Orgasmic figs – Lalande style

How to make my orgasmic figs

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The first thing you should know is that I don’t follow recipes. I just cook food. I rarely measure what I need, I just “dash in” ingredients until It tastes good. If you want super specific recipes I won’t be your best recipe source, however, I´m told Nic´s lovely Marie is thinking of creating a food-inspired Instagram account. How exciting is that! Let’s follow when she does.

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Anyhow, I´ll finally spill the beans on my orgasmic figs. The dish is perfect as a starter but also for dessert. I picked almost everything from the kitchen garden at Lalande when I made this dish.

I´m a big believer in using what you have. In old Norwegian tongue, we say “Man tar det man haver”. I often find myself browsing the internet for food inspiration but I rarely follow the recipe. I like to do things my way, I like to improvise and besides how often does it happened that you actually have all the ingredients? Anyhow, let’s start.

Here is what you will need per person:

1 x fig

3-4 x slices of a green apple, you can also use peaches

a little chunk of blue cheese, or any cheese you have in the fridge. However, the blue cheese is part of what gives out the “orgasmic” flavour

A handful of mint leaves

1-3 pieces of blackberries or raspberries

Then you will need brown sugar, salted butter and oil.

 

Here is what you do:

1. start off with gently cutting your mint leaves. Some smaller pieces, some bigger. Add all the mint into a bowl. Then add a few clunks of olive oil and mix it up. I love when the oil starts to get green in colour

2. get a frying pan and turn on to medium heat. Add too much butter because life is short. Then add brown sugar

3. slice your figs in half and add them into your frying pan when the sugar has melted with the butter. Gently caramelise the figs. You want them to be golden and glittery. Not brown and soggy

4. Add your slices of apples into the frying pan last minute or so. I love when the apple slices have a thin layer of sugar on them

Right. Let´s plate the food – the fun part.

Lift the caramelised figs gently with a helpful spoon and place two figs next to each other onto the plate. Then layer the sliced apples somehow next to each other, it needs to look sensual…. Be creative. Then, over to the mint “sauce”, use a spoon and drip the sauce around the plate but also a little on the figs and apples. Make sure you get some of those chunks of mint onto the plate as well. Add them gently around. However, more is not always more. Next up is the blue cheese that you obviously have taken out of the fridge by now. Break up small pieces of the cheese and add them to the centre. Not too far away from each other. Right. Finish of by adding a few blackberries for an extra splash of colour as well as a contrast to the sweet flavours.

I hope you find them incredibly orgasmic!

Bonne appetite xx

 

 

 

Behind the scenes + 2 years anniversary

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I like to show you a little bit of my mess. It´s part of what I do and how I work. I´ll never be shiny and spotless. I´ll never just show you the sunny side. I hope that’s okay?

A very lovely lady (who I adore) told me I shouldn’t have shown people the toilet rolls on my Instagram stories today. But I disagree, I want to show you what’s real. I want to show you what I´m up to and how it´s like to work with flowers. I love the mess, it´s part of the creative process. I also show you the real mess because there is so many who doesn’t. Social media is filled with perfect pictures, perfect lives, perfect everything. I don´t know about you but I can get pretty tired of looking at all things perfect. It can seem so unachievable and uninspiring. When I decided to get serious about posting on social media I wanted to be part of making a change. A change in how we present ourselves. I think it´s time to show all aspects of life. I believe in sharing what can be inspiring, but there needs to be a little balance too.

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Oh, by the way!! My blog (www.mariewiik.com) turned 2 years this June. I started my blog while I was working 14 hours shifts up in Lofoten. I wanted a place to write and express my thoughts and creativity. I also needed to get out a lot of emotions (thank god you cant read Norwegian). Its was free space for me to just be, me. I hope there will be plenty of years to celebrate in the future. Thank you for clicking in and reading. Thank you for taking the time to write comments. Thank you for following.

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Anyhow. Behind those pretty and shiny photos, there is always a messy floor (unless youré my grandmother). Hehe!

Right, it´s 02.31am and I should get to bed. I have started a bad habit of staying up late, but I also work better. I´m more focused.

Hope you have a lovely day xx

Marie

 

How I do my florals – trailer

Hello, all you lovely people out there!

Here is a sneak peek of my How I do my florals video for this week. It´s out now and I guess by now you know where you can find it. I hope you find some inspiration just by watching this little video. I have decided to start creating a few more handpicked videos just for Youtube. I love going out in nature and looking for beautiful things to pick. I can’t wait to bring you with me next time I go. So, stay tuned. There are videos coming up on Youtube as well.

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Anyhow. I´m off to the post office to post some letters now. I might also go and get a takeaway coffee, mabey walk around Bury to see if I can find some inspiration. I´m going to force my butt to go out running this evening too. Wish me good luck. Hehe.

Well, have a lovely week!

Love, Marie

Self-educating and takeaway coffee

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Hello from a rainy and grey Bury St. Edmunds. However, I actually prefer Sundays to be a little grey because I find rain very relaxing. I don´t mind walking out in the rain as long as I´m warm and have my blue raincoat on.

Gillian and I have been “out and about” today. G booked a slot to visit one of the gardens centres here in Bury, they have 50% off everything and we were wondering if they might be closing down. I really wanted to just get out of the house so I was glad to go with her, even if I overslept and had only 10 minuets to get into the car. Haha. Well, I actually managed it well. Strange how little time you need in the bathroom the older you get. It´s actually a little worrying.

After the garden centre, we bought takeaway coffee from Wrights. I do love the concept and coffee but they never seem to have ANY glutenfree cakes or bread. I have asked about it for half a year now. Haha. But no, no glutenfree stuff. Oh well, I guess just being open and being busy is enough for anyone right now.

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dark chocolate with oat milk, yum

Anyhow. We found a few goodies. I found a book about wildflowers. I´ve been wanting a proper book about wildflowers in the UK. Good to finally have something concrete to look in. Although I think there must be a genius app out there which allows you to take a picture of a plant which then tells you exactly what it is. Just like the wine app, Vivino. Hehe. Any ideas or recommendations?

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I´ve been spending the afternoon reading up on wildflowers in the Uk and what is okay to pick. I don´t want to encourage anything that’s not legal. However, it seems like it is okay to pick wildflowers as long as you follow a few rules. I´ll do a blogpost or vlog about it later. It seems very straight forward and I´m very glad I haven’t committed any major crimes yet! haha.

Well, it´s dinner time now. I´m going to sacrifice an episode of Greys Anatomy so that I can learn about how to make Youtube videos on Youtube. Yes, it´s getting serious. Love how knowledge is so available. Love learning new things. Do you commit to learning something new every day? Or almost every day?

Marie xx

Florals with Marie

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I´m alive! Hehe. How are you? I´m about to start making my next how I do my florals video. I am in love with this week’s flowers and I can’t wait to start! I´m working with pink peonies, white snapdragons and a soft pinkish Lisianthus. A very feminine bunch. I also handpicked a lot of foliage yesterday so I´m feeling pretty good about this one.

Anyhow. I have decided to finally start my Youtube journey. I think it is the way to go. I also feel the need to help people, to inspire others. Not just with flowers. I feel very passionately about self-care and mental health and I hope to somehow add that into the mix too. I have no proper strategy for Youtube yet, but I know I have plenty of ideas and I´m already working on my first “proper” youtube video. I´m actually loving the process of finding ideas, doing the research and scripting the video. It´s creative and I love that.

My question to you is, is there anything you would like to see on my Youtube channel? Anything at all?

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All the thank you letters for my Patreons are now sent off. It was so heartwarming to write to them and see them sent off. Without my Patreon´s I wouldn´t have allowed myself to spend the extra money on flowers every week, especially during these times. Because of them, I´m able to be creative and inspire a lot of people with the florals I make. I get a lot of messages from people who tell me how inspired they are by my pictures and stories. They send me pictures of what they pick in their gardens but also of their finished arrangements. I absolutely love that!

Oh, and please don´t feel like you need to be a Patreon. I don´t expect that at all. Florals with Marie on Patreon is not for everyone and I know that. However, I am so happy I am there. It´s giving me a push towards becoming self-employed while building up my wedding floristry portfolio. I think that’s a good thing.

Right, I´m getting myself a new cuppa and a little chocolate before it´s time to create this week’s florals.

Marie xx

 

Goddess training again

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I absolutely love these colours, the texture and the dropey look. It´s very me and very feminine.

Anyways. How are you? We had a bbq last night which was really lovely. I had 3 beers and I think my head is punishing me for it today. I can´t say that the sanding downstairs helps much either. They are doing the dining room floorboards today which is right below my bedroom. Hah. Oh well, it will look good in the end. I´m doing my floral video during lunch hour today, which will be great. Got more peonies to play with this time (coral ones), so I´m a little bit excited.

Otherwise, everything is fine. Just fine. I´m doing my best to run 2-3 times per week. I only go in the evenings when it´s a bit cooler. Somehow the pollen doesn’t seem so intruding then. I´m also doing a life “assessment” with myself. If you´ve been reading my blog for over a year, you will know that I did a Goddess workshop at Lalande with Stephanie, Gillian and Donna a year ago. If you want to read it you can click here. If you feel like you need some goddess training too, you can find the links to the spreadsheets that we used. I´m actually going to do it again, just to see how far I have come with myself, my dreams and my goals. Let me know if you try it too.

Hope you have a lovely weekend

Love, Marie

Hayfever

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I told you I would show you my sock mask. It took me about 2 minutes to make after carefully watching a youtube video. God, I love Youtube. Or just the internet. You can learn anything you want and it´s kind of free. Hehe

I´ve been having a few interesting days lately. Because of the heat and then the wind, my hayfever has gone over the roof. Here I thought I was done with it for this year, but no. Since I don´t take allergy medicine regularly (only when I need it), the pollen took me by storm. It was so bad I couldn´t go out of my room. I even had to barricade my doorstep with a towel. Haha. Luckily, I´m on pill number 3 now and I´m able to wander around without any immediate pain.

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Yesterday, I gave all my flowers away. They were kind of sitting alone in the basement and I haven’t been feeling well enough to use them. So, I made a couple of bouquets and gave them away. One to Gillian and one to one of our neighbours. Felt really nice, although it´s strange to not have any flowers in the house. I´ve had a couple of buckets of flowers in the basement for weeks now. Either from my harvesting or from deliveries. Oh well. It´s nice with a little break. There will be new and fresh flowers from Wednesday again.

Love,

Marie

17th of May celebrations

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Hey, lovelies.

Today´s been a great day, and so sunny and warm too. This is the 2nd year I´m celebrating the 17th of May away from home and it feels strange. I´ve grown up with celebrating this day! Walking in parades with our school, waving flags, eating ice cream and hot dogs. Being with family and friends. It´s a lovely tradition which is best celebrated with close family. However,  I´ll always celebrate this day, no matter where I am.

I´ve been working this evening, I had to finish the floral tutorial for tomorrow. All is well, I like how it turned out in the end. I have some pretty flowers in my basement now so I´m going to see if I´m able to make a wedding bouquet tomorrow. I need the practice but also more pictures for my portfolio. I hope to establish my self as a wedding florist here in the Uk by summer 2021. It´s all very exciting!

Oh, I have skipped the next delivery of Freddie’s flowers, so on Wednesday, I´ll be getting a “contactless” delivery from one of our lovely flower shops in Bury. You can check it out here, it´s called the Flowerhut. I think it´s so lovely that I have followed their Instagram long before I even thought about moving here. Small world!

Anyhow. Just wanted to say hello! Please let me know if there is something you would like me to write about. I feel like I´m a little “out of my game” and some direction would be much appreciated.

Love,

Marie

My flowers stay fresh in the basement

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I received my 2nd box from Freddie’s flowers today. Loved the colour palette, I´ll be using those flowers for next weeks floral tutorial. Felt super spoilt today because I still have the flowers from last week, they keep so fresh when they stay in the basement! hehe. I´m thinking of changing the delivery to every second week or so because I don´t want too many flowers at once. I´m going to give it a little think. I´m still mixing the flowers from my harvesting.

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Anyways. I did this cutie today. Loved the warm red, purple and pink combo. You can see a time-lapse video on my Instagram

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It´s the 17th of May on Sunday, Norway’s constitutional day! It´s a BIG celebration every year, even during covid-time. The Norwegians seem to be planning lots of home celebrations this year, which is so nice to see. I´m going to dress up and play the national anthem all day. I´m also baking (microwave style) and planning a Champagne brunch for me and Gillian. Can´t wait for the day when I get to dress up my own dining table with a linen tablecloth, candles, lots of Norwegian flags, flowers and my favourite porcelain. I´ve been wanting to collect porcelain from Royal Copenhagen for years, but I have always moved around and never felt like the time was right! However, I feel like I need to start soon, I´m almost 30. Heavens. Anyways, there is no dining table in the house yet, so I´m going to use a cardboard box which used to contain our new toilet! Haha. All good fun when living in a renovation project.

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The picture is borrowed from Royal Copenhagen´s Instagram. Click here for inspo!

And here is me on 17th of May a few years ago. I´m wearing my national costume dress that my great grandmother made for me. Love this dress.

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Love,

Marie

Peonies in my basement

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Finally peonies. I found them at Tesco this morning. You can imagine my utter joy when I saw them. I´ve already used them for a new IGTV video I´m making. I´ll be using them for another quirky floral tomorrow.

Anyways. It´s a beautiful and sunny day today, although it´s windy and cold. So strange after the warm weather we just had. I have booked my flights home for Christmas! Wiiiii!! Can´t wait to see my family at Christmas. Haven’t spent Christmas home for 2 years, so its about time! I´m sure the lockdown will have easied a little by then, however, time will tell I guess. I have told my mother and grandmother that we´re baking Christmas treats together. SO excited. Well, let´s get through the lockdown and summer first. Hah.

That’s all I wanted to say today. I´m pretty busy these days but it´s all fun. As I´m writing this post I´m realising that I´ve missed blogging more regularly. I´m promising myself to be better at it. Let me know if there is anything you would like me to write about.

Ps: I´m still adjusting around here, so pardon the unfinished design! 🙂

 

Love,

Marie

Handpicked vlogs out every week and why I´m on Patreon

Hey you! Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I am really flatterd that there is people clicking in here every day, it feels so strange. I some how feel slighly guilty because I haven´t written much these last months. However, I need to get over that. I love writing, so here we go again.

I´ts another day in lockdown and I feel very blessed as usal. While I´m waiting for my work to re-open I´ve been working with flowers. It´s been well over a month now since I decided I would get busy with them. From the first day of being at home I´ve had a to-do list. I´m working from morning to late at night, however it´s so much fun. I´m not going to lie, I´m so pleased to have all this time. Somehow I feel like I´ve won the lottery. Being able to inspire others with my enthusiasm for flowers have been so rewarding.

I´ve also started “vlogging”, yes, it´s super super strange but incredbliy fun! I´m also learning so much. Every week I´m making a “handpicked vlog”, which means I´m basically going out harvesting wildflowers with my clipper and iphone. I´m enjoying myself greatly and I hope that you will find inspiration to do the same. You can find my vlogs by clicking on here.

Besides from doing my “handpicked vlog series”, I´ve also started a new vlog series called: “HOW I DO MY FLORALS” . SO many of you have asked me to do turtorials so I finally decided I would do it! I´m loving it so far and I hope you will consider joining our floral community! I´m now able to get quality fresh flowers for my turtorials every week, just because of my lovely members on Patreon. I´m so greatful and so EXCITED, you have no idea.

“HOW I DO MY FLORALS” is out every Monday

“HANDPICKED VLOGS” is out every Sunday

You may wonder, why Patreon and not Youtube? Well, on Patreon you will have to pay a monthly subscription to access a creators content, on Youtube everything is free to watch. Unlike Youtube, Patreon is an ad-free and an enclosed platform and thats It´s exactly how I want it to be. I view Patreon as something smiliare to what I had as a child. I used to subscribe to a monthly magazine called “WITCH”. Hehe! It was basically about a group of teenage girls who had special powers, each with their own personality and they went on missons to fight evil while also living a normal life. Every month I would get a new magazine and I absolutley loved it. I collected every single one, they where so precious to me. One time I actually swopped one of my favourite jeans in return for a magazine that I had lost. Crazy right? Well, I loved being part of this “community”, on many levels I could relate to these teenage girls. I loved following their lives as I was living my own. Sometimes it was a great escape.

So, If you like the florals I do, my personality, the floral style I have and how I teach it, then you should join my Patreon page. Remember, you can cancel or pause your subscription at anytime.

Love, Marie

 

My Christmas

Merry Christmas

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.

Marie x

 

Christmas at Lalande: The Christmas wreath

The Christmas wreath

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:

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Can´t wait to go back!

Are you going to make a Christmas wreath this year?

Marie xx

Since last time

Hey Wednesday

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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.

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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.

Marie xx

The stables

The Stable project

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:

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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

Marie

Hometown vibes

ON HOLIDAY

Hey, or “Hei” (in Norwegian)

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.

Hope you have a lovely day x

No bathroom for a week

HAPPY MONDAY

Hey.

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.

 

 

Marie

I want to know everything

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More sanding

Hey,

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?

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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

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Not much on my mind today, or maybe I have, I just don´t know what to say, or how to say it.

Marie

Meantime there is Autumn

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Hello,

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.

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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.

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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.

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So pretty

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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

Marie

 

It´s all coming together

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Hey you,

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?

Hope your´e having a good Monday x

My latest food obsession + more

Hey Monday

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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:

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Melford hall

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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.

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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.

Have lovely Monday

Marie

Back at Tinder + a new bank account!

Hello

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Thought I would pop in and say hello!

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.

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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,

Marie x

(Ps: I haven´t forgotten about my post about being a vegeterian, I´ve just been so busy lately)

Settled in Bury

Hello lovely

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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.

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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!).

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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.

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Right, I have to continue writing some job applications. Hope you have a good day.

Marie x

When animales get sick

 

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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.

Fingers crossed.

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.

Hope your all well and happy x

 

Last month of summer

Hello
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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.

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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.

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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.

Hope you all have a great day x

Friday night

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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..

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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!

Marie

 

 

 

Repainting

HEY!

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I´ve just started repainting Des Oiseaux (one of the B&B-bedrooms) and I´m hoping to finish within a few days. I´m only doing the wooden frames and the doors, but it´s much needed. Looking forward to seeing the finished results. There is always something that needs doing around here. So, what else? Well, we still have the previous owners here with all of their guests. They leave tomorrow, and I´m looking forward to moving back to my room again. I don´t really mind being in the attic, but I would love to not have to do an old fashioned wash every day (#luxuryproblems). There is no shower up her you see, only a classic bathtube.

Our handy Australian workawayer is coming on Monday, and it seems like the list of work for him is just getting longer and longer. I´m so thankful for having Grant here for an entire month, I only hope that he can see through the workload and enjoy our Lalande life too.. Haha! Having that said I hope he is good with fixing lawnmowers. The vegetable garden is starting to look like a secret garden from another time, I bet it´s become a snake paradise too..

Have a lovley evening guys!

Marie

 

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Dagene går litt i ett kjenner jeg, noe som er ganske fint. Jeg maler, bærer kyllinger ut fra huset, planter stauder, lager 3-retters, planlegger blomster til et pinterest-bryllup og leter etter sommerkjoler i kostymeskapet. Jeg skulle ønske jeg tok meg tid til å reise hjem for å hente sommerklærnene mine, de som er godt pakket ned i kjelleren til Mamma. Kanskje August eller September! Får håpe sommeren her varer en stund. Neste uke kommer det et filmcrew hit igjen. Det skal filmes en reveal av et av B&B-soverommene som skal ferdigstilles og de skal også filme et nytt prosjektet i et av lagerrommene. Det skal nemlig totalforandres til et studio. (Som skal godt gjøres. Det finnes alt fra store badeander til tusenvis av murstein i det rommet. Tror det er 2 gamle hestevogner der også. Så ja..) Forhåpentligvis vil vi klare å gjøre om rommet til et studio før Juli. Da skal det nemlig holdes et art reatreat der. Oliver (kunster og venn av Stephanie) skal holde workshopen  og jeg skal stille som modell. Nakenmodell!! Nevnte jeg at de skal filme workshopen? Haha. Jadda. Jeg har faktisk vært akt modell for mange år siden, da jeg bodde og studerte i Oslo i 2010-2011! Jeg husker at det var ganske spennende så vi får håpe det blir det denne gangen også.

Håper dere alle har en fin kveld. Her har det vært 28 varme garder og sol, og varmere blir det i morgen. Mulig jeg blir å svømme i den grumsete vollgraven i morgen.

 

Summer has arrived to Lalande

YAY, MONDAY!

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LALANDE

We have some warm days coming up, and I´m over the moon excited about starting June with 27 degrees on Saturday!! I´m not entirely sure if everyone is aware of my excitement for this upcoming weather. For someone who spent the last couple of summers in a cold and windy fishing village in Lofoten (North of Norway), this feels like a all-inclusive holiday to the Maldives. I´m going to be the pale looking Norwegian in the garden this weekend. You are here by warned.

Nic and Marie´s family is still at Lalande, but they are sadly leaving tomorrow. On Wednesday, Stephanie, Michael and the previous owners of the Chateau is coming. Yaay!  The whole Chateau is hired out for the weekend so the three of us will have to make camp in the attic. Next week will be busier, we have new B&B bookings and a handful of musicians staying for a week. We also have a new workawayer coming all the way from Australia. His name is Grant, and he is a handyman and a farmer. We are very much looking forward to having him with us this month! 🙂

Here are a few pictures of Lalande today,

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Lots of Iris in the garden now

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Ruby

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We have B&B guests coming tomorrow

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My favourite view from the chateau, it´s from one of the bedrooms in the attic.

I will spend the rest of the evening working on my new IGTV video. I´ve made another hand-tied bouquet from the garden, and I will post it on my Instagram as soon as it´s ready.

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

 

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 🙂