There was no great rush to get up this morning, but I had to be on the main dock at 9:00 to meet Ole, the Avis rep, who was delivering our car. Great service! HC took Matt and I on a boat tour around the island, with a detour to Åsøya, the island where my paternal grandmother was from. We had been there in 2012, when we were here for the reunion, but it was fun to see it again. It’s a great ‘pirate’s cove’ with a nice little sandy beach. We motored back to the main dock and while we were waiting for Ole, I went into Coop Prix, the grocery store, to get some supplies including something for breakfast.
Ole showed up with our Peugeot station wagon….great car….then back to the island. We killed the afternoon here and then, after showing us our boat for our time here, HC delivered us to the main dock.
We drove to Ingbritt and Bjorn-Arne’s home for dinner with them, their son Andreas and Lillian, Ingbritt’s sister. What does a Norwegian do when it’s sunny? Spend as much time outside as possible, so we had a great reindeer dinner on the deck. Bjorn-Arne is a wonderful cook, so we sure weren’t disappointed with the meal. Every meal I’ve had there, and I’ve had many, has been absolutely delicious! Ingbritt makes awesome cakes and we sure enjoyed the banana cake with a chocolate mousse topping. I threatened to take the rest of the reindeer and the cake home with us.
I was here 2 weeks ago on the photography tour, but it was wonderful catching up with them again. I hadn’t seen Lillian since last year, but Randi hadn’t seen any of them since the last reunion 10 years ago. This was Matt’s first trip to Norway and Bonnie’s third.
We were considering driving out to Uttakleiv on the coast to see the Midnight Sun, but the fog was really rolling through the mountains from that direction, so we decided against it.
About 11:15, I messaged HC to tell him that we were returning, so that he could meet us at the dock to bring us back to the island. His wife, Dagny, and son, Jin-Christian, had just arrived from Oslo by car, which was loaded up with all sorts of things from their home they had recently sold in Jessheim, near the Oslo airport, for their Lofoten island home….Anton’s Stua (named after the original owner).
It had been a year since Dagny was here, so she hadn’t seen the progress. We gave Dagny a tour of our house and then they went on to Anton’s Stua. We gave them a chance to get settled and then walked over to check out the new place on the hill. Wow….what a great restoration of a building that anyone else would likely have torn down and started over. It had great ‘bones’, so HC and his team had something great to build on. They tore down walls to make a huge open kitchen and living room, a very large bedroom, 1 small bedroom and a huge bathroom on the 2nd floor. There are decks on the front and rear of the house, facing north and south. The view is great on both floors, with windows all around.
We toasted their new home and enjoyed a midnight snack of hot dogs.
It was a long day so we were all ready for bed….pull the blinds and put on the eye masks!