Saturday, 30 April 2011

this is my bag

So I didn't do a whole lot of shopping when we went to Bergen last week - I'm saving up for the London trip in three weeks - but one thing I bought was this cute little camera bag. I have another one, really roomy and practical, but when I saw this in a vintage store in a narrow little street I could not resist. The strap is obviously not the original one, but I mean to swap it with an old leather belt as soon as I find a suitable one. The lid has small pockets to stuff important things like keys, iPod or chewing gum, but the rest is just one big space that can hold my camera and my extra lenses. And it has this lovely red lining fabric. Perfect.

guess the book

OK, so apparently it's the international Book Week (?) this week and I'm going a long with a game I got from a great blog I read. A.M.O over at "Försök att inte se så snygg ut" made up the rules and they are as follow:

1. Grab the first book you see
2. Publish the 5th sentence on page 52 in that book
3. Don't reveal the title

So, can you guess from what book (or series - I'm kind today) this quote comes from?

"No, thur, "We R Igorth", thur. The organithathion, thur."

I's sort of a stupid quote, I know, but I just followed the rules. But If you have read this book, you'll know it.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Friday Top Five - Fictional Friends

This weeks list is a spin-off to a question I asked Karin over at Karins Konstgrepp a while ago  - "if you could be a fictional character who would you like to be?" Read her answer here, along with a bunch of other people's great ideas.
Anyway. I'm not going in to detail who I'd like to be reborn as, ( but it would be Buffy or Gandalf ) that is another story (and pretty long ones, 7 seasons, 4+ books) but today I'm listing 5 fictional charachters I'd like to have as my friends. To narrow it down a bit I decided to foucus on characters from TV-series, and maybe come back to books and films later on...
Just imagine hanging out with this gang on the balcony on a sunny Friday afternoon. Having pizza, talking about physics, Wicca, murders, medicine and gossip ourselves blue in-between. Leonard and Dr Wilson would go along great after a tentative start, Ellie would pick on Willow and try to get Angel to fix her speeding tickets. Angel would be very flattered by the attention and Willow would put a spell on Ellie. And after a couple of glasses of wine Willow and Leonard would have very deep discussions about the meaning of life. Then we'd all play Dance Dance Revolution on my X-box and Wilson would win.

    Thursday, 28 April 2011

    pimp my porcelain-figurine

    A while back I started collecting white porcelain-animals, being on the look-out in every second-hand store or flea market I've visited. The more simple they are the better. I did not originally have a plan for them outside of being cute decoration, but now a couple of them have gotten a bit of a make-over.

    Harald doesn't have a chip on his shoulder, but a leaf on his back.

    and Björn....
    he grew wings.

    today in my mailbox

    Today I got a tube in my mailbox, with lovely stamps all the way from Sweden! I had actually forgotten about ordering this - even though I have been at this shop more then five times thinking about buying it. Now I only have to find a suitable frame and we'll have something new to enjoy in the apartment. But what is it, you wonder?

    Cal the Teen Wolf, from Sammy Rose!

    Wednesday, 27 April 2011

    marine blue

    Can't believe it's just April. Can't believe how pretty the sea was today. Can't believe what you can find washed ashore these days. Or maybe this guy had been thrown of the bridge?

    I'm wearing my mom's old skirt and belt, blue and white striped top and and cardigan from H&M. And my new favourite shoes from Din Sko.

    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    My favourite room

    This is where I can spend hour after hour. And where it easiest to relax.

    This year I'm having kind of an "edible-theme" on the balcony. I long for my own kitchen-garden, but until then I'm doing the best of what I have.

    I'm looking forward to a huge harvest of black currant

    And cucumber

    In the herb-garden (pot) there's thyme, rosemary, mint, strawberries...

    ...and lemon balm

    and in another crowded pot some white violas are hiding the tiny raspberry sprigs
    I'm also trying to grow potatoes and tomato.But of course there's some stuff that I have planted just because it's pretty too. Pretty does not always beat practical, but it's nice to have a mix.

    more violas

    what's this called again? I forgot

    Monday, 25 April 2011

    Easter to do-list

    This is the last day of my 10-day Easter vacation, and of course I wish it was longer. But I'm happy we actually have done almost all of the fun things we planned for this holiday. Going to Bergen, going hiking, and going kayaking were the major plans, but I've also had the time to go to the Tivoli, make the balcony all pretty and green and we have watched almost a full season of House MD. Ergo: all in all a very good vacation! So what am I doing this last day of it? Well, today I'm actually trying to get all of the boring things that I had planned for this holiday done - all of the things that I have just postponed in favour of more fun things... Here's a list!
    • Prepare my tax return. Both Norwegian and Swedish
    • Order a new dry-suit for scuba-diving
    • Fix a  piece of skirting in the kitchen that has been loose since for ever
    • wash clothes and iron
    • sort out old shoes
    • Plant the lilly-bulb I bought a while back

    • unpack and clean all of the stuff from the camping tour, like the tent and sleeping bags. Uuh.
    • change from "winter wardrobe" to "summer wardrobe"
    • Change the broken hinges on one of the kitchen cabinets  (OK, A did that)

    Sunday, 24 April 2011

    out and a boat...

    OK, so the title was supposed to be clever and/or funny. For your information.
    I've just come back from a 2 day (1,5 really) kayak and camping tour with A. I think that my balance is still a bit unsteady from staring at waves for so and so many hours in a row, because I keep making the stupidest type-o's. Anyway, this is what we've been up to.
    Yesterday we packed a lot of necessary things (and as we later came to realise - missed to pack some very necessary things, like cutlery, plates and any kind of object that could have entertaining value, like books, a deck of cards etcetera) and took the ferry to the island where the parents to my friend K live. My friend and her dad have two sea-kayaks and had - since they are such nice people - offered to lend them to us for our little trip. So we stuffed all of our gear (not including cutlery, plates or books) into the kayaks and were off!

    After an hour or so we figured it was time for lunch so we hauled the kayak on to a shore and the primus stove from the bag and made noodles. And realised that it's a bit tricky to eat noodle-soup without a spoon.

    yes - I'm eating with a stick
    Then we continued for I guess about three hours under a clear blue sky, on a relatively calm sea and with warm winds in our faces. Splendid. We struggled a bit while rounding the east corner of the island Åmöy which was our main goal for the day, but after making a quick stop for some Kvick Lunsj it was all OK again.

    And then we started looking for a nice island to camp on. While searching for the perfect camping location there are a few things one should consider. 
    1. Find a place to disembark smoothly without damaging yourself or the kayaks.
    2. Make sure to find a nice FLAT piece of land where you can raise the tent.
    3. Try to find a location not too exposed to wind.
    4. Be sure that said location is not previously inhabited by other people. Or creatures.
    OK, so after cruising around in the archipelago west of Åmöy for a while we spotted the perfect place. A sheltered little pebble-beach leading up to a plateau of lush, green grass to camp on. Our aching muscles screamed for some well earned rest so we carried the kayaks up on the beach and statred unpacking and putting on dry clothes. Then I had a little stroke of genius and said to A that we should maybe check the island out before pitching the tent, to see if there were maybe an even better location. Hand in hand we started our little exploration tour in the setting sun. And encountered goats. Looking up from the grass/bark/old shoes they were eating they all stared at us maliciously and their horns gleamed pointedly in the rays of sunlight that was filtered down trough the branches. We decided to try to find a new location.
    And we did! This is where we finally spend our night, a calm little island that we pre-checked carefully and found no proof of life other than spiders and birds. The new tent worked out perfectly and was easy to pitch, no hard words were exchanged.

    Unfortunately, as I may have mentioned earlier in this post, we had forgotten to bring any kind of entertainment at all, so we were forced to just converse with each other all night. Turns out that wasn't really a problem, but we did end up playing a tense game of Soduku on the emergency-cell phone we had brought, even risking the batteries to run out. It was fun though, I've never played it before. And we did walk along the beach a lot looking at strange little animals that lives in the sea-weed. Very fascinating, actually.

    Today the weather did not at all turn out as good as we had hoped for so we cut the day pretty short. Nevertheless we had to struggle through some pretty annoying winds so my body feels like I've run a marathon. Or what it thinks it would feel like to run a marathon - I never have and never never will. I might go out kayaking again pretty soon though, it really is an amazing way to experience nature. Silent and not too strenuous if your lucky with the winds and waves.

    Thursday, 21 April 2011


    When I grew up I was quite an active and outdoorsy kind of child. I built tree houses, had "water-wars" (vad heter vattenkrig på engelska?) did all kinds of sports and I very fondly remember the summer I spend a majority of my free time playing with the fluffy sheep grazing in a meadow close to our house. But now, more and more, I find myself growing comfortable and content with the easy apartment life: the couch and the balcony. This needs to change. Fortunately the other half of our household preferences a more active take on spare-time. Today that resulted in a four hour long hike in Höy-Jaeren an hours drive away from Stavanger.

    I gor my feet wet. In mud. Yey.

    Now I'm tired and happy and I've got a sunburnt nose and shoulders. Sweet.

    Wednesday, 20 April 2011

    To the mountains

    On Sunday evening A and I decided that we should do a small trip to Bergen, the closest city of some size to our home Stavanger. Bergen is the second largest city in Norway with around 200.000 inhabitants or something like that. So not very huge. Anyway. We booked some tickets and a hotel and early on Monday morning we ere on the ferry! Such a nice way to travel.

    Bergen is probably one of the rainier cities in the world, but we got lucky and had extraordinary good weather almost all the time! So we spend some time just hanging out on park-benches. And we did some shopping. And mainly just walked around.

    In the evening we had a really good dinner at a restaurant called Smauet. Tasty-tasty. But we got a bit annoyed because the first two restaurants that we called to reserve a table at were closed for Easter. That's stupid according to me.

    On Tuesday we woke up to another beautiful day, that we decided should be dedicated to museums. We had the endurance to visit two, and they were both rather interesting.
    We started out with the Art Museum. Good stuff. I mostly tend to favour 20th century art (and 15th century if it's Dutch) but it was nice to see some of the Norwegian artists I studied last year when I took art history during my "sabbatical-year" after just moving to Stavanger.

    Klee - one of my favourites
    Then we continued over to the Museum of Natural History. Always a favourite.

    Me in front of the Museum. The green skirt I'm wearing is an old favourite I bough at the Salvation Army's second hand store in Göteborg (Myrornas alltså) many years ago, and the H&M violet-cardigan is a new favourite.
    Dead things. Interesting, macabre and a little revolting.
    I found a Pangolin! Actually I found several, this one is Chinese. Cute. But dead unfortunately.
    The backyard of the museum of Natural History was a botanical garden. How convenient!
     Before spending 5 hours on a bus to get back to Stavanger we enjoyed a nice Italian lunch in the sun. I had tagiatelle with asparagus. Very spring-y.