Miaow, miaow

My plan this evening was to take another bike trip exploring more of Oslo. But that didn’t happen. In stead I went out for a little walk. At the other side of the street I saw a cat sitting by the door wanting to get in. I could not help it come inside, but I could do something else; cuddle him. I alsways to that when I meet up with cats. Some don’t like it, some do. This cat loved it. It was super friendly.

If you didn’t know, you know now: I am a cat lover. I brought out my camera thinking I could try take a photo of the cat. That’s often not very easy. Often the cat jumps from here to there or just walk right up to the camera to cuddle. This cat was patient and let me take as many photos as I wanted. It came if I reached out my hand and moved my fingers.

Here are the result of the little ‘photoshoot’ with the cat, which I name ‘Stranger’, since I don’t know its real name:

The cat doesn’t look too happy. I hope it was happier than he looked.

Head shot. Such a pretty face.

The cat was looking at a big black bird. It only looked at it. Hmm. Was it too lazy to go chace it?

Something has caught its attention. His looks more alert now.

A good clean is always good. I love the curve his back makes and the way his feet is placed. Very pretty.

Oh how I love cat paws. One of the cutest thing every.

Hello there lady taking photos of me. Can you please reach out your hand and cuddle me? Pretty please! I could really use some right now.

Exploring Oslo

Oslo isn’t very big, but still there are parts of Oslo I haven’t discovered. Yesterday evening I took my bike on a trip. My camera did follow of course. The reason for my trip was to bike off some of the cake I’d eaten that day. And to get a little bit of excercise. It’s much needed! I hadn’t planned exactly where to bike, but I had an area I wanted to explore. I ended up going places I’ve never been with my bike. In the end I ended up in a industrial part of Oslo; a part where they ship out a lot of fruit.

It might not be the most spectacular photos, but they mean something to me. So here is what I saw on my trip. It’s not only the pretty, pretty Oslo. But it’s a part of Oslo none the less.

Alley with trees. And cars. It was a dead end street. A guy watched me from his balcony. I bet he was wondering why I took a photo of that alley. It’s not the first time I get looks when I’m out photographing. And it sure won’t be the last either.

A white building with lots of windows. I liked the graphic feel to the photo.

Not the prettiest building in Oslo. But it had something undefined that made me photograph it.

Me in the door on the parking lot. Twice actually.

The parking lot is closed for trucks.

But it’s not closed for cool cars. I saw this cool car at the parking lot. It was beautiful, and I had to photograph it. The front is pretty.

The top photograph is taken from the parking lot. This part of Oslo, Økern, is  under major reconstruction. Some day I’m pretty sure it will be not so messy and pretty in stead. The bottom picture is taking from a brigde, but from a different angle.

This is also taken from the parking lot. I wonder  how it’s like to live in that building. What kind of people are living there? It’s not a very kids-friendly place I’n my eyes. It’s in the near of roads with lot of cars and company buildings.

A short cut from one street to another.

Per Knudsmoen AS. I love the typography. They sell fruit.

Pallets stacked ontop each other. I loved the colored ones.

This is also a part of Oslo. Beautiful trees. You can see them everywhere.

More trees.

A box for newspapers. Spotted outside a building.

Homemade meatballs

Last weekend I have some friends over for dinner. I spent a lot of time thinking of what kind of food to make. Lots of different things were suggested, but in the end I ended up serving homemade meatballs with potatoes, different kinds of vegetable like broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, and gravy. I’ve never make homemade meatballs before. Why, I don’t really know. I guess it’s because I’ve thought it was easier to buy them. Well, that is true; it is easier to buy them. But if you invest 12 minutes of your day, you’ll get way better meatballs than the ones you buy.

It’s a shame I haven’t tried making meatballs myself before now. I remember my grandma making them. And they tasted lovely. I should’ve learned from her and done it way sooner. Oh well, late is better than never.

Today I made meatballs again. Not to eat for dinner today (had other plans), but for later. It’s nice to have some on store. My freezer is now filled with twelve medium sized meatballs ready to be heated up and eaten. I made 13, but one was eaten as soon as it was finished ;)

The recipe:

  • 400 grams of minced meat
  • 1,5 deciliter of milk (can be changed with water)
  • 2 table spoons of potato flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1.5 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of grounded ginger

How to make them:

  • Put the minced meat a food processor with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Let the food processor run for a minute.
  • Heat up a pan with butter in it (oil can be used as well)
  • Scoop minced meat with a table-spoon and shape the meatball in your hand using the spoon.
  • Dip the table-spoon in cold water so it wont stick to the meat.
  • Fry the meatballs on five minutes on each side, using medium heat.

Here are some photos to go with the recipe:

The minced meat.

Spices: ground nutmeg and ginger, salt and pepper.

Potato flower. You need it to bind the minced meat.

And then some mmmmmmmilk. Oh how I love milk. Best thing to drink ever. Works well in cooking too.

The minced meat is ready to be shaped into meatballs.

And here the meatballs frying in the pan.

That’s how easy it is to make meatballs. Put in an extra 12 minutes and you’ll get great meatballs. Everything homemade tastes better, right? Right!

Pieces of Oslo

It’s my first official day of my two week vacation. On today’s to-do list was going downtown to buy birthday present for mum, and a friends fiance who is turning 40. I decided to bring my camera and walk downtown. The weather report said it was supposed to be sunny in the morning, then the temp would rise, but it would also start to rain. And it might end with lightning and thunder.

I packed my bag with my Canon, two lenses, an extra cardigan, but no umbrella. My thought was, if it started to rain, I just jump on a bus. And it’s only a 30 minute walk, so I thought it would be ok with no umbrella. I spent, of course, way more than 30 minutes on my walk. There were a lots of stops on my way. Things to capture with my camera. The sun was shining, it was warm and I was in a very good mood. I alsways get in a good mood when I go out shooting. It gives me inner peace. It started to rain before I was all the way downtown. I walked some in the rain before I decided to take the bus. It was one stop.

After I’d done all the gift shopping, I decided to walk around a bit. After a short while my back started to hurt and I was a bit hungry. I went to buy strawberries. After I had walked some more, with a sore back, and spilled juices from loads of strawberries on my shirt, I decided to even walk some more! I walked in the directions of a bus stop, but took a detour.

When I came home I had 208 new photos. After I had looked through them all I decided which one that deserved to shine. There were, of couse when you use a digital camera,  some crap and multiple shots. I ended up with a little less than 30 photos worth posting. Here is the first batch:

This city is not so big that you can’t fit in some roses in the street.

A pretty building. Awesome color!

Almost the same color, but oh so different house.

Flower in the sun.

Blinders in various positions.

Almost black and white. But not quite. The angle and lines spoke to me.

A pastel green  bird popped up on my walk. I had to sit down and take a picture of it. It was very cooperative. No fuzz at all.

Back alley. Love all the shapes, angles and different colors.

A little to the right; a painting made by the street painter Dolk. Very cool!

Eldorado Cinema. Lovely entrence.

Political sign for a social libertarian party called ‘Left’. This is ‘the lefts house’. Awesome typography.

Something totally different. Fun sign inside a shop.

Lovely pizza chain. Did I just got the urge to eat pizza? Yes. Am I going to? No. Why not? Got dinner cooking…

What’s a phototrip without a photo of myself? Another more serious question; how on earth did I end up inside that round ball? Things works in mysterious ways… ;)

Back on the road again

For quite some some my inspiration to make cards was gone. I had a long list of cards I had to make (four birthday cards), but didn’t feel like starting on any of them. A few weeks ago a friend of mine asked for a birthday card. Even though my inspiration was gone, I said yes. I really wanted to help her out. And I thought that maybe I could retrive some of the inspiration I once had so much of. Luckily I did.

This is how my livingroom table looks like from time to time. I’m in the middle of making a card there. Various things I use for making the cards are scattered around the table. What you see here is only a tiny bit of all the stuff I got.

Here is the box with most of my tools, papers, paperflowers, pins, foam letters, glue, rubber stamps,ink etc etc. It may seem a lot, but you need a lot when you have a hobby like this. You can’t just have a few things, because it will limit you in how to make the card. As you see other cards, you get inspired and realise you need to have even more things. It’s very hard being modest when it comes to purchase things.

Well, all the stuff I have, made it possible to make these following cards:

Birthday card for a friend. It says ‘big boys also celebrate their birthday – happy birthday’.

Another card with the same rubber stamps, but made totally different. I like this card better.

This card I made for mum. She’s giving it to a friend, who is the mum of a friend of mine. Vigdis likes flowes a lot and spends quite some time in the garden. So a green card it had to be.

Pastel card. Made to a friend. That mouse is so cute! Its happy face makes me smile.

Now I’m going to contine make some more cards. Got two birthday cards I need to make. And I need to finish up a ‘best-friends’ card I’m giving a friend of mine. I’m very excited to dig into all those different kinds of pattern paper, rubber stamps, foam letters and make fabulouse cards.


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