Indeed it is! I’m sitting here now with a big cup of white Thé de Songes from Le Palais des Thés. You see, yesterday I came across a new shop in a wee shopping centre close to home. A tea shop! Might be my new favourite shop with teas from Le Palais des Thés and Løv, as well as a nice selection of chocolates, spices and coffee. I’m in løv!
Do you have a favourite tea? I love tea and I’m always looking for new favourites, please share your favourites with me
I have finally learned how to shoot with my SLR cam using the manual setting, I am thrilled! But, as I came back from Poland, with a flat battery and seeing that my charger had decided to leave me for an impersonal hotel room in a country far away, I was saddened. While still hyped about my new-found knowledge, I lent my compact camera to my sister-in-law, in SPAIN! I have thus for the past weeks had to make do with my oooold compact camera. But now, behold, I have received a new charger thanks to a chap in Hong Kong who sells camera accessories.
I thus hope the quality of the photos I publish will improve a bit over the next days and weeks 🙂
Son and I visited Copenhagen. We stayed with my brother who lives a few minutes outside the city, but we did spend a few hours walking around in the city centre (not to mention the hours we spent driving in and around the city). It’s my first time in Denmark as a mum, and my first time in a big city all alone with my son. No plans were thus of the certain type. We had a wee list of things we wanted to see or do, and did what felt right there and then. One afternoon was spent walking up and down Strøget – probably the best known pedestrian shopping street in Denmark.
We didn’t shop though. We walked about looked at things, people, buildings and, most importantly, dogs. We visited the few toy-stores we found (the lego shop being a bit of a disappointment) but had to give up the project of finding Son a pair of new shoes.
The weather was great and Son is the most patient two-year-old I have ever met, however, his obsession with birds was a bit straining at times (whenever he sees a pigeon he wants to pet it, which is rarely what the bird wants). We stopped for ice-cream and simply enjoyed each other’s company. A good day out.
Travelling abroad a Norwegian is always likely to bring home his or her alcohol quota. The rules in Norway are strict and one is only allowed to bring a few bottles of alcohol when returning home, the amount depending on the alcohol content of the drink. I am not one of those people.
When travelling this time I was actually looking for certain alcoholic beverages: Irish cider and one certain type of champagne (not really champagne, but what we still call champagne, ignoring how we annoy the French from the Champagne area). The first because its price in Norway suggests it to be illegal, the second because of my innate need to fill the quota. I could not find either neither in Sweden nor in Denmark. Consequently, no alcohol followed me home.
With a two-year-old never leaving my side I managed to do very little proper shopping, I’m talking clothes, accessories, shoes, etc. I was limited to shops where they had trolleys for Son. He is used to that from back home and enjoys shopping with me, as long as he can talk to everyone passing us.
As I’ve mentioned before I pay quite a lot of attention to what we eat. And, living in Norway, that is not always a walk in the park. But, in Denmark, biological groceries are not considered swear words, nor forced out of the market by large brands who buy off shops to squeeze out the smaller brands. The range of products was thus out of this world, compared to that at home. Prices were better too. So I ended up buying a lot things I assume not every man in the street would bring home after travelling the neighbour countries.
I needed chocolate to bake with, I just dropped by the nearest shop. Three types to choose from, Freia’s Lys Kokesjokolade, Freia’s Dronningsjokolade and Eldorado’s Kokesjokolade (kokesjokolade=directly translated “cooking chocolate”). Eldorado’s was half the price of the two others, one point for Eldorado. But the same chocolate contained vanillin, which I because of the price assume is chemically produced. The label said: aroma (vanillin). I go to the pricier alternative, read the label, which says: Aroma. Two points for Eldorado. One for price, one for honesty.
Jeg trang kokesjokolade og stakk innom nærmeste Kiwi. Tre typer av lys sjokolade hadde jeg å velge mellom: Freias Lyse Kokesjokolade, Freias Dronningsjokolade og Eldorados Kokesjokolade. Eldorado var omtrent halv pris av de forrige. Ett poeng til Eldorado. Så leser jeg på baksiden; ‘Aroma (Vanillin)’ står det, sort på brunt, jeg går selvfølgelig ut i fra at det er kjemisk produsert vanillin. Jeg går til Freia. ‘Innhold: Aroma’. Jeg valgte Eldorado. Ett poeng for pris, ett poeng for ærlighet.
Am I correct to instantly assume the worst?
Er det rett av meg å anta det verste her?
We’ve now officially started gift shopping. Finished a few and have planned what to buy for a few more; planning is usually what I spend most time on. I love buying gifts, and try the best I can to find something those I buy for really wants, it takes time, and I also often fail. I have a few presents planned this year as well, that I’m not confident will be very appreciated. But sometimes I have to risk it. This year I think those risky gifts will either be loved, or hated. I cross my fingers and hope for the first.
Nå har vi offisitelt begynt på gavehandelen. Gjorde ferdig noen få i dag, og har planlagt noen flere. Planlegginga er ofte det vanskelige og det jeg bruker mest tid på. Ikke noe styr å handle inn når jeg bare vet hva jeg skal ha. Jeg nyter virkelig julehandelen, og storkoser meg med å finne presanger til familien. Jeg prøver så godt jeg kan å finne noe som blir satt pris på av alle sammen, noe som tar en del tid, og som jeg ikke alltid lykkes med. Jeg har noen presanger i år som jeg ikke vet om vil falle i god jord, enten elsker de dem, eller så hater de dem. De kan uansett byttes, så får jeg bare ta det derfra 🙂
I went to a flea market this weekend. It’s my first in years and I didn’t know what to expect. I guess I expected more, it was not more than one table of items for sale, but I was very fortunate and found exactly what I was looking for. The two jars are for a sourdough project I have going at the moment, I’ll get back to that in a few days. And I found a box for magazines. I plan on fixing it a bit, don’t know just what yet, but I’ll probably think of something. Hopefully I’ll get back to you on that as well very soon.
Jeg var på loppemarked for første gang på mange år og jeg visste ikke helt hva som ventet meg. Jeg hadde forventet mer, det var ikke mer enn ett bord med varer, men jeg var heldig og fant akkurat hva jeg var på jakt etter. Jeg kjøpte to norgesglass til et surdeigsprosjekt jeg har gående for tida, jeg komme nok tilbake til det I en post senere. Jeg fant også en aviskurv som jeg har planer om å fikse litt på, forhåpentligvis poster jeg om den igjen om noen få dager.