The Last Hurrah

[again, writing this one year later…makes for sketchy memories, that’s for sure.]

According to my pocket calendar from last year, we had four days left in Moss following our return from our Hyttetur. And, based upon my pictures from that time, we kept busy during those four days. There was church, packing up, Wednesday night Bible Study, and the dinner parties.

Our dear friends from Poland, Anna and Leszek, invited us and the Froholts to a feast at their home on one of these last nights. Anya is a terrific cook and hostess, and, if memory serves, her meal was stunning. She served a seafood bisque which featured, among other things, the largest clams I had ever seen.

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For dessert, she had created a lovely cheesecake covered with a bounty of fruit from their own backyard–raspberries and gooseberries and mint. What was especially memorable, though, was her collection of homemade liqueurs! She brought out a cart with a serving top in the shape of a world globe which opened up to tiny liqueur glasses and decanters. She served us raspberry liqueur, lemon liqueur, and, finally, a pine needle one that, I kid you not, smelled of the forest. She jokingly referred to her collection as her medicines–and, you know, I felt a distinct cough coming on! What a delightful time with friends.

 

 

 

And, of course, Astrid and Asbjørn, the hosts with the mosts, threw us a going-away party at their place that week as well. The menu consisted of spekemat, vafler, sjokoladekake a la Maria, and diverse (whatever that meant). We all ate and talked for hours.

Finally, one last wing-ding was meeting Jorunn and Odd Olav at the Galleri F15 cafe near Alby Gård over on Jeløy one afternoon. We had not seen them since staying at their place in Sandnes back in 2015, and it was so good to connect once again.

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When planning this two month adventure, our goal was to spend as much time with friends as possible. I would like to think that we achieved that goal. We do not know when we will be able to return to Norway, but until then, thank you for listening in to our stories.

 

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