søndag, september 28, 2008

Autumn days


We have had a wonderful week of the loveliest possible autumn weather. The days have been mild and sunny, and the nights starry and quite chilly with the first night frosts. How I love the crisp autumn mornings... to wake up to blue sky and white frosty dusting on the ground.


The garden can be quite beautiful still, even though it is well past its prime. The rose hips are ripening in some of the rose bushes, while other roses still keep on blooming.


The hens hens are roaming free in the garden, and are enjoying their daily dust bath under the large fir trees... and having the time of their lives...


... as well as rummaging around the veggie garden for worms and other goodies, helping me dig up some carrots in the process...


What Milly is looking for I am not quite sure... probably keeping a watchful eye on the hens, all the while she is pretending that a fallen leaf is in fact a delicious mouse.


The sheep are back on the pastures close to home after having spent the summer on pastures further afield. It is such a joy to have them home again. Do any of you happen to remember this fellow. Well, he is not so little any more but still quite a charmer.


Jeg har skrevet dette innlegget kun på engelsk, og det er noe jeg håper å kunne fortsette med. Å skrive bloggen min på to fremmede språk får meg til å føle at jeg bare gjentar meg selv... noe jeg selvfølgelig også gjør.... Om det fortsatt er ønskelig med norsk tekst også, så gi meg gjerne en tilbakemelding på det.

tirsdag, september 23, 2008

What would Cath say...?


Hva ville Cath egentlig synes om bølgeteppet mitt....? Antakeligvis ingenting, for det er vel lite sansynlig at Cath Kidston kommer til å se teppet mitt. Men her er det, endelig ferdig! Og hvorfor nevner jeg Cath? Fordi fargene til bølgeteppet er inspirert av Cath Kidston´s farger og stil, slik jeg oppfatter dem. Jeg har lenge vært fascinert av den herlige retro stilen og de deilige pastellfargene Cath bruker i sine produkter.


Jeg har tidligere sydd noen lappetepper av (stort sett) hennes stoffer. Før jeg begynte på bølgeteppet mitt i januar i år "grublet" jeg en del over fargevalget til teppet. Og det endte altså med "Cath Kidston-farger". Om det er pga. fargene vet jeg ikke, men dette prosjektet har vært noe av det morsomste og mest tilfredstillende jeg har gjort, og det er nesten vemodig at det nå er ferdig. Det ferdige teppet måler ca. 1.50 x 2.30, stort nok til å legge på en seng eller å tulle seg inni for å holde varmen på kjølige høst- og vinterkvelder.


What would Cath say if she ever saw my ripple blanket...? Well, propably not much, and she is not likely to ever see it. And why do I mention Cath anyway? Well, because it was the wonderful retro style and colouring of the Cath Kidston products which gave me the inspiration for my ripple blanket... and which I am proud to say is finally finished! I have, quite some time ago, sewn a few patchwork quilts using (mainly) her fabrics.


So, back in January, when I started my ripple blanket, I did do quite a bit of thinking as to the colours I wanted to use. And the choice fell on these "Cath Kidston-colours". I do not know whether it is due to the colours, but this project has been one of the most enjoyable ones I have ever made, and I am almost sad to see it finished. The finished blanket measures approximately 1.50 x 2.30 mtrs, quite sizable enough to cover a bed, or to snuggle under on chilly autumn and winter evenings.

søndag, september 21, 2008

Gifts galore


This wonderful world of blogs and the lovely, generous people behind the blogs never ceases to amaze me. I started to write my blog hoping that someone "out there" would find my world somewhat interesting... and the response has really been beyond my wildest dreams. Not only do I receive a lot of wonderful comments and e-mails that brighten my day no end, but I have also received some unbelievably lovely gifts. There are so many creative and gifted people who so generously give and share.


Earlier this summer I received these lovely gifts from Ann-Magret, a reader without a blog of her own. She sent me an e-mail with some questions about loose covers, which I tried to answer to the best of my ability, and as a result she wanted to send me a little something, as she called it. And just do have a look; the oh, so lovely card she has made, along with the beautiful hearts (perfect for Christmas decorations), wonderful vintage lace and gorgeous fabrics. How lucky am I? Tuuuusen takk, Ann-Magret!


Dear Patricia, of the lovely blog Shabby Roses Cottage, has sent me this charming, pretty pin cushion, which she has made out of my very favourite Cath Kidston fabric. Pati is amazingly talented and her blog is very inspiring and pretty. Do go and have a look. And thank you again, Pati!


Anita has a beautiful garden and a lovely blog where she shares inspiring photos of her unique garden in Germany. Not only is Anita generous in sharing photos and inspiration from her garden, she is also generous with the seeds she gathers from her flowers. I have been lucky enough to have received seeds from her earlier, and as a result I have beautiful hollyhocks, love in the mist, cosmos (to name a few) blooming in my garden. And once again she has sent me seeds, and I am especially exited about the perennial sweet pea seeds she has sent me this time. I can hardly wait till next spring to sow them and to see them grow and bloom in my Norwegian garden.


Last, but by no means least, is the generous gift from Robin. She has sent me all these wonderful goodies for no particular reason... Robin writes in her card that she visited her local quilt store and wanted to surprise someone, and she happened to think about me! How amazing is that? Robin has sent me the most beautiful rosy fabrics (in "my" pink colour, which is quite hard to find) along with pretty green and white and blue and white. But not only the fabrics, she has also sent me a book on floral quilts, a calendar with photos of lovely secret gardens, a notepad, a blue and white tea towel and a cuddly little rabbit! I am quite speechless and ever so grateful! You really did make my day, Robin, as did all you other lovely ladies with your generous gifts... as do all you lovely readers of my blog who keep brightening my day with you comments. Thank you all!

onsdag, september 17, 2008

Finally finished


Endelig er jeg ferdig med det rosa sekskant teppet som jeg begynte å sy for leeeenge siden. I sommer fikk jeg riktignok ikke sydd så mye, men nå som høsten er her, har jeg bestemt meg for å (prøve) å gjøre ferdig flere av de uferdige håndarbeids prosjektene mine. Og dette teppet er altså det første som ble ferdig.


Det tar jo litt tid å sy sammen lapper for hånd, men samtidig er det et trivelig arbeid og en fin måte å få bruk opp mange rester... i dette tilfellet rosa rester. I begynnelsen var jeg litt redd for at teppet ble vel rosa... men med litt linfarger, både i lapper og i kanter, ble intrykket litt mindre rosa. Og ute på terrassen, hvor det begynner å bli lite farger å se (høsten gjør seg helt klart gjeldende her...) ser teppet nesten mer grått enn rosa ut.


Så til slutt, i det siste bildet, må jeg bare vise denne nydelige stoffposen som Mita har sydd og som jeg var så heldig å vinne for litt siden. Tusen takk! Og ikke nok med denne herlige posen, jeg har også vært heldig og fått mange flotte gaver fra andre bloggevenner og lesere. Mer om dem i neste innlegg...


I have finally finished the pink hexagon patchwork quilt I started far too long ago. I have not been very productive during the summer months, but have now decided to (try to) finish most of my works in progress. This quilt started out as quite a pink one (my wish was to use up leftover pink fabrics, and the fairly small hexagons are a good way to make use of them, even though hand sewing does require quite a bit of time and patience). But with the linen coloured fabrics the overall look is not quite so pink any more.


As I took the photos out on the deck today, where there really is not much colour left, the quilt looks even less pink than before. The last photo is of a lovely gift, made by Mita which I was lucky enough to win in her blog a while ago. And I have been so lucky with gifts from other blogging friends and readers of my blog too, more about them in my next entry.

søndag, september 14, 2008

Keeping warm


Høsten har kommet tidlig iår (eller føles det slik hvert år...?) og temperaturen har sunket betraktelig, ned mot null om nettene. Da gjelder det å holde på varmen i huset. Vi tenner i ovnen hver kveld... ved hjelp av kongler samlet tidligere i sommer, sammen med stearinlys rester, for å få fart i ilden fort og greit. Fargemessig tiltrekkes jeg mer og mer av jordfarger, kanskje er det årstiden, eller kanskje er det et ønske om forandring...? Uansett er det noe lunt og godt med fargene og følelsen av lin, ull, saueskinn og naturtoner.


Autumn has arrived early this year (or does it feel like it every year...?) and the temperature has dropped considerably, down to almost freezing point during the nights. So we light the fire every night to keep us warm, and to get the fire going I use pine cones, collected earlier this summer, together with candle stubs. Colourwise I am also drawn to earthier colours, whether it is because of the season, or a general wish for a change...? There is something so very cozy and comfortable with the colours and feel of linen, wool, sheepskin and earthy tones.

tirsdag, september 09, 2008

Spa...?


Jeg nevnte i det forrige innlegget mitt at soverommet vårt er favoritt rommet mitt i huset vårt. Men badet kommer som en god nr. to. Nå skal jeg ikke påstå at det når opp til ekte spa-høyder, men det er så absolutt et rom for velvære, selv om det ikke er så alt for stort.


Badet vårt er både lunt, varmt og behagelig. Gulvet og ca. halvparten av veggene er kledd med italienske travertinfliser, resten av veggene er malt. Det finnes ikke noen skap i rommet, kun åpne hyller, og en halv vegg mellom vasken og toalettet, som også fungerer som en avlastnings hylle. Og varmen, den kommer (som seg hør og bør) fra varmekablene i gulvet.


Men ikke bare derfra, for vi har en badstu også. Enhver finne med respekt for seg selv har jo en bastu i huset sitt, og vår blir flittig brukt, spesielt i den kalde tiden av året. Men den er også deilig om sommeren, når vi gjennom vinduet i bastuen kan se utover den blomstrende hagen, for etterpå å gå ut på terrassen og avkjøle oss. Det er det nærmeste jeg kommer en spa i huset mitt...


In my last entry I mentioned that the bedroom is my favourite room in our house. The bathroom is a strong number two, it is comfortable and warm, even though it is not exactly large. The floor and about half of the walls are covered in italian travertine tiles, the rest of the walls are painted. There are no cupboards in the room, as I have preferred to use shelves for a more open feel.


The warmth comes from underfloor heating, but not just from there. We do also have a sauna. Every self respecting Finn has a sauna in his/her house, and ours is in constant use. Mostly during the cold winter months, but also during the summer when it is a delight to sit in the sauna and enjoy the view of the garden through the window, and then to go out on the deck to cool down. It is the closest I get to a spa in my home...

lørdag, september 06, 2008

Sleep tight, do not let the bed bugs bite...


Soverommet vårt er favorittrommet mitt... mitt tilfluktsted, som jeg ikke er vant til å dele med andre enn min kjære. Men det var før kattungene Milly og Angus kom i hus... For nå er soverommet vårt også blitt deres favorittrom. Myke, varme dundyner og puter ha sikkert noe med saken å gjøre. Og hvis ikke døren til soverommet er lukket er det der jeg finner kattene. Nå sover ikke kattene i sengen vår om natten (visse grenser må det da vel være...?) men de benytter seg av enhver anledning til å finne seg til rette der. Og jeg, jeg er rett og slett for svak og bløthjertet til å kaste de ut. For det er slik med kattunger som det er med barn, de er som søtest når de sover...


Our bedroom is my favourite room in the house... my sanctuary, which I am not used to sharing with others than my husband. But that was before the kittens came to us. Milly and Angus seem to prefer the bedroom as well, and use every possible opportunity to make themselves comfortable there. Maybe the soft down duvets and pillows have something to do with it. And unless the door to the bedroom is closed, it is on our bed I am likely to find them. They do not sleep there at night (certainly some rules have to apply...?) but otherwise I am too weak and softhearted to banish them from the bedroom. It is with kittens as with small children, they are sweetest when they are asleep...

onsdag, september 03, 2008

Late summer bounty


Vi skriver september og man merker at det er høst. Fargene i naturen... og i hagen min... har forandret seg, luften er klarere og kjøligere. Sommeren er rett og slett over. Men fra hagen min kan jeg fortsatt plukke inn blomster i bøtter og spann (bokstavelig talt) i herlige (og ikke fullt så matchende) farger.


Jeg gjorde jo en del forandringer i hagen min i våres, ved blant annet å fjerne de fleste gule staudene. Men slett ikke alle er borte, og det føles så riktig å plukke inn litt gult, lilla, rosa og rødt nå i høst. Eplene er ikke modne enda, men en og annen har falt ned fra trærne, så det bli nok bakt eplekake ikveld. Det er høstkos, det!


September has arrived and I have to (quite reluctantly) admit that summer is over. But there is still plenty of flowers to be picked in my garden, in gloriously clashing colours. Earlier this spring I removed most of the yellow perennials from my garden, but not all. And now I find the yellow, lilac, pink and red colours of the late summer flowers quite pleasant. The apples in the garden are still not ripe, but a few have fallen down from the trees, so tonight I shall bake an apple cake. Oh, the joys of autumn!