Monday, 21 April 2014

Birds and a spring Aurora

A fantastic day yesterday with lots of wildlife, some earlier than we'd expect. The day started when we heard woodpeckers in the nearby woods. On the loch-side the swallows and red kites flew overhead while the otter played in the water.

As night fell, the skies to the north brightened and the owls hooted to announce the appearance of an aurora.



Photograph of the aurora, seen from the Isle of Skye last night, courtesy of Glendale Skye Auroras.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Birds of spring










The blackbirds appeared to be feeding chicks. 2 Dads weren't happy to share their territory though.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Bees of spring




Our first real day spent in the garden this year and it was good to see how many bees had returned.



Friday, 11 April 2014

Discovery fjords cruise- going home




A very short visit to Norway on Discovery, a nice start to the season.   We took lots of photographs, as usual, and you can see them by clicking through any of the pictures posted here,


It was a cruise where our main shore activity was to meet with friends & relatives.   We did our annual update of Norwegian tourist information.   Most of all,  we enjoyed it during our first cruise on Discovery.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Discovery in Bergen


It was raining again as we sailed under the Askøy Bridge on our way into Bergen.   After a morning of rain (as forecast by Captain),  it brightened during the afternoon.




Statsraad Lehmkuhl sailed out,  we'd meet here again later.   The whole harbour was very busy although Discovery was the only visiting cruise ship.








Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Discovery in Flåm

Flåm and sunshine.   It was quiet,  we were the only ship visiting and there were no coaches in the car park.





Coffee at the Fretheim Hotel,  very enjoyable and we believe in supporting the local businesses that host our ships' visits.








Tuesday, 8 April 2014

More Eidfjord


The typical wooden houses from the fjords.   Below,  the knitted tree covers planted alongside the road.  It feels like we've done a lot,  seen a lot during our first day in Norway.




Eidfjord






Eidfjord- and rain.   I think its the first time we've visited and found it was raining.  It didn't stop us exploring, nor did it stop some passengers taking a ride on the little train.




The Olympic flame sculpture

Hardanger Bridge




We sailed on to Eidfjord where we tendered ashore.  This was the first time we sailed under the Hardangerfjord Bridge since it opened.   It was still being built when we sailed (through ?) in May 2012.

Ulvik






Our first Norwegian port of 2014-  a short stop at Ulvik to allow excursion passengers to disembark.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Terra Nova

Of interest on the Greenland cruise during the summer months,  we'll be sailing near Terra Nova on the sea floor.


Want to know more about Terra Nova..  find out later.







Friday, 4 April 2014

2015

First bookings have arrived for 2015.