Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Interesting fact

Today, here in not-so-sunny Løten, we are now getting 12 hours less of daylight than we did at Midsummer. I call that daylight robbery!

Tuesday, 24 November 2009


We drove behind these bad boys yesterday - in quiet little Løten! There was a long long line of them too. They've been driving cross-country and churning up the fields and forest like nobody's business. Luckily they're friendly, and won't be here too long; but while they're with us they have right of way (who'd want to argue with one of those anyway?) and we just have to live with delays, mud and mayhem on the road.
We're not at war, but our brave boys in khaki are off to Afghanistan and need to practise warfare in similar (!) surroundings. They were reckoning on frozen ground and possibly a light covering of snow, but due to global warming they go torrential rain and lots of mud...

Thursday, 12 November 2009

No more radiation

Reidar has his tenth and last radiation treatment tomorrow. The specialist explained to us that you can't see yet if it's working, but that it will keep on working for at least six weeks after the last radiation day - that means for the rest of the year.
The next step will be the cancer clinic in Hamar. He will be called in to a new course of chemotherapy. It seems that the tumour is difficult to remove surgically, so will be kept under control with chemo when necessary. So Reidar has to learn to live with it. We all do.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009


NOVEMBER - by Thomas Hood

No sun - no moon!
No morn - no noon
No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day -
No sky - no earthly view
No distance looking blue -
No road - no street -
No "t'otherside the way"-
No end to any Row -
No indication where the Crescents go -
No top to any steeple -
No recognition of familiar people -
No courtesies for showing 'em -
No knowing 'em!
No mail - no post -
No news from any foreign coast -
No park - no ring - no afternoon gentility -
No company - no nobility -
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member -
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,