Norway is famous for it's achievements in the sport of Skiing. In 1892 a competition was begun, which continues to this day at the town of Holmenkollen near Oslo. In 1895 a medal was created, and the 1st ever recipient was a Norwegian soldier called Viktor Thorn.
It was in 1895 that Edvard Munch exhibited his most iconic image "The Scream"
The national flower of Norway is Heather :D
"My dearest Miss Lillian.
I am SO sorry if my previous message offended you in any way. Richard was very cross with me for the way I spoke to you. In fact, if it had not been for the timely intervention of Miss Francesca, I swear he would have spanked me. He says he expects his wife to act with more respect for even the poorest of people, and especially to someone like yourself, who has devoted their life to the "betterment" of others.
I explained that you were the one who taught me to be an independent thinker, and that I consider you my friend and confidant. I have never thought of you as a servant. PEASE forgive me if I have caused you any distress.
Oh, I am writing from Norway, which is a bit like Scotland, only more so.
Yours apologetically, and with much love, Ophelia xxx
p.s. Is it wrong that I found the thought Richard spanking me a little exciting?"
"My darling Ophelia,
You are growing up in so many ways. Thank you for your concern. I was a little bit hurt by the apparent curtness of your last p.s. , but am old enough to realise that the written word does not always portray the emotional intent correctly. If you bear this in mind, you should not go far wrong.
Please assure your husband that I too have raised you to show respect to others, and that you should always feel free to confide in me. A woman needs other women to help her be strong, just as men need the company of other men. As a military man, I am sure he will understand.
As to the "spanking" issue, I repeat. you are growing up in so many ways. Though I would advise caution, due to your delicate condition.
Your ever faithful friend, Lillian xxx"
Images on my page:
A poster from the Holmenkollen Ski Festival (late 1800's)
A medal from the same festival(early 1900's)
One version of Edvard Munch's "the Scream"
Kirsten Flagstad, famous Norwegian saprano as "Brunnhilde", born 1895.
Enjoy :D XXX