Coming back + veggies and a breakfast

I’m done with travel pictures now, believe it or not. I managed to shoot so little in Sri Lanka (I blame all the lounging at the pool). If I remember correctly there is a fair amount of video to still go through, but right now I have way too much work to do to even contemplate getting started on that. It will simply have to wait, even though it pains me a little bit.

It’s been a week and a half already since we got back. It feels like more than that. You know that feeling that you get after a while of coming back – it’s like you’ve never even been away? Well I’m having that one right now. Sri Lanka feels like a lifetime ago, and Sweden? Pfft. Don’t get me started. And it’s only been a couple of weeks. It’s crazy, really.


I’ll leave you with a few random snaps from the last week in Melbourne. It started with a bunch of fresh veggies, which was really, really good after three weeks of eating whatever. You know how it’s like. I call it vacation diet. We’re now on a very light detox.


We also pulled up some potatoes from the backyard. After 5 days of +40 degree heat, not all of our greenery were feeling so happy, but our potatoes seemed to be doing just fine. Although that shouldn’t be a surprise, they live under ground after all.


Last but not least a half-assed picture of my weekend breakfast. I can’t remember if it was Saturday or Sunday, but it was such a perfect sleeping-in, staying in bed and reading books kind of a morning. I love those kinds of mornings. I doubt that I will have the possibility to do that this weekend, but I’ll give my damndest to try!



Charades and Swedish roofies

Ohmy! I have really been scatter brained this last week. I haven’t even shared my pictures from last Sunday. Shame on me! Better late then never, right?


We had invited a bunch of people over for food. We weren’t making any odd food, we were making Palt. This might not say anything to most of you out there, but for all you swedes + norwegians, you know what I’m talking about. It’s a dish made out of grated raw potatoes, which are mixed with flour, put together to large round balls and then boiled. They don’t look particularly appetising, but they taste absolutely amazing. In addition, they’re called ‘Swedish roofies’, because you get incredibly tired after eating them.


I had also dragged out the christmas tree and put it up. After all, it was the 1st of Advent.


Edward was there.


As was Åsmund.


Then it was time for food! We crammed ourselves around our table, without enough chairs to sit on. We really needed one more, but we managed to share chairs and fit everyone anyway. The irony of the story is that we had another chair that I had simply forgotten all about. Oh well, next time!


Om nom nom! They’re not really looking like they are enjoying it, but I promise you, they were.


If it wasn’t enough with Swedish roofies there was also baked goods. In a spur of christmas spirit, I had baked earlier that day. Saffron buns with white chocolate. Quite possibly the greatest tasting thing I’ve ever baked.


When the sun started setting we moved to our backyard. The lights were slowly turning themselves on.


And then it was time for charades! If Angela was a superhero, her superpower would be charades or limbo. Or possibly both.


Just look at her!


She’s too fast for the camera.


Peter was there, of course.


We started doing paired charades. It was utterly confusing at times and absolutely hilarious. Although at this time it had gone so dark everyone was a bit blurry.


Juan and Peter finally agreed on number of words?


That way! When we got too tired to charade any longer, we packed everything up, people left and we headed to bed. A proper Sunday night!

Some books, some rain and some lights

I found these pictures in my camera when I started emptying the Brissy photos. I’m too tired and too lazy to fix up any or all of the Brissy ones, so you’ll have to make do with this for today. I’ll probably be back tomorrow with an absolute avalanche of pictures.

First I sorted our piles of books according to colour. Yeah, I got a bit of book sorting OCD.




Then we got a new light thingy for the backyard from IKEA. I had hoped for a bit more light from them, but they look super cute, even when it’s daylight and raining outside.



Pink and white

Peonies are my favourite flower. Well, they’re up there with white hydrangeas. Hey, looks like I have a thing for flowers with, well um, oversized flowers. So when I saw these beauties at the market the other day, I simply couldn’t resist them.


They are now placed on our sideboard in the living room area, accompanied by books, turned over paintings and my newish white ceramic animals.



Who doesn’t need a white squirrel, a fox and a bear hanging out in their living room? I certainly do!

From brown to green to lush

It’s been a while since I shared the progress in our garden. It’s just about a month ago we planted everything and it’s crazy the amount of growth it has been since then. I tend to go out to check the progress about every other day and there’s always something new that has popped up or grown substantially since the last time I checked.


The crazy green in the middle back, that’s part of our potato plants. They seem to be doing great and are growing fast! The small black containers were all planted more recently than anything else. They hold two kinds of lettuce, snow peas and way to the right you see three zucchini plants that have popped through the earth.

There’s one small pot that nothing has happened with – our strawberries. I think I’ll give up on them and use the pot to plant something else. Basil maybe?


There’s things happening in the garden patch as well. Our friend Lorelei’s (aka my garden guru) own lettuce is coming along nicely. In the back you can see the small shoots of the tomato plants, the lush leafs of the potatos and one big flat leaf for the rhubarb. That rhubarb is growing in a really odd way.


The rocket is not looking too shabby either.


This is the back part of the patch where we have even more potatoes. We don’t eat that much potatoes, really, but for some reason I’m quite excited about growing them. You can also see a bit of our zucchinis. Someone likes to chew on them (probably snails) so the hubby’s on snail duty every night.


I know this isn’t edible, but I still had to share. A geranium crazy friend stayed with us back in June and got me a geranium cutting. It looked so sad and lonely so I got it two more friends and popped them into the pot. Now all three of them are blooming. That must be they’re loving my (non-existent) care, right?

I got your note about the sun I’ll try to get out more often

It’s been a while (ok, not that long) since I showed you the progress in our veggie patch. Because boy – things are growing. Maybe not incredibly fast, but it is. And every time something sprouts the very first time, I feel a bit like God.

The thing that’s growing more than anything is the snow peas. Seriously, they’re like a weed and just shooting in length every single day. I have a theory that they are related to bamboo. Not that I’m complaining!

130921-SpringBuds-9 130921-SpringBuds-8 Then we have the teeny tiny potato sprouts that made their way above ground in the last few days. It took what felt like forever, but then they were there and plentiful!
These ones reared their pretty leafs the other day as well. Two small plants are growing and just today I saw a third zucchini leaf that was trying to push through the top soil as well. Just like the tomato plants these were kind of slow. I had almost given up hope completely!

These are the little plants that have been with us the longest. Well, we planted them the same time as everything else, but this Rocket was the first to show up. The plants in the next picture, which is Lorelei’s lettuce, followed close behind. 130921-SpringBuds-4 130921-SpringBuds-3

Spring onions! Of course. They look kinda like our carrots, but I didn’t take any pictures of the carrots. Why? I don’t know.


This is my favourite right now – potatoes! That has probably more to do with the fact that this little leaf (along with two or three more) peeped up today. Eek! Already! 130921-SpringBuds-7

My only worry right now is that something seems to have been chewing off leafs of my beetroots. On a good note, that certain someone (something?) has ignored everything else, but come on – beetroots are my favourite! Don’t eat ’em. Chew some lettuce instead, we have loads of that. But I get it, it’s not as tasty. Now I just have to come up with some way to protect it without it looking completely silly.

All in all – I’m so so so happy that I actually went and got myself a veggie patch. If you know me you’d never think I’d like it, but turns out I really do. Whenever I’m stressed I just go out in the backyard, breath some fresh air, check the plants and see if they need something. Bliss.

Look who’s growing!

Guess if I’m excited? The first few green leafs (if you can even call it that, they’re super tiny!) are now visible in our little garden patch. Hi rocket, grow a bit more and then I’ll eat you up!


Soil, seeds and sunshine


Over the weekend we seemed to be doing what I think everyone else in Melbourne was doing – fixing up and hanging out in the backyard. We bought a garden bed a few weeks ago. Although we put it together alright, we had grossly underestimated the amount of soil required to fill it. It was like trying to fill a black hole with a few pebbles.

Since we don’t have a car, it took us about 3 weeks to get this project going again. But this was the weekend it would happen. So on Saturday we headed of in a rental to the closest Bunnings and bought ourselves loads and loads of soil and compost. I think all in all we got 14 bags. I know. It’s real heavy.




I then spent a good half hour or so just cutting the bags open, pouring them out and mixing them up. I probably went a bit overboard with the whole mixing-the-soil-and-the-compost, but hey, it was my back that was aching the day after, not yours. And there’s also something profoundly relaxing with handling soil. I haven’t felt so relaxed in a long time.


Once the garden bed was filled with soil, I brought out my box of seeds and started writing down what I was about to plant.


Next up – figuring out where everything should fit in. And yes – before you say so, I probably did plant things too close. I’m a newbie and right now I can’t be bothered doing it the right way. If it works, it’s amazing. If it doesn’t, I’ll try again.



Now it was time for the fun part – planting!



Ok, the final product doesn’t look all that exciting. I’ll check back in a couple of weeks to see it there’s been any progress. Until then – keep your fingers crossed for me! Thanks.



Some greens, some grays and some turquoise

Oh my god the weather this weekend! I don’t know where to start to describe it. All I can say is that I am writing this sitting outside in our little backyard. No scarf! No jacket! No nothing! Melbourne felt a bit deserted despite the sunshine and I thought everyone had left the city, but when we headed over to Bunnings to get some soil (well, a lot of soil to be honest) yesterday, we found ’em all. Oh boy was it busy. And I assume everyone did as we did and spent their weekend in their backyards, sipping in some sunshine and getting their hands dirty when prepping the garden for summer.

I’m too busy working today (outside! Yes, I’m very excited about this as you surely have noticed) so I will only share a few snaps I took yesterday in between our planting projects. It’s only a few of our older plants, but hey, be patient and come back yesterday and I’ll share you a bit of the new stuff as well. Promise.


Our sad little oregano plant that managed to survive a winter and a bug infestation. Good on it!



Since I have a history of killing plants, back in april when I got the first plants I thought succulents was a great idea. And they’re thriving so I suppose it was a great idea. Yay me! But their not edible, so I’m a little bit over that…



Last but not least, my pot of geraniums. I had a geranium crazy friend visiting a couple of months back and she was dead set on getting me some geraniums. She found a geranium, snapped it off and I planted it. From the looks of the budding new leaves it seems like it’s doing more than fine!

Say hello to my office

As I am a freelancer I spend most of my days at home. In the beginning I used to sit at the kitchen table or in the sofa and work, but that’s not really working (pun intended!) in the long run. When my parents came and visited us for a whopping six weeks last fall I took the opportunity to have him build a custom desk that fits perfectly in the window nook in our spare bedroom, aka my office.


This is where I’m sitting right now, typing away. Although I’m not using that big pilates ball as a chair. It was a temporary solution as I couldn’t find a good office chair that was high enough. Now I have another temporary solution instead…

And I know, I really need to deal with that cable chaos going on. I’ll leave that for a later day.


As the windows face the small street we live on, I decided to put up some plastic film on the windows. And yes, the text on top of the image is Swedish. It means “my projects” and for some reason I only had a picture of this with the text on it? Bad me.

Before I put up the film I felt a bit bad about sitting here. I felt watched whenever someone passed by and got disturbed in my concentration. The windows also works as a personal kanban board to see what’s going on right now in my freelance life.

130829_Office-2On the desk I have the office supplies I use often – mainly pens, my zillion todo lists and the black notes. I just love those black notes. I took these pictures a little while ago and the pen collection has just exploded. Right now it feels like I have a bit of a pen shop going on at the side of the table. I really should do something about that. It’s not like I use anything but the black gel pens from Muyi anyway…