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.
These three are all graduates this spring.
My son graduated from grammar school in May and he will be going to university in the fall.
My younger daughter graduated from elementary school earlier this month and she has just gotten her acceptance letter to the grammar school of her choice (there is a fierce grade based competition to get into the most popular ones).
Today my husband got his masters degree in Applied Studies in Culture and Communication.
But we are not finished yet. Later this summer my older daughter will finish her masters degree in Food Science!
I made the very same mistake on New Years Eve as I did on Christmas! I was completely engrossed in the cooking and conversation and therefore: (almost) no pictures. And those I took are hurried, poorly lit and generally not very good. I had asked my family to remind me, but their memory seems to be no better than mine… This is my meager crop – half of them are from New Years day.
ps: I really miss knitting. But I think I can start embroidering soon. I’m going to give it a try in the weekend.
I failed almost totally on the photo front this Christmas. But here are the very few snapshots I did manage to get. Half the guests are missing (we were twelve in all on Christmas eve), but some photos are better than no photos at all…
The Icelandic Opera stages Georges Bizets Carmen this year, in Harpa Concert Hall. This production of the well know opera is a feast for the eyes as well as ears, beautiful and action filled group scenes, lots of drama of course but quite a bit of humor too.
The singers are wonderful. I heard the first cast, Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir was simply divine as Micaëla. Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir was a strong a fierce Carmen and the other singers were great too. I am going again to hear the second cast, Garðar Thór Cortes, is not to be missed as Don José and the very young wunderkind Kristján Jóhannesson is making quite a splash as Escamillo.
My younger daughter is a member of the Icelandic Operas Children’s Choir and the participation in Carmen is a life changing adventure for her.
Here are some photos I borrowed (with permission as always):
The Children’s Choir
Listening to the director, right before the dress rehearsal.
Deliriously happy after the premiere:
In the last photo the girls are with star tenor Garðar Thór Cortes.
All scheduled performances are sold out, but an extra performance has been announced. So there are still some tickets to bee had.
I have started a knitting project. It’s a long sweater/short dress, the cover model from Lopi 33, the new pattern book from Ístex which is only available in Icelandic now, but will surely be published in English very soon.
I am also (finally) preparing for a new embroidery picture. That makes me really happy.
I am in no hurry. I take my time collecting the colours and sketching a bit before taking the first stitches.
On a completely different note, some snapshots from a short family outing yesterday.
Ég er með nýtt stykki á prjónunum. Það er síða peysan/kjóllinn sem er utan á nýja lopablaðinu.
Ég er líka að undirbúa nýja útsaumsmynd. Það finnst mér afar skemmtilegt og ég tek mér góðan tíma í að finna réttu litina og teikna svolítið áður en ég tek fyrstu sporin.
Allt annað, hér eru nokkrar skyndimyndir frá því í gær:
This is me early this morning. I was getting ready for the operating theatre, where I had the honour of being by sister’s helper in the birth of her baby. In the photo we were having fun with the HUGE scrubs I was given, but in fact I got some smaller ones later on.
Everything went according to plan and mother and baby are doing very well. And now I am an aunt!
The little boy will be going home in the orange baby layette, so I better get around to photographing it before I give it to his mother tomorrow.
Svona var ég fín í morgun, þegar ég var að gera mig klára fyrir skurðstofuna. Mér hlotnaðist sá heiður að vera systur minni til aðstoðar þegar barnið hennar kom í heiminn.
Á myndinni erum við að skemmta okkur yfir stærðinni á fötunum sem ég fékk, en reyndar fékk ég heldur minni föt nokkru seinna.
Allt gekk samkvæmt áætlun og móður og barni heilsast vel. Og nú er ég sem sagt orðin móðursystir!
Drengurinn á að fara heim í appelsínugula settinu, svo það er eins gott að ég drattist til að mynda það, áður en ég færi mömmu hans það á morgun.
I’m knitting for a summer baby. I’m a little behind schedule (as usual), somehow my sisters growing baby bump failed to kick start my knitting. But now the baby is due very soon, so I’m knitting this little number pretty fast.
Here are the colours I picked:
And here is a (bad) photo of the original pattern.
And to finish, my lovely summer children.
En það er sem sagt von á barninu nánast á hverri stundu svo ég er frekar iðin við prjónana þessa dagana.
Ég valdi þessa liti:
Og hér er (slæm) mynd af upprunalegu uppskriftinni:.
Og að lokum, falleg sumarbörn: