Light a fire
1 Light a fire
If you have a fireplace and it’s windy and stormy out it is a very good source of heating the house. I love the smell of the burning wood and I can sit in from of the fireplace quite mesmerized by the way the flames dance around inside the fireplace. Just make sure that you are careful and watch out so that you don’t start a fire somewhere else than inside the fireplace.
Walk in the woods
2. Go for a walk in the woods
I find it very enjoyable to take a walk in the woods in all seasons. The charm of a walk in the woods in autumn is to see the lovely colours that nature has to offer. See if you can find some nice berries and mushroom (be sure you only pick the non toxic ones) that you can use to make nice food when you come home. If the rain is not pouring, the temperature is usually very nice for going walking as it’s not too hot or too cold!
3 Light candles, curl up on the couch with a nice cup of tea
When the weather outside is mostly stormy and very wet. What is better than to curl up on the couch with a blanket, a good book and a nice cup of tea? In Norway we have an extreme fondness of candles and I find it very cosy to light a few when the storm is raging outside.
Light a few candles
Lovely view from a high point on the island
This weekend I felt the need to just relax and regroup. And I decided to take a trip to our summer-house, even if it’s not summer anymore.
The weather was very up and down, but I brought some good books and got to go for some amazing walks. I managed to miss the worst of the rain and only got a little of the hail storm while I was out and about. And when I was inside the weather wasn’t very important to me.
Run down barn
After a long walk on Saturday I went over to a nearby little town to enjoy, among other things, a lovely antique shop. I also bought a few things I forgot to bring and got a nice coffee that I enjoyed outside.
Nice to be out and about
We got an extra hour to sleep this weekend as well because Norway is changing from summertime to wintertime and that suited me as this weekend was very much about relaxation for me!
Playground and Street art
Just outside my new office, two whole minutes from my home, is a playground that I find quite cool. Most of it is made from wood and there are a lot of interesting animals. Now there is some new street art up on the building just next to is. The art is very colourful little monsters and the kids seem to really like them!
The park is named after a writer from Stavanger who used to live close by. His name was Andreas Jacobsen (1909-1995), but he went by the pen name Ajax. He wrote books in Stavanger dialect about the kids on the street. Some of his stories are very popular around christmastime.
Hut in the bamboo woods
When I was over in Ireland I decided to pay a visit to Kildare Village, a small village comprised of houses that contains outlet shops from many brands. I found the Village very charming.
Behind the village is this charming bridge
There was many great things on offer, but some of the things that I found I didn’t have the opportunity to buy, because they would be very hard to get home on the plane. I did find some things that I did buy and I will be back for sure if I get the opportunity.
On a different note I’ve had a great first week at work and yesterday we had a nice little party and I got to know many people a little better. I enjoyed very much and it got a bit late and I’m very grateful that I have no major plans the rest of the weekend.
I have now been working for 4 days and I’m still enjoying myself and think this will be every bit a good as I thought I would be. And today the lovely Janice at Mostly Blogging featured one of my posts in her first ever international weekly roundup! Add the fact that the sun is shining outside and my week could hardly be better.
Painting of the Latin Quarter, in the Latin Quarter
One of the things I had my heart set on doing in ireland was to get some shopping done. Things here are a little cheaper than in Norway and I always seem to find more clothes I like when I go shopping abroad, even in a different city of Norway I find more I want to shop than at home. Maybe I’m just a bit strange like that. But anyway, buying new clothes had not been my top priority after having the hours reduced at my old job, so I was in need of something new for my new start!
Once again the weather was really lovely and walking around town was very nice. We started out by walking around a little and getting lunch in a very nice restaurant called The Quays, they served traditional Irish food and specialized in seafood. I tried their seafood platter and was not disappointed. After this I left the others to fend for themselves and hit the shops!
View of Galway from top of shopping centre
After quite a few hours it was time to eat again and we headed up to some good friends up in Oranmore just outside Galway to enjoy their company and a really nice curry. A perfect end to the day!
Today I had my first day at the new job. I know that it is going to take some time to find out if I enjoy it or not, but first impressions are also important and everyone at the office was very welcoming and the group I’m going to work with seems like a group of very nice people. Looking forward to going back tomorrow to learn more!
Streets of Tuam
Once again I had my base in the wonderful little town of Tuam. Visiting family and friends and enjoying the little town where you can enjoy some peace and quiet, but also go out to party, should you wish to. As I was there to charge batteries a full night on the town was not penciled in this time around, but I know from previous experience that the Irish sure know how to go to the pub!
The Palace – a lovely park to walk in
After a nice breakfast with good friends, I decided to take advantage of the lovely sunny weather and went for a lovely walk in the nearby park called The Palace.
Colors of autumn
Beauty dies where litter lies
We had a lovely dinner at a great restaurant called Bia Bella, the food was really tasty and the atmosphere was great and I got to try some Irish craft beer. We ended up very happy and very full.
I was so full, in fact, that after the meal and the craft beer I had to limit myself to one pint of Guinness at the pub after because there was no more room left in my stomach! But I was very glad the next day that we decided to call it a relatively early night.
Irish Pale Ale
Lovely sunrise seen from the car
I’m now back from a lovely little trip over to Ireland to see friends and family and to do some shopping before I start my new job. The weather was very good and everything was quite enjoyable. I find Ireland to be a beautiful country no matter the season, but there is something special about autumn. Walking down the street in a small town, when the sun is warming your face, but the air is clear and crisp and the smell of the burning turf really sets the mood.
View from the car
This time around I didn’t have much time, but I had to make sure that my itinerary was not to busy as I didn’t want to be wrecked for starting my new job on Monday. But I do feel that I got quite a lot squeezed in in the few days I spent there. And as I said, it was a very lovely trip filled with all the things I wanted to do when I was over.
The journey went smoothly both ways and my bag and I arrived on time and at the same time. In fact on my way home I landed 20 minutes before scheduled time! Today I have to unpack and do a few things necessary to prepare for the big day tomorrow. I hope I find you all well!