Monday, September 23, 2013

Pure therapy

I just had a weekend of pure therapy. My kind of therapy is deep breaths of ocean air, wind in my hair and watching the waves roll in from the North sea. My boys and husband stayed at home for a boys only weekend, while I flew over after work on friday and stayed with mum and dad for the weekend. And it was pure heaven, with the windy, misty weather that makes such a dramatic contrast between the steel grey sky and the green grass. I love the roughness of this landscape and the vastness of the endless horizon. I love listening to the howling wind and roaring sea. It's my paradise.











The medieval church at Orre, dating from 1250



The old vicorage by the sea, beautifully restored, now an art gallery










 



The landscape formations are not solid, but moraine deposits from the ice age. This mild coastal area is where the ice retracted first. The steep ridge has been shaped by the waves.






The lighthouse





Views towards the old vicorage, the westernmost cluster of white buildings







  


Obrestad harbour was the first harbour to be built on this coast. A rescue station for seafarers was established here in 1854.


 

Leaving this place, I always feel that I'm leaving a piece of me behind.

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    1. Thank you so much, glad you liked it:-)

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  2. Beautiful place! Going home always makes me feel complete. I am glad you had time to relax with your parents. Until next week.

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    1. Thank you, I love it to bits! I couldn't wait until the next holiday to go. Even if it's just a weekend, it helps:-)

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  3. Wonderful Photos Tove, I can see your love of the ocean and landscape in the photos, and understand its effect completely....as the sea has the same effect on me at anytime of the year - winter or summer.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ray! I can actually see the ocean from my house, but it's not the stormy, wild, vast ocean from back home on the west coast. And the landscape and weather is very different. I'm not complaining about less wind and rain, but it just doesn't touch me the same way! Glad to hear you're an ocean- lover too:-)

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  4. The very south west coast of Western Australia is very special to me for similar reasons Tove. There is nothing quite like the "howling wind and roaring sea" to remind you that you are alive. That icy chill on your face and a lung full of stormy sea air = heaven.

    Did you receive my note?
    My plates arrived safely, and I love them. Thank you x

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    1. Oh, I bet the southwestern coast of Australia is gorgeous! And yes, you're right about the feeling of really being alive! Natural forces like that don't leave you indifferent, they touch you in so many ways. It truly is heaven:-)
      I'm so glad you liked the plates, Kylie!!! I just saw your note, I'll write to you after dinner:-)

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  5. So, so beautiful...and so different from the landscape I'm familiar with. I could really learn to love that rugged landscape.

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    1. Oh, thank you Dana!!! I'm so glad you see the beauty in it, not everyone does. The typical image of Norway is mountains and fjords, and the area I come from looks more like a mixture of Denmark and the Orkneys:-) It used to be considered too gloomy and rough, but eventually it has become appreciated more and more. The pictures shows the stoney stretches of the southwestern coast, but there is also 70 kilometers of more or less continuous white sandy beach, which, due to the windy and mild climate is very popular with surfers:-)

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  6. I hope you popped a pebble in your pocket, it won't be missed and then you can take a piece home with you! I love your coastline, I would be very at home there!
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    1. I have pebbles in every pocket of every jacket I own... There really is pebbles for everyone over there:-)
      I'm so glad you like it, Pippa, I'd love to take you for a tour:-) xx

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  7. Alle årstider har deres charme og om efteråret skal man have saltsmag på læberne, godt luftet hår og røde kinder. Der ser dejligt ud i dit barndomsland.

    /Birgitte

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    1. Jeg er selvsagt helt enig, Birgitte, godt sagt:-) Så hyggelig at du liker mitt barndomsland!!

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  8. Now that is the perfect retreat place. I'd love to bring my manual typewriter there and write.

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    1. How lovely that you popped by! You can actually rent those houses you see next to the lighthouse:-) A manual typewriter would fit in perfectly! If I could choose a career all over again, I'd be a lighthouse keeper!

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