Thursday, 25 December 2014

Happiness is...

To wake up in your childhood home, only to find that outside there is a slight dusting of frost,

to be able to take my wonderful mum for a walk in beautiful surroundings, (or in my case mum had to take me for a walk), 

To enjoy nature in all it's serenity

Joyful!

Santa's been and gone

Here in Norway Santa comes early, in the afternoon/evening of 24th December.


Just to wish you all a peaceful Christmas.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Fugly Xmas sweaters

 Here in the UK for as long as I can remember there has been a huge trend every Christmas to wear the nastiest, ugliest sweaters around. So I thought I'd give you a little selection.

I've heard that this "trend" is spreading. World wide.
Are you one of those "fugly" wearing sweater girls?

Monday, 15 December 2014

Bohemia

 I wouldn't mind having one of these chairs in our lounge room back here in London.
 The problem is I could never convince my husband that this is actually a good look. Maybe in another lifetime.
All images from Pintrest

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Persimmon

I love the orangey, sweet persimmon fruit.
Its sweet, delicious flesh holds several health promoting nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that are vital for optimum health.

Plus they taste so good.


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

There is something about snow and Christmas

photo cred: http://1xcom/photo/47028 
Yes, there is something very special about winter, snow and Christmas.
photo cred: http://500px.com/photo/1232982/frozen-forest-by-evengi-dinev 
Where nature gets covered in a thick, white blanket and everything seems so peaceful and traquil
photo cred: http://500px.com/photo/583401584/sleggveien-by-√łystein-engang?from=user
So here's hoping for a white Christmas

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Sunday

Cinnamon bun with caramelised sugar and tea.
For breakfast.
Gotta love it

White ginger flower

Wish there was a way I could share the smell with you.
Fell in love with these flowers in Kauai. 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The road to Hana pt. 2

 I'll let the pictures speak for themselves, the one below is the church where Charles Lindbergh is buried. Hard to find. Beautiful setting. 



If you ever do go to Maui I would recommend going to Hana.
It is beautiful, spiritual and full of contrasts.
If you do it proper you would stop and hike to a few spots.
Due to my increasingly bad knee I could not hike at all so we did the "quick" tour which still took us a day. 

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

The road to Hana





Maui

 The second leg of our big Hawaii trip was to Maui. A beautiful island, green and lush, with waves and great people. We stayed at our friends place.
For me, my favourite place  in the house would always be the kitchen. This is where the heart is and this kitchen had heart and soul in buckets.
 Maybe not so weird when the owners enrich so many people with their presence.
Mahalo Linda and Ricky for a great stay!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

This is what happens

when you marry a surfer.
Mornings, as you know it will never be the same again.
I always used to be an early riser, (we're talking 0800 in the morning).
After I married John who is also a morning person, (0400) my mornings have become a lot longer. Instead of waking up at 0800 I find myself, happily, awake before sunrise. 

 But I must admit on my holidays I do like to sleep in sometimes.
Our first days in Kauai however, sleep in's were overrated
I am happy I decided to get out of bed and out to the beach and the sunrises are spectacular, although a bit cold.
 Due to my knee injuries I could unfortunately not participate in the surfing but was happy to take some shots.
The best thing was hitting the bakery after the surf session knowing you still had the whole day ahead of you. 



Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Kauai

 So we've ventured out of Indonesia and into Hawaii country.
We are lucky to have friends in some of the islands so our first stop is Kauai.
First day, Bret takes us for a surf check, (flat/windy) so the boys decide to do a run on the beach instead.
 Me?
Not so much into running but the photo op's were plentiful and the sunrise was a pleasant surprise.
 So was the wildlife. 
The birds are pretty and colourful and there is wild chickens running around.
 And no snakes!
None.
Zero.
Mum you would love it here!

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Lunar eclipse

 Remember all those weeks ago we had a pretty decent lunar eclipse?
Thanks to the extremely efficient internet service on the island I had to wait until now to share it with you. 

 It was pretty awesome to watch. Also since there is not a lot of electricity around we saw it that much clearer. 

The Lunar Eclipse is surrounded by a lot of superstition and the villagers did not like this red moon at all predicting bad things would happen.....and they did. A few days after a boat sank off one of the other islands, killing 6 people because they could not swim. Coincident? or blame it on the moon? 

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Afternoon delight

 We are lucky to have the ocean literally right on our doorstep and the magical sunsets is just right at our front gate.
So it is not often I venture into the village at sunset time but when I do it is still magical. 

Different scenery, longer shadows and we have the most amazing tree's.