Sunday, 25 September 2011

A new chapter

Don't worry, the weather has not changed just yet but I guess this picture shows what I should be expecting pretty soon! I did see on the front page of the newspaper last week "Ekstrem Vinter" (extreme winter!) emblazened in huge letters and felt slightly scared. Speaking of being scared I begin my språkpraksis tomorrow morning at a very nice local barnehage and I'm terrified. Terrified, I tell you! This is a real test of my norwegian, talking to little kids who can't speak english, gulp! Wish me luck!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

The weekend

We have had a lovely weekend. Friday night we celebrated Henrik's 36th birthday with our friends, Saturday we visited three fleamarkets, picked apples & plums and today we took a trip to Sweden and now I've just finished my norwegian homework (the least favourite bit of the weekend) Autumn is certainly here and I'm trying to embrace it but I'm still not ready to give in and get all our winter gear out of storage. The idea of the long winter we have ahead is too awful to even think about!!
(top 3 pics by Vindhya)

Thursday, 15 September 2011

A catch up

I've been a bad blogger lately but I seem to have no time to take pictures. So, whats been happening around here lately?
*My British car is now norwegian. My British plates have gone and I'm now sporting Norsk plates. It cost us a bloody fortune (47,000kr = £5327) but it's worth it to me as our car has low mileage and I know its history. The same car here would cost me 80,000kr. Norway is a money sucking vampire! I now don't have to hide from the police and Statens vegvesen so I'm less stressed!
*School is hard and I have days when I really feel as though I will never understand this damn language (and some days I really hate how norwegian sounds)
*We babysat our friends husky at the weekend and learned that you cannot walk huskies enough. They just recharge and are ready to go again half an hour after a 3 hour long walk....
*Fleamarket season is in full swing and I've been finding some amazing stuff. Surely my lucky fleamarket run is about to come to an end soon?
*I've been down with a stinking cold all week after never being ill for the whole time we have been in Norway. I was proud of the whole year cold free!
* In a weeks time I shall begin språkpraksis (language practice) at a barnehage (kindergarten)
To say I'm nervous would be an understatement. I have not worked with children for over a year now plus I'm gonna have to speak norwegian! God help me!

Friday, 9 September 2011

It's the weekend!

We are off to the cabin with a year old husky- should be interesting!?
Have a great weekend folks! The sun is out, the sky is blue!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

ikke så flink

Life is busy right now with school- full time school! It's been a shock to the system to be getting up at 6am again and then getting home and spending a good few hours studying. My new course is very hard, a huge step up from my last one. I feel as though I have skipped a whole level. I went from feeling pretty clever during the summer to feeling like a total muppet after a week back in class! I have cried, threatened to go home to England,bitched and moaned for the last week but now it's time to pull up my socks and get on with the job in hand! I'm very lucky that Henrik is right behind me, encouraging me to study, helping me, marking my work for mistakes- but sometimes I can't help but want to whack him over the head with my text book for being norwegian in the first place!

Monday, 5 September 2011

A new season

Autumn is here (which I'm not ready for!) which also means that fleamarket season is back (which I am ready for!) and this season got off to a great start! Being at the cabin (and therefore being even further away from Oslo) means that the fleamarkets are even cheaper and there are less people! woo hoo!
There are not many more weekends that we can visit the cabin now, maybe only four as it's not winter proof, we already need a extra duvet and woolen socks and the fjord is too chilly to swim in.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

One year in Norway!

We have been living in Norway for one year today. I have no idea how that year slipped by so quickly! What a year! It has taken me longer to settle here than it has anywhere I've moved to but I'm slowly getting there..... Tonight we shall celebrate with a BBQ on the beach with our friends. Gratulerer til oss!