How I make beet hummus

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Some of you have requested this recipe, so here it is. I usually make a big prep of hummus every week, I love having ready-made hummus in the fridge. Sometimes I add it to my salads or have it on toast. I find hummus incredibly easy to pair with other dishes. It tastes delicious, and it´s so healthy!


You will need:

2 x cans of chickpeas (I use the big ones)

1 x boiled beetroot chopped into pieces

4 tablespoons tahini

3 x lemons (squeezed)

a dash of olive oil

a dash of salt

a dash of chickpea juice

a dash of pepper

a pinch of cumin

2-3 cloves of garlic


To do:

  1. Get two bowls and start separating the chickpeas from the water.
  2. Then add all the ingredients together with the chickpeas, but be gentle with the chickpea juice. You don´t want to drink your hummus.
  3. Use a hand mixer/food processor/blender to make your hummus, try to get a «pure» soft consistency.
  4. Taste your hummus and add lemon, salt or pepper if needed.

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Sometimes I even use this hummus as a starter for our 3-course meals for the B&B guests. Just slice some leftover bread and toast it in a pan with olive oil and sea salt.  Add a layer of hummus on the toast and top it off with some olive oil and herbs from the garden. Voila.

Enjoy xxx

My latest second hand bargains

Hey lovelies

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Last Saturday I finally had the time to do the traditional second-hand shopping. I´ve started to be a proper regular «thrifter» in La Châtre now. I´m always given friendly prices (on already good bargains), and the service is impeccable. I love finding treasures here in rural France. It won’t be long before I give in for collecting porcelain and vases, cutlery and linen tablecloths. My suitcases will have to travel by car from now on, haha.

Here are a few pictures from our day:

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love a clear blue sky

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this is how happy I get when I find bargains in second-hand shops

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French strawberries, a little pricey but so tasty

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I visited Bernard at Jour DÓccase

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The kind and lovely people at Côté Coeur côté fringue, they always have something exciting to show me when I visist

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I´ve been looking for more floral patterns to our summer dress sewing project

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I found this beautiful floral robe! I just love the colours!!

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Found this yellow satin skirt, it´s too big for me, so I´m hoping I can resize it a little

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I also found this long summer dress, I really like the tailoring. Hopefully, I can use it as a model for the summer dresses I want to sew

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I thought this dress was too beautiful to be left alone. I immediately sent a video to Stephanie and asked if she wanted it (too small for me). Stephanie loves the dress but she is planning on doing some adjustments. Apparently, the previous owner had the smallest waist and the biggest breasts, (lucky woman)!

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I got some proper bargains this time, and I can´t wait with getting started with my sewing projects!

Alright, the garden is waiting for my arrival. We have a lot of perennials and sweetpeas that need to be planted outside. I hope you all have a lovely day.

Marie

 

 

The volunteer who stayed

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ONE SUNNY MORNING

I´m finally on top of my admin tasks thanks to a stop at Mc Donalds (not much gluten-free and vegetarian, unfortunately) after dropping off Isabell and Gerry at the airport. I really needed some good wifi and a bit of peace and quiet. Haha.

I´ve been updating our calender and replying on our volunteer requests on workaway. Finally. I always feel so embarrassed when responding to a 2-week old request, especially when I´ve been working hard on increasing our reply rate. Well, we´re on 78%, and that’s okay for now.

Speaking of volunteering, I just realised that I´m the volunteer who ended up staying. After almost 8 months at the chateau, I believe I´ve become a proper «Lalander». I now have more robes then underwear (Influenced by Stephanie). They are the unofficial uniform in this house. We´ve even talked about offering the B&B guests fabulous robes too. One of my favourite things to do in the morning is to go down to the kitchen and get my self a cup of tea while wearing a comfy robe. I´ve also become the «know-it-all» around the house (unfortunately, haha). I usually know what’s happening, where things are and what needs doing. Weirdly, it´s both satisfying and stressful. Luckily I´ve learned to enjoy whiskey in bed while watching Game of Thrones with Stephanie. I haven´t watched anything of the series, and I´m not really a fan, but I love watching it with S as she is a major fan!

When I stayed in Norwich in September (to settle down there), I never would have thought that I would stay in France for this long. I only planned for 2 weeks, and now I´m probably looking at a whole year.

Good God, I feel so incredibly lucky and grateful.

 

Alright. I better head home to Lalande. Tomorrow we´re doing our traditional Saturday shopping day. It´s been a while since we had a look in the second-hand shops in La Châtre. I´m hoping to find more fabric for my summer dress sewing-project.

Have a good weekend everyone!

 

Marie

Update from chateau de la lande

GOOD EVENING

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FLOWERS IN EVERY ROOM

The chateau is filled with flowers and silence this afternoon, and I believe the Lalanders are happy with a relaxed Thursday. The last couple of days have been hectic, to say the least, but in the right way. We have been doing various renovation work while also having the loveliest B&B-guests dining with us. Oh, and did I mention the camera crew who´ve been following us around for the last couple of days? I´m afraid I can´t tell you anything specific, but I do hope you all will be watching when the episodes come out.

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SALAD FROM THE GARDEN

I absolutely love that we can go out to the greenhouse and get vegetables for our dinners. I made a feisty salad for one of the dinners, lettuce and radish from the greenhouse. Then red onions, garlic, parsley, coriander, squash, peppers and loads of oranges. The dressing was a classic honey and mustard combo. So yummy.

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LOVE MY NEW ROBE

While we were filming, I had to drop off Mike and Pauline (two of our B&B guests) to their private aeroplane. The couple lives in the middle of the UK and was on holiday, visiting France. They are on a round trip, visiting a few of the chateaus in the series (Escape to the Chateau DIY). Seems like a dream to be able to fly around wherever you like. You can watch their goodbye on my Instagram story, click here.

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We´ve been eating in the entrance hall for the last couple of days, the room fits more people than our kitchen table. I love the white open space, and especially the window view from both sides.

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Flowers from the garden, love the purple palettes from the iris and lilac

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Roses from the garden, they smell so heavenly

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Things are finally getting back to normal here, filming days have their way of turning things upside down. Haha! The next couple of weeks we are busy with new guests, and a few whole rentals. We have a few workawayers leaving and also some new coming. June and July will be more hectic, we have lots of bookings while also having our workshops in July. There are also a few weddings here too, I really hope that I get to do some bridal flowers. Haha. The joys I get from living in this house is a true blessing.

If you want to see more of our everyday life at Lalande, click into my instagram here.

Marie

 

Enkelt å spise sunt

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Med dårlig nett og en ladekabel som snart tar kvelden så kan det virke som om jeg ikke er ment å nærme meg sosiale medier. Det er rart hvor avhengig man egentlig blir av mobil og pc. På en måte så er det faktisk fint at det ikke finnes internett i alle hjørner av chateauet, man er derfor ikke alltid tilgjengelig. Det er litt fint, jeg har blitt flinkere til å legge igjen mobilen istedet for å alltid ha den med meg. Men, jeg klarte nå uansett å blogge litt i dag også, hehe.

I dag har jeg vært i Chateauroux, det er en middels stor by 1 time unna oss. Jeg har hentet Michael som har kommet for å hjelpe til med filmingen neste uke. Fra mandag venter 3 dager med filming til serien. Da blir det «all hands on deck» og vel så det. Helgen blir også busy men det er bare fint. De gamle eierne av chateauet (Francois og Brigitte) som har vært her i noen dager, reiste i dag. De er så fine og veldig takknemmelige. De har til og med tilbydt meg å komme å besøke dem i huset deres i Brittany. Jeg kommer definetivt til å benytte meg av det tilbudet. Brittany er en kjent og veldig vakker region i nord Frankriket.

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Skålen er fra Wedgwood, elsker den lyse blå fargen

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lunsj

Min lunsj i dag! Etter at jeg kom hjem fra Chateauroux ble det en digg salat med bakt søtpotet, kokt egg, karamelisert rådkål, valnøtter og ruccola. Super lett å lage. I koppen har jeg te med fersk mynte fra hagen. Namm!

Jeg har enda ikke følt noen trang til å spise kjøtt eller fisk. Det er litt rart, jeg startet med en vegetar diett fordi jeg ville prøve å spise sunnere og for få i meg mer grønnsaker. Det har så langt fungert ganske bra, men jeg forventet ikke å miste lysten på kjøtt og fisk. Det er veldig rart. Hver gang jeg forestiller meg å spise kjøtt så grøsser det i kroppen, sykt rart. Jeg har til og med hatt mareritt om at jeg har spist kjøtt. Haha. Nå må ikke dere tro at jeg disser alle andre som faktisk spiser kjøtt, for det gjør jeg absolutt ikke. Jeg tror fortsatt på at dyr skal kunne spises, men når det er sagt, da på en mer bærebar og etisk måte.

Nå er det faktisk kvelden for min del. Jeg er ikke nødt til å stå tildig opp i morgen så jeg blir å skrive litt i sengen før jeg legger meg. Jeg har for tiden ikke internett på rommet så da slipper jeg alle distraksjoner. Hehe!

God natt fine 🙂

 

Busy Lalanders

Hello

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David´s glutenfree chocolate cake with peanut cream

Hey, all you lovely people

Hope your all having some sunny and warm spring weather. Lalande is covered in beautiful and bloomy scenery at the moment. It´s so beautiful, so peaceful. Just gorgeous basically. I don´t mean to brag, but spring is finally at Lalande and  I Iove it.

It´s been a few busy days at the chateau since the Easter party. All the party guests have left, though some friends are returning next week. So much is happening, especially with the filming next week. I really wish I could tell you all!

Here are some pictures from the last couple of days:

From today: we had the previous owners and a B&B guest for breakfast in the kitchen. The previous owners are here for a few days. They are renting the whole chateau later this month.

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We have a new workawayer, Maxim, from Russia. He is an extraordinary artist and painter. Right now he is painting this bed for us. It´s going to look so stunning when finished.

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Went for a good run yesterday and I can really feel that my body is improving. Good feeling.

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Right. I´m a busy bee these days. I need to go to Aigurande to do some shopping now. I´m cooking for guests on Friday, the starter will be a salad from the garden with beet hummus. For the main course, I´m doing barbeque skewers (both meat and vegetarian) served coucous, yoghurt and baked potatoes. Dessert will be a serving tart with caramelised pears. Yummy.

Have a great day.

Marie

En del av stedet

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Nå var det på tide å skrive litt på norsk kjente jeg. Det er litt godt å få utrykke seg litt på sitt eget morsmål. Noen ganger, når det går for lenge så stokker det seg grundig opp i munn. Det høres ikke pent ut. Uansett, jeg håper dere alle er med godt mot og våren i vente. I dag er det meldt 18 grader og sol så jeg kan ikke klage.. 🙂

Jeg kjenner at etter hele 7 måneder på chateauet så er jeg virkelig blitt en del av stedet, men også bedriften. Vi lever sammen, vi spiser sene middager og drikker vin. Vi ler masse samtidig som vi også jobber lange dager. Jeg kan ikke si noe annet enn at jeg digger hverdagene her. Neste uke kommer det enda et film crew for å spille inn til nye episoder av serien «Escape to the Chateau DIY».  Jeg lærer så mye og tiden her er ikke annet enn en god investering. Kunnskapen strømmer på, samtidig som netteverket vokser. Jeg har ikke lagt noen planer om å dra herfra enda, men jeg blir nok å ta noen svippturer til England og Norge i løpet av sommeren og høsten.

Jeg elsker virkelig den tiden jeg har her, det å få ta ting med ro. Til å finne selvinnsikt og lære mer om livet. Jeg jobber for tiden med å bygge opp gode rutiner i hverdagen. Jeg har bestemt meg for å prøve å gå til sengs litt tidligere, helst rundt 22-23. Klarer jeg å stå opp tidligere så får jeg også mer ut av dagen. Det er så viktig å være utladet med nok timer med søvn, i hvertfall for meg.

Dagen har allerede vart lenge, vi hadde frokost tidlig. Jeg har styret rundt i huset frem til nå. Gjort klart rom mens jeg har hørt på podcasts. Senere skal jeg skal endelig få tid til å være ute i hagen igjen. Plenen må klippes og drivhuset må pintrest-styles før filmingen på mandag. I morgen har jeg fri så jeg håper at jeg skal få lure meg litt vekk, jeg har lyst til å fortsette å skrive. Fredagen blir mer busy. B&B gjester og ny workawayer annkommer. Jeg skal lage middag til 11-12 stykker. Det blir veldig stas! Da blir det en 3 retters (hvertfall for B&B gjestene), til forrett skal jeg lage en bete hummus med salat fra hagen. Til hovedrett blir det vegetariske grillspyd, couscous og vegan youghurt. Til dessert blir det glutenfri vegan terte med karamelisert epler. Jeg er faktisk veldig spent på middagen jeg skal lage, får håpe det smaker.

Resten av helgen byr på fullt kjør med gjester og forberedelser til filmingen på mandag. Spennende helg i vente.

Marie

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Flowers for my self

Hey lovelies

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It´s been a few busy days here at Lalande, but we are finally back to normal. Stephanie and I have finally started sharing a calendar (my biggest joy this month), and there are busy times ahead. We are getting more and more bookings, and it´s all a bit overwhelming, but in the right way.

I went on a little flower hunt this afternoon, I really wanted some flowers for my self this time. Flowers for my birthday! YAY! My birthday is tomorrow, and it´s my 28th! I feel slightly frightened about getting closer to 30, but also incredibly grateful too. I love getting older, somehow it´s so reassuring. Getting older also means more wisdom and life experience. More certainty. Getting older also makes me feel safer, even if I still don´t have a proper job yet. Even if I still have study loans to pay off. Even if I haven’t found my haven. But what I do know is what I want. It’s so clear to me now, and it´s filled with passion.

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A trip around the chateau forest

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Yesterday I listened to another episode of «The school of greatness» with Lewis Howes, starring Dean Graziosi. I absolutely loved the episode, and something that really came to heart was the conversation about the «7 Levels deep». Basically, it´s all about discovering why you really want to become what you want to become in life. Why you have the goals that you have. Try this link, it´s a website that allows you to do the exercise. While I was listening to the episode and the conversation that Dean and Lewis were having I just started realising my inner truths about why I want the things that I want. What drives me to move towards my dreams. It made me cry, and it still does when I think about it, and it´s far to complicated to tell you all now, but it reminded me of the little girl I once used to be. The little girl who saw her father drunk too many times, a father who was picked up by the police far to much. The little girl who wanted more then what her family could ever give her. So, with a lot of love and ambition, I know now why I want the things that I want. I want to aim high and be successful in every way that I can so I can save that little girl. The little girl is me, but also children who needs help. One day I want to study pedology, and I want to create a sanctuary for kids in need. That being a children home or a school, who knows what the future beholds. The only thing I know is that I want to save children.

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My dearest Ruby

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Right, enough deep stuff. David is back at Lalande, and he is cooking tonight. YAY. There is dinner, lots of cheese and hopefully a cocktail or two. I´m staying up late!

I hope you all have a amazing Saturday.

 

Marie

 

 

 

The Easter Party

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What a party!

This year’s Easter Party is now over at Lalande, but what a party we had. Everyone looked fantastic in their costumes, and people were dancing all night. My superhero outfit was a healer, I was «Iben» from Sweeden. Hehe. I had a hillarious and fun evening, so much fun and lots of people. I loved the dinner, the dancing I unfortunatley missed by falling a sleep.. Haha.

Here are some pictures from the party:

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Dana, me, Nati, Mary and Heather

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My superhero outfit. I found this vintage summer dress in Emmaus, and I hand sewed fresh flowers onto it. I love the natural and «pure» style.

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Chocolate for the Easter egg hunt

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Stephanie getting ready for the party

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Counting eggs..

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I had so much fun this weekend, and I really enjoyed having the whole chateau filled with people. I thought I would be a little bit stressed with all the work, but everyone has been super helpful. I´m definelty coming back next year.

A few of the guests have already left, but some are staying a few more days. The decorations have already been taken down by a superforced team. Bedrooms have been cleaned, and sheets washed and ironed. All is well at Lalande, and the B&B guests for tomorrow can safely arrive at the chateau without finding pyramids of toilet rolls in the stairwell.

I´m spending the rest of the evening just relaxing, my body can still feel the fun of 3 days of partying. Haha.

Marie

 

Easter Party preperations

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The Grand Salon at Lalande

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Rapeseed flowers and lilac

Happy Easter from Lalande 

It´s looking so warm and bloomy in the chateau now, decorations are coming along. The house is almost full, and the last guests will arrive tonight. I love having lots of people around the chateau, it´s a lovely feeling. Since we have a Superhero theme party this year, everyone has to come as a superhero or a supervillain tonight. We also started a game last night, i think it´s similar to «Vampires and Villagers». It´s a game about staying alive (i think..), and so far I haven´t been killed. Haha! I´ll keep you all updated.

Here are a few pictures of the house right now:

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We wanted the Grand Salon to look like a magical galaxy where only superheroes live. The Winter Salon will be the dark planet who are hosting all the supervillains. Stephanie ordered a lot of wisteria from Amazon, and they are now hanging in the beams in the Grand Salon. I usually have no great interest in using fake flowers (being a florist), but these do look pretty amazing. I can´t wait for the big party tonight.

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The entrance hall

I made a few flower arrangments yesterday, and I just love the colour palettes. Bluebells, lilac and greens. I found a lot of empty glass bottles and old jars lying around. After washing them and filling them with cold water, they were ready to be used. I love re-using stuff. It´s so heavenly to have such a big collection of vases in the house. Thank you, Stephanie!

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A cup of tea and loud music while making the arrangments is essential

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The two big tables are now covered with white linen tablecloths, and it´s almost looking a bit summerly in the entrance hall. Tonight we will have a 3-course meal served by Dana and Jodi. I´m so excited, especially about the chocolate dipped strawberries we´re having for dessert. Yummy!

If you want to see more of whats happening at Lalande this Easter you should follow my Instagram stories, click here!

I hope you all have a beautiful Easter.

Marie

 

Hunting for funiture

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On Saturday, Stephanie and I went to Bourges to see if we could find some furniture for De la tour (one of the bedrooms that being redecorated). We ended up having lunch out, and that was an unexpected treat, we had two starters, two glasses of wine and a cheese platter. They didn´t have any vegetarian main courses, but the starter I had was fantastic. I´m slightly disappointed by the lack of vegetarian and glutenfree options in our area. I really miss Norwich in that way, so many options!

Here are a few pictures from our day:

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A beautiful tea/coffee set, I wish I could have bought it. I can´t really buy much stuff now, it just won’t fit in my suitcase.  One day I will take a car and make a long road trip around France. The goal will be to discover as many second-hand shops as possible. Haha. One day.

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Inside of the courtyard to Palais Jacques Cæur

We are already 7 people in the chateau today, more friends are coming later this week. By Friday we will be over 30 people here. The Easter party is approaching quickly, and there is so much to do. We are transforming the Grand Salon into a magical and beautiful, but a distant galaxy. There will be lots of white trees, flower arrangments, light fabrics and much more. It´s going to look incredible when it´s done. Can´t wait to show you the finished results!

Tonight, David and Donna are cooking up a magical dinner, Lalande style. There will be lots of laughs, wine and good talks. It definitely doesn’t feel like Monday today.

I hope you all have a lovely evening. I certainly will.

 

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Hei kjære dere i Norge.

Nå er det nesten helt grønt ute, det er helt sprøtt. Snart er det helt vår og straks sommer. Til helgen er det meldt over 20 varmegrader. Herregud, jeg er så glad i å snakke om været her. Hehe. Jeg får bare beklage. Jeg håper virkelig denne festen blir årets beste, det er lader i hvertfall opp til det. Jeg har blitt den personen som alle kommer til, store og små spørsmål. Jeg merker at jeg alltid ender opp med å bli en slik person. Jeg tar så sykt mye ansvar, helt automatisk. Jeg suger det opp som en støvsuger. Vipps, så blir jeg den alle betror seg til. Den som vet alt om alt. Det føles litt overveldene, spesielt i disse dager. Spesielt siden jeg har ansvaret for romfordelingen til 30 stykker. Mange meldinger, mange dokumenter, mange oppgaver. Mange to-do´s før Fredag. Herrefred. Haha! Jaja, jeg har det i hvertfall veldig gøy midt opp i det hele. Jeg skal love å ta mange bilder og oppdatere dere når jeg får tid.

Håper alle har en fin Mandag. Vi høres 🙂

 

Last nights dinner party

HAPPY FRIDAY FROM LALANDE

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Hey guys!

I thought I would update you all on the Lalande front. Yesterday, we had a lovely dinner party together with our 2 B&B guests, Sarah and Steve. The couple was on holiday in France, coming from the UK. It was Sarah´s 50s birthday-week, so we had 2 bottles of Champagne, olives and cheese and of course a delicious main course. I made a turkish aubergine and chicken stew for them. I also made a smoked sweet potato dip and Hummus. Yummy! Stephanie came back from London just in time for dinner. We were a fun mix around the table, also accompanied by Heather and Osman. We had lots of laughs and talked about anything from DIY projects to tantra courses. You know, there is no filter when there is Champagne involved.

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The birthday girl, Sarah, bought me this beautiful robe yesterday! I was so surprised by the gift but it made me incredibly happy. The best gifts are the ones you don´t expect, and for me who loves robes more than anything, it was the highlight of the day. Thank you so much, Sarah, you are an utter sweetheart.

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I love that Stephanie is back in the house. We have lots to do, especially with the Easter party coming up but also because filming days are approaching. Tomorrow, Stephanie and I are going to do some scavage hunting in Bourges. We need to get some furniture for one of the bedrooms we are redecorating.
I’m really looking forward to the trip, it´s always a delight to spend time with Stephanie.

Today I´ve done breakfast for the guests while also doing some final laundry before all our friends are coming. Getting all 19 bedrooms ready is not done in a few hours, I’ll tell you that.. Right, I have to get ready for dinner. Stephanie and I are visiting Dana and Arno tonight, they have invited us for a small dinner party.

Marie

 

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Det har ikke vært mange hele norske innlegg her for tiden, beklager det altså! Jeg har litt mye å gjøre om dagen, det går i ett fra morgen til kveld. Jeg digger det, men jeg håper at jeg snart får tid til å skrive litt flere innlegg på bloggen. Det er noen innlegg jeg er litt sene med men det får nå bare være. Jeg skal ha en sikkelig «day-off» på søndag så da tenker jeg at jeg kanskje slår til med noe. Er det noe du ønsker at jeg skal skrive om så send meg gjerne en DM på Instagram. Jeg er alltid åpen for forslag.

Det er egentlig ikke så mye mer å meddele. Jeg spiser havregrøt hver dag til frokost og det har nå blitt en innmari koselig greie. Jeg ser faktisk frem til det, pluss min daglige kopp med varmt vann, sitron, eddik,  honning og cayenne pepper. Jeg har vært sikkelig dårlig på treningsfronten denne uka her, jeg har skippet 2 treninger, men jeg håper å få tatt de igjen i morgen og på søndag. Jeg har bare ikke hatt tid (bare sunnskyldninger, haha), men jeg ser faktisk veldig frem til intervalltreningene. Av en eller annen grunn så kommer jeg inn i et veldig positiv og inspirerende tankemønster mens jeg trener. Jeg visualiserer mine mål og ser for meg hva jeg må gjøre for å nå dem. Det hjelper meg med å holde fokuset oppe og det er så deilig.

Hva ellers? Jeg har hørt mye på podcasts om dagen, alltid mens jeg gjør noe. Det kan være mens jeg rydder på kjøkkenet eller er i «laundry-rommet» (Må bare beklage Engelsk-Norsken).. Jeg har begynt å høre på Lewis Howes igjen, han er en sosial entreprenør som står bak «School of Greatness». Elsker å høre på de episodene, alt er så innmari inspirerende.

Sånn, nå ble det nok skravling. Nå må jeg dra!

Ha en fin helg allesammen 🙂

Honeymoon suite ready for guests

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Happy Wednesday

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Today, we are expecting a couple for a one night stay at Lalande. They asked for a bottle of Champagne and dinner, which they will of course have. It´s always a joy to compose a 3-course meal for our guests, I can’t wait to use the vegetables from our garden. If you enjoy cooking like me, you would love cooking at Lalande.

Today’s guests are staying in the so-called «honeymoon» suite, the room is called Bonne Maman, and this is a bright,  spacious and stunning room. «Bonne Maman» means grandmother in French and this was the bedroom belonging to the Marquise. This room is located in the 15th-century wing of the chateau.

Here are a few pictures of the room:

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I arranged some quick flowers for the guest’s bedroom today. I don´t always get the chance to do it every day, but I do try as often as I can. I´m over the moon thrilled about the early spring here at Lalande, every trip to the garden is like a treasure hunt. Love spring.

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The suite bathroom, the wallpaper is by Lewis & Wood. There is a separate shower and an original art deco cast iron bath.

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Flowers from the garden

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I adore this 50s dressing table, bought by Stephanie on an auction in London.

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The bed and the bedside tables in the suite also used to belong to the Marquise

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The wall fabric and curtains are silk from Sudbury Silk Factories in England.

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champagne and flowers

Well, I better head to the kitchen and start preparing tonights dinner. I think I will do a sensual clementine carpaccio with a fresh mint sauce as a starter. The main course will be a honey roasted chicken with a creamy butter sauce and blue potatoes. For dessert, I will be a cheezy romantic and serve strawberries dipped in chocolate. Easy peasy but delish!

I hope you all have a great afternoon.

Marie

 

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Som dere ser så har jeg merket blogginnlegget med «reklame» øverst i innlegget og det er fordi at det blogginnlegget inngår i et samarbeid med eierne av Chateauet. Det betyr ikke nødvendigvis at jeg får betalt for innlegget, men jeg vil likevel være så ærlig og ekte som overhode mulig. Da vet dere det mine kjære norske lesere.

 

 

A trip to Bourges

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Cathédrale Saint-Etienne de Bourges

Hey guys! Long time no see..

Having friends over is heavenly, but it´s also time-consuming. I like to be as present as possible when I´m around friends and that’s why haven´t blogged for a few days. I haven´t seen Joanna since September last year, and it was just pure joy to see her again. My sweet Joanna. We met in Lofoten (Norway) when I worked and lived there. My time there wouldn´t be the same without her. We have both moved away from Lofoten and right now we are facing a new chapter in our lives. It´s always fascinating to see what lies next. So many open doors.

Last Friday we spent the whole day in Bourges. Joanna arrived on Thursday and left yesterday. Since we had some B&B guests on Saturday, we thought we could do an entire day out before they arrived. I´ve been told that Bourges is a nice city to visit and especially because of the famous Cathedral Saint-Etienne. I´m thrilled we decided to visit the spectacular monument, and taking the long stairwell to the roof. There were so many stairs, but it was all worth the sweat. The view was stunning and it was a great way to see the city.

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View of the city of Bourges

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Me and Joanna

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This is one intelligent but also a hilarious woman who happens to be one of my best friends. Besides from having a Master in French, she is also utterly beautiful in every way there is.

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I would say that Bourges is a city who offers a little bit of everything. Loads of restaurants to choose from (but be aware of the opening times), shopping areas are not to bad either. The city also offers a few unique museums and attractions. Definetly worth the trip if you’re nearby.

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So, whats happening at the chateau these days?

We have a few B&B bookings this week, and Stephanie is coming home on Thursday (Can´t wait)! On Sunday we will have another workawayer arriving. Next Monday, Osman will leave us for a nearby tantra course! We are hoping he will return after. He is such a great worker. Monday and Tuesday next week will also be a glourious day, Nathalie, Mary, Gillian and Donna is coming back and that means that the Easter party is soon opon us. Cant´t wait to see all the familiar faces aswell as new ones. It´s going to be epic.

Have a great Tuesday everyone.

 

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Håper alle har det bra der i Norge? Jeg hører dere har solskinnsdager og at vårtegnene har begynt å komme. Det gledes! Jeg grøsser bare av tanken om å måtte ta på seg en tjukk vinterjakke for å reise til Norge. Jeg har veldig lyst til å komme hjem for en liten visit, men det frister ikke helt enda. Spesielt når våren har kommet for lengst her i Frankriket og vi venter opp til 20 varmegrader neste uke. Litt bortskjemt kanskje? .. Hehe.

Nå må jeg straks komme meg avgårde. Mandags treningen er unnagjort og det føles helt nydelig. Nå skal jeg få unna litt oppgaver. Rom må klargjøres til i morgen. I kveld det blir det vegan fajitas (Osman er vegan) og film! Fin kveld.

Ha en fin dag alle 🙂

 

 

Out and about at Lalande

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I´m not much of a cat person, but Ruby has become very special to me. It´s now come to a point where I prefer to have him around when I walk around the garden. My favourite has become our «hangout» spot in the greenhouse. While Ruby steps on our herbs I water the perennials. Teamwork ey?

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Ruby follows me everywhere, even into the chateau forest

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into the floristry workshop

I absolutely love wild and messy flower arrangements, and especially if they are without «proper» flowers, haha. I guess I´m a bohemian romantic when it comes to floral styles. Lots of greens, different textures and smooth colours. Flower arrangments from the garden are my favourites. It´s like going on a treasure hunt every time, you never know what you will find.

Yesterday, I set up a floristry workshop in one of the outbuildings. Walton, one of the previous workawayers from last year, cleared this room! He did a fantastic job. Now it´s almost empty, and it´s a perfect place to arrange flowers. I think Stephanie has plans to turn the room into a summer kitchen, a brilliant idea, especially since the bread oven room is just next door. While I was making the flower arrangement, I also made a video of it. I plan to do regular short videos on Instagram Tv, so if you’re interested in seeing another angle on the life and the surroundings at Lalande, stay tuned on my Instagram! Link here.

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grand salon

I´ve placed the flower arrangement in the Grand Salon, the colours in the room are warm and soft, but there is also vibrant colours too. The walls are decorated with Stephanie’s father’s paintings, and they really give the house an uplifting vibe.  I think today’s flower arrangement was a good fit for the room.

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I hope you all have a good day! It´s not warm today at Lalande, but next week will be warmer. We have two helpful workawayers at the moment who is doing appreciating work around the grounds. Osman is doing some light renovation work, while Heather is weeding in the greenhouse. I love people who weed! Haha! Right, I need to rock away to the laundry room. We have B&B guests coming this weekend, so I better get busy! Later today I will pick up my best friend, Joanna from Norway, who is visiting me for a few days. Can’t wait to see her again. I think I might cry when I see her, friends and family are everything. Never let go of the people you love.

Marie

I feel so blessed

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Flowers from the garden

Hey lovelies,

April is finally here, my favourite month of the year. Not because it´s my birthday month (haha), but because spring is finally arriving. I´m sitting in Stephanie’s study and gazing towards the view outside. It’s so ridiculous beautiful here, and it´s also getting greener and greener for every day that passes. We just had a weekend with sunny weather and over 2o degrees, omg! I feel so blessed, especially since I know there is still a lot of places covered with snow in Norway.

In a few weeks, the whole house will be filled with people again, I really can’t wait. Parties at Lalande is not a dull thing, especially when there is a theme. As some of you might know, this year’s Easter party will be a «Superhero party». We all have to create our own superpower, make up our alter ego and decide on which side we want to be on. The organisation is coming along, and I know for sure that the whole Chateau will be full. How fun is that?? I´m still thinking about my superhero power and what outfit to go for. The florist in me says that I should go out in the forest and make myself an epic «poison ivy» outfit. I might actually do that!

Exciting times ahead.

Marie

 

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Jeg kjente at jeg måtte skrive litt norsk også! Beklager for at jeg enda ikke har klart å få til denne auto-oversettelsen. Jeg har rett og slett ikke hatt tid. Snart blir det. Fingerscrossed.

Nå spretter knoppene på trærne ganske straks, jeg tipper det er noen av dere i Norge som er litt missunnelig på den tidlige våren her i Frankriket. Hehe! Jeg elsker den tidlige våren og jeg føler at jeg ikke får sagt det nok! Uff, unnskyld! Uansett, over til noe annet! Om det er noen kjekke menn i 30-årene som ønsker seg jeg en påskefest så har vi et lite fåtall sengeplasser igjen. Det blir en helgefest med superhelt tema, 3-retters og påskeegg jakt!. Så, om du er keen på en påskefest på et slott i Frankriket så ta kontakt! Jeg prøver å finne en kjekk hunk til en viss frøken.. Hehe.

 

This week´s questions

O&A

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Hvordan er livet på Chateauet om dagen? – Ganske fint, våren er her! Dere aner ikke hvor takknemmelig jeg er for å kunne gå med bare føtter og kjole om dagen. Det å være her i Frankriket med tidlig vår gjør litt opp for den kalde Lofotsommeren jeg hadde i fjor.

// How’s Chateau life? – Chateau life is pretty good, especially since spring is here! I´m beyond grateful to be able to walk around with bare feets and summer dresses. The early spring in France really makes up for the cold Lofoten summer I had last year.

Hvordan går treningsprogrammet? – Haha! Jeg har bare fullført 1 uke, men det går strålende. Jeg skal ikke skryte på meg toppidrettskondis enda, men jeg merker at jeg brukte å løpe i fjor. Jeg digget dagens treningsøkt, jeg hadde flere intervall runder. Godt å få svette litt!

// How’s your workout program going? – Haha. I´ve just finished 1 week, but it´s going rather well. I´m not a top athlete (yet), but I have noticed that my body is enjoying the exercises. I loved today’s workout, I had more intervals and it was pretty though, but also rewarding. It feels good to be back at it.

Spiser du sunt hele tiden? – Vel, jeg spiser ganske sunne måltider i hvertfall. Det er som regel 2-3 måltider om dagen. Av og til har jeg en sjokoladebit til dagens kaffe. Jeg har gått ned på kaffen, det er helt drøyt. Nå er det som regel bare 1 kopp om dagen, i fjor sommer kunne jeg kanskje drikke så mye som 6-7 kopper hver dag. Men ja, jeg spiser veldig sunne måltider om dagen og det er skikkelig digg.

// Do you eat healthy all the time? – Well, I do eat a lot of healthy meals. It´s usually about 2-3 meals a day. Sometimes I have a piece of chocolate with my coffee. I´ve also gone down on my coffee drinking, it´s actually a bit insane. I usually just have 1 cup a day, last summer I could drink as much as 6-7 cups a day. Anyhow, yes, I do eat a lot of healthy meals and that feels pretty good.

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Har du tenkt til å studere igjen? – Ja! Det har jeg veldig lyst til men samtidig så har jeg ikke lyst til å være den evige drop-out studenten. Jeg har jo ikke akkurat lykkes så bra frem til nå, eller bortsett fra blomsterfaget da. Eller, jeg har jo ikke fagbrev enda, haha! Vel, uansett. Jeg har hatt lyst til å studere pedagogikk, men det får blir en dag jeg har mer kapasitet og penger. Det er vanskelig å studere når Lånekassen ikke er så samarbeidsvillig lengre..

// Have you thought about studying again? – Yes! I really want to study one more time, but I also don´t want to be the eternal drop-out student. I haven´t succseeded so far with higer education, but I would love to study pedagody one day.

Hva er det beste med å bo på «Lalande»? – Nærheten til naturen, dyrene, det mer varme klimaet og de fantastiske menneskene som bor her. Alle kostymefestene!

// What is the best about living at «Lalande? – The closness to nature, the animals, the more warm climate. All the fantastic people who live and visit Lalande. The costume parties.

Stresser du om dagen? – Stresser? Haah. Jeg synes det er litt stress med den romfordelingen jeg må organisere til påskefesten. Jeg har fått jobben med å fordele alle inn i rom, men det er ikke så lett. Noen er veldig fleksible på hvor de skal sove, mens andre er mer vriene. Vi har B&B bookinger rett etter påskehelgen så det er ikke bare bare å få det til å gå opp. Jeg håper jeg klarer å finne en løsning som gjør alle fornøyde.

// Anything troubling your mind? – Not much, but I do stress a little bit about the room arrangments for the Easter party. It´s my job to make sure everyone has a room to sleep in, but it´s not that easy.  Some people are very flexible while others are not. I do hope I find a solution that makes everyone happy.

Hva ser du frem til? – Joanna! Hun kommer neste uke og jeg gleder meg som et barn til å se henne igjen. Jeg har ikke sett henne siden September i fjor. Det er altfor lenge. Jeg lengter også etter varme sommer netter og litt glød på kroppen. Jeg lengter også etter litt faste rammer og en jobb (blir etter sommeren).

// What are you looking forward to? – Joanna! She is coming to the chateau next week and I´m so excited to see her again. I haven´t seen her since September last year. Thats too long. I´m also longing for warm summer nights and a nice tan. I´m also looking forward to having a more normal lifestyle and a proper job (after summer).

 

Almost ready for summer

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Gillian and I had a day out yesterday! We started early with a workout at 08.30am, followed by a good breakfast (porridge of course). After breakfast, we took the Jaguar to Limoges. Gillian had to catch a flight in the afternoon and I was going to pick up another workawayer. We thought we might as well go out for a coffee and do a little bit of shopping. We both ended up getting a few things. I found some pretty summer dresses at Zara that I cant wait to wear! Let’s have summer now, please.

We also got some take away coffee, you know, when in a city! Haha

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When in France..

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Limoges

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Some of the dresses I found at Zara

Today is just a normal day at Lalande. The sun is shining outside, I feel like summer is around the corner. We now have to new workawayers here. Feels good to be more people doing work around here, somehow the achievements feel bigger, hehe. I still have a ton of laundry to do after the birthday party. I better get started. I´m actually looking forward to spending the day doing laundry. There is something satisfying about ironing tablecloths while listening to a few podcasts.

Marie

A sneak peek into Stephanie´s dressingroom

Love this pretty face

I had the exciting opportunity to have a look around in Stephanie´s dressing room not so long ago! I´ve always been fascinated by Stephanie’s personality and the thought of sneaking into her dressing room have been on my wish list for a while. She has been teasing us with her beautiful collection of morning robes ever since I arrived to the Chateau, and that’s enough to start a fascination for her sense of fashion. As you all might know already, Stephanie is a ray of bright sunshine and her clothes are no exception. Here are some pictures of my private tour:

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Stephanie holding up one of her own made dresses, this is a 17th-century dress that she made for the first party held for all of the Chateau owners in the series

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Another dress made by Stephanie

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Some of Steph´s many necklaces

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View out to the garden

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I absolutely adore Stephanie’s style. Her clothes really reflect her colourful and vibrant personality.  Every day at Lalande is a colorful day, especially with Stephanie around.

Marie