About

I am an expatriate Scottish guy who, thanks to this new-fangled Interweb thingie, has ended up swapping life in Scotland as a carefree bachelor for married life over in Norway.  I  am married to Jorunn and have inherited four step-kids and a language problem.  Currently I have more time on my hands than I would like as I’m working only part-time, hence the need to start a blog as a means of retaining what sanity I allegedly have left.

I’m very fond of travelling and my next trip will be a trip back home to Scotland.  I love reading travel blogs and photography blogs and descriptions of life in the various countries of the world.  Keep them coming people, and I’ll do my part.

Everything about the above is true, however I have found that thanks to the amazing people around me I have discovered a talent for   photography.  I would like to think that people share my enthusiasm and love of this medium.  My blog has developed into a voyage of discovery for me behind the lens.  I only have managed to develop this ‘talent’ with the support of the family I have discovered in Norway, and the continued and unstinting realisation that without them I am nothing. My astonishingly wonderful family here in Norway are everything to me and I love them all…

Enjoy 🙂

****AWARDS:  Please note that no awards will be accepted or proposed by this blog.****

All pictures unless otherwise indicated are by the author of this blog. Copyright belongs to the author of this blog.  Please ask for permission before using any of these images.

271 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks. I don’t know about the sanity, but fingers crossed for the job. I’ve very muh enjoyed what I’ve seen of your photos too but I’ve a lot more to see. Keep them coming.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment Lizzie. Like you I was a point n click kinda person until about three months ago but blogging has awoken an interest in photos and Norway is so photogenic it’s impossible not to want to do it justice. You’ve got some really nice pics there on your blog too. Please keep them coming 🙂

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  2. Whilst I very much appreciate the thought behind the nomination I’m afraid I have to decline. No offence to you fine people but I regard these as little more than the blogging equivalent of chain letters and they used to go straight in the bin! Once again, thanks but no thanks. 🙂

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  3. Thanks for following my blog…. am enjoying yours. As an avid traveler and recorder of what I see, I love learning from others like you who have some similar interests. Look forward to more of your posts…. 🙂

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  4. Greetings from Australia,
    I have a great love for the Scots and Irish, and absolutely love the bagpipes. I worked in The Shetlands for several months and loved it. Pity I wasn’t able to get to the mainland. Just wanted to say all the best with life in Norway, my fiance is German and I find that challenging and we’re not even married yet, or have any children. Would love to visit both Scotland and Norway. All the best on “retaining your sanity”. 🙂
    God bless

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    1. G’day fra Norge! Have to say I always have a laugh with the Aussies. Mentalness is not optional with you lot hahahaha. Thanks for your kind wishes. Tschüss 🙂

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      1. Yes we do tend to be straight down the line, love adventure and not taking ourselves “and others” seriously. I think it’s the only way to keep sane actually. Having a German fiance does my head in sometimes even though she’s a lovely girl. But you my friend, four children on top of dealing with a woman, man you’ve got courage and fortitude. I really admire that. You’re either crazy, brave and optimistic but maybe all three. 🙂
        Remember one thing in the end “You have to laugh otherwise you’d cry”
        Take care and God bless………If things get too stressful, belt out a SCottish tune on the bagpipes in the town square.

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      1. I’m following you brother because you’ve got character and that goes a long way in this world of mechanical robots. Every time I look at your photo I’m going to think of an adventurous Scotsman in Norway, thinking “what on earth was i thinking”and that will crack me up in a big way. Let’s put a smile on our faces, and swap stories for the sake of sanity. If you’re ever in Australia look me up, I live in Melbourne which is a very cool place. Take great care.

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  5. Hi!
    My name is Marta, and I work for InterNations.org, maybe you have already heard of us? If not, we are the largest social network catering to expats working, and living abroad. Our 750 000+ members interact with each other in a secure online & offline environment about their individual and shared experience abroad.
    Your blog is fantastic! Your insight on living in Norway from your unique Scottish expatriate point of view would make a wonderful fit in our Recommended Expat blog Norway section for our members to read.
    If you are interested in having your blog featured on our website (InterNations.org), please let me know.
    I hope to hear from you soon, and have a great day!
    featuredblogs@internations.org

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  6. Welcome! Thank you for subscribing to follow my blog. I hope you are encouraged, inspired and enjoy the photos I take of life’s events as seen through the lens of my camera.
    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  7. Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections,
    I feel you may find something of your interest.

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  8. Thanks for following my blog. We are travelling up to the Orkney Isles in May for two weeks, so you may be interested in my posts from there. We went to Mull last year and I posted a number of times on our travels from there.

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  9. thanks for clicking like.
    In the sam shoe as you, although have no partner to make my living bearable here.
    I havent mentioned it on my blog, but i live in croatia, and am a native hungarian. so that will explain the most pictures i post

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            1. I was in Spain briefly (Gandia in Valencia) but only for about six months. Loved it though. I’ve had a hoiliday in Croatia but haven’t yet visited Hungary.

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  10. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and liking my photo! I appreciate it very much. I like your winter photos and look forward to seeing and reading more. 😀

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    1. Hi Ajay,

      whilst I am very flattered and honoured that you have nominated me for an award I’m afraid I have to decline. It is my personal belief that these are little more than the modern equivalent of chain letters.

      Once again thank you.

      Iain.

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  11. Thanks for liking my pictures. One of my best friends is an American married to a Norwegian and living in Norway (when they are not in Ethiopia), so I have a respect for your situation. 🙂 Keep up the good work on your blog!

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  12. hi ^^ i know you don’t take awards but i still wanted to mention your blog in mine ^^ hope you don’t mind. you don’t have to pass it on anyways .. ^^ just wanna say your blog’s awesome! 🙂

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    1. Yes darling, you’re right, I’m just a grumpy old fart who doesn’t participate in the awards thingie! That doesn’t mean that I don’t very much appreciate the honour of being nominated or your kind thoughts. I most definitely do 🙂 Just make sure you keep doing what you do on your blog. 😀 xxxx

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    1. You’re very welcome. I find a lot of them fascinating – sometimes I’ve no idea what you’re seeing until I read the title then it just pops up. Always entertaining. 🙂

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      1. That’s good to know! I tend to trust my first impression rather than agonising about the title. This way I too am regularly surprised at how apt the combination of words and image can be. No image lasts for more than a few seconds so in a sense it is like recording the entire existance of a Universe.

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    1. Hi Katy. I’m very flattered and grateful but I’m afraid I’m gonna have to refuse. I just don’t get involoved in the whole award thing. Thanks again though, and thanks for the compliment. 😀 😀

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  13. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.
    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  14. Thanks for following for stopping by and following my blog. My one wish is to see Norway. Maybe someday. Til then I will just have to enjoy the pics posted.

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  15. Hi,

    thanks for dropping by to my blogsite and for liking one of my photos. you have great photos in here. thanks for sharing and letting us see more of Norway through your lens.

    cheers!

    -Mel

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  16. We’ve planned two trips to Norway for this year. Bergen and Fjord-Norway and Spitsbergen later this year in October. Therefore your blog is a great source of inspiration! I come here all the time to check out new places to see up there. Def following! PS. Scotland was on top of our list for this year. The decision fell on Norway later though 🙂

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    1. Glad to hear you’re coming here. You’ll definitely enjoy it. Bring your thermals to Bergen though, never mind Spitzbergen! And, given Bergen’s well-earned reputation for rain the waterproofs are a necessity too. Thanks for your kind Words 😀

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  17. A Scotsman in Norway! Do they have a lot of trouble understanding that divine accent that Scottish people have? 🙂
    I have many Scottish ancestors, but our lot headed to the warmer climates!
    Thank you for visiting and following my blog. I will be reading yours with considerable interest!

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    1. Well, my wife used to speak perfect English but seems to have become corrupted somehow recently! I do speak ‘properly’ to most Norskies but revert to my normal incomprehensible Glaswegian dialect the moment I set foot on home soil! I sometimes wish I’d chosen somewhere warmer to go (I stayed in Spain for a while and that was good), but one cannot choose always. Thanks for dropping by and for your comments. Vilkommen til Norge 😀

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  18. From Cape Town to Bergen … got some opposite views in hemispheres here. Thanks for the ‘follow’ … i keenly look forward to your comment and the view over there. Rugged (the scenery) and green too with all that rain 🙂 ?

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    1. Sorry for the delay in replying, but, travel and all that stuff. Thanks very much for your nomination but I’m afraid I don’t participate in the whole awards thing but I would like to say that your thoughts are very much appreciated. 😀

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