On Sunday, I took the train home to Stanghelle outside Bergen to spend the holiday with my mum. Spending about six hours on the train gave me ample time to daydream and listen to music as a wintry Norwegian landscape flew by outside.
When I came home, I received the warmest welcome of my life. Mum’s sheltie Nelly was ecstatic to see me — her whole body was wagging along with her tail and she licked me all over! She is very hard to photograph as she’s a very curios dog who has to sniff everything, including the camera, and doesn’t believe in sitting still for any length of time. She is a complete heart breaker, though, with her love of cuddles and happy personality. Mum isn’t too bad, either!
Yesterday, I decorated the Christmas tree while mum made “krumkaker”, sweet biscuits shaped into a bowl, to hold delicious cloudberry cream for today’s dessert. Cloudberries are hard to come by, so this is a rare and delicious dessert that we only tend to have for Christmas and New Year.
Santas made by my mum
I’m writing this as my mum is preparing pinnekjøtt, the dried rack of lamb that she and my brother are having for Christmas dinner. Not keen on this salty dish, my sister in law and I are having thai crab curry, curtesy of her amazing cooking. She initially made this for us last Christmas and it was one of the best dishes I have ever had. I begged her to make it again this year and am counting down the hours until tonight’s dinner!
I’m in charge of making the beds and setting the table for dinner. All five of us, including the dog, will visit my dad’s grave before dinner, wishing him a Merry Christmas with a beautiful wreath and a candle. Dad loved Christmas and we always miss him especially much at this time of year.
Santas handknitted by me
I wish you a beautiful Christmas spent with your family and friends! It means a lot to me that you take the time out of your day to read my blog and I hope to get to know you better in 2015. God jul!