Sitting alone in a cafe is when I’m at my most creative.

4. I live with an Irish guy, but my english is very posh british. I’m learning a bit of Irish english so that my english won’t stick out as much when I’m over in Ireland.

5. I’m a bit claustrophobic and I really hate small spaces and crowds. I don’t mind beng in crowds in general and not in big open spaces, but crowds in enclosed spaces is really not my thing.

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Springtime!

Springtime is here

Springtime is here

Spring is here, even if it’s a bit cold outside when the sun isn’t out I can say for sure that it has arrived. Some of the early flowers has started to come out and when the sun is out it gives of nice warmth and loads up your vitamin D storage. It’s amazing to feel the sun on your face and it just makes you happy.

Nice sunshiny day

Nice sunshiny day

This weekend started with a great house-warming for some friends. Good food, great people and good fun! Saturday the weather was lovely and I spent the first part of it outside enjoying the sunshine. Went for a good walk and just soaked in the sun and looked at all the signs of spring that was popping up all around.

A nice little brook bobbling with life

A nice little brook bubbling with life

Afterwards we went to a pub called the Irishman to go check out the last round of Rugby in the Six Nations tournament. It was an extremely existing round and it all came down to score difference because Ireland, Wales and England had the same amount of points from their earlier games and all of them beat their opposition last night. Ireland’s difference was the largest in the end and they emerged victorious. It was so exiting and fun!

Ducks swimming

Ducks swimming

Today I’m going to play a concert and make food for quite a few youths that are attending a youth band my band are arranging for this weekend.

The Geo-Park

Geopark

Geo-park

The weather has been lovely lately and I have taken the opportunity to go out for a few walks. I walked past the Geo-Park the other day and I was reminded of how much I like the idea of this playground/park in the city centre.

Pipeline

Pipeline

The park is filled with stuff from the oil industry that is not in use any more. It’s located right outside the oil museum, Stavanger being the oil capital in Norway. All the stuff has been donated by various oil companies and they are given a new life in the park. And it’s very popular with the children of all ages. You can, among many things jump on big orange buoys, crawl through a pipeline, play beach volleyball or hide under a big GPR cover in the rain.

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Beach volley

I think this is a very good way to find use for all the expensive equipment that is no longer of use offshore. And the park is located by the sea and looks really lively and colorful in the sunshine. As it is a place where the graffiti artists have been allowed to use their creativity to brighten up the walls and installations.

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The sea is right by the playground

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Vacation is coming

I am very much in need of a vacation. Luckily easter is coming up and I’ll get some much-needed time off from work and other things. This year I’m going back to Ireland for a nice little vacation in my days off. I’m looking forward to this so much that the day of departure cannot come soon enough. Sitting here looking forward to my trip I’m thinking about the last time I was over and looking forward to see Ireland in the spring.

Garden of rememberance

Garden of remembrance

The photo above is from my last time over this autumn and it is from the garden of remembrance in Dublin. A beautiful memorial for those who has given their life for Irish freedom.

Dublin writers museum

Dublin writers museum

This photo I took when I was entering the Dublin writers museum. This was a great little museum that contained a lot of information books and memerobilia of Irish writers, and as you’ll know there are many great writers among them. I simply loved this museum and I would recomend it to everyone should you find yourself in Dublin with some spare time on your hands.

Sunday road trip

Today we decided to spend some of the day to take a little road trip to the beaches and other spots in the area around here. The weather was ok and there was loads of nice places to stop and see again.

Ølberg

Ølberg

It was really nice to take a drive around and even better to get out of the car in different places to see the sea and get a bit of fresh air and get up of the couch and do a bit of walking.

Ølberg

Ølberg

Sometimes it’s really nice to be a tourist in your own local area and rediscover some of the places you used to go for sunday walks when I was a kid.

Hå gamle prestegård

Hå gamle prestegård

We stoped of at Hå gamle prestegård, an old preist farm for a coffe. And at Obrestad lighthouse, sadly I left my phone in the car when we walked out by the lighthouse.

View from cafe

View from cafe

 

30 Interesting Facts about Books

Happy World Book Day 2015!

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30 fun facts about books, in honour of World Book Day 2015

SF writer Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) is the only author to have published a book in all ten Dewey library categories.

When asked what book he’d like to have with him on a desert island, G. K. Chesterton replied, ‘Thomas’s Guide to Practical Shipbuilding.’

Hugh Lofting, author of Dr Doolittle, thought books should have a ‘senile’ category to complement the ‘juvenile’ section.

Dickens’s house had a secret door in the form of a fake bookcase. The fake books included titles such as ‘The Life of a Cat’ in 9 volumes.

Playwright Joe Orton went to prison in 1962 for defacing library books. One of the cartoons he drew shows an elderly tattooed man in trunks.

Books BerlinThe first book bought on Amazon was called Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought.

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March already

Looking back on my blog, I found a post from 1st of March last year, First day of spring! Now this year it didn’t feel like the first day of spring on the first of March. Today there was even a bit of sleet in the morning. The last while it has been raining a lot. And the weather is very far from the nice one we had last year. But that hasn’t stopped this from being a good weekend.

1st of March 2014

1st of March 2014

Friday my cousin got her PhD and we went to her trial lecture, dissertation and for a dinner in the evening. It was a very nice sort of party and lasted untill the wee small hours. So Saturday had a bit of a slow start. But as the day was wet cold and miserable we went for a nice lunch at a place where they have good soup.

Soup and Sandwich

Soup and Sandwich

Later that evening we were invited to dinner at some friends house. And Sunday was used for watching the end of the ski world championship, where Norway got the last of the gold medals (in total we got 11 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze). I also went to a pub to see my first ever rugby match, Ireland versus England and that turned out to be a success.