The volunteer who stayed

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

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

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

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

Good God, I feel so incredibly lucky and grateful.


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

Have a good weekend everyone!




Hunting for funiture

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

Here are a few pictures from our day:

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


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Inside of the courtyard to Palais Jacques Cæur

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

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

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



Hei kjære dere i Norge.

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

Håper alle har en fin Mandag. Vi høres 🙂


A trip to Bourges

Hey everyone


Cathédrale Saint-Etienne de Bourges

Hey guys! Long time no see..

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

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


View of the city of Bourges


Me and Joanna



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


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


So, whats happening at the chateau these days?

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

Have a great Tuesday everyone.



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

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

Ha en fin dag alle 🙂