Monday, August 22, 2016


I used to pick berries in Finland a lot, but we had a summer house. I went to the forest nearby the other day and picked some, they were not big and there were not many of them around. Later I also went to Frognerseteren, first it started raining but fortunately it cleared up. I only have a photo of berries. Altogether I picked berries three times and made three pies. Unfortunately I could not take a photo of the pies, maybe next year!

Please, can I get my camera!

Well, I have a camera now, but I did not have one for a whole month, except I bought a disposable one because a cruise ship arrived that I had not photographed. With a disposable one you have no idea what kind a photo you have. I had dropped my camera in Finland, but for several weeks there were no problems. Then the objective would not close, so I took the camera to Elkjøp where I had bought it. It is one of the three biggest electronic shops in Norway. They text you every time something is done, so I got a text on 4 July that it had been sent to the workshop, then on the 5th that it had been sent to an extra repair shop for them to ensure that the repair had been made satisfactorily by a professional. A normal time for reparations would be 2-3 weeks. So after three weeks I wrote to the Elkjøp Facebook page and inquired. They answered but just repeated what I already knew. On 29 the I wondered whether the fact was they could not repair it and they said in that case they would inform me. On 3rd August they said they had called Elkjøp in Carl Berner. That afternoon the repair shop called me and said it would be returned "in a short period of time". On August 10 it had been 6 weeks. On August 12 I received a text that I could come and get it but in the shop they said it could not have been repaired (as I had guessed) and I would get a new camera - but they did not have that camera any more, I should get a replacement. There were only two possible cameras, one for 700 kr, the other for 2900. Any time I have to buy a camera, I check the internet for what they say about it but she just wanted me to tell her which one I would take. One cost 2900 because it was a camera that could be used under water. I did not need one but the other one was just too simple. It annoyed me too that I would have to pay 900 kr extra. And sure enough, the reviews online were not good, though one woman who said she was a professional photographer, was fairly satisfied. Most people liked it, for many underwater photographers it soon leaked so they condemned it. It has worked ok for my ship photos though it tends to overcompensate. I took a photo of blueberries I had picked, could not get a good photo.There's no detailed instructions booklet but a CD which I have not opened yet, it also makes me download a studio, and I want to work with my old Microsoft Photo Gallery. When I get the instructions, I might just delete the studio. The menu is not easy to understand, I have not been able to find the exposure control or ISO control, where on earth can they be? In the old one they were in the meny. It was a Canon, this is Lumix. Well, another thing. When they gave me the box I had only seen the blue camera so I forgot to check. My camera is BLACK. EEEkkk! I glue colourful stickers on, doesn't help much.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Who should sit?

This is another bus on a bus stop on Dronning Eufemias street in front of the new Barcode buildings.

Bus number 31 from Oslo centre is most of the time quite full if I take a bus from the Railway station and maybe up to four stops after that. I have noticed that I often get a seat fairly quickly if I get in at the back. Often there is a free seat or someone offers me theirs or someone gets off. I'm close to eighty but do not have problems standing, yet it is nice if I can sit. Some days ago it did not work so well.

I got in at the back but all the seats as far as I could see were taken. Then one came free but before I could react, a guy about 30 took it. Soon a young girl also took a seat which came free just in front of me where I was hanging on to the post. Not enough with that, the first guy left and before I had time to move, the friend of the girl slipped into the seat! This always never happens, people always even tell me: "here's a free seat." if I have not noticed it. There might have been seats in the front of the bus and usually people leave half way to my destination but not this time. None at my half of the bus moved until there were just a few stops left.

It reminds me of a funny incident. I was in a bus that was almost full. There were a couple of free seats in the front behind the driver where she could not see them. She said to the people: "Cannot you see that a lady is standing, please give her a seat." As there were free seats, no-one moved, so she repeated it, a bit more forcefully. The confused lady looked a round and said: "Do you mean me??"