4 December 2010

Our wonderful Winters.

Here in the South (Sandefjord) the thermometer has just reached  -18 oC . Its  -20oC in Tonsberg. You can tell its cold as its a clear sky and there appears to be millions of little diamonds in the snow. Brit says the diamonds start at -10oC and the snow has a squeaky crunch to it when you walk. Refreshingly lovely really.

Daily snow clearing duties

Our good friends Glenn and Anna's lovely, charming cottage. Beautiful in any weather.

Trouble is, moving it all. Well, keeps me off the streets i guess.
We are heading North, into the Arctic Circle, for Xmas and New Year, and i am really looking forward to it. This is wintertime at its best, no sunshine, no daylight, but around about mid-day there is this incredible light, it is like a grey, light blue colour and the whole area seems to hold the colour. Quite amazing, it is so intense that you are aware that something special is happening.
A beautiful Norwegian house after a light snowfall,in Fauske

The entrance to the same charming house.

Beware of the dog.

The fireworks starting over Fauske town.

It's midnight, happy New Year.2011

I am hoping to see and record on camera the Northern lights which i will share with you all, also, i will be nagging Mrs Skjerstadfjord for some of the wonderful northern recipes i mentioned earlier.

One of the wonders of the world is the Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis. Light and colours are formed by an interaction between the Earth’s magnetic field and solar particles. It happens in northern latitudes and the effect can be mind blowing. It is named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas. The chance of visibility increasing with proximity to the North 'Magnetic' Pole. Auroras seen near the magnetic pole may be high overhead, but from farther away, they illuminate the northern horizon with colour, as if the Sun were rising from an unusual direction. 
I have seen it without colour , in shades of grey, and it is equally as spectacular. Magical even.
There is a You Tube video of the Aurora Borealis, click on the link and take a look.

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