So who’s read Where is the Mango Princess? A Journey Back from Brain Injury? I know Shelly and I have, and last I knew, Harriet was still waiting for the book to arrive. Anyone else finished or in-progress? I’ll post the first question tomorrow.
We don’t yet have a November book or discussion leader. Any volunteers who want to share a special book? If not, I’m thinking I might like to share, re-read, and discuss Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture. Opinions?
And now for our Special Feature. This is direct from Harriet in Norway.
When I was in Bergen (my birth town and where relatives and many friends live) for the 60 years anniversary of a friend, I walked the dogs (4 shiba), and I just could not believe my eyes: I walked past Garmann Street! I had to stop and take pictures with my mobile.
I took a lot of pictures of the houses with the name signs, because they are from different times in history, written differently!
It is a tiny street with small Bergen wooden houses. I just love them!
The Blue sign is a heritage sign stating the history of something or someone in the area (roughly translated):
The Garmann’s Street
The big farm of Sandviken (the local area translated as Big sandy Creek Farm) was wide, from The Mul-river in the South to Hellen in the North. (The farm was huge!) The Garmann family were owners of the farm from 200 years, from 1660. (Wow!) The family thus owned almost all of Sandviken and introduced organized “city planning” through its [bygslingssystem] (translates as “dividing areas and people living and working in groups”) so that commerce, industry, and residents’ hamlets would not conflict with farmers.
I made a collage of the street picture and the signs. It is such a curiosity!
Fun! Real Fun! The book got an extra dimension with this!
(Jen here again) How fun is this?! First, I love seeing a bit of Norway and Harriet’s birthplace. I also like hearing about the real Garmannsgaten. Then, I combine these images with the Garmann stories we just read and get a homey, rural, slightly old-fashioned, family- and community-oriented feeling.
So, who wants to go to Norway?