Birthday celebration soon!!

The whole month of march will be a month of giving here at my blog!
 Thanks to 30 wonderful, generous, talented and OH SO kind women i have the HUGE pleasure and BIG joy of celebrating my 40'th birthday (which is on the 24'th) together with you all with having a feast of giving in here!
Every single day in march there will be given a new gift, made by one of these 30 giving and generous people. Together with each gift you will also get the pleasure of getting to know a bit about the maker/giver through some questions that they have answered. It has been such a blessing for me to read their sharings, i know you will LOVE it too!
Each gift post will be open for 5 days and the winner will be announced in here on the following day. Everyone are welcome to enter, the gifts will gladly be sent world wide.
I am so deeply touched by all the goodness, the blessings, that all of you who i have come to know through my blog, have gifted me so i can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday...*smiling..


wrapped in sunlight


The Sun

Have you ever seen
in your life
more wonderful

than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon

and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone--
and how it slides again

out of the blackness,
every morning,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower

streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance--
and have you ever felt for anything
such wild love--
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure

that fills you,
as the sun
reaches out,
as it warms you

as you stand there,
or have you too
turned from this world--

or have you too
gone crazy
for power,
for things?

-Mary Oliver.


The gift of ordinary days..


“It has taken awhile, but I certainly do know it now ­­– the most wonderful gift I had, the gift I finally learned to cherish above all else, was the gift of all those perfectly ordinary days.”

nothing happening here these days that are not of the ordinary kind.
i find so much to be grateful for in the ordinary....for me it is nothing "small" about it!

i have eaten chocolate pudding with vanilla sauce two days  in a row

looked at the stars with my mother late last night

hanging out our cushions and duvets from the bedroom window on sunny days,
smells so wonderfuly fresh and "airy"

having one of my windows open more often, wearing woolens so i can have it open even
a bit longer (it still turns cold quite fastly but i can't help myself)

soon starting on re-potting some of my green plants.
i am sure they are longing for fresher soil again

dreaming of re-decorating our stairs (i want to get it painted and add a woolen
carpet to the steps)

reading blessings by John O'Donohue by the burning fireplace in the evenings
i am soon starting on one of Patrick Modiano's novels

drinking a mug of warm milk with cardamom before going to bed in the evenings

my husband read in the newspaper that someone had already found a blåveis/liverleaf
not so far away from here
THAT'S an early sign of spring!

looking forward to celebrate my birthday next month

my friend Anna has just opened her own online shop, Gregoria fibers, so happy for her!!
i find it so incredibly exciting when someone are able to turn a dream of theirs into reality...*smiling wide...


It seems like i am not alone about finding myself both happy, refreshed and excited
by the growing daylight and milder weather because when i wake up early in the mornings the birds are already singing now.
Some bright green colored stockings that i didn't buy over a month back is stuck in my mind....dreaming about sleeping (and waking up) in a bedroom with the same beautiful colors that Kristin has in hers..
in other words the color of green is a lot on my mind!
I think this is a yearly "syndrom" that i always get when nature shows signs of spring moving closer.
I am finding myself spending more time in the other part of the livingroom, it's closer to the window that faces towards the birdfeeders in our garden. The morning fog has slowly started to lift it's grey veil now and the sun is starting to bathe my livingroom. I think this can turn into a "warm" enough day to open a window for a while. Every year it filles me with such happiness when i can start having a window wide open for some moments...*smiling...



“When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.”
― C.S. Lewis

Having had several days lately were my body hasn't been so good. Both the strenght and energy has been lacking even more than usual and the sensitivity towards light and sound has been dominating. Still i feel that these days have been filled with so much happinness,
so many things to pause by, focus on and say thanks for. Like 
having my mother visiting and making pancakes in my kitchen,
getting to know new and kindred spirits through the web (hello there Ashley!!),
the increased birdsong outside,
growing daylight...days filled with much more of it,
kindness...having so many kind people
in my life....people living both near and afar,
having several things that i hugely look forward to..*smiling!


A cup of tea, with Caitriona.

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 the sweet Caitriona and i who are having our tea-time together.

V: Caitriona, have you been drinking tea for a long time?
C: Yes, I have! As a child, I remember thinking it was a tasteless drink for grown ups and couldn't understand the big deal about it. As I grew up, I think starting from when I was a teenager, I came to love and appreciate a good cup of tea and its restorative, reassuring and reviving qualities!
V: What are your favourite teas?
C: To be honest Vibeke, my favourite is a good, old fashioned cup of strong tea made with Lyons tea bags with just a little bit of milk added. I believe it is sometimes called "builders tea", I just call it "real tea". Although in the past few years I have been trying new flavours and infusions (thanks to reading blogs like yours Vibeke which have opened up the world of tea to me!) - at the moment I like rooibos with vanilla (it satisfies my sweet tooth!) and in the colder months, infusions with ginger and cinnamon are good. A treat would be Sea buckthorn ginger tea  from the most amazing little tea shop in Galway, An Cupán Tae (which is Irish for a cup of tea!).

V: Do you prefer loose tea or teabags?
C: Both :) usually tea bags just for handiness.


V: Where do you mostly buy your tea?
C: Luckily there is a small grocery shop across the road from where I live!


V: Is your country, Ireland, a country where it is very common to drink tea? Are there any tea traditions there?
C: It is very common :) (this question makes me smile, it would be difficult to find a kitchen here without any tea in it!). The most common tea tradition here is to offer a visitor (be they friend or stranger) a cup of tea. Don't worry if you are too polite to accept the first time, you will be offered again. And again!

V: Something specific that you like to enjoy/eat with your tea?
C: I have a sweet tooth so usually I would enjoy a tea cake or piece of chocolate with my tea. One of my favourite things is a slice of brown soda bread with butter and raspberry jam on it with tea. For simple comfort, buttered toast with a cup of strong tea does the job for me.

V: Most times do you do something while having your tea?
C: Having tea is a reason/excuse for me to stop doing things for a few minutes! In summertime My favourite thing is to sit outside with a cup and do nothing but feel the breezes. If I have a good book, to read a bit while having my cup. And I love having tea with my aunts, cousin and Mum (altogether!) or catching up with friends.  That's the beauty of tea drinking - It can be alone time or sociable. Now that I think of it, I do do something while drinking tea: for my elevenses  I usually read some nice blogs while sipping! One thing I can't do is have tea while painting - guaranteed to dip my brush into the cup of tea instead of the jar of water by mistake every time!.


V: How does a typical "tea-day" look for you?
C: 5 days out of 7 I will start the days with porridge with an apple and mint tea (trying to start the day well!). So my first cup of "builders tea" is usually around 11 after a few hours of work or a walk. I usually have a cup of tea after my lunch and then a much appreciated one for my 4 o clock break. Another cup around 6pm after my dinner and then one between then and bed time! They are like pauses (sometimes the highlight!) in my typical day.

V: Which cup of the day do you enjoy the most and why?
C: Ooohhh, this question really got me thinking Vibeke! Honestly, I enjoy them all the most! The cup I have for my elevenses I really savour - maybe because its my first "proper" one of the day. Also the 4 o'clock one  - it revives me and keeps me going for the last stretch of the day.

V: Do you have any favourite cups or mugs?
C: I have a favourite size of cup/mug! It is not as large as a mug or as small as a cup. And I prefer it not to be filled up to the brim - for some reason I think it tastes nicer when the cup is 3/4 full! I absolutely have a favourite cup-mug. The plain white one. It was a birthday present from my friend ( nearly 20 years ago! I still drink out of it almost every day!) it is a Kaj Franck design made in Arabia factory in Helsinki in Finland. Although produced in a factory, the handles are attached by hand (so they say) so that when you feel it with your finger, it has that soft feeling you get when you rub your earlobe which is meant to be very soothing. I always find tea drunk from this cup very comforting.  Also the stripey little cup from Rosie's pottery in Sligo , I bought it on holiday in the west of Ireland.

Also Vibeke I just want to thank you for sharing this "cup of tea" conversation with me. Your questions really got me thinking and made me grateful for tea :)


vanilla cream sun


putting on a soft mint colored porcelain bird
in the early morning

the bright light is already greeting me
when i am preparing the first cup of tea for the day. the livingroom and kitchen 
are getting colored in a warm golden hue of is bathed in light and i want to stay there

i am finding that there is a special happiness in sharing a skolebrød (with a huge yellow vanilla cream "sun" in the middle) with a loved one. especially when that loved one has just eaten up his own in super-speed and is secretly wishing for more...


february days

february days
few words to come with
finding myself just being very happy
often sticking my nose deep into yellow tulips

placing myself as much as i can in the bright light

this is how my february days are