Category Archives: Nature

First Sign of Spring

I went walking in the forest today and found this amazing blue flower. :D

Its spring. New life will be popping up everywhere ! :D yay

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Canas Dulces with Angelica, hanging out with friends and watching the Hobbit at the cinema

This morning when I woke up Mami was already awake and she told me that one of our puppies had just died.  We went outside to check on it. There was no sign as to what might have happened to it, but a fair guess would be either a scorpion or a spider had bitten it. Poor thing. It was just lying there – stiff already. It’s mommy was visibly upset, checking on it constantly, trying to lick it back to life. It was sad.

Mami made us breakfast a bit later we had a very nice conversation. After that I had my shower and I prepared to go meet my friend Angelica and her daughter Mariangel. Angelica is a school teacher in Cañas Dulces  and she had an appointment with one of the parents today to hand over the school pictures and grades to one of the students and they had invited me to come along with them.

Cañas Dulces, In English: sweet canes, is known for its sugar production. Huge fields of sugar canes surround the city.

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Cañas Dulces

As we drove through the tiny city we saw these two horses parked outside the local pulperia. Horses are a common means of transportation in the Guanacaste region. Guanacaste is known as the agricultural region of Costa Rica.

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Horses parked outside a pulperia

We drove past the village and the school and we turned left and onto a small unpaved road which led to a beautiful old house and a gorgeous garden.

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Beautiful Bougainvillas in the garden

Back home in Norway each year for christmas we decorate with small Christmas Stars (Poinsettias) indoors to light up an otherwise dark season. In Costa Rica they grow in bushes that can become as tall as 5 meters. This one is only 3 meters tall :D

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Me

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Angelica y Mariangel

The owners of the house wanted to show us around on the farm and they took us for a walk. They have cattle. I always loved this species of cattle. They have huge rabbit like ears. I am also fascinated by the loose skin hanging down from its neck.

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Cows

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A beautiful calf. It looks like its skin is several sizes too big still.

Once we had crossed the fields where the cows were grassing, we came to the banana plant area and then we walked through the bean and rice fields. It was a gorgeous day and a beautifu walk.

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Banana Palms

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Angelica showing off the beans

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Angelica and the kids with the Espantapajaros

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Caterpillar

We returned back to the house after enjoying the view over the nearby valley and then we bought each our 5 kg farmbred chickens. They were frozen and plucked already, but at very good prices.

After our visit at the fam we went up to the Mirador restaurant to get a view over the Cañas Dulces area, before we got home.

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Panoramic view over Cañas Dulces

Around 3pm we were home and I had not had enough adventures for one day so I took off again in search of my friend Bryan to take him out for a walk. We walked around in the barrio where I used to live, we walked past my old house and into Barrio San Roque where we found a Musmanni bakery where we got some pastry. From there we went back to barrio Moracia and followed the streets behind the Hospital (Enrique Baltodano) and we went to visit our old school friend Marlen.

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Marlen and Bryan

When I finally was done roaming around my sister Roshy, her husband and the kids were on their way to go to the movies and they invited me to join them. Even if I had already seen the film I joined in. Going to the movies is never a bad thing and one can never watch The Hobbit too many times :D

A Beautiful day in the forest

This week I work late because of a course that is scheduled towards US time. However that is perfect (because in Norway these days it gets dark at 3pm and sun doesn’t get up until 8:30’ish and most of the day is gone so we dont get much daylight) and now I can spend a lot of time outside in the beautiful sunny, snowcovered world!

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Yes, It looks cold! It was cold too! -17C to be clear… Thats when your snot freezes when you inhale!! Just for your information :D But its so beautiful and when you are dressed properly (which I was not) its awesome beautiful to be outside on days like this !

Planting Tulips

In August when I was in Den Haag and Amsterdam of the Netherlands I bought with me Tulip Bulbs.

Tulips have to be planted during fall to be outside all winter and to start growing with the first hint of spring, so today I have planted my Tulip bulbs!

The first thing I did was to go for a rock hunt! I drove off to the edge of the forest (where I also went for a long walk picking mushrooms, but that is a different story and not nearly interesting enough to be told today) and at the parking lot I found a huge amount of rocks that I brought with me home. These I put in the bottom of the new home for the Tulips, to avoid the earth rotting when it starts raining heavily during fall or spring (or summer as we are in Norway).

Then I filled the pot half way with earth and unpacked the Tulip Bulbs from their bags and placed them strategically on top of the earth.
The Tulips I have bought are called Black Parrot, Honeymoon and Ice Cream.

Once all the Tulip Bulbs were equally spread all over the pot, I filled it with more earth (about 10 cm).

Now all I have to do is to cover them up so they don’t freeze to death during the winter months and wait for spring to see if the Tulips survived the Norwegian winter :D

We bought a Zoo

Today I hosted a movie night for my friends and we watched the new Cameron Crowe film – We bought a Zoo, with Matt Damon and Scarlet Johansson. This is a true feelgood movie and I liked it a lot (my guests did too!).

Plot:
Recently widowed Benjamin Mee (played by Matt Damon), still grieving his loss, and decides to start life over by buying a large house with a zoo in the back.

He is a bit reluctant to take on a zoo and all of its animals and his brother is very much against the whole idea, however he decides to give it a try when he sees how much his 7-year-old daughter, Rosie, loves the place. However this causes his 14-year-old son, Dylan, to unhappily retreat into his artwork (drawings and paintings which have grown quite macabre since the death of his mother).

The zoo staff, led by head keeper, Kelly, help Benjamin to start renovating the zoo. Benjamin soon runs into financial trouble and the workers’ morale sinks, fearing the property will be sold. Meanwhile, Dylan befriends a young girl named Lily, who has a huge crush on him to which he is completely oblivious. When she tells him that his family might be leaving, he is overjoyed, which hurts her feelings.

Benjamin discovers that his late wife has left him an investment account with instruction to use the money wisely while listening to his heart. While this lifts the zoo workers’ morale, Dylan is unhappy about having to stay. He confronts his father, and a heated argument ensues. They reconcile the next morning, and Dylan admits he misses Lily. Benjamin gives his son advice on reconciling with her.

Prior to the zoo’s grand opening, the facility passes a very stringent inspection, and Dylan, following his father’s advice, confesses to Lily that he loves her and she forgives him.

The worst rainstorm in over 100 years threatens to wash out the zoo’s grand opening, and although the weather clears in time, they are disappointed when no visitors arrive. They soon discover that a fallen tree has blocked the access road, leaving visitors unsure if the zoo is open. Eventually, the zoo is well received by the community. Kelly admits to Benjamin that she has a crush on him but, “can’t get a handle on it.” She kisses him, telling him maybe they can do that again on the New Year eve. Benjamin replies by kissing her and telling her that he is looking forward to New Year’s Eve.

At the end, Benjamin takes his children to where he met their mother, explaining that it was the point in both of their lives where they became a “possibility”. He takes them through that day’s encounter, where Benjamin worked up the nerve to talk to his future wife with “20 seconds of courage,” asking her why such an amazing woman would talk to someone like him. His wife responds, “Why not?”, echoing the reason why Benjamin bought the zoo in the first place.

Watch the Trailer here:

Links on the web
Official Movie Web Page
Wiki
IMDB

Corn Picking

Today I went with my small sisters and my step-mom to pick corn from an organic farm. It was cold and cloudy, but it was very fun to pick the corn and to learn how to recognize the ones that are ready to pick from the ones that still have to stay for a while longer.

When I left I had 13.5 kgs of corn to bring home with me and well at home I peeled them and readied them for freezing. Corn stays well in the freezer for up to 1 year !

Yummy. Guess whats on the menu for dinner tonight?

A visit to Oslo Outdoor Climbing Park

Today the weather was predicted to be beautiful and sunny so I booked myself for a holiday and decided to spend it with a friend outdoors in the Oslo Summer Park Climbing Centre.

Tone gave me a daypass for the climbing park for my birthday and today she and I had a lot of fun in the park today and we tried as many as 3 of the courses.

On top of the fun in the climbing courses we could enjoy the fantastic weather and the beautiful view over the forests!

And seeing this, I cant wait for the snow to fall and start snowboarding :D

After the climbing we went to a garden center to look for some flowers and then we had chicken and pasta at home for dinner.

A really nice day !