Family Visit June 2017 – Part 3

We had a boys trip out to Segla (The sail), on north Senja. At 680m / 2100′, it has spectacular views, including vertically down to the sea!

The second chunk of the accent is almost exactly 45 degrees, so the oldies needed a breather, as opposed to the ‘mountain goat’ – going, going, gone!


At the top we had an extended lunch break, chatted with people from Norway, the UK, the US and Germany. We signed the book and admired the panorama with the every changing clouds:


The scary shots:


And back to terra firmea-er:


Family Visit June 2017 – Part 1

We have serious catching up to do, with few posts for over a year. Here is the first part of Mum (Pam) and Andrew’s visit.

They arrived on a sunny day. Here are pictures from Rossfjord:








Evening meal on the balcony:


Next day it was midsummer. Acknowledging tha sleep is for sissy, we were obliged to talk a midnight stroll up Varden, out local top:




Andrew holding the midnight sun:

Mum And Dad Visit 2018 – Part 3

After a delicious pizza and pasta at Pinochios, we had a comfortable night at a hotel in Tromsø.

We wandered the old part of the city by the harbour:


The original culture house (must have been a squash):


Some other houses:

Anybody hazard a guess as to what this is?


One of the many street kiosks:


A house originally built for a wealthy shop owner which has served as a liquor store, hospital, and a seamans home (but not at the same time!):


After lunch we toured the botanic gardens. Whilst it was a bit late in the season, there were still flowers blossoming:


Some perennials:



Some other flowers:





Play time:


And some more plants:



A bit of bilingual info:


Then home via a yummy restaurant in Nordkjosbotn. All in all a nice trip!

Mum And Dad Visit 2018 – Part 1

This September we had a visit from mum and dad. Last time they had pretty dismal weather, but this time was really nice!

We kicked off with autumn walk at Rundmo in neighbouring Målselv kommune:


Can you see the king?




The river:



The hut for picnicing, with everything you need, summer or winter, kindly provided free! Just bring food.



And we headed home:



Anybody know what this, and they are used for?


We rounded off the day with some aurora from our balcony:





ALS Concert Video

Back in February we had another fund raising concert for ALS / Motor Neuron research. We’ve finally finished the video, which includes most of the concert. The songs are a mixture of English and Norwegian, each with subtitiles to the other language. It was too much work to subtitle our talking, so ask someone who speaks Norwegian to tell you what we’re saying!

The concert opens with an organ piece, but everything else is more contemporary, with about half the songs written by us. Two songs were written since Jon was diagnosed with ALS, but whilst they tackle difficult themes, neither were written out of anger or sorrow (it almost felt like a ‘download’ of someone else’s text).

The sound is CD quality so we recommend headphones or good speakers for the full effect!

If you want to ‘navigate’ to an individual song, here is an index:

  • 00:15 Nun danket alle Gott (S. Karg Elert)
  • 03:05 Lov Gud i Hans helligdom (J. Blamire)
  • 07:46 Naetre illaatha (Vairamuthu & A.R. Rahman)
  • 12:27 E du nord? (K. Bremnes)
  • 17:53 Selmas sang (E. Weel Skram)
  • 22:21 Gje Dæ Ly (K. Bremnes)
  • 27:15 Pie Jesu (A. Lloyd Weber)
  • 32:50 Winter in July (J. Blamire)
  • 38:00 I trust in You alone (J. Blamire)
  • 44:15 Herre hør min bønn (J. Blamire)
  • 50:47 Har du fyr (O. Bremnes)
  • 56:23 Come Holy Spirit, make my heart Your own (J. Blamire)
  • 1:00:48 All things bright and beautiful (O. Fredriksen)

Happy Easter 2018

Happy Easter! God påske!

We’ve just finished our 6th Easter festival week!

Highlights included:

An acapella concert with a local vocal group:

The children’s Easter festival, with the choirs:

An evening with music and pictures to accompany readings from the Holy week Bible narrative:

Easter day in Finnsnes church with all the choirs and band:

And the view from our balcony:

Happy Christmas 2018 & Highlights

Happy Christmas 2018!! Albeit a bit late. Here are some pictures from our Christmas, including Susanna’s debut as a paid church musician:

It’s the end of another worldwind year. Highlights included:

  • A fundraising concert in January. The first time we have ever experienced a packed church for an organ concert! 350 in the audience, and almost NOK 35000 in gifts. I’ve been a little unsure about making the video public as some of the playing was a bit rough, but here it is anyway (it’s long, so if you go to the Youtube page, you will find indexed links to the various peices):
  • Helping Hannah and Kris learn to ski (mostly successful!).
  • Lots of other ski trips, due to an extra long season.
  • Easter, with a real sense of celebration.
  • Visit from friends and family:
    • Tim and Tracy
    • Sarah’s brother and mum (lots of pictures, but still waiting for time to get them uploaded)
    • Clark (again, lots of pictures, but still waiting for time to get them uploaded)
  • Celebrating mum’s 80th birthday and Susanna’s 21st.
  • Our new home (visitors welcome!)
  • Trips to Germany and Ørsdalen.
  • Hiking and camping (again, lots of pictures, but still waiting for time to get them uploaded)
  • Choir trip to Trondheim.
  • A totally packed advent, with more services, concerts and people than ever.
  • Susanna’s end of term recital in Tromsø (she came ‘back’ to Norway as an exchange student for a term). She is an outstanding performer, and hopefully she’ll let us put up a clip.
  • The knowledge that so many people are praying for us. THANK YOU all and thank you Lord for so many good friends and partners.