Monday, October 31, 2011

Macro Monday :: Bird Cherry Berries

Macro Monday

It's the last day in October and all the trees are bare. It's just some Bird cherry berries that still clings on to the branches. We are having a wonderful warm fall this year. Normally we should have had our first snowfall, icy roads and degrees below 0. Not that I am complaining, but with the dark mornings and afternoons, I really long for a little bit snow to brighten it all up...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

You Capture :: Cute

Rare visit


Rare visit


We had a rare visit yesterday by a little squirrel!
We gave it nuts, so we'll have to see if it comes back
now that it knows that there is food here.


Rare visit


Thursday, October 27, 2011

You Capture :: Fall. Family. Fresh


The weather was quite fresh yesterday with temperatures below 0C.
But the kids and I headed out in the forest after they come
home from school to enjoy one of these last sunny days this fall. 
The sun is low on the horizon now and the days are getting shorter and darker. 
Makes me long for a few inces of snow to brighten up the world a bit...

It's great to be able to just head out in the forest when ever we wish.
The kids was happy and had red cheeks after a couple of hours
out in the fresh air and enjoyed a dinner outdoors :)






Socks for Hubby


I bought a skein of Candy Skein's October yarn with Hubby in my thoughts. He needs some new socks and I really hope this yarn will be durable so he doesn't wear holes in them...

Pattern: 68 st, cuff down with a short row heel.
Yarn: 73 g Candy Skein Yummy Fingering Superwash Sock, Colourway Halloween Treats
Needles: 2,5 mm



I first used this yarn back in 2008 and knitted Hubby a pair of toe-up socks. But they never fitted him well… The heel got too big and the bind off too loose... So a while ago I desided to frog them and make him a new pair. This time from the cuff down and with black for the heel and toes to be sure I had enough yarn.
I guess one have to be pretty stupid to frog an old sock, but I guess it’s the love. Whether it’s for knitting or Hubby... I guess it have to be both ;)

Pattern: 64 st for the cuff and 68 for the foot.
Yarn: 100 g Regia Jacquard #5268 and some black Regia left over from these socks.
Needles: 2,5 mm

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday :: Shorter days



More pictures from our little hike today here :)

Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday


Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday

Knitting: Well, since last time there haven't been much knitting at all...  I have managed to knit a few rows on the jacket and I have started on a pair of gloves for Erlend as he actually asked me if I could knit a pair for him! The stripes of colour in the back is a pair of socks for hubby.

Reading: I'm still reading The Little Vampire for the kids and we have just a couple of chapters left before we start the second book :) I'm reading three books at the moment.
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. I've just read a little bit, but it's already quite exciting so I'm eager to find out how it'll end.
Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre -- his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman's noose, Aleister Crowley's childhood chessboard, etc. -- so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it. The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker's sanity.
It's been a while since I read a vampire book, so I pulled out one from my bookshelf the other day. Twilight Hunger by Maggie Shayne. I have read one book by Maggie Shayne before, Bloodline which wasn't one of the best vampire books I've read. But so far this one seems to be not very good, but better than the last...
When struggling screenwriter Morgan DeSilva uncovers the ancient leather diaries in the attic of an old house in Maine, she is swept into the seductive world of a long-dead madman who had believed himself a vampire. Now, though Dante's story has made her rich and famous, Morgan is wasting away. At night she dreams of him, an erotic fantasy so real she can see the marks on her neck, feel her life's blood draining from her. Almost as if he were real . . .

He comes to her at night. Watching her. Wanting her.She is one of The Chosen. She can be his, if he desires. And he desires it so much that he is filled with a terrible fear. He knows that his kiss can save her from destiny's curse, and from the enemies who stalk them both. But to save her, he must trust her. With his life. With his love. With the promise of immortality.
 Mgp is a norwegian book by Magne Hovden. I've read anothr book by him last year - Sameland, which is hilariou! I'm hoping his last book will be just as fun.The book is about a group of artist who are trying to make their comeback by joining the Eurovision songcontest...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Weekending

making a path of pallets over the bog

- rain, lots of it
- kids wearing their pajamas all day
- watching the last season of Murdoch Mysteries. love this series!
- making a path with old pallets over the bog. we can almost walk dry shod up to the lean-to now :)
- lots of lego building
- almost finishing a pair of socks
- purchase of this year's Christmas magazines. yep, they come in the middle of October...
- candlelights
- an unexpected flower from hubby :)  I prefer a potted plant instead of a bouquet
- moosemeat stew for Sunday dinner

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday :: Wood pile

Wordless Wednesday

Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday

It's Wednesday and I'm joinging Yarn Along and WIP Wednesday :)

Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday

Knitting: There haven't been much knitting lately... I have however finished the Robot Dance sweater for Endre :) I knit a row now and then on my projects, but it seems like I don't get any of them off the needles... The black is the jacket for Eirin, the grey Counterpane socks and the black/orange is a pair of plain socks.

Reading: I've started to read The Little Vampire for Endre and Eirin. I loved this series as a kid and I hope they will too. I am reading Himmelstormeren which is a book about Ellisif Wessel. She played a significant role in the Norwegian labor movement in the first decades of the 1900s, as a writer, magazine publisher and agitator. She was an accomplished photographer, who has left a valuable cultural photographs from South Varanger area. She also published several collections of poetry.
And ofcourse I have to have a fantasy book too ;) Reckless. I have jusst read a few chapters, but as the other books by Cornelia Funke have been great, I assume this one will be to.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Weekending



First snow


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- this weekend we've had all kinds of weather, rain, hail, sun, wind, sun, frost and snow
- snowball war
- we have cleared up all the outdoors toys and the garden funitures
- knitting (ofcourse)
- 3 layers of clothes, the temperatures has only been at 2 C during the day
- the smell of wet woll hanging to dry
- helpfull kids :) they've help us clear up in the cellar and shoveling gravel
- spending to much time on pinterest...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Robot Dance and Hedgehog Rolls


Endre's sweater is off the needles!


 I love the robots! I might use them on a pair of mittens for him :)


Pattern: Dance of Robots by Soile Pyhänniska
Yarn: 218 g Viking Baby Ull in these colourways, #329, #324 and #326
Needles: 2,5 & 3 mm




Eirin made these cute little hedgehog rolls a couple of days ago :)
Make your favourite roll dough. Shape them into ovals and cut a few notches with a pair of scissors. We used peppercorns for eyes and nose, but most of them fell of during baking, so I guess cloves will be better. Just remember to take them off before you eat ;)



Sunday, October 2, 2011

Weekending



- fog
- rain
- library trip
- film night watching On Stranger Tides
- taco
- learning the kids to play solitaire
- harvesting our leeks
- choosing the next yarn to knit with - I'm ready for socktoberfest :)
- decluttering and washing the whole house - felt good to get rid of some things
- knitting on Endre's sweater hoping to have it done by tomorrow

You Capture :: Green


We harvested our leeks this weekend. They are long, but not thicker than my index finger ;) But they taste good even if they are small and it feels good to put self grown leeks in the freezer to put in soups or fry together with mushrooms when winter comes.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Books read in September

There's been quite a lot of reading this month :)

White Witch, Black Curse (The Hollows, #7)White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I start one of these books in this series, I just have to finish it. They are so good and they have a great mix of love, mystery and humor. And ofcourse Jenks. The books would not be the same without him! One of the best paranormal series in my opinion.
Rachel Morgan, kick-ass witch and bounty hunter, has taken her fair share of hits, and has broken lines she swore she would never cross. But when her lover was murdered, it left a deeper wound than Rachel ever imagined, and now she won't rest until his death is solved . . . and avenged. Whatever the cost.

Yet the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and when a new predator moves to the apex of the Inderlander food chain, Rachel's past comes back to haunt her.

Literally.

Tyver, trøbbel og en lysende kometTyver, trøbbel og en lysende komet by Mari Kjetun

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this outloud for Eirin and she liked it. The book has to be good and with quite alot of action to keep her interested, and this book had all of that. I think there is a second book in, so I'll have to check that out.
The book is about Tessa and her mom who always are moving to a new place. But now her mom has gotten a job at a prison, deep in the woods and they have to live in a house just nearby. One day a prisoner escapes.
Tessa har en far i en ramme på veggen, og en mor som aldri orker å bo lenge på samme sted. Og nå skal de flytte igjen - denne gangen til en hytte i ødemarka med et digert fengsel som nærmeste nabo.

The Endless Forest (Wilderness #6)The Endless Forest by Sara Donati

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've been reading a few chapters now and then to make the book last longer. And it's sad to have come to the end of the story of the Bonner clan... 
I LOVE this series and if you haven't read it - you should! The last book The Endless Forest was beautifully written.
The spring of 1824 is a challenging one for the inhabitants of Paradise N.Y. when a flood devastates the village. But for Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner, it’s also a time of reunion as their children return from far-off places: Lily and her husband from Italy, and Martha Kirby, the Bonners’ ward, from Manhattan. Although Lily is nursing her own grief, it is Martha, fleeing a crushing humiliation, who brings with her trouble that will reverberate in all their lives. Painful secrets and hidden sorrows, joy, heartbreak, and passion follow the Bonners through a season of change and renewal. A rich, passionate, multilayered portrayal of family strength and endurance in a fascinating place and time.


The Shamer series is a series for older childeren and I loved it. It's translated from Danish into New Norwegain - which I love to read! If you like fantasy you should read this. There is never a dull moment in these books which are filled with danger, mystery, sadness, joy and a great ending :)

Skammarens dotter (Skammar, #1)Skammarens dotter by Lene Kaaberbøl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Dina has unwillingly inherited her mother's gift: the ability to elicit shamed confessions simply by looking into someone's eyes. To Dina, however, these powers are not a gift but a curse. Surrounded by fear and hostility, she longs for simple friendship.
But when her mother is called to Dunark Castle to uncover the truth about a bloody triple murder, Dina must come to terms with her power--or let her mother fall prey to the vicious and revolting dragons of Dunark.

Skammarteiknet  (Skammar, #2)Skammarteiknet by Lene Kaaberbøl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When there are only four people in the world willing to look you in the face, losing one of them really hurts

One look into the Shamer's eyes and a person's darkest secrets are revealed. Dina has recently inherited this uncomfortable gift, and now even her brother, Davin, no longer dares to meet her gaze.

Yet in these dangerous times there are far worse things in store for the young Shamer. She is kidnapped by the corrupt Valdracu, cousin to the evil Dragon Lord who once tried to kill her mother. Then she's forced to use her gift as a weapon against innocent people. Dina must get free. Can her brother help her escape . . . before it's too late?

Slangens gåve (Skammar, #3)Slangens gåve by Lene Kaaberbøl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Has Dina inherited another dangerous ability--this time from the father she's never met?

A watching face in a market crowd, a mist-shrouded figure on the moor, a haunting presence seen only when he wants to be seen--Sezuan, possessor of the Serpent Gift for lie and illusion, is a chilling and ambiguous figure at the best of times.

He is also Dina's father.

And when he comes to claim the daughter he has never seen, the Shamer and her family are catapulted into reckless flight and danger. With nowhere else to turn, Dina must learn to see through her father's deceit and use her own powers to her advantage.

Skammarkrigen (Skammar, #4)Skammarkrigen by Lene Kaaberbøl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The evil Dragon Lord of Dunark is ruthlessly hunting down Shamers and burning them at the stake. Only Dina and her friends can stop him—and only if they can build a successful rebellion. Rebellions need leaders, and what better choice than the legitimate heir to Dunark, Nico? Dina and Nico will need all of their considerable powers to triumph over the Dragon Lord, or they and everyone they love will end up dead . . .

Hvis angsten bare kunne trylles bortHvis angsten bare kunne trylles bort by Bente Wemundstad

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a book were the author tells about how her life turned up side down when she suddenly get anxiety.
Forfatteren forteller om hvordan angsten brått og uventet kom inn i livet hennes. Boka gir et bilde av mange års kamp for å klare å leve med denne sykdommen ingen kan se. Hun formidler at om angsten ikke kan trylles bort går det likevel an å leve med den. Hun forteller også om andre mennesker med angst og deres måter å takle sykdommen på.


TrashTrash by Andy Mulligan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a children/young adults book. We follow the three friends Raphael, Gardo and Rat in the Philippines I think (although this is never stated) and begins on a huge mountain of rubbish named Bahala. They live there picking through rubbish to find things they can eat, use or sell. One day Gardo finds a bag with a key and an ID card. Then the world changes - the police are after them and they know they have found something people will kill for to get their hands on.

Interestingly, many view Trash as a dystopian novel - but I have to disagree. How can it be a futuristic novel when there are children living, eating, breathing trash? When there is widespread corruption by officials high and low and inhumane abuses in the hands of those who are supposed to protect? When children like Raphael, Gardo and Rat barely survive the next dawn and are in constant danger of dying a cruel, cruel death - of famine, war and diseases? It's a story of the ugly reality.
Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping next to it. Then one unlucky-lucky day, Raphael's world turns upside down. A small leather bag falls into his hands. It's a bag of clues. It's a bag of hope. It's a bag that will change everything. Soon Raphael and his friends Gardo and Rat are running for their lives. Wanted by the police, it takes all their quick-thinking, fast-talking to stay ahead. As the net tightens, they uncover a dead man's mission to put right a terrible wrong. And now it's three street-boys against the world...

Den store Ruffen bokenDen store Ruffen boken by Tor Åge Bringsværd

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love these stories about Ruffen, the seaserpent :) And so does my kids.
I denne boken er seks Ruffen-bøker samlet. Ruffen : sjøormen som ikke kunne svømme: Ruffen lærer seg å svømme og blir havets helt. Ruffen på nye eventyr: Ruffen reiser til Skottland for å besøke tante Nessie, men på veien blir han fanget av menneskene og satt i dyrehage. Ruffen og den flyvende hollender: Ruffen får høre eventyret om den flyvende hollender. Ruffen syns veldig synd på kapteinen som er så ensom, så han bestemmer seg for å hjelpe ham. Ruffen og det mystiske hullet: En dag finner Ruffen en flaskepost hvor det står: "Lever likevel. Kan ikke gå fra hullet. Hjelp oss". Ruffen legger på svøm for å finne foreldrene sine. Ruffen og drageslottet: Ruffen savner dragepiken Hamayoko. Onkel Ludvik sier han må finne henne, og dermed svømmer Ruffen helt til Japan. Ruffen og det hemmelige havfolket: En døende havmann driver i land hos sjøormfamilien. Han gir Ruffen en ring og navnet Celine. Ruffen skjønner at han må finne Celine og gi henne ringen.


St. Petersburgs juvelSt. Petersburgs juvel by Kate Furnivall

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sometimes you find one of those rare books you just can't put down until you have read all the pages. This is one of those books! I picked it with me on an impulse when I was at the library last time, and I'm glad I did. I read the book in one day, just putting it down to feed the kids ;)

I love stories from Russia, and this has it all. Tsar, Bolsheviks, rich and poor, rebellion, love, tears and a good end.
When I checked Kate Furnivall's other books, I found out that this book is a prequel to her books about Valentina's daughter Lydia, The Russian Concubine and The Girl from Junchow. They haven't been translated to norwegian yet, so I might have to buy them in english - need to find out how it will continue!
Russia, 1910. Valentina Ivanova is the darling of St. Petersburg's elite aristocracy-until her romance with a Danish engineer creates a terrible scandal and her parents push her into a loveless engagement with a Russian count.

Meanwhile, Russia itself is bound for rebellion. With the Tsar and the Duma at each other's throats, and the Bolsheviks drawing their battle lines, the elegance and opulence of Tsarist rule are in their last days. And Valentina will be forced to make a choice that will change not only her own life, but the lives of those around her forever...