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Summer! Summer! Summer!

Just fan-freaking-tastic! After months with snow, darkness and temperatures below 30 degrees minus a friend of mine sent me this beautiful picture! Taken now! Flowers! Warmth! Hope!
Now Norway is probably one of the most surprising, varied countries in Europe.
In "lower" places you have green grass, flowers, no snow. Up here,  average 1000 meters above sea level, it is like April-March. Ice on the lakes, snowfields, hardly leaves on the trees.

(Photo: Rick Lennart Klausen May 2018)

But it is improving. From my point of view. Yesterday we had more than 20 degrees warmth. Even here!
Every season has it charm they say. Well, King Winter has kind of lost his charm in MY eyes - for a while...

Alaskan husky...a dog. Or partly wolf?

Isn't he just beautyfull! A genuin alaskan husky! Kind, good looking, stubborn and wild! And also his own master...

I let him out yesterday evening. know. Toillet things. So we could go to bed. 
And then he was gone! Eleven o'clock evening. Dark.
What is to do about that? Shout, to tell him I wanted him to come back? So I could go to sleep? After one hour he stood outside my door. A little ashamed. Hungry. Tired. 
I let him in. A little offended. Frustrated. But also relieved. My friend was back again. And I was reminded of the little difference between an alaskan husky and other dogs... 

Dear deer, and dear Neighbour; don't die!

Say "hello" to my neighbour! One of the fourlegged. I have twelve of theese, two ordinary deer, a moose with a calf, foxes, owls and a woodpecker. Nice, peacefull individuals.
Inge is my only twolegged neighbour. Peacefull and nice he also!

Typical Norwegian fauna, is BIG and round animals. Short legs and tails, short snouts and ears. A shape like a ball, a big ball, ist much better for surviving winter conditions in Norway.

A roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) is a longlegget, thin, rather small mammal. The smallest in this family.
(Photo: Terje Rian 2017)

 And beleive me; they struggle! Lots and lots of theese small creatures die every winter. Nature is merciless. Beautyfull, but brutal....

Food! MORE food!

Eating, eating and eating...

The three most important things to do for a muskox during our relatively short summer in Norway. Their food consists of leaves, grass, mushrooms. Stuff like that.

So what do they eat in the winter? The grass, or what's left of it, is covered With snow. The trees have lost their dry leaves. No mushrooms off course. So they eat...nothing. Or close to nothing. A muskox can loose up to 40 % of its bodyweight during a winter.

(Photo: Terje Rian -17)

If it had been me, I would have been around 35 kilos in april...
During the summer they eat...and eat...and eat! Untill they have gained 15 cm fat under their skin! Their food supplies for the winter....

Meals INSIDE and OUTSIDE my kitchen...

I love living 700 meters away from sivilization, surrounded by nature and fourlegged neighbours, and neighbours with wings!

(Photo: Terje Rian)

I have mainly my meals INSIDE my kitchen, my 
friends prefer to eat OUTSIDE my kitchen window. Nice company, nobody says anything, no burping, no polite formalities, just eating.

I live together with an alaskan husky, and when we are outside together he always senses things.
I can see how he reacts; his ears turning in all directions, his nose vibrating... Obvously lots of invisible activity.

The only thing I hear for sure is a woodpecker, some other birds and - the silence... 

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