Snow days in Devon 2018

Snow days in Devon! Who’d have thunk it? We’ve had two snow falls this March, making it the winteriest winter this Norwegian has ever experienced in England (and I’ve lived here for 15 years now). Snow days!!! Albert has only really seen snow once before, back in January 2010, just before his 4th birthday. There was…

Change

Change. Life is full of it. As you may have noticed, I have only published one blog post so far this year. There are many reasons for that – first and foremost, life’s little adventures have become somewhat lacklustre since I lost my beloved doggie Albert in November last year. I can’t face going to…

My Year in Books 2018

It always baffles me a little why Goodreads send out their “My Year in Books” interactive infographic so early. This year I received it on the 10th of December – 21 reading days too soon! That’s a full three weeks of missing reading data! (Yes, I am a bit of a book nerd these days.)…

Third annual autumn appreciation day

Charge your cameras and get outdoors – it’s autumn appreciation time again!  For the third year in a row, Albert and I headed to our secret spot (Blackbury Camp in Devon, shhhh, don’t tell anyone) for our Annual Autumn Appreciation Day. It was the perfect day; not a cloud in the sky and so quiet…

Annual autumn appreciation session

It’s autumn appreciation time! Every year in spring, Albert and I head to the Iron Age hill fort Blackbury Camp near Honiton for a bluebell photoshoot [ 2015 | 2016 | 2017 ]. Last year, it suddenly dawned on me that the place probably looks equally beautiful in autumn – and thus another annual tradition was born. [If…

Summer in Surrey: The Essence of England

Forgive me, Blogiverse, for I have sinned. It has been nearly 3 months since my last update. This summer has been stressful for all the wrong reasons. The death of a most beloved dog (monkey’s ‘brother’, who lived with my ex). Serious illness among friends and family. A ridiculous workload. Other dramz, too. Let’s not get into it….

English bluebells: the ethereal beauty of spring

The admiration of the first English bluebells of spring is the closest British equivalent of hanami in Japan and leaf peeping in the US. There is something so fragile and fleeting about their delicate flowers! The ethereal beauty of blue forest floors is virtually impossible to capture in images, but I really enjoy trying.

Killerton Easter Eggstravaganza and Family Fun

Last Easter, I jetted off to Norway to surprise my mum and my twin nieces for their big birthday. (They share the same date.) This year, my family came to visit me. My nieces are real tight with the Norwegian Easter Bunny, who had been in touch with his English cousin on their behalf. Together, the bunnies had arranged no less than…

Nostalgic notes from Norway

For some reason I can’t quite grasp, I always seem to travel to Norway in the depths of winter. This trip was no exception. Fortunately it felt more like autumn as there was no snow on the ground and no colder than -5°C or so, even in the evenings. Perfect conditions for exploring and admiring the lovely sunsets, in other…

Sun and sea at Sandy Bay

One of the great things about being owned by a dog is that it gets you out and about. And the best thing about having a dog when you have no garden is that it gets you out and about several times a day – morning, noon and night. These days I get to see spectacular…