Yesterday morning it happened. I heard how Martin got ready for work. Suddenly there was a happy cheering. My husband is not really an early bird, and cheering isn’t one of the things he normally does at this time of the day. Soon afterwards he entered our bedroom with a huge smile and reported: “It is freezing outside!”
Hello, dear readers, great to meet you here again. So, it is that time of the year again. After a short, way too short, trip in the warmer regions of the thermometer, we are now on our way down again.
I. DO. NOT. WANT. THAT. Do you listen, weather fairy? I don’t want snow or frost or cold! – In all likelihood my wish will not be granted. So I declared the cold season for officially opened today.
Great shopping success, right? Thanks to the ever so helpful group „Where in Oslo“ at facebook, I learned that XXL, a shop for everything related to sport, has an awesome offer: Three pairs of merino-wool-socks for only NOK 19,-!! That would be really cheap!! Off I was, out of the door like a flash of lightning! Well, the awesome offer was sold out, but I managed to get myself socks for NOK 19,- each, which was still very reasonable and also one set of very charming long johns. Really sexy! And because I was already on fire, I also bought myself one pair of the probably coziest slippers in the history of mankind. Bring it on, winter!
There is not a lot I can tell you this week. The company I work for appointed a new sales team and they bring a lot of interesting orders. That is great, but because I now spent almost all day at my desk, I can’t go out and explore Norway. So unfortunately, this week, there is nothing to tell.
So, I would toooootally understand, if you get bored and want to leave my blog. For now.
No hard feelings.
Wow, you are stubborn. Hm, okay…well after my cake-desaster from last week I did not try to make another kransekake, but I made some delicious cup cakes and a vegan cheese-cake. That one was a real hit and people at the fleamarket at the german church loved it. It consisted of two different kinds of tofu – the silky and the regular one – and a bag full of blackberries. Delicious!! I have the recipe only in German, but maybe you still wanna have it? Here it is. Right now I am trying to be as vegan as possible, but I struggle to find things to put on my bread and like it. The selection here in Norway is small and I am now looking for websites to order from.
A very good alternativ to buy milk, eggs and cheese from happy animals is the bondens marked, the farmer’s market in Oslo. We have one directly on the corner, so every second Saturday we go there and have a look. I stopped buying the normal eggs a decade ago, but here in Norway I am suspicious if “ecological” and “free range” means the same as in the rest of Europe. At bondens market, there is no question about it…unless the farmers went thorugh a lot of work to stage all the pictures and products to cheat on me. Next week I am visiting one of the farms…to see how happy the chickens really are!! 🙂
On Sunday we discovered a bondens marked on a walk around Bygdoy – at the royal farm! King Harald and Queen Sonja spend their holidays and week ends often on one of their summer residences, one of which is situated on the nice peninsula of Bygdoy, only minutes away from the city centre. On the other side of their humble abode lies the royal farm with horses and cattles. It was nice to explore the barns, meet some pot-bellied-pigs and some crazy looking chicken. Outside there where many nice stalls with fresh vegetable, cake, spices and so on. I bought some beetroots, carrots and celery and the wonderful smell of almost freshly harvested vegetable stayed with us on our way back home. Next day I cooked a vegetarian Borscht out of it and it tasted like autumn and looked beautifully.
Hm, the weather tries to charme me right now – the sun shines brightly, but I have to work. Today I found my first horse chestnuts. Martin and I have a ritual: We always keep the first chestnut we find as a lucky charm for the coming winter. I don’t know about you, but I have to collect the nice, shiny fruits, whenever I see them. In France street vendors appeared in early octobre to sell roasted marons (chestnuts). Although I am not a big fan of marons, I liked to warm my fingers at the nice warm paper-bags. Here in Norway, our fireplace will keep us warm and cozy soon. That is another sign of the approaching colder season: Our supermarked started to sell wood again – now we only have to clear out our basement to make room for wood.
Does anybody need around 100 moving boxes??
But I am ready for winter and if everything failed, will write myself warm here at my desk. This week the topics were really different! I always say, there is almost nothing I wouldn’t write about and so I learned this week a lot about brown cheese, Mitsubishi, Chrysler and Lexus and travelled in my mind to Marseille and Nantes. Not bad, eh? 🙂 At least it never gets boring. The south of France is still waiting for me right now and therefore I have to say good bye for today. – Before that, I will probable make a quick detour to the bathroom and shave my head!! Do you know what happens if you let your very short hair grow longer? There comes a moment, when you look absolutely terrible. That’s the state I am in now. But wait, my friend Britta gave me a very nice present in May, as if she knew already what was about to happen: She gave me a hand-knitted cap!! I start to wear that beautiful bonnet from now on til my hair is long enough to become a bob. 3 to 4 months, I reckon.
I wish you all a wonderful week, enjoy the autumn (or spring), get in the mood for Halloween and make yourself comfortable with a mug of tea, some cookies and a good book!
Ha det bra,