A Norwegian summerhouse full of memories

IMG_7873This weekend has been great with nice weather, my brother and his family coming over from Oslo and a visit to our summerhouse at the island, Askøy, only 30 min. with car from where we live.

IMG_7945When I was a little girl I used to stay at the summerhouse with my parents and my grandparents and I remember that the weather was always warm and sunny. (For a strange reason my childhood weather was like this: Sun in the summer, snow in the winter. However I think it’s more selective memory than a reflection of reality!) My grandmother used to make thin slices of white bread with lots of butter, tomatoes and eggs for breakfast (my grandfarthers usual breakfast) and, because the weather was always nice, we had breakfast outside in the sun.

IMG_7907In the mornings it could be chilly after the night, but a t-shirt and a skirt was all I needed as I knew it would be warmer during the day. However it was cold on the ground and I can still imagine the feeling when my small feet tip-toed in the wet, cold grass, waiting for the sun to be warmer.

We sun-bathed all day and sometimes had a bath in the sea (I do recall it was cold, however it feels much more cold today) and the days were long and lazy. My brother and I used to play in the surroundings. (Correct: He played and bossed me around, nevertheless it is yet a fond memory, so it couldn’t have been that bad!)

IMG_7820On the “roof” of the “potatoe-cellar” (not sure what it is called in English, but it was a cellar where they used to keep the potatoes in the old days. Under the WW2 it was used as a shelter for my mothers family when Bergen was bombed…) we had our own little castle. We made weapons out of wood and a flag. I am not sure if the flag on the picture is ours or if it is my sons from when he was a toddler, but there is a flag on the castle today! Now the cellar is marked as a cultural heritage.

IMG_7938For a strange reason we didn’t use to fish a lot, at least from what I recall, but my son has fond memories from fishing from the dock when he used to stay at the summerhouse with my parents. He still likes to go fishing and so he did in the weekend. His two younger cousins followed after him!

I assosiate the summerhouse with flowers. Mostly because I was extrememely allergic, but also because of the strong colors and the sweet smell of summer. Luckily I have “grown away” (hehe) from the grass/flower allergy and can now enjoy the summer with all my senses.

IMG_7941 The sun rises early in the summermonths, around 4’ish I think, and it goes down… late. Yesterday it was still up at 11 pm.! It’s difficult to go to bed when the sun is still up, so my brother and I never managed to sleep before quite late in the summernighst. I think most parents in Norway still have this problem when it comes to getting the children to bed in June and July. It feels so wrong to go to bed when it’s still close to daylight outside!

When I was young I never saw the beauty in the Norwegian nature, at least I never appreciate it as I do now. Bringing foreign guests to the summerhous now makes me extremely proud of  my country. Everything  is so very typical Norwegian and most foreigners will say it’s spectacular and pictureseque at the same time. Maybe because of the Norwegian nature and the story behind the house?




4 thoughts on “A Norwegian summerhouse full of memories

  1. Kari

    Hei Cecilie, så koselig og lese om Breivik og se bilder! :o) Jeg har jo vært der med mormor og morfar, men husker ikke så mye da jeg var ganske så liten, men har jo hørt mamma fortelle en del om stedet. Jeg husker godt morfars frokost, mormor laget alltid det til ham når vi bodde på Starefoss i vinterferiene våre. Veldig fin reiseblogg du har, jeg leser dine innlegg og jeg sender over linken til denne om Breivik til mamma, for hun setter nok pris på og lese og se bildene hun også. Hils familien din masse fra meg og håper du får en fin dag! Klem, Kari

    1. Cecilie Post author

      Haha, ja, de tynne loffskivene til morfar husker vi vel alle. 🙂 Hils tante, onkel og alle dine. Klem tilbake fra sommer og sol i Bergen.

  2. fotoeins

    Cecilie, that looks absolutely peaceful and beautiful. I’m aware Scandinavians basically stop all business in July and August, escape the city, and spend time in the countryside. I’d love to take part in this annual ritual with folks from this part of the world.

    1. Cecilie Post author

      Yes, it’s true, at least most Norwegians are on holiday, either abroad or at their summerhouses by the sea or their cottages in the mountains. Unfortunately the weather is not always like the weather during the weekend and it can be pretty cold even in the summer!


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