Monday, October 31, 2011


Water Color Exhibition at The Duck and Cherry
Saturday 12. november 2011 Time: 12-16pm

Pictures to choose from for young and old - and for Christmas presents.
Good prices.


Eljarbø Studio

Friday, October 28, 2011

The treasure hunter

Hector, the Wheaten terrier, is a true garbage collector. He finds treasures along the way during our walks in the neighborhood. Yesterday he found a discarded empty chocolate milk carton on the sidewalk. He proudly carried it along and hid it somewhere else.

Today he found it again, carried it to yet a new hiding place, obviously to confuse anyone who would try to steal his treasure. This evening - same procedure - the empty (by now dirty and a little torn) milk carton was dug up and hidden among the fallen leaves on the ground behind the bakery at the top of the street.

I am amazed how he remembers from day to day, where he hid his garbage, excuse me, treasures, and how happy and pleased he is with himself for being so secretive.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Two more days left of my exhibition in Oslo at Gallery
Deichman at Røa.

This fairy water color is called "Before I go to sleep".
She is enjoying a whirlwind flight in her nightgown before bedtime.

Thanksgiving Invitations 2011

Thanksgiving invitation were sent out today to the 20-some family members, who enjoy eating turkey, smiling, being grateful, eating more, singing happy Christmas songs and eating pie. It's the time of the year, when I wish I had two or three ovens to accomodate all the freshly baked pies and goodies. It's also the time of year, when I wish our living room was more spacious.
But it's a tradition we seriously uphold. So we sit just about on top of each other, and it's somehow OK. It's a time for us to enjoy family, cook together, sing as one and be thankful for the harvest and blessing in our family. What a blessing to be together!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Come home

I grew up with parents, who opened up their home to people who needed a place to sleep for a night or maybe 6 months. As my room was the "available" room in the apartment, I would bring my dolls or whatever and sleep in my parent's room. I didn't mind. This was how our family was. How wonderful my parents were to open up their hearts and space to others. They fed them, conversed with them and helped them feel loved and special.
The Duck and Cherry has also been an open house for sleepovers and large family meals. We enjoy it that way. The children bring friends over for dinner and a movie and they often end up sleeping over. Grown-up children come back and stay with us for periods of time between apartments, and friends come by to spend the night, when they are in the area.
We love it. It gets messy, yes, there's undoubtably a lot of food to cook and numerous bed linens to wash, but hey, I have a great washing machine and a grocery store right down the hill. I have a sunny kitchen with room for many helpers.
Friendship and family relationships are what it's all about. This is what we bring into the next life. This is something that makes us happy and helps us grow.
I have some philosophies about life and living that makes my days better. One of them is: "I love it, when our children come home to visit and make a mess, because that means they are home!"

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Season fairy-Autumn

Check out the exhibition at Deichmanske Gallery at Røa, Oslo, Norway. Fairies galore, funny chicken and colorful water colors.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

On y va! Let's go!

It's the feeling of standing on the starting line, one foot in front of the other, gently rocking back and forth waiting for the pistol to shoot. And bang! Off we go - but wait a little. Running is not really my forte, so pacing the stride to a comfortable trot is more like it.
It's a beautiful sunny day in October at The Duck and Cherry. Hector, the Wheater Terrier has had his morning training and was bribed with a slice or two of cheese, his favorite treat. Arnfinn is off to work after a being served a bowl of oatmeal accompanied by the local newspaper. Linnea is getting ready for work. her hair wild and crazy, still up in a bun from yesterday. It was lovely yesterday. Today it is just funny. Marisa, a cousin from Switzerland is trying to go back to sleep after having Hector jump on her. Poppy, the parakeet has her head in the feeding cup in her cage in the kitchen, singing happily between bites. And me - I chose getting my blog started instead of getting dressed for work. Now that that's done, I'd better get going. Happy creative day!