The Gator Nation is certainly everywhere, even in the memory with Gator alumnus likeLinn (1997/undergrad, 1998/Masters), Jeff (2000/MD)and May (2001/undergrad, no pix for this camera-shy daughter who completed her Masters in Norway).Way to go Gators.L&J’s 11yrs old dog is even named Gator. Amazing with all the years at UF and so proud of them 3 who attended with full scholarships and graduated by keeping their scholarships throughout! Those hours driving to Gainesville from Orlando (app 2hrs) to visit them are good memories!
The University of Florida (commonly referred to as UF or U of F) is an American public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research U located on a 2,000-acre/8.1 sqkm campus in Gainesville, Florida/USA. The U traces its historical origins to 1853, and has operated continuously on its present Gainesville campus since Sep 1906. UF is ranked 19th overall among all public national universities in the current 2012 US News & World Report rankings and consistently ranks within the top 100 universities worldwide. It is considered a ‘Public Ivy,’ a designation reserved for the top public universities in the USA.
Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in – Leonardo da Vinci
Did not even watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics in London or any of the events even when in the same time zone! Have been enjoying time with Olai in the day time and in the evenings DVDs borrowed from the library. Jul is soon over and France and Belgium are in the plans for mid Aug.
May has this interesting book by Steve Watkins and Clare Jones (A Firefly Book printed in China!) with 30 walks and this life’s journey has not even been to any. Will start with Lofoten Islands/Norway with 2 childhood friends, KK & PP in Sep. Was actually planning to bicycle on these islands last year, but the house had to be taken care of then. Looking forward to this trip. The last time in Lofoten was in the early 1980s.
Let’s hope that Sep will be dark enough to experience Aurora Borealis – if we are lucky! Would like to see it once more before this journey is over and would also like to do some of the 30 walks…
Was going to attempt the Coast to Coast/England last month, but Ireland’s calling was stronger!! Just as well or would have been surround by water with the recent floods.
Two more walks that have been in the mind for a long time. Inca Trail/Peru (in the book) and Camino de Santiago/Spain & France (not in the book). These are still on the list.
In the meanwhile will start with Lofoten Islands in Sep and plans for shorter walks in hopes that the body and mind are still up to long distance walking in the future. Pix (except for the maps and the Inca trail which are from various sites) are from this highly recommended book for those who like to walk.
Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it – Soren Kierkegaard
Both ways are correct as long as one is content with the chosen path or road. If not, never too late to turn around and change directions as long as there is life. Sadly some people keep going in the direction even though they are unhappy with the choice. Perhaps there can be too much choices like the spaghetti junctions! Tkx Aikeen for the less or more difficult pix (30 Jul) 🙂
What about the old saying or proverb? You’ve made your bed, now you can lie in it.
For certain situations that may be the case but certainly not for all situations. Not everything is right or wrong, black or white. To be able to find a balance can seem like walking on egg shells and even worse when grey areas appear. Mind is a grey mass, so instead of walking on egg shells or grey areas, took a peaceful walk to beautiful and green crossroads 🙂 🙂
Beautiful evening at Frognerparken
Colosseum Park with expensive condos, Nordea (bank), shops and places to eat. The feung-shui master will probably have much to say with the modern sharp edges designs 🙂 🙂 🙂
Majorstuen Folkeskolen where Olai will be attending if he continues to live in this area. At present it is under renovations to be ready in 2014.
The school was designed by architect Bredo Berntsen and was built in 1908, extended in 1924 (parts of today’s main building) and rehabilitated in 1987 and 2002. The school building is 5 floors and is built and organized as a traditional classroom education. The school also has two non full physical education halls and its own small swimming pool.
Majorstuen school is on the Cultural Heritage Management Office list which generally limits renovations of the plan and facade-related interventions to the essentials of fulfillment of requirements for universal design, light and fire escape. The conversion will contribute to more efficient areas, and given opportunities for flexible space designed for different educational models.
Random pix within 1-5mins walking distant from the school. The electrical car is the way to go in cities but will need find places to recharge and this parking lot has them. All E-cars here in Norway have registration plates beginning with EL. With trees absorbing the CO2, E-cars etc will hopefully make this area more environmental friendly!
If Ibsen’s ‘Enemy of the People’ were alive today, he would recognize the ethic that has informed capitalist and communist countries alike – economic growth before public health and well-being. The true enemies of the people are those who continue to sacrifice our long-term interests for short-term gains. But perhaps we should all look in the mirror – Susanna York
23 Jul 2012 – Happy Birthdays to grandson James (1) and grandnephew Lucas (4)
Convenient location to be living in. Less than 1 min walk is Lille Valkynen Kaffe ogTehus whichwill be opening next month. 6 other cafe just around the corners, including fast food chains BK and McD. How do these places survive? The explanation must be that Norwegians enjoy their baked goods and cups of coffee & tea anytime. Have not even included the restaurants, kiosks and grocery stores yet!
Kaffebrenneriet, 2 branches of Baker Hansen (one across the road from the subway) and WB Samson as you leave the subway main entrance.
Across the street is a deli cheese shop, Fromagerie with assortment of smoked hams & sausages and at least 60 varieties of cheese. For cheese fans, this is it 🙂
United Bakeries (next to the cheese deli) is my favourite location here when not crowded, ie 0900hrs opening time! A place with personality and a beautiful wall of old shelves and decorated with coffee grinders & various coffee machines from different era! Had only a cappuccino and a pastry there (thus no ratings) but will try the rest of the food someday when time permits. Valkyriegata 9-11, Majorstuen www.united-bakeries.no
More important, the subway station, bus & tram stops and the local library are all within 2-5mins walk from the street where M&B and Olai live…
For lo! the board with cups and spoons is crowned
The berries crackle, and the mill turns round …
At once they gratify their scent and taste
And frequent cups prolong the rich repast… Coffee (which makes the politician wise
And see through all things with his half-shut eyes) – Alexander Pope
When one has arrive at the stage and there are 6 grandchildren in life’s journey, good to be aware that even as time has gone by like a blink there has been and still will be many more wonderful blinks. Also to close the eyes is a good way when the blinks are not pleasant… 🙂
Here in OSL/Norway baby sitting youngest grandchild Olai, soon 1yr and the reflexes are still OK, ie still faster than a 1yr! The day when the reflexes slow down is the day when one should not baby-sit. M&B are back to full jobs and trying to be helpful (hopefully in constructive and positive ways!) is one of the joys of being a grandparent.
Olai is a delightful baby, sorry no pix his parents are camera-shy! Enjoying every moment with him as these blinks will never be the same. 2 months ago he could not even crawl and now he is all over the place like a lightning. Stands when he can grip on to a secure hold, making cute blabbing sounds only a grandmother could understand. But this is of course very subjective and most grandparents will also share my sentiments about their own grandchildren 🙂 🙂
NOT going to be easy to leave in Sep but then the consolation will be 5 grandchildren who are across the ocean en route with life’s journey! The mode of transport looks an interesting way to travel for the future 🙂 🙂 🙂
Need some distraction after yesterday’s news of the shootings at a cinema in Colorado/USA. Does not help with the upcoming one year reminder of the 22 July 2011 bombing and shootings here in OSL/Norway. So difficult to understand, relate or comment to such sad situations. This kind of news do make me feel old! Prayers and thoughts are always out to the victims and their families, but how can anyone prevent this from happening again, as it will inevitably happen again…
The years teach much which the days never knew – Ralph Waldo Emerson
15yrs later and they all look the same: from left- Erin, Charlotte, Kristy, May, Linn, Jeff, Matt, Gabe, Scott and Randy! A wonderful bunch from Lake Howell High School, Winter Park, FL/USA. How could it have been 15yrs ago ???????????????
Linn posted an adorable pix of Sophie in FB a few days ago. Could not help sharing it, especially with Cheng Chee Hoew and Kah Yun Lam who thinks that Sophie looks like me… in that she and I like Chinese food. LOL
Comments except from Cheng Chee Hoew and Kah Yun Lam 🙂 🙂 🙂
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Amy Lam: Olai is the only one of the grandchildren who has darker hair and eyes! Yes and he looks like me… NOT 🙂
Linn Hall: It’s the big blue Chinese eyes and blonde hair.
Amy Lam: All my grandchildren are soooo adorable… life cannot be any better!
Chesper-Joghne Pang: She’s adorable!
Kristy Fessler Bowman: Is she precious or what!
Amy Lam: Appreciations to L&J, M&B for all these 6 adorable & precious grandchildren: Katy, Ellie, JohnW, Sophie, James & Olai! Yeah I remember all their names but plx do not ask me their age 🙂
Helen Yow: Amy, aren’t you fascinated by how Chinese they look!?
Amy Lam: Well, at least they all like Chinese food… LOL!
Soon Tan: O M G !! so so georgeous !!!! carmelxx
Amy Lam: Soon Tan, Tkx Carmel! So Cheng Chee Hoew & cousin Kah Yun Lam, you better gets your eyes tested… hahaha!
John Cheng: in a way, Sophie do look like you. how’s life with you and what’s your next stop? David is asking for you. He submitted his retirement. my son wedding is coming and his quarter is ready. but my mom’s condition is worrying. just hospitalized her today. take care
Amy Lam: Thank you there John Cheng. Next stop: France&Belgium 17 Aug, back to Norway 1 Sep, to Toronto/Canada 15 Sep and then SC/USA 24 Sep. Congratulations with son’s wedding. Hope that you mom’s condition will improve and we can catch up with David in Dec/SIN!
Thanita Rerkrudeekul: So cute!!!
Amy Lam: Thank you everyone especially John Cheng, but do remember to go for your eye check-up! LOL 🙂
A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do – Lois Wyse
Finally some blue sky over the weekend and off for walks. Pleasantly surprise to find this museum 5mins walk from the apartment and looking forward to take Olai there when he is older. By then the museum should be done by and all the historical displaying trams renovated. He will be able to climb into them and ring the bells 🙂
On Sporveismuseet/Tram Ways Museum you can journey through 130 years with tram ways history with 35 classic trams back completely to a horse-pull tram 1875 and a Holmenkollbanens tram from 1898. Located at Gardeveien 1, a min walk from Majorstuen subway station.
There is a museum shop exhibiting old signs (including No Spitting, sounds familiar!) and here you can find cards, lapel pins, all types of books, catalogs, calendars and information booklets. The museum guard is most helpful and will answer questions, both around the exhibition and historical conditions in the city.
A well worth NOK30/S$6+ to support the tram system which is environmentally friendly using electricity and not diesel or fuel! The cheapest tram ticket here is app NOR25/S$5 now, and in the good old days the cheapest ticket was NOK 0.40/S$0.08!!
HKG is the only in the world with double-decker trams (locally known as ding-ding) and are a great inexpensive way to see the city. That is one of my favourite cities to take the tram, ie in blue sky and when not in a rush 🙂
The streetcars would get priority in the travel lanes so they’d never get caught in car traffic, as well as signal prioritization, meaning stoplights would turn green when the trams approach them. The streetcars would cut costs because they can carry three-to-six times as many people as a typical bus, and driver salaries make up much of the expense of operating the CTA – Krause/May 2012
Statens vegvesen/The Norwegian Public Roads Administration is s responsible for the planning, construction and operation of the national and county road networks, vehicle inspection and requirements, driver training and licensing. This is located in an industrial area at Risløkka trafikkstasjon, Østre Aker Vei 50 with some interesting sculptures
Thu: had to get a new driver’s licence, the old licence was supposed to be valid till 2050 is no longer so, and understandably. Certainly do not wish to drive when endangering others. Now the new rule is that when one is 75yrs, a certificate from a medical doctor will be necessary.
Expected to be waiting in line but was pleasantly surprised that it was done within 10mins! The young Swedish lady who took care of the application was most helpful. With the new technology, all that was needed was to take a pix in their booth and the pix will be accessible immediately for the red tapes with the signature! Impressive – and the damage NOK295/S$62. Now to wait for the new licence in the mail and that will be another story 🙂
Has been grey and wet for some days and taking pix in these lights have not been ideal. Tkx to B for driving to the NPRA. Took the T-bane/subway from Risløkka stop (where graffiti there is probably considered art!) back to town and walked to Majorstuen.
The rain stopped during the walk and even managed to take some interesting shots in spite of the grey sky! Coincidently, the battery in the camera died after Døvekirken/the church for the deaf and the sky opened up pouring cats and dogs the moment the key opened the front door!
Prayers in sign language and prayers in any language silently can never go wrong where ever you may be!!
None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see – Matthew Henry
This post will be edited and updated as interesting pix, etc crosses the path. For all tree lovers and AT fellow-hikers especially Mike Freed/LOON, retired professor in forestry.
Will need him to identify the trees when needed. Pix taken by me except when stated downloaded.
Singapore: Bukit Brown cemetery has one of the many magnificent trees, hopefully the highway will be constructed around them as they are part of our ancestors!! Monkey Pod trees. Some near my house were planted by Mark Twain in the 1800s – LOON 13 Jul
Singapore: Marine Parade Rd, Pulau Ubin and SIN Botanic Gardens/SBG
Malaysia: Kuching, Sarawak at Jalan Reservoir, Main Bazaar, Astana
USA: Honolulu, HI – Eucalyptus on the left and a Banyan Tree or ‘Strangler Fig’ on the right. Banyan trees can start as a small plant in the crotch of another tree and grow down to the ground with its twisted roots as you see in this photo. Eventually it can outgrow and completely surround the host tree, in effect it will strangle its own host – LOON
Hong Kong & 江门Jiāngmén/China: where ancestral village and home is located
Australia: Karri Forest and the Margaret River area in WA
USA: South Carolina: Sweetgum trees in the fall in SC (Liquidamber Styraciflua). Flows off the tongue when you say it like sugarcane molasses – LOON
Angel Oak is a Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near Charleston, SC. Angel Oak is estimated to be 500yrs old. It stands 66.5′(20m) tall, measures 28′(8.5m) in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200sq’ (1,600sq m).
Norway: OSL, Frognerbadet, Ole Vigs gt, Jacob Aalls gt, the only tree (birch) seen from the window where I sleep with a Buddy Car parked there for a few hours, an ideal car for cities! It is a nice surprise to see how these trees (excluding the one in Frognerbadet!) can grow in the middle of this concrete blocks and hard pavements!
Ireland: Co Dublin, Kerry & Meath
I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far – John Muir
Have been blessed with the above trees crossing my path. Some of these trees below are on my bucket list to see.
24 Oct 2015: African Baobab, (pix downloaded). Baobab is the common name of a genus of trees (Adansonia). There are eight species. Six species live in the drier parts of Madagascar, one in mainland Africa, and one in Australia. The national tree of Madagascar. Known as the tree of life, with good reason. It can provide shelter, clothing, food, and water for the animal and human inhabitants of the African ‘savannah’ regions. The cork-like bark and huge stem are fire resistant and are used for making cloth and rope. The leaves are used as condiments and medicines. The fruit, called ‘monkey bread’, is edible, and full of vitamin C.
8 Nov 2016 – pix downloaded. The soils of Borneo are notoriously poor in nutrients, even among rainforests. Plants have many adaptations to cope with this, but paramount to many strategies is having a shallow root system that collects the nutrients as soon as they are freed from the decaying leaf litter. Roots also don’t need to be deep as moisture is almost never in short supply. Because of this, many large rainforest trees utilize the addition of buttress roots to keep them stable. Some research also indicates that these buttresses may also help the trees to competitively exclude nearby neighbors. I couldn’t resist photographing this stunning specimen in the swampy forests of Mulu National Park in northern Sarawak. Nikon D810 | 17-35mm f/2.8 with polarizer | ISO 200 | Aperture f/11
9 Jun 2017: pix downloaded. The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is home to the oldest trees in the world, Bristlecone Pines. Some of these living trees exceed 4000 years of age and exhibit spectacular growth forms of twisted and beautifully colored wood. The visitor center at Schulman Grove, CA is open in summer.
Pix downloaded. The Tule Tree, or El Árbol del Tule, is a Montezuma cypress tree on the grounds of a church in Santa María del Tule in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. It measures more than 119 feet around but is only 116 feet high. It’s believed that the tree is about 2,000yrs. Local legend holds that the tree was planted 1,400 years ago by a priest of the Aztec storm god. According to National Geographic, it is the inspiration for an annual festival in Oaxaca.
Pix downloaded – Boab Tree – Derby, Australia: The squat, bulbous boab has provided water, food, medicine, shelter, even burial crypts for Aboriginals, some of whom regard the tree as sacred. This boab in W Australia is known as the Derby prison tree—erroneously, according to U of Tasmania historian Kristyn Harman and U of Adelaide architectural anthropologist Elizabeth Grant. Though the tree was reputed to be a holding cell or staging area for Aboriginal prisoners en route to Derby, Harman and Grant debunk the story as ‘a deliberate move to present it as a dark tourism site displaying colonial triumphs over Aboriginal people.’
7Jun2021: tkx for the below Prison Boab Tree to Garry who is driving around the OutBack in Australia and now in Wyndham, the northernmost town in the Kimberley region of W-Australia, located on the GreatNorthernHighway, 2,210k NE of Perth.
Prison Boab Tree – this huge hollow boab, still alive, was used to imprison Aboriginal men being brought from Derby to Wyndham to face court. 20 men could be crammed inside the tree for the night and any more were chained by neck and leg to the outside of the tree – GarryRogers
Pix downloaded, Mango Tree – Naunde, Mozambique, provides more than just shade from the sub-Saharan sun. Like other so-called palaver trees, it’s a traditional setting for storytelling, ceremonies, and regulating village life. ‘A place to meet and talk, to seek compromise and settle disputes, to bridge differences and foster unity,’ wrote Kofi Annan, the former secretary-general of the United Nations, from Ghana, in his memoir. ‘If you have a problem and can’t find a solution, you meet again tomorrow and you keep talking.’
Couroupita guianensis Cannonball Tree and do not get under it, Ficus benghalensis Banyan Tree, Caesalpinia ferrea Leopard Tree, Ceiba pentandra Kapok Tree with a thorny trunk,
Melaleu cacajuputi Paper Bark Tree and the sap is non-sticky oily with no fragrance, Pandanus tectorius Screw Pine, Phaleria clerodendron Rosy Apple with lovely fragrance but poisonous, Delonix regia The Flame of the Forest-if only we could plant them at Orchard Rd and get them to flower at Christmas!
2Jul2018: pix downloaded from National Geographic Feb 2017.
5Jan2019: pix downloaded. It’s only one of seven olive trees in the Mediterranean, which are believed to be over 2,000 years old. Although its exact age cannot be verified, scientists from the University of Crete have estimated it to be 4,000 years old. 11Dec 2019: The Thinking Olive Tree in Ginosa/Puglia, Italy – both pix downloaded
31 Jan 2019: hope that the old BukitTimah Railway Station+the station master lodging (just assuming that is what it is, will edit if incorrect) will be restored to its heydays when the constructions of the MurnanePipelineProject is completed. And that the beautiful big old trees are here to stay.
Mar2019: Monkey Pod & Bayan tree@Hilo, Big Island/Hawai’i, HI
The amazing yellow flowering tree is a Saraca asoca tree, also know as Sorrowless tree. It is believed Shakyamuni Buddha was born under an ashoka tree in Lumbini Garden. In Hinduism the ashoka is considered a sacred tree@Kaneohe, cousin Wilki’s garden; Rainbow Eucalyptus@Dole Plantation & Bayan Tree@AlaMoana RegionalPark. HNL, HI.
28Apr2019: pix downloaded – this bridge near Riwai village, India, was formed by training tree roots to knit together. Living tree bridges in India stand strong for hundreds of years. The entwined roots of Indian rubber trees form bridges that grow more durable with time.
30Dec2019: pix downloaded – the Great Banyan Tree (pix downloaded) can be found growing in a botanical garden near Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India, occupies the better part of 5acres and is more than 250yrs with branches over the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Botanical Garden — about the size of a Manhattan city block.
14Nov2020: pix downloaded – tallest tree in Wales had been damaged by a storm and was supposed to be cut down, but a better solution was found. Natural Resource Wales, which was in charge of the site, ordered artist Simon O’Rourke to cut down the tree. He thought of a giant hand, which symbolizes the giants, and the tree’s last attempt to reach the sky. O’Rourke needed to add two pieces for the thumb and pinky as the tree wasn’t large enough to form all the entire hand.
Once completed, the sculpture was coated with tung oil, a natural vegetable oil safe for the closeness of the riverways. It’s height: 50 feet (15 metres):
15Mar2021: appreciations to YeeSengHock for sharing his 2above pix from Scotland & China which can be found in his photo books@CC
19Mar2021: pix credits to Geoffrey Keating, former Irish Ambassador in SIN – this magnificent tree is located in Rathgar, Dublin/Ireland directly outside their bathroom window and it forms a thick green curtain in the summer to spare their modesty! It has a distinctive and regular pyramidal shape – almost like a child’s drawing of a tree. It is quite a popular choice for Dublin City Council as a street tree. He think this is a lime (or linden) and the variety is Tilia cordata ‘greenspire’.
He mentioned that he will send me another pix when it is in dense foliage. Hopefully will also get a new pix for every season!
Sun: Frognerbadet=the Frogner Baths, located adjacent to Frognerparken opened in 1956 and doubles as a public bath and swimming pool and a professional swimming venue. It is usually crowded in the weekends when the weather permits. The pools are built in a way that one can view the upper pool thru’ glass windows (ariel pool pix downloaded). Also, the festival Norwegian Wood is hosted within its premises.
1967 was the last visit to this public swimming pool. The B/W pix are in SIN and would be interesting to see the changes after 45yrs! Entry charges have certainly changed, costing NOK83/S$17 per entry today and there is water slide which was not there in 1967 (SIN it cost .50c per entry for seniors!!). Did not swim but the guard kindly allowed FOC entry when going down memory lane was the explanation 🙂
Næringslivets hus/NHO=The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise is Norway’s major organisation for employers and the leading business lobby. This interesting building with a stone door was completed in 1960. Their mission is to create and sustain conditions that secure the competitiveness and profitability of business and industry and thereby maintain the basis for a good standard of living, sound economic growth and sustainable development.
Thu & Fri: visit from Berit and John.
Random pix in the area including street music and a beggar! At least the street music people are trying even when their performances are not for all ears!!
I would rather play Chiquita Banana and have my swimming pool than play Bach and starve –Xavier Cugat