Saturday I went to the picturesque Posebyen. The northeast part of Kristiansand (south of Norway) is the remaining part after the big town fire in 1892. It has kept the original wooden houses, with one and two floors, that accommodated workers, workmen and people of humble means.
All the houses are facing the streets and have cozy windows, main entrances with stairs, iron fences, benches and flowers. The kitchen and bedroom are on the backside of the house and with a separate door to the backyard and the garden.
Today this part of town is popular with both the locals and tourists who like to enjoy the sight of this beautiful part of Kvadraturen, it’s worth taking a slow stroll around this pretty quarter, whose name was given by French soldiers who came to reposer (French for relax).
Every Saturday between June 16 and September 1 there is a market in Posebyen. There are stalls in the street and all kinds of products for sale. I found some real treasures there this time. From now on I serve my guests water from a shoe 🙂
I’ve made it my goal to do something nice for somebody every day this month. I find myself waking up each morning with new and exciting ideas of things to do for others, and the rewards have been wonderful.
Today I stopped for gas, and I noticed an elderly lady struggling trying refuelling her car. I waited for a little while, and went over to her, offering to help. She was so grateful! It turned out to be the first time she tried to buy petrol for the car, this had been a task her husband always had covered. With tears in her eyes, she told me quietly that after forty – two years of marriage, her husband died three weeks ago. I was so glad I saw her need for help, and was able to guide her trough refuelling.
Thursday I continued my act of kindness project and wrote ten postcards to relatives all around the world. I also made a commitment to drive a neighbour to the grocery store, until her car is returned.
Friday I returned to my all-in-one services as driver/personal shopper/ personal secretary/ garden help and advicer for my Dad 🙂
Friday night I went with a friend to her friend’s birthday party. It turned out to be a real psychedelic experience, but I’m glad I went with my friend, and we shared a good time.
The mysterious package was as I wrote yesterday opened, and it contained mostly documents, newspapers and scarfs/decorative banners. The banners were marked “to the king”.
When the first mayor of Sel, Johan Nygaard gave the package in the late 1920s, he had written on the package that it could be opened in 2012.
The package weight a bit over three kilos, was 40 x 28 cm, and 9 cm thick. The envelope has been in a showcase at the local museum since 1997, and all the content of the package is now back in the same showcase. So everyone can come and have a look.
There have been some disappointment around the actual content of the package; I said yesterday that I didn’t understand the reason for keeping the content a secret for a hundred years. As the envelope also contains a newspaper from 1914 and one from 1919, it is true that it’s not a 100 year package, after all. But after reading some more about the documents and listening to an interview with one of the professors; I’ve come to the conclusion that I think it was rather great that the mayor Nygaard wanted to make a time capsule over the highlights of his political career.
In 1912 the little town celebrated the 300 year anniversary of the “Battle of Kringen”, when Norwegian farmers fought the Scottish army while the war between the union Danmark-Norway and Sweden. The Norwegian farmers won the “Battle of Kringen”, and the jubilee in 1912 was celebrated in the present of his Majesty King Haakon. The decorating banner in the time capsule is from this event.
I think we also should take under consideration that Norway became an independent country in 1905, so when the celebration in Sel was happening in 1912, it was only seven years after the kings arrival to Norway. The celebration of the “Battle of Kringen” was probably very important for the Norwegian self-esteem at the beginning of a journey without any union support. This can very well be the reason the lord mayor wanted to document the event, and when he started to collect items for the package.
There were several letters posted in America, and I believe this is as interesting and important as the rest of the documents. The Norwegian emigration to America was considerable, of all the countries in Europe only Ireland had more emigrants than us. So the influence from the states goes back to the times were letters from Americas could money and presents that kept families alive during harsh winters and difficult times. There are a lot of Norwegian descendants living in the States today, and our ties to the States have always been strong.
The rest of the documents were protocols and receipts, and newspapers. The fact that the newspapers were from 1914 and 1919 have been disturbing for some, because this shows that the envelope has not been sealed for a hundred years as they believed.
I think that mayor Johan Nygaard started collecting the items for his package in 1912, but didn’t seal off the envelope until he delivered the package in the late 1920’s.
It’s truly a great little story, and it was good for Norway to have this mysterious package to concentrate on the same day that our court consented the terrorist for those horrible actions from last summer. We needed the little mystery to be able to breath, so I say thank you, Mayor Johan Nygaard 🙂
After much fanfare, interpretive dancing and musical numbers, the mysterious package was opened at 18:36 p.m. Norwegian time. The contents included documents and decorative banners. After 10 minutes of sorting through the parcel, officials took the contents backstage to organize the items. They have now concluded that the mystery package contents are mostly documents of historical interests, some newspapers and the decorative banners of his Majesty King Haakon VII.
I must admit, I’m a bit disappointed. I don’t understand the reason why this content of the package should be kept as a secret, but hey, the old Mayor Johan Nygaard had a possibility to be remembered for a 100 years 🙂
The first mayor in Sel kommune in Norway wrote «Can be opened in 2012» on a package from 1912. Friday the mystery will finally be revealed.
Mayor Johan Nygaard then decided to give the package to the administration of Sel in the late 1920s. They got the package on one condition: You can not open the package until 2012!
And the encouragement has been followed. No one has opened the mysterious package, and no one has any idea what’s in the package.
But tomorrow the town’s big secret will finally be revealed.
And they further on have no idea why they have been waiting for a hundred years before they can finally reveal the content. And what’s in it? A secret message? Old coins? A mysterious letter? Gossip about the local people? Or is it a bad joke from mayor Nygaard?
The package weighs 3.1 kilos, is 40 cm wide, 28 cm deep and 9 cm thick, and is safely placed in one of the Gudbrandsdal museums. The package is sealed. Previously it has been placed in both archives and vaults.
The package, which has survived both World War 1 and World War 2, has been moved around in the city Otta several times. It’s just a coincidence that the package has not been lost. Several times it has actually been lost, but luckily it has always been found.
Kjell Voldheim works for the Gudbrandsdal museums. He is one of the two people who are opening the package tomorrow afternoon.
– We have no idea what’s in it! It is incredibly exciting! There may be historical documents in it. Or maybe it’s “The Blue Star” diamond from the Titanic, which sank in 1912, he says.
Professor of history at the University of Oslo, Gro Hagemann, defines the period of the early 1900s a as a time of great changes in Norway.
– Norway was characterized by optimism and growth. In addition, the country had a newfound freedom and self-awareness after being an independent country in 1905, she says.
She thinks it’s great that Sel kommune has taken care of the mysterious package from 1912.
– It may contain something that was a scandal in the political life in 1912. Alternatively, it may be a social issue, such as someone having a child outside marriage. It must include information the mayor found interesting enough to publish, but sensitive enough having to wait a hundred years to be revealed, Hagemann says.
Tomorrow we’ll know… they will open the mysterious package and broadcast the opening on the news. I’ll keep you posted 🙂
No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.
Today I had an appointment at the optician; it was that time of the year again. I’ve been a customer at the same place for twenty years, and the girls working the reception are always so nice. So today I decided to let them be a part of my project.
I was up early and baked vanilla buns, that I brought them. There are four ladies working behind the counters, all in different ages. They are always so generous to their customers, so I think it was perfect to spoil them a bit today. I wrote a kind little postcard explaining a bit about the project and I gave them each a lovely apricot colour rose.
And my optician had only good news for me, no problem with my eyes 🙂