An Autumn Wreath in Pen and Wash

Tuesdays are hiking days, and while walking I usually take photos, but I also gather pinecones, leaves and moss on the way (not all at once, or I'd never catch up!) On this trip I collected maple leaves, and the next morning I collected in rowanberries from a tree in the garden, and apples that... Continue Reading →


Jade, Amethyst and Pearls

New creations for the Autumn. The necklace at the top is composed of amethyst and snow jade. The pendant is of 925 silver and charoite. For the lower necklace I chose elongated beads of jade, freshwater pearls and frosted green agate.

Autumn in the Garden

The weather has definitely become colder now, with a sprinkling of frost in the morning. A few brave plants are shining beautifully, like these asters, which bees and butterflies love. I noticed that bees love the lilac- coloured asters, but not so much the white ones. One or two dahlias are in bloom, together with... Continue Reading →

Vale of the Bears

  Our hiking group has visited Bjørndalen, The Vale of the Bears. We visited this area about the same time last year. This part of the forest is about 1 km long, and very popular with families as there are several wooden sculptures made by an American artist, Jordan Anderson, living here in Fredrikstad. Several... Continue Reading →

Iris Time

I have just received new types of iris from England, "Bold Print" and "Celebration Song". In spite of heavy rain at times I have managed to plant them on a border together with lavender. The iris in the watercolour which I painted earlier is from my Norwegian grandmother's garden, and of course I have no name for this particular one.

Ruby Necklace

When I'm not out walking or in my garden, and usually on a rainy day, I either paint a watercolour or create a new necklace. This one I have made with the thought of  the Christmas season. (end of September, it's not far away!) This necklace is composed of faceted ruby rondelles and black freshwater... Continue Reading →

Ferns, Water and Woods

As I mentioned in my last blog, our group have begun our morning walks, I really look forward to them. On some parts of our journey we walk briskly, other times we amble along chatting, or stopping , as here, to take photos . The sky was grey, it was wet in the woods after... Continue Reading →

The Well

Autumn has definitely arrived, and our group has begun walking trips again. We drive to various locations for our hikes. I sit on with Ellen, a distant member of the Norwegian side of my family and a good friend. I walk over to her house further up the road and we drive from there. While... Continue Reading →

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