On to Bodø, Norway

This morning we are arriving in Bodø, Norway! We are still above the Arctic Circle, but in August, it is in the 70’s here! Looking at the scenery on the way to the Port of Bodø, we find ourselves surrounded by immense beauty and remote living. Bodø is the second largest city in Northern Norway…

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

I love a good “TRAIN STORY,” don’t you? The story of the Cheekwood Estate and Gardens is just that! Mabel Wood was on a train from New York to Nashville, Tennessee, when Leslie Cheek bribed the porter, with a box of cigars, to find out the name of the beautiful young Mabel. Two years later,…

Thursday Doors at Røkenes Farm, Near Harstad, Norway

We’re making our way back to Harstad, but first, we have one more stop! The Røkenes Farm has been owned by the same family since 1673, 10 generations, with the main house dating back to 1750. As you can see from the first photos it is in a beautiful, tranquil setting! We’ve traveled along the…

Home of the Hunstad/Meyer Farm, Near Troms, Norway

We’re still at the Hunstad/Meyer farm, but now we are going to another on-sight building that houses artifacts from days gone by…….This family has made it their journey to save their community’s past and their way of life, that was not so far in the past. One thing, is for sure, one had to be…

Down at the Farm, Norwegian Style

We have been traveling around the island of Hinnøya, Norway and honestly I would like to be able to tell you exactly where we are! But, I can’t. I know we are near Troms. But, now we are crossing over the only bridge to another little island. It is an island on the island! So…

Six On Saturday; Chihuly at Cheekwood Gardens

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to Cheekwood Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee for the outdoor exhibit of Dale Chihuly. Once a year, the American, glass sculptor, picks one garden to feature his very large-scale pieces of glass. We were excited about this, because we have never been to a Chihuly event and never…

Trastad Samlinger, The South Troms Museum, Kvæfjord, Norway

We are off again and coming to our next stop……we are looking for a museum……and I can say I never expected to find a museum in a more picturesque setting! Turning off the main road and driving up the hill ……….. A closer look……I think I could wake up to this every morning! and a…

Welcome to Harstad, Norway!

We are 155 miles above the Arctic Circle and what a beautiful blue day we have! We are looking at Norway’s largest island, Hinnøya, which is considered the Pearl of Norway! We will be coming along to the port in Harstad, population 23,000, if you include all the outlying villages, Harstad alone 3,300. It is…

Crossing the Arctic Circle; The Blue Nose Ceremony!

Today, you are in store for a treat! We are crossing the Arctic Circle and following an age old tradition we are getting our blue noses at the Blue Nose Ceremony, aboard the Seven Seas, Explorer! What does that mean exactly? The Order of the Blue Nose (Domain of the Polar Bear)  is a certificate…

Six On Saturday; My Summer Garden Is Not Done Yet

Good Morning SOS folks! I thought I’d get photos of the last of the summer days! It’s finally cooling down to the 70’s in the daytime and 50ish at night! I planted the agapanthus a few years back as annuals and they have come back every year! I’ve probably jinxed myself now! I potted the…

Thursday Doors? in Bergen, Norway

We are on the way back to Bergen after visiting the Edvard Grieg House, Troldhaugen. It’s still raining, but we have settled in with it. Our guide is asked about all the electric cars here and we learn Bergen has an abundance of them because of tax breaks that were originally offered as an incentive…

Edvard Grieg Home; Troldhaugen

This morning we are going just outside the city limits of Bergen to Nordasvannen, to visit the home of Norway’s famous composer, Edvard Haverup Grieg, who was born in 1843. The bus finally came to a stop at a little lane that went up the mountain. Here we had to get out and walk the…

Moody Bergen, Norway

It does look to be a moody day on our early morning arrival in Bergen, Norway! But, this is exactly what I pictured in my mind for most of the previous month on board the ship and luckily this is the only day we have arrived in a port in the rain! No worries here,…

Six on Saturday, Finally It’s a Garden Path!

Hellooo everyone! Welcome to my SOS! It’s been awhile I know! Sometimes life just gets in the way of my blogging! This Spring, I felt we were going down that Rabbit Hole that has been my back garden………… Remember last year we placed new sod in the Upper Terrace in the Woodland Garden, because I…

The Fort at Kristiansand, Norway and a Famous Norwegian Patriot

This morning we’re taking a walk from the quay out to the Old Fort….. It is quiet and peaceful and the colors are dazzling……we could not have picked a better morning! The pleasure boats are in……. and we can look back and see the shore line of new condos and parks…….and more building is on…