Climbing Stairs

In Fuglafjørður, there isn’t much need for stair-master exercise equipment, when there are so many stairs to climb, wherever you want to go. After admiring a long flight of stairs leading up the hillside from my street, I started looking around at some of the flights of stairs in town. I should stop complaining that my house in America has 22 steps up to the front door. It would be a pretty average house in Fuglafjørður. I have climbed a lot of these stairways, but not the worst ones.

Birds, Flowers, and Fog

Since Fuglafjørður means “Bird Bay,” I decided to take pictures of some of the birds I saw around Fuglafjørður this week. I am not sure what they all are, but most of them are pretty noisy.

I also enjoy the many wildflowers in the fields. Wherever you walk, you can see wildflowers. They last all summer, because the weather doesn’t get warm enough to make them wilt.

Since I showed you some pictures of sunny days in Fuglafjørður, it is only fair that I also show you some foggy days. Sometimes the fog is actually quite beautiful.

Making Hay

Some people took advantage of the good weather this past week to make hay while the sun shines. All around the edge of the town are small, individual fields. Many people use small gas-driven mowers to cut the grass, but occasionally you see someone using a scythe. On a sunny day, the grass dries quickly, and it is important to get the hay under cover before the rain comes. Many of the small sheds that you see around the town are used to store hay to feed the sheep during the winter.

Summer

Summer finally arrived – about a month late. It only lasted two or three days, and today we are back to clouds and rain. However it was beautiful while it lasted. Here are a few pictures of a sunny Faroes summer days.

Shearing Sheep

Last night Bjørghild phoned me to say that today they would go up the mountain to get the sheep. There are over 200 sheep grazing over several mountains, and it is the families who own these sheep who go up the mountain to bring the sheep down. It took them all morning and part of the afternoon to bring the sheep down from the mountains and into the sheep fold. Then the all lambs were dosed with medicine, and the sheep were sheared. There were ten or twelve platforms with restraints to hold the sheep while they were being sheared. This was a family activity, with people of all ages helping. This time, at least I had sturdy boots and waterproof pants and jacket. I still seem to smell faintly of sheep.

Sailing on Norðlýsið

This past week I attended a jazz concert in a sea cave on the island of Hestur, going on the sailing ship Norðlýsið (which means “Northern Lights”). The ship was crowded, mostly with tourists from Denmark. I have to remind myself that I am actually a tourist, myself, even though my name and phone number are still in the phone book. The sea was very calm, and the weather was quite pleasant – maybe not by California standards, but by Faroese standards it was a lovely day.

The two sailing ships anchored outside the entrance to the cave, and we all climbed into the small boats to go into the cave. It was quite a large cave, but too dark to get a good picture. Therefore, I took some blurry photos, but we can call them impressionist art, instead of bad pictures. The cave made a wonderfully resonant performance hall.

After the concert, we sailed near some dramatic cliffs that were filled with noisy, nesting birds. Mid-July the cliffs are still crowded with nests and young birds.

On the way back to Tórshavn, the wind came up, and we seemed to be fighting against the current. I was glad I brought so many layers of clothing. We were an hour late getting back, but my cousin Ninna had a warm dinner for me when I arrived.

Unusual Scenery

I spent a couple of days in and around Tórshavn and saw a few unusual and strange sights, and then a few common sights from an unusual perspective. One of the days included a boat trip to Hestur on the Norðlýsið sailing ship – but more about that at another time. Here are a few scenes that caught my eye from the neighborhoods around Tórshavn.

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