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    Crazy, happy May days

    We’ve arrived at the tail end of May, and as every year in the past few years I can finally stop fretting about all the things we need to remember and plan and prepare for. May is a super full month with lots going on and lots of birthday parties and socialising and I like to call it a very “extrovert month”. My birthday was part of a long weekend this year so we got away to our cabin for a no-wifi weekend. No big party, no cake, just birdsong and family time and ice cream and sun, and a glass of a good rosé in the evening while watching…

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    Family travel – stopover in Austria

    We have done road trips in Europe a few times now and although it takes longer to get to your destination compared to hopping on a plane, what we love is how much we get to see and experience on our way there, making for a a lot of variety during those precious family holiday weeks. Last year we drove through Denmark, Germany and Austria to get to Italy. Despite the inevitable challenges a driving holiday will throw at you (long days on the road, occasional impatient passengers) I will say that the good things about a driving holiday by far outweigh the bad. Arriving in a new place every…

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    Fuel for heart and mind – This week in review

    I thought I’d do a post every once in a while rounding up the week, sharing what I read, saw, heard, ate or experienced. Here’s some things from this week. Work trip to Oslo. Going to Oslo is equal parts comfort zone and equal parts discovering new places these days. I left Oslo in 2003, after having lived there since 2000. A lot of things are still the same, a lot of things are new. It’s fun to find new places and still know my way around and not ever feel lost. International Women’s Day 2018 – what an inspiring day! People joining in to the cause from all corners…

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    What we did this Sunday

    Six kids playing downstairs, running, laughing, energy levels high. The haze from the morning had cleared and gave us a few hours of sun and the temperature crept above zero. I was filling bowls of soup, listening to the kids downstairs, I decided to serve them lunch outside, first one of the year, in the sun on the deck in the lower part of the garden, where the sun hits you directly and you are kind of sheltered from the wind. The kids really needed to release the is-it-spring-yet energy which fills us all to the brim at this time of the year. They cheered when I asked if they…

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    Garden in February

    I know it’s really early in the year still and I won’t get my hopes up about spring already, but today was one of those days where the air felt a little different, a little milder, no wind to speak of and so I walked around the house to check the state of the flower beds and pull out some plants from last year that need to make way for new ones in a month or two. I deliberately left the veggie patch untouched over the winter as I figured the wilting plants might provide some nutrients to the soil until the new season starts. When I pulled them up…

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    A weekend at Lindesnes Lighthouse

    “So, I was wondering if you and your sister and the kids wanted to join me at the lighthouse in Lindesnes in August?” My mum has been wanting to book a stay there for a while, and had been quick to reserve it when it became available in the last weekend of August – the last weekend of summer. She didn’t need to ask twice – we were so thrilled at the opportunity to stay at the lighthouse watchman’s house. I really love taking the kids places where the natural surroundings engages them and lets them explore on their own terms. Where you dare to trust in their own imagination and…

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    New year, new space

    Hello world, and Happy New Year! I have been offline for a month, logged off all social media and engaging minimally with the world through my phone. It’s been a refreshing way to start the year, and it’s helped create space for myself to focus on the here and now, and it’s brought about a myriad of ideas and my energy levels are high and I feel happy and calm, despite January being very busy and just as dark as any other January. The main thing I’ve taken away from this month is that the way I (we all) consume information these days – so instant and fleeting, constantly getting…