Beautiful England <3

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It’s not exactly ugly where I live! Here are some pictures from life in England ๐Ÿ™‚

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Spring is coming!!!!!

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Hmm…..is this literally? ๐Ÿ˜ฎย 

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The mist we have out here is amazing.ย 

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Throwback to when we had ice on the lake!!!

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Evidence that we actually had some snow here!ย 

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This guy has heard a lot of good guitar playing!ย 

NEW SONG & VIDEO OUT NOW!

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Goodbye September.

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Moonlight โค

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When flowers go to sleep…

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When you save a crayfish, stumble into hedgehogs and see thisย โ†“

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Climbing new heights.

 

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How you meditate….

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Alien activity…

 

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When people appreciate what you do for them…

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When you find treasures in your garden ๐Ÿ˜‰

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My carrots. I’ve terminated my vegetable project.

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Fire and blood.

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How to clean a Dragon tank…not my Dragon though…

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When you get Joffrey.

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Read Norwegian…

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What is this? Someone got their finger on the pulse…

Damn It’s June Already!

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Yepp, here we are 6 months into the “new” year. Here are some snapshots of the month that was.

We have a neighbour that I was planning to dedicate a whole blog entry to. A neighbour that pretends to be รผber nice while going behind everyone’s back, trying to put up wedges between the various people who lives here. She literally behaves like she owns the whole property and in that spirit she just decided to use funds without permission to set up an ugly fence in a section of the garden. I suspected that it was set up to block my ย “jogging path” but the official excuse, which she refused to reveal in writing, was that she was protecting the flower beds from the geese. No wonder then that I laughed whole heartedly when I say thisย โ†“

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Yup, the fence was a total failure, even though she and her husband refuses to admit it. I even had to rescue a couple of goslings when they got stuck on the wrong side of the fence. It was very interesting dealing with panicking goslings and a furious parent, that obviously thought that I was a threat, I almost got attacked by one of the Geese, one of them even came flying after me when I jogged past them on a separate occasion, they are still cute though…If you ever deal with geese, bear in mind that they are only territorial NOT randomly aggressive. If you run past them, get too close to their goslings or try to feed them by throwing things at them, they will see you as an aggressor. Keep a fair distance and it will all be fine.

It’s all about babies here on the country side now. I even saw a newborn lamb when I was out jogging, with a mother with lots of nasty bloody things hanging out of her as she was just done giving birth.

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Have you ever seen anything more adorable? The majority of the lambs are terrified of humans, but these guys who live in a separate enclosure are as tame as you can get. Seriously. I would like one. They are aaaadooooraaaableeeee.

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Yeah, I’ve never seen anything like this in real life. So cute. The “kids” are so shy ๐Ÿ™‚

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I found this while I was jogging. At first I put it somewhere “safe” away from the path, until I realised that it was the only survivor. There was a whole bunch of broken eggs and lots of feathers spread around. So I figured that this was a “lucky” egg and took it with me home to see if I could rescue the life within.

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I made some new friends while walking to the post office. These guys are seriously awesome.

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Badgers are HUGE, I’ve never seen one up close before, so you can imagine my face, when I found this corpse. I find road kill around here very often.

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Life and death. You are exposed to both everyday when you live like we do.

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It is crayfish. Finally I met someone who believed me. These guys live inside the lake. They must be huge :/ I can’t believe how anything can stay alive in there :/

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Dragon swag. Check the pose.

Here are some pics from London ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a blast playing a gig with Craig there ๐Ÿ™‚

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It’s bizarre how you can live “in the middle of nowhere” in the UK but still be so close to big towns and cities.

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Last month my mother and her fiancรฉe drove to France to get some wine for their wedding. I had the responsibility to keep the house in check and decided to go into it full-on this time around. If teenage-me had seen me doing this stuff I would have been mortified. I was such a “modern feminist” when I was in high school I took ย offense, to people assuming that ” I would be cooking with my mother” or that “babysitting my siblings so much would make for great experience”, I hated anything that was stereotypical house wify-ish or what I considered to be outdated gender views. Now though, I’ve often asked myself why a woman becomes worshipped as a role model, the second she goes into a male dominated field and is a badass. Is being a badass the only kind of female role-model that is acceptable? It is an interesting thing to note that when I made my “International Women’s Day” entry last year, my list over amazing women featured women of the military and women being engaged in masculine activities, that are still ย dominated by men, even when women have a choice to pursue what they want. Lately I went to see an exhibition dedicated to a female scientist and was amazed at how small it was. It was the smallest exhibition I had ever seen and this made me wonder. Is she now considered an icon, because feminists desperately wants her to be one, or was her contribution to science worthy of an exhibit? Was it sexism that prevented her from contributing more or was it her own abilities?

Anyway, I figured out once and for all that if you want to keep a household of 6 in order and look after a kid that is home schooled, you literally have a full-time occupation .My brother was not allowed any screen time, I cooked every meal from scratch and kept the house clean and tidy. This took up all of my time for the 4-5 days I did it. You can always make short cuts, by putting kids in front of a screen, making cheap and unhealthy ready meals, living in a mess, etc. But if you want to look after kids and a household of 6 properly, it is truly a job. An ungrateful one too, because it isn’t valued in our part of the world.

 

I got a gift from France ๐Ÿ™‚

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You never know which area you’ll miss the most.ย โ†‘

Some jogging & travelling Picsย โ†“

Buy my music people. I’m an independent/unsigned artist, you support me directly whenever you buy my work! I’m very grateful whenever I see my music charting, you can also buy signed physical CDs, guitar lessons, signed original artwork, etc through my website:ย My Store.ย Remember that you can subscribe to this blog! If you read this on your phone, you just have to click on the + sign next to my pic at the top ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks a lot to those who got me back up on the amazon chart last month ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks a million!

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I got a new hobby btw!!! Check it out!!! It’s happening!!!

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THE WALK!

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Yes, nothing is more perilous than the British country side. If you doubt that to be the case, I have evidence belowย โ†“

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There is danger and death in plenty, with people mounting the evidence of their heinous crimes, in plain sight, preferably in their living rooms…

 

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No wonder then that the choice of entertainment is what it is, you gotta get them while they are youngย โ†“

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Behold, a collection of country side pictures, watch at your own risk….

Welcome to The Daily Walk!!!!!!!

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Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream…โ†‘

…and here is a visual contribution by one of our neighbours….โ†“

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My Dragon ventured outside into the wilderness, for his first outside adventure this yearย โ†“

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Re-decoration of Dragon territoryย โ†“

What you do at the local pub….one would think that the UK is in serious decline financially, judging by these headlinesย โ†“

Stay tuned for more soul gripping updates from the British Countryside….

Swimming on a roof, how to cook Mussels and Sogn & Fjordane! Lots of pictures!

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It’s so wild to experience the tube with no people. So surreal.

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The best spot is wherever there is a power outlet. So funny.

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This is the best view ever, btw. Nothing beats seeing the world from the skies.

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Hunting for food, in the middle of the night over at the hotel.

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“Mandatory” make-up selfie.

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When you’ve been living in the UK for way too long, you re-create the “meal-deal” when you are abroad ๐Ÿ˜› See what I mean?

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When my stay was over at the hotel, I had the most amazing host ever. An old family friend of ours called Kjell. A former business man, he told me of all of his adventures from doing business in Africa, to being a ski instructor in California, from being a teacher, to working at a hospital being in charge of a number of exciting things. He told of fist fights with a gang in America, hunting trips to the Balkans next to what would become Tito’s hunting lodge and a scandalous, headline grabbing news story involving a sea plane and a police officer who decided to hang onto one of the floats on said plane, as he was trying to catch the pilot ( a friend of Kjell), who had been shooting whatever deer he could find, which is illegal ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

A very entertaining stay indeed, I had the time of my life. Here you got Kjell, a real life “Indiana Jones” type of character, a proper adventurer \m/

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“The life of the rich & the famous” ๐Ÿ˜›

Swimming on top of the Aker brygge skyline in Oslo. The most exclusive area to live in Norway.

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If you are ever making Mussels….I’ll help you out a little…

First, you gotta sort them out. Any mussel that is open already from the store you gotta throw away.

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Then you gotta “steam” them. Which means that you need a steam cooker!

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If a Mussel doesn’t open up after steaming, you have to dispose of it. Steam them until they open up and have a nice orang-y colour.

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Then you are ready to dive in ๐Ÿ™‚

Perfect dinner for two ๐Ÿ™‚

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The only thing nicer than reading to yourself, is reading aloud.

Especially if the literature of choice is amazing poetry.

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I love Jakob Sande.

I don’t know if you can find his work in English, if you can’t you should learn Norwegian so you can read this ๐Ÿ˜›

Yes, here is a picture of something seriously mundane. A dishwasher. But I had never seen anything like it and loved that you put your cutlery up there in stead. Apparently it makes your forks & knifes cleaner. So there, I learned something new.

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Hmmmm…..no Cecil the Lion? I used to sleep on top of that Canadian Bear when I was a kid, I would sleepover in the room where all the hunting rifles were. It made quite an impression on me as a child.

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Whenever I was in Norway as a child I always felt that there was a Moose head staring at me. Seriously, there was always a moose head or a reindeer head hanging somewhere when you went to a house.

I remember I saw my “uncle” cut up a Moose once, Jesuuus, poor thing.

There was always a spinning wheel to be found somewhere as well….

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Look at that view!

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You will never run out of shrimps in Norway.

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No excuse. If you can’t go online, go for pen & paper.

Here are some pics from Aardal ( Fossenes dal = The Valley of the waterfalls) in Sogn & Fjordane.

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A Norwegian bakery.

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This Ladies & Gentlemen is a proper Norwegian mountain tunnel. I was so fascinated that I took a gazillion pictures and even some films. It’s so tight that only one car can drive at the time, meaning…you got some “pockets” on the side of this…ehm…road..where you can go if you encounter any traffic in the non-existent other lane.

This was very cool though. Notice how you are truly in a cave. Hardly any smooth lines.

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We went for a picturesque drive to check out “Offerdalen” which directly translated, if you were to be creative, sounds more like ” The Valley Of Sacrifice”… sounds very Viking-ish to me!

That is a very Norwegian looking farm btw, that’s the style.

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Here they would cut up trees…or would that be timber? Not quite sure how to explain it, but this is old and out of use obviously. They cut down the trees in the forest and sent the wood down the stream and that eventually led the trees here, where they were cut up. These buildings are a fine example of Norwegian heritage when it comes to old buildings and how things were once upon a time.

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The water is so clean that you could actually drink right out from the stream. I was so tempted but I didn’t dare…I was afraid of catching an infection or something, so silly. If I ever go there again I’ll give it a go.

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Dad & me.

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This Ladies & Gentlemen is a Norwegian “ute do” ( outside toilet)

It’s obviously the ancient version of toilet. But for some strange reason there is this Norwegian tradition that you should keep a cabin up in the mountains, this cabin should preferably have no water ( so you will have to go and pump it out from somewhere or collect rain water) and to stay true to tradition this cabin should also include the “iconic” “outside-toilet”. So when I was a kid, believe it or not, I also had the privilege of experiencing the “ute do”. I don’t think it is that common anymore now. But here you got one.

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More of the lovely panorama.

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Some information…We had an ancient Stabbur when I was little, in fact we had two. And we also had a house where one half was modern and the other half was really, really old, with a “Grue” which is a fireplace you put a cauldron in & stand upright in…and there was also grass on the ceiling. So pretty, so romantic.

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Just a random waterfall…

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Quality time with Grandpa ๐Ÿ™‚

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In Norway, we watch chess tournaments…Here we are watching Magnus Carlsen kicking ass.

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And here is a picture of Grandpa playing chess with his brother. Look at the style. So cool.

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There are some old copper & silver mines in Aardal so we decided to go and take a look ๐Ÿ™‚

Check these pictures out, so cool! I can’t believe I’ve been inside a REAL mine!!!

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You gotta write down your name!

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And here we have reached our destination!

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Check out how awesome this looks like!!!!

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I was almost expecting a Dragon or something.

Aardal by night.

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Yummy. I love Marzipan cake. Yum yum.

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There is no end to how many books Grandpa has. It’s so cool. I love literature and once again as I said previously, reading alone is great but reading together is way more fun.

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Grandpa loves Russian culture. He made the Icon in the middle himself.

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Saying goodbye after a week up in the Norse mountains.

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Suitable reading material. Funny enough I wrote an entry on the 8th of March about badass women where I included a number of female Russian snipers.ย 20 Badass Women!ย It’s so weird for me to read Norwegian these days. I gotta do it more.

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Back home in the UK!

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And back to doing this sort of thing…

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