Last month of summer

Hello
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french summers nights

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

Bloomy Sunday

Love this time of year

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Spring

I just love spring, even if it makes my eyes itchy and my body feverish. Spring means a new start for everything! There are so many beautiful greens and florals that makes my florist heart jump. Spring also means it´s soon my birthday! Woho! I´m turning 28 and I´m hoping the weather will be warm, it would be amazing to have a birthday-dinner outside.

Right now, I´m waiting for Gillian to arrive, she is driving from Limoges airport. She haven´t driven a car for 7 years (apparently) and I´m hoping she will arrive in one piece! Haha. While waiting, I´ve been trying to resize a vintage dress that I just bought. Easier said than done! I do wish I had my great grandmother here to help me. She was a heartwarming woman and an utter perfectionist with the sewing machine. I´m imagining her looking down on me now, just laughing and rolling her eyes. She spent all her life making clothes for other people. I wish I asked her to teach me her skills.

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Ruby is always following me when I´m outside, he is so sweet

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In the orchard

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Harvesting a few branches for the kitchen table

I hope you all have a beautiful day. It´s a bloomy day here at Chateau de la lande. Our vegetable garden is already in motion. With help from Marie Poupins (our help, and her real name), we already have managed to plant salads, tomatoes, strawberries, blue potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, beets and more. I even planted the 2 peony roots into beds. In the kitchen, I´ve sown 3 large pots with basil and coriander. They are already starting to grow.

Marie

 

 

My beautiful Tiril

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Love when I can make flower bouquets outside

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greens

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One of the most beautiful people I´ve gotten to know here in Lofoten is Tiril. I´m so lucky to be able to call her my friend. Tiril found love with Stian and they decided to get married. They flew away to Svalbard and didn´t tell anyone about it, before we knew it they where married. I made this bridal bouquet for her before they left. I love the idea of flying away with a bridal bouquet in your hand. Should be a thing (or maybe it already is..)

En av de fineste menneskene jeg har blitt kjent med her i Lofoten er Tiril. Enda heldigere er jeg som har henne som venn. Tiril fant kjærligheten med Stian og for ikke så lenge siden så «rømte» de til Svalbard for å gifte seg. Brudebuketten ble med i håndbagasjen og vips så var de gift.

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the bridal bouquet

The bouquet consisted of something that I bought, but also something that I picked around Lofoten. Astilbe, Hydrangea, asparagus, papaver, scabiosa (from my own garden), eucalyptus etc. The expression was wild and messy with a hint of feminine touches.

Buketten bestod av litt kjøpt og litt plukket. Astilbe, hortensia, aspargasus, papaver, scabiosa(egendyrket), pioner, eucalyptus og litt til. Utrykket ble vilt og rufsete med et hint av feminine toner.

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My beautiful Tiril

Min vakreste Tiril 🧡