Summer and 50 mm = great :)

You know I got that 50 mm f/1.4  lense for my birthday last October. That means this will be the first summer I’ll be using it. This week I’ve been very eager to go out and use it on the blooming parts of Oslo. Some of my flickr-friends have inspired me and helped me to get the urge to go out and shoot.

Today the weather has been lovely; between 15 -17 degrees and sunny. It has been a perfect photo-weather.

So after I left the office at 16.00 sharp, I went to the botanical garden. It’s blooming there and I know by earlier visits that this time a year there are some nice things to see and shoot. And oh boy, was I right!

From I left the office and until I got home, I had taken 189 shots! And when I went through them, I found many pictures that has turned out great. There are not 189 totally different pictures of course. I usually take quite a few pictures of the same object. I test different angels and settings on the camera.

Here are some of the shots, I took.

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The botanical garden is so great and it’s not far from where I live either. It’s like in the middle of my apartment and building where I work. The garden got lots different flowers and trees (huge ones). They have put benches at some places which are nice to use for reading a book. I saw a guy sitting there with a briefcase and reading some documents :) Looked way better sit in a boring office with bad air maybe not so much natural light.

I’m definitely going back to the botanical garden later this summer.

I think it would’ve been cool to frame this pictures, but I have no space for them at the moment. My apartment is only about 50 m2 and there is only so much I can hang up un the walls. I could actually put them in my bedroom. They go with the color scheme that are in there; three white walls and one dark purple. But doing that means two things:

  •  in need of new frames since these pics are square ones.
  • take down the pics that are there already.

Am I ready for that? Not sure… Don’t think I should spend money on that for the moment. I have to wait until Pink Pop is over and then I can see how much money there is left at my account.

I could of course give them to mum as a birthday gift. She talked about putting up some pictures at her ‘library’ (my old room). But can I afford four pictures printed and four frames from IKEA? That will be a bit expensive I think. Maybe I’ll just give her the pictures and then she can buy the frames herself :p

Talking about mums birthday. I have a great idea for another gift. I actually got the idea when I visited Åhlens not long ago. In the pots and jars section they had small plastic bags with cantucini. That is Italian biscuts. Hard ones that you dip in coffee and then eat. Mum loves them. Creative as I am, I didn’t buy them, but wrote down the name so I could search them up on google and make them myself. I think it’s a wonderful idea if I can say it myself ;)

I’ll share pics of the cantucini’s when they are done. Mums birthday isn’t unil the 14th of June, so I got a month left.

The two last cards

Here are the two last cards I’ve made. The first one you see below here, is a card I made for Ellen when she got a new apartment. She had now moved from Lambertseter (thank god, it’s in the suburb of Oslo) and now lives at Kampen which is a great place to live.

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The second card I’ve made for my friend Bjørg’s birthday. She had her birthday the 30.04. Still haven’t gotten around to send her the card and the present. I bought her a neckles from Six in Alkmaar. I better send it ASAP!

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I used my new rubber-stamp on this one. I got a four-piece set with cat rubber stamps from my mum about a month ago. I really wanted to test them and came up with this idea after a while. I think the cat is utterly cute.

Right now I’m planning on making a new card, but this one is gonna be hard. That’s because it got no spesific theme. Cisca saw the card I’d made for Chantie and she said it was cute. Then I said to her I could make one and send her one when I got home. And that is what I’m gonna do. But I have no idea what kind of card to make or what to write on it.

Hmmm. I have to sit down and work out some idea. Wish me good luck!

Recap: The Alkmaar trip.

Yes I know, I’ve been bad at blogging lately. Not sure why…  I feel I should tell about the great trip to see Chantie, but I’m not really in the mood to do a lot of typing. So… I’ll give you the highlights.

  • on wednesday we went shopping in Amsterdam. Visited Bershka. Didn’t buy anything there!! Saw a really great red leather jacket, but it was too expensive.  We went up in a Paris-wheel which was HIGH! I got a bit scared and Chantie laughed. I was such a wuzz.
  • thursday was Queens Day. Cisca came over, something Chantie had forgotten so we almost went to the town without here. haha. Queens Day was fun, nothing like anything I’ve experienced before. Alkmaar was crowded!! I drank a lot of cheap wine which tasted great! Got drunk, ate really good spring rolls and a sandwich at Subway, took some silly pictures, ate the most delish piece of chicken I’ve ever tasted on our way home at 18.30 ish.
  • Friday Cisca, me and Chantie went to look for the Tulips. Cisca had seen some on her way to Chantie. We met some cute sheeps on our way. The tulips were almost gone, but Cisca and I took some pics. After Cisca went home, Chantie and I went shopping in Alkmaar. Then we went home, made dinner and watched TV and looked at videos at youtube for a long time.
  • Saturday we went to Gent to see Per and his crew. Took the train to Haarlem where we met Cisca. Went to meet Martin, a friend of Cis and Chant. Drove to Gent, met some (crazy) fans outside the concert hall, waited forever, had a great concert and got my t-shirt signed by Per after the show. Woho. He were signing stuff and I wanted my T signed. Then we went back to Cisca’s place and crashed there for the night.
  • Sunday we took the train home to Alkmaar. We bought some groceries (dinner) on the way home, but still we managed to stop my Burger King for a fat, greasy XXL Burger. YUM! Sunday was the official slut-day. We slutted around, watching two movies; the Queen which was great and the Freedom Writers which was very interesting!
  • Monday I was heading home. I helped Chantie with a budget and got her ebaying kickstarted after A LOT OF hassle! Super-mega-big sigh! I bought cheese for mum and beer for dad. Again, we ate a greasy, fat XXL Burger, this time at the air-port. Took the 20.35 flight home.

Yeah…. I think that was it. I had a really fun time, like I always have around my sweet tulip!

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