Snow Chaos

In parts of Norway there has been more snow than there usually is, the last week. People who has had their winter holiday has ended up spending quite a lot of it shoveling snow of the roofs of their cabin.

I experienced the snow and the trouble it can bring first handed on my way home from the National Brass Band Championship. When I was on my way to the airport it suddenly started snowing very heavily and they had to close the runway for about over an hour. This meant quite a lot of delays and sadly cancellations.  I was one of those who’s flight got cancelled, after a few hours delay. I spent a few hours at the airport quite confused, because there was not much information given. There was no room on any of the later flights so after a lot of queuing I finally got my luggage and a hotel room for the night. This was not the end to the weekend that I had hoped for. We where told that the airline would re-book us on a new flight and that we’d get a text with our new flight.

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When we got to the hotel  we got a nice meal and then headed for bed after a long day, and in my case a long weekend. A little while after I fell asleep the fire alarm was triggered and as I had not received the promised text I had my alarm set really early to make sure I would make the first flight if I should be so lucky to get a seat. This meant that I did not get much sleep that night. I got up early and had a quick breakfast before heading over to the airport, my text still had not arrived and the service phone did not open until 07.00. There was a few angels at work in the service desk at the airport. They managed the growing queue expertly and helped everyone as best and fast as they could. They got me a seat on the first morning flight and I was just hoping that the flight would be going, as the snow still had not stopped falling. By now they had managed the snow and it was not falling as heavily as the day before, so after only a slight delay with de-icing, were on our way back to Stavanger. I had a little sleep on the 35 minutes plane ride, now thinking that I would make it home at a decent time. I think I relaxed too soon because when we where almost over Stavanger airport, the pilot announced that that morning it was Stavanger’s turn to get unexpected snow and that the runway was closed for half an hour. We made it down eventually and I was very relieved to finally be able to come home.

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Almost Christmas

Last week there was a bit of snow

It’s almost Christmas again, and as some of you might know I am a big fan of Christmas. And I have a lot of things that I love doing in the month of December. This year I have, so far, not been able to do it all. This due to the fact that I came down with a really bad case of the flu at the beginning of the month. This still has me feeling off and I can’t really do too much before I get really tired.

But I was able to attend the lighting of the Christmas tree in town with my family. I have gone to this event every time I had the opportunity ever since I was a child and it always helps put me in the Christmas spirit. And I was lucky enough to be able to attend a lovely Christmas  concert that really put me in the Christmas spirit (it was a lovely concert, but some of the spirit might have come from the fever).

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Wonderful Christmas concert with Helene Bøksle at a church

I have also been able to join my family in our yearly tradition of baking Christmas cookies together. And I have gotten most of the Christmas presents when I went shopping one day with my mother and one with my brother. The two of us managed to buy 7 gifts in under an hour as we decided to go shopping just as the stores had opened, so it was before the biggest rush of people kicked in.

Today I’m getting together with members of my family to eat dinner, make marzipan and watch the finals of the Woman’s Handball World Championship where we hope Norway will win over France.

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Fudge Hot Chocolate is very nice on a cold winter day

First Day of Spring Again

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This weekend the weather was amazing. Now on the first of March when many concider spring to start the weather here has taken a turn for the worse. Sunday was sunny and bright today there is a lot of wind and some rain and snow.  I know what I prefer of the two. I can’t wait for spring to come and I’m very much looking forward to warmer weather.

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Some flowers for my Mum

I got these colourful roses for my Mum this weekend so that we could both get a little feel of spring. It’s so bad out that I’m actually thinking about postponing my planned trip to the shop.

Spring time where are you? Please come here and stay untill Summer!

Weekend of Rehersals

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View from the rehersal room

The weekend of rehersals went good. We got a lot done, but there is still plenty of work left before we’re ready for the competition.

I have been writing here about how cold and dry it has been here lately and on Saturday it had reached a peak and a few young boys playing with fireworks set a Mountain nearby on fire. It’s very hard to put out the fire in that kind of conditions and a strong wind didn’t help. Luckily the fire brigade was helped out by some snow falling late in the evening.

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Snow outside the window

There wasn’t much snow and thankfully the roads wasn’t covered. So I managed the trip out to practise just fine on Sunday.

Hope the weekend has been good to you all.
    

Busy times

View from where our rehersal is.

View from where our rehearsals are.

It’s soon time for my band to play in the Norwegian Championship again and this means that there is a lot of rehearsing and concerts leading up to the competition. This weekend was mostly spent in Oltedal, the place where my band has an old chapel we rehearse in. It’s been a cold weekend and we’ve had a little bit of snow. Sunday the sun came out and made the view beautiful.

On our way home

On our way home

The way home from Oltedal was amazingly beautiful. Trying to get good pictures from the car was not too easy, but I got a few ok shots. Not the worst view on your way to concert and home.

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Even if my weekend was really busy with playing, I still got time to go to the 30’th birtday of a good friend. It was a really enjoyable night full of fun and good friends.