My garden kitchen

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Redcurrant berries

The first harvest of my redcurrant berries. Rips – in Norwegian. I have 3 shrubs in my tiny garden, and this year I might beat the birds to my berries. I have placed a net over the shrubs , which seems to be working. Or maybe it’s the lavender and/or onions I have planted in between that keeps them away. In any case, this looks promising.

What I will do with it all , I have no idea. I used to make juice out of red – and blackcurrant.  Amazing juice, rich on c-vitamin and all the things one needs up here north during the winter months.  This year I just picked them, and put them in the freezer. Maybe I`ll make smoothies in december or january.  At least, now I have time to decide.

Coming up are the blackcurrant, and the blueberries. I know what I am going to do with the blueberries.

Yes – eat them 🙂

A day to pause

Reading my online newspapers today they are full of remembrance. Memories of that day four years ago when Norway lost it`s innocence.  We all feel a deep sorrow, and it resurfaces every year on this day. It`s a day for tears.

It is also a day for love and hope. It was also the day and weeks where the nation pulled together. Days when complete strangers comforted you on the subway, or we simply just cried together a bit.  For norwegians, such behaviour is unheard of. But we did it then.

Days before I started making this simple earring, with the words love and hope stamped inside. I have made a pair for myself as well.

Aqua copper earrings , apatite earrings
Aqua copper earrings , apatite earrings

 

The joy of summer

This is turning out to be my kind of summer. The old rainy, cold and windy type of norwegian summer. Some sun, some days with warmth, then changing suddenly to cloudy and cold. I like the variation a lot.

Two weeks ago it was real hot again, the same kind of summer we had last year. This type of weather though was all my broccoli needed to start the flower heads. I have been eagerly awaiting these for so long. This is my first year growing broccoli, so I had no idea what it was supposed to look like when I could eat it 🙂 I had to turn to google and images there.

Finally! This is something I recognize. Photo taken during thunderstorm…

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Flower-head on my broccoli. Can`t wait. Grow grow!

 

I have been working on a necklace for ages. Today I could finally list it on etsy.  All the tiny things and details that went into this, and yet it still looks big and chunky.  I suppose it is all good though, hope some of what I have put into it shows.

Viking knit with lapis carved pendant
Viking knit with lapis carved pendant

 

Learning things

SKU#106 clasp
Back of bronze amethyst necklace, handmade clasp

After I learned how to use a torch, my clasps have another finish. I just love the look.

I just love learning new things. Trying out new things, doing stuff I have never done before. It can be small things, like changing the wheels on the car. Or bigger things – like learning how to dive. Summer is always the time of the year for me when I have time to do all that. I have a diving certificate by the way…

It`s my type of vacation. I could of course have packed my bags and travelled to someplace interesting abroad, and I will. Some day. Perhaps next year. But travelling away from home when I finally have the time to work on all the projects on my to do list? That feels like a waste. So I wave farewell to all travellers, or rather check them up on facebook and watch all the pictures – and then I walk outside feeling the grass under my foot, greeting the sun while I plan the day ahead.

The list of things to learn this summer is long. So long in fact that I don`t think I will make it through everything. Then I will probably have to wait until next summer. That is quite alright.

One of the things on my list is wire weaves. There are so many different techniques and ways to do it, my head is swimming. Not all are working as I want them to, and some are outright ugly. But I try.

One of the wire weaves I am destined to do, is the so called viking knit or the viking weave. I will post about why I use “so called” later. I have already made a round of items with the weave, but realized after the dip in the LoS that the wire I had bought was lackered. Ooof. So it did not react to the liver of sulphur at all. Adding the depth that a bath in LoS gives is a must in a weave such as this, so I had to re-order more wire. Fast forward to today, and my new wire is in house. Time to get busy. Thankfully it is raining today. Just a quick stop at the post office and I am ready to delve into the hows and whats of the weave. Have a great day.

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Front of amethyst necklace