Ascension Day

Yesterday was Ascension Day, when we celebrated Jesus being taken back to heaven, 40 days after Easter in preparation for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (50 days after Easter). Whilst in many countries this festival is overlooked, or moved to the nearest Sunday, in Norway it’s a public holiday with church services.

Here in Finsness the Methodist congregation traditionally borrow our building on Ascension Day for their confirmation service (our building has much better space for the 400 or so people that came), so our service was held at Bjorelvnes, the old ‘parish church’ for Lenvik. We were blessed with deilig (lovely) weather, en fine blå himmel (a fine blue sky) and strålende (brilliant) sunshine for the 3rd day in a row, which probably accounted for the small number of people in church (also today was mostly a day off school, so a lot families have gone away for a long weekend).

After church we sat out on the veranda and snoozed in the sun, then treated ourselves to Thai food for supper.

A suitable amount of recovery time later, we decided on an evening stroll, so at a bit after 10pm we set off. A couple of minutes from home we were greeted by the sound of  a very large ship coming into Finnsnes. We hurried down to the quay, and saw the somewhat worryingly-named ‘Albertros’ heading out of the sun and rounding Finnsnes ness in a kind of aquatic handbrake turn on the wrong side of the buoys which mark the navigation channel, before  speeding off south towards Harstad (OK, I may be exaggerating a bit, but the captain’s navigational prowess was discussed at lunch by other staff who had also witnessed it). The ship seemed almost deserted, so we also discussed what might have become of the crew and passengers, although it seems from a news report today the cruise ships are less popular now than they were.

After that excitement we explored a short section of the coast with some amazing rocks: a mixture of slate and other sedimentary rocks, with a lot of iron, all twisted, erupted and eroded. Here’s a short selection, with more pictures for the geologists below:

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So, it only remains for me to wish you a belated Happy Himmelfart! Sorry, couldn’t resist it . . .

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