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Imagerannveig
Jun 26, 2010 5:09 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Thank you Connie :-)
Imageherbie43
Jun 27, 2010 6:35 AM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
THAT picture belongs in a magazine and the seeds didn't fall far from the tree
it must be the long days and nights that makes the females georgeous in the land of fire and ice.

will check again with your site


Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imagerannveig
Jun 27, 2010 6:55 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Thank you for the compliments Frank :-)

Another one of my pretties, that same night as the first photos on this thread ..... this was just before 11 pm.

Thumbnail by rannveig

Imageherbie43
Jun 27, 2010 7:21 AM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
you all have the most beautiful backgrounds to take your pictures

Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imagerannveig
Jun 27, 2010 8:03 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
yes we do :-)
Imageherbie43
Jun 27, 2010 5:28 PM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
have a great evening

Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imagewcgypsy
Jun 27, 2010 7:49 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Your country is extraordinarily beautiful...it seems serene and peaceful in these shots. I know that living there, I would hardly get any sleep at all in the summers. Can you hibernate during the long winters? I've been curious about Iceland since reading about it in "The Geography Of Bliss" which is a very interesting book, by the way. Apparently you Icelanders are some of the 'happiest' people....good for you....I think I can see why.
Imagerannveig
Jun 27, 2010 8:41 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Hi Sherry! I'm glad you enjoyed the photos :-) It is hard to get enough sleep this time of year, I always feel like I'm missing something if I go to sleep early..... oh, how I wish I could hibernate in January! That would be nice.

Yes, Icelanders are supposedly very "happy", at least we scored very high before the recession hit. It hit pretty hard here so I'm not sure how we rank now ..... I think Icelanders also tend to say they're happy even if they're maybe not so happy ... so I don't know, not sure we're any happier than the rest of the world. But, at least before everything came crashing down, I think we had a more worry-free life than at least people in the US and probably many other countries. And that probably contributes to the happiness score .... we feel pretty safe most of the time.
Imagewcgypsy
Jun 27, 2010 10:05 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Yes, I found that extremely interesting...what contributes to happiness? In what different ways in which different countries...the economy, certainly, healthcare, politics, climate, the culture of different nationalities, etc. I wish that I could spend time living in different countries to be able to compare, there are so many differences and when you've spent your life living in one country, it's hard to know what it would be like elsewhere. From the 'outside', I think it looks as though you're very lucky to living where you are and we'll hope that the economy gets better everywhere...here included...we could use some help also.
I'm impressed that it doesn't get as cold there as I would have imagined. I think I could live there.I prefer cold to heat anyway. With all of the geothermal activity there, is there much use of it in, say, greenhouses? Using the warm water for greenhouse heating? Is there much use of greenhouses there with the short growing season?
Imagerannveig
Jun 28, 2010 7:23 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Sherry - yes we use geothermal heat quite a bit .... to heat houses, swimming pools and yes, greenhouses. Greenhouses are used year round to grow tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers as well as cut flowers. During the winter months they're grown under lights so the cost of electricity factors in big time ... although electricity is cheaper here I think than in most countries. All electricity here is "green", that is, it's produced by hydro - or geothermal power.

I think I'm very fortunate to live here too ... my kids are safe and have the freedom that goes with it and we have a good health care and welfare system. What makes it difficult to live here are the dark winters and the weather. Our winters are more rain, slush and wind than cold, clear, snowy days ...... makes the dark somehow even darker when it's wet and slushy. And we wouldn't say no to slightly warmer summers although for the past few years we really can't complain. In that respect global warming isn't such a bad thing ;-) It's just bad for the glaciers and the rest of the world ......

July 1st midnight sunset 2007

Thumbnail by rannveig

Imageweeds
Jun 28, 2010 7:25 AM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
Another gorgeous picture! No wonder you love it there. Do many people speak English there or did you learn it while living in Florida?
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Imagerannveig
Jun 28, 2010 7:56 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Yes, most people under the age of ~ 50 speak English, many older people don't. The younger they are, the better their English ;-) Kids learn it early now with all the video games they play plus all TV shows and movies have subtitles instead of being dubbed like in most European countries, so we have a better grasp of English because we hear it more ..... They start teaching it in 4th grade now, but when I was a kid it didn't start until 6th grade so I didn't speak a word when I moved to Florida. It was pretty tough ;-)
Imagewcgypsy
Jun 28, 2010 9:00 AM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Yes, I do know the effects of the dark, wet winters. We built a house in Washington state and lived there for 3 years...though I really loved it there, I was also severely depressed in the winters and it was certainly not as dark as your winters. I would think that the ideal occupation / hobby would be spending the winters working in a good sized greenhouse...warmth and light and living things all around. Cost of food high? Such as bananas...lol..?
Imagerannveig
Jun 28, 2010 11:18 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Cost of food is horrendously high here .... bananas and everything else ;-) Especially after the recession hit .... a lot of things we took for granted have become luxury items ... like Kellogg's cereals and Cocoa Puffs, strawberries and lots of other things as well ....

I agree, a good sized, well lit and heated greenhouse would do nicely to keep the winter blues away :-) It's a really tough time of year to get through, at least it is for me.
Imagewcgypsy
Jun 28, 2010 12:59 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
I had the same problem with some foods while living in Hawaii years ago...very high and if anyone even mentioned the threat of a dock strike there would be a run on the stores for staples such as toilet paper...lol....this was years ago, I'm not sure what the situation would be now.
We are lucky where we live, we won't freeze without heat, we won't die without air conditioning, we could grow a lot of food, but our water becomes more and more scarce with high water bills and the just about year round threat of wildfires now. October used to be my favorite month, but now it's the month we worry most about fires....I want to live where it's 'perfect'...
Imageherbie43
Jun 28, 2010 2:37 PM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, it's a wonderful town. 12 hours of day light 12 hours of night. no volcanos, earthquakes, mud slides, lava flows. temps in the winter no lower than 10 degrees above zero most of the time and summer temps usually in the 80's. to mid 90's.we do get 90's. we do have a humidity problem sometimes during the summer but thats about it.

did i mention the restaurants in NYC. you can eat breakfast. lunch and dinner each day in a different restaurant and it would still take you about 11 years to hit every place to eat. i'm sure we have an icelandic restaurant here somewhere.
LOL


have a great day



Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imagerannveig
Jun 28, 2010 3:23 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Rolling on the floor laughing Frank ..... sounds great, except 90 is too hot for me ;-)

Imagewcgypsy
Jun 28, 2010 4:47 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
90 and humidity is far too hot for me also...I've done Iowa. I liked the winters, actually...hated the summers. 90 is too hot for me here also..even though we have that dry heat, you know...lol...
Imageherbie43
Jun 28, 2010 5:15 PM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
we have plenty of air conditioning here. my house has 4 of them so it's always nice and comfty.

Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imageherbie43
Jun 28, 2010 5:17 PM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
besides renn, think about all the beaches you can bring your daughters to.



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