Fluorescent Heaven

God’s Own Junkyard is a place like no other, and probably one of my favourite spots in Walthamstow. If you’re ever visiting London, it’s worth the trip to the end of the Victoria Line (possibly combined with a visit to the Gin palace Mothers Ruin, or resident beer makers Wildcard Brewery, which are the nearest neighbours – Not the worst day out if you ask me!)

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Can we stop time please?!

Am I the only one who thinks time is seriously flying by these days? It’s already Monday again! It’s almost April, for crying out loud.

Last week has been a bit of a mishmash of stuff, and felt a bit chaotic, but in a good way most of the time. The weekend was spent sorting out a bit more, and on the Sunday Joel’s lovely parents came to visit. We went for a really nice Tapas lunch at Orford Salon – We went there on my birthday last summer, and  both times were amazing. The food is great, fresh and tasty, and the service is nice and friendly – and relaxed, which is a big plus in my book. You won’t be bothered by waiters unless they actually need to ask you something, deliver food, or take payment, and they don’t rush you. Very much recommended if you’re ever in the Stow.

I also started my avocado tree project this weekend. It’ll take forever (apparently it’s about a month before anything happens at all), but it’s a nice antidote to an otherwise very fast moving life and world in general. I hope it works! (But I don’t expect it to actually deliver any avocados – that would probably be too much to ask).

Next weekend my mother is here next weekend (It’s a four day weekend in England). She’s been here many times before, which means sightseeing isn’t on the agenda (huzzah!) but perhaps a visit to Cambridge, a few gallery visits, and of course some nice food. Hopefully our little flat won’t be too much of a squeeze – It’ll be the first test, and I’m sure it’ll be great.

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The flat hunt is over

I’m very happy to report that our flat hunt has come to an end, and we have found a new lovely flat in the heart of Walthamstow Village. It even has a little back garden with lots of green grass, which I’m sure we will value highly when spring finally decides to arrive (When will that be exactly?)

So the packing has commenced, in a big way. I have made the mistake of packing all my clothes away, so have been forced to wear the same 10 items for about a week now.

The best part of moving to a new place, is that it’s a fresh start. I love getting creative with the decorating, and I can’t wait to make the new place feel like home. This in between face isn’t much fun, but there’s a bright light at the end of the tunnel. And, a proper nice bath which I can’t wait to drop a bath bomb from Lush into, and soak for while (I’m imagining candles, face masks, glass of wine, good book and Netflix – In reality, I’ll probably be bored after 5 minutes.)

So my life is full or organisation at the moment. I’m pretty good at making things happen, but I don’t particularly like it. On the other hand, I don’t like trusting others with the tasks either, so I’m running around my own little hamster wheel of death. Thankfully it’s all over soon, so I can let my brain think some more creative thoughts, rather than just numbers, dates and endless phone calls.

Our old flat has served us well. The one thing I will miss the most is the amazing view over London, and the feeling of being above the hectic city. But, as annoying as moving is, I am so looking forward to it.

 

Moving, Holiday, more moving, and some pictures

I haven’t blogged in – forever? Life has been a whirlwind lately in every possible way.

We have moved flat (and therefore been without internet for about a month – Thanks BT). A move was never in the plans, but our previous landlady ‘conveniently’ decided that she no longer wanted to rent out her flat – So there was no choice really. We have however managed to find an amazing new flat, in the same area, with great London views and 2 floors. We’re not complaining (Apart from maybe the unexpected ginormous agency fees and of course the moving of the internet… Why is that always such a massive problem?).

And as if a move of your entire private life wasn’t enough, my professional life has been moved to. Our regular studio is being renovated, so we have all relocated for the summer. It’s all about the moving!

And to make things even more challenging, Joel and I had, prior to knowing of all this moving shenanigans, booked a two week holiday in Denmark, which resulted in us having to move flat one day, and go on holiday the next. Not ideal, but we have somehow managed. Safe to say we’re happy that there is no more packing to be done for a while though…

So the holiday in Denmark was a very welcome break. The weather was amazing, it was literally warm and sunny every day. Quite extraordinary considering how unpredictable a Danish summer normally is. There is nothing better than a Scandinavian summer night where it never truly gets dark.

We hung out with my folks, all the animals, ate a lot of food, had some bbq’s, went out on the town in Vejle where I grew up (With all the teenagers. When did I get so old?) and spend a couple of days in Copenhagen, where all my friends, conveniently, have settled down.

I know that I am the least reliable person to trust on this being Danish and all, but Copenhagen really is one of the loveliest capitals out there (and in my opinion definitely number one).

Will be back with some more meaningfull posts soon!

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When life takes over

There hasn’t been much time to do anything, let alone blog, lately. But then again, I guess all I ever do is ‘anything’. Life is busy, but it is good. I have been looking for an opportunity for an opportunity ever since I graduated, and last week started an internship which is pretty much all I could ever want. A medium size company – big enough to be very busy, but small enough for me to be involved with lots of things. Is there a better feeling than finally having a job that challenges you and gives you a fulfillment at the end of the day, and a feeling of a brighter future? I don’t think so.

Having said that, life have gotten rather busy. And the next few months won’t be any less busy. But as proven time and time again, the more you have to do, the more you will get done too. Bring it on i say!

Here are a few snapshots of what have happened lately. By the looks of it I’ve been quite inspired by autumn, with good reason (All iPhone photos, so do excuse the quality).

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Walthamstow evening sky on spotted on my way home from work. An autumn evening doesn’t get better than this
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Peter Gabriel at the O2 Arena. Amazing concert!
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A rainy afternoon at home
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Autumn leafs and cosy coats
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Have watched the great film that is Annie Hall
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I have admired the amazing colours that makes this season so beautiful
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…. And been to a tattoo artist with this lovely guy 🙂

Photos – Walthamstow Marshes

On a grey Wednesday when nothing really seemed to go anywhere, I decided to go somewhere. Out to be with some nature to be precise. But, when you live in London, most nature is well-kept-moved-lawns-royal-parks, which to me is not really nature. Fortunately our neighbourhood has got its own little spot of almost undisturbed nature.

Here are a few pics from my day at Walthamstow Marshes. Great place to breathe and think.

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June according to Instagram

June has been an eventful month. Just to mention a few happenings it’s involved a flat move, a holiday, and final bachelor exams. It has been hectic, stressful, wonderful, and fun.

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From left to right: 1. Got our the keys to pur new flat. Such a happy day. 2. And moved in! 3. ate amazing pizzas to celebrate (also, had no food in the house after a day of moving). Can more than recommend The Nag’s Head in Walthamstow Village for lovely pizzas. 4. More celebration, this time in The village Pub, also in Walthamstow Village. Authentic English pub with a nice beer garden. 5. I’ve made an effort with by breakfasts and 6. Been struck by creativity. Really need to start painting for real again.

 

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1. I have made the most of our new terrace. Perfect timing to move to a flat with a nice outside area (And not just a car park). 2. Wise words. And very relevant when you feel slightly lost and unsure of what you’re actually doing and what you’re supposed to do. 3. More advantage-taking of our new terrace. Lovely, although slightly chilly evening with two brothers. 4. Best. sweets. ever.

for more everyday snaps as it’s happening you can follow me on Instagram @AskeIda

Moving

What a ‘fun’ weekend we have had, packing, cleaning and organising. In about a weeks time Joel, myself, and a man with a van will be stuffing our things into a car and driving approximately 500m. To our new flat.

It has been a tough 7 months in our current flat. Very loud neighbours, a management company that turned out to be all talk and no action, horrible mould surprises, too many spiders the size of small elephants, and the occasional slug (Yes! Yuk!). When we viewed the place it was in a bit of a state and occupied by a giant dog and his tiny owner, and clearly we didn’t get a good enough view of the place (And had way to much faith in the estate agent who promised us a total renovation). After having been here for 7 months I cannot wait to get out. Next week can’t go fast enough. And how I feel sorry for the next tenants! Listening to estate agents sell the place and promising all the things in the world, has just been cringeworthy and a true challenge in lip-biting. Have wanted to burst out ‘run for your lives!’ so many times to new prospective renters.

So good bye old flat, and hello new flat. With a fire place, decked terrace and a lion feet bathtub (I has to be mentioned). I am already dreaming of summer evening bbq’s (probably because our ‘garden’ the past 7 months has been a car-park covered in litter. Lovely). Please do not contain any spiders/slugs/mould/weird neighbours.

 

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Apologies for the very uninspiring image. But life can’t always be full of picturesque things (unfortunately).