Friday, 28 December 2012


The wind was blowing quite forcefully and was very cold.
I was glad about my new scarf my Mum had knitted for me.
Today was the second day we had the use of a car and we decided to get the second load of boxes. We can fit about 8-10 boxes in the car each time, so I think we will need at least another trip, perhaps two even. But before we got to the boxes, my sister and I decided to take advantage of the dry weather and do some touristy things. Like visiting a church. 

The church with it's upright stone
The church in question is the St Olav's church in Avaldsnes. It looks like any ordinary church, but on the other side is a large upright stone. According to legend, once that upright stone touches the church, the church as a whole will disappear from Norway. So, whenever the stone nearly touches the church, the top is cut off! Saving the Norwegian church from eternal damnation. I would have thought strenghtening the stone at the base would probably work better, but I do admit that the story wouldn't be nearly as good!

The stone in close-up.
It's not touching the church though.
After taking some very cold and windy photographs of the church, we walked around a bit to see what else was there. Well, a Viking museum of some sort, but the path to it was closed. We later found out it was due to excavations and archeology work. Hopefully we will be able to get to see it in the summer though. When it won't be so very windy and cold! 

Yeah, I know, the pose is wrong!
After the church we decided to head for a miniature New York. Or at least, a miniature Statue of Liberty! There are some coppermines in Visnes and apparently the statue in New York (which was a gift from France) was made with the copper from the mine in Visnes. Which in turn was owned by a Frenchman! It's a small world, isn't it?

This cat wouldn't come to me: it loved my sister!!
The next thing to do was get some food and we decided to do that in Skudenes. One of my colleagues had said it was a charming little village with a very pictoresque center. So, off we went again on our little road trip. I must admit it was a charming little village, but when it started to rain, both my sister and me got fed up and decided to get some nibbles at the grocery store and then go get my boxes. 


  1. Well, if you two got separated, you'd just have to say, "Have you seen my sister?" because you look a lot alike! Sounds like the two of you are having a good time together, but I'm sorry the cat liked her better than you.
    Luv, K

  2. Love the picture of you and your sister. Sounds like your having a great time. Love the church upright stone story, very interesting. Also the little Statue of Liberty is cute too. I love when you give us the history behind things. Sorry it started to rain :(

  3. What fun that stone thing is!
    Have you met any trolls?
    Your sister could pretty well be your twin.

  4. Interesting story about the stone. Don't ever try to persuade a cat to do something, because he won't -- until he's ready.


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