Monday, September 26, 2016

Wonderful September

September has been a wonderful month - warm, bright - nothing like the cold/chilly, dark, wet Septembers I remember from growing up. It's like summer decided to come two months later! We've been out and about, outside in the sun, gathering from our tiny garden project (four pieces of corn and a ton of tomatoes - yellow and red). 

Last weekend Hubby suggested that we drove out to Tomter, a nearby farm which had a self-picking service of vegetables. P was grumpily stuffed into the car (anything that does not include Pokemon cards or playing with friends is torture these days, it seems...), while A came along surpricingly quiet (tired, I suppose). 

Upon arriving at the farm, we piced up some plastic bags and ventured into the fields. We picked sweet corn (and some not so sweet corn). I don't remember the names of the types of corn that we picked, but the ones we've tasted were YUMMY!

Climbing through the fields..
A decided that she wanted to walk - and so she spent some time climbing through the fields before she decided that the roads were easier to walk (run) on. 

Beautiful sky and sunshine!
Hubby and P picked sweet corn, and P ended up being quite the expert at cleaning the corn cobs.

Not quite the american height of corn, but still tall.
Afterwards we stopped by the farm shop and picked out some apples for the kids, lettuce, cucumber and pumpkins (both an orange pumpkin and a couple of butternut pumpkins). 

The casualty of eating corn cobs?
For dinner, we barbecued some hotdogs and corn cobs. Both the kids really liked it - and me too! (I haven't been very found of corn before, but this was really tasty!) And P lost another tooth! He's lost four now, and have a couple of more ones that are slightly loose.

We ended up taking a re-run of the dinner a couple of days later - and the rest of the corn was stored in the freezer. I've made pumpkin puré out of the orange pumpkin, and I'm thinking about either baking the butternut pumpkins, or making a soup of them. I've seen (somewhere - online?) that someone baked the pumpkins, with chevré or brié and drizzling honey over them, which looks very nice.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Major knitting project no. 3

I think 2016 might have been the year of the major knitting projects. Looking back, I've knitted three cardigans this year - two for me and one for a co-worker. 

Finished two weeks ago, the Nancy-cardigan looks gorgeous in the soft browns of the alpaca-yarn used.

I took some detail photos before handing it over - and am waiting for a good opertunity to take a picture (or twenty) of the cardigan with it's owner.

A classic star-pattern. Often found in norwegian knitting patterns.

She chose these simple, yet very cute, wooden buttons.

The design is pretty simple, but effective!

All in all a fun pattern to knit - and nice yarn to knit with. I'm considering knitting one for myself too, in the not so distant future (but right now, I'm feeling a little done with knitting big cardigan-projects..).

Friday, September 09, 2016

A quick trip to Trondheim

I had to take a short trip to Trondheim last Tuesday, workrelated - to make a quick summary. In order to get to the airport in time for my 7AM flight, I had to get up insanely early - 4AM the alarm rang and by 04:35 I was out the door, heading for the bus stop. The airport express bus will seize it's route through Oppegård, where I live, by October 1st, so what I'll do the next time, I don't know.. 

Anyway.. It was dark, quiet and almost noone else out walking at 4:30 in the morning.. 

Dark and quiet..
The bus finally came, and about 50 minutes later it arrived at the airport. The sun had begun to rise, and at the airport there was a mix of earlybirds - awake and ready for a day of travel - and sleeping people (I past quite a few of them on my way to my gate, sleeping and resting in chairs close to the gates, perhaps waiting for delayed or early flights). The security checks went swift, and I had some time left until my flight was due to leave. Not a lot, but enough to pick up a soda and a chocolate bar at the kiosk on my way to the gate.

I think I fell asleep shortly after the safety procedures onboard, and can't really say that I remember the plane taking off.. I woke up a few minutes before the captain informed about reaching our destination - which is quite a nice way of travelling in the morning.

Trondheim is in sight!
I met three of my colleagues on the airport in Værnes, and we took a taxi to the local office. Finally getting a cup of coffee when we arrived at our destination, and the workday could begin.

After a whole day of discussion, planning, status and information, a couple of us went back in to town, while others went back to the airport to catch earlier flights home. I'd decided to catch a flight a little later, and so I got to spend a couple of hours walking around in this great city where I've spent so many summers. 

Observing old commercials painted on walls.
I took a walk up to Nidarosdomen and walked around outside there for a little while, remembering when my grandfather took me there once when I was little. 

A statue outside Det Norske Oljeselskapet. 
I bought a couple of presents for the kids at Trondheim Torg (a shopping mall). I'm not away that often, or for very long, but it's always nice to get presents.

Loving the details everywhere!
My flight back to Oslo was around 7:30PM, so I had a couple of hours until I had to get back to the airport. I had a quick bite to eat at Værnes before I found my gate, and lounged in a very comfy chair until it was time to board the plane.

Lounging at the gate.
I found the perfect spot. Right outside the window was the gate my flight would leave from, so I sat there watching the flight before mine get ready and leave - and I watched when my plane came in, "unloaded" it's passengers and got ready to leave. 

Sunset after a long day..
On the flight back I managed not to fall asleep, but got a little bit of knitting done, finished my audiobook and started listening to an episode of a podcast.

17 hours after leaving home I was back, and - after a quick meal - ready for bed. I don't really mind travelling, but I'm glad I don't have 17 hour-days that very often..

Last week

Last week Aurora had her 18 month check-up at the health clinic. After I dropped her off at the kindergarden, I decided to go home and have a sewing day. (I can't remember the last time I did that, and I had so many plans!)

Well, I started around 9:30-10 and didn't take a break until 12:30 (which was when I started to make some serious mistakes.. a break was long overdue!) and had lunch. 

After lunch, I ripped out the stitches I had made wrong, made some corrections and continued to sew until it was time to pick up the kids.

I had a blast! I don't think I've had the opertunity to spend so many hours by my sewing machine since.. I don't know when. And I am very pleased with the results!

Not bad for a day's work?

I finished a table runner I'd started almost exactly one year ago, quilted it and got the binding on. Now to wait for Christmas.. 

I made two Simple Zipper Bags, as shown in the tutorial from Fat Quarter Shop. Finally finding a good (and fun!) use for some of my (maaaaaany..........) mini charm packs. 

And I finished my secret test sewing project from my last post. It was really fun and easy to make - and I can see about a dozen or more ways to modify this bag. I am definetly making more! Adding pockets in the lining, maybe a cute button for closing/securing the contet, a matching zipper pouch or accessories... hmmm... The fabric for the bag is a piece of microfiber that I found during a visit to Stoff og Stil in their (fairly) new shop in downtown Oslo. It was a leftover and priced down, but I really liked the colours and the print, and had just this pattern in mind when I bought it. 

I actually finished a couple of more things the day after, but I need to take some pictures first... Not bad, for a sudden dewing frenzy! (My inner crafter is impatiently awaiting the next opertunity to sew..)

Monday, August 29, 2016

Secret testing secrets

I'm thinking about secrets these days. Snesking off to the sewing machine to get some secret test sewing and cutting and preparing done. 

And I'm wondering, will the season of secret sneaking return this year too..?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

This.. I love.

Being there, being here - watching her cradle her bunnies, falling asleep. 

I miss every morning during the week due to going off to work so early in the wee hours of the day. Only so that I can come and pick them up and bring them home a little earlier in the afternoon. 

In about 11 1/2 hours I'll be in the office, starting my week. It'll be a busy week - always is, following a vacation - meetings, a workshop that'll need finishing, probably a ton of emails to answer (and who knows what else). 

But right now, it's just my little bunny girl, drifting off to sleep. 

Thursday, August 04, 2016

An update from our garden

Our garden project has been very productive in these past couple of weeks as we have been away from home (first visiting hubby's family, then mine). When we left, a single strawberry had started to turn red. Upon our return, we were able to pick two handfuls of small, sweet bliss of summer. And there's still plenty of green ones waiting!

Even the tomatoes have been growing (like weeds)! These are red cherry tomatoes, planted next to the strawberries. Getting pretty good in size, just needs to change colour. (And if they don't, I guess I'll have to figure out something to make out of green tomatoes..)

And then there's the yellow plum tomatoes. Also getting pretty good size-wise, but needing a little update with regards to the colour.

We planted corn, just as an experiment, and look! It's grown pretty good (and high). You can't tell by this picture, but I just found the humble beginning of an ear (ear of corn) yesterday, so I guess somethings going to happen here too. I have absolutely no experience with growing corn, so I don't know what to expect - or when anything is going to be finished..

My ginger experiment has been thriving outside these past couple of weeks too. Just look at the root growing! It looks like it's coming a couple of more greens out of the one, little root I planted all those months ago (I think it took around 4-6 weeks after planting until something started to happen, and then they started to happen quickly!).

It's tall, and obviously thriving - and I'm very curious about the results. I'll have to google a bit to see when it might be ready for harvesting.

Our green salad was thriving for a long time, and I think we ate salad every day for about three weeks  - until the tomatoes in the same box ruined it. Hubby said it looked almost like the salad just disintegrated into mush, so maybe it didn't like being next to the huge, invading tomatoplants?

Out knotted cabbage was harvested a tad late, so parts of it was hard and woody. But the rest? Oh, so juicy! Will plant more next year. And check the harvest tips a bit earlier.. Harvest at the size of a tennisball versus at the size of a handball? Might make big differences!

Speaking of next year.. I think I (at least) have learned tons about gardening and planting this year. The top one definitely being things that look small and cute will grow into huge BEASTS of plants (!) so don!t plant too many things in the same box. This is very visible when looking in the third box, which I didn't get a picture of..

In that third box, the sugar snaps, the peppers and the lavender are having fights about which plant is allowed to grow - and where. The sugar snaps are throwing their climbers everywhere, strangling leafs and stems of pepper as they climb. While the poor peppers are blooming everywhere, trying to produce tiny, tiny baby peppers - which is hard, when someone's just trying their best at tying you up and pushing you down.. And the lavender? The lavender is just thinking something in the like of "I'm not taking any of this crap!" and growing into something that's starting to resemble a bush.. Which is cool, of course, thinking how we've grown it from tiny seeds in our kitchen window, how it ended up upside down on the floor once, in a window opening almost disaster..

Next year? Next year I'm trying to motivate hubby to build another box, and mentally replanting everything into tidy, neat boxes, filled with discipline. Like binding the tomatoes from the start, and not letting them grow around the bottom and over the edges of the boxes like wild amazon plantlike creatures. And removing sneaky leafs and plants, so that the tomatoes get their act together and produce tomatoes, and not one heck of a lot of leaves and stems! Also, three different vegs might be a bit too much for one box. I'm thinking one box for tomatoes, one for strawberries, one for others. Might also include another box on the other side of the house, dedicated to herbs and other goodies.

This is so much fun!