Autumn feels tantalizingly close and with her comes the beautiful, dark color palette, cozy nights and a breath of fresh, clean air. But now it’s summer- and we are enjoying it to the fullest. The sunshine so calming and warming on the skin – to the point where Norway doesn’t feel like a Nordic country, but a paradise further south. Best of all, of course, in culinary terms Autumn is when things get really intriguing. This is the time for the first blueberries of the year (think: freshly picked blueberries in milk), and apples picked straight off the tree (think: a mouthwatering apple cake with vanilla ice cream); the time to pick the remaining cherries from the trees, if the birds havn’t gotten to them yet, and for the plums to be devoured, which I prefer straight off the tree. I would never play favorite with the seasons, as all the seasons brings something unique with it, but Autumn is for sure one of my favorites.
There was this small shop in Inverness- filled with all sort of things Scottish. Owned by a Scottish lady with help from her younger daughter who stood behind the counter. As we entered the shop they greeted us with a friendly smile. We nodded and smiled back with a friendly ‘hello’. My friend went excitedly around in the shop to find suitable gifts for friends and family. I took my time as I didn’t have anything perticular in mind. I peeked my way through unique tartan napkins, home made pillows and jewelery. As I turned around, making my way back to the entrance- I noticed a light wooden shelf filled with all things sweet and delicious. Scottish oat cakes, honey and marmalade- and a lot of it. I got my eyes on a box of Scottish Bannocks, a less sweet oatcake. Perfect accomponied with their scottish marmalade. As we left the shop we decided to sit down at River Ness, enjoying a slice or two of these lovely Bannocks while enjoying the view of the castle.
In a blink of an eye it was gone. Summer past me by as quickly as a bird flying south to seek shelter to a more distant, warmer land. At the beginning of the holidays I remember thinking ‘It’s only a month, I must enjoy and cheris every day’- still, a long weekend I had several months ago felt longer than this four week holiday.
Rain, thunder, wind and sun are some of the many weather changes we have had during these four weeks. It can be quite frustrating, but when she shows of from her best side, summer in Norway is one of the most beautiful things to experience. With our bright summer nights, warm days accomponied with a cool, crisp breeze- it’s well worth the wait. The sun, so precious and warm on the skin- lasts for hours during the day, and its after glow for some hours after that- long enough to enjoy prosecco into the bright summer nights.