lørdag 19. juli 2014

Sommer - Summer 2014


En tur på Setesdalsmuseet brakte tilbake gode minner hos meg. Her stod jo maken magasinovn som min farmor hadde! Syntes den var så fiin fremdeles, husker den så godt. Så mye god hjemmelaget mat hun tryllet fram på denne.

A visit to Setesdals museun brought back some fond memories for me, my gran had one just like this. Lots of homemade goodness was produced on this beauty.


Bridal costume from Setesdal.
Brudedrakt fra Setesdal.


Sommerkveld på trappa.
Summer evening on the door step.



Cloudberries.
Multer.


My sons outdoor moveable summer rabbit cage is complete. Sindi is very pleased :)
Da var sønnens utekaninbur ferdig. Synes han har vært dyktig, Sindi er også veldig fornøyd :).

HOT here, phew. Feel a bit knocked out.
Veldig varmt om dagene, litt slått ut men elsker kontrastene i dette vakre landet.

Pam xxx

tirsdag 8. juli 2014

Summer moments - Landidyll, slik jeg vil ha det


Summer in the valley.
Almost three weeks have passed without the boys even asking to borrow the computer, they are far too busy.

Below are picures of yesterdays creative projects.
My youngest made a scarecrow to protect his strawberries and potatoes.
The eldest made two football goals for the field and my middle son made an outside rabbit run for his rabbit Sindi.


Sommer i dalen
Og ungene pusler med sine egne prosjekt.
De har snart hatt tre uker sommerferie og datamaskin har fått ligge avslått, de har ikke bedt om å få ta den fram.

Gårdagens kreative prosjekt:
Øverste bilde, minstemann laget fugleskremsel til jordbær og potetene sine.


Eldstemann bygget to fotballmål til jordet og ei dumphuske til lillebror.


Far i huset forsøker holde geiteramsen nede før den går i frø og sprer seg.

Hubby cutting the small field at the back of the old farm house.

I started a new cotton bedcover inbetween other tasks.


Mor har gjort mye rart
Blant annet begynt på et sengeteppe til enkeltseng i Gjestal bomull sport.


Mellomste sønnen har bygget utebur til kaninen sin, idag står et lite lunt hus for tur.

God sommer dere, husk at det gode liv
Er summen av de gode øyeblikkene.
Ikveld er det meldt torden, elsker hvordan lyden slår mellom fjellene her.

Remember the good life is the sum of all the tiny moments, small things.
Thunder and lightning forecast for this evening. Love the way it rolls between the mountains :)

Pam xxx

fredag 13. juni 2014

Å velge stil - Finding a style


It has often puzzled me how quickly things appear to get out-dated and passè. Trendsetters tell us what is the "right" colour this year and what is definately "not". I find myself feeling indignated and more than a little annoyed. I am not going to be dictated and preassured into buying new things because someone tells me I ought.
Because if I don`t buy it then my home isn`t really good enough?
Yeah right, nice try!


The irritation I feel every new season and the amount of commercials florating in today`s modern society (post/tv/radio etc.) has made me think a lot about

What I REALLY like and WHY I like it, the way certain things make me FEEL.


Because
We decorate our homes with our feelings don`t we?
At least by a big part.
And that`s what the media does isn`t it, plays on our feelings when it comes to decorating our homes. Trendsetters create a setting and then fabricate a yearning in us to re-create that setting in our own lives.
That is how I see it.
And it makes me angry.


It has made me think, at least, and  have a closer look at my own home and some of my own choices.
It has brought me home,
made me realize more about how past and present are woven together.  


For me, my pondering has resulted in a far more practical approach to interior and a radical need to simplify. 
As a young girl I was determined to become a nun and own virtually nothing. That was long before I got tangled up in the commercial whirlwind and thought I needed heaps of stuff.
Puuh...
I DON`T!
I grew up on a farm. My family lived pretty frugally after todays standards. Eating leftover meals "messapottages" was quite usual, mending clothes, re-using, making do, saving etc.
I didn`t realize until well into my thirties and struggeling to keep ut with the commercial circus that I had lost something along the way and needed to get "home".
The reason I was hating my new "lifestyle" so much was because it felt wrong and pointless.
I realized that I LOVE mending and re-using, eating leftover meals, saving and  making do!
AND I don`t really want new lounge curtains, even if the advert is shouting to me from the tv screen that they are on SALE!!

Puuh!

I am quite content.

Pam xx 

mandag 9. juni 2014

Aking i kortbukse/ Snowplay in shorts


Snow.
Mountain passing between Brokke - Suleskar.
4 metres high on the left hand side.

Fremdeles fire meter høye brøytekanter endel steder mellom Brokke - Suleskar.


Outdoor living.
Simple, almost free and almost finished.
Everything except the blankets has lived a previous life.
A few final touches and the Summer holidays can begin.

Ny uteplass nesten klar.
Pallesofa med barnas gamle madrasser, kabeltromler og saueskinn. Nå mangler bare litt mer grus og bålpanna.
Noen enkle blomster kanskje :)


Come Summer I find myself using cotton to knit or crochet with. The heat nodoubt has some say in the matter, but also it feels more appropriate somehow :).

Sommervær gjør at det for det meste går i bommulsgarn både i hekling og strikking. Ikke de helt store prosjektene på gang men vaskekluter og litt småtteri kan man ha med overalt. 



Puss enjoying the "new" outdoor lounge.

Pus syntes uteplassen var helt topp.

Ikveld er det visst meldt styrtregn, 
Slipper i allefall å vanne hagen ;)

Pam x

søndag 8. juni 2014

Landliv - Country moments


Gode venner leker på jordet.
Buddies at play in the meadow.


Gleder meg til ripssaft i høst.
Red currants are coming along nicely.


Kveldslys.
Evening light.


Nyklippet gress og brummingen fra den gamle klipperen.
Fresh cut grass and the hum of the mower.

Pam xx


torsdag 5. juni 2014

Setesdalstunet









A weekend visit to Setesdalstunet in Kristiansand. An outdoor museum preserving buildings of hostoric value.

Helgetur til Setesdalstunet i Kristiansand. De fleste bygningene ble flyttet fra Setesdalen  i 1950 årene.
 Håper disse skattene blir bevart for fremtidige generasjoner også.

Pam xx



mandag 26. mai 2014

Moments

Verdsett øyeblikket
Vær ikke redd
Hør...
I øyeblikket...
Finnes selve livet


Savour the moment.
Don't be afraid,
Listen...

Life is in the moment



Pam xxx



fredag 23. mai 2014

Retrotrekk på eikestol fra 1940. 1970's retro cover on 1940's oak chair.


I love the cheerful colours
in this fabric.
It is quite coarse so l thought
it would do nicely on furniture.
A little impregnation and l hope 
this lovely old chair
Will enjoy it's new life in the bathroom.


Nytt trekk til en koselig gammel stol.
Litt impregnering
så er den klar for nytt liv på badet.

God helg dere :-)

Pam xx

onsdag 14. mai 2014

Ved og Vår - Winter wood and Spring blossom

Vinteren er forbi
men neste års vinterved må klargjøres
Kløyves og stables til tørk

Winter is over and Summer is approaching once again.
However, next year's supply of winter wood has to be chopped and stacked for drying. Mainly birch and fir.


The garden couldn't care less about winter though, good riddance!
Isn't Nature amazing?!
New life again
from seemingly dead branches.


I hagen blomstrer det og vinteren er glemt
for en tid.


Pam xx

lørdag 10. mai 2014

kulturlandskap


Før i tiden 
Gikk det både hest og sau her.
Helt inn til fjellets fot.


Landskapet så ganske så annerledes ut i gammel tid
Ja, også på bilder fra femti - sekstitallet.
Nå må man kikke nøye skal man få øye på steinmurene.


Den ene bekken som renner forbi gården.


Stor snøsmelting på fjellet gir stor vannføring her nede. Å våkne til bruset fra fjellet
Gir ro
Morrakaffen inntas i dype tanker.


Villsau, steinaldersau, gammelnorsk spælsau...
Den går under mange navn.
Ville den trives her?
Hvor mange har vi beite til?
Levende kulturlandskap kontra gjengrodd villnis?


God helg dere :)
Jeg leser videre om sauesykdommer og nyter kaffen på trappen :-)

Pam


mandag 5. mai 2014

Seventies birthday card and serviette collection.


Saturday was spent sorting out boxes in the old farm house.
Amongst other things I found these:
A chocolate box full of birthday cards from my first three years.
My mother collected them for me.



Two of my favourites.


I also found my seventies serviette collection. Lots of memories :-)



My favourite one here was the tiny blue and purple butterfly one.



In need of a bit of storage space I came up with this idea. Old wooden boxes: Singer sewing machines, margarine and dynamite boxes. Now they all make great shelves :-).



A new week ahead. May it be a good one for us all, in a big way, or in a small.

Pam xxx