Sunday, August 01, 2010

we interrupt this interview thing for some pretty pictures

just a note up front to all who requested interview questions...i am still writing your questions and if you haven't received them (tho' it's been a week), they are still on their way. it's just that i'm writing specific questions for all who have asked for them and so i'm taking the time to catch up on your blogs before i write. so please be patient and know i haven't forgotten you...and i really appreciate the response to this. it's so cool that so many wanted to participate!

and now, back to the pretty pictures from my day at the viking harbor museum in bork havn, denmark. it's a little tiny town on the ringkøbing fjord, nearly on the west coast of denmark. i can tell you that i wanted to move in and i will definitely be going back in two weeks when they have a big viking festival with 300 folks from all over the nordic countries who go around every summer dressed as vikings (gotta get me one of those gigs, i tell you)....

hello viking man!
the tattoo i want is something along these lines.
tho' this would make a good tattoo.  a little smaller, of course.
a chapel that must be a replica from the period just after the vikings accepted christianity.
it was a very cool mix of pagan and christian.
not that most of christianity isn't that.
building through traditional methods.
next up, basket weaving classes...
this viking lady was dyeing cloth with flowers she'd just gathered in the adjacent field.
she used alum (sp?) as a mordant - it's apparently a natural mineral, which i like the sound of (sorry for the preposition).
she said those yellow flowers were going to make a lovely green.
because my memory is like a sieve, i can't remember what she called those flowers.
check out the "j"
this must be MY room.
there is, after all, a loom! 
a whole selection of naturally dyed fabrics and yarns.
heaven, i tell you.
and the fur-covered viking beds with embroidered curtains.
very inspiring.
of course, as a viking harbor, they had some viking ships.
and that's your little tour from the weekend. interviews resume tomorrow and i will be sending out questions all week! there are some great interviews coming up, so stay tuned!

16 comments:

jillsy said...

hey there j! remember me?? i know i haven't been around much lately (you really know me through Blog Camp 365), but I do keep an eye out on you here as well! lovin' your interviews!

Lisa-Marie said...

When you post these things, my inner Vikings Geek loves it. The Viking Invasion was my favourite history topic to teach. We have a Viking museum here (Vikingar) which is good fun, but seeing your pictures is so much more real!

ONe day, I shall be able to take my own pictures of these things...

Snap said...

What fun! So, is your loom up yet????

Joanna Jenkins said...

A viking festival!?!?!?! how fun is that. If these pics are a hint of what's in store it will be fabulous! Have fun!
Cheers, jj

Char said...

i want a viking festival. so fun

mrs mediocrity said...

Lovin these, I love Viking Man, and the last one looks like a postcard...

Bernie Wood said...

I so would enjoy this festival. I love going back in time and enjoy the history lessons very much.
........:-) Hugs

Kamana said...

i love these. especially the last one with the reflection.

Erin Wallace said...

These photos are gorgeous and what craftsmanship! Everything is something that I''d love to have in my house - just amazing!

xo Erin

Karen Turner said...

We had a very paltry Viking festival in Hull last weekend - nothing on this scale. You had the much better deal, I think.
There were only two women at ours, doing tablet weaving. The rest of it was mainly big hairy men shouting and waving swords around.

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Loved the chapel and basket pictures. Seems like you had a very nice week-end.

Best
Tracy :)

Lisa at Lil Fish Studios said...

Ohhh those baskets! That loom! Natural dyeing! Awesome. I use alum as a mordant when I dye with marigolds. You can find it right with the spices at the grocery store.

one planet said...

definetly we both were vilking sisters now I know :)))

heidikins said...

Um, this is awesome. Absolutely awesome.

xox

stephanie said...

Great shots! I love those boats!

Elizabeth said...

Jotted down on the calender!!!!