A read along (suggested start: wednesday the third of june).

After i shared which book i am going to read on Instagram a couple of women asked me if we could do a read along. OF COURSE we can, but since i have neither joined OR hosted one before this is something completely new to me. One of these women, a sweet friend and fellow blogger, suggested that i keep it simple the first time. Such a good advice, definitely going for that.*smiling...
Since some of you maybe will need some days to get hold of the book i have suggested that we will start in a week from today and not at the first day of june...just to be sure.

The book:
Joy of man's desiring by Jean Giono.
From the back cover-
"Peasant civilization possesses as a gift human qualities which philosophical civilizations spend centuries first defining, then desiring, and finally losing." —Jean Giono
A true forebear of magical realism, French author Jean Giono created men and women rooted in the folklore of provincial France. In this beautiful new edition of the original Que Ma Joie Demeure—literally, That My Joy Remain—he tells the tale of a farmer couple in Haute Provence who find that the spark has somehow gone missing from their lives. One day, a stranger arrives who helps them discover how to rekindle their connection. The stranger tells them, "Youth is neither strength, nor a supple body, nor even youth as you conceive of it. Rather, youth is the passion for the
impractical, the useless." The couple, with this guidance from the stranger, include friends and neighbors on their journey back to individual and collective happiness. They plant fields of flowers, a meadow of grain just for the birds, and they set their horses free. With a poet’s grace and imagination, Giono weaves a grand story of the earth and of passion, of men and women, animals and weather, of the magic we now call the "laws of nature."
You can read more about the author here.

The (suggested) reading schedule are:

First week: chapter 1-6.
Second week: chapter 7-12.
Third week: chapter 13-18.
Fourth week: Chapter 19-25.

Note: It's no problem if we/you/i aren't able to stick
to the schedule. It is just a suggestion...*smiling.

I will publish 4 read along posts in this period, one every week, were we can share, talk and discuss about it in the comment section.
Note: There will be other blog posts in this period too so i have added a read along tag under my blog title so you can easely find back to these posts by clicking on it.

If you have any wishes or thoughts about books for future read alongs, or about the read along in general, please feel free to write me a comment or an email.

                                      I am excited to start reading! Are you joining me?


A cup of tea, with Brittan.

I am quite passionate about tea and because i hugely enjoy both drinking it and talking about it i have "sat down" together with some lovely tea drinking ladies and asked them a few questions about their relationship with tea.
This time it is sweet Brittan and i who are having our tea-time together.

V: Have you been drinking tea for a long time? 
B: Yes, I have always loved tea, especially iced tea (which is what I mostly drank when I was little. Now I really love hot tea, but in the warmer weather I am addicted to Arnold Palmers (half iced tea/half lemonade).


V: What are your favourite teas?
B: Ooh, that is a really hard question because I drink tea every morning, but it depends on the time of year, my mood and how I am feeling physically. I went to school for herbalism, so drinking tea goes much deeper than just taste many times. With that said, I love a good Earl Grey or green with peppermint. Most of the time I drink herbal teas though, I have a mix I make (and grow a lot of the herbs for) which includes lemon balm, chamomile and roses and a few other herbs, but I also drink a lot of nettles, dandelion, calendula, peppermint and tulsi. Lately, I have been starting my day with lemon + honey in hot water.


V: Do you prefer loose tea or tea bags?
B: I never really thought about that! I think because I make a lot of my tea blends, I prefer loose.

V: Where do you mostly buy your tea?
B: I get a lot of my herbs either from my garden, foraging or from local farmers. Same with my tea blends, I like to support small businesses, especially if they are local when it comes to food and herbs/tea.

V: Something specific that you like to eat together with your tea?
B: Toast is one of my favorite things to eat with tea or crackers with cheese. I also really love waffles (in general) and waffle cookies are one of my favorite! But I drink tea all day long, so pretty much anything goes with tea for me.



V: Most times do you do something while having your tea?
B: I usually have tea first thing in the morning, but then I tend to have something in my cup throughout the day while I am working as well.

V: Does your drinking of tea depend a lot upon which season it is? 
B: It does for what I am drinking and whether it is hot tea or cold brew.

V: How does a typical "tea-day" look like for you?
B: It starts first thing after I get up. It is how I kick off my day! But then I will find myself boiling water or simmering herbs to have throughout the day. Nate likes to make fun of me because sometimes I make tea and forget about it. He says I just like making tea, but I usually drink it regardless of if it is hot or cold... You can find teacups and mugs scattered around the house, some empty, some with tea still in them. I always thought that maybe I should take up tea leaf reading, since I use loose tea mostly and always have plant sediment waiting to be swirled around and ready to show me a mystical truth at the end. (*wink*)

V: Which cup of the day do you enjoy the most and why?
B: I think it is that first cup. It is what really gets me moving, but it is also comforting- like a good friend.

V: Do you have any favourite mugs?
B: Oh boy, yes! I have many! I tend to use my togo mug or mason jars a lot, but I really love handmade mugs and get rather possessive over them (haha!). I rotate which I am using depending on what type of tea I am making and how big of a cup I want, but I really do love them all and they are some of my favorite possessions!


blog-LOVE links and a spring swap (now closed)

Tinctory feather.

blog-LOVE links

I am inviting you to take part in a swap again, this time it is a spring themed one.
This swap will be the last one before summer (the next one again will not be before the coming autumn).

Here is how it goes, and other info:

-The swap is international, everyone are welcome to enter.

-It is a direct swap: you will swap with the same person that sends to you.
-If you like to join in send me
your post address on my email  ...........
If you have a blog/instagram/facebook that you would like to share with your swap partner write that with too.
-Sign up now closed!


may days

i am having the veranda door open despite that it on most days makes it a bit too cold inside. instead of closing it i put on woolen socks.

the wood anemones are fading but instead the dandelion season has arrived. their bright yellow flower heads are greeting you almost whereever you go around here.
there is a cat that has started to lurk around the bird feeders, i try to chase him away but he keeps coming back.
the neighbours apple trees are full of buds, some of them are even in bloom. it is such a beautiful sight.
last year we had a family of white wagtails living on our roof and it seems like we have one this year too.

three days in a row now i have eaten fresh strawberries (not Norwegian of course) and vanilla ice.....happiness!
i find myself daydreaming of starting on a long-term knitting project, a "blanket" sized light grey or off-white.....maybe i will...

this year i will definitely plant some Echinacea Purpureas in our garden. i have said it for several years now but this year it will happen...i just know it...*laughing at myself..

thank YOU for stopping by here,
it makes me happy!!



these days i feel sorrounded by
and wrapped in
brightness and softness...
that is thanks to the spring light
my precious friend Leigh.. you both...*smiling!


“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
- C.S. Lewis

A lot of this weekend has been spent outside on our veranda. Doing a lot of reading, a little bit of slow knitting and also some short and unplanned naps...*smiling...
I finished reading Linda Olsson's newest novel, The Blackbird Sings at Dusk, and i LOVED it. I tried to read it slowly so it would last "forever" but that is quite a challenge when one is completely captured by the story.
Olsson is without a doubt my favourite author. I still remember the first time i read something by her like it was yesterday. It was her novel, Astrid & Veronica, what a beautiful and deeply touching will stay with me forever!

Yesterday i were wrapped in wool when i was sitting outside, it was cold and windy just like it has been the last weeks. Today it was warm and sunny, i even got a few (more) freckles and the color of my legs have turned from white to pale pink...*laughing.
It is so refreshing to be sorrounded by spring sounds like the buzzing of bumble bees..oh how i love the outside living... I have also been listening to another wonderful sound, the beautiful music of Aurora (so proud to say that she is Norwegian..*smiling). Love this one too!

In winter i waited patiently for the bullfinch to visit us, but he never came (we just heard him close)....before now! The last three days he has been visiting our feeders several times and i am so happy. Actually we have quite a "mix" out there now, among them are chaffinch, bullfinch, great tit, goldfinch, white wagtail and tree sparrow.

In my current pile of books i have
  • Egne veier/Tracks by Robyn Davidson (thank you Patrice for introducing me to it).
  • Stoner by John Williams.
  • Walden by Henry D. Thoreau.
  • I skumringen synger svarttrosten/The Blackbird Sings at Dusk by Linda Olsson.
  • Sentimentalistene/The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud.
  • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse.

What are you reading these days?
Is there a book that has made an everlasting impression on you?

My arms are still not good (and i am starting to loose my patience about it) but i simply can't help myself from knitting just a few rows on some days. I miss knitting!!! Good that i have a pile of good books waiting for me!

I hope you are having some absolutely beautiful may days! Maybe it is even starting to bloom around you. Our peonies are about 10 cm high/above the ground now, still a LONG way to go before they are in full lenght and in bloom but i am excited just by seeing them growing. The peony season are one of the highlights for me in summertime. It is a short and intense bloom that feels just as special to me every single year..



a beautiful and warm woolen hug from a dear friend


in march i turned 40 and one of the gifts that brought me to tears were this beautiful shawl that my dear friend Leigh gifted me. it's not possible for me to put into words how deeply excited, touched and grateful i am by this gift. this precious shawl truly warms me just as much on the inside, in my heart and soul, as it warms me on the outside!
if you are interested in knowing about which pattern and/or yarn that Leigh has used you can check out her project page on Ravelry.

before, i used to be one of those people who always saved my precious things for special occations. i don't mean at all to say that it is wrong to be that way, it is just not for me anymore. because of going through some hard changes some years back i decided that life is too short to save the "best things" for later. i am still (and always will be) very careful with my precious things but they are not "collecting dust" anymore by waiting for those special occations, instead i let them be a part of my daily life. actually, in the photos i am wearing my pj's together with my woolen hug....*smiling.... my "excuse" for this outfit combination is that it was one of those slooooow sunday mornings and i suddenly realised that it was good enough daylight (hadn't been in a long time) to take some photos inside.




I have finished my Petunia cardigan, so happy with it!
Already (slowly) started on a new knitting project, this time a shawl.
Having this (Swedish) song on repeat.
Burning my favorite candle in the evenings.
Still cold and windy days, but filled with so much spring light- i LOVE the light!
Hugely enjoying Anna's inspiring blog!!
Waiting for this pretty knitting pattern to be released, me WANT!
I have been wishing for owning one of Eva's beautiful Tinctory feathers for years,
and soon i will....*excited..
Laying awake in my bed for some minutes in the early mornings, just listening to the wonderful birdsong before starting the day.
Finding myself being back in "an avocado period again": toasted bread with avocado and some herbal seasonings on top every single morning- oh soooo good!
And together with a cup of green tea with bergamot of course....*smiling.
Feeling deeply grateful.