Trägårdsföreningen

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I’ve been to Sweden a couple of times this summer. My Dutch friend Chantal visited me and we went on a 4 day trip to Gothenburg. We took the train, it took 4 hours. I had booked us a room at a lovely boat hotel, a tiny bit outside the city center, but close to the central station.

On the second day in Gothenburg, we visited Trägårdsföreningen. It’s a park full of flowers, trees, a lovely cafe, a big restaurant with an outdoor area and green grass big enough to host conerts. We saw them build a stage, so I think a concert was just around the corner. As you can see, the sun was shining and it was a lovely summer day. All the different flowers / plants were amazing. I love walking in gardens like this one.

On  our last day in Gothenburg we had to leave the hotel before noon. The train didn’t leave before 18.00, so we had quite some time to kill. We decided to spend the hours in the park, since we had our luggage with us and didn’t want to walk around with it. And after all, it was sunday, so not many shops were open and we didn’t want to spend much money. We spent the hours sitting in the park, reading, watching people going by us rating their outfits (socks in sandals is a BIG NO NO!) and eating a lovely lunch at the cafe. Chantie had a lovely salad and I had a yummy ham/cheese sandwich.

We took lots of photos in the garden. At least I did. Here are the photos I liked the most.

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There will come more photos from Sweden and Gothenburg later. Hopefully I’ll be able to share some in a few days.

Flowerpower: planting on my balcony

When spring arrives, one of the things I’m looking forward to is to plant flowers on my balcony. It is always fun to do that. I don’t have green hands in particular, but still I love it. What I do have, on the other hand, is green pants and suitable to use when planting.

I decided not to put flowers in my flower boxes hanging outside the balcony. Instead I bought a new zink bucket and borrowed a small zink bucket from my mum. In addition I have two small flower pots that I bought at IKEA last year. All in all, enough flowers for me.

When I was done with the flowers I remembered I had to take out my furniture as well. I had totally forgotten! When I came down in the basement to find the furniture, I got a surprise. I had also forgotten that I’d bought new furniture last year – they were not brown and old anymore, but white and new. That made me really happy.

I was really satisfied when the furniture was out on the balcony, the table cloth was laid out and the flower pots where set in place.

Of course I wanted to document the planting. I love flowers and I love photographing, so it was only natural.

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A taste of summer

The summer is here. No wait, the summer was here. Now it’s more or less gone – back to 15 degrees, half cloudy, windy and a few rain drops here and there. It was fun as long as it lasted.

The real good weather started last week, on wednesday I think (Hello, Altzheimer! You seem to arrive early…). It was sunny, not a cloud in sight and well over 25 degrees outside. It was perfect, almost too perfect. At some point maybe a bit too hot, if I’m allowed to say that. Some do say we shouldn’t complain on the heat when it finally arrives. I, on the other hand, is not one of them. I complain when it gets too hot, doesn’t matter if it’s been like that for a long time or if just a few days.

The sunny days was mostly spent outside; tanning, reading, barbequeing (eating oh so lovely cheese hotdogs. Oh the hotdogs!), planting and photographing. I’m very pleased that the great weather arrived with Whitsun, when I had one day off (the monday). I spent my days (away from friday) at my parents place at Lierfoss. Spending time there when the weather is great, is just so lovely. Soaking in the sun, walking barefoot in the grass and photographing with my awesome Canon camera is something you don’t want to miss.

The weather abruptly changed on monday. What a bummer! It was back to pants and a thin cardigan to keep warm. The wind came from north and was cold! So far the not so great weather has stayed. It doesn’t look promising, but I cross my fingers and hope the great weather will return some time soon. In the meantime, I can look at the photos I took last weekend and dream about hot summer days!

These photos are all from my parents place. You’ll see the grand apple tree with LOTS of flowers, my dad belowed cherrie-tree that was new last year and is blossoming this year, a painted wheel barrow, purple flowers, pretty lilacs that smells heavenly (too bad you can’t smell them!), dads collections of shovels (why have only one, when you can have four?), me playing with water while watering plants and a single bird on a wire.

Enjoy!

I took all these photos with my 50 mm lens. That combinded with my new camera, the Canon 7D… ah, it’s just amazing! The combonation is killer. I loved my old 450 D and I’ve used that a lot, but the new one, I love even more. I love it so much I gave it a name! It’s a she and her name is Sandy. When you go out of your comfort zone and not shoot on auto, you can do so much. I love the AV (apeture) mode. I know the camera and I, we’re gonna have much fun in the future!

Spring has sprung (visiting the Botanical Garden)

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything now. It’s the story of my blog life, sadly. I either forget to blog or don’t have anything to blog about. Yesterday I knew the weather would be nice, so I decided to take my camarea out for a walk. I need to take more photos with my lovely D7, in stead of just play around with my phone and Instagram.

Spring is here and wanted to capture it. It so beautiful to see things come to life; trees starts to get green / blossom, flowers pop up and the world looks brighter. I decided to go to the Botanical Garden. I’ve been there before this time a year, and it’s beautiful there!

I left for the Botanical Garden right after work ended. Since I’ve recently decided to become more ‘sporty’ I walked all the way. It’s not far and I thought I could take some photographes on my way. This is what I captured:

These are the photographes from the Botanical Garden:

I’m still getting used to my new camera. I try, I fail and I learn. It hasn’t really sunk in how big my photos are now (in pixels and MB) – not until yesterday at least. While photographing, I suddenly get a message saying that my memory card is full. My memory card isn’t the biggest, I know that (1 GB), but with my other camera I could take a lot more photos than I can now. Now it takes less than 200 photos to fill up my card. I was like ‘but, but, but… I’m not finished here! aarrrghhh!!!’ I had to go through my photos and delete the ones I thought wouldn’t make the cut, based on the tiny LCD screen on my camera, to make room for a few new ones. Not ideal. I was pretty annoyed and

As I left the Botanical Garden I made two promises to myself: 1) Buy a bigger memory card 2) Go back to the Botanical Garden and shoot more.

I haven’t bought a new memory card yet. My plan is to do that this weekend. I do have been back at the Botanical Garden, I went there today too. Today I’d brought an extra memory card, just in case.

There is too many photos to fit them all into one blog post. So todays photos, you’ll get them later.

Stay tuned!

Exploring Oslo pt. II

A little over a week ago, I went exploring Oslo again. This time with my friend Ellen. We were out walking for several hours, exploring the west side of Oslo (Frogner in particular). We saw lots of pretty streets, buildings and flowers. This is some of what we saw:

 

A bench with flowers.

Pretty lamp.

Pink!

Flowers, lots of flowers.

Even more flowers.

Pretty roses basking in the sun.

Pretty little flowershop. They had gorgeous flowers.

Cruising town.

Balconies.

Green building. Very pretty.

Pretty buildings.

More of those beautiful buildings.

Financial times. Head topic was Greece, of course.

No parking. Cars will be towed away without warning.

Workshop. Aweseome typography.


Flower Power

We’re almost half through May. The nights are not cold anymore and it’s time to plant. My plastic flower boxes were not in a good shape. I hadn’t taken good enough care of them. After a short inspection a little more than a week ago, I found out I needed new ones if I wanted to plant anything this year. I thought they would cost a lot and I wasn’t sure if I would put money in flower boxes and flowers this year.

Last weekend when I saw my friend Linda and shared my thoughts, she told me I NEEDED to have flowers on my balcony. “You are going to spend time on your balcony, yes?” Before I got the chance to answer she continued: “You need flowers”. And when thinking about it, I realised that I do need flowers. What would my balcony be without flowers? Boring! Last sunday I went to the garden center with Linda and I bought two flower boxes. It didn’t cost much at all to my big surprise. No flowers were bought.

When I left wor today, I went downtown. There is a square downtown where they sell lots of flowers. They have all kinds of flowers and I wanted to fill my boxes. It was very hard to pick what to buy.  Very, I tell you. I love so many types of flowers. I walked around for quite some time before managed to decide on what to buy. One of the seller, a female, she asked me twice if I was ready to pay.

I bought a pack with ten lobelias (picture above). I always buy them. They are pretty and good to fill up the boxes with.

This is a new flower to me. Never had it before. It’s English Pelargonia. Tiny flowers. Oh, so pretty. And the colors are awesome.

Dianthus. One of my favourite flowers. Pretty!

Empty plastic flower pots on top my outdoor table.

Dirty hands. That’s what you get when planting.

Flowes need water. This is my watering can from IKEA. It’s an elephant and the trunk pours out water.

This is how it turned out.You see the flower boxes from both sides. Pretty flowers. Im happy with my work and can’t wait to spend hot summer days on my balcony. It’s not big (almost 6 m2), but it works great for my purpose; breakfasts in the sun, reading in my chair and tanning.

The one, last thing I need now is a flower on my table. I think I will go for violas. I love, love, love violas!


Typical Dutch

I’ve now back from my six days trip to see my friend Chantie in Alkmaar / The Netherlands. It was a great trip and I had lots of fun. People asked me before I left what plans we had. I couldn’t really give them a good answer, because we had no spesific plans. This wasn’t a typical vacation where you do touristy things like see the cheese market, ride a canal boat, go to Amsterdams and see Anne Frank and the Van Gogh museeum etc. This was a trip to see a friend and hang out together.

We watched a lot of movies, like Prime, Muriels Wedding, In her Shoes, Gran Torino, the Reader and It’s Complicated. We also played a lot of rummy. 56 games to be spesific! Yes, I know it’s a lot of games, but once you start, you get addicted.

But we didn’t just do that, we also went biking to see tulip fields, animals, farms etc, we visited a farm, walked around the neighbourhood, visited her family and went shopping.

I have to say we saw a lot of cute animals during my stay. I will definitely show photos of that, but first I want to share photos of things I think are very Dutch.

A street in Alkmaar.

Brick houses.

Lots of bikes on a row, beside the canal. Oh and we have a bridge. Then we have three essensial things from Alkmaar.

De Hertenkamp and the clock. Spotted on a biking rid to a park / farm. Lovely building. And I’m pretty sure the clock will be awesome when it’s completely green.

A tree seen in the same area. Big and beautiful.

Gorgeous alley with tall trees. As you can see, it was very sunny that day.

Left side of the street; a wind mill. The right side of the street; a canal.

Taken from Chantie’s balcony. There are bikes everywhere!

Flowers from the flowershop. The left photo is taken from Chantie’s balcony. The right shot was taken while we rested on a green patch outside her apartment. There are stores on the ground floor and she lives on top at the 4th floor.

Oh my! What a scene. This year I came in time to see the tulipfields. It was oh so beautiful. Breathtaking I have to say.

They are all standing up so straight. These are grown just for their bulbs. These flowers will soon be harvested and destroyed. I wanted to bring some home, but Chantie didn’t let me. I doubt the owner of the field would’ve missed a couple of tulips, but still… they were left alone.

Tulips in the foreground and a typical Dutch mill. Yet another beautiful scenery.

More flowers, now with another color. The fields are amazing.

Isn’t the Netherlands beautiful? I think so. There is so much beautiful things to see and photograph, and for a photographer like me, it’s like heaven on earth.

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