Summer had me like

Happy Friday!

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I can´t believe these colours, the flowers in the garden are so beautiful now. The peonies are starting to pop out, and our rose-trees are beginning to fill up with the most stunning roses. It´s a fairytale land at Lalande these days, well, especially for a florist!

I can´t really tell you anything about what’s been happening here these days, but I will probably tell you next spring. Haha. Other then the secrecy we had a family volunteering this week. They have been a huge help, who has made me realise why chateaus weren’t meant to be run by just a few handful people. There is so much work, all the time. Luckily, I´ve managed to not be overwhelmed and also to enjoy life here too. I guess that’s how I ended up staying so long.. 😉

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THE SUMMER TABLE

We had a dinner party here last night. We´re where all dressed up, and it was a perfect 3-course meal, Lalande style! A bit French mixed with the English cuisine. I did the flowers for the table. I used our new whiskey glasses (since all of our other vases were in use), I added cold water and chicken wire into them. The chicken wire helps arrange the flowers more structurally. Everything is from the garden and I just love that. One day I´ll have my own oasis of a garden with all my favourite cut flowers.

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PINK

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Hope you all have a great weekend! I, myself is just heading out with Stephanie. We´re going to the cinema to watch Aladdin! Yaay. We really need to get out and relax a little, especially with all that’s been going on in the house lately. We better get going. We´re doing a stop at Mc Donalds and then the supermarket to get some food and treats for the movie. Super naughty, but so worth it!

Marie

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SPA DAY AT HOME

HELLO

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Treat yourself!

I´ve wanted to go to the supermarket to get some beauty products, and when I saw Percy heading out this morning, I couldn’t resist coming along. You know the type of products you have to see for yourself? The ones you love taking time picking out. I´m not much out of the Chateau these days, so I´ve come to realise that I need to be more aware of when people are going out! Haha. Anyways. I got a good 10 minutes for myself at Intermache, and I got some new products. Two facemasks and one bottle of oil for the body, plus a new nail polish. Yay! I also got this cute yellow skirt. I´m usually very sceptical to supermarket clothes (just cause I think it´s weird to sell clothes in a food store), but this skirt was actually lovely. Been wearing it all day and I love it. Since I had a day off today, I´ve just been spending my time alone, enjoying some much-needed relaxation! I do wish I did some more writing, but I think I really needed to just chill out. I watched a movie in the middle of the day, and it felt so good. It´s incredible how great you can feel after treating yourself with the simple things in life.

Marie

Choosing to be happy

Hello everyone!

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LOVE THIS KIMONO

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CRYSTALS

What a few busy days, jeez. It´s been so hectic lately, and I´ve felt like I did last summer. Overworked and tired. Haha. The only difference is that the weather is far better and that my savings account won’t be as significant by the end of the summer.

I´m struggling with a wisdom tooth growing out, and that has caused some pain and swollenness. That combined with long days and lots of work haven’t been a fantastic thing. I really hate when my mindset is stuck in a negative cycle (which is not often). Luckily I´ve been able to slap myself out of it, though I did spend a few days trying. I´ve noticed that I need everything from a few days to weeks and months to go from a thought to actually doing something about it. It was the same thing with becoming a vegeterian and taking a break from alcohol.. Anyways, I´m taking back control and I´m choosing to be happy cause life is to precious and beautiful not be.

We´ve been to the market in Aigurande today, just for a quick hour. It was heavenly to get out of the Chateau for a little bit. After the Jaguar broke down, I haven´t been outside the property. I think It´s been affecting me in a small way, being «stuck» I mean. I´m really looking forward to a few getaways this summer. Later this month, Stephanie and I are sneaking out to a treehouse with a jacuzzi for a night. We´re also planning to go to London for a short trip. Besides the few trips, I have friends and family coming to visit! One of my dearests friends from the US and my little brother is definitely coming! YAAY!! So much to look forward to.

Tomorrow is a new and busy day at Lalande. We´re a lot of people in the house. We have a family plus Grant and Ben as voulnteers. Lots of things are getting done, and that’s a very satisfying feeling. I´m cooking for a bunch of people tomorrow and preparing a few rooms.

Hope you all have a lovely week x

 

Weekends are not lazy days

Hello!

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What a busy day, the chateau is full and will be for a little while now. We had the day planned out for various to do`s, some is a secret for now. We have musicians coming and going while also checking in/checking out B&B-guests. Tomorrow, Stephanie and Isabell are going away for a few days (that’s a secret too, haha, sorry) and they are leaving me with all the men. I, Percey and Grant will hold the fort. Oh, we also have a new volunteer coming! Ben from New Zealand. Yay. We’re not short on handyman these days 🙂 Right, I just wanted to give you all a quick update with some pictures from the day. Tomorrow I´m cleaning rooms, arranging flowers and cooking a 3-course. Busy day!

Wish you all a lovely Sunday x

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Secret project going on..

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Ruby is keeping watch

Marie

10 thoughts

Hello from Lalande

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10 thoughts right now

1. It´s hot, and I love it. Love sitting outside in the sun just looking at the landscape.

2. Life as a single is ……..

3. I´m giving myself a lot of guilt these days, and it´s affecting my mood for sure. I feel really guilty when I don´t do the things I plan to do for myself. Like taking the time to write and work on my blog! Not good at all, but I´m in the progress of improvement.

4. My interest in going to a chef school is growing. One day I want to own my own B&B where I can professionally cook food. Running a B&B would fit me perfectly cause there is so much variation of work. Everything from painting a wall to doing breakfast and making beds. Throw in a few nights with cooking up 3-courses, and I`ll be smiling in my sleep.

5. I´m thinking of maybe doing Youtube, but I have to think about it for a little bit longer. I think it´s a great platform, but it must be very time-consuming. If I only had more time! Haha

6. I remember I wrote a post about «regular posts from now», and boy did I fail there! I´m so sorry, it´s been haunting me, and I feel guilty about it too. There is still a desire to do regular posts, but it won’t be a lot of them. I think I write best when it comes from the heart and is written spontaneously. I want this blog to be a bit «instant», well, at least that’s the goal. Just regular updates from day to day. Not the big and deep posts every day, but more consistency would be great. I do have to say that I love writing this blog and creating «content». To be able to inspire people is just so rewarding. The day that I make my first 500 Euro´s will be the day that everything else comes second. Hello, blogger life! Haha

7. I´ve stopped drinking, and I love my decision. I stopped cause I wanted to get more focus into my life. It´s just to busy right now, and I don´t want to spend time having a hangover. I also think it´s a healthy thing to do, having a break. I´m not sure how long I´ll keep this up, but it might be a half a year, maybe a few years. Who knows.. All I know is that I want to do everything that I can to be the best version of myself. I want to become really really healthy cause I know it will help to achieve my goals. Having that said, I´m looking forward to sipping some New Zealand whites in the future. Until then, I´m actually enjoying my tonic on ice with a slice of grapefruit.

8. Something that has become very clear to me recently is that I hate disappointing other people. I don´t just hate it, I FEAR it like the plague. If I have a commitment to something or someone, I always feel the need to be persistent in my work. It makes me an incredibly hard worker (which I´m proud of), but it´s also exhausting and time-consuming sometimes. I think it would be a fantastic skill to have if you run your own business (imagine the work I would get done), but when being an employer, I give way to much compared to what I receive back.

9. My hair is getting longer, and that is making me so cheerful. I´m never cutting it again, especially not by myself. I want long, Rapunzel hair, and nobody can stop(cut) me.

10. Speaking of hair. I´m going to be posing naked for an art retreat here next month. I´m wondering if I should shave everything or keep it as it is? Haha. What would you do?

 

Marie

 

 

 

 

 

The girl in the yellow dress

Hello

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The dress is from Zara

Do you remember the feeling you had when your mother bought you a new outfit for a birthday party or a wedding? That super cute dress that you were dying to wear but had to save for special days? If your nodding, you probably had it hanging on the outside of your wardrobe so that you could glance at it. I have a dress like that now. It´s hanging on a picture in front of my bed. I can´t wait to wear it; I`ll be wearing nude heels and flowers in my hair. At the end of July, we will have a wedding here.  I Can´t tell you more I´m afraid, but Stephanie and I are going for a full Pinterest style wedding. The things you do for love and a tv-crew!

Marie

Busy Sunday + back to normal

HELLO FROM A WARM LALANDE

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raspberry sorbet

Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday! Feels like the warm weather is here to stay and so is the weather forecast telling us too. It´s been 29 degrees today, and I love it, but I´m also saying out loud all the time, «Jeeze, it´s so hot.»  The typical Norwegian behaviour.

All the guests have left, and I´ve been a busy bee buzzing around in the B&B wing today. I´ve been putting on new beddings on all of the beds, so they’re ready for our new B&B-bookings. Mary Poppins will do the cleaning tomorrow, and then we´re all set! I´ve been alone in the Chateau for a few hours, witch I love. Stephanie and Michael are at the Fashion show today for the 2nd show. I told them I was happy to be alone for a little while so I could run around naked! Haha. I´ve actually been walking around half naked, but only because it’s so WARM!  Anyways, I´m all dressed and ready to have Stephanie and Michael back now.

I´ve also moved down to my old room (D´Henriette) today. It´s great to be back and be able to have a shower. I´m spending the rest of the evening just working on admin. I might continue with some painting work; I have to finish up before Thursday. That’s when the next guest is staying in Perse and Des Oiseaux. This upcoming week will be interesting. Gerry, Isabell and Percy are coming back! Yaay. Also, David is coming tomorrow, and he is bringing English cheddar and Toblerone. Great start of the week!!

Marie

A fashion show by Reinhard Luthier

HELLO AGAIN

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I thought I would show you the fashion show last night. Stephanie was one of the models for the show, and we had to be her biggest fans, of course!  She was so pretty and was rocking the catwalk with her beautiful charm. Here are a few pictures the night:

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I love how fashion can inspire you in other ways then what to wear.

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Michael did the photos for the show. Love his floral shirt.

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I absolutely loved this dress and the woman who carried it. Confidence!

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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.

 

Glutenfree banana pancakes!

HAPPY WEDNESDAY

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Another day at Lalande. Yaay! I´m all alone until this afternoon since the B&B guest had to leave super early. I made a takeaway breakfast for the guest last night; I´m hoping that 2 sandwiches, three raspberry muffins, an apple and a jar with orange juice, was sufficient. I even wrote a cute little card, haha! I wonder if I´m ever going to be a mom who leaves happy notes in their kid’s lunch boxes. Hmm.

Anyways. I had to use 2 old bananas today so I decided to go for banana pancakes for breakfast, ofcourse free from gluten and high in protein. The recipe serves 2-3 people. Perfect for a healthy brunch with the girls. Here it is:


You will need:

2 x overdue bananas

2 x scoops of protein powder (I used yellow pea protein from Naked Pea)

1 x scoop linseeds

2 x eggs

a dash of sunflower oil

a pinch of salt

a pinch of cardamom

a small pinch of baking powder

2-3 cups of milk

1-2 cups with oatmeal (I used finely grained)


To do:

1. Peel the bananas and add them to a medium sized bowl

3. Add all your ingredients but hold back on the milk and oatmeal

4. Mix the ingredients well together (I used a hand mixer) to you get a smooth mix. Adjust with milk and oatmeal.


Tip:

Use low heat when frying your pancakes, I find that they need longer cooking time then regular pancakes. I used butter. Also, I want to make it clear that I´m a very intuitive cook and that I very rarely follow recipes. I learn by doing, and I fail a lot! Haha. So, if you want the specific method, I will be most happy to google one for you.

Serve on a big wooden board with fruit and nuts. I added a confit of orange and cinnamon on the pancakes. Super yum! Bonne appetite

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Marie

 

Love the simple things

GOOD EVENING

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What a great day. I´ve been doing so much stuff today, good god. So much energy. Everything from small DIY-projects, animal care, painting, laundry, cleaning, check-inn and baking. I really love the simplicity of living in the countryside and here at Lalande. I had a few hours for my self today. I love being alone in this house, I love love the quietness. People often ask me if I ever get scared of being alone here, but I never do. I used to be scared of the dark, but not anymore. It might sound strange, but one thing I do is to picture myself being surrounded by light. By using this visual mindset, I believe I receive so much positive energy.

Right. I just wanted to pop in and say hello! Time for bed. It´s the last night in my bedroom before moving to the attic for a few days.

Marie

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Finally Friday

Hello!

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 From Norwich last year

How is everyone doing? I´m afraid I´ve been too busy to even think about blogging, but it´s Friday evening and my free time has finally arrived. Jen and Kayley (our workawayers) have now left us, and that makes me sad! They were both such sunny and positive people. I really loved having them here, and I hope they come back soon! For the next days, the Chateau will be filled with friends and family of Nic and Marie (the other chateau owners). The first guests have already arrived with the most adorable little kids. The 2-month-old baby made my heart melt, so incredibly cute. It made me want to start a nursery at Lalande. Haha!

This weekend will just consist of me-time (I hope)! I´ve been trying to upload pictures to this post all day, but I had to give up on the wifi and just find another picture from a previous post. The picture is from September last year when I visited Ryan and Stacey in Norwich. I miss the city and the people, and all the alone time. Haha! I just remember how amazing it was to walk around the streets, getting a coffee and looking for second hand bargains. I´m hoping to visit the city after summer. Anyways, I´m planning on just relaxing but also do some running too. If the weather is good I might go out for a flower hunt, I´ve been wanting to make another IGTV-video. Kayley told me she saw a grass snake on the road the other day. I´ve been cautious around the high grass ever since. I wonder when I´m ever going to get over my fear of snakes? Anyways, I will be wearing loads of layers, wellies and gloves. The snakes won’t stand a chance. I´m also hoping to have a warm bath and start a new book. I might even do a bit of spa-time. Yaay.

What else is new? Oh, we just got baby chicks. New today I believe. They are the sweetest little creatures, and there is three of them!! Lalande is looking green and bloomy and my robe smells like a chicken house. Fun stuff.

I wish you all a great weekend!

 

How I make beet hummus

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


You will need:

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

1 x boiled beetroot chopped into pieces

4 tablespoons tahini

3 x lemons (squeezed)

a dash of olive oil

a dash of salt

a dash of chickpea juice

a dash of pepper

a pinch of cumin

2-3 cloves of garlic


To do:

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

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

Enjoy xxx

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