Today, we go up to the Northern Europe to meet a Norwegian family living in Kongsberg, a tiny town in the south-eastern part of Norway, one hour’s drive from Oslo. I met Birgitte some time ago through Instagram where we started having a chat. Her gallery is both poetic and sensitive, mainly devoted to Nature. I love her way of seeing things… It’s the reason why I asked her to participate to Sweet Cabane. And I’m so pleased she said yes!
Birgitte, 43, and her hsuband Vidar, 47, have been both married and divorced before meeting each other, and had one child each from their past relationships. Vidar has a girl, Sandra, now 16 years old, and Birgitte was already the mother of Tobias, now 17 years old. Together, they’ve had Jacob, 9 years old.
Birgitte works as a nurse and Vidar is a carpenter working in a contracter company.
They live in a house built in 1955, that they renovated before moving in together in 2007.
Birgitte tells us here about their family life in Norway and their daily habits.
What do you like in the place you live with your family?
I like that the town is so child friendly. It’s a small town, with a safe enviroment – and the kids have a lot of freedom here. They can use there bike or play whereever they want. Kongsberg is surrounded by large forrests, where (as many Norvegian people) we love having walks, exercising, fishing in the lakes, and so on. I also like the fact that it’s close to Oslo, so whenever we want to go there, it’s easy. It’s also not far from the mountains and the sea.
What are your favourite activities?
We love doing outdoor activities with the kids : hiking in the woods or in the mountains. In Winter, we love skiing, both slalom and crosscountry. The town is surrounded by skislopes. We love hanging out with friends and family.
What are your favourite museums in Kongsberg and in Oslo?
My boys are especially interested in historical museums. In our town there used to be silver mines for hundred of years and there is a lovely museum and also mines to visit : The Norwegian mining museum. We also love going to an outdoor museum, just 5 minutes from our home : it’s called Laagendalsmuseet, with a lot of old wooden farmhouses from the district. There are farm animals here as well, and the kids can meet them and give them food at one point every day. My boys are into Vikings and love to go to Oslo and visit the Viking Museum and The Historical Museum. We also love going to the Munch Museum and to the National Gallery in Oslo.
Every summer, in July, there is a big jazz/musicfestival : Kongsberg Jazz festival, and there are a lot of both international and Norwegian artists here. The kids have their own festival in the meantime. And there are so many activities going on.
Do you often go to restaurants with kids?
Indeed, we love cooking & dining at home. When we go out, we usually go to a pizzeria called Jonas B. Gundersen, thaifood or a tapas restaurant (Privat) in our town. We also love going to a restaurant with more traditional food called Opsahl-gården.
What do you love cooking at home as a everyday meal?
When we are in a hurry at home and want to make something easy and tasty, we go Italian. Usually spaghetti bolognese . We love it!
What are your favourite activities at home ?
When the weather is bad, our youngest son, Jacob, loves playing with Lego. He also likes drawing, reading or watching a movie. He loves having friends around too. He also loves helping me in the kitchen, especially when we bake sweet rolls 😉 …
The teenagers love being in their rooms.. Chatting with friends on social medias and watching tv-series or movies. They both are into sports as well :Sandra plays football and Tobias plays tennis.
As a familiy, we love watching series and movies together. We watched a lot of Charles Dickens tv-series and movies with the eldest, and we all actually love watching Anne of Green gables from the 80s.
What do your kids love reading?
Jacob loves everything from the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. His favourites are Ronja the robber’s daughter, The brothers Lionheart and Mio my son. He is also very into the Norwegian Jørn Horst Liers books, stories for children about crime and mysteries. Everything from Roald Dahl is also a favourite.
He also loves fairytales, especially Norwegian Folk tales. So did I as a girl, I read each and every of those fairytales in 3 big books as a 10 year old. They are full of exciting stories of trolls, fairies, beautiful princesses and ghosts.
Tobias is now reading books for grown ups, he also loves mysteries and historical novels, like Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Sandra is into romantic novels, but really doesn’t read as much now as she did some years ago.
Many thanks to Birgitte for this great journey to Norway, both poetic and inspiring! You can find Birgitte on Instagram @ kiste72 …
The holidays approaching, Sweet Cabane will also take a somewhat slower pace until August 15. So let’s meet here every Monday for a weekly post: next week, I will interview a happy Parisian mother of three who’s a handball designer … Then, there will be a large selection of books for all the family, recipes, a photo report about a super French swimwear brand for kids, and many other topics …
You can also follow me on Instagram every day (@sweetcabane) or on Snapchat (sweetcabane);) … where I share my favorites of all kinds.
Have a great week … under the sun!