Thursday

autumn days





For me there is something very soothing (and cozy) about watching the warmth that rises from a cup of tea, and especially in the colder seasons. I try to never drink a cup of tea in a hurry, instead i try to make these moments special by taking good time and enjoy it's simplicity.
When it gets colder i often find myself chosing different teas than in the warmer seasons. Every day (all year) i need my daily cup(s) of Green of London, my absolute favourite tea, and lately i have often picked a Camomile tea blend in the evenings. It turns so pretty when the boiling water is added......a feast for the eye.
Yesterday i heard a familiar sound that made me look up at the sky, and there i saw them: the first flock of geese that i have seen this autumn, heading for warmer places. I am still waiting for a bullfinch to appear at the feeders in our garden. To my happiness we had some of them visiting last autumn and winter so i am hoping and waiting....*smiling... The great tit has been visiting the whole summer but the amount of them have definitely increased lately.
Today i got a lovely surprise when i visited the grocery store, they had my favourite type of Norwegian autumn apples there. Not every year that i get hold of them so when i do i can't hide my happiness (and easely overeat)...*smiling...
One of the many pleasures of autumn!


 
 
“Tea is an act complete in its simplicity.
When I drink tea, there is only me and the tea.
The rest of the world dissolves.
There are no worries about the future.
No dwelling on past mistakes.
Tea is simple: loose-leaf tea, hot pure water, a cup.
I inhale the scent, tiny delicate pieces of the tea floating above the cup.
I drink the tea, the essence of the leaves becoming a part of me.
I am informed by the tea, changed.
This is the act of life, in one pure moment, and in this act the truth of the world suddenly becomes revealed: all the complexity, pain, drama of life is a pretense, invented in our minds for no good purpose.
There is only the tea, and me, converging.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh
 
    

Tuesday


 



Spending these bright and beautifully colored autumn days mostly outside. The mornings and evenings are getting colder and i put on more woolen clothes to "match" the temperature. Early in the mornings i drink my first cup of tea outside on our veranda while i am watching how the forest becomes more and more visible to my eyes through the thick fog that covers nature around here in the early autumn mornings...


This weekend we visited a beautiful lake where i used to swim with my dear aunt, Anna, when i was a child. I haven't been there since i was a child and it's so funny how everything seems so much smaller when you comes back to these "childhood" places as a grown up....*smiling.. but it was still as beautiful and peaceful as i remembered it!

 

Thursday

lately..






shorter days but we are still having several hours with bright daylight, nature dressed in shades of yellow, orange and red, air is heavenly fresh and crisp, the birds are more often finding their way to the feeders again and i am childishly excited about it, evenings are getting colder but i am still having our veranda doors open as long as possible, my knittings are slowly and steadily growing, warming tea in my cup, fresh flowers and delicious plums on our table....
and a feeling of completely lacking the ability to find something "interesting" to share....*laughing.. days are just going about in their usual way..










We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”
Anaïs Nin


Friday

in these September days..

 






i find myself
deeply drawn to the different shades of ochre, plum and bottle green colors.
breathing in the sweetness of the apple scented air from our neighbours garden and indulging in
the plum season...(it can rightly be called OVEReating in my case)...*smiling.
a month filled with family birthdays and our wedding anniversary.
hugely inspired when it comes to knitting: a few weeks back i finished the Camilla shawl (the first picture), currently knitting the Sibella cardigan for my dear friend Nausika,
and having a crush on these ones: Belmont cardigan and Northdale sweater.
i am reading, and enjoying, the novel Secrets of the Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford. a pile of other novels are also waiting to be read. autumn evenings brings with the perfect atmosphere for reading..*smiling...



wishing you a refreshing and cosy September!


Sunday

friendstime









A few more photos from the trip to the ocean, this time through my dear friend Nausika's camera lens...*smiling..
(thank you for such a wonderful week together sweet friend!)

Thursday

by the ocean












 
 
sea scented wind playing wildly with my hair, climbing and walking barefoot on sun warmed rocks, seagulls floating around in the air, bright sunlight and in-between rain....








i love days like these....


Friday

A conversation, with Guro.


There are so many women that inspires me in their own unique way and through these conversation posts you and i get the pleasure of getting to know a bit more about them. For example what it is that inspires them, what a typical day in their life looks like, where they find beauty...  
This time it is the lovely Guro that has sat down and answered my questions.


 



 
 
V: I am so excited about having this conversation together with you Guro and I thought it would be nice if you could start with sharing a bit about yourself?
G: Thank you so much for thinking of me, I am truly honored! I have grown up under the midnight sun and nothern light, I am used to long, dark winters and bright but sometimes cold summers. My family means the world to me, and I had a happy childhood growing up on a farm. We had dogs, a cat, rabbits, sheep, cows and I was also lucky enough to have a horse. I am a biologist, working with fish and fish diseases. I have two kids (a boy and a girl aged 6 and 3) and a wonderful man. Together we live on the country side in the north of Norway.  We have also been so lucky to have the opportunity  to live abroad for a year at the time, in Berlin and Copenhagen, and also shorter stays in Florida and Scotland (before we had kids). I love to experience different cultures, and feel very privileged to have had the chance to live in other countries with my family.



V: 5 words that you would choose to describe yourself?
G: Mom, dreamer, coffee drinker, creatively confused, yarn obsessed



V: Words that you try to live by?
G:  Lately, it has been: Enjoy the little things! It is so easy to get caught up in a busy life with work and kids. I sometimes find myself forgetting to be in the moment.






 
V: I know that you are just as "addicted" to your daily cup(s) of coffee as i am to my daily cup(s) of tea...*smiling*.. What does these small coffee breaks mean to you? And which cup of the day do you enjoy the most?
G: It is so true, I really enjoy a cup of coffee. I am totally addicted to a cup of coffee in the morning, when I get to work. But the cup I enjoy the most, is coffee after dinner. That little quiet time, when everyone is happy and relaxed. For me, a cup of coffee is my daily luxury. It is the time when I clear my head, and refocus.


 
V: Your Instagram feed is such a JOY to look at and one can't miss noticing there that you have quite a lot of pretty cups. Like you i have a lot of different ones to chose from too but very often i find myself picking the same cup, in other words a favourite. I am curious how it is with you, do you have a favourite cup or does it often change? 
G: Thank you so much! I do have a favorite cup. It is not an expensive design cup, but a set of cups I bought 8 years ago when I needed to cheer myself up. After having a bad experience, one of those little bumps life sometimes offers you, I bought these cups on sale from the Swedish chain store Indiska. And even though they are a bit worn now, I still love them! I think they are even more beautiful now, then when I bought them.


 
V: I LOVE the atmosphere in your pictures!! Do you enjoy taking pictures?
G: Thank you so much! That's so sweet of you. I love taking pictures, in a very amateur-excited-to-share-my-moments kind of way. I do not own a good camera, all photos are taken with my iPhone. For me, it is not about equipment and technical stuff, it is about sharing a special mood, or atmosphere as you say. That being said, I would love to have a good camera one day, and learn how to use it!
 


 


 
V: The colors you surround yourself with are so pretty. I am curious to know if you have a color crush at the moment...maybe also a color combination that you have a weakness for?
G: For a long time, I have loved yellow, in many different shades. Lately I find myself more drawn to dusty pink, coral, nude or peachy pinks. That has to be my color crush at the moment (together with a big part of the Instagram knit community, I guess!!). These pink tones combined with pale yellow, gold or the safe light grey has to be my favorite color combo for now.


 
V: Have you grown up in a crafty family?
G:Absolutely! My mother used to knit (and still makes the most wonderful knit clothes for my kids!), and I grew up with clothes made from the Elsebeth Günther sewing books. My grandmother used to sew the most amazing dresses, coats and other clothes for my mom when she was a kid. At that time, being creative and making clothes was not just something she did because she liked it, but because she did not have a lot of money. My great grandmother also was a crafty woman, and I guess I have always been used to seeing people around me with something crafty to keep their hands busy With.

 

 
V: You both sew, knit and crochet but i know that for a long while now you have had to stay away from hooks and needles because of your shoulder. I am curious to know if you have some specific projects that you are eager to work on now when you can slowly start up again?
G: Luckily, I have just picked up my needles again, and I am so happy about that. Still have to be careful though! I have waited to get a chance to knit Immie tee for my 3 year old daughter, and I have finally started it. For myself, I of course want to finish the straight up-sweater I have been working on, but I also have a crush on the Topp ti (both from Pickles).

 
  
V: What is your first knitting memory and who learned it to you?
G: My mom taught me to knit when I was a little girl. I remember my yellow knitting needles, and how proud I was to have knitted a (very crooked) scarf/carpet/blanket for my barbie doll! 







V: I noticed a pretty "kofte" (a cardigan that is knitted after an old traditional Norwegian pattern) in one of you blog post's. One that you found at your grandmother's attic. Can you tell us about this "kofte"...and maybe also about this attic where you go treasure hunting from time to time (lucky you)...*smiling...
G: I love my grandmothers attic! I always see new things there, even though I have been there many times. I also find myself looking at old embroideries that my great grandmother or her big sister (who used to live in this house) have made, remembering them, thinking of them and missing them. It is both a happy and sad place, a place I need to go to every time I am back home.
My grandmother made this kofte for my mother, and I found it in need of some serious loving care. I fixed every hole in it, and started wearing it again. A garment like this has to be honored by wearing it for generations. I love the pattern, and wish I could find the written pattern for it. My grandmother has told me that she used a pattern to knit it. I also love the colors she has chosen for it. That is one thing I like about a kofte, how different it looks depending on the choice of colors.
 

 
V: What kind of value and importance does creativity have in your life?
G: I feel that creating something is very important to me. The satisfaction of seeing something grow from nothing! I get sad when I don't have a creative outlet
 
 
 
V: If you were to explore a new craft, what would that be and why?
G:  I have always loved making jewelry, so maybe exploring that would be something for me. If I was going to do something completely new, it would be pottery, or working with materials like porcelain. I have always wanted to try, but never had the necessary equipment at hand.







V: Other interests?
G: Being with my family and friends, animals, reading books, taking photos.


 
V: What inspires you?
G: People around me inspire me, but I also have to say I find a great deal of inspiration online: Blogs, Pinterest, Instagram.

 

V: I  want to thank you for this lovely conversation Guro, it has been such a pleasure getting to know you better! And as a closing i want to ask you about what you are most grateful for in your life right now?
G: That would be my wonderful little family! I feel so lucky to have two healthy kids, and a wonderful man to share my life with

 
Links:
instagram
and
blog.
 

Sunday




"Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?"
-Tao Te Ching