As the days get longer and this excuse for a winter seems to fade little by little. My thoughts turn to the "land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs flow." Iceland. Especially the northern part where it looks like this today.
Pólar Hestar .
It is the old farm Grytubakki about 25 miles north of Akureyri near the village of Grenivik.
It is across the Eyjafjördur from where my grandfather was born. My brother and I stayed here back in 2007 when we took our father's ashes back to the land of his father.I had been busy with work and school and didn't have much time to research where we were going. My thoughtful, and occasionally brilliant, younger brother made the arrangements. Here is what we saw when we arrived after a nice drive along the fjord.
The food was excellent and served in their dining room where I felt comfortable and very much at home. I have cats, dogs, horses, and chickens here on my farm and they had that and sheep, as well. I don't recall any chickens, though. I got to go riding on their Icelandic horses ( and learned the tolt, a unique gait) with one of the three absolutely lovely German girls working there, Miriam. Here we are out on the trail.
Iceland Review, edited by my distant, but infinitely smart and lovely cousin Eygló.
Our common ancestry diverges in the mid 1700's, but we seem to have a lot in common which gets me to wonder about the strength of genetics (the entire Icelandic genealogy is available to all Icelanders online from Decode Genetics).
I have to give my wife, the Cooker, a big "thank you" for understanding my affair (obsession?) with this amazing island nation. I wish I would have started it so much earlier in life, but it gives me such great pleasure now. I will leave it for now with this peaceful picture from behind our cabin at Grytubakki.
Speaking of pictures, today is World Pentax Day, where all the Pentaxians in the world take pictures and send them in to contribute to an album of the best stuff. The really cool thing is that there are about 40,000 of us on this forum. That will give a photo survey of today on planet earth by people from all over the place. What a concept! Hopefully, I will have something decent to offer by the end of the day from my little corner of the planet.