søndag 17. august 2014

Meat and bone stock - hjemmelaget kjøttbuljong

Inspirert av ruskeværet, har jeg kokt kjøttbuljong. En stor pose suppeben har putret under lokk i 12 timer sammen med purre, etpar gulerøtter og litt krydderier. 

Making one's own stock is super easy and very satisfying. The meat bones boiled for 12 hrs along with some carrots, leek and a few spices. The finished liquid was then strained twice and put into containers to freeze.


One portion l saved and watered out
1 part stock, 2 parts water. That is what works best for me.


Homemade meat soup.
Contains a hoast of different vegetables, can vary with the seasons.
The warmth and goodness of this soup stays inside you for a long time on a cold day.


Dessert,
at weekends only ;-).
Big treat this time:
Sponge cake with strawberries and vanilla cream!

Luksus helgedessert:
Sukkerbrød med jordbær og vaniljekrem.

All GLUTENFREE
Alt helt GLUTENFRITT :)

Pam XXX



torsdag 7. august 2014

Glimt fra Lundby dukkehuset - a peek at the Lundby dollshouse

Tre etasjer Lundby  med hage.
Ett av mine miniatyr prosjekt.
Her er en liten titt..

Three story Lundby dollshouse with garden.
One of my minuature projects.
Here is a peek..




The above pictures are from the master bedroom.
The curtains and very soft bedclothes are sewn from my father-in-laws unused handkerchiefs.

Mykt sengetøy og gardiner er sydd av svigerfars ubrukte herrelommetørklær.


The half finished bathroom.
No lights working yet.

Et bad som mangler litt detaljer.
Ingen lys i vinduene enda.


Pam xxx

mandag 4. august 2014

Vakre Bergen og miniatyrprosjekt. Beautiful Bergen and miniatures for my project.

A holiday trip to Bergen.
More miniatures for my project and a beautiful city.


Tiny ornament. Bought in a tiny souvenir shop up the west coast. Fisherman and son.


From Bergen. Tiny Hanseatic houses for a dollhouse project.


More miniature souvenirs. The cannon is for the professor's study.


Narrow alley in Bergen. A well known tourist attraction. Bergen is now a modern European city, however at one time this is what it looked like. Nowonder fire and plague spread quickly.


View over Bergen from Fløyen. 
The cable cars were fun, at least for the two legged. Jenny wasn't atall sure.

I love coming to Bergen, a beautiful city, set between majestic mountains.

Pam xxx



lørdag 2. august 2014

perfectly imperfect


Kjøkkenet i det gamle huset.
Originale skap fra rundt 1900 er bevart.
Dessverre røk baksteovnen ut under velment "modernisering" en gang på 60' tallet.
Et hus med skjeve gulv og knirkende planker.
Et hus med sjel.
Perfekt uperfekt.
Akkurat som vi mennesker.
Vi strever alltid etter det perfekte
Men trenger vi det?
Kanskje uperfekt er mer enn bra nok?!


Kitchen utencils on display in the old house. 

This old farmhouse is from the beginning of 1900. The kitchen was modernized in the 1950's but happily the original cupboards were kept. 
There is a peaceful atmosphere here in this old house with it's creaky floors and tiny window panes, worn door steps and hand made timber walls and beams.
We have buildt a new house that is warm and easy to keep,
But 
Somehow it is almost
Too perfect.
I have a love for the used, for
Life lived
For the
Perfectly imperfect.

Pam xx

tirsdag 29. juli 2014

Meet Solveig - Møt Solveig

Møt Solveig
Lille grå pusen i midten
Flytter inn hos oss om et par uker.
Her ligger de under et gammelt stolpehus i sommervarmen.


Meet Solveig
Tiny grey puss in the middle
Is coming to stay in a couple of weeks.

Pam x

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