Now the Snow is Falling …

It’s snowing right now. Maybe it will be just as beautiful as on the paintings 🎄

Timber Haulers Returning Home by Frits Thaulow, 1892, oil on canvas, Bergen Kunstmuseum

Freezing river by Frits Thaulow, c. 1892, Pushkin Museum, Moscow

A Farm at Lysaker by Jacob Gløersen, 1892, Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo Norway

Christmas Party by Lars Jorde, 1895-1896, Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo Norway

Almost A Christmas Tale

The snow fell, buses and trucks slipped off the road. Cars were stuck. Trees broke and blocked the railroad tracks
Two women had the closing guard in a shop close to the large furniture house, Ikea. They were allowed to stay overnight together with 30 customers and employees who also were forced to stay overnight due to the severe snowstorm.

Department store manager Peter Elmose said the staff prepared for a cozy evening in the staff dining room with food and delicacies, beer and the opportunity to watch football.
The overnighters slept in the department store’s exhibited beds and sofas and were offered coffee and rolls in the morning.

It happened on Wednesday in northern Jutland
It’s film material 🙂

 Drifting Snow by the Norwegian painter, Jacob Gløersen. Creation date:1889

The Shortest Day

I did this walk with awe on a hard winter day in 2011. Every part of the landscape had turned itself into an adventure due to a heavy snowfall during the night.

Happy Winter Solstice

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.

~ Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Lost in the forest

The temperature is approaching freezing point, the sun is going down, and I’m in the middle of the forest, but where?

Rain gusts had subsided over noon. I can make it before darkness, I thought, as I sat in the train on my way to the forest, Gribskov.
When I walked into the shadows among the trees, the sun was low in the sky, and I decided a short cut down to the well and the horses. A few minutes later, I stood in front of a ‘mountain’ of fallen trees on the small path which was impossible to pass.

Huge trees were broken in the storm and shattered in the fall. Spruces, pines and apparently healthy beech trees lay helter-skelter. It was a sight that surprised me. What an Armageddon when the old giants succumbed. Earth must have trembled as they fell.
I went back down the path, and had a small detour to approach the well. There were no horses, the water ran out among the stones at the bottom of the well.
The hike would be without drinking and without a map.

I forgot the map in my bustle. Who needs a map here, I thought?
Well it turned out that a map would actually have been a great help. The landscape had changed. There were clearings, where before there were woods. And lakes, where before there were meadows. Dark forest roads had changed appearance because fallen trees did room for the sunlight.

A wider forest track enticed me with sunlight, but at the same time I knew that this direction would increase the length of the route. Reluctantly I went back when the desired side road didn’t materialize.

My second choice was better suited. Still, I felt uncomfortable. The cold crept up on me, and a long walk in the silent forest would be an exciting adventure, but unpleasantly dark.
My pace went up, and soon the landscape reminded me of a hike few years ago on a beautiful day when snow crystals glittered and shone in all the colours of the rainbow.

Suddenly I saw hills further up the road and I recognize the landscape again. The mist hid in hollows, the last sunlight set fire to the top of the fir trees and the horses came curiously closer to greet. To increase my excitement ravens flew over my head as to greet me as well.

From the forest guard house sounded cackling, and soon chickens and Muscovy ducks came running down the road. The hens disappeared between the horses’ legs as if they had to test their limits. Quicker than lightning they disappeared up the hill again.

I wonder if they do that every night? Run down the road to get an adrenaline rush and to tease the horses.

The rest of the way to the station was almost without problems. I had some doubt for a moment, but relied on my sense of direction, and soon I saw the station building appeared between the trees.

What a great hike this has been. I’m just as AD-hungry as the chickens at the forest guard house 🙂

Julemand ved Grønnekilde


Ulvedalene, Gribskov
Ved Kagerup station, Gribskov

Happy Hiking ❤ …and remember all your meals 🙂

Stort Julemarked i Lyngby Nordre Mølle

I morgen og søndag den 12. og 13. december afholdes stort julemarked i den gamle Lyngby Nordre Mølle overfor Lyngby Kirke.
Jeg skal måske tilføje, at jeg ikke modtager returkommission 🙂

STORT HYGGELIGT JULEMARKED

God tur ❤