The past two days are the first really cool and rainy occasion here in Seljord since the snow has melted in April. There was one other day which I remember between then and now when it rained, but it had failed to cool the air or moisten the ground sufficiently before the relapse of the dry spell. This summer, Norway has had its worst drought in fifty years – possibly even longer if this beats the record of 1947, which I hope it does not. This rain does not herald the end of summer here – not yet – but with nearing the end of July, most summer vacations and the Nordic “country is closed for July” phenomenon are coming to a close.
Our garden is enjoying a much-deserved watering along with the fertilizer we applied between Sunday’s torrential downpour and today’s drizzle, and the greenery is slowly recovering from its crunchy state to something resembling life. There probably won’t be any blueberries at lower altitudes this year (they all look dead around here though not so bad higher up in the mountains), but they will regrow. Conversely, my tomatillo bushes (native to Central America) appear to have enjoyed the tropical heat we’ve been having and grew taller than me (not hard, I’m pretty short, but still), and are covered in ripening fruit. We tried one (which fell off) last night and it was delicious even green and under-ripe – I am eagerly awaiting the rest of them turning purple as they should at which point I will roast and freeze the majority of them as, barring something bad, there should be a very decent harvest coming.
As of today, T went back to work, his vacation being over along with most everyone else’s, and I am waiting to hear back regarding a course of Norwegian language that I want to take this fall (I am assuming the lady tasked with administering that has been on vacation as well), and sorting out a variety of paperwork which fell by the wayside during the spring and summer. I also feel like I am taking the first real breath since we started the moving-house fun and games in mid-2016 across two countries with a bonus renovation and sale of an apartment in a third one, and continued with renovation of this house which (with breaks) has been going on and off until this July (the painter just finished painting the exterior right before we left on our vacation). Speaking of which, this was the first real vacation that we’ve taken since all that begun, and it was very sorely needed.
Since now we are thankfully no longer (for the foreseeable future) 1. moving, 2. stressing about moving and house-buying and home renovations, or 3. on vacation, and as we now also have a real freezer, my plan is to start eating more mindfully and healthier, to undo some of the expansion of my behind in particular, and the toll moving repeatedly and being stressed and exhausted for over two years has taken on our health in general. No, I am not about to start gushing over a newly-found fad diet or anything of the sort, but there are likely to be more posts about soups coming up (the plan for tonight is a curried lentil soup with spinach), and yes I remember the promise to review some skincare as well – which, having used several things for several months, I now can do with some degree of reliability. I also plan to pull out my exercise mat and start up my short daily routine as a way to ramp up getting back into shape.
I will not comment on various frustrations with the world, society, and politics today because I am somewhat exhausted by it all with the Swedish elections coming up (my friends already know what I think and the internet at large doesn’t need to). Instead, I will catch up on communications with friends which I know I have neglected (no, social media clicks don’t count), work on my Norwegian (because my pan-Scandinavian babble is enough to get about but is neither dignified, nor good enough for the sort of job I want), and start preparing the house and garden for our first autumn in the new home, and the slow coming of the Great Dark of winter.
So here’s a pretty photo of raindrops on our window and the view of the garden beyond. I hope you are all well and, if you’ve been having a heatwave as well, getting the rain you need.