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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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

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 🙂

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.