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Jeg indrømmer det gerne. Jeg elsker garn! Jeg elsker at ‘møde’ nyt garn og drømme om, hvad jeg mon kan strikke i det, men jeg er ligeså vild med at besøge gamle og elskede kendinge og måske (ret ofte) tilføje et nøgle eller to (eller ti) til Lageret.

I admit it. I love yarn! I love ‘meeting’ new yarns and dream about what I can make of them. But I also equally love visiting old and trusted yarn friends, and perhaps adding a skein or two (or ten, who’s counting) to the Stash.

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Sidste weekend havde jeg af andre årsager arrangementer på Vejlekanten og så at der var åbent hus hos G-uld… Det krævede lidt tidsoptimering, men selvfølgelig fandt jeg ud af at køre omkring og ose (læs: købe) garn.

Last weekend I had plans in the area, and saw that G-uld had an open house event the same day… It took a bit of juggling, but I managed to eek out time to visit and look at (i.e. buy) yarn.

Anne og Daniel of Louise har allerede gjort et kæmpe stykke arbejde med at indrette en gammel staldbygning til et hyggeligt butikslokale med plads til at sidde og hygge og få en kop kaffe, mens slagplanen overvejes. Daniel fortalte mig om nogle af de næste planer, og jeg må indrømme, at det lyder virkelig godt. Jeg glæder mig til at følge med i udviklingen.

Anne and Daniel and Louise have already done a huge amount of work by refurbishing an old barn into a cozy shop and show room with places to sit and have a cup of coffee, while you contemplate the attack strategy. Daniel told me a bit about the plams for the future and it sounds really great. I’m looking forward to following the adventure.

Men selvom jeg holder utrolig meget af de skønne folk bag G-uld, så er det deres garn, der for alvor trækker i mig. Jeg er helt vild med spillet i de plantefarvede nuancer – at hver enkelt farvning er unik, fordi naturen ikke lader sig sætte på formel. Og garnet er jo også skønt at strikke af. Gik derfra med smil om læben og en ganske godt fyldtpose, som jeg glæder mig til at omsætte til sjaler og et tæppe og en enkelt lille børnetrøje. Jo, jeg havde garn nok med, da drog videre.

Jeg kan varmt anbefale en tur forbi, når de holder ‘Guld på gården’. De næste datoer her i foråret er allerede på deres hjemmeside.

Even though I sincerely love the people behind G-uld, it is their yarn, which have my devotion. I am utterly defenseless against the beautiful play of the natural dyed tones – the idea that each dye bath is unique since nature not so easily can be nailed down. And the yarn itself is a joy to knit with. I left with a smile on my face and a stuffed bag, which will become shawls, and a blanket and a sweater with time. Yes, I did rather indulge myself.

I can highly recommend visiting, when they have their open house (or rather open farm) events ‘Guld på gården’. The next several dates are already up on their website.

Jeg har haft en ret vild uge. Vildt god, heldigvis!

I efteråret blev jeg booket til to arrangementer her i januar (det var så inden, jeg vidste, at jeg også liiige startede nyt job), som jeg har glædet mig meget til.

I have had a pretty crazy week. Crazy good, luckily!

In the autumn, I was booked for two events this January (I said yes to both at a time, where I didn’t know I would be starting at a new job this month too), which I have been looking very much forward to.

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I tirsdags var jeg på Nordatlantens Brygge og holde et foredrag om ‘Sjaler Nordfra‘ – både om inspirationen bag sjalerne og om min designproces. Det var både vildt sjovt og hyggeligt. Og så var der en af strikkerne, der havde strikket et ‘Eiri’ og havde det med – der findes ikke ret meget, der er større, end at se sit design ‘i det fri’!

Det andet arrangement var så en workshop hos Nynne & Co i går, hvor jeg underviste en flok virkelig søde strikkere i logikken bag sjalsformer. Jeg elsker den matematiske logik bag formerne, og det var skønt at se, at det lykkedes mig at få formidlet logikken videre.

Thuesday I held a little talk at Nordatlantens Brygge about my book, the inspiration behind the designs, and my design process. I had a great time, and had the very great pleasure to see one of the shawls in the wild, as one of the knitters had knit ‘Eiri’ and was wearing it. There is no greater compliment to a designer.

The second event was a workshop yesterday at the yarn shop Nynne & Co, where I taught a wonderful group of knitters about the logic behind the shaping of shawls. I love the mathematic inherrent in the shapes, and it was great to see, that the students caught the logic too.

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På en uge har jeg således kunne sætte krydser ved to af tingene på min ‘bucket list’ – nemlig at holde foredrag om min bog og at undervise i strikketeknik. Begge dele er absolut noget, jeg gerne vil fortsætte med, men det er vel altid noget særlig, når det er første gang.

In one single week, I have managed to tick off two items on my bucket list – one was to speak about my book and process, and the second was to teach a knitting workshop. Both will hopefully be something I will continue doing, but there is something special about the first times.

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Det er mere end en måned siden, at jeg, Signe og Sjaler Nordfra var på Fanø Strikkefestival. Nogle gange tager det længere end andre at nå til at fordøje og fortælle – og så har en mindre hjernerystelse i mellemtiden heller ikke hjulpet på billedet (tak, det går meget bedre nu).

It has been more than a month since Signe and I and ‘Sjaler Nordfra’ went to Fanø Knitting Festival. Sometime times run away and it can take a long time to digest an experience – and to be honest the concussion I got shortly after the festival didn’t help either (I’m much better now, thank you).

Men Fanø var så fantastisk, at jeg ikke bare kan lade den gå i glemmebogen. Det var første gang, at jeg har deltaget på en festival som mere end bare besøgende. Og ikke alene var jeg der som professionel, jeg havde også min bog med. Det var den vildeste oplevelse. Folk så og købte og roste og mærkede på sjalerne og ih’ede og åh’ede, så jeg faktisk havde lidt svært ved at komme ud af teltet efter hver dag var overstået (var blevet i omegnen af 5 meter høj af alle komplimenterne).

But Fanø was so fantastic, that I can’t just pass it by in silence. It was the first time I went to a knitting event as more than just a participant. And besides being there as a professional, I had my book to present. It was the most amazing experience. People came and saw and examined the shawls and tried them on, and sighed and marveled – I got to be so high on compliments that I was dazed. 

En meget stor del af fortjenesten for successen ligger hos Signe. Hun havde tænkt og planlagt og forberedt en ret så fantastisk stand, som viste Raunas produkter så utrolig fint frem og som løste det svære problem det er at vise 18 sjaler frem på 3×3 meter. Det har i det hele taget været ret fantastisk at kunne overlade den slags til Signe, for det er hun knusende god til (og det er ikke lige min egen spidskompetence).

A very big part of the key to the success is Signe. She had thought and planned and prepared a brilliant booth, which showcased all Rauna’s products very well, and solved the problem of how to showcase 18 shawls on 3×3 meters. Signe has been a master and magician with regards to presentation, and it has been a delight being able to let her run with it, as she’s amazingly good at it (which I, on the other hand, am not).

Det var lange dage – men vi var gode til at give hinanden pauser, så jeg fik faktisk også både set lidt af resten af det store bazartelt og også købt en smule. Vi så ikke resten af festivallen – det er jo problemet, når man er på stand og festivallen er på hele øen. Men vi fik nydt Fanø lidt alligevel, for det blev en tradition at slå et smut omkring stranden og se ud over havet og nyde storheden (og dyppe tæerne en gang eller to).

It was long days – but we were good to give each other breaks, so I actually got to see a bit of the rest in the big bazar tent, and I also managed to shop a little bit. We didn’t see the rest of the festival – that’s the problem when you have a booth and the festival covers the island. But we did get to enjoy Fanø even so, for we made it a tradition to take a trip to the beach and enjoy the ocean and sky and magnificence (and perhaps take a wee stroll in the water).

Tusind tak til alle jer, der var forbi og sige hej. Det var helt klart jer, der gjorde festivallen så fin og fantastisk, som den var!

Thank you so much to all who came by and said hi. You were the reason this experience was as fantastic as it was.

Ferien har været lang og god her på adressen. Vi har haft god tid til at slappe af og nyde hinandens selskab. Nu er hverdagen vendt tilbage, men vi har mange gode oplevelser at se tilbage på.

Our vacation this year has been long and good. We have had plenty of time to relax and enjoy being with each other. The everyday bustle has begun anew, but we have many wonderful memories from the vacation to tide us over.

Dette år gik vores sommerrejse til England og Wales. Vi havde lejet en lille camper og tøffede rundt i landskabet. Vi startede i det nordlige Wales og nød bjerge og borge, strålende sol og skyer. Utroligt smukt landskab, minimale veje og stengærder over det hele.

Our travelling took us to England and Wales. We rented a small campervan and meandered around the countryside. We started in the northern part of Wales and enjoyed mountains and castles, brilliant sunshine and clouds. Incredibly beautiful landscapes, narrow roads, and stone walls everywhere.

Derefter gik turen sydpå og snoede sig rundt på Cornwalls smalle veje. Smukke kyster, flere borge og charmerende byer var på dagsordenen.

Jeg havde en del strikketøj med, selvfølgelig mere end jeg overhovedet havde tid til at strikke på, men det var faktisk ikke så meget jeg fik strikket. Dagene var fyldt med oplevelser, så vi var alle trætte om aftenen og krøb oftest tidligt i seng. Jeg nåede heller ikke på noget tidspunkt at besøge en garnbutik (jeg tror, det er første gang det er sket på en ferie i mere end 10 år), men heller ikke det trækker ned, for det var bare en ualmindelig dejlig og oplevelsesfyldt ferie.

Vi kan så for øvrigt anbefale at undersøge et English Heritage medlemskab for turister, hvis man som os er historieinteresserede og kan lide at besøge borge (hele og ruiner) og særlig, hvis man planlægger at besøge Stonehenge.

After Wales, we drove south and travelled around Cornwall. Beautiful coasts, more castles, and charming towns were on the agenda.

I had quite a bit of knitting with me in the luggage, more than I ever needed – especially since I didn’t knit that much. The days were filled with new sights, so we were all tired and sleepy in the evening and usually crept into bed early. Though I looked for a yarn shop, I didn’t manage to visit one (I think that’s the first time this has happened in more than 10 years), but even that don’t mar the loveliness of this vacation. It was an uncommonly wonderful time.

We can recommend looking into an English Heritage overseas visitors pass, if you – like us – love visiting historic sites, castles (whole and ruins) and especially if you think of visiting Stonehenge.

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Hvert år tager min mor og jeg på en lille forlænget weekend, hvor vi nyder hinandens selskab og finder noget god klassisk musik at opleve. I år var vi i Stockholm. Jeg har været der et par gange i forbindelse med arbejde, men rettelig har jeg ikke set byen ordenligt siden jeg var der som 10-årig, så det var en stor fornøjelse at vandre rundt i sneen og opleve og ose og hygge og snakke og alt det, som man nu gør, når man ikke har de store planer og al tid i verden.

Every year my mother and I go on an extended weekend trip. Our mission is always the same – enjoy each other’s company and listen to some good classic music live. This year we went to Stockholm. I have been there a couple of times recently, but always for work, so I haven’t actually seen the city properly since I was 10. Thus it was a great pleasure wandering around in the snow and experience it once more, talking and laughing and meandering as you do, when you don’t have many plans and all the time in the world.

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Vi hørte Sveriges Radiosymfoniorkester (og kor) spille gallakoncert i anledning af Hellig Trekonger, og vi havde en sjov oplevelse, da vi dagen efter fangede den sidste del af fjernsynsudsendelsen – det var overhovedet ikke nær så fantastisk på tv, som det havde været i virkeligheden. Jeg fik straks tanken, at det kunne være fantastisk at se nogle af de andre gallakoncerter, som jeg ellers har nydt på tv, hvis det er den samme faktor, man skal gange på, som det var denne gang. For live-oplevelsen havde været helt og aldeles forrygende.

We heard the Swedish Radio Symphonic (and choir) play the Epiphany galla concert, and we had a fun extra experience, as we the next day caught the last bit of the concert on television – it wasn’t even close to how fantastic it had sounded and felt in real life. I immediately thought of how utterly amazing some of the great concerts – which I have actually enjoyed on tv – would sound if I was there. That is, if I can apply the same factor to multiply the experience with. In other words, the live experience of that galla concert was breathtaking and mind blowing fantastic.

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Ingen rejse uden et besøg i en garnbutik. Min mor lod sig trække med til “Litet Nystan“, som var en virkelig skøn butik i et dejligt kvarter. Der var smukke garner fra store dele af verden, men også et rigtig godt udvalg af svensk producerede garner. Jeg har en slags princip (ikke at jeg altid står fuldstændig fast på det) om at købe lokale garner, når jeg er ude at rejse. Mine garnkøb er i høj grad souvenirs mere end egentlig projektrelaterede indkøb, og så er det sjovere med noget, som man ikke nødvendigvis kan få andre steder. Jeg købte også den fine sokkebog #tantulltussockor af Anna Bergman, som jeg har set en del om på de sociale medier – og den er ligeså fantastisk, som jeg havde håbet på.

No travels without a visit to a local yarn store. My mother let herself be dragged to “Litet Nystan“, which was a really cool and pretty shop in a lovely neighbourhood. There were pretty yarns from all over the world, but also a great selection of Swedish yarns. I have a kind of principle (not that I always keep it, mind) to buy “local” yarns when travelling. My yarn purchases is mostly souvenirs, more than project related. And with souvenirs it’s a lot more fun, if it’s yarn you can’t just get everywhere. I also bought the quirky and pretty sock book #tantulltusssockor by Anna Bergman, which I have seen doing the rounds on social media – and it’s just as good, as I had hoped.

Alt i alt, var den (som sædvanlig) en fantastisk tur. Jeg føler mig utrolig heldig, at jeg har en mor, der gider rejse med mig på den måde (og at jeg har en mand, der også bakker turene op). Vi kunne have det godt hvor som helst, men Stockholm var nu faktisk lidt magisk. Det gider jeg godt igen en anden gang.

All in all it was a wonderful trip (as per usual). I feel incredibly lucky that I have a mother, who likes travelling with me like this (and that I have a husband, who supports this). We could have a blast anywhere, but Stockholm was actually a little bit magical. I wouldn’t mind a revisit some time in the future.

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Sikke en fest! Eller rettere, Festival. Jeg tilbragte et par skønne dage af weekenden med at være på Oslo Strikkefestival sammen med Signe.

What a way to spend a weekend. This last weekend, I went to Oslo with Signe to join the multitude of knitters gathering for Oslo Knitting Festival.

Vi landede i sæsonens første sne, hvilket ikke gjorde oplevelsen ringere (elsker sne!) og havde god tid til at traske lidt rundt inden festivallen åbnede dørene i Oslos Hovedbibliotek – Deichmanske. Men så blev der også tid til lidt sight seeing, bl.a. en tur forbi Pickles Oslos butik og et stop på en fin cafe.

We arrived just as the first snow of the season had begun to fall, which didn’t dampen my enthusiasm one bit (I love, love snow!) and had plenty of time to walk a bit about before the festival opened the doors at Oslo main library – Deichmanske. So we enjoyed a wee visit to Pickles Oslo and a walk through the snow in the streets.

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Deichmanske er et ret vildt sted til en strikkefestival. Store rum fyldt med strikkere og bøger. Markedspladsen var også en fantastisk oplevelse – skønt jeg tænker, at det må have været lidt af en udfordring for udstillerne at få sat en god bod op. Det mærkede man nu ikke meget til som strikker, for der var spændende sager nok til at kigge på og blive distraheret af. Jeg købte ikke meget, blot “Sticka Svenska Mönster” af Maja Karlsson (fra Majas Manufaktur), som også holdt et rigtig godt foredrag om tilblivelsen af bogen. Jeg faldt også for et kit til Gokstad sjalet designet af Julie Dubreux (jeg kunne ikke modstå kombinationen af vikingeskibsinspiration og garn farvet, så det symboliserede de norske fjordvande) og et sæt finurlige kort med strik-inspirerede illustrationer.

Deichmanske is a pretty incredible place to hold a knitting festival. Great big rooms filled with knitters (and their incredible sweaters) and books. The market place was also quite an experience – though I thought that maybe the vendors had their challenges fitting in the room. You didn’t notice that much as a browsing knitter, as there was plenty of good stuff to look at (i.e. be distracted by). I didn’t buy much, just “Sticka Svenska Mönster” by Maja Karlsson (of Majas Manufaktur), who also did a great talk about the journey of the book. I also fell hard for the kit for the Gokstad Shawl by Julie Dubreux with yarn from Norne (I just couldn’t resist the combined lure of a viking ship inspiration, cables, and yarn dyed to match the Norwegian seas).

Men det bedste ved festivallen var nu alle de mange strikkere, som jeg mødte og fik en god snak med. Det var fantastisk hyggeligt at møde så mange ansigt til ansigt, som Merete Monstermønster i hendes fabelagtige hvepsejakke, Marion, Ann og mange flere. Det var så utrolig hyggeligt at møde dem og mange flere til.

Jeg håber, at der kommer en festival igen næste år – jeg er i hvert fald klar på at tage derop igen.

But the very best about the festival was meeting all the great people, and getting to chat with them – Merete Monstermønster and her gorgeous wasp cardigan, Marion, Ann, and many, many more. It was so incredibly nice meeting them all.

I really hope the festival will be back next year (this was only the second year) – I for one am ready to head north again.

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I sidste uge var vi på vores første storbyferie med drengene. Turen gik en lille storby, nemlig til Edinburgh, og det var fantastisk. Jeg har flere gange tænkt, at det er sjovt, som rejser forandrer sig, når man får børn. Vi har oplevet det på vores sommerferier, der oftest involverer en del natur og vandreture. Men det er absolut også tilfældet, når man er i en by med de mange by-relaterede oplevelsesmuligheder.

Last week was spent on our first city vacation with the boys. We went to a smallish big city, Edinburgh, and it was fantastic. I have several time thought about, how amazingly a travelling experience changes, when you travel with kids. We have felt it on our summer vacations, though they often involve hiking and nature experiences. But it certainly is also the case, when you are in a city with the manifold attractions and experiences that are available in such a place.

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Vi turede rundt, så godt vi nu kunne og fik set både borg og whisky, vulkan og museum. Den gamle by er fyldt med smukke gamle huse og stejle gyder med trapper. Sært og sjovt.

We toured the city as well as we could, and saw castle and whisky, vulcanoes and museums. The old town is filled with beautiful, old houses, and narrow, steep closes (with and without steps). Strange and yet wonderful.

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En anden ting, der fascinerede mig, var hvor tæt på naturen alligevel er i Edinburgh. Holyrood Park med Salisbury Crags og Arthur’s Seat er nærmest i centrum, og man kan fra byens mange højder se over vandet (Firth of Forth) nordpå, eller sydpå til Pentland Hills. Vi fik meget lyst til at tage tilbage udstyret med en bil og nogle flere ugers ferie. Jeg tror, vi bliver nødt til at kigge lidt nærmere på Skotland inden længe.

Another thing that fascinated me, was how close to the centre of the city the wilder landscape was. Holyrood Park with Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat is almost in the centre of Edinburgh, and from the many heights you can easily see across the water (Firth of Forth) to the North, or to the south toward Pentland Hills. We were charmed and feel ready to go back armed with a car and some more weeks of vacation to explore the Scottish landscape. I think, we will be back before too long.

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Ferie er nu noget af det bedste jeg ved! At komme helt ned i gear, gå lange ture, nyde livet og familien og udsigten og tiden… Det er til gengæld tilsvarende hårdt at skulle tilbage op i gear. Dagene flyver pludselig igen afsted, og er fyldt med hverdagens trummerum. Men det er jo præcis det, der gør ferie så skønt – kontrasten mellem den og hverdagen. Heldigvis kan jeg så forlænge ferienydelsen ved at vise et par glimt af den her på bloggen.

Vacation is one of my favorite activities! To gear down completely (almost to a full stop), go on long walks, enjoy life and family and the view and time… It is proportionally hard to get my behind back into gear now that everyday life has returned. The days fly by (again) and has been re-filled with all the little things that make up an “everyday”. But that is exactly what makes vacations so wonderful – the contrast to everyday life. And luckily I can extend the vacation feeling (at least a little) by showing you some pictures here on the blog.

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Familiens sommerferie gik (igen) til Norge – det var en god beslutning. Den norske natur gør noget godt for mig og får mig til at slappe fuldstændig af.

Our vacation was (once more) spent in Norway – it was a good decision. The Norwegian nature triggers something good in me – makes me relax perfectly.

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Det er godt at vide, at Norge ikke løber nogen steder – og at jeg skal derop igen lige om straks, når jeg skal til Oslo Strikkefestival. Efteråret ser allerede ud til at blive travlt og godt.

It is good to know that Norway wont go away – and that I’ll return in a short while, when I’m going to Oslo Knitting Festival. My fall looks to be wonderful and busy already.

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Jeg håber, at resten af blogland også har haft en dejlig sommer!

I hope that all of you on the other side of this blog also have had a wonderful summer.

 

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I starten af juni gik turen til Madrid (det er faktisk første gang jeg er “rigtigt” i Spanien – Lanzarote tæller på en eller anden måde ikke helt). Jeg deltog i en konference om kvalitet i offentlige statistikker (jo jo, jeg er nørdet på mange måder).

Konferencen var spændende, hvilket også var godt, for det er godt nok nogle lange dage (der er dog bonus strikketid at hente sig, når man skal holde koncentrationen på foredragene). De lange dage betød til gengæld, at der ikke var særlig meget tid til at udforske byen og bare nyde stemningen.

At the beginning of June, I went on a trip to Madrid (actually my first time in Spain “proper” – somehow a jaunt on Lanzarote doesn’t really count). I participated in a conference on quality in official statistics (yup, I’m geeky in more ways than one).

The conference was very good and interesting, which was a good thing, because it’s some seriously long days (on the plus side that means quite a bit of knitting time as you keep you hands busy and your head clear to concentrate on the presentations). The long days unfortunately meant that there was little time to explore the city.

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På en eller anden måde er det ikke helt så eksotisk at være i syden, når man kigger ud fra mørke konferencelokaler.

Somehow it’s not as exciting to be visiting a foreign capital, when you mostly get to look at it out the windows of a dark conference room.

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Det lykkedes dog at se lidt – bl.a. fordi spanierne er sent ude og der er liv i byen til langt ud på aftenen. Der var en god spadseretur fra hotellet til konferencen, så med et par omveje lykkedes det at få lidt af stemningen ind under huden og få set nogle seværdigheder. Jeg havde en lidt blandet fornemmelse af byen til at starte med, men den vandt absolut et par dage inde i turen – og nu har jeg det sådan, at jeg godt kunne tænke mig, at turen gik dertil igen snart.

I did manage to squeeze in some sightseeing – among other things because the city was alive until late in the evening. There was a good walk from my hotel to the conference, so by the simple tool of meandering a bit off the straight line I got to experience some of the mood and see some of the sights. To begin with, I must admit that the city wasn’t my favorite, but after a day or two I found that I had change my opinion – and now I’d quite like to get a chance to visit again soon.

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Kr. Himmelfartsferien var som sendt fra himlen (hæ) – den ramte lige, hvor der var brug for den, og nøj, hvor er den blevet nydt. Det var ligesom om tiden strakte sig meget længere end de fire dage, og der var tid til afslapning (med og uden strikketøj), leg med sand og vand på stranden, spisning af is, soldyrkelse og i det hele taget ren afslapning.

Jeg håber, at alle jer derude også har haft mulighed for nogle dage (i det mindste forhåbentlig en weekend) med god afslapning og nydning.

This past four days have been a wonderful minivacation (one of the Danish spring holidays) – it was sorely needed, and utterly and completely enjoyed. It was as if time stretched and lasted much longer than the four days, and there was plenty of time for relaxation (with and without knitting), playing in sand and water on the beach, eating icecream, enjoying the sun, and much more.

I hope that all of you out there have had an opportunity for a couple of days (at least hopefully the weekend) for some relaxation and general enjoyment.

 

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