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    Last edited by Seagull; October 8th, 2012, 19:52.

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      Later that night, celebrations as Lofoten passed Nordstjernen ...spotlights and sparklers! ...but I didn't get photos (don't ask!!).

      Next instalment; Ørland

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        Originally posted by Seagull View Post
        Always something to be learned, I didn't know that L3 makes VDR's...

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          Onwards to Ørland, Wednesday 29th August 2012

          Oh how I loved those mornings, precious alone-time before breakfast… yet not alone, more of a feeling of being at one with the ship and her surroundings kind of time.

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            Nordstjernen was more obviously all mine that particular morning; folk sleeping in after a late night and with no landing until the afternoon. I lingered outside until past these windmills before returning indoors, paused to soak in the stillness of the deserted lounge, the sunlight gently kissing the cushions and the wicker chairs. Something made me go and sit for a moment in my especially favourite corner – over there where you see my coffee mug.



            Only now as I write this do I realise it was to be the last time I would do so.

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              I have become a creature of habit at breakfast, a bowl of porridge lightly sprinkled with sugar and a touch of cinnamon. They seem to have been consistently making it exactly that satisfying consistency so I can pour milk around my porridge-island without engulfing it. Then comes the pleasure of eroding the island deliberately spoonful by spoonful, with a little milk-ocean remaining at the end to finish off.

              I might even have photographed my porridge had I not noticed Kaura fyr in the distance, and of course I had to go out to take a photo. Kaura is cast iron, and rather reminiscent of the American “sparkplug” lighthouses, so-called for their shape.




              Back to breakfast – my customary selection of particular kinds of herring and fish with a slice of cheese, and, with perfect timing, the soft-boiled eggs have just been placed on the buffet. I take care to replace the lid, marked “Bløtt”. There has been a tendency when the buffet is busy to simply move the lid onto the un-lidded hard-boiled egg bowl and leave it there, causing subsequent confusion, at least for the Norwegian guests! But this morning folk have only just appeared, and are still clustering around the juice dispenser.

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                Later in the morning I wandered onto the foredeck, anticipating the approach to Stokksundet. I even had the deck to myself for a while, at least until an announcement of imminent scenic attractions was made! But soon I’m taking photos of a very different kind of subject as we pass the ship-breakers yard near the bridge.

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                  We are then given a delightful and unexpected treat –a circumnavigation of Krokholmen!

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                      The programme for the afternoon was headed “Brekstad”, but, shortly after passing what seems to be everyone’s favourite lighthouse – Kjeungskjær – it was actually at Uthaug where Nordstjernen docked just before noon. And there was a band to greet us!







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                        Keen to take views of the ship at every port of call, I scurried around taking a couple of photos from the bridge wing, before stepping ashore.

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                          Mingling with the musicians before lunchtime…


                          …after which I turn my attention to men-at-work photography!

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                                On the road again! I’m on the excursion “Scenic Drive at Ørlandet with Austrått Manor”, and my first photo is taken from a near front seat on the bus. The bales of hay in the truck ahead signal a foretaste of the rich agricultural landscape we were to pass through during the afternoon. I had actually set myself something of a mini-project concerning photos of bales of hay – this unlikely aim inspired by much jocular banter between our forum’s Lady E, myself (aka Lady C), and our Captain – which has resulted in a birthday-card with a difference, and in the process I have become surprisingly adept at hand-held-camera photography whilst travelling by bus!

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