The Oxonian in Norway
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...great. ' The barley or rye from which this national esculent is prepared, is generally planted in the middle of May, and is quite ripe in the middle of July. Indeed, the sudden transition from cold to heat, in this country, is something extraordinary. One week " Peboan, the winter," as Longfellow would say, " covers all with his freezing mantle." "_ Hard as flint are all the waters, Motionless the frozen rivers." Again, Spring breathes softly o'er the landscape, and forthwith "Plants lift up their heads rejoicing, Singing onward rush the rivers." Nature, in fact, seems bent on making up for lost time. It is a mistake to call the Scandinavian summer short. As much grows here at that period, in twenty-four hours, PINE LOG mrrs. 191 as there does in three days in England; where, Penelope-like, cold nights undo the work of hot days. There is one spot, however, that the sun's rays fail to penetrate here. In the well there is still a flooring of ice, several feet in thickness, through a trap door of which material--ice----the bucket is let down, to supply the house with water. We thought this would be a good place for hanging up fresh meat, in the absence of anything like a cellar. So we bargained for a sow, which cost us fourand-sixpence. The reader must not mistake me. "Then the sow, (in Norwegian, written " sau," but pronounced " sow,") appeared, it proved to be a sheep, and cut up into excellent mutton. On my last visit to these parts, I took up my abode at Foshaugen, alone farmstead in the midst of the forest, not far from the Malanger Falls; while my companion, for-the convenience of fishing, stayed at Fosmoen, which adjoined the falls of Bardu. Not...
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