July Moments...













This summer is truly one for the memory books. In all the years I've lived here, I can't recall a summer like this one--with so many days of sunshine and warmth. I didn't know it could get this HOT in Norway... haha! We practically live outside every day. When we're not in the garden, we've doing a little out & about. Sometimes just a walk down to our local marina to look at the small pleasure and sail boats, and watch the ferry boats come and go... And we continue to sample the flavors of the season. Fresh mackerel fish. From our own garden we're harvesting or tasting things almost daily. Our peas harvest was very disappointing, unfortunately-- only a few sweet pods, most were bitter. I think the many weeks of high heat we've had here zapped the peas. Lettuces and radishes haven't done too well either. But we're eating mini plum tomatoes fresh from the vine. LOTS of berries--we've had a great year for berries! Raspberries and red currants. We had some strawberries, but they went very fast. Our yellow wax beans were a great success--and tasty too! More tomatoes and beans next year! The past two weeks I've been in the kitchen bottling, canning, and freezing all sorts from our little patch. We did buy some extra sweet cherries and I made a few jars of the cherries bottled up with spices, which will be lovely with meals during the end-of-year festive holidays. I've also been harvesting and processing our lavender. We are blessed with so much bounty from our garden. But farmers here are struggling to keep crops and livestock alive...

With living outdoors so much, we lately gave our patio a bit of an ultra-mini makeover with the addition of this sweet sofa, that we were very glad to find on sale! Oh, and a tiny coffee table too... The larger table and pair of chairs we've had many years now, and every meal possible is eaten out here. With the addition of the extra, cozy seating, the plants and herbs, our old, funky little patio feels more inviting and comfy for the longer evenings of summer now.  

And lookie our little fur-girl being a silly kitty! She wanted to share her new toy--Trixie the Mouse. Treats for everyone this summer! Oh, and TJ had his birthday this week!! In lieu of cake, we celebrated with tea and scones with red currant jam, which I will share more about next week...

Wishing you all the VERY best of days... and a HAPPY WEEKEND now! :)))


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  1. A belated Happy Birthday to TJ! I love all your photo’s! We’re also having hot temperatures, next week we might have a heat wave. The bark of the trees in the strees is falling of and our city garden looks aweful, because of the draught. We‘re having water use restriction. I feel for our farmers, they are having a hard time and some crops will be damaged. Sigh... much to complain about, LOL, but I love all the sunshine, the blue skies and the hours, spent outside. Happy weekend, for the three of you! (I love the photo of Luna!)

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    1. Hi, Nicolette! Great to see you here! The heatwave been pretty tough all over Europe... We've been hit pretty hard here in Norway too. Worst draught in 70 years. Farmers are hugely struggling to keep crops, grains and livestock alive. This will mean prices going up. And there is already talk of a dairy/milk shortage to come! :/ We've been on watering restriction for months, since May. That anything is alive in the garden, and that we've been able to harvest fruits and veggies, is amazing--each bite all the more precious! :)

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  2. What nice pictures of your summer. I love them all. How I would enjoy sitting on your porch sipping tea and nibbling on scones. I think weather is changing in many places as we are having more hot days the past 2 or 3 years. The jars of cherries sound delicious for the holidays. And walks by the sea, just wonderful!!

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    1. So wish you could come over and have tea on the porch here with me, Marilyn--that would be a dream come true! We can't wait to dip into those bottled cherries... but they should ideally rest n the bottle a good 5-6 months before serving... *sigh* ...The weather here is definitely changing. It's been interesting in the time I've lived here noticing lots of different changes.

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  3. what a fun and lovely post! happy belated birthday to my favorite jazz composer!
    could do with another sampling of his wonderful music here!
    and silly kitty and her new mouse! LOL!! so adorable.
    I love eating outside! the marine and I go to a favorite restaurant here in town.
    umbrella tables under huge shade trees and an uneven brick floor. they have large fans with misters to keep diners as cool as possible. our heat here is almost unbearable now. and actually quite dangerous. they call it a heat dome and have heat advisory warnings. it's been triple digits for weeks.
    for us in my state it's just normal. but the entire US is feeling global warming now!
    your lovely patio looks delightful to me. it looks cool and inviting! it's the time of year I start to feel hermetically sealed into this apartment! I'm glad to know anyone who can still have a LIFE! LOLOL! have a great weekend darling girl of the north. :)
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you for the birthday wishes for TJ, Tammy! We've been tinkering with some ideas for a collaborative project--me some art of other, TJ some music--but time is an issue as TJ's work has been changing lately and he's in Oslo a lot more. And there is some logistics to figure out to make things work here on Blogger... but hopefully we can share some extra here. I've considered video blogging sometimes too, but again--time... editing video is enormously time consuming! But we'll see... ;) Oh but that restaurant with the misting fans sounds delightful! We'll take one of those, please... LOL! I don't like living in air conditioning, but must say some a/c at night lately would have been nice! Triple digits there??!! YIKES... Be taking good care, and keep cool!

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  4. I adore every single photo, every single word. Oh, that photo of the peas is fabulous! And of course sweet Luna. I'm so glad you are having wondeful weather. You had a long winter and it's good to have some sun and heat. And what crops. I can tell you've been busy in the kitchen and you'll love that when the cooler weather sets in. Give TJ my best belated birthday wishes. Scones sound pretty darned good to me!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jeanie... and for the wishes for TJ too! It's been a grand time in the kitchen. The past 2-3 weeks have been pretty intense as I put up what we've been growing. A break will be good soon... LOL! And I actually am looking forward to autumn. Autumn can be a bit variable here, but some cooler temps and slower time, will be nice! :)

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  5. Oh, my sweet friend; I hope you have a spectacular weekend. I loved reading about your summer moments. The photos were awesome too. I liked the ones you took of your produce. The opened peas pods brought back some memories of doing peas with my grandma. I 'm sorry you did get sweeter peas. The tomatoes looked great, along with the yellow beans. I admire that you do a lot of canning and bottling. I used too but haven't for a number of years. I should get back to it. With my daughter and her family living with us and other obligations we didn't get the garden in that we had looked forward to doing. Maybe next year will be easier for that. I do believe in gardens and we have had some good ones through the years.
    I love that you are enjoying your patio and eating outside a lot. We have a nice patio that we spend moments out there enjoying the weather. It's actually been hot here but it's cooled down a bit today. I will hope to go out for a while and read.
    Well just know I enjoyed this post and continue to love our friendship. You truly are a sister in Christ. Sending loving thoughts and hugs your way!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the sharing of our bounty here, LeAnn... thank you for your sweet thoughts and comments. I hope so much you may get to have your wished for garden/gardening next year. It's so wonderful to be able to be close to God while in the garden, taking care of what He gave us! :)

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  6. dearest in Christ Tracy: I did not realize that Norway and all of Europe has been having such a drought! I am praying for the farmers! we have been needing rain in MI at my parents too, they finally got some tonight; I pray that all the suffering farmers will get rain and in time!!! I don't think a lot of people realize how important our farmers are!!! I love the photos here and am glad for all of the good that you are having and seeing! May God have mercy on all of us in this hot summer!

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    1. Hi, Elizabeth! Great to see you here while in the midst of your time away! Thank you so much for the prayers--sooo much needed! You're right I think, with all the ease of supermarket shopping, and even being able to order groceries via internet now, that it's easy to forget the farmers, producers and everyone doing logistics getting our food from field to table. Extra prayers for all working on our "food chain"!! Hope you're having a lovely time visiting your family! :)

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  7. I just loved seeing a little bit of your world!!! Beautiful! Know what you mean about hot......another week of over 90 degree days here and I'm melting. But the garden (such as mine was this year) is thriving.....and I'm trying to be creative with an excess of cucumbers and tomatoes!

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    1. So NICE to see you here, Steph--thanks for stopping by! :) Oh, you've got cucumbers! Our didn't make it, as they were hit by some kind of virus early in the season. We didn't have any extra space prepared to try the cukes again, so maybe next year! Are you making pickles??!!

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    2. Happy to hear that TJ had a lovely Birthday! Yay! Love the idea of celebrating with scones and tea! Love all of your photos. What garden bounty you have been enjoying! Everything looks really wonderful! Love the outdoor space you have created. It looks very welcoming and comfortable. And Luna, what a little cutie pie! Love all that you share dear friend. Happy Summer! Love and hugs to you, TJ and Luna! xoxo

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  8. What a bounty from nature! Everything is early this year with the heat but like in Norway English farmers are having trouble feeding their cattle. They are dipping into their winter hay as the grass isn't growing without rain. The straw crop is low for winter bedding too. With so much of Europe being effected by the heatwave, where is the extra food and bedding going to come from to see animals through the Winter?

    Great idea to can bottle jam pickle and freeze all you can this Summer to see you through the year. I am incredibly lazy at the moment. This heat is sapping all my stamina.

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  9. Strange times we are living. It has never been rainier in Greece! !!

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