Sunday, January 28, 2007

Weekend of winter

This weekend has been quite adventurous.
After playing a postlude for church (Robby on violin, and me attempting to play viola), Robby and I headed out to Fredheim (an Adventist sanitarium in Kongsberg). We met up with Werner and Berit there and partook of our midday meal, then Werner, Frederick, Robby, Mimi (Berit's collie) and I went for a hike in the mountains. We hiked up to a look out on the top of the mountain. The wind was so strong I had to lean far into it to stay on balance, but the scenery was superb! Hiking through the snow was a bit of a challenge; the snow's depth was a little unpredictable, so sometimes I would be buried in snow thigh deep! Fantastic!
In the evening we participated in a music night for the staff and patients at Fredheim. Robby, Berit and I played a piece with violin, oboe and piano, and also a piece with violin, viola and piano. Berit, Werner, Robby and I sang a quartet as well. Berit is an excellent poet and composer, and we all enjoyed hearing her compositions in the concert.
After the concert, Robby and I went sledding with some of the kids from Fredheim. This time we didn't go 75 km/hr, but we did get up quite a pace. Usually the kids would drive, but after pressing to find if I had a drivers licence, they wanted to see if I could drive a sled. That was a wild ride. I haven't had that much practice with driving sleds before, so we had tumbled quite a bit by the time my turn was done! With much screaming of us girls and battered knees and rosy cheeks we had a glorious time!
This morning I went cross country skiing for the first time. I must say that it is now one of my favorite winter sports. What can be better than being on the crisp snow, hearing the birds in the trees, and breathing the fresh cold air, not to mention getting a full work out while you are at it. Those who have never tried cross country skiing are really missing out on an awesome experience!
Tonight we got two more inches of snow! This is the life!

P.s. Pictures will come later, I am still trying to figure out this "techno" stuff :)


Chopsticks on Oboe said...

Thank you Joar for lending me your ski's and Berit for the use of your ski boots, and of coarse Robby for teaching me how to use them. :)

Jan Robert (Robby) Heiberg said...

Thanks for an awesome weekend too Tee! *It was Joar's skiboots as well :). I really enjoyed teaching you to ski as well - soon you're going to get really good at it. For those who wondered: Tee is already doing really good. I was honestly very impressed with how fast she got into it. Soon we'll both go flying on our skies over the white mountaintops (after a little more training). Maybe not in 75km/h though :).

Petraglyph said...

goodness gracious! You guys are having way too much fun up there! And Robby: don't underestimate Martina's skiing speed. She used to love to go zipping by me when we did downhill skiing together. :-)

Paul said...

I don't know about the speed:-)
I seem to remember that six of you tried to chase me down, and ... ......

I am in danger of breaking the 10th commandment. VA has no snow. I've only managed a couple dozen donuts this year...