søndag 24. februar 2008

The winters here at Huseby are long and cold. Snow and ice is what you find out in the garden, and there is not much to write about for a gardener. besides I've been very busy at work so maintaining my main blog has been enough these past weeks.

But days are getting longer and temperatures milder, and I am longing for spring.
So what do I do then? I buy daffodils to enjoy indoors and I read about gardens and flowers. A friend in Cornwall sent me a book for Christmas; Golden Harvest. The story of Golden Harvest. The story of daffodil growing in Cornwall and the isles of Scilly by Andrew Tompsett. A lovely book sparkling with the yellows of thousands of daffodils.

I'm going to take the night train down to Oslo tonight. And if I can't sleep I will be surrounded by flowering words.

søndag 17. februar 2008

Eat, Pray, Love

Several friends have mentioned this book for a long time, telling me that this is a book I would love. Somehow their words didn't reach me, and I never came around looking for, or buying the book.....untill I saw it at an airport bookstore a few weeks ago and knew at once: Yes, this must be a book for me. Now the book is read and I can agree, both with my friends and with my own knowledge - Yes, this was a book for me.

Eat, Pray, Love, is, just like the title tells, a book in three parts, every part about a new country and the author's experiences there. Italy, India and Indonesia. With several travels already planned this year to Italy, and a three week's travel to India coming up in October/November, my interest was of course fully awaken already when I read the back cover of the book.

The author, Elizabeth Gilbert, has been through a hard divorce and a rather sad love story, and set out for a year in the world to find her inner self again. In Italy she eats, in India she prays and meditates and in Indonesia she finds love. Her months in Italy and Indonesia was qujite interesting reading, the middle part about her long months in India was just a long, boring interlude. Gilbert's writing is easy to follow though, with alot of funny thouches, so all in all I find this a vert good book, easy to recommend.......................and the first part when she lived in Roma for a few months..........In four weeks I'll be back in Roma! I can't wait!

torsdag 7. februar 2008

Colour. Travels through the Painbox

Most books can be read more than once, many books can be read again and again. I have quite a few of them in my collection. Books which never find a place in the shelves, it is always laying around somewhere in the process of being read.

Victoria Finlay's
Colour. Travels through the Painbox is ofen on top of a busy pile somewhere around the house.

The rainbow, the strongest sign of hope God has given us, is for me alot about Lent and the focus I want to give these weeks leading up to Easter. Lent has seven weeks and the rainbow has seven colours, so why not give each week of Lent its spesific colour, starting with red.

This is my red week. I have a red candle on my seasonal table, I plant seeds for tomatos, I make red food and I read about red in Finlay's book.