I Think It’s Winter

The calendar says it is fall, but I think it is now officially winter. The mountains have had snow on the peaks for the past four days, and whatever melts in the day time seems to be replenished at night. Wool sweaters and long underwear are a very important part of my wardrobe now.

Saturday I took the bus to Tórshavn, and it was a beautiful ride, with snow on all of the peaks. Actually, there was a part of the ride that wasn’t so beautiful, because the bus broke down, and we sat by the side of the 2 lane road for about an hour, waiting for help. It was right in the middle of the Faroese Soccer (fútbol) championship game, and our driver had trouble finding anyone who was available to come help us.

I went to Tórshavn for a 50th birthday celebration for one of my relatives, a dinner and dance for 220 people that lasted until morning. The Faroese people really know how to throw a party. I spent the night with Ninna in Tórshavn, and then came back home on the bus on Sunday morning.

October Trivia

We have had nice weather for the past couple of weeks, which is probably why I haven’t updated my website. “Nice weather” means not much rain, temperature in the 50’s (Fahrenheit), and even some sun, on the rare occasion. Today, it has been raining again, but with hardly any wind.

I have been rehearsing every week with the Gøta/Leirvík Choir (two nearby towns), preparing music for a Christmas Concert. We will be singing with another choir, accompanied by an orchestra, with concerts in the church in Gøta and in Tórshavn (the capital). I may not have all of the details right, since the announcements are in Faroese, but the part about me rehearsing with the choir is correct. We are doing a variety of music – some Christmas carols and some other classical pieces, some in English and some in Faroese.

I have also been attending the church in Fuglafjørður every week. Communion was served last week, and I found it very moving to experience the familiar ritual, with the familiar scriptures that I could even mostly understand. The state church is Lutheran, and the priest is responsible for five different churches. When he is elsewhere, there are several lay readers who read the sermon.

I added a few more photos of the sheep butchering. Quite a few people in the town own sheep, and there is a lot of work for them at this time of year – butchering the lambs, making sausages, preparing the meat for drying or for freezing, preparing the skins for sale, and probably more things than I want to know about. This week they are preparing a year’s supply of lamb.

On Monday my car was finally repaired – well mostly repaired. It still needs a bit of fine tuning, but at least I can drive it. Yesterday I ordered snow tires for the winter. I have never had to drive in snow, so this will be another new experience for me. If the roads are too slippery, I may resort to walking, assuming it isn’t too slippery for that.

Fuglafjørður in October

This has been a very rainy fall for the Faroes. Even complete strangers have stopped me on the street to say that this has been an unusually rainy month. My car is still not fixed, so when it is pouring rain, I stay home. I need to buy some good rain gear, so I can get out in the rain, but without a car…, sort of a catch 22. I don’t usually take many photographs in the rain – it is hard on the camera and hard on me.

All of the rain from last week has made this week’s weather seem very wonderful. Today I walked around to the other side of the bay (and then back again). The weather was beautiful, and I was sorry I was wearing my coat. Here are some photos of the town and some views from the other side of the bay. I love the mountains that are up behind my house, but I can’t see them from here.

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