Monday, August 25, 2008

Still summer...

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The summer is still clinging on. Today we had 20C / 68F - a great day. Just hope it will last over the weekend :)

Søndagstur / Sundayhike

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Når høsten viser seg fra sin beste side med sol og varme, må jo dagen utnyttes. Så da blir det skogstur ;) Denne gangen på nye stier.

When the fall show itself from the good side with sun and warmt, the day has to be used. So we went on a forest hike ;) This time on new paths.

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Selv om minstemann kunne sitte i vogna det meste av veien, er det godt å strekke på beina innimellom. Og da kan det jo være lurt med litt "bensin" i form av litt godteri ;)

Even if the little man could sit in the carriage most of the time, it's good to stretch ones feet inbetween. And then some "fuel" can be good to have ;)

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På hjemveien var eirin sliten i beina og fikk sitte på med pappa :)

On the way home Eirin got tired and got to ride with daddy :)

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Det var godt å komme tilbake til parkeringsplassen hvor det var vind. Ungene hadde det moro med å kaste stein i vannet og så etter småfisk.

And it was refreshing to get back to the parking lot wth some wind and the lake. The kids had some fun time throwing rocks and looking for fish.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Looking for fall and an award

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The kids and I have been out looking for fall today ;) And we found it. Take a look in my hiking blog to read and see lots of pictures :)

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This has to be my favorite fall flower - Calluna. It's a common plant to have in pots by the front portch during fall/winter here in Norway. But it is much more beautiful to see it in nature.


I got this award from Lise a time ago - thank you so much :)
I'll give it to Annie, Tone, Teresa, Elisabeth, Cormz, Galadriel, Guri, Kristin Helene, Tammy, Merete, Monika, Heidelweiss, Strikkemor(o), Tiennie, Monica, Tama & Catherine

Here are the rules:

1. You can give it to one or one hundred or any number inbetween - it's up to you. Make sure you link to their site in your post.

2. Link back to this blogsite http://www.TammyVitale.com/

Purpose of the Award: To send love and acknowledgement to women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy.

På leting etter høsten / Looking for fall

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Vi har vært på leting etter høsten i dag ;) Og den var ikke langt unna. Skog og planter har begynt å kle seg i rødt, oransje og gult.

We've been out looking for the fall today ;) And it was not far away. The trees and plants are starting to get dressed in red, orange and yellow.

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Og skogen bugner av bær i år! Vi hadde ikke med oss noe å plukke i, så det får vi gjøre en annen dag. Her er det blåbær med rød og grønn lyng, blokkebær - som er både stor og mye av, krøkebær, grisebær og tyttebær.

And the forest is laden with berries! We didn't bring anything to pick berries in, so we'll have to do that another day. Here's bilberries with red and green laves, bog bilberries - which are big and lots of, crowberries, bunchberries and lingonberries.

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Og røsslyngen står lilla og vakker på myra!

And the calluna stands purple and beautiful on the bogs!

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De to eldste og jeg gikk oss en lengre tur oppover lia, og der så vi tydelig at lauvet på trærne beynner å gulne.

The two oldest and I hiked further up the hillside, and we could see that the leaves on the trees starts to fade.

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Flott utsikt!

Great view!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Fog

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Fog like this is typical fall weather here at us. And I don't think it's going to lift anytime soon. There was a gleam of sun around 8, but now it's all foggy again. I do like it though. It makes a magical atmosphere. You could almost see the elves and fairies dancing among the flowers ;)

Alvenes dans

Når tåken legger seg over jordet

Samles vi alle, små og store

Vi venter sammen med fryd i blikket

Kommer de ikke snart?

Kommer de ikke?

Så med ett, er det noe som skjer

En bevegelse, så to, og så mange flere

Det går vilt for seg med svins og med svans

Ingenting er vakrere enn alvenes dans

De danser som silkepapir i en vind

De vet ikke, at vi følger hvert trinn

Jeg vil så gjerne løpe ut, og danse med

Men de må ikke forstyrres, la dem være i fred

De må aldri få vite at de blir iakttatt

Da drar de og vi blir alene forlatt

Vi må nok bare nyte de minuttene som er

Og så vente på neste tåke vær.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

First day at school

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Eirin had her first day at school today :) And she had lots of butterflies in her stomach this morning. I guess mine was just as filled with butterflies as well ;) It's strange to send your kids out in the "big world" - they look so small... But I know she'll be fine. It's just my mummy heart that gets a little sad to see them growup. Her she is together with Erlend, who started 3rd grade, waiting for the schoolbus.


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Living at the country side means small schools. And Eirin's class only have 9 pupils, 7 girls and 2 boys. And as you can see - it has to be pink ;)

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And when the siblings are off to school, Endre is having some good time with mummy all alone ;)
Here's a picture taken some days ago. I asked him what he was doing, and he said:
"I'm making a food show!" *lol*
So there you have it - I love watching BBC Food ;) Maybe he's going to be a chef.

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And there has been some knitting. I've finished some socks I had laying around ;) With fall just around the corner, the kids need warm accesories. I think mittens are next. Although I really like the stripes to match when I knit socks, I kinda think these are cool. They are knitted in Regia Cracy Color #5439 on needles 2,5 mm. And I guess there is no need to say that they are Eirin's ;)

The below socks are another x-mas present. Knitted in Opal Brasil #5002 on needles 2,75 mm.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Drawing with a tread

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Before the weekend we had some rainy days and the kids didn't now what to do. So I went through my embroidery stash and asked if they wanted to sew a little. Erlend was not interested in it (but I hope he'll change his opinion another day), but Eirin and Endre thought it was fun.
Endre was done after a little while, but Eirin kept on for hours :) There is a norwegian book "Tegne med tråd-brodere med barn" which I have to borrow next time I go to the library. Hope there is some great ideas in it.

Monday, August 18, 2008

A little disappointed...

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We don't take our kids to the movie, we wait until the films get released on dvd's ;) So this weekend it's been the Spiderwick Chronicles. I would not say that I think it's a great film, but it was ok. After reading the books with the kids, there is so much we missed in the film. Dragons, dwarfs, elves and so many other creatures.

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Eirin loved the River Troll - she thought it was so funny in the book with it's slowly way of speaking ;) So she got disappointed when it never showed up...

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So if you liked the film, you just have to read the books and the Field Guide - which is filled with beautiful pictues! I would love to see some dwarfs, elves and sprites in the film.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Pretty, but smelly...

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When we sat down by our diningtable to have breakfast this morning we saw that our Stapelia grandiflora (Starfish flower or Stor ordensblomst) had open one of it's spud. And within some hours it got completely open and curled. It's a really beautiful flower, but it smell terrible - to attract flies. Here is a great site. I wish I could have other sorts of this. So if anyone have one I'd be happy if you would share a cutting :)

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Done :)

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My sweater is finally done, it's been for a couple of days now. Just waiting for the sun to peep out for a photoshot ;) I love it! It's such a cozy and warm sweater. Perfect to snuggle in when it gets colder outside. And it's going to be a must in my backpack when I go hiking :) The yarn is a tiny bit itchy, but I'll survive!

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I like this photo best - it actually looks like I have a waist ;)

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Pattern: Flettegenser from the booklet Til fjells # 0611 from Sandnes garn
Yarn: 750 g Greenland by Løve Garn # 06
Needles: 7 mm

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I guess this is my best attempt ever to sew in the sleeves on a sweater. I just love how invisible the seam is :)

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I was thinking about making one more cable, but I'm glad I didn't. I just had enough yarn to seam the sweater together...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Sunset

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We have rainy days now, but last night a soft pink/red light filled our livingroom. The sun colored the sky just before she disappeared behind the mountain. It felt like even the air was red when I went outside to take the picture. And the lake was so beautiful, the picture don't give it justice...

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I haven't been able to log into blogger or read any other blogspot blogs since Friday. It's not just me, all with the same internet supplier has had the same problem. But it seems like it's fixed now. Let us just hope it'll last!

I've got this meme from Teresa ;)

5 things on my to do list today
- Knit
- Grocery shopping
- Knit
- Water my plants
- Knit

As you can see by all the knitting, I don't have much on my plan today;)

What was I doing 10 years ago?
- I was just about to start nursing school and had met hubby.

Places I have lived.
- Skøelv, Brøstadbotn, Harstad and Finnsnes, all in North-Norway

5 things I would do if I were a billioaire.
- Build a house
- Buy a new car
- Give some to my nearest family
- Buy lots of yarn
- Save the rest for my kids

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Allergic...

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Even though the meadowsweet is a pretty and sweet smelling flower, I don't like it much! It makes my nose itchy and runny :/ So the last days I've spent most time indoors. The minute I step outside I start to sneeze...

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But being indoors has it good sides too. Today the kids have been good friends without teasing each other, so I have had time to be a very domestic mom ;) I have baked bread and rolls so the freezer is full. And I have washed the floors. Feels good! If you click on the picture above to get to my flickr site, you can see the two big flower spuds my cactus in the window has :) I'm so hoping they will open.

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A friend of a friend asked me to knit a pair of princess crowns. So they have been swimming in the washing machine today ;)
Pattern: Familien feb. 2008
Yarn: 150 g pink #666 Viking Naturgarn
Needles: 6 mm

Monday, August 4, 2008

Things I have loved the last week

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Love that we at least have had one day with high temperatures so the kids could dip their toes in the sea.

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Love the beautiful scenary we have around us, no matter were we go. The first on is from the "toe dipping" day with the view towards Dyrøya and Kastnes with Andørja in the back. The second one is from our trip to the sea on Sunday. We are at Grønjord looking towards Mortenhals.

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Love to have Erlend and Eirin back home agian after spending a week and a half at their grandparents. Love to go cloudberrie picking with them.

Love to sleep in a tent and hear the sleeping breath of everyone.

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Love to have one more x-mas present done. A pair of socks in k1, p1. Knitted in Opal Acapulco #1304 on needles 2,75mm. Love the colors. Love that I have one more ball of this so I can knit up a pair for myself too :)

Helga vår / Our weekend

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Vi har lenge gått med tanker om å dra på telttur med ungene, men det har som regel blitt med tanken... Men i sommer har vi kjøpt soveposer til alle sammen så vi håper vi får oss noen flotte turer før snøen kommer. Vi har et stort militærtelt fra USA som vi pleier å ha oppe både sommer og vinter. Det står på enga kun et steinkast fra huset, så det var en bra førstegangs telttur for oss. Kort vei hjem om noen skulle skjære seg ;)

We have wanted to go camping in tents with the kids for along time, but it has just been with the thought... But this summer we have bought sleepingbags for all of the kids, so now we are hoping for some great trips before the snow. We have a large military tent from USA which we use to put up both summer and winter. We have it on the meadow just behind our house, so it was a great first time tent trip for us. Short way home if anything should go wrong ;)

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I og med at teltet er så nært huset, tok vi ikke med oss soveposer og kveldsmat før det nærmet seg leggetid. Her er det Endre som skal ha seg en kopp te.

Since the tent is so close to the house, we didn't grab our sleepingbags until it was close to bedtime. Here is Endre picking his tea to go with supper.

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Dette er nok ikke så vanlig syn på telttur tror jeg. Men siden vi var nært huset kunne vi ha innlagt strøm med de fasiliteter det gir ;)

This is not a usual sight in a tent I guess. But since we was close to the house we could have electricity with those facility that gives ;)

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Endre sovnet fort, så lenge smokken og kosekluten er med. De to andre brukte nok litt lengre tid med lesing av Donald Duck, samt litt knuffing og dytting. Noe som førte til litt omrokkering av liggeplasser ;) Men vi hadde en fin natt og Eirin er allerede begynt å spørre om når tid vi skal sove i telt igjen.

Endre felt aslepp fast, as long as his pacifier and the cosycloth is with him. The other two used longer time with Donald Duck reading and some pushing and teasing. Which lead to some rearranging of the sleeping places ;) But we had a great night and Eirin has already starting to ask when we are going to sleep in a tent again.

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Søndag etter å ha ryddet inn soveposer og diverse fra teltet, dro vi på tur til havet sammen med mamma og søsknene mine. Vi fant oss en fin plass hvor ungene kunne leke. Her grilla vi mat og kosa oss i flere timer. Denne plassen er også en fin plass hvis en vil fiske, så jeg tror nok vi kommer tilbake om ikke lenge :)

Sunday after clearing up sleepingbags and other stuff from the tent, we went on a trip tp the sea with mu mum and my brother and sister. We found a great spot where the kids could play. We grilled meat and had a great time for hours. This spot is also great if you want to fish, so I guess we'll be back soon :)

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