The seismic activity in Bárðarbunga has increased today. According to specialists from the Icelandic Meteorologic Institute it is now impossible to detect individual earthquakes, they are coming that fast. It is still impossible to say whether there will be an eruption or not, but the Civil Protection coordination centre has been activated and a plane from the coast guard is getting ready to fly over the glacier.
So in short, no news yet, but things seem to be heating up. Here is the webcam, for those who don’t want to miss anything!
It’s been a while, but I have a finished embroidery project. Ir’s not the grey picture or anything of that scale, it’s just a small heart, but still - it is finished and it’s quite pretty if I may say so myself.
This is how I “sign” all my embroidered pieces.
My Favourite Hearts
I have made many embroidered hearts. They are all knit with Icelandic wool and felted, as this one is, and hand embroidered. Most of them have hand crocheted lace, but this one, and some others have vintage lace instead. Almost all are white, but one or two are not. Here is one of my favorites,
In the words of Granny Weatherwax: “I ATE’NT DEAD” I just had a little blogging vacation, but now August is here and it’s time to get things going again.
Yesterday was very special here in Reykjavík. The Reykjavík Pride Parade is a huge event, more than 90 thousand attended, and that is out of a population of only 320 thousand.
The Parade was wonderful as always. A perfect mix of joy and celebration and reminders of the sad fact that LGBTQI people are persecuted in many countries and that prejudice and hate still lurk everywhere.
No? well, that does not matter. You can still enjoy listening to the girls in Gradulekór Langholtskirkju (my daughter choir) conducted by Jón Stefánsson, singing one of their favourite songs: Þó þú langförull legðir by the composer Sigvaldi Kaldalóns and the poet Stephan G. Stephansson
My son is 20 today! This picture is from his graduation from grammar school this spring. He is not at home today, he is working in Vík this summer and will indeed be working tonight (he is working nights) and even missing the final game of the FIFA World Cup . He is an avid football fan and so is his father. (I am not – but I will watch this game with interest.)
He is going to university next fall so he really is all grown up! I couldn’t be more proud of him.
Here is a picture from his last visit, we took a stroll downtown to enjoy a break in the rain, watch the ducks (you can not feed them anymore)
Happy Birthday my son. I hope you have a moment to celebrate today and go Germany!
I had planned to stay at home today, do a little work, perhaps a spot of much needed cleaning etc. That did not happen. Instead I did absolutely nothing all morning (except ironing one shirt, but that hardly counts) and in the afternoon I had a little adventure. I went to a absolutely wonderful (and free!) outdoor concert at the Nordic House. The singer Ragnheiður Gröndal and the guitarist Guðmundur Pétursson gave an intimate unplugged concert that was both moving and uplifting.
Going to a concert is perhaps not something really special, only this week I went to a concert performance of a new Icelandic opera that was absolutely delightful. But this was an unexpected pleasure that my daughter convinced me attend with her. I don’t know why, perhaps it was the quality of the performance, perhaps the informality or how effortlessly natural and intimate is was, but this concert moved me to tears and reminded me to seize the day, live now so to speak and enjoy the good things in life.