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Mirror Project finished

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I finished the mirror project this week. I'm really happy with how it turned out. Think I'm going to have to send my grandma a photo of it now as well so that she can see it!
I've got two other new projects that I want to do now as well, have to decide which one to do first now - the tea jars or the chandelier... I'll keep you posted!

Summer ski

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Decided this morning that we should go skiing so Ben and I headed up to lanches, got yourselves some lift passes. We went up and down vanoise quite a few times, getting fresh tracks every time. Snow is really good still, just like at the end of the winter. The only lifts open now are lanches and vanoise, which means that you actually ski down to resort! The glacier opens start of July. Don't think I've ever seen this much snow here in mid-June. Really good day out! Happy midsummer everyone!

Col d'Iseran

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Picked up Ben from the airport this morning and then we all decided that we should see if we could get up the col d'Iseran as it is officially still closed. Lots of snow still! We did make it up to the top but didn't try to go any further.

Painting day

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Today was painting day. We had decided that we should repaint the bathroom ceiling, bathroom and toilet doors and door frames this summer. Since I started painting my mirror yesterday I decided I might as well do some more painting. Went to the garage for supplies this morning and then, after some help from Ross taking the doors off it was time to start sanding and putting masking tape up. After that I finally got to start painting and after a few layers the doors now look a bit fresher! Only the bathroom ceiling left now! And my mirror got a second coat of paint as well. A pic of me sanding with an improvised face mask!

Some baking and tea testing

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This afternoon I baked some new granola bars and tried the tea and the new one cup tea pot that my twin brother gave to me before we left. He found this company online that specializes in tea: jingtea.com and has ordered quite a lot of different kinds! Nice chilled afternoon, and I've also decided on my next project: Since I've now got lots and lots of different kinds of tea I'm going to need jars to put them in, instead of keeping them in paper bags in an old plastic ice cream box. I got the idea off of an idea on one of my new apps: instructables ( fun to read and flick through if you like new and quirky ideas) using chalkboard paint as a label. In the a article it was used on a wine flask but I intend on using it on jars. This way if I don't get the same tea next time I can just change the label! Let the jar collecting start!

Mirror Project step 2

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So after having washed it and gotten some supplies yesterday, today I just needed to get some white paint, sand piper and white spirit. After heading down to Lac to get the last few things, I sanded the frame lightly, put marking tape around the edges and started painting the first layer. I think I'll probably need a second one ad well though. Will see how it turns out once it's dry! And of course waiting for the small brushes for the bow anyway so will be a few days before it's going to be completely finished.

New project

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Last time I was home, in November, my grandma decided to give me a mirror that she's had since she was young. I couldn't take it with me to France then as I was flying and so I left it at home. My mother figured it needed a bit of cleaning and the old paint started coming off. After asking to see that the original color/ pattern wasn't something my grandma remembered, I decided to bring it with me now, as we were driving, and to repaint it with the same colors that she has had it in. Today I went to weldom and got some grey paint (for the bow) and some brushes. The frame is going to be white. This evening I started to clean the mirror properly and the white paint just dissolves on it! I'm waiting for some finer brushes that I've ordered for the details on the bow but it should hopefully come soon! Here's a pic of the current state of the mirror.

Last days away

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So we spent the last days in Sweden enjoying the weather and seeing more family and friends. We started going south on Thursday with a first stop in Oskarshamn where we saw my brother. Then on Friday we went past Växjö to see my sister and her family before heading to Torekov for the night. A last swim was in order, despite the wind, and it was actually warmer in the water than it was on land. On Saturday our first stop was Copenhagen to see Biggles and Laerke before driving to Hannover for an overnight stop. Which left about 10h of driving, 1h of traffic jam and 1h of breaks for Sunday. It's good to be back home but it was also really good to be away for some time! A well needed holiday. And now I've got one more week before I start work.

Visit from the UK

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So a bit late posting but anyway. On Wednesday we were joined by Ross, Phil and Alice and we had a day and a half in Torekov. More of us went swimming, we went for walks, looked at the harbor and enjoyed the nice weather. On Friday the four parents went to Falköping in the morning and Ross and I stayed on to get some work done and to see my cousin and his family before leaving. In Falköping we again walked around town, looked at the ancient graves and got to ride in a tuk tuk! The last night we went out for dinner at Aroy restaurant, a Thai place, and they picked us up at home and drove us to and from the meal! Really good service and great food. The last day was spent in and around Gothenburg before we dropped Ross' parents off at the airport.

First swim

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Got down to Torekov yesterday but the weather wasn't too tempting but after lots of sun this morning I decided it was time to go for this year's first swim! Don't know the exact temperature but it was 15 degrees Celsius yesterday so figure it must've been about the same. And to be honest it wasn't too cold getting in. Lots of big waves though as it's quite windy. Another year-first today was eating fresh/new potatoes, yum!