mandag, august 25, 2014


Fog is quite an amazing thing. It makes you feel like you are on an island, all on your own, and the rest of the world does not exist.

We do not often get proper thick, atmospheric fog. Mostly it is just light mist, quite beautiful too, yet it does not cut you off the rest of the world like fog does.

There was this one very cold January day, a few years back, when the fog was exceptionally beautiful, and lasted the whole of that short winter's day. And now this early morning fog in late August.

It was magical. Until the sun managed to break through, and burn the fog away. The day ended up rather sunny and beautiful, but what I'll always remember from this day is the special morning.

lørdag, august 23, 2014

A piece of cake

The first apples are ripe in the garden. Time for cake. Norwegian apple cake.

Easy peasy to make, and a favourite in this house.

Wonderful served with a bit of vanilla ice-cream. And a cup of coffee. A piece of cake...

The sun is shining in between showers. Life is good ;-)

torsdag, august 21, 2014

Hot and cold

I tend to prefer cool colours, in my house and in my garden. But now, in late summer, I find great delight in the few hot colours to be found in my garden. Bright yellow and blazing orange (in fact, I find myself rather drawn to orange).

Otherwise, blue really is my colour. Blue and white (two new cushions in this colour combo). And grey. Cool colours.

There is a nip in the air, a feel of autumn. No hot blazing August days this year, it seems. I'm grateful for the comforting heat from our wood burner, which keeps us toasty warm. And the grey blanket. Hot and cold...

tirsdag, august 19, 2014

Late summer

The ripe and mature colours of the garden tell me that summer is nearly over. August days can be lovely, unfortunately this year they have mostly just been wet.

In between showers I've ventured into the garden, to take stock and to harvest. The apple crop will not be a bumper one this year, but there will hopefully be enough for apple sauce (to go with my breakfast müsli).

The parsnips are coming along nicely. I've already harvested a fair amount of the flat leaf parsley (and made lots of dynamite, now safely in the freezer, I might add).

The onions have been pulled up, and are currently drying on the barn floor. There's spanish onions, shallots and the regular yellow ones. A good crop this year.

The flower beds have reverted back to green, as in spring time. Only now the green is a more mature shade. I'm grateful for the phlox for providing a bit of colour (white!) in the mainly green borders.

Every year summer seems to pass by so quickly. Never more so than this year. It has been a lovely one. It'll be sorely missed.

onsdag, august 13, 2014

Stormy weather

The warm balmy summer weather we enjoyed for weeks on end is a thing of the past, it seems. What we have now is stormy weather. Wet weather. Chilly weather. Thunder and lightning. Am I responsible for this, I wonder... complaining as I did, in my previous post, about not having enough rainy days? Well, we've got them now.

I want to turn back the clocks. I'm not done with summer yet. And certainly not ready for autumn. Unfortunately I've got little say in the matter (despite my doubts about the opposite...) Of course, I could look on the bright side, and be happy for all the time I can spend in my little studio, sewing to my heart's content. Instead, I'm hiding under the duvet in our bedroom, curtains closed, dreading the lightning and thunder. I'm no good with stormy weather...

I'll be back once things have calmed down a bit.

fredag, august 08, 2014

Not enough rainy days...

As previously stated, this summer has been an awesome one. Not much time has been spent indoors, as the warm sunny weather beckoned.

So the rosy quilt I intended to start work on this summer ('come the next rainy day') has clearly not progressed as planned. Not enough rainy days...

In the end, I just couldn't wait any longer, as I was keen to see the quilt of my imagination come to life. So... a bit of cutting and a bit of stitching, and... this is the result so far.

I think I like it ;-) Now, once I've started I don't want to stop, come rain or shine...

tirsdag, august 05, 2014

'Dreamy' progress

With the beautiful summer we've had this year, there has been little time for sewing and crochet, as all my days have been spent outdoors.

The days have been hot, but once the air has cooled down a bit in the evenings, I have brought out my 'dreamy'-crochet on the deck, and have managed a square or two.

I do still have a long way to go, and as of yet it remains to be seen whether this will end up being the 'light, delicate and dreamy' blanket I have in my mind.

Since my previous post I have changed the size of the squares slightly. I think I prefer the solids not quite so... solid.

To be continued...