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That´s my neighbour X stopping by for a cup of coffee.
See, I would never ask him to help us unless we had an emergency on our hands but he read on the blog that Sigurd and me were snowed in and “he was just in the neighbourhood” working in the forest, which he owns, and besides there´s a cabin warmer in the tractor too, so.

I like X. I like it when he says stuff like “the forest is alive and it thrives better if people live here, it´s not supposed to be so deserted out here”
I guess that´s why he lets people live here. I guess that´s why he helps us.
X thinks my blog is a drama documentary.

This blog being a drama documentary and all I´d like to tell you that we got cabin fever today so we went on a little expedition. Prepare the gear. Sadle up. Go.





At the crossing. He´s such a little boy in such a big world.



This was where we were going




It´s a small river connecting two lakes. It was minus 25 yesterday but the water always flows. There.
We drink the water… and this is why I care about pollution, you shouldn´t do it, we also eat the snow and lick on the icicles.
Snowstorm. Hurry home. (this is drama). Finger paint.
His grandfather (my father in law)  is a recognized landscape painter artist but Sigurd chose to paint the ocean.

Today Jeppe is on the ocean together with Silas who turned 15 yesterday and I´m not there. They´re fishing for cod. Back in the motherland, the motherland, the motherland


This is my mother



She made me this vest to wear when I do the speeches. This vest plays a part in my coming book, my coming book is about shamanism and thread work, norse mythology and so on (voluspá, voluspá… come to me) but it´s not going to well with the book which is why I even made this blog entry to begin with, to calm myself,  I wanted to write but my basket looks like this




So I´m thinking that maybe I could just be a drama documentarian instead, wouldn´t that be enough, really?

… these are questions I ask myself while the fire slowly burns and the snow quietly falls…

It´s all very simple. “Simplify, simplify!” said Thoreau but this is not my core competence.

19 comments on “A dramadocumentary dilemma

  1. Amy says:

    Ohh I would spend the day by that snowy creek, except–my goodness!–25 below? That is serious cold!


  2. BeeHappee says:

    🙂 Well, thanks for the flowing rivers, appreciate it. This made me smile. Yes, drama documentarian is good. We can “watch” your soap operas. Shamanism and thread work. . Don’t get all tangled up. Take care, Andrea. You are too funny. 🙂


  3. Tres says:

    First, isn’t that a wonderful sight, the neighbor coming up the driveway with the snowplow? We have a neighbor like that. There’s no snow because it rains here like biblical proportions. But when we can’t get up the hill to fill the water tank he comes with his grader and grades off the mud so the 4 wheeler can get up there. Thrilling, I say.

    Then, that is one of the more beautiful sweaters I’ve ever seen. Maybe I should take up knitting again. But I have a hard time sitting still.

    Lastly, I wonder what was on the cutting room floor of Thoreau’s cabin. What didn’t he tell us? How did he arrive at Simplify? Was there a lot of “other stuff” that he had to edit out that didn’t sound all profound and wise? Just thinking out loud! Oh, to be a fly on the wall of Thoreau’s cabin!


  4. Eumaeus says:

    drama documentary is funny…
    ya’ll with your connected parents amaze me…
    you should talk to my friend Sas Carey about your book…
    you’d like Sas…
    yep, the dude is right, if you know how to tickle the woods
    then they laugh.
    peace be with you, sister.


    1. BeeHappee says:

      Very cool about Sas. Is that how you ended up in Mongolia? Her films sound really good, do you know where full versions can be found? Youtube has just clips… Gobi Women – love the 3 yr old milking the cow. I can see Andrea totally loving her. I love Mongolian films, even Soviets romanticized Mongolia, although living conditions were always much tougher there than in the USSR, and Russians were very racist to Mongolians and other native people of the east even though officially total acceptance was touted. .


  5. ncfarmchick says:

    Even though I disparage it quite often, I was grateful for FB last summer. My friend’s well quit working and her animals were without water. She vented about it on FB, not really expecting help, I don’t think. But, we were able to fill up our tank and take her some water till it was fixed. Probably wouldn’t have known about it otherwise because she is like us, stubborn and don’t ask for help when we should. The sight of that big truck coming up your road must have been a welcome one. Good neighbors are priceless!
    I’m with TJ. That sweater is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen and makes me wish I’d keep with knitting long enough to achieve something approximating this – I move onto other projects and then forget how so I’m always starting over. My grandmother knits stockings for all new members of the family (born or married into) and no one else really knits so I’m committed to carrying on that legacy anyway.
    I love the idea of your new book (and still am eagerly waiting the opportunity to read your other one in English) but whatever form it comes to you in, go with it, I say. Going with your instincts seems to have worked fairly well for you so far.


  6. ncfarmchick says:

    And the simplicity. I find it easy, the older i get and since becoming a mother, to simplify in terms of desires and needs. The way we (and many of you) chose to do it can be anything but simple in its execution a lot of the time. Its a mistake to confuse “simple” with “easy.” I was interested to read once that the land around Walden Pond was not the completely untouched wilderness so many think. Even then, the land was returning to the forest after generations of agriculture and he wrote about happening upon old orchards and distinct fence lines in the middle of uninhabited places. The forest always comes back, something I find very reassuring.


    1. Tres says:

      I once read a book called “The World Without Us”. The premise was what would happen to the Earth if humans just up and vanished in the blink of an eye. (Your comment “the forest always comes back” made me think of this.) He analyzed a lot of geographical areas and – if memory serves me because it’s been a while – he postulated things like New York would flood right away (because they’re pumping water out of the subways all the time to keep them running) and Africa would be the continent to go back to natural the fastest. The animals there are more indigenous than anywhere on the planet. This is because animals and humans evolved there together so the indigenous ones have survived. They are shy of humans. Humans over ran places like the Western Hemisphere and decimated animal populations that were not “used” to humans. It will take those areas longer to return to “normal”. It was an interesting read. Anyway your statement made me think of it. I agree that the thought that nature will come back is, indeed, reassuring.


      1. ncfarmchick says:

        Yes, I’ve read that book, too, and it was fascinating. I think there is a reason for the popularity of apocalyptic-type novels and stories over time. We want to believe the Earth will be here forever even without us. Though, a lot of people might tell you they find the thought scary and depressing, I think, deep down, we’re all reassured by the dogged determination of our great Mother. Thanks for reminding me of the book. Would be worth reading again.


      2. Now that you mention it I believe we have the same will to live, to exist, to survive as the Mother. At the core she and we are the same, aren’t we? So I think you are spot-on when you say that we get comfort knowing that she would go on. She most assuredly would even if not in the same form as we might wish. She’s infinitely resourceful. The only thing that could do her in would be fatal poisoning and even then I think she would retrench on a cellular level and come back some how. Eventually.


  7. BeeHappee says:

    Andrea good luck with writing. Maybe you do need more drama for inspiration. 🙂 what can help maybe changing your environment even just for a day, doing something different than you normally do, going some place different.
    Were all your previous books in danish?
    The only sweater I had knitted recently was doll sweater. 🙂 Your vest looks more like crochet than knit..
    NC, nice story about your friend.


  8. Tracy says:

    Andrea, to me from the out looking into the knotted and lovely afghan-world of your words your docudramentary (or something like that) and all books in progress or hatching are in a perfect place. You have accomplished much…so much. At least that’s what i see. grateful for your voice. I like humans like you and wish i knew (well to the degree i know you) more of them. in my experience (and i have a pinprick of knowing with 2 winters in a primitive cabin in the boreal mesh of wisconsin) cabin fever breeds riches. you probably know this and just like to wind us up, drama like. deep bow to you over land and sea.


  9. smcasson says:

    I keep thinking dromedary. Hmm.

    When my wife and I moved in to this house, the couple acres behind the garage was grown up taller than me (I’m 6’5″). The first day of moving, we were unloading a trailer and my neighbor pulled up in his tractor with his bushhog attached.
    I said, “hey, how’s it going?”
    He said, “Aw, all right”
    I said, “dont tell me you’re offering to mow for me!”
    He said, “If ya want good neighbors, ya gotta be a good neighbor.”

    And that was the start of a good relationship.


    1. BeeHappee says:

      “If ya want good neighbors, ya gotta be a good neighbor.” 🙂 And same can be said about anyone.


  10. Angie says:

    Dear Andrea,
    There is a very interesting book my husband and I are reading called Tending the Wild about the native people in California and how they were a part of the landscape that really echoes your neighbors words. It’s so nice to hear it somewhere else, too!

    Years ago a man who calls himself John Seed came to speak in my town. He says he is a “Deep Ecologist.” It sounded like he had so much to offer us with deep wisdom of nature, so I asked him what his vision was for how humans are supposed to fit into the ecosystem. His reply baffled me – it was a mini-lecture about how humans are inherently distructive and bad. He had no vision for us living on this earth.

    I like the Tending the Wild book because it goes so much against what he said, and what I’ve heard so much from the enviornmental movement, that nature is better without us. Instead it says to really understand and respect nature, we must closely depend on it, eat it, use it, love it, in our daily life.

    It also goes against the apparent philosophy of “back to the wild” types that try to live like hunter-gatherers again. There’s a big “skill gathering” every year in my town. Like cattle they come in and tear up the land, leaving piles of shit, use and discard the nature, and then move away to other places for a year. There’s no respect or sense of responsibility to the place.


    1. What if we were some weird part of the plan? I don’t know. Anything is possible, neh? Think outside the box. I keep remembering how someone said (Einstein?) that the problem cannot be solved with the same kind of thinking that caused it. I haven’t read Tending the Wild but maybe it’s trying to come up with a brand new thought. We’re expunging old neural pathways in our brains and laying down new ones.


    2. BeeHappee says:

      Those are good points, Angie, and sounds like an excellent book. No doubt native Americans were managing the landscape, but I do have difficulty picturing the 9 billion people worldwide by 2050 managing the landscape as well as they did. . On the other hand, we are doing a pretty good job killing ourselves off, so there may not be 9 billion after all. . . All we can do is get some sense into our heads and hope that everyone else does the same. And start thinking how every decision made today will affect 7 generations into the future, like native Americans did, instead of just believing we do lots of good by buying 7th Generation diapers and detergent. . . I am totally guilty of that.


    3. ncfarmchick says:

      Sounds like a fascinating book. I think you hit upon the very thing which has stymied the environmental movement in the last 20 years or so. So filled with gloom and doom with no practical solutions. While I am guilty of wishing we, as a species, could go back to what I perceive as “simpler times” (when exactly that is in history changes depending on my mood, I think!) I realize that is more about my perception and not reality. We are here now and we have to do things within the now without forgetting the lessons learned in the past. Like Renee, I have to think we are part of the plan or we wouldn’t be here, wouldn’t have been able to think of all the things that are extending our lives at the expense of others. New thoughts, that’s what I am looking for in so many ways.


  11. Linda says:

    Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. I love the winter and your photos are beautiful and heartwarming.


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