Lille Gupu ‘camping’ trip

Well, it’s almost the end of the summer and a full moon. What better time to make that long promised camping trip to Lille Gupu in the woods above Billingstad. And what a delight it was too. Fantastic, really.

pond at lille gupe

Peaceful duck pond opposite the shelters.

We set off on the short walk to these little shelters around 6pm and soon made camp home. A roaring fire was built and the ever present sausages were soon wolfed down followed by our now traditional bananas stuffed with chocolate cooked in the embers of the fire. Oh, and a couple of beers of course.

lille gupu shelters

Home for the night at Lille Gupu.

After getting thoroughly smoky around the camp fire we snuck into our sleeping bags. The temperature dropped to about 10 degrees but apart from slightly chilly ears and noses our new cozy sleeping bags did the job.

It got light sometime after 6am, so around 7am we kicked the fire back into life to ward off the early morning chill. Fresh coffee and pancakes made up our first breakfast, followed by a leisurely stroll around the small pond, sitting in the sunshine watching the ducks chasing dragon flies. So happy to be up early and to enjoy such lovely peace and quiet (well, apart from the occasional sheep or cow bell!).

Unheedingly leaving the camping stuff behind, we headed over to the newly re-opened Gupu cafe (5 mins walk away) and we had a very yummy second breakfast after chatting to the new cafe owners for a while. It was nice to meet you Anette and also to hear some of your plans Casey, we wish you all the luck in the world, especially in 9 days lol!(Anette is very pregnant!).

That finished us off so we broke camp and we were back in the car around 12. What an amazingly relaxing 18 hours or so. Lovely to be heading home as the relative crowds ascend to enjoy the afternoon in glorious weather in the woods. Again soon please!

Stay well


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Norways finest…

Every country has it’s areas of outstanding beauty. Thanks to Morten Rustad here are some of Norways…

Wait until you have 5 minutes to spare, go and grab a cup of coffee and a piece or two of chocolate and watch this video. Goose bumps guaranteed, unless it’s just me and I’ve gone ‘native’! (don’t forget to go ‘full screen’ and turn up the music a little)

Stay well

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The ever lovely Semsvannet in Asker.

There is a 200 acre lake about 20 minutes drive West of Oslo in Norway that is a favorite place with the locals for walking, sauntering, jogging, running and generally pottering about in the outdoors and yet apart from the odd Polish guy fishing from an old row boat once in a blue moon, the actual lake is unused in the summer and autumn…..

Hmm. Time to find a spot to launch the ‘river pig’. Fortunately I have an old Honda CRV so finding a spot to get down to the water was easy.

I’ll let the photos take over from here….

semsvannet via canoe

semsvannet via canoe

canada geese at semsvannet





semsvannet via canoe or kano

Very relaxing couple of hours!
Stay well

p.s. the winter is a different matter though, and the lake hosts an annual ‘ice festival’ featuring teams of guys (and gals) who’s challenge is to haul ten blocks of ice out after chopping and sawing them from the half meter or so of ice that has formed by late March. Some ‘idiots’ also take a short (very short!) dip in the newly exposed water! Horse and carriage rides are also available for the kids alongside a roaring fire to toast your sausages on sticks. Very weird to see a big fire in the middle of a large lake! Ice insulates as they say…

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Chicken mania at Hagakollen 39…

DSCN0817It seems all things are chicken related in our life recently. It has been 12 weeks since we picked up half a dozen (see, chicken related language too!) fluffy little balls with tiny beaks and claws.

But that seems a long time ago now when you look at them, all grown up. Well, not quite grown up, lets say ‘teenage’ chickens. Still, we can’t expect any eggs this summer as it’s usually around the 20 week mark before they start laying. Plus, we were a little unfortunate with the three light Sussex chicks, as 2 turned out to be cockerels, so we sold them on for a tiny profit. Sad to see them go as they were magnificent looking chickens as well as great characters (well, not No.2 as he was a little mean).

I just wanted to post his short video to show how fussy chickens are when it comes to choosing a place to sleep. It seems that each chicken wants to sleep where another one is already settled down. Quite comical to watch this totally pointless exercise, especially when you remember that chickens are NOT fussy about anything else in their life. They are not fussy about what they eat, they are not fussy about where they live, they quite happily poop in their food or water or step in their poop and then walk all over their food or indeed each other! But come twilight you can recon on some serious squawking as they ‘negotiate’ (ok step on each other!) about where they are going to while away the small hours………

The transcript goes something like…. No, no, I want to sleep there, you sleep over here, no, hang on. You move over and I’ll just go over the top. Nope, no good, you stay there and I’ll just jump down and then back up over there…. and so on for half an hour…

Happy summer holidays to you all


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Gift horses and mucho firewood…

They say you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, which I think means saying yes when the neighbour asks if you want the wood from a 70 year old Ash tree. Even if the sheer size of the tree made me break into a sweat just thinking about it!

Turning the neighbours unwanted  tree into firewood

I think this is about half of it, which means I still have some work to do to get it all chopped and stacked before it snows. William has turned into a wood stacking maestro, making quite a neat job of it I recon. Not bad in exchange for a few biscuits…

I’ve no idea where I’m going to stack the rest of it, we are all firewooded out now, but you can be sure it won’t get wasted. Looking forward to saving lots of electricity…

Hope your autumn is giving you plenty of opportunity to get out and about among the fallen leaves before winter sets in.

Stay well


p.s. this is what it looked like before we started…

old ash tree sliced and ready for chopping

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