Sunday, 9 June 2013
Yesterday we took a trip out to A's parents cottage on lake Klosa. It's in the southeastern corner of East Norway. A's parents are over 80 and frequently stay in the cottage, accessible only by boat....and a steep climb up to the house. 'Mumma' A, as she introduced herself, greeted us at the car park in their dinghy (which Poppa A had built). She was bright eyed and looking gorgeous.....her outfit complete with a necklace and a pair of wellingtons.
There is no electricity and running water is pumped directly from the lake, if you're lucky enough to have a functioning pump. There are only a handful of houses scattered around the lake and strict building restrictions prevent any new houses from being built. It was absolutely stunning.
We took a rather nippy dip in the lake. It was definitely colder than Lorne .......but not as cold as the calanques. Totally exhilarating, no doubt our screams could be heard all the way back in Rakkestad. Once back at the cabin we warmed up with a cup of tea and some lefse on the sheepskin chairs! You've no idea just how cozy these chairs are.
We felt incredibly privileged to experience such an untouched part of the countryside and for being so enthusiastically and openly welcomed into their family..... on such limited Norwegian! Tusen takk (thank you very much) & Ha det bra (goodbye) being the extent of it.
What a wonderful way to spend a day. Tusen takk xxxx