16 August 2009

Trolls

This is the last day of this year's summer holiday, tomorrow is once again working day. We've had a great holiday, both in length and volume. I guess going back to work tomorrow will actually be okay.

But today is still holiday, so I'll write this post about a fantastic adventure we enjoyed being part of in the norwegian mountains this summer. In beautiful Heidal, a festival dedicated to fairy tales takes place every summer. We joined the wandering theatre there, and helped rescue young Erlend who was taken by the trolls and was supposed to be part of the troll's soup that very evening! Not only did we conquer the trolls and freed Erlend, we also got hold of the troll treasure! It was extremely exciting, the kids loved it, and so did I. (The trolls can also be seen in this video from the festival.)

And look at those costumes! Almost all made of felted wool. Even the witches wore knitted cardigans! It was amazing. And that lady lying there - she's all wool.

11 August 2009

The last week

The last week of summer holiday, and we're trying to enjoy every bit of it. But right now, the sky looks like this:But there is enjoyment indoors - at least when the meal consists of malfatti, a brand new experience we got to know in the small village of Chiusdino while in Italy. It was love at first bite, as with the gnocchi - and they're about just as hard to make. Today, at my 5th or 6th attempt, I think I got them almost right. And when they're right, there's nothing better.

(And if you wondered, the malfatti are those green things beneath the tomato sauce and the parmigiano. They consist mainly of spinach and ricotta cheese.)

07 August 2009

Toscana

Summer holiday is almost over, only a bit more than a week left. It's been a summer full of contrasts. Starting with the wedding, in traditional Norwegian surroundings. Then two weeks in Italy, all four of us, and a lot of others, too. No knitting, quite a lot of reading, lots of sun, great food, wine and a pool. We've been to Italy many times, the two of us, but never with the kids. Before heading to Toscana, we took them to Colosseum, and told them all about what had happened there. Seeing it all through their eyes was so fun, I hadn't really expected how fun that would be.

Apart from having a great climate for holiday activities, Italy is a lot about beauty. I love the sound of the language, the food, wine, and the places. The Campo in Siena above is one of my favorites.