Fields

A few weeks ago, actually it was over two months ago now, I wrote a blog post about passion where I mentioned photography being one of mine. In that entry, I also mentioned that I wanted to post some pictures on this blog, something I then never got around to doing. Until today. Today is the day! Bit dramatic, aren’t I…

My hometown consists of a large portion of fields. There is the actual town with a street of shops and a shopping centre and the schools and the church, and there is the air force base, but there are also a lot of fields. Before the air force  base, fishing and farming was what people did where I’m from. Of course, that was decades before my time. I’ve only ever known the time of the air force base being a corner stone in our community. My father is a major in the RNoAF, which I’ve also mentioned before. The fields was my playground as a child though. We had some very close to my house, not ones that grew grain, although there were those too, but the ones in which we played hide and seek and made imaginary houses, those were mainly just grass and straw and weeds. I can’t imagine moving back there to live full time. I love my family, and the place has grown on me after moving away from it and just being back in the summers and for weekends and such. It is quite lovely, actually. Just not where I want to live. You know? You can love a place but not imagine living there.

One day last summer, I felt really bad. I was not in a good place mentally or emotionally, I felt like I was really close to having a breakdown, I didn’t want to around my parents, and it was a lovely evening with what looked like it would be a beautiful sunset. I told my mum I’m going for a walk, I took my camera and phone and headphones, and I listened to music, and I took pictures until my memory card ran out. That was my bad, for not bringing another or using a bigger one, which I have, but that’s okay. I got some really nice shots. Pictures are worth more than words, and I’ve written many. Now I just want to leave you with some shots from my hometown and hope you like them. Let me know below if you like posts like this, I can do many more, I have lots of pictures!

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Thank you for reading my 100th post on this blog! Hope to see you soon,

xoxo

Julie

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Regarding Passion

If you’re with someone and you try to change who they are or what they do, I really don’t understand what kind of person you are.

Take for example gaming. I’ve seen tweets from women saying if your man is in his 20s and still plays video games, ditch him. What kind of bullshit is that?!

It’s important to be passionate about SOMETHING. Passion is hot, it’s attractive. I may not personally enjoy or take part in your hobby but please tell me about it, tell me about what interests you, what you’re passionate about, just seeing the sparkle in your eyes makes it worth my time. People so often are told not to bother people with their weird interests and I think that’s complete and utter bullshit.

I once saw an online article where people had described their ideal partner, and there was a man who said his ideal girlfriend had an interest outside of sitting at home watching TV. He didn’t care what it was, he didn’t care if she’d drag him to museum after museum full of what he called “useless crap”, all that mattered was that she was passionate about something.  And I loved reading those words.

I myself am sometimes a very passive person. I can have days where I don’t get out of bed and I watch every video ever posted by one specific YouTuber, or binge a whole season or two of a TV show. And I enjoy it, but it also makes me incredibly bored sometimes. A lot of times. And I feel so… blah. Recently, I’ve been getting notifications from Instagram while scrolling that I am “all caught up on the last 3 days”. How ridiculous is that? I follow 615 profiles on Instagram, and a few hashtags, and I’ve seen everything that has been posted for multiple days in a row! I need to get back into my hobbies, the things I am passionate about.

But what exactly are these things? I do love going to museums and seeing all kinds of weird stuff, and aquariums and zoos and gardens. But often they cost money to get into, and it costs money to get there, and it has to be planned. So what are some free things I can do that I feel passionate about?

It’s been approximately 18-19 months since I started bullet journaling (my first blog post about that is here). I’m now about 1/4 into my second bullet journal, but I’m not enjoying it as much. I stuck with the same notebook brand but a different design, and the paper is completely different; I get ghosting with some pens, but what’s worse is everything that isn’t a ballpoint pen bleeds. I reached out to the company and they kindly sent me a new one, but I didn’t want to waste a whole big beautiful book, so I stuck with it, and the other one is not available to me at the moment. I switched to only using ballpoint pens for a while, which was fine, but I lost inspiration and didn’t want to keep working on my bullet journal much. Over the past two months, September and October, I’ve been part-taking in a weekly theme challenge by someone I know from the Norwegian bullet journal community, where there’s an umbrella-theme for the month and smaller weekly themes within the bigger one for each week. It’s made me want to work on my journal more, and I even went back into using my brush pens for colour a little – at first it was fine, but then the bleeding started up again. For this last week of October, I actually decided to draw on separate paper and glue it into the book to cover the bleeding from the previous week and avoid more bleeding back onto those pages. It’s a bit disheartening… But I have ideas for things I want to do for November and hopefully they won’t be completely disastrous, and will motivate me to keep going!

Another passion of mine is photography. I always used to love getting disposable cameras for the summer when I was a child, and got my own digital camera as a teenager. I took a photography class in school and learned a little more about composition and some simple editing. Then I went on to do a “folk high school” year in Norway, focusing on travel and photography, and I learned lots. I have a lot of equipment and different programs, although they’re on an ancient computer I can really only use to edit pictures and play Mario Kart…

I kind of put photography aside for a while when I was in uni. There were some days that I went out, and I took some pictures with friends using my camera and tripod and knowledge, but not much. I keep repeating that I want to get back into it, but I feel weird walking around with my camera in small towns like the one I’m from. There was one day last summer however, that I decided not to care and took my camera and some music for a walk. I sat for probably 20-30 minutes on the ground taking pictures of a field in the sunset, and I found a lot of trees, attempted some silhouette shots and such, and I really enjoyed both the process of taking these pictures and the editing afterwards.  Maybe I’ll upload a few in another entry soon.

Yesterday, I watched a YouTuberI subscribe to who had done an “ugly location challenge” photoshoot, and it made me really want to try taking pictures of people again. I wish I had friends that (1) lived where I do, and (2) WANTED to be photographed, so that I could ask them to do a photoshoot and get good pictures and not awkward “if I must”-poses (this is NOT a comment towards any of my current friends, if anyone is reading this!), so that I could start building a portfolio. Naturally, friends that volunteer for this will get the pictures from me, as long as they let me use their pictures in my portfolio. Then, a dream of mine would be to be able to post ads and get photography work I’d get paid to do. The more I think about it, the more I want this kind of job. I never studied photography professionally, I don’t have a degree to show for my skills, but if I could build a portfolio I could let my work speak for itself. God, how I want this now…

What are YOU passionate about? Leave a comment and we’ll talk below!

Xoxo

Julie

Photo Sprinkle from England

Hello good people! In Norwegian we have a word we use, “bildedryss” which is like a sprinkle or drizzle of pictures, but I can’t think of a similar word in English… Anyone got any suggestions, leave a comment and let me know! 🙂

I flew to Gatwick on Sunday night, my boyfriend and I spent all of Monday in London (we stayed at Premier Inn Croydon Town Centre, I highly recommend it!), and took the train up to Lincolnshire where he lives on Tuesday. Stayed in Wednesday and Thursday to rest and recover, then we went to Lincoln on Friday. Stayed in on the weekend, and yesterday (Monday) I flew back to Trondheim. I have a few good pictures from Londo and Lincoln, and since someone asked me to share, here they are! Oh and there’s also one of my duty free shopping – my flight was delayed so I did some extra shopping!

Okay so the pictures uploaded in reversed order, but I can’t be bothered to change it now. They’re all cell phone pictures, by the way. I didn’t want to drag my camera around with me.

My duty free shopping from yesterday – my flight got delayed so I had some time!

Tibby and Lucky (two of Matthew’s cats) cuddling ❤

Lincoln Cathedral lit up at night

An old Roman arch in Lincoln

A street musician on top of Lincoln Steep Hill, playing the guitar on the street between Lincoln Cathedral (in the background) and Lincoln Castle (not in the picture). His music was so nice to listen to!

Our breakfast on our Lincoln day – we went to this really cute place called Madame Waffle and had waffles and coffee before we started our day! ❤

Hotel Breakfast (my first plate of several because YUM!) at the Premier Inn East Croydon Town Centre (again: I highly recommend it! It’s right next to the train station, only a short train ride away from the center of London)!

London Eye behind the Household Cavalry Museum next to St. James’s Park and the House Guards Parade 

A superfood salad at Jamie’s Italian restaurant (not the best lunch I’ve had but it looked super healthy!)

We made our way to the most expensive part of the Monopoly board! I don’t know what this park is called, but it’s in Mayfair and we had a lovely time sitting on a bench enjoying the sun!

Had a croissant and coffee at the Natural History Museum! I didn’t take many pictures there but the ones I did didn’t look good – too many people and not many good angles to take pictures from… It was an awesome museum though!

Hope everyone is having a good day!

~ Julie

Little Christmas Eve

Today is the 23rd of December, otherwise known as “little Christmas eve” here in Norway. In between showers of rain and snow and hail, my parents and I went for a walk and I took some pictures of nature. If you’re reading this on PC I don’t know how they’ll be, as I’m writing this on my phone and I took the pictures with my phone as well, but here you are, a few pre-Christmas pictures from me!

Catha’s Veil

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I took this picture on my way to uni yesterday, and I posted it on my facebook profile. My aunt commented that it looked like the veil of Cautha the Sun Goddess, and I’d never heard of this one despite having studied mythology. So I consulted my good friend google about it, and I found an article about Etruscan mythology.

The Etruscans were a people with a distinct language and culture during the period of earliest European writing, in the Mediterranean Iron Age in the second half of the first millennium B.C. They ranged over the Po Valley and some of its alpine slopes, southward along the west coast of Italy, most intensely in Etruria with enclaves as far south as Campania, and inland into the Appennine mountains. Their prehistory can be traced with certainty to about 1000 BC. At their height about 500 BC, they were a significant maritime power with a presence in Sardinia and the Aegean Sea. Three layers of deities are portrayed in Etruscan art. One appears to be lesser divinities of an indigenous origin: Catha and Usil, the sun. (Wiki)

Unfortunately I couldn’t find much more about this mythology. But I have to agree with my aunt: the rays of sunlight does look like the veil of a sun goddess!