On… 17th of May in Norway

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It felt like a day dedicated to many many colourful balloons!

Festivity and lots of people out and about for Norway’s Constitution day. Highly overcast skies but temperature was at a comfortable 20 or so degrees.

So what is the skinny on this 17th of May? It is Norway’s official national day :] So, according to a classmate’s husband, Norway had it’s constitution a century or so before it was given it’s ‘true’ independence. Being handed off from the Danes to the Swedes for an extra 100 or so years of ruling couldn’t have been all that fun for this fish loving, nature walking, rain attracting awesome country. So 17th of May is where all the Norwegians dress up in their fineries or their bunads – traditional rural wear turned proper festive wear, different colours and embellishments dependent on which area of Norway the mother is hailed from … or made up ones –  and have a lovely, crowded and fun family and friends day with a good helping of hot dogs and icecream :]

Here’s what I was able to snap amongst the festivities, enjoy!

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I shall leave you with the annual soft is 17th of May with a random stranger’s winnie the pooh balloon. What a good mate 🙂 Read more on 17th of May here and bunads here.
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Just slightly sketchy :)

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sketchbook -120413-goldfishHei hei Everyone!

Oh look, sketches!
Had Kimbra’s album on loop whilst happily doodling friday away :] Also, got through the first 4 episodes of The Carrie Diaries when I took a break from listening to the loop. I still wish they didn’t cancel Jane by Design… I really liked that show… and all Jane’s wardrobe! I think I should get another monitor as I had to reduce my photoshop window quite a bit to fit in the media player XD Also… do click for a bigger look at the silly goldfish, it’s a little sharper when it’s at it’s proper unsquished size :]

Now… i’m quite famished! Time to see when some yummy tomato soup and toasty buttered sourdough can be made! Yeh… the kitchen is currently getting measured coz we are having some black floral plates gracing the walls of the kitchen! yay! I’ll leave you with this last pic, I was chatting to my friend earlier today and he asked to draw him a ferret. He said he would like one for a pet and can have them trained for the hood XD So here goes, a girl in a hoodie with a ferret… bit hard to tell what that furry creature is… sitting on her shoulder. Hoope you like it James :]

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Enjoy the weekend everyone! Har en fin helgen! 🙂

Gardening time!

Spring is here!

Over the sunny long weekend, I’d been reading up on gardening and various plants that would be easy for a beginner’s foray into the wonderful world of gardening. After hours and hours of googling, blog reading and youtubing, I was right and ready to hunt for my supplies~!

I wanted herbs and tomatoes…in one pot and not too much maintenance… and hopefully not too many bugs *dies*. I remember the wastage in the past… when we needed a bit of herbs but the supermarket only sold them in a large bunch! How convenient and proper would it be to have fresh herbs and vegies just outside the kitchen? Way proper! XD I needed to enlist buddies to help with loading up the potting mix and fertiliser and for good company.

The first on call was of course, my sister… however… she loves her Saturday sleep ins, hence a very difficult person to enlist. I unsuccessfully harassed her to wake up. I then called upon my good old cousin… whom i know looooooves the sausage sizzles that our local hardware/garden centre cooks up. She was easily persuaded! She exclaimed that before I called, she was failing at reading her study notes on a lovely Saturday morning… and that she had already taken a nap at 9am (it was approximately 10.15am then)! With combined effort (barging back into my sister’s room with my cousin on speaker), we got my sister to agree to a good outing!

After a lax half hour deadline, we were parking and wondering whether to get the sausage sizzles first or check out the supplies! As none of us were all that famished, we made our way towards the nursery. On our way… we did get sidetracked by a lovely fairy floss cart. Detour! 🙂

Fairy floss detour*nom nom* *ahem* Onwards to the nursery!

I came prepared with a list of plants for my one pot wonder. I picked up some cherry tomato, coriander, sweet basil and nasturtium seedlings. I had read to include the Nasturtium as it’s an edible flower, as well as, a great companion plant to tomatoes… keeping the munchie bugs away from my tomatoes and also help with wooing the bees and the butterflies for pollinating 🙂 I really wanted Borage as well, I read that it has really nice statement blue flowers,  a great companion plant to tomatoes as it should repel bugs along the lines of white flies and aphids and the leaves were meant to taste like cucumbers! It’s just positive after positive after positive, alas, the nursery did not stock them.*cries* My ever helpful cousin got most of the seedlings to the trolley, whilst I, read from my list. She even brought over some Vietnamese mint *YUM!* but I had to say no… as the plants on hand were definitely enough for a beginner gardener like me. I told myself… give yourself a week… if the seedlings have not died off yet… then you can go get some more kinds of seedlings… I think a week is actually too short a time frame.

Whilst being all jolly and whipped up in a gardening moment, my sister grabbed herself a little pot of eggplant seedling… because she loves to eat eggplants and thought … why not! XD I quickly googled companion plants for eggplants and found that marigold was a companion plant. Edible too! Popped them both into the trolley. We hunted for organic  potting mix and fertilisers. Heavy and dirty… the potting mix got our hands real dirty… in hindsight, we should have grabbed the sausage sizzle first then shopped. Next were pots… and a garden owl caught my sister’s eyes…. it was almost $8… too much of a bargain to pass by. It was swept away to the check out with us.

We managed to eat the sausage sizzle… it was more than a bit disappointing.

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The next time i had any proper interaction with my seedlings other than watering them… was today! I had a good chat with my colleague who gardens… and I told her I shall be transplanting my little plants into their bigger pots. I really have no inkling of how much roughening up the little seedlings can take. I ripped a little hole to pour the potting mix neatly into the pots… but then it just split and quite a bit landed on the grass… lucky grass XD By the time I got everything transplanted and pressed a little firmly around the plants (I feel like i may have pressed a little too firmly… I mean… how firm is firm???!! *frustration*)… I kind of half buried the coriander and the tomato plants… the roots just kept staying up…. =.=;” I hope everything is alright. I also popped the eggplant and marigold into my sister’s pot. I seriously hope these seedlings aren’t little delicate princesses… that can’t take a little beating… the tomato plants do look a little sad *sigh*

Here are the potted plants! I hope they weather the harsh treatment, the stress of transplanting and the lack of water for the day… I made sure to add a bit more water this afternoon =.=” Haha, I am hoping quite a lot today *fingers crossed*
Fun side fact: The supposed fertiliser and potting mix i bought? I had unknowingly bought 2 potting mixes… one with fertiliser mixed in (ie don’t have to add nutrients for up to 6 weeks) and the other… straight. I know… what fail. Got to return the Potting mate and get some liquid nutrients for my plants 🙂

Eggplant and Marigold

Sister’s Eggplant and Marigold

Tomato, Basil, Coriander and Nasturtium

My Tomato, Basil, Coriander and Nasturtium Pot

Neons, Kites and bows

What does Neons, Kites and Bows have in common?
Read on to find out :3
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While waiting on a message that never came, I noticed that my current nailart (of 7 days) from Pastel green, red apples and polka dots, was being all rebellious on my right hand (middle finger). It was peeling once again. I had previously applied a generous dashing of top coat to keep it in check but it had broken free of its confines and was all out to ruin everything *high drama*! Yes, the trouble maker had been giving me grief right from the start… I guess it was its way to protest against my harsh treatment of him and his peers (I’d gone to wash the dishes and hand washed some clothes for good measure ._.” ). Continue reading

Pastel green, red apples and polka dots!

Red Apple on Polka Dots

Red Apple on Polka Dots

When I’m done with all my obligations in a day, I just want to relax and have some me time. Facials would be nice (sadly need to buy new facial prods… all out) but getting my nails done up pretty is right up there with the joy of stuffing my face silly with yummy creme brulee!
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