Tuesday 24 January 2012

Lovely light

Lovely light along the river Drammenselva a cold winter morning. I took this photo before the weekend's snowfall, so there is lots more snow at the moment. And the tempratures are between -5 and -10. A perfect winter in other words :) See this post for another morning photo along Drammenselva.

Monday 23 January 2012

The White Coal

From the 1880s, electric light had existed at the pulp mill in Vestfossen. The electricity was made through steam turbines. From 1907-1910, the pulp mill and the town Vestfossen took the step into the electricity era, by building what today is known as "Gamle Vestfossen Kraftstasjon" (Old Vestfossen Power Station).
With what they called the white coal, the factory could save lots of money (as much as 40 øre (about 0.068 USD) per tonne of coal). On the site of a burned down factory, the pulp mill built the small power station. It had four generators, wich could produce about 260 hp. Now, Vestfossen's population saw the possibilites to get light themselves. One of the town's retailers, L.G Dæhlin went directly to the factory manager and asked, and the factory was interested in supplying power to the town too, both as street lights and electricity to private homes. While Nedre Eiker looked the other way, and became customers of Drammen's Electricity Works, the locals in Vestfossen chose to gamble on the local cornerstone business. In the fall of 1910, it was put up 31 street lights, each at 65 watts, and so the light came to Vestfossen (link to source).

Friday 13 January 2012

Sjokolade Salongen

A couple of times I have blogged about the little chocolate shop in Vestfossen, Sjokolade Salongen (check out the blog posts Sjokoladebutikk and Opened, but closed). Last weekend, I finally made it there in its opening hours. I had lunch with my mother, (yes, they do more than just chocolate) and the food was great! The chocolate was too :) For the store's web site, see Sjokolade Salongen

Wednesday 11 January 2012


My first day back at uni after the holidays today. I think that this photo of the neighbour's cat, Minus, shows how I feel about it: Yaaawn!

Tuesday 10 January 2012


Delmar Villars. A baker from Oslo, who moved with his family to Vestfossen in 1912. There, he started a bakery. Some years later he moved his business into these premises, and since then, the Villars family have run a bakery, pastry shop and a cafe here. In 2001, new owners took over the business and has since then run the place according to old Villars traditions. Villars is a popular meeting place for the people in Vestfossen. It's customers range from young plumbers on lunch break to old retired ladies with all the time in the world to sit and chat about old Vestfossen dialects over a cup of coffee...

Monday 9 January 2012

Fun filled Sunday

A few hours each weekday, and from 10-16 on Sundays, Vassenga ice rink in Mjøndalen is open to the public. On Sundays, the rink are full of both adults and children, who are enjoying themselves ice skating. I remember when I was a kid: after several hours of ice skating with my friends, hot toddy and freshly baked buns were waiting for us. Anyone have a better idea for a fun filled Sunday?

Sunday 8 January 2012

Winter Sunset

On December 22nd, winter solstice occured. We are headed towards brighter days, but still, the sun sets around 3.30 pm. Today's photo are taken outside the centre of Hokksund two days ago. A quiet winter field towards Vestfossen..

Saturday 7 January 2012


In faith of Norwegian tradition, the Christmas tree and decorations are to be taken out on the thirteenth day of Christmas (January 6th). In UK, this day are called Epiphany or Twelfhday, which symbolizes Jesus' revelation. The reason we call it the thirteenth day is because we celebrate Christmas on December 24th. Epiphany was yesterday, and Christmas is offically over in Norway. Yet I have to admit that my Christmas tree and decorations are still in house. As for this farm and it's barn, that I photographed yesterday, I bet the decorations and tree are still in house as well, along with this Santa (if you can see him wave in the window).

Friday 6 January 2012

Ingen januar uten salg!

A photo I took today at Eikersenteret, a small shopping centre outside Hokksund, Øvre Eiker. No January without sales! Enough said!

Tuesday 3 January 2012


I went to the library in Mjøndalen today, to hand in a book that was long overdue.. I swapped it for a few magazines. As I still have Christmas holiday, I have time to read! When I was there, I saw a big wall covered by children drawings of teddy bears. Teddy Bear Day's drawing competition, the collage was named. After a little research online I found out that the library celebrates Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelts birthday, October 27th, also know as the International Teddy Bear Day. For more events at the library, check out their Spring 2012 Program

Monday 2 January 2012

Quiet start

Is it just me, or is the first day of every new year so so quiet? Not a car to be seen on the road. Everyone's at home. Some are sleeping in, caring for their hangover heads, others are eating turkey leftovers for dinner and watching the New Year concert from Vieanna on TV..

Sunday 1 January 2012

Photo of the year!

I knew from the time I posted this photo in June, that this would have to be Photo of the year 2011! What I wrote in the post Vanilje is exactly what I think when I look at this photo today. Happy New Year to all of you!! I am no fan of New Year's resolutions, but if I were to have one, it would have to be: Be better to blog!
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