with grandchildren (oldest to youngest) Joakim, Silje and Lars.
Friday I was able to enjoy the Syttende Mai Celebration in Norway.
May 17th is Norwegian Independence Day and can be compared to our
4th of July. The celebration began at the Evje church..
Norwegians dress for the occasion in their costumes that are specific
to the area of Norway that they live in.
parade proceeds from the church to down-town Evje. Today it rained
during the parade. This did not dampen the spirits of those that
are my cousins Kristine,
Egil, Randi and Berit.
is Kristine's dad Ingvard
and her daughter Ingeborg.
is where I am staying while in Evje. This is the home of Erik and
Borghild Kjebekk. Here we are having breakfast on Saturday morning.
Any yes, I am gaining weight. Here is a short video of their homestead.
the cabin of Anne Mae and Olav Hovda.
River Otra that runs through Evje and the Setesdal valley.
My cousin Berit wearing her grandmother's (my great grandmother's)
apron and scarf.
supper at Erik and Borghil's daughter Kristin and Paul's.
of one of the children baptised at the Sunday church service.
and Rolf's home in Kristiansand.
prepared a salmon dinner.
is helping Kristine get ready for afternoon coffee and desert.
and Kristine open her tea set.
Visit with Reidar and
Margit Kjebekk. They own the farm Kjebekk, where my grandfather
was born. Eat your heart out.
is the Hillestad Gallery which was a farm until 40 years ago located
in the Tovdal Valley, Norway. The owners were awarded the King's
Gold Medal for their work in creating this gallery and surroundings.
Borghild, Kirsten and Laila, Borghild's sister and niece.
Church built in 1820. Original it was painted red About
40 years ago there was a major argument when some wanted it painted
white and some wanted to leave it read. Local government became
involved and it was decided that it would be panted white.
the Syttende Mai celebration Berit and Ingvard treated us to a buffet
in Byglandsfjorden. I had a bit of operator error with my camera
and had to get these photos from Kristine.
costume was Kristine's when she was a little girl.
22, 2013... Today we visited Reidar and Snefried (Erik's sister)
at Sukkestoel. There are no roads to their cabin therefore we enjoyed
a short boat ride by Sea Captain Reidar Johnson.I have also created
a short video of the trip. Click Here
were treated to a meal of Gule ertersoup with mutton cured in sea
salt. The soup also has potatoes, carrots and rutabaga. I hope I
am explaining this properly as it is difficult to translate. Either
way it sure was good. Reidar and Snefried are from Lakselv about
as far north in Norway that go. The curred mutton is only available
in that area. alogn with the soup there were pancakes with ham pieces
mixed in. These do not taste like our pancakes. They are about the
size of a plate and very thin. Since I had eaten earlier in the
day, I had only three bowls of soup and three pancakes.
course, we moved to the sitting room and had desert and coffee.
is a tapestry of a reindeer from Finland.
May 25 we met some of the children of Olaf Kjebekk (Big Olaf) at
the Berta and Oddvar home in Kristiansand. In 1942 Big Olaf was
killed in a nickel mine accident in Evje, Norway. He left behind
his wife and 10 children.
dinner we had soup and many different kinds of homemade bread. This
was followed by a type of chocolate pudding with a vanilla cream
sauce and ice cream.
posed with a doll that my grandfather had sent to her from the United
States when she was a little girl.
Olaf's son Tormod Kjebekk
Olaf's daughter Gudrun
Olaf's daughter Olga. Olga is 80 years old. She still jogs in the
summer and cross country skis in the winter.
Kjebekk and his sister Snefrid and brother Odd
more than an hour and a half after the soup dinner we were served
with coffee, cyder and all of these goodies.
24 I visited my cousin Kristine, her husband Rolf and heir daughter
Ingeborg. Ingeborg was not feeling well during my first visit. She
was much better today and far more ambitious.
sand box is her favorite place to play.
is showing off her new Harley Davidson shirt.
Kristine, Ingeborg and
I traveled to Evje later in the day.
She is a little unsure of me but allowed me to take her from
the car seat and hold her for a while. At least until grandpa got