You call this summer!

Here is where the salmon's journey begins as they swim in from the North Sea

Here is where the journey begins as the salmon swim in from the North Sea

Summer is suppose to be warm and sunny! Right?

Growing up on the Jersey Shore we had our share of bad weather, but summers were always spent at the beach, or in the pool. We’d pack up our winter clothes in May and wouldn’t need them again before at least October. I remember how hard it was getting use to wearing shoes again in the fall, when school started. I have such fond memories of how summer is suppose to be…

Now I live on an island off the southwest coast of Norway, where summer is about as predictable as the stock-market. This week alone we’ve had two days with a cold wind, one warm day, one day that started terrible and ended nice. That happens a lot, it’s gray and damp all day and then the sun comes out, just as we’re heading for bed… Today it’s raining.

There is however, one sure sign that summer has arrived here in my little corner of the world. The salmon are swimming in from the ocean and up into the rivers to spawn. To do this, they must swim through the sound and directly past my house. For the next month (with a special license) we are allowed to set nets from Sunday night until Thursday afternoon. This is a big deal for the locals, who check their nets several times a day and then gossip over who’s catching the most. I’ve seen two salmon hop through the water, just since I’ve been sitting here writing this post. (There’s a window right behind my computer screen).

Much to my husbands dismay we’re heading for Scotland next week and that means he’ll have to take a break from fishing. My son is enrolled in a week-long bagpiping course at the National Bagpipe Centre in Glasgow. I’m not exactly sure how an American/Norwegian teenager got interested in bagpiping, he just did.

And I doubt we’ll find summer in Scotland either…

My catch, holding his catch ;)

My catch, holding his catch πŸ˜‰


About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on June 21, 2013, in all things American, all things Norsk, Photos, Stories in general, travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. Oh lord this post chimed with me. I long for a proper summer (I live in Glasgow – it’s hopeless hoping)

  2. Reblogged this on gefry777.

  3. Love your view Maggie and have a great craic with a wee dram in Scotland

  4. Happy first day of summer! Lucky you getting to have fresh salmon for dinners:-) Enjoy Scotland and here’s wishing you some sunshine!

  5. itsallaboutpurple

    i hope you get some good weather…..happy fishing!!

  6. In this topsy turvy climate this year, you have as good a chance of sunshine in Scotland as anywhere, Maggie. But you might need earplugs! πŸ™‚

  7. Gorgeous!! Have a great trip πŸ™‚

  8. LOL! I love your catch holding his catch πŸ˜€ Have a great trip, Maggie πŸ˜‰

  9. I know your son will have an amazing time. Tomorrow, we off to the highland games in New Westminster B.C. and the bagpipe competitions. There is always an adventure when you have a bagpiper in the family.

  10. Fresh salmon…..awesome! Too bad the bagpipe competitions are not in Oklahoma! It is definitely summertime here now! (but not TOO hot just yet) Have fun! πŸ˜‰

  11. Ha ha, the summers really ARE unpredictable here! When people ask me what they should bring clothing-wise when they come for a visit, I usually say bit of everything… You might need summer attire, but it is more likely that at least waterproofs if not hat & down jacket are needed. Have a great trip to Scotland, hope you get some good weather there, we were really lucky when visiting Ireland recently (and apparently Scotland was hit by the same heat wave at the time)!

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