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BACK FROM // ÅLESUND, NORWAY

Category: traveling
Published: 17 August 2017
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this summer we spent two weeks in Norway. it was a much needed and anticipated family vacation - we have not taken a break like this since finn was born. so we really were ready for a little time out from our daily life, for a change of air, and time as a family. Norway was a little bit of an accident, as it was where we found a holiday home. we only knew that we wanted to go North, and it would be somewhere in Scandinavia. but it sure was worth the trip! beautiful nature, the sea (always special for us mountain people), lovely fish and berries for food, the interesting weather.

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DECORATION // BASKETS

Category: living
Published: 02 August 2017
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i'm in love with baskets when it comes to decoration, storage, or shopping - especially sine i have kids. they make life much easier (e.g. tidying up in the evening - you just throw everything in it), are decorative, and made of natural materials. can it get any better? i especially like the ones made by Olli Ella, but there are many more beautiful ones - and as they are a big thing in interiors right now, you can find them almost everywhere. to get some inspiration, head over to the lovely SWEET HOME BLOG, who did a post about baskets lately (reference to sources inclusive). happy summertime!

 

 

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LIVING // OUTDOOR PICNIC

Category: living
Published: 20 June 2017
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on this special day, when the sun shines longest and summer reaches it's height, here comes a summer inspired blogpost! i have to admit, summer is not my favorite season - there i'm at one with that farmer we met on a trip to Ireland some years ago, who said (with that lovely Irish accent which makes my heart ache everytime i hear it!) everything above 25 °C is simply too hot... but one thing i love about summer is the long evenings, when a little mountain breeze starts to blow, and it's cooling down  - perfect to gather for an outdoor picnic.

last saturday, david and i transferred our traditional thursday evening tête-à-tête (which we neglected, lately, being busy raising two sweet little happy kids - hence the saturday evening...) outdoors. we went to the Suld Valley, located near the place we live. and found a perfect spot beneath the creek, surrounded just by mountains and trees, and some grazing cows and goats. it was such a simple way to spend an evening together, so lovely and inspiring.

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RECIPES // ELDERFLOWER SYRUP

Category: eating
Published: 14 June 2017
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here with us, the black elderberry is in full bloom. i love the scent it's spreading, so sweet and subtle. and the flowers are little beauties, with their assembly of those tiny white flowers. black elderberry grows in the woods, but have you noticed that they can often be found beneath houses and sheds? it's believed to be a holy plant, deeply intertwined with the fate of the whole homestead, and home of friendly ghosts, fairies and goblins. and it was believed to be a gate to the otherworld, which is why people would make sacrifices of milk, bread and beer under it.

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ABOUT // HOME TOUR

Category: living
Published: 27 May 2017
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this is a sneak peek behind the scenes. i wanted to do a post about our home for some time. here it is. we live in an old house - the oldest house still inhabited in the Kandertal, in fact.  Nobody knows how old it really is, but it's estimated to have been built before 1500. It's believed to have been a rectory. in the 1950s, it's been saved from being demolished, and since then its owned by a non-profit association, dedicated to preserve this unique house. the last time it's gently been renovated was just before we moved in. now it's a little bijou with all the modern amenities, but without destroying it's old charm - they got the old walls out, kept the wood stove, the blackened walls and ceiling in the kitchen from the former open fire, the vaulted ceiling in the living room, the old doors and windows.

 

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I LOVE AUTUMN MORNINGS, A FIRE IN THE STOVE, DRINKING A NICE GLASS OF WINE WITH MY MAN, COMFORT FOOD, BAKING WITH MY DAUGHTER, MY SON'S SMILE, READING A GOOD BOOK, A CUP OF TEA, SNOW WHITE MOUNTAINS, FAIRY LIGHTS, FLOWERS, BEING OUTSIDE, MAKING OUR OWN CHEESE, BOOKSTORES, A CAT SLEEPING ON THE SOFA.

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ED SHEERAN's disk DIVIDE - especially the song ERASER.

 

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