A trip into the mountains

May 7, 2011 by

The girls were still off school this week, so we took advantage to have a little trip into the hills and inspect one of the many mountain huts. We had chosen to the Træet Hytte on Osterøy, which is only 1km away from the carpark. Most of the other huts are high up in the mountains and are still very hard to reach this time of year, given all the snow that hasn’t melted yet.  Another advantage of this hut is that there is a lot to do for the kids around the hut, which includes the use of boats and canoos, swings, trees to climb etc… Read the rest of this entry »


New pictures

April 22, 2011 by

I’ve just uploaded some pictures of our journey and our first week here on my flickr site.


April 21, 2011 by

On Saturday we went to the Bergen Science Museum (Vilvite). There was lot’s to do and you could use a card to record some of your activities. Here are some.

Bergen without snow

April 21, 2011 by

All the snow has gone and left some sun behind. We have been doing loads of cycling, hiking and swimming on the beach. When we went to the beach we found mussles that we ate the day after, and a crab and an unusual caterpillar. It was so cold after all the winter weather Esther did not manage to swim.

We are going to find a house as soon as we can so that we have loads of space to run around. The apartment we are staying in now is very noisy because of little twins upstairs who like pushing trains up and down the corridor and a man downstairs who plays loud music all day.

It has been hot the past few days, so we’re hoping to do even more.


We have landed

April 16, 2011 by

After a long delay and few hectic weeks we have now made it to Bergen.  We left Portobello at lunch time on Monday with only 5 minutes to spare. We had had the the most chaotic morning of packing the car, dealing with the guys from the removals company, remembering the meter readings and a few other minor details that had to be dealt with before our departure.  In all that chaos, at about 11 0’clock it dawned on us that our car wasn’t actually large enough to take the contents of four (yes four) large boxes.  So at the spur of the moment we had to decide what to do with this stuff and a quick decision was made to add it to the boxes to be shipped by DHL through the university. Read the rest of this entry »

On the move

April 2, 2011 by

We’ve had some major set-backs since we took the decision to move to Bergen , but finally the time has come to  depart. Obviously we are going with mixed feelings. We’re very positive that this is the right thing to do for us as a family, but we also realise the importance of what we are leaving behind. We have had a lot of amazing support from family and friends over the last half year which is not to be taken for granted. We do hope that you will all stay in touch and will come over to visit us, once we have settled into more permanent and hopefully more spaceous accomodation.

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The snow is back

December 2, 2009 by

After last month’s snow the weather warmed up a lot and most of the snow in the mountains disapeared. Since last weekend the bad weather has returned. We had a some friends visiting this weekend (Oona and Jean-Pierre) and on sunday had to cut short our hike to the geocache on the Mont Aiguille, because the high winds were a bit too much for the girls. The surrounding mountains were all collecting a fresh coating of snow once again. The bad weather continued during monday and tuesday, and when the sun came out today, it seemed obvious to go for some more sledging, it was super. You can admire some new pictures here.

Game on

December 2, 2009 by

The final instalment of my cooking course was all to do with game. Again we prepared two dishes:

  • Salmi de pintadeau, au raisin, sauce porto
  • Filet de biche façon grand veneur

That’s guinea fowl and roedeer, I think, only found out using the online translator the day after the course.

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The Algerians win again

November 19, 2009 by

So the Algerians played another football match last night, the third one during our stay here. The match was won and and the Algerians are through to the world championships next year. Imagine the joy and exhilaration, so there was a lot of noise fireworks etc…….. But somehow things went pear-shaped,  bins and cars were set alight, stones were thrown at the police, there was teargas and few arrests. Another riot right outside our front-door link.

All this coincided with Patience returning from a trip to London, luckily her flight was delayed and she only got home after the worst of the riot was over.

All very fishy

November 17, 2009 by

The second instalment of my cooking course came under the heading of  “Tout poisson”. We prepared two main courses, one with a very nice white fish I hadn’t come across before (sandre) and another with scalops:

  • Pavé de sandre rôti à l’unilaterale, poêlée de champignons
  • Petite blanquette de noix de Saint Jacques

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