As you will by no doubt remember Sunday before last the clocks went back one hour. This gave us two distinct advantages and one rather large disadvantage.
On the plus side just for that Sunday we got one extra hour in bed. Also for about one extra week we got a bit more daylight in the early morning.
But the large disadvantage did not become apparent for about a week thanks to the weather.
You see as the clocks went back we also got quite a large amount of snow here in Oslo. The snow in all its luminous pomp lit up the streets and woods gloriously.
Up in Oslomarka even the nightwalks felt like walking through a huge snowy Cathedral.
But as the week wore on and the temperatures rose above freezing, combined with the high winds, our natural source of light and contrast started to melt away rapidly.
With gardens and woods back to green and brown, tarmac back to black, suddenly the dark is once again all encompassing.
Yesterday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. my son asked me if it was time to go to bed. I felt like saying yes and curling up for the evening, hibernating under my duvet.
Dark and cold are not all bad. These are the times where families reunite around fireplaces and sofas. It is a sort of rest period before the excitement and energetic Winter season of snow related fun and sports.
And if you are using the dark as an excuse to not go adventuring up in the woods at night, you can buy a variety of very good head torches for very reasonable prices.
Doggies: Aya, Baileys, My and Lucy
Doggies: Sara, Pippi and Lexi
Doggies: Ilex, Samus, Mari, Nola, Tex, Eddie and Ronja (2 walkers)
Doggies: Smula, Ibsen, Prima and Sid
Doggies: Arya, Sonja, Henie, Klara, Lucille, Nils, Fant and Leo (2 walkers)
Doggies: Haraka, Lucy, Lottie and Max
Have a lovely evening with your doggies and we are back again in the morning for more dogwalking in Oslo nature.
Christina, Linn, Veronica, Alex, Christian and Matt