Arriving

Looking out of the plane window as we landed in Oslo, Felix said – ‘that’s not snow, that’s just salt from the sea.’ And on the train down to Halden, Antonia said cheerfully her favourite phrase: ‘hot daaay!’ ‘No,’ said Felix, ‘cold day!’ ‘Hot daaaay’, said Antonia. They giggled and giggled.

It is indeed cold. We went from 40 degrees in Adelaide to -13 here. Arriving home to a chilly house and having to dig the car out of the snow before we could drive to the shop to get milk (blessedly, the engine started first time) is not without its challenges. But the snow and the gentle sun are very pretty, in a somber sort of way. This morning as I dropped the kids at barnehage I looked over at the slow-motion sunrise and saw the most remarkable thing. The sun was not yet visible behind the white forest and fields, but what I can only describe as an orange spear of light, like a laser beam, was thrusting up from the snowy horizon into the clouds.

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2 thoughts on “Arriving

  1. How beautiful! So! My telecommuting offer arrived today!! And the first thing I did? Looked into buying a Volvo in Sweden so that we can get a free trip to your blessed snow-laden lands! It will likely be November before that trip/purchase, but I will squirrel away my funds and work like the wind to convince my new employers that I can work from ANYWHERE – including Scandinavia – should you need house sitters next Christmas!! 🙂

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