My Favourite Backyard

I haven’t really presented this place properly, while seeing how many posts I’ve published from this exact spot – an introduction is long time due!

I call it my "recreational garden"
I call it my “recreational garden”

I used to live in one of the yellow buildings surrounding this backyard. Now, I live in Drammen, but I’m still hanging out here a lot. Not only because of the flowers.

Magnolia
Magnolia

Ah, Magnolia. How nice is that? There is the man who makes the flower magic happen:

see the gardener between magnolias?
see the gardener between the magnolias?

Somehow, summer arrived Oslo in April this year. I’m not complaining! I’ve been feeling like on summer vacation for the last couple of days. I’ve been reading many books in my personal little park, yes 😀

I wonder who've been watching me from all those windows!
I wonder who’ve been watching me from all those windows…

Apart from those slightly paranoid thoughts, life is quite fantastic!

Yes.
Happy.

 

 

The longest journey

outside the train window

Russian railroads are quite famous, especially the one that goes across Sibir. I didn’t travel quite that far; it takes 23 hours to travel St. Petersburg-Lipetsk, not really the longest journey at all. Although it does feel like it when all the lights go off at 22.30, making reading impossible. Apart from that, train is my favourite way of travelling. It’s like a large moving sleeping hall. The ridiculously overpriced candy wagon drives by sometimes, and there are some few opportunities to go off the train for ice cream and beer at longer stops, but otherwise it’s a quiet and monotonous ride. With no internet. Precious time to read, think and write while the landscape flows by outside the window.

Noen bilder fra toget mellom St. Petersburg og Lipetsk.

on the railroad seen from train window
a stop in yelets

ponytail gets new home

The Ponytail is my little palm tree companion. Mom gave it to me as a moving-to-Oslo-present. Lucky me! Mom gives me presents for everything. Little Ponytail and I have now moved to the glorious city of Drammen. I spent almost three hours getting to Oslo this morning. Not a good beginning (it was the first time I took the train). The journey is supposed to take 30 minutes! In the meantime, my Ponytail has been enjoying the sun.

a small ponytail tree out on the balcony
That happy plant! Makes me smile 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

5th avenue: amazing shopping window

I immediately remembered these pictures, when I saw this week’s photo challenge. Getting lost in the details is too easy on 5th Avenue. I was in a haze the whole time. It was kind of unreal with the crowds, cars, shops, lights, sounds, reflections, freezing wind… Good thing I took photos!

Other challenges >>

A street in cake city

Afternoon Lille
Afternoon Lille

I really liked the houses in Lille, everything was so cupcake-like, especially in the centre – I read now that “Lille features an array of architectural styles with various amounts of Flemish influence” @Wiki.

I enjoyed discovering the city on my own very much, and I’m happy to report that I managed to walk most of the Historic Architecture Walking Tour in Lille, although I didn’t know I actually wandered along a route at that time 😛

Lazy day

I’ve done almost nothing today, I barely managed to leave the house to buy products I need to survive the weekend, and I should feel absolutely wonderful. A legitimate lazy day is a rarity. But I should have read a book. Or played a game. Or cleaned my room. Instead I’ve ben surfing. I use Internet so much during weekdays that I should totally try to avoid it when I’m free. Stupid me. I feel like a zombie. A zombie that can take self-portraits though . . .