Visiting Gjøvik and nearby villages

In the middle of February I went to Gjøvik and some nearby villages for almost a week. I stayed with former general secretary of Norwegian Lutheran Mission (NLM), Egil Grandhagen, and his wife, and travelled to and from the different meetings.

The Grandhagens have done something unique. Many Norwegians nowadays sell their houses and move into apartments in central places when they get older. Egil and Solveig have done the opposite: they have sold their house in a fairly central place near Oslo and bought a little farm in the countryside about half an hour drive from Gjøvik.

ノルウェー・ルーテル伝道会(NLM)の元総主事が都会の家を売って、田舎に小さな農家を買いました。

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IMG_8356 (Medium)I had a whole house by myself (left).

On farms in Norway there is usually one house for the family running the farm and one for the older generation, called kårstue. I stayed in kårstua, did my desk work preparations there, and had breakfast by myself. The other meals I had with Solveig and Egil.

Actually this kårstue has become sort of a retreat place. Whoever wants to stay there can sign up, bring their own sheets, towels and food, and enjoy the quiet countryside. I was told that this house is rearly vacant.

The first day I was, literally speaking, invited out for lunch! IMG_8331 (Medium)

IMG_8325 (Medium) 最初の日の昼食は外で。トナカイの毛皮の上に座ると寒くなりません。

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Egil made the camp fire and boiled water for tea and coffee, and grilled the homemade bread filled with bacon.

We sat on reindeer hides. So we really kept warm while sitting on the snow.

The house behind Solveig and Egil was originally  the home of the tenant farmer who worked on the farm in the old days. It is called husmannsplass in Norwegian.     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenant_farmer

グランハーゲン師ご夫妻の後ろにある建物は昔のテナント農家の家でした。

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IMG_8328 (Medium)Inside there are only two rooms – without electricity.

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They have made one of the rooms into a little chapel. The kichen is kept in the oldfashioned way. This little house may be used by anyone.

電気がない古い家にチャペルと昔のままの台所。誰でも入って使ってもいいそうです。

Except Saturday all meetings were held in the evening. The weather was good all week, so I went for a walk or went skiing for a couple of hours every day.

毎日天気が良かったので、2-3時間の散歩、またスキーに出かけました。(集会は夜でした。)

Randsfjorden – a lake          フィオルドが名前に入っているけれども、湖です。

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Because of icy conditions on the road,  I borrowed spikes that could be fastened on my boots. Relieved from the fear of falling, I could relax and just enjoy the beautiful scenery.  ブーツにつけるスパイクは便利がいいです。

Many places there were tracks left by animals in the snow.

色々な動物の足跡を見ましたが、動物との出合いはありませんでした。

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Rabbits, foxes and mooses have moved around here, but I did not meet any animals.

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While skiing I enjoyed the «white forest».

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On Saturday the Grandhagens invited neighbors and friends to a home meeting at noon (12 o’clock). I was asked to demonstrate ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement) in front of everybody. I cut the branches from trees on the farm. I also gave a short message from the Bible and talked about my life and ministry in Japan. And we enjoyed tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes. Almost 30 people attended.

土曜日の昼、家庭集会で生花を参加者の前に生けました。枝は近くの木から切りました。聖書からのショート・メッセージなどのプログラムもありました。参加者は30人ぐらいでした。

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 This was the third time in Norway that I did ikebana with people watching me doing it. I explain what I am doing while doing it. Everybody seems to enjoy this kind of program and take lots of pictures.

帰国してから集会で人の前に生花を生けるのは3回目でした。やりながら説明します。皆さんが喜んで、写真をとります。

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