Today, I thought I would show you what gardening looks like when you live in Kjerringøy, Norway (population 450) a village, above the Arctic Circle. The Kjerringøy Trading Post was in its heyday from 1829 until the 1860’s. This was the most northern port for fishermen, who would set out in their small boats, going farther north for the herring. When they returned there was shelter here, a store, a saloon, a church and a place to sell their herring. The folks at the trading post smoked the herring. Big ships, bringing in supplies from all over the world, would come here and load up with herring and other fish and be on their way, south again. It was a win-win for the trading post owners.
On this cruise, we have learned a lot about the Vikings. Those Vikings went everywhere. And, one of the reasons they pillaged was because they soon learned, it was easier to take from the other folks than it was to try and grow anything here in these conditions. They weren’t going to make it as farmers! That, and I think they liked scaring the Hell out of everybody! Many folks, when they saw them approaching their shores, just went down to meet them and asked what they would settle for, in exchange for leaving them alone. What they asked for, they received. Well let’s see for ourselves, what we have here!
Grasses are growing on the roof tops. There are 15 buildings in the settlement and several have the sod roofs. The main purpose of the sod is to hold the strips of birch bark that keeps “the under roof “in place. The sod insulates the roof, keeping the warmth in the building in the winter and cool in the summer. The vegetation also acts as a barrier to absorb noise from the outside world. Yeah, all those loud Vikings and drunk fishermen!
The garden path…………there are many ups and down…….it is not level here!
Underneath that spit of dry grass, there is marble rock……….
The grasses grow……..
and some kind of purpley flower……….Nature does her thing……..
So, what have we learned here? We could be living in a place that gives us natural plants all around…….not to worry what the nurseries are offering……not to worry what beautiful plant is in our neighbor’s yard. Not to worry, if I have the right soil, enough fertilizer, or space for this or that. Just take a gander outside and admire the beauty of it all! Nature at her finest!
Stay tuned, there is much to learn about the Trading Post at Kjerringøy! A woman ran the place!
Well, that is all for this week! Have a great week in your garden!
The instructions for SOS are easy. The photos can be flowers, vegetables, a garden design, whatever, as long as it’s garden related and posted on Saturday! So, its six photos. Of Gardens. On Saturday. Easy Peasy. To see all the SOS’s look at SIX ON SATURDAY, hosted by the Propagator, to check out all of them each Saturday! See you next week in another spot!