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The crazy beauty changes minute for minute.
But frozen pipes took hours with the hairdryer! Happily water is now back on the menu.
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The crazy beauty changes minute for minute. 
But frozen pipes took hours with the hairdryer!  Happily water is now back on the menu.Image attachmentImage attachment

I’m sitting the dimly lit old farmhouse, warming in a blanket. I’m shutting my eyes and imagining those on the Farm this year, sitting with me in a large circle. Remembering Louis whose passion for plants recorded everything he saw here in its Latin name, remembering the selfless care and spontaneous fun of Kirstine, remembering the grace of Addy, the passion for insects of Arne, the rock-and-roll-jamming storytelling of Jacob, the calling voice of Siw, the pure feeling connection of Charlotte, the on-going golden and faithful support of the ‘Friends of Opsal farm’, the games and songs of Delaney, the meditations on an outside toilet of Peter, the ringing bell of remembering of Niklas, the joyful games of grand-children in the woods, the alert interest of the pupils of Tangen School, the Deep Time Walk of Martin, the amazing circle of storytellers and map-makers Malcolm, Kathinka, Daniel, the Forest garden lover Pernille, the French, the Belgians, the Germans, the Danish, the Koreans, the Dutch and all who devoted their time to be here, it goes on and on and on.

I’m imagining us sitting in a circle, full of gratitude for those moments those hours those muscles and those insights. Wishing to continue our participation in #nature #bærekraft #tangen #wwoofing #norway #innlandet #farm #wwoofers #wwoofer #volunteers #outsidetoilet #sunset #storytelling #workawayers #rewildingeurope #rewilding #morethanhuman #permakultur #permaculture #kulturminnefondet #fortidsminneforeningen #extinction #stangekommune #biomangfold #biodiversity biodiversity.
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Im sitting the dimly lit old farmhouse, warming in a blanket. Im shutting my eyes and imagining those on the Farm this year, sitting with me in a large circle. Remembering Louis whose passion for plants recorded everything he saw here in its Latin name, remembering the selfless care and spontaneous fun of Kirstine, remembering the grace of Addy, the passion for insects of Arne, the rock-and-roll-jamming storytelling of Jacob, the calling voice of Siw, the pure feeling connection of Charlotte, the on-going golden and faithful support of the Friends of Opsal farm, the games and songs of Delaney, the meditations on an outside toilet of Peter, the ringing bell of remembering of Niklas, the joyful games of grand-children in the woods, the alert interest of the pupils of Tangen School, the Deep Time Walk of Martin, the amazing circle of storytellers and map-makers Malcolm, Kathinka, Daniel, the Forest garden lover Pernille, the French, the Belgians, the Germans, the Danish, the Koreans, the Dutch and all who devoted their time to be here, it goes on and on and on.

Im imagining us sitting in a circle, full of gratitude for those moments those hours those muscles and those insights. Wishing to continue our participation in #nature #bærekraft #tangen #wwoofing #norway #innlandet #farm #wwoofers #wwoofer #volunteers #outsidetoilet #sunset #storytelling #workawayers #rewildingeurope #rewilding #morethanhuman #permakultur #permaculture #kulturminnefondet #fortidsminneforeningen #extinction #stangekommune #biomangfold #biodiversity  biodiversity.

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I love what your doing, healing Earth and the souls that inhabit it. Power to your elbow, Have a greatone, peace and freedom to you.

Thank you so much for being who you are and for bringing this out into the world! ❤

Godt nyttår, Georgiana!

Godt nyttår 🍾🥳🥳🎆

Vakkert, Georgiana! (Og vakkert på Tangen)

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Advent 18
Natural insulation? There was old moss in the cracks in the door. So we followed the (free) and according to one permaculturist we know, the best kind of insulation for this kind of crack. It may look like an angel and a devil were involved. Yes and no, thats Jacob who is far from the devil, and Kirstine who is, indeed an angel!
#Christmas #farm #nature #tangen #innlandet #community #bærekraft #wwoofing #christmascountdown #norway #wwoofer #storytelling #workawayers #woofers #workaway #forestwalk #permakultur #permaculture #fortidsminneforeningen #kulturminnefondet #stangekommune #biomangfold #moss
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Advent 18
Natural insulation? There was old moss in the cracks in the door. So we followed the (free) and according to one permaculturist we know, the best kind of insulation for this kind of crack. It may look like an angel and a devil were involved. Yes and no, thats Jacob who is far from the devil, and Kirstine who is, indeed an angel!
 #christmas #farm #nature #tangen #innlandet #community #bærekraft #wwoofing #christmascountdown #norway #wwoofer #storytelling #workawayers #woofers #workaway #forestwalk #permakultur #permaculture #fortidsminneforeningen #kulturminnefondet #stangekommune #biomangfold #mossImage attachmentImage attachment

Advent 21
The shortest day of the year! Is the longest night of the year. We got lucky a few times to see Northern lights glowing with majesty and playful twinkles.
#community #bærekraft #innlandet #christmascountdown #wwoofing #wwoofers #wwoofer #volunteers #nature #norway #tangen #farm #Christmas #cold #storytelling #fortelling #NorthernLights #NorthernLights #NorthernLightsMagic #northernlightsnorway #northernlightsphotos
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Advent 21
The shortest day of the year! Is the longest night of the year. We got lucky a few times to see Northern lights glowing with majesty and playful twinkles.
 #community #bærekraft #innlandet #christmascountdown #wwoofing #wwoofers #wwoofer #volunteers #nature #norway #tangen #farm #christmas #cold #storytelling #fortelling #northernlights #northernlights #NorthernLightsMagic #northernlightsnorway #northernlightsphotosImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

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Nordlys er magisk☀️Ønsker alle hos på gården en jul med fred i hodet, lys i hjertet og mange fine julefortellinger🌹🌟Hilsen en aldrende forteller❤️

Advent 20
What about water and those horrible tracks the big machines had made? After the clear-cut we thought we needed to fill them. But no! It was an incredibly dry spring and those tracks and pits held the water so well, helping the regeneration. #norway #community #wwoofer #volunteers #nature #bærekraft #farm #wwoofing #innlandet #wwoofers #christmascountdown #tangen #rewildingnorway #rewildingeurope #workaway #rewilding #permakultur #permaculture #extinction #biomangfold #biodiversity #water #regeneration #régénération #regenerative
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Advent 20
What about water and those horrible tracks the big machines had made? After the clear-cut we thought we needed to fill them. But no! It was an incredibly dry spring and those tracks and pits held the water so well, helping the regeneration. #norway #community #wwoofer #volunteers #nature #bærekraft #farm #wwoofing #innlandet #wwoofers #christmascountdown #tangen #rewildingnorway #rewildingeurope #workaway #rewilding #permakultur #permaculture #extinction #biomangfold #biodiversity #water #regeneration #régénération #regenerativeImage attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

Advent 19
So this year we did two areas of pretty much clear-cut. We marked every tree that was not spruce and the guys with the big machines were amazing at leaving them standing. It was nerve-wracking, were we ruining the forest? There was no rain for several months. But the rain came and wow! The ground which had looked completely dead under the spruce began to sprout at an incredible rate!! Saplings of many different species, and loads of other plants.
#wwoofer #norway #bærekraft #wwoofing #nature #christmascountdown #farm #tangen #community #innlandet #volunteers #wwoofers #storytelling #rewildingnorway #woofers #rewildingeurope #workaway #rewilding #permakultur #permaculture #extinction #stangekommune #biomangfold #biodiversity #clearcut #spruce
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Advent 19
So this year we did two areas of pretty much clear-cut. We marked every tree that was not spruce and the guys with the big machines were amazing at leaving them standing. It was nerve-wracking, were we ruining the forest? There was no rain for several months. But the rain came and wow! The ground which had looked completely dead under the spruce began to sprout at an incredible rate!! Saplings of many different species, and loads of other plants.
 #wwoofer #norway #bærekraft #wwoofing #nature #christmascountdown #farm #tangen #community #innlandet #volunteers #wwoofers #storytelling #rewildingnorway #woofers #rewildingeurope #workaway #rewilding #permakultur #permaculture #extinction #stangekommune #biomangfold #biodiversity #clearcut #spruceImage attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment

Advent 18
Not too late to order our new book full of stories of forests, worms, bears and the More-than-human world to share with young children. Fairytales, Families and Forests from Hawthorn press or Amazon
#nature #christmascountdown #Christmas #bærekraft #tangen #community #fortellingeromhåp #barneaktivitet #fortellinger #barnaktiviteter #bärn #barnaktivitet #barn #storytelling #fortelling #storytellingvibes #rewildingnorway #insects #rewildingeurope #morethanhuman #permakultur #permaculture #biomangfold #biodiversity
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Advent 18
Not too late to order our new book full of stories of forests, worms, bears and the More-than-human world to share with young children. Fairytales, Families and Forests from Hawthorn press or Amazon
 #nature #christmascountdown #christmas #bærekraft #tangen #community #fortellingeromhåp #barneaktivitet #fortellinger #barnaktiviteter #bärn #barnaktivitet #barn #storytelling #fortelling #storytellingvibes #rewildingnorway #insects #rewildingeurope #morethanhuman #permakultur #permaculture #biomangfold #biodiversityImage attachmentImage attachment
Advent 17
So many celebrations, so many walks finding how we too, can be key-stone species. So many fine stories of our connection with the more-than-human world. Thank you
 #bærekraft #wwoofing #christmascountdown #christmas #nature #innlandet #tangen #farm #volunteers #sharing #community #workshop #wwoofers #fortellinger #storytelling #storytellingvibes #rewildingnorway #workawayers #rewildingeurope #workaway #rewilding #morethanhuman #permakultur #permaculture #slåtteeng #extinction #biomangfold #biodiversityImage attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

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Jeg visste at Opsal var solgt, men at så mye er hent her er overraskende. Mor og far forpaktet Opsal, fra 1955 vil jeg tro. Sommerferien min på den tiden var å være med i slåttonna. Bratt og tungdreven var jordvegen og det var et slit i onnene. Utsikten var fabelaktig og det ble sagt ar en kunne se syv kirker i riktig klart vær.

Advent 16
Ice turns to feathers. Never seen such ice. Transformed into large feathers. A miracle to sustain our spirits in the temperatures of around -20 C. Taken in our favourite spot – the outside loo.
#tangen #wwoofing #nature #norway #bærekraft #innlandet #christmascountdown #farm #Christmas #workawayers #woofers #rewildingeurope #permakultur #permaculture #biomangfold #ice #cold #outsidetoilet
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Hvor mange minusgrader hadde dere? Jeg har bodd på Tangen i nesten 10 år på 70-80 tallet og vintrene var KALDE, og vakre❄️🌟

Advent 15
This farm is a mix of Rewilding and Reconnecting. Bast, Yin and Yang, Malva and Ciabatta and all the wild animals help us reconnect and be part of THE BIGGER IT. The real world in fact, in some ways so much more real than the human world.
#innlandet #bærekraft #tangen #volunteers #norway #wwoofing #horse #nature #farm #christmascountdown #storytelling #rewildingnorway #workawayers #rewildingeurope #workaway #rewilding #morethanhuman #permakultur #permaculture #stangekommune #biomangfold #animals #animalslover
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Advent 15
This farm is a mix of Rewilding and Reconnecting. Bast, Yin and Yang, Malva and Ciabatta and all the wild animals help us reconnect and be part of THE BIGGER IT. The real world in fact, in some ways so much more real than the human world. 
#innlandet #bærekraft #tangen #volunteers #norway #wwoofing #horse #nature #farm #christmascountdown #storytelling #rewildingnorway #workawayers #rewildingeurope #workaway #rewilding #morethanhuman #permakultur #permaculture #stangekommune #biomangfold #animals #animalsloverImage attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

Advent 14
Remembering our Festival of Storytelling and Biodiversity this summer, rainswept at times and sharing rare stories of the power of Nature. Thanks to the 40 humans and countless more-than-humans that made this possible!
#bærekraft #memorys #volunteers #sharing #nature #innlandet #wwoofer #norway #wwoofing #tangen #horse #community #festival #rain #workshop #fortellinger #fortellingeromhåp #storytelling #fortelling #storytellingvibes #workawayers #rewildingeurope #rewilding #morethanhuman #permakultur #permaculture #extinction #biomangfold #biodiversity
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Advent 14
Remembering our Festival of Storytelling and Biodiversity this summer, rainswept at times and sharing rare stories of the power of Nature. Thanks to the 40 humans and countless more-than-humans that made this possible!
 #bærekraft #memorys #volunteers #sharing #nature #innlandet #wwoofer #norway #wwoofing #tangen #horse #community #festival #rain #workshop #fortellinger #fortellingeromhåp #storytelling #fortelling #storytellingvibes #workawayers #rewildingeurope #rewilding #morethanhuman #permakultur #permaculture #extinction #biomangfold #biodiversityImage attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

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Jeg er så glad for alt jeg fikk med meg under denne festivalen 🙂

Advent 13
Our wonderful volunteer from Mexico finally got home. (She got a scholarship to come to Europe). She sent this beautiful composition of driedflowers which she collected here on Opsal Farm. Thanks Addy for a glimpse of summer!
#volunteers #bærekraft #christmascountdown #nature #wwoofing #innlandet #wwoofer #farm #norway #memorys #sharing #workawayers #workaway #permakultur #permaculture #slåtteeng #extinction #biomangfold #biodiversity #driedflowers
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Advent 13
Our wonderful volunteer from Mexico finally got home. (She got a scholarship to come to Europe). She sent this beautiful composition of driedflowers which she collected here on Opsal Farm. Thanks Addy for a glimpse of summer! 
#volunteers #bærekraft #christmascountdown #nature #wwoofing #innlandet #wwoofer #farm #norway #memorys #sharing #workawayers #workaway #permakultur #permaculture #slåtteeng #extinction #biomangfold #biodiversity #driedflowers

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Nydelig. Ligger blomstene mellom to glassplater?

Advent 12
Who would guess how much joy a toilet could bring! This is a definite highlight of the farm, thanks so much Peter for all your work and meditations to make this Room with A View!! #farm #wwoofer #innlandet #norway #memorys #volunteers #bærekraft #wwoofing #christmascountdown #tangen #sunsets #sunset #sunsetphotography #sunsetmagic #nature #workawayers #woofers #workaway #permakultur #permaculturedesign #permaculture #stangekommune #biomangfold #biodiversity #outsidetoilet
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Advent 11
Moments…..Delicious pate from the massive mushroom #farm #innlandet #wwoofer #norway harvest this year, harvesting of birch bark stuffed into the jacket to help us light the fires, the extra-ordinary ice conditions of last week…
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Advent 11
Moments.....Delicious pate from the massive  mushroom  #farm #innlandet #wwoofer #norway harvest this year, harvesting of birch bark stuffed into the jacket to help us light the fires, the extra-ordinary ice conditions of last week...Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

Advent 10
Brave volunteers snow-bathing in 2023. As the sap began to rise, we collected delicious birch drink.
#innlandet #farm #volunteers #bærekraft #norway #wwoofing #tangen #christmascountdown #wwoofer #memorys #biomangfold #workawayers #åpengård #permaculture
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Advent 10
Brave volunteers snow-bathing in 2023. As the sap began to rise, we collected delicious birch drink.
 #innlandet #farm #volunteers #bærekraft #norway #wwoofing #tangen #christmascountdown #wwoofer #memorys #biomangfold #workawayers #åpengård #permacultureImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

Our two wonderful huge working horses are here on the farm to eat the pasture. They are hugely talented at this and they are increasing the biodiversity, one peek in their poo shows a wonderful variety of beetles and fungi. In addition they have been a great source of wonder, fear at times and joy at others and we are hoping to have the skills to work with them in 2024.
#horse #horsepower #wwoofing #tangen #christmascountdown #innlandet #norway #wwoofer #bærekraft #volunteers #farm #rewildingeurope #rewilding #biomangfold #permaculture #permakultur
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Last winter this lovely group of volunteers, plus others built a shelter for the horses. They had no wood-working skills from before but managed to do a brilliant job which has been in use ever since. They! also helped to raise and secure the floor of the middle room in the barn which we have used for storytelling evenings. Thank you amazing people! #bærekraft #nature #wwoofing #norway #innlandet #christmascountdown #tangen #wwoofer #volunteers #community #farm #memorys #workawayers #woofers #rewilding #permakultur #permaculture #biomangfold #biodiversity See MoreSee Less

Last winter this lovely group of volunteers, plus others built a shelter for the horses. They had no wood-working skills from before but managed to do a brilliant job which has been in use ever since. They! also helped to raise and secure the floor of the middle room in the barn which we have used for storytelling evenings. Thank you amazing people! #bærekraft #nature #wwoofing #norway #innlandet #christmascountdown #tangen #wwoofer #volunteers #community #farm #memorys #workawayers #woofers #rewilding #permakultur #permaculture #biomangfold #biodiversityImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment
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Georgiana Keable forteller om OpsalGard og andre historier til Fortellerfestivalen.