I was told earlier in the week, by 'she who tells me what to do', that we need to take a shopping trip to the Moa shopping centre, just outside Ålesund.
For once I actually agreed. Mainly because I wanted to buy some new work clothes from a shop there called Jula (pronounced Yula). Particularly I needed more socks, because hot metal finds its way into my boots and burns holes in them. The same happens with T shirts, to the stage when you pull of the shirt and think that, with the light shining through the holes, you're in a planetarium. But, I digress. I'm sure I could write a hundred blogs about the ill effects of molten metal, but back to today.
I had to work this morning, and wasn't too happy about that since it was a horribly difficult job, but as usual at my work there is always something to brighten the day. In this case one of the guys needed to do some work on his pick-up truck. No need to run it up on ramps, or go to a garage to use a lift, when all the lifting power required is available on site.
It was a lovely day, and I snapped a nice picture on the way, a view across Storfjorden towards the entrance to Sykkylvsfjorden.
The Moa centre is about 55km from Vestnes, and along the way there are many such scenes, although the nearer to the coast you get, the smaller and less significant the mountains get.
After the shopping, which included yet another visit to a damned garden centre, (Oh Lord, why did I ever get the Peerie Trowie interested in gardening again?), we headed back for home.
Here's a nice scene from Valle, looking across the inner end of Ellingsøyfjorden.
While we were in Sjøholt I took a few pictures, just since I think it's a lovely place.
Here's a view looking west through Storfjorden.
One of the most beautiful buildings in Sjøholt, although sadly in need of restoration, is the beautiful old Sjøholt Hotel.
It is a little bit grander than most of the hotels from that period, which tended to follow more of the style of this one.
St Magnus Bay Hotel in Hillswick, Shetland. The St Magnus Bay hotel was prefabricated in Norway, displayed at the Great Exhibition in Glasgow, in 1896, before being bought by the North of Scotland Steam Navigation Company, and relocated to Hillswick.
Some historians in Shetland have disputed these facts, well one actually, but we'll ignore him anyway. Although a very nice man called Erik managed to do the following alterations to an old picture of the St Magnus Bay Hotel, to make it look like it was designed by the Shetland architect Thomas M Aitken. So hopefully this picture will end up in being 'archived' as what the architect intended.
I'm completely off topic again, as usual. But never mind the journey was nearly over. We headed home over Ørskogfjellet and I took this picture of the south side of the mountains which we see from our kitchen window. The snow is receding fast now.
Well, if you've read this far, congratulations. I tend to ramble a bit sometimes.
Yun's aa fir enoo.