I'm Krisha - a Scandinavian mama and physician, a crafter, and an avid coffee drinker - trying to nudge my family towards a greener lifestyle!


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I am of the Friends generation, and when taking these pictures, a line of Phoebe's in the last season came to mind. She is sitting in the 5th Avenue apartment of her boyfriend and trying to impress his parents and so she says, after a total blunder  "...So, where does everybody summer?" with a phony posh accent and all.

Well, this is where we summer. It's not posh like I would guess the Hamptons or Nantukket are, but our island certainly has its unique charms. Its a car-free community of small summer houses in the middle of the Oslo fjord. We can live there in the summer and commute to work! The kids roam and grow wild and sticky by the end of summer. I get cabin fever and my husband wonders what are we ever going to do about this wild garden. 

There's been so much rain lately that, this year, we did not move out until the beginning of July.  Even though the garden was massively out of control by the time we got there, I love the meadowy look of the lawn, which has become home to a host of bumble bees  This is a species that is more and more under  threat, but yet so important to fruit production here and around the world.   Does that mean that letting the garden go is actually a good deed?

It's raining a lot this summer, so I mostly sit on our big covered porch and drink a second (or third) cup of cofffee and keep my knitting projects going.  When the sun does come out, I rush the laundry so that I can dry Baby A's diapers in the fresh air (rather than using my space heater concoction to dry clothes inside the cabin.)  

For the kids, as soon as there is sun, they are out - swimming, riding their bikes, eating wild strawberries or red currents and, generally, being kids the old-fasioned way.  Yep - they are part of the Youtube generation, but they can still skip rope and let their imaginations turn a stick into a rifle that they can use to battle their way out of an enemy ambush.¨

We can go the whole day not seeing them unless they are hurt or hungry!

This year, we decided to buy one of those mobile internet modems and, expecting lots of rain, moved out with a bunch of computers, etc.  The reception turned out to be really bad anyway, we forgot chargers for the computers and my iPhone broke, so, in the end, I have been off the grid for a while, and, frankly, enjoying it.  We decided to take a little cabin break and come into town for tonight to "dry out." 

Coming into town this afternoon I was struck with a nostalgic feeling from my childhood, when we used to come home from the cabin and check our mail, use the phone again to call our family and friends and basically reconnect with the world, albeit at such a slower pace lo those many years ago. 

Vacation is great - getting away from it all, letting your shoulders drop, etc.  It's also nice because you re-learn what you value when you do get back into the thick of our regular lives.  One of the pleasures I missed was writing this blog....



It may be a wet summer but,so far, it's been a good one. 

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Looks lovely!

July 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrinja

Thanks for posting this...I love to see how others are "summering"! I just posted some shots of our summertime views here in the Pacific Northwest on the Hausfrau blog too...

I can relate to the sticky children. And the wet summer. It's beautiful nonetheless!

So nice to see you are enjoying your summer and vacation! Thanks for popping in to give us a glimpse. Enjoy!!

July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Just beautiful. Thanks for the tour! I would love to have you come share in the Homesteading Link Up http://farmersdaughterct.com/2012/07/12/homesteading-link-up-and-make-your-own-pectin/

July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFarmer's Daughter

There's no gardening problem there at all, just a branding one: call it a 'wildlife garden' or a 'bee meadow' and it's already perfect! Weeds are a state of mind! Lucky you to have such a sweet place to escape to, even in the rain (which surely has to stop soon, right?!).

July 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNina

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