seriously training

So: Julussdalen, Finnskogen, Maridalen: always looking at wagging tails and rolling wheels.

We have had a birthday passing by. Big events. Seminar and lectures and lunch and gifts at the workplace, a LOT of people. Even visitors from Africa. When my workplace asked “what do you want as a gift from the Institute?” I said: what’s up? It was glasses or vase. “Can I have a wheelbarrel instead- ?” I asked. I got one! What a surprise. But I like to move things… a new application for a grant to research council which we finished today.

Husky gathering. I got some new eye glasses. I got cake. I got wine. I got a poem from Part. I was so happy. I even won the rig race. I have learned to be strategic. Several people wanted to borrow dogs, so I ended up racing the 6 good ones, and the more mediocre ones (sorry, guys… :-)   ) went to my competitors. They ran ok. Sanne & Oda trained the dogs more. We ate a lot of good food, and Sunniva went shopping. I am pretty broke wo we just collected free potatoes. Sanne & Marte cooks well: mashed potatoes for free……

We gor scared by a few loose running BIG farm dogs, but alas, nothing happened. A lot os snow made the trip home uneventful, I just skipped the mountains.

At home we balance between a lot of work, alot of construction around the house and the usual unavoidable repairs, and training. The dogs are in the mood for running. So we run them. The puppy is growing big and naughty.

We need an au pair. Listen to the radio (Ekkoloddet) tomorrow…(Wednesday). But we have Sanne & Marte and now Kenneth is shaping the new outdoor platforms around the farm.



Getting there – approaching 60

Tonight is the last day of my fifties. The last week of my fifties was spent reviewing PhD articles, writing annual research reports, and training dogs. We went to Finnskogen to OMTK’s annual fall meeting. We had a small team and a cart, most people drive LARGE ATVs and many dogs. Well, nevertheless we have entered signup for Finnmark and Femund limited class. We also stopped by julussdalen and got some miles, like 50km on Monday. On returning home Augustus forgot to count the number of dogs (13) so we drove home with 12. Tana made herself heard by my neighbours and Augustus went back and fetched her. Today my wonderful handlers have made a fantastic pre-birthday dinner (with wine from the Rhone valley) and a cake. I have fixed the Dyck cart. Last Saturday I was feature in Kalssekampen, 3 pages of me! And Dogs. Tomorrow the ob people celebrate my day with a seminar. I guess I can say: so far so good.