On June 20, we got up and had breakfast and then visited the Norsk Folkemuseum, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, which is on the island of Bygdoy, not far from the center of Oslo.
It was a lovely time, but I think I'll mostly show rather than tell, since I talked so much in the last post. Although I may have to throw in one or two random facts.
The Gol Stave Church was originally from Gol, Hallingdale, Norway, and was built in 1200. It was saved from demolition in 1880 by the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Norwegian Monuments :) and King Oscar II bought it and rebuilt it. It still (kind of) belongs to the reigning monarch, I imagine in the same way that the swans on the Thames belong to Queen Elizabeth.
In the photo below, do you see how there is a big gap between the steps and the threshold? This was to keep mice from climbing into the storehouse.
There are a few really nice artisan shops at the museum. I thought this was a good place to get my Norway souvenir, so I bought a pottery candleholder, and had a nice chat with the woman who made it. Her name is Ellen Kjaergaard.
Her pottery is wheel-thrown slipware made from a local clay from Sadnes, and the methods and colors used are all according to the old potterymaking traditions. Some of the designs she uses date back to the 17th century. This is old school, time-consuming, great-skill-needed potterymaking.
Now every time I look at it, I remember what a nice day we had.