I was delighted to receive an email today from friends in Norway who came to visit us 2 years ago. They are planning to come over in the autumn. We will enjoy planning a visit for them. Last year we had a group of Norwegians from Hordaland area over for 4 days. They claimed that it was wetter in Bergen than in Bowland and I said that they were wrong; I forget who was right but we both had record snow falls this winter. We all appeared on Radio Lancashire and had just a great time and we only saw a tenth of Bowland! I think the best point was when we were in Tosside village hall and had pies from Roy Porters with new potatoes followed by a selection of Lancashire cheeses and crusty bread. One of our guests said to me with reverence that he had eaten very well on the trip; he mentioned the Hotel and restaurants that we had taken them to, but he said that the best meal was the pies! It was a truly memorable visit and I must devote a page or two of the main website to Norway. The reason we have had these visitors is quite a serious one and one central to our AONB, and it is 'How do you reconcile the conflicting demanfds of tourism, farming, business and conservation?'
I knew that Norwegians used to come over to our shores in ancient times but I never realised that there were so many place names of Norwegian origin until I studied the OS maps of the area - Goosnargh and Grismsargh of course but there are also many Laithes (barn), Becks (streams) not forgetting getting 'rigged' or 'rig welted'. And Erik the Red discovered America...according to the saga that I read.