From the bus-stop to Sheeps Inn

From the bus-stop to Sheeps Inn

The number 250 bus to the right is arriving at Vollenveien bus-stop from Oslo.  Walk back along the pavement and turn up Vollenveien.

The number 250 bus driving to Oslo (on the left of the picture) is approaching the bus-stop.  It takes 34 minutes to the centre of Oslo near the Royal Palace, the Town Hall and the harbour  (Vika Atrium bus-stop)

You will find the bus timetables from Vollen to Oslo for bus 250 in the apartment.

50 meters round the first bend turn left into Vollenskog.  We live at the top of the hill in house number 8 on the left hand side.

Getting to Sheeps Inn by car in winter

Getting to Sheeps Inn by car in winter

The photo is from 16th January 2018 after a heavy fall of snow.  However the first snow can arrive as early as the end of October.  In winter conditions you can still drive up Vollen skog road but if there is a lot of snow, or minor roads are icy, it is possible to use the alternative route.  Turn off Slemmestadveien into Vollenveien.  Continue 3 more minutes up the road past Vollenskog and turn into Vollenlia.  Then take the first road on your left into Golia and down to Vollen Skog.  Left again and my house is on the right.  It is best to back down into the drive.

Advice for guests (and some do’s and don’ts)

Advice for guests (and some do’s and don’ts)

This is my house. (Picture taken after 11 p.m. on June 17th 2017)
Please park your car beside the house wall to the left of the garage.  Sheeps Inn apartment is at the south side of the house – you walk down the path to the left of the house.

  • Wifi – Username: SheepsInn    Password:  is found on the “Information for guests” page, at the front of the folder in the apartment
  • Please read the safety card on the wall in the bedroom.
  • If you smoke, please use the ashtray and sit by the hedge (there is a great view to ships and boats on the fjord)
  • Cushions for the outdoor chairs are in the black box outside. Please replace them in the box at night.
  • There are 3 small torches on the kitchen window sill. Borrow  these if you wish, but please leave them back.
  • You are very welcome to borrow the fleece rugs to use outside; or a blanket to put on top of your duvet. Blankets are in the linen cupboard in the play room.
  • There is a hair-dryer in the cupboard in the toilet room.
  • Please recharge your electronic devices in the bedroom.
  • Norway is very eco conscious, so please reuse your towels. Put towels for wash in the brown box.
  • This is a quiet neighbourhood. Please make as little noise as possible after 23:00 hrs.
  • We are happy to give help/advice preferably not before 9 a.m. or after 9 p.m. You can always reach me by mobile.
  • If your child falls in love with the Norwegian moose in the apartment, you can buy one in IKEA – price NOK 185,-
  • Please remember to give us back both your bedroom and the garden door key when you leave.
  • In this municipality in Norway, we practice rubbish sorting. Each household has 3 bins.  There is a roll of green plastic disposal bags in the kitchen.
  • Our bins are at the top of the drive.
  • Paper is put in the large brown bin.
  • Food waste is put in the middle bin.
  • General waste, such as diapers, food cartons etc is put in the one nearest the road (with a dog sticker)
  • Plastic is also recycled. You can put this in a separate bag and give to me.
  • Glass bottles, such as wine bottles, are recycled too at the local depot.  Just give them to me.
  • Returnable plastic and glass bottles (such as beer bottles, Coca Cola etc, for which you pay a deposit), can be returned in the machine in REMA 1000 supermarket. You can choose to have a cash refund or press the Red Cross button and hope to win a generous cash prize.  If you don’t win, you will anyway have donated to the Norwegian Red Cross.
The garden and the herbs

The garden and the herbs

The door to your apartment, which is on the south side of the house, opens into the kitchen.  Outside there are chairs, a table and in the weatherproof storage chest under the kitchen window you will find cushions and a couple of garden games.  In the cupboard in the play room, there are fleece rugs which may be brought outside in chilly weather.  (Picture was taken in early May, 2017)

From the garden outside your apartment door, you can enjoy views of the fjord, often spotting the Scandinavian ferry boats, one of the world’s great cruise ships, or some local yachts and pleasure boats.  This view is to the east, taken at midday in late September.

Herbs for Sheeps Inn guests

Outside the door to the apartment, you will find a large pot planted with various culinary herbs: Rosemary, sage, chives, spearmint, lemon balm, parsley and oregano.  Please enjoy using these, or simply rub a leaf to smell the wonderful fragrances.
Uses:
Rosemary
can be used in sauces for fish, lamb or chicken.  (Some people believe rosemary improves memory and stimulates hair growth)
Sage goes well with pork, beef, duck and chicken recipes. In Italy it is chopped, mixed with melted butter and served stirred into pasta or gnocchi.
Chives should be snipped with scissors.  Excellent when a mild onion flavour is needed for egg or salad dishes.  Add just before serving.
Spearmint is my grandchildren’s favourite.  They love the smell of chewing gum!!  You can add a leaf or two to drinking water, tea or as a dessert decoration.
Lemon Balm can be used instead of lemon to flavor soups, sauces and seafood.  It’s also a pretty decoration for desserts or as added to drinking water.
Parsley can be used just about in all dishes, but not as dessert decoration!
Oregano is great with tomatoes, pasta and pizza sauces.  You should add it at the end of the cooking process.

Bedroom

Bedroom

We enjoy furnishing the bed-sitting room according to our guests’ needs.  The queen sized double bed is a fixture, and there is a comfortable large single bed at the other end of the room which is dressed as a divan when not needed.  We can put in one or two single 165cm long beds in the room too if required.  Alternatively we also have a child’s cot which is suitable for toddlers up to about 3 years old.  There is underfloor heating in this room, a television with about 100 channels and two windows looking out to the south facing garden.
There are books for all ages in the book-shelves and games and puzzles in the drawers and cupboards under the shelves.

Above is a view through the window from the double bed.  This was taken on an extremely cold January mid-day so it was comforting to be indoors in a warm room with lots of books, television (including Netflix if you have a subscription) and games/toys.  The picture to the right shows the rest of the bed-sitting room from the left side of the double bed.