Summer in a nutshell eclectic style

September 2nd

September!  Can you believe it?  Until last week I thought the summer sun had forgotten to show it's face.  I am sooo not ready for it to be autumn, despite the fact I love change of seasons and could only live in a country that has all four, I do feel this year summer has somehow passed me by.  When I mention this to others they laugh and say we've had a good summer, so where was my ray of sunshine?!!?!?


Love Cornwall but it gave us nothing but grey skies this year

Can't beat a good bit of south coastal
bunting to make it feel like summer

The newly refurbished Art Deco Lido was a hit with us all

The whole place had great lines

Even the changing rooms were stylish in their line

Leaving the mainland behind it
looked like the sun was about to shine!

Scilly Isles

I love me a sandy beach

So few people on the islands it was great 

Yet again British bunting, gotta love it! 

Agapanthus the flower of the islands and
our boat out there in the harbour

We saw so many pods of dolphins and porpoises this summer

They tend to play at the bow of the boat, we often
hear them when we are down below even before
those on deck can see them, they communicate
with each other all the time
as the sound travels through our hull

Crochet and knitting featured heavily this summer
and as we were to leave the Scilly isles it looked
like the sun was about to shine there too!


Plymouth has so much to offer the tourist

We caught up on some history
and good food whilst here
A novel bar at the marina, love the quirkiness of it
On our final day of sailing (and crocheting)
the sun was threatening to come out

I can always rely on Norway to provide summer
sunshine, something to do with the gulf stream
I believe, oh how wrong I was this year!

The normally refreshing lake swims were cold
but did not stop us, although perhaps it did
shorten the time we were in the lakes each time  

In our final days it threatened to shine with sun...

...and on the last day it did!

At home in mamma's garden

Mamma's shed, typical Norwegian style

I dashed here and there soaking up the sights and sounds
which always feel so very much better in the sunshine

You are never more than 10 minutes away
from water in Norway, be it lake, fjord or sea

One sunshine day out of 20 is not bad, right?!?

Stay-ca-tion (home)

Being away so long meant that the veg patch was neglected

The leeks instead of being eaten now look like show pieces

Wild and windy walks were the order
of the stay-cation part of our holidays

Whilst we also  spent some fun days in the capitol, London,
here is the inside of the new London Bridge concourse,
we were part of a project group to see how the signage
was and if we could locate things easily, it was a fun day out

Loving the lines of architecture at London Bridge

We had lunch at the Shard

Saw the view of a grey London, but loved
spotting all the iconic buildings

View from the Shard

Evening strolls in the capitol were colourful

But it's always wonderful to be at home...

Now the final days of the holidays, we are chilling and
hanging out and the weather has finally turned beautiful for us!
Maybe we should have stayed at home all the time?!?!?

Joining in with  Amy   after a summer break, showing you the five places I have hidden myself away this summer.  Hope you have had a great restful summer as well.   
Hopefully normal blogging will now resume although I still feel a little travel itchiness...
do keep popping by however as I have lots to share in the coming days and weeks,
 love having you here with me.  

 Wishing you all a wonderful September  


  1. I so agree with you Eileen! Summer passed too quickly and to much grey skies. Let's hope the autumn brings bright colorful days. Beautiful photos.

    1. I'm hoping for an Indian Summer as they say here in the UK Riita

  2. I think you have had the better deal, doing all those fantastic things without the sun, rather than staying home doing the washing up with the sun! I enjoyed seeing all your photos Selma. x

    1. Thanks Karen but I have really enjoyed these last few sunny days. I'm soaking up as much Vit D as I can

  3. Fabulous photos, even with the grey skies. Love Norway, went there a few years ago and it was the best holiday ever. So beautiful. Hope you get a sunny September!

    1. Hoping also for a sunny September. Glad you lived Norway too x

  4. I loved scrolling through your photos and narrative...twice! It is hard to believe we are near summer's end already, and like you I waffled back and forth, loving the trips I took...even when we camped in fog, but loved being home as well in the sunshine most of the time. A dear friend of mine was born in Norway, and her love of it gave me a special interest in it as well. How wonderful to be so near lakes and streams and the sea! Happy September! xx

    1. Glad you liked it Gracie. Norway truly is a spectacular place

  5. You did manage to find grey skies didn't you? Looks like you saw some interesting places in spite of the weather though. We've not been away yet ( - soon!) so I've still got my fingers crossed for an Indian summer.

    1. Ooh where are you off to? Also hoping for this Indian summer. Enjoy your holiday x

  6. Great photos even though you had grey skies.

  7. You have packed so much into your summer, who cares about grey skies! It would be good to have an Indian Summer just to extend it a little longer. I love your mamma's shed and would quite like to move in please.

  8. Sorry you didn't see much sun this summer, we had way too much.

    1. I know you have! It's been so hot your way since March I think Janet. Please send some my way

  9. Wow! You've been busy. Fun post --even without the sun! Have a lovely weekend!

  10. A great variety of summer fun you have shown us today. Your Norwegian scenes are amazing. Is that your mama's house on what looks like an island? I can see why you don't want summer to end...

  11. An absolutely fabulous Summer. You've managed to fit in so much. I hope you get some much needed sunshine soon. Have a wonderful weekend. X

  12. Hi dear Selma, I have missed you this summer but looks like you have had a fabulous summer vacation! I loved seeing all your beautiful photos of the special places you have visited. I'm so happy that you were able to spend quality time in your beloved home in Norway. Blessings to you dear friend, Pat xx

  13. Thank you for taking us along on your travels. How I love the internet and the people who are willing to share their lives.

    I'm sorry you didn't have more sunshine, but overcast days seemed to be perfect for the photos. Loved them.

  14. I will take a few days of grey and your adventures any time. I holidayed in the Isles of Scilly last year and loved it so it was wonderful to see your photos, and you are so lucky to have seen so many dolphins.

    Adore your box of crochet!

    Five of Friday

    Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me

  15. Looks as though you had a great summer even though there was some grey weather! Norway looks especially enchanting!!! Hope a good summer leads to a good September for you! I will e-mail a reply to you by the way later today! Thank you for joining in, have a great weekend! xx

  16. So many adventures xx Great photo's and I am glad you managed to find a little bit of sunshine xx

  17. We seemed to have some of your sunshine it seems. However, your adventures look amazing. I especially love the London trip and the view from the Shard after doing that myself this year, fantastic place. Have a lovely weekend xx

  18. You traveled to some beautiful places this summer. Too bad the sunshine didn't come along. We were lucky enough to be in England when it was hot, hot, hot! Norway looks so lovely - the red painted buildings really stand out in the landscape.

    1. Ah so you stole my sun Lorrie ;) glad it was good for you whilst you were in the UK x

  19. So many grey skies...and the POW a day of lovely sunshine! All your photos are lovely! How exciting to get to see the dolphins!

    1. Marie there is something just so joyful about seeing the Dolphins I can't describe it

  20. Looks as if you had a wonderful summer in spite of missing the sunshine wherever you went. It all looks wonderful and your photos are super. My favourite is the one of agapanthus in the Scilly Isles but I do love the photo of the Norweigian house on the lake too:)

  21. What an amazing summer you had despite your lack of sunshine! We've had such a hot and dry summer this year, and everyone is dancing a happy dance when it did rain (I think that was maybe two times?). You visited such beautiful spots. I think I would love Norway with all the water at every turn.


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