lørdag 31. januar 2009
Jeg hygger meg ofte med å gå inn på forskjellige nettsider med hus til salgs - bare for å leke litt med tanken om hvordan man kunne pusset opp de forskjellige ruinene! Tror ikke det blir flere hus på oss nå - det holder med et hus som måtte taes helt fra grunen av! Vi skal nyte det framover nå.
Her er noen få jeg fant som kunne vært noe! Det er lov å drømme!
Yesterday I got a pleasant mail from my lovely next door neighbour in France. I suddenly felt the urge of going to France and see my home there again. Well, tickets have been ordered and we will go soon – we are just waiting for a little warmer weather” We have been reading about the storms in Spain and in the south of France and we have been afraid something might have happened with our old roof. Fortunately our neighbour said she could see no damage so far.
Sometime I look through the web sites just for fun – looking for some nice old ruins… We are not going to buy another derelict house – we are just going to enjoy the one we already have restored now. Dreaming is free so I look at all the poor old building that are for sale and dream of how I could have restored them – without even thinking about the budget!
torsdag 29. januar 2009
Så har jeg fått en utfording av Loppehjemmet !
Utfordingen er å vise bilde nr 6 i mappe nr 6 fra bildene i datamaskinen! Heldigvis var den mappen bilder jeg har lagret fordi jeg syntes de var fine eller av ting jeg er på utkikk etter.
Skulle gjerne hatt en slik sofa.......
Bare jeg nå ikke blir tatt for kopiering for dette er ikke bilder jeg hadde notert meg hvor jeg har dem fra. Tror det er fra en amerikansk side som selger hagemøbler.
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onsdag 28. januar 2009
Stoffet var nesten mer grått enn blått - og det var jeg glad for. Grått er lettere å kombinere med andre farger og ting. Treverket var gylden bjerk og utskjæringene var roserknopper!
Platen kan åpnes - så dreier man det rundt og får et firkantet bridge bord!
I have been to collect my new furniture. They are much nicer than I imagined they would be. The colour is in fact more grey than blue, which I was very pleased to see. Grey is easier to combine with other colours. The carvings are roses and look really nice on top of each chair and on the sofa. The wood is golden birch. I just love them!
But I found more – so today we have been going back and forth for furniture. This card table became mine for 50€. The table top can fold out and you then get a square care table – perfect for bridge! I am not going to paint this one – the wood just need a little cosmetic repair, so this will remain with the colour it originally had. I do like to paint furniture white, but only pieces that are beyond the state where something can be done to the original surface.
tirsdag 27. januar 2009
Jeg har sett mange slike salonger, men de har alltid vært enten helt utslitte, eller så har de hatt en forferdelig farge! Lyseblått kan man godt leve med! Hel og fin, både sofa og stoler! Utrolig fin pris var det også - 1800.- kr!
søndag 25. januar 2009
I går var jeg en runde på leting etter opp-pussingsobjekter. Mens ånden fremdeles var over meg, hentet jeg fram noen flere ting som har stått i garasjen fra tidligere. Bilen har ikke fått plass der på mange år - så det er fremdeles mange ting å hente fram der! Kjekt å stå i garasjen med pussing - så slipper vi alt det kjedelige støvet innendørs. Litt kjølig var det jo, og når sant skal sies så var det ikke meg som gjorde den jobben, men samboeren min!
lørdag 24. januar 2009
Today I felt a devious craving for flea markets. There were none in my area so I convinced my husband to join me for a tour of the second hand shops instead. We went everywhere – and I gradually felt that my body (and mind) was relaxing. I did not buy a lot, but I did find something. I bought a round table and another stool, some white porcelain and 3 nice books. One is about converting various buildings that are not built as homes. Barns, churches, towers, silos and industrial buildings are converted to the loveliest homes. Another book with ideas for decorating (the two ladies on the front are known from Norwegian television) – and last but not least a nice book about France and French living, cooking, decorating and shopping. All books are some years old, but who cares as long as I haven’t read them! I bought them all at the Salvation Army shop – called Fretex here in Norway. I paid about 12€ for 3 books – I call that a very good bargain!
torsdag 22. januar 2009
The first thing I noticed was my grapevine had fresh new leaves. I forgot to take it indoors this fall and the plant suffered a very cold night outdoors. When I finally got around to bringing it indoors it lost all the leaves. I tucked it away in the window – well hidden behind the curtains. Well – the plant refused to die and now it has all these lovely fresh green leaves! I will plant it in something larger this year and hope it will grow and become stronger!
The ivy is from last year. I had thrown it away in the compost bin, but luckily it was kind of laying there in the damp grass in a corner. I was tidying up and found it had new small leaves so I rescued it and put it back in a pot. The plant said thank you and rewarded with me with many more lovely fresh leaves.
The olive three suffered the same cold night on the terrace together with the grapevine. Coming into the warm living room it sadly lost most of the leaves. These are now growing again – and my olive tree is now facing a new summer on my terrace.
The geraniums are showing signs of wakening up again and are now producing new leaves. I have had these plants for years and they grow bigger every year. The flower with a pale pink flower – we call then Queen Ingrid or Märbacka here – but unfortunately I do not the English name for them.
I have to admit that it is my husband who has the green fingers in out house. He insists that you need to breath on, and talk to the plants to make them happy. I have been listening many times behind the door, but so far I have not been able to hear what secrets they have together…..
mandag 19. januar 2009
søndag 18. januar 2009
Kommoden sto til salgs i en butikk i Portobello Road.
Sy/håndarbeidsbordet fant jeg avbildet i Homes and Antiques som jeg kjøpte på flyplassen som lektyre på flyet. Bildet har jeg lånt fra bladet.
Kunne godt tenke meg å prøve meg på noe lignende. Det trenger kanskje ikke være like "mye" liksom, men kanskje gammel reklame fra et ukeblad på en bordplate eller noe i den duren. Tror kanskje jeg hadde blitt vel lei av Mick Jagger utover hele fronten etter en stund.
I do think that some of these pieces can be too much – but I did like the idea. Having Mick Jagger looking at you from the furniture can maybe be a little too much.
I am tempted to try out this idea on something a little smaller maybe. A table top could be nice. Old musical notes instead of newspaper may work even better, or why not Chinese newspapers with all their lovely Chinese letters? I am filled with new ideas for a lot of things, and of course the only person who can put some of these ideas into life is myself! I just have to find some time to do it!
Lørdag formiddag var satt av til Portobello, men huff for en skuffelse. Vel var det en turistfelle forrige gang jeg besøkte London, men nå ga det helt avsmak. Det er alt for mange mennesker der, så det blir nesten ufremkommelig. Selgerene er - med unntak av noen få - mildt sagt uspiselige, snobbete og sure!!! Så lite vennlighet skal en lete lenge etter blandt engelskmenn. Når sant skal sies er det få engelskmenn igjen i Portobello, dessuten har jeg følelsen av at det meste de selger nå er kopier og nyproduserte ting. For jeg gir det avsmak nå jeg hører selgerne diskuterer alle de tåpelig kundene de har møtt. Jeg fikk lyst til å si dem noen pauli ord jeg også, men holdt for en gangs skyld kjeft!
Lysestakene og brettet er også fra Bermondsey markedet.
Unfortunately I did not make it to the market in Islington on Saturday as the meetings I had lasted too long. The pack their things and leave around 14.00. Next market possibility was Friday morning in Bermondsey. This market used to be a very big one but has shrunk to a quarter of what it was before, mainly because the area that they used now has become new buildings instead. What is still there is nice, prices are good and the sellers are nice.
Saturday I went to Portobello Road, but that was maybe my last visit. It’s too crowded, the dealers are arrogant and unfriendly, talking loudly about all their stupid customers. That certainly turns me off, and at a certain point I really felt an urge to tell them how I felt. However, I managed to keep my big mouth shut for once. Most of the good old dealers seem to be gone, and those who are still there often sell copies and new things.
The only thing I bought there was the basket, but that was from a lady I know from before, actually one of the few English that are still there, many are foreign.
The pictures showing interior from one of the shops at the very beginning of market, down in a basement you find this nice country style shop full of lovely vintage and old items.
The shoe blockers were bought at the market in Bermondsey. The candle sticks, and the tray as well are from this market. I was thinking about using the shoes blockers as hooks on the wall. I just have to find a way to fix them to the wall without putting screws through them, as that would destroy them.
At the garden centre in Kings Road I bought the markers – I will use a piece of chalk and write plants name on them – perhaps I will use them for my herbs that I keep in the kitchen window.
Coming home my husband surprised me with showing me what he had been doing whilst I was away. The furniture I had started to paint before leaving had gotten two cotes of white paint! What a wonderful man, using his time to do things that he really did not have to do – just to surprise me! Can you understand why I love him so much? By clicking on the pictures you will find links to various web sites.
torsdag 15. januar 2009
Jeg forstår det er flere enn meg som liker London av alle hyggelige kommentarer fra forrige innlegg.
Jeg startet ved Sloan Square og gikk nedover. Øverst i Kings Road finner dere Peter Jones - et stor varehus med alt mellom himmel og jord. Jeg styrer som regel rett i avdelingen for stoffer og tilbehør. Her er alt hjertet kan begjære av tekstiler til gardiner og møbler. Som regel ligger det noen godbiter i restekassene. Her finnes også et utrolig utvalg av bånd, snorer og tilbehør.
Ta en titt inn til India Jane - en lekker interiørbutikk.
Det ligger to butikker i Kings Road - en på hver side av gaten med litt mellomrom.
Her er det drivhus med alt du kan drømme om av planter, spesielt til containere, kasser og terrasser. I butikken finnes bøker, hagemøbler og ting og tang. Her fikk jeg virkelig snuse litt på våren. Denne trappa sto i et hjørne, jeg måtte ha med et bilde av den - denne må jeg prøve å lage maken til hjemme. Den er tapetsert med gamle aviser og lakkert. Kjempestilig.
Og til sist kommer det jeg er mest stolt av - jeg spiste ikke en eneste en av disse! Gikk rak i ryggen rett forbi!
I morgen tidlig er det antikkmarked i Bermondsey!
I started by Sloane Square and worked my way down to the Farmer’s Market. I started with Peter Jones and their lovely textile department. Then I continued down the road, with all kinds of lovely shops with all the tings you need – or not need. Waterstones’s have a vast collection of interior books, cook books, garden books in the basement. Yes – I did buy another book! This was very nice so I had to buy it. There are lots of lovely pictures and ideas for a holiday home in this book.
Then comes the India Jane shop – with all kinds of decorative items. There are now two India Jane shops in Kings Road. Habitat and Heals have modern interior and kitchen wear.
Antiquarius is a must, expensive but lovely.
The Chelsea Gardener at the Farmer’s Market is one of my favourite places. You find all the plants, seeds and bulbs you need for container gardening and terraces. I had to take a picture of this ladder in a corner there. It has been covered in old newspaper – a good idea that I want to copy when I get home.
Although it is not yet spring the daffodils have started to grow here – it’s a long time before that happens in Norway.
The last picture is what I am most proud of. I did not eat any of these – just walk past them without even wanting them. That was a victory!
I have attached links to some of the pictures if you want to read more about the shops. Tomorrow morning I am planning to go to the antique market in Bermondsey!
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