Thursday, August 20, 2009

Over the Mountains, and Into the Sea 8/19-8/20/09

Time passes, and Per and Amund are into their second week of the expedition. Yesterday was a quiet day. The morning was windless, and perfect for taking the boat out for a ride to the deeper waters in search for big ones.

I woke up, and read Per's first email:

God morgen and good morning,

Vi ligger nå et stykke ute i velfjorden og fisker, vi har sett stor
hval og ørn, en flott morgen.

We Are now out fishing far out at Velfjorden, we have seen a huge whale
and Eagles. A beautiful Morning.

Per and Amund

Later Per sent me a photo of their catch. They caught a bunch of really nice-sized Cod and Whiting. Lots of good eating that night, and plenty of fish to freeze and take home for eating this winter.

This morning's emails started out with:

Morning, 8/20

God morning Tom. Time is 04:25 New York time. Get out of bed! ;-) You
have a blog waiting for your input! ;-)

We are on our way travelling among fjords and Islands. The picture is ferry #2 out of 5.

Will send you a picture now and then from today's finds, and our travel route.
One picture per email, since I'am using my iPhone.

Weather is cloudy w/rain, not the best photoshooting weather, but excellent for inside boathouse digging.

Take good care Tom and the blog followers out there.

Per and Amund

After coming in, I was greeted with another email from the guys:

Hello again Tom,

I think you just have finished your breakfast, and we are entering the ferry for a nice cup of coffee and a meal. Time is 06:30 New York time and 12:30 Eu time.

We visited an antique shop in the Mosjøen City neighborhood area. Found plenty of old bottles and medicine glass, china and old farmers gear. Not a single glass float. That's weird, because this area is a typical fishery district. Maybe these local antique shops don't find glass floats interesting, or the local people don't ask questions about floats for purchasing, and that's why you don't find
floats for sale? This antique store was not a typical tourist shop. It was hidden.

See Yaa

After breaktime, another:

Hello again Tom

Info from the area:
We Are waiting for the last carferry to our destination Sleneset, which is the nearest neighbor to the well known and famous bird mountain Lovund.

And at the end of the day, there were two more emails. The second-with its photo, knocked my socks off. How beautiful those two Teardrops are, and that marker buoy on the right hand side of the photo is absolutely wonderful. They are all family history, and just too precious to part with. I'm sure that all of us can relate to the feelings of the people that Per and Amund were with today.

It must be truly wonderful to be immersed the way the guys are, in all of that history. To handle and photograph those beautiful floats, to talk to the people who's ancestors used them, and to hear the stories-what a dream. A dream that is Per and Amund's reality.

We are all so fortunate to have a friend like Per, who is taking his time to study his countrymens' history, and for sharing it with all of us. Those who collect floats are getting a rare treat, and also a treat for those who may one day Google a key word that is in this blog, and suddenly come across Per and Amund's gift to all of us.

I will end here by letting Per tell you the story through today's last emails, and am looking forward to tomorrow:

Hi Tom

We Are ok, in a nice room. Have been talking with several people, and made new contacts. So we are filled up with jobs for tomorrow.

And the final email today:

We have purchased approx 7 floats. A few have very interesting marks. Marks that are rare and completely unknown to me! There is another super rare float similar to the Wind mark that I sold to Greg a year ago, and a few nearly perfect Aasnæs floats.

Sorry, but the owner will not sell those teardrops in the photo and two teardrops from another owner-even if my offer was above 700USD each. Teardrops have been used by their families for several years: dad, grandad, gran-gran etc. The history continues, and I understood these people and why they do not want to sell those beautiful teardrops. I did my very best.

We will send plenty of pictures and info of the floats and marks, fishery history, the area and our one-hour interview with the peoples' valuable history.

An example:

the clear 4" and 5" floats were used on Sei nets. Sei is the Norwegian name for a fish I don't know the English name for. I will hopefully find out the name later when we are back home at the cabin situated at Nevernes.

Per and Amund

The photos from the top of the post:

Carferry #2;
Carferry #4;
The island room for two and
Inside the Boathouse.

Click on the photos for a larger view.

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