Looking Back

Today I had my usual Monday chat with my twin sister, Solveig. We were discussing what fun we had when we were young.

Last week, om television , there was a program about the Everly Brothers. My sister and I used to listen to the radio or play records, and sometimes sing their songs together. My late husband and I danced rock and roll every Saturday at a place called “The Court”  or listened to jazz at Southsea.

I have CD’s of the Everly Brothers and John Denver, and on rainy days, I play these and sit beading my necklaces and bracelets. This music lives forever!


8 – Metre World Cup

It has been busy around Hankø this week. The 8-Metre World Cup is being held, and today the winds are very strong.                                                                   Photo: 8-Metre World Cup’s Page on Facebook

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Necklace in Hematite

This necklace is one of my favourites, and I have kept it for my own use. I used chevron-shaped hematite beads , together with lava and spacer beads in patinated silver. The centre stone is onyx.

Hematite is a gemstone form of iron oxide. It is the principal ore of iron and one of the few gemstones that exhibits a metallic lustre. I find the dullness of the lava beads make an interesting contrast to this lustre.

Late Summer Rose Wreath

When my husband and I started planning our garden we wished for a hedge of roses. As I mentioned before, the house and garden are on a plateau looking over the fjord, so the answer was planting a hedge of rosa rugosa, which made a very hardy hedge.

I find it fascinating colourwise when the roses bloom and the rose hips form, as the flowers are shocking pink and the hips are bright red. This lasts for quite a while, then  suddenly the birds discover a feast to enjoy – then gradually the flowering stops and the hips are devoured……

I painted a watercolour of this rose, together with  honeysuckle from the garden, which is red with an orange centre, the green leaves giving contrast.

Late Summer in the Garden

I have been busy tidying up and enlarging the flowerbed at the back part of the garden, which is shadier and more sheltered than at the front garden which overlooks the fjord.

I have also been dividing perennials, partly  because they have grown so large, and partly as our gardening society holds a plant sale at the end of the month. The weather was very obliging and it rained during the night.

At the front of the bed you can just about glimpse a deer repellent (which is why there is still a rose behind it). The roses in my rose bed at the left side of the house have just been discovered by the nibbling deer, and there are no roses left there! My fourth deer repellent had just arrived in the post, but I didn’t put it out in time…….

Glass in Gamlebyen

Last week I was over in Gamlebyen, Fredrikstad. (Gamlebyen means “The Old Town”)

At the entrance to Gamlebyen there is “The Glasshytta”, a small building where there has always been a tradition of blowing glass. Nowadays the glassblowing is designed and blown by Abel Sawe, who originally came from Kenya. He creates contemporary and innovative glass of a high quality.

His studio has an Open Door culture, inviting visitors to view the glassblowing process from start to finish.

Lime Green Inspiration 2

I saw this beautiful tradiscantia in several gardens while in England. It is called “Sweet Kate” The dark green version of this perennial is in flower in my garden here in Norway.

Fortunately I have been able to obtain the lime green version too, even though it is a very small plant at the moment. (next year….) This plant, together with orange tiger lilies, shocking pink Asian lilies and lychnis coronia, lemon yellow coreopsis and white Shasta daisies, creates a splash of late summer colour.            Photo: Glasshouse Works.

Lime Green Inspiration 1

This is a photo from my gardening tour in England. I find the use of lime green plants in contrast to the darker greens and other vivid colours exciting. I own a couple of hostas in this colour from before, but love the hakonchloa grass at the bottom right of this picture from a garden in Eastleigh.

Fun Across the World

Every Monday I ring my twin sister, Solveig, who lives in Australia with her husband. We use Skype,  chatter for a couple of hours, commenting on daily life, and having FUN!

I painted this garland of “Night and Day”, which pop up in amongst the longer grass on the slopes of my garden. We were talking (amongst other things) about square  cards as an alternative to the usual shape.. I sent over the file with the flowers and she came up with this verse that she found to put in the centre of the card.

We browse for different plant sorts, look at gemstones and send  each other photos of our jewellery production, sometimes recite poems that we remember from way back, such as

Nymph, nymph, what are your beads?
Green glass, goblin. Why do you stare at them?
Give them me.
Give them me. Give them me.
Then I will howl all night in the reeds,
lie in the mud and howl for them.
Goblin, why do you love them so?
They are better than stars or water,
Better than voices of winds that sing,
Better than any man’s fair daughter,
Your green glass beads on a silver ring.
Hush, I stole them out of the moon.
Give me your beads, I want them.
I will howl in a deep lagoon
For your green glass beads, I love them so.
Give them me. Give them.

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