Hope your all well despite whats going on in the world right now. I’m at home as many others and I’m making sure to keep busy every day. My alarm goes off around 8.00am every morning. Keeping routines has become very important these days.
I’ve just watched Isabelle’s wedding on Escape to the Chateau DIY. So fun to watch after being a part of all the preperations. It was so warm that day and we had so much fun. I would do It again for sure.
Right, lets catch up later. Time for Netflix and a big veggie salad. Hope you have a lovely evening.
I always find it so easy to update my blog when I´m out travelling. Being away from my everyday life makes me want to write posts about everything and anything, it feels so easy. Need to go travelling more often.
Anyways. I´m in Slovakia and it feels safe and welcoming here. My Airbnb is just a walk away from the old town and I seem to be in the middle of everything. I managed to check in early so I´ve had a very relaxed afternoon so far. I´m planning to go out and explore later. I don´t have any plans, just vague ideas of where I want to go. I´ll probably see the castle tomorrow and wander around. I´ve also been wondering if I should get a tattoo here. What do you think..?
My travel wear, very comfy and warm
I stayed overnight in London last night and I spent the whole afternoon in Soho. I really loved it there and I will definetly be back. So many Scandinavians there too. Weird. I also went to Kettner´s house which I´ve been stalking on Instagram for ages. The interior is so feminine and gorgeous. We had a few drinks in the bar, me and Jamie.. Don´t worry, we’re just friends, so great to see him again.
I had a bath and now I´m going to get dressed and head out to the old town. Hope you have a lovely day.
Hey. It is Friday and for me, that means another work-weekend. I have just had a few days off which has been very relaxed. Gillian and I have enjoyed whiskey and Poldark together. I am so pleased to know that we have another 1,5 season to watch. I want everything to end well but every time I think it’s going good it´s not. Francis just died and we were just starting to like him.
I have just booked a spontaneous trip to Bratislava, I´m taking myself and a light carrier bag. Nothing special planned, I just want to get away for a few days and see some European culture. I´ll bring the book that I bought a few weeks ago and give it a good try. Looking forward to sipping wine and dining out all by myself, just watching people and enjoying the surroundings. I´m leaving the first week of March and starting off with 1 night in London. Hmm. What to do? I would love some suggestions.
Spring is upon us and I´m so incredibly glad. Tree´s are starting to pop and there are white and pink blossoms to be seen about. I absolutely love spring, it´s definitely my favourite season.
I better get ready for work. I just wanted to say hello. Hope youré having a lovely weekend.
From Sunday night. I went to a comedy show at the Apex here in Bury with Gillian and some new friends. The company and wine were superb, wish I could say the same things about the comedians. Hehe. Anyhow, how are you? I hope you’re not too fussed about Valentines? If so, I hope you get your self some flowers and open a bottle of wine. I certainly have. Not that I ever need an excuse to buy flowers or open a bottle of wine..
I had a day off today so I did a few errands in town. Got some pink nails too. So pretty. Weirdly enough I like them short.
Gillian and I went for some afternoon tea yesterday. So good, but very sweet! We had Jasmine tea, fizz, sandwiches, scones, lemon cake, macarons and chocolate buns. All glutenfree and vegetarian too, very yummy.
Bought some flowers from the Wednesday market. I also found some great second-hand bargains.
Just to let you all know, I´m currently under the process of changing things around here. As much as I would love to be a high-tech coder or a graphic designer, I´m not. Things take time when you’re as indecisive as me. It will look pretty in the end.
Last night I dreamt that I was pregnant, had a baby and that I was a very bad mother. Clearly, my obsession with “call the midwives” has gone over the roof or under the ground. Haha. I´m having today and tomorrow off, which is heavenly. What do you do on your day´s off? I´m longing for spring, warmer evenings, bicycle-weather and the urge to buy sunglasses.
Since I wrote here last I have gone a little bit wild, I have pierced my ears, and what a joy of pain. Well, if you don’t count the fact that I can’t sleep on my favourite side, it´s all looking good. I´ve been wanting to do it for ages and I finally did. Yay. Time to be brave and carefree I say. I´ve decided to go back and get a small tattoo as well but mainly just because the tattoo artist is extremely handsome. Who doesn’t love a dark-haired, dark-eyed tattoo artist? Just need to find out where I want to have the tattoo. I´ll give it a few months.
Somehow I feel like I need to catch up on my twenties before it´s all over, luckily, I have decided that the thirties are the new twenties. I´m Just waiting for my medication to kick in properly. My energy is still not all back to normal and it´s making my regular runs a pain in the ass. I guess it could be worse, I could be on a really bad Tinder date. Bumble asked me why I wanted to delete the app and I simply replied: “Thinking of myself♥️”. Which is what I´m focusing on now. Me.
I thought I said goodbye to my camera, however, I found it while I was tidying this morning. It still works but the lid that keeps the battery in place has escaped. Hehe. I can’t say that my focus has been entirely devoted to my blog lately. January has been a weird month in that way. November and December were such hectic months work-wise and that combined with getting into a new job did take a lot of my attention and energy.
So far, January has been the time to rewind and think. To get back on track with what’s important but also to reassess my life. Am I happy where I am? or do I need to change something? Well, I do think I am happy and that I am where I am supposed to be for now.
Going off my medications did not go in my favour this time, unfortunately. I started feeling low and I was scared that my symptoms would get worse so I cancelled my experiment. Truth be told, I am absolutely terrified of being stuck in another depression. It´s been many years since I severely struggled with my mental health, thank god. I guess when you know what it’s like you will do anything to avoid it again. Depressions can take such hold of your life and you don’t really realise you have one before it’s over. So, I haven’t given up on the idea of replacing my medications with the right diet, but I do need more support and expertise. Searching the right knowledge will be a goal for 2020.
Anyways, I just had two days off which has been super lazy but great. I´m just about to head outside because my conscience is telling me to stop watching call the midwives. Hehe
The rest of the week I´m going to work but I´m also determined to go out for a few runs. I also need to find out where I´m going for my birthday in April. I got a few days off and I´m tempted to make a warm and quick escape all by myself.
Hey! The new year is finally here and I’m feeling so blessed to be alive, healthy and happy about life. I hope you do too. It´s such a delicate thing, happiness. I hope I´ll never take it for granted.
I had the weekend off which was absolutely amazing. I needed to catch up with sleep and some Netflix-time after a hectic November and December. We just got a shower in the house too, which has made my life pretty heavenly these days.
I also had some proper time to go out for runs and do some long meditations, which makes me feel so peaceful and strong. Oh, and I have also stopped taking my medication. There is that. I’ve been taking medicine for Thyroid disease for many years now and It just came to a point where I had enough. The medications are making me very forgetful and my brain foggy. I´m doing everything I can to replace my medications with a nutritious and healthy diet while also seeking medical advice. So far, so good. Fingers crossed.
I haven’t gotten all my goals and “new years resolutions” sorted out yet, however, I do like writing down thoughts and directions. Here is what I have written down so far;
– Continue loving myself and do the things that I like and that are good for me, like spending time in nature, running, meditating, writing, eating healthy, see people I love, travel more, challenge myself more, go on adventures.
– More focus this year. I feel like this is a year full of opportunities and aspiration. I´m getting clearer about my direction and the steps I need to take to reach my destination.
– This is my last year in my twenties. I´m planning to make the most out of it and celebrate life.
I´m spending the rest of my evening with My name is Anne on Netflix. It´s so cute and I can’t stop watching it.
Heavens, this Christmas has gone so fast and now its all about to end. However, I did manage to get some time to drink mulled wine and watch the Hobbit films. I always watch the Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Harry Potter around Christmas time. It´s become my own little tradition which I plan to inforce on my future children too. Hehe. I have spent the last couple of days in Norwich, just relaxing with Stacey and Ryan, which was very heartwarming. It´s been so nice to spend time with family when I couldn’t make it home for Christmas this year.
I hope you had a lovely Christmas so far? I had brunch with Stacey at the Ivy in Norwich, which was a great experience. I loved the chic interior and will be back. Later on, we went for a small browse through the city center before we spent the rest of the afternoon at their house.
Love a warm jumper these days, wish I could wear them all the time
My bed. Waiting for a curtain rail to arrive so that I can get my curtains up
My Grandmother sent me this warm and soft PJ as a Christmas gift. I love it and had to wear it straight away, so soft and pretty
I´m going to bed early so that I can actually get out for a run before work. I need to sweat a little. Enjoy your Christmas.
Yay, I got some days off and I’m currently staying in Davids flat with Joanna. We have been browsing through Cambridge today, which was a lot of fun. We shared a bottle of Marlbourough wine, had vegetarian and glutenfree pizza, ate crêpes (also glutenfree, I know. It was heaven) and talked and laughed a lot. Feels so wonderful to be blessed with good friends.
I havent realised properly that Christmas is next week, I’m actually not sure If I’m ready. Haha. Can we please postpone Christmas?? I have Christmas cards to write..
We also had a little boat trip around the canals, which was very fun. So many beautiful buildings.
Joanna is fast asleep and I’m just about to head to bed myself. It’s been a busy few weeks so I’m really looking forward to not setting an alarm for tomorrow morning. Our plan for Tuesday is to just relax, maybe go for a walk and go to a restaurant in the evening. Looking forward to It.
I’ve been at Lalande since Friday and it’s been a real joy to be here. Felt really good to see everyone and take part in various festivities. Had too much cheese but other than that I’ve been very good.
I’m home now and have spent the afternoon organising and packing out, which feels good for my mind. I´ve been thinking lately that I need to work on creating a better routine for my weekly runs and meditation. It is so important to do the things that you keep telling your self you want to do. I must tell myself more often.
I made a Christmas wreath and a garland for the mantlepiece in the winter salon. I had a glass of wine too, which was delish! I Don’t drink much these days, but I think it’s totally fine to have some now and then.
I just wanted to pop in and say hello, it´s been too long. Promise to better. hehe. I actually posted this yesterday without sharing. Hope you have a lovely day. I´m actually going out for a run now. Yay.
I guess a lot of you have already seen our Christmas episode on tv, however, I just have to show you the Christmas wreath I made for the big gate. I had some lovely help from Mattia, we harvested everything from the garden. We dried leaves and sprayed them in gold. Then the whole wreath was wrapped with fairy lights. It looked very dreamy, as it should when hanging in front of a Chateau.
I´m popping back to Lalande in a week or so to see Stephanie again but to also to see Mike and Claude too. Almost 8 months have passed since Mike talked about having his birthday weekend here at Lalande. Now the time has finally come and I can’t wait to play a part in the festivities. I might also have time to do a new Christmas wreath! Wouldnt that be amazing??
Here are last years Christmas wreath:
Chateau de la Lande
Can´t wait to go back!
Are you going to make a Christmas wreath this year?
It´s Christmas and there is no escaping it. Time goes so quickly, can´t believe I have to start feeling guilty about Christmas presents already. I always feel guilty because there is so many who deserves some love and attention, a letter, a small gift, a big gift, a phone call or better, just a visit.
Anyways, my room is coming along now, just waiting for the floor to dry. After the weekend I´m finally able to move in. Can´t wait because I´m currently sleeping in the lounge downstairs. Hehe. I love the colour on the wall, it turned out much better than expected. I bought this wooden basket and mirror in a charity shop the other day. It´s so fun to decorate a new space.
Just had two days off, which was really nice. I painted some first coats but I also finished a few Netflix series. Balance, balance.
The rest of the week will just consist of work, which is nice. Next week I´m going to Norwich to see friends and do some Christmas shopping. Fun times ahead.
I´m back but not in Bury, I´m currently at David´s house in Great Chesterford. Gillian´s house is going through some extensive work these days and it´s best to just keep out of the way. The following week or so will be interesting, where to sleep, shower and eat. Haha!
Anyways, It feels good to hang out with David again. We went for a walk around the village this morning. The air was cool but the sun was shining and the sky was crystal blue. So pretty.
My holiday in Norway has been so loving, so precious to see family and friends. However, this trip made me think about how happy I am to be in the Uk. I already love living here and I hope I get to be around for a while. There is definitely something about the culture, people and the landscape that speaks to me.
Soya latte and Norwegian chocolate for breakfast, that type of day.
I have a day off today, which is good because I have some online training to do.
Finally, the time has come to show you all the “behind the scenes” on the Stable project. I absolutely loved every bit of this transformation. Stephanie managed to create a beautiful space for creativity and inspiration. One of the things I adore with Steph is her ability to envision absolutely anything. It wasn’t easy for me to picture a beautifully decorated art studio by looking at a dirty old stable filled with trash. Well done Steph.
Here are some pictures of the transformation:
Grant built a bookshelf by using timber from one of the outbuildings
The studio after clearing all the rubbish and cleaning the floor with a pressure hose
One of the heaviest jobs was to move these stable dividers. We wouldnt have done it without the great M-Team, consisting of Grant, Ben, Percy, Ian and Gerry. Anything is possible when having an Aussie, Kiwi, South-African and Scott(man) on board.
I spray painted the walls which were very therapeutic
We also painted all the doors
We brought down all the art books from the attic, they were Stephanies fathers books which made the Studio feel very special
Grant made this cupboard to cover up the pipes on the wall, using only bits and pieces from the outbuildings.
From the art retreat…
I havent actually seen the last episodes since I´m in Norway visiting family. Did anyone see me naked on tv?? 🙈 Hehe
It feels amazing to be back in Norway. I’ve only been here for 1 day, but time has gone by so quickly. So many to see and so little time.
I´m staying here until Friday and then I´m going to my Mom and her husband for the weekend. I´m really looking forward to seeing them all and to see their new house. I believe there are gingerbread houses involved too.
Sture is watching the birds.. my uncle and aunties dog. Cutest thing ever
Tomorrow I’m seeing my amazing friend Tiril again. She has come all the way from Lofoten and I can’t wait to see here. I’m taking her to my grandparents for lunch and then we’re going to spend the rest of the day catching up. There will be wine.
I actually have 2 days off now, wow, how did that happen? Well, I’m making sure to enjoy them as much as possible. The workers for the bathroom is in our house today, so that means no bathroom for a week. Yes, I will be brushing my teeth in the kitchen sink from now on. All fun. However, I am looking forward to having a newly done bathroom, especially since we´re also adding a shower. Yay.
I’m currently just waiting for the washing to finish and then I will go out for a run. The weather is cold but pretty, should be fun.
Sourdough meringue from the kitchen
Gillian’s room at the moment. She started on the floor yesterday, so It won’t be long before the painting goes on the wall. It’s getting exciting.
I’m feeling much better now, much happier than last week. I talked to my friend Tiril for hours on the phone the other night and that did wonders. I’m seeing her when I go to Norway next week. Can’t wait.
Feel like I´ve been offline for a little while now. The days go by so quickly, which is good. Only 2 weeks until I´m back in Norway for a week! (yay). Work is going well, I really really enjoy the job and the team. I want to work all the time and I want to know everything. Don´t know why. Is it a Confidence-thing? Or is it my personality?
I´m not as sad as I look. It´s just been a very busy and hectic month. Living in a renovation project will definetly challenge your mental state. Combine this with training and induction days + getting a virus, and you can easily feel a little overwhelmed. However, I feel humble and greatful for everything. Having that said, I´m looking forward to getting our heating installed. Haha
Not much on my mind today, or maybe I have, I just don´t know what to say, or how to say it.
How are you today? Right now I´m in Steph´s apartment in London. We´ve been watching a movie and catching up tonight. We had an amazing day yesterday, first lunch at the Woodsman with Mike in Stratford-upon-aven and then back to Mike and Claude’s house in the Cotswolds. I absolutely loved yesterday. So much delicious food and beautiful surroundings. Makes me want to do loads of road trips around the Uk. It´s such a great country. Here is a few pictures from our day:
a bar trolley..
Mike showed us around in his restaurant. They only cook with wood ovens which makes the food experience very uniqe and appriciated
Absolutely loved Mike and Claudes home. It made me want to get a house in the countryside with lots of dogs running around
I´m going back to Bury tomorrow while Steph is going on a holiday.
Oh, I booked my flights to go home. Yes, home to Norway. I´m going in early November and I´m so excited. I really need to see my family.
I´m alive so don´t worry too much about the epic silence in here. Haha. I´ve been with my new job for a week now and I love it. Lots to learn of course, but it’s coming together. I can´t believe I´ve been here a month already. It´s gone so quickly.! Yesterday, I worked in the kitchen, which was fantastic. I believe it´s so important to understand every aspect of a buisness if you want to run it well.
Other than working I went to a memorable work party on Monday. It was the first one for the whole group. Lots of mingling and too much wine. I don´t drink much these days so it will be a while to next time.
As you all might know, I became a vegetarian in February this year because I wanted to eat healthier. Become healthier. I´m confident to say that I have achieved that goal. Slowly but surely I have taken the step to eat cleaner, filling my meals with mostly vegetables, salads, nuts, grains, healthy oils, plant-based products, fruits, berries etc.. However, If I want something I will eat it. I don´t restrict myself in any way. I eat the way I do because I love it. I also run 3-4 times a week. I usually go every second day even if it´s just for 20-30 minutes. I love the way my body has become stronger. More empowered. More proud. Slimmer. More confident. Happier.
At home, things are happening slowly. My room is still not done. The floors and the painting are still on hold, but hopefully, we will get to it soon. I really hope that I get into a proper routine soon. I don’t like not writing here, it´ts just been a little busy in my head lately. My camera is misbehaving and my bank account is down to zero. Haha. It´s that type of fun xx
It´s so nice to see that you are still popping in here while it´s been quiet from me. I´ve just been enjoying my new life her in Bury. The weekend has been incredibly chilled but lovely. Gillian and I have done work in the house. Yesterday, we finished the sanding in my room and we also managed to paint the mist coat. It feels good to see the progress of our work. Next up is preparing the floor, sanding it and then painting the wall, woodwork and ceiling. Other than working I´ve also done some preps for my new job. Lots of forms to sign and pages to read. I love being prepaired so this last week have done wonders for my ego.
The week will be fairly interesting, I´m getting started in my new job. So eager to start! Painting my room (yay). I´m also going to Norwich to sort out my application for a National Insurance number. I love Norwich, so I´ll try to make the most out of the day. Maybe I will vistit a few favourite places.. Mine are the bicycle shop and the Rabbit. Do you have a favourite place in Norwich?
I´m slowly settling in. This weekend was chilled but also fun. Gillian and I went to this massive car boot sale yesterday. Apparently, this event only happens twice a year, in May and September. The event was arranged at the Melford hall. Some good bargains, but I must say that France is better. Hehe. Much cheaper. Well, anyways. I got some very random things, like linen bedding and a lampshade.. Here are some pictures from our day:
Gillian took me to the little village of Lavenham. A cute and historic little place, a must-go if you’re nearby. We had a coffee and lovely talk in the backyard of one of the tearooms.
My latest food obsession, a big salad with spinach, pickled cabbage, almonds, beets hummus, olives ++. Yummy.
This week will be an exciting week. Gillian and I are going to focus on getting some work done on the house. I´m on sanding-duty all week. Hehe. Feels good to get this done before starting my new job next week. Oh, and the wifi-people arrives on Wednesday, along with a second-hand pink sofa. I´m thinking it´s time for Netflix… Recommendations are welcomed. Nothing scary, please.
I´m feeling happy and excited. Bury is warm this week and I´ve actually been wearing summer clothes. I love the long summer and I hope autumn will be as pleasant too. Since we last spoke I´ve managed to get a job! YAY! After a few interviews here and there, and one job trial I´m done with my job hunt for now. I´m the new Assistant Manager for a boutique hotel here in Bury and I couldn’t be more grateful. I truly believe that this job will be a valuable stepping stone for my future plans of becoming a B&B owner myself one day. I`ve worked in the restaurant business for over a decade and It feels right to move into hospitality, while still being involved in the restaurant environment (the hotel has a high-level kitchen). My contract doesn’t start for another week witch gives me some time to study the menus and wine lists. I do like to be prepaired. Hehe.
I´m spending the weekend reviewing my contract while also weeding the garden. I had a slow start with breakfast and a cup of tea in bed while reading my book (one of my favourite things to do). Later, I spent a few hours in the garden which was lovely.
Oh, I wanted to show you this flower shop I´ve been following on Instagram. Their called the flower hut and I just love their little shop. I finally got to see it for the first time yesterday. Highly recommended if you’re ever in Bury. The cut flowers, interior and staff are superb.
Right, I have some delicious olives to nibble on and a book to read tonight. Gillian is out with friends so I have the whole house for myself.
Bury-life is pretty good so far and I´m just spending my time settling in. I really like it here. I´ve been doing all sorts of things today, like opening a bank account and getting a library card. Haha. The job hunt is still ongoing but that’s fine. I want to take my time so that I´m sure to find something that I will enjoy doing. Other then appointments and errands I´ve also been stripping wallpaper from the lounge. Gillian has done most of the job, but we needed to do some last bits before the workers come tomorrow. They are sanding the walls and putting up boards/planks in my bedroom ceiling.
I´m so grateful to be able to stay with Gillian, but also to help her with the renovations. I definitely want to do this myself one day, so learning different skills are a real bonus!
I´m spending the rest of the evening writing and reading a new book, I rented Lion by Saroo Brierley. Heard the movie was good. Have you read it? Tomorrow awaits more job-hunting and a Tinder date. Yes, I know. I was just looking and now I´m suddenly meeting up with someone. I´m not sure how I feel about it but I think it´s good to meet new people. Hehe.
Wish me luck,
(Ps: I haven´t forgotten about my post about being a vegeterian, I´ve just been so busy lately)
I´m finally here. I´m so incredibly happy and grateful for my new start here in Bury. I already have a few ideas for new blog posts so stay tuned. I can´t wait to show you my life here. I thought I could start with my bedroom first. It´s a beautiful room with lots of light. The walls have just been plastered and I actually like it as it is now. The ceiling is up next and then the walls have to be painted. We´re thinking maybe a light grey-blue or a soft pinkish coral colour. Gillian bought me a beautiful bed from a stately home in Norwich. The mattress arrives today, yay! I`m planning to weed out the front garden while I wait for the delivery. That way we get a slightly nicer front house and I won´t miss the delivery people. Gillian is working the entire day and won’t be back before the evening.
I absolutely love the fireplace, it´s covered with floral carvings which give the room a feminine feel. The mirror is bought in a charity shop for 8 pounds (bargain!).
Some gifts from Lydia and Anne. Sparkling wine from Alsace (one of my all-time favourite wine areas), beeswax candles and dried sage. Apparently, you can use it to “cleanse” your new home, so I`ll do that today. It´s supposed to be stress-relieving too. I found this interesting article about burning sage, you can take a look at it here.
Right, I have to continue writing some job applications. Hope you have a good day.
Stephanie and I went on a small outing yesterday and I thought I would show you some pictures. We drove to the little village Gargilesse who´s just a 30-minute drive from Lalande. Dana and Nicole invited us to go and see the art exhibition in the Chateau. We really enjoyed ourself, we took our time, there was so much beauty to soak in. The garden is absolutely stunning, something to be inspired by for sure. After we finished the viewing, we went to have a drink in one of the local restaurants. The girls had a white Valencay while I enjoyed a glass of Tonic water (my favourite drink these days). We wish we could stay for dinner but we had to get back to Lalande, haha. Dinner had to be served for the workshop. After, the students had a mini-concert. Such a great group of young talented people. Two of the students have just been accepted to CNSM de Paris (which tells you a little about the level of talent). Today is their last day here, there is another concert tonight and then we´re all having dinner together.
my little ray of sunshine
If you’re interested in knowing more about the Chateau itself I would recommend waiting for Stephanies next vlog, but you can also check out the Berry Provins information site, click here.
chapel in the garden
You’re not really allowed to take photos inside of the Chateau (ups), but I just had to take a photo of these stunning flowers. I am a florist after all, hehe. Don´t you just love a chunky Dahlia?
I really loved the trees surrounding the back garden, reminded me of the place I grew up. My childhood house was surrounded by fields and trees. So idyllic.
Oh, I just realised it´s Friday. That just made my afternoon very exciting. There might be a little glass of white wine on the terrace later. Hope you have a great weekend x
Ps: If you want to see more of my everyday life you can check out my Instagram here.
Finally and dear God, so much have happened since we last spoke here. Sorry about that. We`ve been busy with workshops (we´re having the last one now), but also had friends and family staying, filming and the naked photoshoot. ++. I´ve also had my best friend Lydia and her mom staying at Lalande. Having them here has been absolutely lovely, I haven´t seen Lydia for 3 years, so it was truly heartwarming to see her again. I managed to get away for one night during their stay, so we went to Bordeaux. It was definitely worth the 8-hour round trip. We explored the city, ate delicious french food and discovered an amazing rooftop bar at the Grand hotel. The next day we drove to Saint-Emilion on our way back, a famous wine area in Bordeaux. We went on a guided tour at one of the wineries and explored the little town. Highley recommended, such a beautiful place. Pictures coming up shortly.
Today’s salads for lunch. The workshop will continue until Saturday. It´s a small one so Stephanie and I are seeing this week as a holiday. The musicians are young and pretty talented. They are opera singers and pianists, cooking while listening to them practising is so mesmerising. Wish you could hear it.
I gave myself two goals today, 1: Write a blog post. 2: Write and send a job application by the end of the day. I need to get started, I will actually be in Bury next Wednesday. Crazy how quick time goes by here, though you wouldn´t think so. I´m really looking forward to my new start. I´m hoping that I´ll get more time and focus to write because I really enjoy the creativity and being able to inspire a little. Just have to make sure I don´t take on to much work this time. (It´s an old habit) Maybe something part-time. Hmm.
This is one of the pictures from the naked photoshoot, by Renee Jacobs, taken on the terrace after a fun night with dinner and wine. It was really fun to do, such a confidence boost. I´m so happy these days. Some of you asked about my vegetarian diet and how everything is going. It´s going better than ever. I´m still working on a blog post about it, I´m doing before and after pictures + a good review. Coming up soon!
I thought I would update you all about our peahen, unfortunatley we had to take her to the vet to put her down. Her organs were failing and there was nothing more that we could have done. We´re all very sad about it, but I think she is in a better place now. Thank you all for your concern and advice.
Right, have to get on with goal number two for today.
The Chateau life is pretty good these days, even though Stephanie and I only manage to cook, clean and sleep, it´s all good. The musical workshop is going well and the days go by so quickly. I barely have time to open my Macbook but I thought I would give it a try, I had a 45-minute window yesterday afternoon, I managed to write a little bit but I´ve actually finished this blog post just after lunch today. Oopsie. Suddenly the dinner had to be served and then the cleaning up had to start. After that I vlogged Stephanie singing at last nights concert, and then we just had to watch the last episodes of Fleabag. There were whiskey and chocolate, the perfect ending to a busy day.
I managed to go for a run yesterday too. I usually run every second day now (love it), it takes me about 40-50 minutes and it´s always the same route (well until I get bored, I´m a creature of habit). Hehe. The picture is taken behind the Chateau, such a stunning view amongst the fields. I wonder if there are any good running paths in Bury. I actually love running outside when it´s been raining and the weather is cloudy. Makes me feel so fresh! Hehe.
Ruby and I at the outdoor gym earlier this week. He always follows me here and I find it so cute. I never want to leave him here, but I´m afraid I´ll have to until I find permanent housing. I really believe that you can have a unique and deep connection with animals. Ruby is so dear to me and I don´t really like cats. I´ve always been a dog-person admittedly.
I´m finally getting out of the house. Yaay. It´s been a while and I need a few basics. Hope you all have a good day. We have two more full days of the workshop so I might blog later this week.
Our little peahen has been sick this week. It all started with spotting her lying on the grass and not moving. We discovered that she couldn’t move, and we immediately thought that she must have been hit by a car. It turned out that she has been suffering from a heatstroke. We took her to the vet where they managed to cool her down. Other than that they weren´t able to do much. Her legs seem to be paralysed too. We´re hoping she will recover but the prognoses all say that these birds won’t make it when they have reached to this point. We have been giving her water and a special glucose drink to help her. Cole told us today that he had seen her moving one of her legs earlier. That made us all happy and we´re now feeling a little bit more hopeful. She has also started eating, which is a good sign.
Other than that the Lalanders are busy with the workshops this week. They are leaving on Saturday, the same day that another workshop starts. A bigger one with more people. It will be a very interesting and busy week.
I´m so happy these days, and present in everything that’s happening. All my focus goes to our Lalande life at the moment, and I love that. I just have 1 month left here before I´m flying to Stansted, where Gillian will pick me up and take me to Suffolk. Yay! The last week and a half have been time-consuming. Lots of preparations, cleaning, planning and so on. Last night we had a wedding who turned out to be more magical then I expected it to be. The attention to detail was utterly perfect and It made me want to work more with weddings in the future. Fingers crossed.
Been busy in the floristry studio
I feel like everything is going the way I want it to. I´m healthier then I´ve ever been before and that makes me so proud. I´ve been a vegeterian for half a year now and I couldn´t be happier. My weekly runs are getting better and better. I can run without music and just get lost in my thoughts, but I can also run with a good podcast. Love both. I´ve also noticed that my emotions are more in harmony after I started doing meditation in the mornings. I always start with thinking about what I´m grateful for and that gives me so much meaning to my everyday life. I also visualize my goals and my future plans as I´ve already achieved them. The mindset makes me so focused and excited to go out and take action. My inspiration to start meditating comes from a podcast I listened to recentley, featuring Dr Joe Dispenza. He is a neuroscientist who thinks that everyone can heal their body through your mind. I find the theory incredibly fascinating. You can check his website out here.
From last night´s party. During the day the sun was really warm and I managed to get a mild sunburn. You should see my ridiculous tan, I´m super tanned from the waist and up, and pale white from the bottom and down. Haha! Towards the night the air got cold and we all had to put on extra clothes. Reminded me of those Norwegian summer nights in my childhood.
I can´t believe it´s been 10 days since I last posted something! Wow. Sorry about that, it´s been busy lately. Hehe! As I write this, I can hear classical music from all corners of Lalande. The musical workshop started yesterday and will continue until Saturday. Stephanie cooked for 12 hours straight yesterday, that girl is on fire. While she was in the kitchen, Cole and I were prepping all the bedrooms. Cole is our new workawayer from Alabama.
Last week David and I went to Chateauroux to pick up my brother and his new girlfriend. They stayed with us for a couple of days before going to Barcelona. It was such a heartwarming feeling to see family again. Last time I saw my family was September last year. Time goes so quickly.
Before picking them up, David and I went on a little shopping trip. I found a couple of dresses. Been wanting a few to wear around the house. We had omelettes for lunch. Delish.
On Saturday, Stephanie, David and I went to Emmaus to look for more lace and other things. There is always a reason to go, hehe. We also spent the day doing all the shopping for our musical workshop.
I also had to move out of my room because of the workshops. Easier said than done… haha. I told Stephanie that she might have to drive me to Suffolk in September. My two luggaes have expanded a little bit..
Stephanies dressing room, my temporary bedroom. It´s not the most tidiest room in the house, (haha) but it is so adorable and it has Stephanie written all over it. Love the wallpaper. The painting is made by Stephanie’s father.
Time goes so quickly here, we´re in the middle of the summer season. Crazy. The musical workshops are around the corner, and I´m kind of looking forward to it. Lots of new faces, music playing all day, prepping and serving food. Good times a head.
Today was a busy but great day, and I just got to sit down for a little break. We´re having a party in the stables tonight, friends and family have arrived for the weekend. I´m afraid it´s a bit of a secret, but I can promise that you will see some of it on TV! Hehe..
Made this today, just a quick and easy flower arrangment. Love the simplicity of the white mixed with different greens. I will show you more pictures later (well, as much as I can I guess)
I just wanted to say hello, hope you’re having a great weekend. I should get back to the party!
I wanted to share our 24hour-mini holiday with you, so here it is. Stephanie and I were so lucky to have a little getaway to Chateau De Memanat while Isabell and Percy held the fort at Lalande. It was such a heavenly visit; the treehouse was superb. I hope I get to revisit. It´s the perfect place to stay for a weekend or a whole week. I want to bring my family, best friends and a future lover here! Hehe. Absolutely loved it. Here are some pictures from our stay:
We had lots of delicious nibbles for dinner. Stephanie had prawns and smoked gravlaks while we also shared cheese from the Saturday market. I made a yummy but simple salad with red onions, avocado and tomatoes, we also ate radishes dipped in mayonnaise. The atmosphere was relaxed, after dinner, we went into the jacuzzi and romantically, watched the sunset together. Haha! I actually had a glass of Champagne, and It felt pretty good. I haven´t wanted to drink anything for a while, so it felt nice to have little glass. We spent the rest of the evening wearing bathrobes while watching Netflix. So relaxing.
Packed a few clothes, some toiletries and a new book
The breakfast basket who magically appeared at 09.30, love the concept
Definetly coming back!
We´re on full speed today with our new project. Everyone is doing something, and we´re hoping to finish everything before the guests arrive tomorrow. So much to do, but also lots of fun. Hope you all have a lovely weekend x