Adventures with Norwegian Goats and Cows

At the February 18th monthly meeting of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge, Daughters of Norway member Kristine Nerison Collins shared her  Adventures with Norwegian Goats and Cows!

Kris, a Whidbey Island resident for 37 years, been a very enthusiastic Norwegian all her life.   It all started with the stories her mormor (mother’s mother) used to tell her about where her mother had come from (the Valdres area), reinforced by a few old photos.

Kris visited Norway for the first time with Ed Egerdahl (who for many years taught Norwegian here on Whidbey) in ’99 and was enchanted.  Her dream became to live there to experience the seasons, customs, and to just go more deeply into the culture.  Life finally allowed Kris to do this in 2007, and she was able to spend 9 months there helping a family with their cows   This was very special, because she was able to live on the same exact hillside – almost on the same farm – as her great grandmother had!

Kris equipped herself with Norwegian language skills by taking classes in Norwegian as a second language while in Norway.  She wanted to be able to talk to the old ones about their growing-up years, and read all their books.  She feels that ‘old ones’ are much closer to their past, and thinks some of the traditional ways they had of doing everything has new relevance for us today as we attempt to cultivate more sustainable lifestyles and get back to the land a little.

Kris’ career has  been as an x-ray tech and mammographer.  She boasts of 3 beautiful children and 1 granddaughter.  Kris has been a member of the Daughters of Norway organization for 10 years, and  was a member of the Sons of Norway for 5 years while working in Everett.  Writing and photography are hobbies that she uses to share her travels, and she hopes to write  a book someday telling about the same.  Kris has been to Norway 3 times in the last 4 years, spending 15 months there altogether, and  she is going back in April of this year for 3 more months!  Kris will be returning to her  goat family.

Landscape Photo credit : Photo by Toby Simkin

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