Norwegians are like animals coming out of hibernation. It seems that almost every householder in my neighbourhood is out today sweeping, trimming, and raking away the detritus of winter. Tyres are being changed, trampolines re-erected and flower beds hidden for months are now being tended into life again. And then there’s my next-door-neighbour's renovation project. This is the view from my daughters' bedroom window. The cliche ' a picture is worth a thousand words' comes to mind.