Monday, 6 October 2008

Weekend at Stokkedalen... (14 days!)

I feel really busy at the moment (well, I am really busy!) and I hardly have time to post but I think it's good for me too take the time to write things down, like I said when I started writing this blog I'll forget these times afterwards and I really want to remember them well...

My face hurts; on each side - and I realise it's because I am clenching my jaw alot of the time - I know I do it alot when I am stressed (I do it in my sleep even) I wake up sometimes with really achy cheeks! I can also vaguely remember my mum telling me off for grinding my teeth when I was little! I can't stop, I don't even know I do it until they start to hurt!

Normally I don't sleep away from from home very much, I just really like to get back to my own bed at the end of the night and just relax - but this weekend I was invited again to Marias' house and I was also invited to stay the night - I actually really enjoyed the change; it was good to get out of this little room here at Fantoft and sleep in a nice house - and even though it wasn't my home it was a 'home' - somewhere that people love to be and a family live there very happily, so it was really nice and relaxing.. anyway I am getting ahead of myself!

Saturday night was another small gathering; Maria's cousin was over for a meal and their neighbours had just arrived back from Portugal (I had not met them yet) so as it was a small event Maria very kindly invited me again.

It was a really fun night - they picked me up to take me there (I tried to rememeber the name of the place, I am so bad with names but I think it's called Stokkedalen) I discovered that we were making home made pizza - one of the things that actually makes the night so enjoyable is that the making of the food is usually a joint effort; Maria made the pizza bases, Her cousin and I chopped up the toppings and I also helped to make the meatballs. A common meat product in Norway is Kjøttdeig; I tasted homemade kjøttkaker (meatcakes) the first time I came to Norway and I fell in love with the stuff then - but as far as I know you can't buy it in England - I have never seen it anywhere, maybe the closest thing to it is the sausage meat you can buy in the long packs but it tastes very different - it's really delicious. Anyway, we worke together and created some of the best pizza I have ever had (Hans makes a mean pizza too - which he hasn't made for a long time - hint, hint Hans!)

Creating the masterpiece...

The rest of the night was lovely - we just sat for a long time and ate and talked and drank wine, and all the time the lovely cats were slinking in and out of the kitchen. Later that night when I had my bed made up for me, they said if I wanted to I could sleep with the door open so the cats could come in and out - I was really pleased actually! I used to have 2 cats when I lived with my ex and I really miss them, so it was really nice to have them around all night - I woke up a couple of times (once of natural causes - cramp in my calves) and once by a cat digging ferociously into the crook of my leg behind my knee, I drifted off and then woke up again to see 2 cats curled up around my leg :)

The little cats, and also my hosts; Maria and Jan Ove

The rest of the weekend there was good too, as I have said the house is very cosy and the people so nice and welcoming it is just a good, wholesome place to be. The post hasn't reeally done the whole weekend justice, but I have been so busy and tired and now I can barely look at the screen! I really wanted to get the pictures up though so I might just add to the post later on!

The beautiful house and the amazing garden and view - click the picture to enlarge!

On a final note - it is 2 weeks now until I go home to vsit Hans - I really can't wait! He texted me today and told me he has the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and the following Monday off work so we get to spend some really good time together! A good few days together, hopefully it will keep me going until I see him again at Christmas - I miss him so much!

Goodnight xxx
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