Sunday, June 25, 2017


Airport selfie, bye guys!

I haven’t seen the sun in about 10 days. It’s been a fairly cold June, with strong winds, temps never cracking the 10°C (50°F) mark and lots of rain. But the weather is kind today so I will make the most of it. 

After bringing Erik and Lei to the airport, I can still use the car a bit so I drive out to Önnundarfjörður to see Angela and the rabbits. 40 bunnies big and small run around the yard, also enjoying the sun after being wet and miserable for so long. I pick two of the gentler males to hold and pet. After being bitten by the wild little Mósa some time ago, I am well aware that my fingers probably look like carrots to the younger, more inexperienced fur-balls.

We enjoy a short walk around the yard and along the coast at low tide. There’s a kayaker paddling in the calm waters and the lush grass is dotted will a variety of wild flowers. There’s plenty to look at and explore. As we relax on the deck in the sun with homemade rhubarb ice cream and coffee, the chickens run around in the tall grass, clucking to one another.

Later in the day, I drive to Bolungarvík for a swim with the intention of sunbathing the rest of my body so it might someday match the color of my face and forearms. The pool is quite full with kids on a Sunday afternoon, but the sunbathing mission is accomplished well. 

After a quick dinner back at home, I head out into the mountains for an evening walk. I am looking for a spot to pick arctic thyme to dry as an herb or tea. A strong tea made from it is said to cure hangovers and constipation, but I can’t say I’ve ever tried it for that purpose. Anyway I do this every year and need to replenish my supply soon. But no luck this thyme. I’ll have to take my bike out into the mountains a bit further where it grows in dry, rocky areas.