Tuesday, 2 August 2011

ODDS AND ENDS

There were a few "curiosities" that we came across on our holiday.



This golden stag (or reindeer, I'm not sure) looked out from one of the old houses along the Bergen waterfront. There were other statues on some of the other houses, but it was raining VERY hard and I decided one photo was enough!







Looking down to avoid puddles, or rough ground, I saw these two drain covers. The first one is in Bergen, and ship represents the overseas trade that made it so prosperous, and the other one was in Stavanger, but I don't know what the story behind the two figures is.



Whilst struggling (on my part) and walking (on Mr.G's part) through Stavanger Old Town we came across the Canning Museum. It was very crowded and we didn't go in, but in the front part there were tins and tins of sardines, kippers and mackerel fillets on sale. Some were in ordinary oil, some in chilli sauce, or just plain tomato. Needless to say, I had to buy some. The kipper fillets were lovely, we had them with salad, but the sardines surprised me as they were teeny weeny little fish, packed in a criss cross fashion, not nearly as juicy as the ones we are used to. But nice though!




And lastly, and nothing to do with Norway, I saw this cot for sale in the flea market in Leek (Staffs). They were asking £95!! I think it must have been a hospital cot, probably back in Edwardian times, and I wondered how many little children had sat and cried in it over the years?

Do you ever wonder about the story things like that cot could tell us?

7 comments:

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

What very interesting photos - love the golden reindeer and the covers, they're so ornate. x

Aunt Snow said...

Oh my god. That brings back memories of Norwegian food. Did you eat salt licorice? Ewwwwwww!

VioletSky said...

Not a fan of sardines or kippers. (and salt licorice - ewwww is right!!)
I do like those drain covers. Some cities show a lot of artistic initiative in the mundane things. Where I live, it is not so.

Gilly's Camera said...

whats with the metallic taste in my mouth after reading and looking at your post!

lovin those drain covers though.....

cheshire wife said...

Different and interesting!

Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

That's why I love antiques. Because of the stories.

I was thinking that's a crib. It actually looks like the headboard on my bed. I had to search high and low for that!

kenju said...

I love the drain covers - they are works of art. The cot is so nice! Once upon a time I would have loved to have that one, to make into a couch.