Amazing weather

Trip Start Aug 26, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Norway  , Trondelag,
Friday, August 31, 2012

I have realised whilst checking the weather forecast here that the Norwgian equivalent of the Met Office has great trouble predicting anything more than 24 hours in advance. This must be a reflection of the incredibly changeable nature of things here, and yesterday was a case in point.

Liz and I set off for a morning walk at about 9am, to see if we could find the caves on the other side of the island. It was a little breezy, but in sheltered spots the sun was warm. By the time we got to the far end of the island the wind was howling, and clouds had rolled in. Unfortunately we didn't find the caves, but sat watching the sea at a remote spot, surrounded by weather-worn rocks and heather-covered slopes. There was a rather dilapidated house stuck out on its own, but it difficult to imagine anyone living at this desolated spot.

We managed to make it most of the way home before the rain started, and for the next hour or so we watched from the house as banks of cloud rolled in. However, shortly after midday the rain stopped and the sky began to brighten. We decided to go to the beach and try out the new frisbee, so donned coats and shoes and set off. Hardly had we started the game when the sun appeared, and coats, hats, etc were being jettisoned. The frisbee was amazing - rather than a complete circle of plastic with a lip, it was more like a flat ring, and it really travelled! Unfortunately it was so good we almost immediately lost it in the sea! I rolled up my trousers and tried to rescue it, but it was too deep. So we abandoned frisbee and took up beach volleyball and catch, before retiring to the cafe for a drink. By now there was not a cloud in the sky, and t-shirts were in order.

After a sandwich lunch Chris, Olivia and I hired a couple of kayaks (Chris on his own, and Olivia and I in a two-man version). It was fairly breezy and I didn't want to risk any open-sea paddling given the changeable nature of the weather so we kept relatively close to the shore and explored the bay, spotting a number of jelly fish, crabs, etc in the process. The water was crystal clear, and quite shallow, so it was very pleasant. Now the tide was going out we also managed to recover the frisbee, which meant we could resume our game in the early evening sun. We pretty much had the beach to ourselves, bar a lovely brown and white horse, with a young rider who was practising some equestrian skills.

After working up a bit of a sweat with the frisbee Liz suggested we actually buy an alcoholic drink from the cafe! We had scraped together our life savings, so I agreed. I enquired about prices, and it wasn't TOO bad....a large beer was 75 krona (around £8), and a glass of wine about the same. We certainly savoured those drinks!!!

As we sat on the terrace in the sun we could see a large cloud approaching from far out to sea. It was about 7pm now, so we made our way back to the house, where Liz prepared a very lovely "pasta surprise" (!), as we watched the clouds get darker and the storm roll in. The view from our little house on the hill was fantastic, so we could catch some dramatic lightning, marvel at the cloud shapes, and be thankful that we weren't out at sea! In less than two hours the weather had changed from warm sunshine to a nasty storm with a raging wind and hard rain. It was all very entertaining!
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