Thursday, January 25, 2007

Anna at Work

On a Sunny SaturdaySome times snow is beautiful when the Sun shines from a bright blue sky and the Snow is angelwhite. But this Saturday, March 4, 2006, we had to change all our plans for the weekend. My cousin (we own the estate together, but we have divided it "privately") called me and asked whether or not I had shuffled the snow off the roofs. If not, you better be doing it now, before the snow became wet; and your roofs are broken.

- Anna, I said, the Sun is shining and it's too much snow attop our cabin-roofs. We must go out and shuffle it off.
- What, to our Summerhouse now. We have so much to do here.....

Respectable discussion followed. Winterclothes on, picked up a alumnium spade and a snowshuffle.
Into the car we went and set off on route for Summerhouse. Passing the 5 tunnels, one 4,5 miles sub-sea, and up the last steep hill (18 degrees). Wintertyres helps, if in doubt.Yes, it was snow on the roofs. I very quickly understood: Snow-shuffle. Forget it. Drive to the nearest ironmonger and by another alumnium spade. I so did. 30 dollars. For a safe roof: OK.See that clever girl up there, she's so strong, you want even imagine.
Back home - bathtube, with mineralsalt. And hot soup. Alle the heavy snow-lifting and shuffling together with a couple of wine (glasses) put us early to bed. Too exhausted but to sleep. LoL.

Next day, also blue sky and sunshine, we were very stiff indeed, and moved like 80 year old's with sticks and bowed backs. Even the local horse felt pity for the oldies, when we took a short walk nearby. So be prepared, for all eventualities. Even a snowfall or more.



Anonymous Mrs Lifecruiser said...

Holy sh*t, what an impressive snow shuffling!

You know, there are other very fun ways to exercise ;-)


January 26, 2007 1:30 am  
Blogger TorAa said...

@Lifecruiser: My physoterapheutist once told me, blushed when mentioning it.he-he

January 26, 2007 3:02 am  
Anonymous ghee said...

yeah,snow is like a sparkling diamond whenever sets by the sun :)

thats the biggest job and sacrifices of the people who live in snowy area,they have to clean the roof and its too risky,right?

so,whos the woman up there?shes so brave!

the pics are so beautiful.Thanx for sharing,Toraa.before,i got to see them only thru movies,now,I know real people with those view and everything around them :)

January 26, 2007 10:38 am  
Blogger Ginnie said...

What a fantastic story, Tor, told as only you can tell it. I do think you need to share some of that snow with the rest of us, even from a year ago! In fact, I bet you wish you had some of it yourself right now!

January 26, 2007 4:52 pm  
Blogger Gattina said...

Gee, what a lot of snow ! I am not at all used to it. When we have a LOT of snow it's maybe 20 cm ! Instead we have rain lol !
BTW do you know my main blog writercramps ?

January 26, 2007 5:55 pm  
Blogger Ex-Shammickite said...

That was last year, I think you don't have quite as much snow this year? We have very cold temperatures today in S Ontario,
-18C overnight! But not very much snow yet. I only snow-shovel the drive, not the roof!

January 26, 2007 8:08 pm  
Anonymous chase said...

tons of snow!!!! i was hoping that we wil have 1 meter here in bergen heheheheheh

January 27, 2007 12:02 am  
Blogger cheH said...

She's very brave indeed!For Acrophobic like me,this is a hideous job to do!lol

Very nice shots tor!Thanks for sharing!I like the feel of falling snow actually than those on the ground!Pls be careful rooftop snow shoveling okay? :)

Have a nice weekend to you & wifey!

January 27, 2007 1:11 am  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

What a gorgeous place! I bet it looks nice in summer too! You have more snow than we do! Good thing you went there and shoveled it all!

January 27, 2007 3:28 am  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

Wow! I can't imagine that amount of snow on a roof. And you had to shovel it off, no wonder you were both too tired to do anything but sleep (giggle).

Hope it doesn't snow any more for you.

Have a nice weekend, Tor and Anna.


January 27, 2007 4:14 am  
Blogger Joy Des Jardins said...

What a beautiful place the snow. We've hardly had any so far this winter. I don't envy you having to shovel it all though.

January 27, 2007 4:30 am  
Blogger RennyBA said...

What a lovely post and great pictures. Good to see your summer house in the snowy wintertime too!
Yes, we finally got winter here in Norway and that was about time! We've been to the winter Olympic town Lillehammer and had the same scenery - I'll post about it tomorrow:-)

January 27, 2007 1:25 pm  
Blogger Raquel said...

Hi Toraa,

I did enlarged all of it, the pictures are very clear. Wow, you did a good job on your photography! Keep it up.

January 28, 2007 7:28 am  
Blogger TorAa said...

@raquel: Thank you for an inspiring comment. I do think I'll buy a real 35mm again, a semi-pro+ type.
@RennyBA: Thanks for a sweet comment. You know you are very welcome to visit us in our Summerhouse, as soon as the climate permits.
I'm really anxious to read your post from Lillehammer.
@Joy Des Jardins: It was a hard job, and I felt it in my back, but in the beautiful Sunshine, it was great too.
@Puss-in-Boots: Thanks for the nice wishes for the weekend. Anna got the winterflue, and it has started snowing again. So we will go directly to sleep this evening as well. LoL
@Mother of Invention: Thanks for your entry, yes we simply love this tiny, charmimg spot on Planet Earth. In the Summertime. Now it has started to snow again. May be we can start going cross country skiing in the evening again. Hope so.
@cheH: great comment. I do think you would love to be there with all that snow, jumping from the roof into more than 1 meter of white powder. What a feeling.
@chase: You got the rain, we got the snow. It's not justice. LoL.
@Ex-Shammickite: You poor guy's with that cold. brrr.
Here it has started to snow again, so we never no how much it ends up with this season. Last winter, we shoveled the roof as late as March 4.
@Gattina: 20 cm is more than enough for our Cats. And this afternoon, it has started to snow again...
@Ginnie: Oh you sweetie, writing so nice words. I can share some snowy pictures, and hope they don't melt:-)).
This afternoon: Snow coming down. Where will it end, is allways the big question
@ghee: I'm flattered from your comment. It really warms me.
To live in a country with snowy winters, normally causes no problems in a modern world. But when heavy wind, in the mountains, roads are blocked, people get lost, el-suply broken... but it is much better with white snow, than without during the long and dark winternights - so in great contrast to the summernights - so unbelieveable light - even with sun 24 hours.
And now, snowing again...

January 28, 2007 4:23 pm  
Blogger lime said...

gorgeous pictures, even though the snow was a bit of a threat

January 29, 2007 1:58 pm  

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