We are a little family, counting 2 dogs, 1 cat and us: Steve and me, Jorunn ( Jo ). We live on the south coast of Norway, 20 minutes' drive from Kristiansand.
Out here it is countryside, with forests, rivers, waterfalls, birds, elks, beavers, deer and elks, and even lynx they say! Wolves have been seen not too far from here also, a couple of years ago. In fact, the term "wilderness" might spring to mind about our whereabouts!
Every morning feels like a Sunday; all peaceful and in tune with nature. Wildlife, trees, a lake at the bottom of our garden... To me the view from our kitchenwindow is nothing less than a dream come true!
We moved in here in 2007, after having fallen in love with the remoteness and beauty. A perfect spot for
relaxation after a busy day at work. To some it might be a bit too quiet. But when you work in a Kindergarten it is simply Heaven! Besides, we lived in the middle of noisy, busy, crowded Kristiansand several years previous to coming here. ( Kristiansand is ranking as the 5th largest town in Norway, but of course only as a large village in e.g Britain... ) Anyway, I prefer country-life here!
Our 2 dogs are called Kaisa ( Note: not like the German "Kaiser" or "Caiser", Kaisa is a Swedish girl's name ) and Mindy. Mindy (kromfohrlânder) is 6 months now, and Kaisa (briard) is a senior at 14! ( -years..) We have a cat named Lexy, and she is 6 years, we think. She deals with the dogs very well.
Did I mention the garden? We have a large garden ( in fact the lawn feels enormous at times... particularly when it's covered with dandilions I'm trying to root up...)
Lots of flowers, herbs, rhododendron-bushes and other flowering shrubs. It's full of possibilities! A great place to be.