The slide into winter is definitely accelerating.
The Trees: Just about the only thing left on the trees now are the berries. At first this seemed a little odd because in England there are so many birds which eat the berries they are always gone before the leaves fall, but here there only seem to be crows, magpies and a few smaller species, and none in great numbers, so the fruit remains, at least for now.
The Freeze: It seems the local council were right to shut down and remove the fountain and their boat, because in the course of three nights, Finnsnes Vann (the pond / lake) has frozen over (pictures taken on 3 consecutive mornings). Now every night is well below freezing with day time temperatures a balmy 2 or 3 degrees C.
The Dark: Last Sunday we were at a family service in Rossfjord which started just as the sun was setting (5pm) and by the time we left a bit over an hour later it was pretty much dark.
The Poles: The council continues to deploy them on the side roads. I was curious to know how they were erected, and today I found out. There is a special lorry with a machine on the back which makes a hole and inserts the pole to a pre-determined depth automatically, and all in a matter of seconds. It’s very clever, but sadly I didn’t have my camera. And just for clarification, the poles I refer to are the red plastic ones used to mark the edge of the road, not people from eastern Europe.
The Pigs: No, we haven’t gone all ‘good life’ and started a farm – it’s just a cheap headline-grabber. In Norway, the word for a car tire is dekk and the word for studs (as in blunt spike) is pigg. This therefore allows us to say we have piggs on our dekk, i.e. tires with studs, suitable for driving on ice and snow. This year October 15th was the official date on which you could switch from ordinary summer tires to vinterdekks. Oh, just for completeness, the word for pig is gris, so if you read a post entitled gris på vår veranda then you will know we have become farmers.