That xmas feeling!

The last few weeks everything has centred around getting my Christmas market ready. This year I tried staying open for two weekends but sadly the weather wasn’t on my side. Rainy and windy, not many people dared to venture out to the island. Although, we still had a great time!
My theme this time was a different xmas market and I think that’s definitely what we had… First weekend I invited a tattoo artist, I got my first tattoo ever and the oldest customer also had her first one, she’s 78. I sold my analog photographs and invited a local to sell his fantastic lamps made out of old cameras. On top of that of course we had homemade cakes for sale and my husbands spicy Indian Daahl soup with freshly baked sourdough bread. We sold out of Nam Prik Phao(Thai chili marmalade) and xmas mustard. I made one quite spicy but the favourite was sweet, full of flavour, a bit of brandy and sooo nice!

The second weekend I invited a band to play, my son and students from his music school, to play acoustic xmas songs, it was so perfect in the barn. They were great!

Yesterday we got a Christmas tree from the harbour. My husband stood guard outside while I made space for the tree in our living room, apparently some kids started the big traditional hunt already(which is really not fare and totally against the rules) and someone got their tree stolen from their garden day after they bought it. If you are interested in what the Big hunt is all about check this link out: The big hunt is on! or read more about it at Easter!

 

Next they will ring the doorbell

 

not everyday you get such fine visitors!

not everyday you get such fine visitors!

Oggy happy but not too keen on the company

Oggy happy in the sun but not too keen on the company

Nugget and Otilia

Nugget and Otilia

Scruffy telling Oggy to get off her stairs

Scruffy telling Oggy to get off her stairs

A beautiful day. A bit chilly in the wind but lovely sunshine. Started the day by bringing all my wood to the neighbour who kindly let me use his electrical saw to cut all the pieces for the rest of the fence and another sofa/bench. Piece of cake but I got cold to the bone working in his woodshed. Came home and thought about warming up on the sofa with a tonne of blankets. I stood in the hallway and heard a little kaaaakaaka and opened the front door, there they were all the hens! The sun was actually really warm when I sat on the stairs where the wind wouldn’t reach me. So there I sat and thawed with a hen(Pidgey, she’s turned into a lap-hen) on my lap, all the others around and then Oggy the cat laid down on the top of the stairs. We all sat like that for probably half an hour, I almost fell asleep. Great company and I think I got the first tan of the year. Then a fellow photographer turned up and we took a walk down the beach. He brought a whole backpack of cameras of all kinds. It was just stunning and also interesting to see my everyday environment through someone else’s eyes. Not that I will ever take it for granted living in such a fantastic place but it’s a reminder of how lucky we are.

Serene

Serene

Lapposand

Lapposand

A mini Minox

A mini Minox

The lost picture

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The picture that didn’t happen

Beginning of the year I started running and now I actually wake up in the morning thinking -yeay today is running day(I know that’s not normal)! I’m forcing myself to limit the distance and speed and only do it every other day, to limit the damage of my knees and ankles. The problem though is that I keep running past so many pictures. I think photography all the time but running with any of my cameras would be a joke. They are not very light-weight. Yesterday I missed the best picture. There’s an old outdoors toilet by the cemetery and running past I saw the top of a x-mas tree sticking out. Proof of the x-mas tree hunt still going strong! I went back later with my camera but of course it was gone. Also, running around, I’ve found lots of pictures I want to take with my wet plate camera. Now I have ordered a box that I will use to make a portable darkroom so soon I can be out and about making plates and not restricted to the garden.

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