With Lent over, Easter festivities and feasting enjoyed, the days return to an everyday flow now... Easter was so busy that sometimes I wasn't even taking many photos. But here are a few scenes from the past two weeks...
Beautiful flowers add springtime loveliness to the dinner table & dining room...
One day during Holy Week we took the train for a day trip in to Oslo. A highlight of the day was seeing The Magic North: Finnish & Norwegian Art 1900 at the National Museum. The exhibit was AMAZING! I hadn't known much of Finnish painters before, so I learned a lot. There were many visiting the exhibit, so it was not easy to take photos. But did manage to get a snap of this very special painting, The Wounded Angel by Finnish Symbolist painter Hugo Simberg.
I also loved this painting from The Magic North exhibit, Evening Tranquility by the Norwegian Symbolist painter Oluf Wold-Torne! (Sorry, I could not find a link for him in English...) The day in Oslo was a bit of a whirlwind--lots of fun--not many photos... Next time! ;o)
Also during Holy Week--some last-minute stitching before the sewing machine received a well-deserved break. The circular flower applique design is my own. I want to expand this flower idea later. This little hanging is in our entry hall here at home.
Learning how to decipher charted crochet patterns... as well as trying to draft my own! I have a project idea brewing. Testing my own pattern/swatching... Chocolate & tea help the brain power, you know! ;o)
We bought a waffle iron. Best. idea. ever. Easter breakfast with American-style waffles! YUM!!
I must admit, after the very busy Lenten weeks, my batteries are feeling a bit depleted. During Easter break there was time for napping with the kitty...
Ooo... and I'm VERY excited to be doing something new in the way of online learning. In the weeks/months ahead I'm working on a university-level literature course offered via edX.org. And it's FREE!! I've begun their 5-part Poetry In America course and loving it so far! For all the ease of digital, I still prefer taking notes by hand though, and bought a little old-school writing exercises book to use along with my colorful pens. (Tea also helps with the learning too... Gosh, there was a lot of hot beverage drinking during Easter!)
Many heartfelt thanks to you all for the lovely comments, care and concern on my last post. And thank you for the emails too. I'm doing OK... Life has just felt more difficult lately, for many reasons. And this has sometimes made it harder to be here as usual. My apologies for being slow to post, visit, reply, etc.
And so, while finding my balance again--settling in to springtime with new ideas and new horizons!