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September 2019



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Catching up, as usual: web, roadsign, ornament, old, halloween, remembrance, warm, craft

I don't know why I don't seem to manage to keep even somewhat up to date with this - I'm choosing or making pics right when every prompt is called, but actually getting them into size, upload and post them always seems to take forever... ahem. But I'm still aiming at filling every prompt eventually, so here we go.


A fishing craft in the harbour of Bagenkop, Denmark,


A sadly still unfinished knitting project of this (last) winter: this is going to be a knit-felt slipper after a pattern by Arne & Carlos. I didn't have much choice of colour for the needed lenght and thickness of the felt knitting wool, so I ended up with doing the stripes, although I imagine they're going to look quite fun after the felting. . I already did one pair which came out awesomely, but the knitting process is tedious: to get the desired stability (and not need extra soles, for example), the stitches need to be alternating from two balls of wool, even if it's the same colour. I knew how to knit two-coloured patterns so I'm familiar with it, but doing so with a set of needles and thick wool and my poor presbyopic eyes is quite a feat. But they'll finished for next winter, at least! *g*

remembrance - Dagny's blanket

This is a heartbreaking exhibit in the Frontier museum of Kirkenes, Norway. Dagny Loe was a woman cooperating, with her husband, with the Norwegian partisans in 1942 and 1943, when Norway was occupied by the German Wehrmacht. Her husband was sentenced to death and executed, and she lost her newborn baby on the way to Kirkenes where she was brought for interrogation. She was sentenced to 15 years of prison and was sent to various concentration camps in Germany and Poland. During all this time, she kept this blanket she embroidered with the events of her journey and imprisonment. Against all odds she survived and could return home to her village, and later donated her blanket to the museum.


Spooky Borka - I once photoshopped this pic for a Halloween card, as he so looks the part in this pic!


A pair of old Ski in the Historic museum of Tromsø, Norway. The weirdest thing for me was that my very own first pair of ski had the same type of ski binding and now makes me feel quite old, too. *g*


A Sámi ornament on display at the Sámi museum in Jokkmokk, Sweden: crafting ornaments to decorate their traditional costumes was and is an important part of Sámi culture, and the museums had some terrific examples on display. I particulalry liked this one, which was about 10cm in diameter, I think; an ornament of woven grass sewn into a hammered ring of silver, worn as a brooch.


Another souvenir from our Northland trip - a bit blurry as taken from the car at a foggy day - on our way to the North cape proper after the first night on the island.


I really was stymied with this one for a time - you think you see any kind of web any time, but obviously not when you want to photograph them. In the end, I took a pic (not a screenshot ;o) ) of my screen showing images of webs found in the world wide web. You're welcome. ^^


I enjoy seeing these, especially Ornament and Halloween!

Dagny's blanket ... oh my, how heartbreaking and wonderful.
The ornament is really something, isn't it? :o)
I have a pair of ski with that binding, somewhere, although I think the boots have rotted away *g*

The Sámi ornament is lovely. And your response to 'web' is very clever!
How awesome that you still have such a pair of ski somewhere! :o)
I loved all of the Sámi ornaments we saw in the museums, and wanted to get a replica for myself. They didn't have anything similar in any of the museum shops or elsewhere, though, but I got some lovely silver earrings of a design that is frequently worn by Sámi women.
What a fascinating set of pictures. Fishing boats looks the same almost everywhere, don't they? I feel as if I could have taken that very picture at some of our local harbours, too!

Dagny's blanket is such a very personal bit of history -I think it is important to have the small pieces beside the large ones to make history feel 'real'.

And the Sámi ornament is very beautiful.

Indeed they do! And I absolutely agree about Dagny's blanket. For me as a German, visiting this and many other testimonials of the war cruelties the German occupation had wrought in Norway and for Norwegians was particularly touching. I've encountered a lot of hostility towards me as a German from people in France, Britain and Denmark (I hadn't been to Norway or Sweden back then) up to my mid-twenties, and I've been a bit wary, particularly when visiting such museums or other historical sites, as we've been travelling in areas which are much less frequented by German tourists. I certainly didn't expect to be welcomed with open arms, even less so when I learned about atrocities I hadn't known about before, and expected reluctance or even dismissal. It was a very positive surprise to find that indeed we were welcome, to the point that in every museum German info on the exhibits was available, and the texts describing the atrocities made it very clear that it was the Wehrmacht and the Nazis, and not the German people as such.
You know, it is a sign of how European we have mostly become that it simply didn't occur to me that you might meet hostility because you are German.

I think the not occurring is a good thing... for surely we cannot be held responsible for decisions taken, and atrocities carried out, before our births. And yet it is definitely right that we all remember them, for I fear that the generations who are younger again are more likely to repeat them, which both saddens and worries me.