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Madeleine : Prinsessan privat by Johan T Lindwall
I’m not sure I will ever get used to the Swedish royal reporters’ way of writing biographies. First of all – there is too much inference of what the persons in this book were thinking about specific events. Another reviewer said that a problem with it is that with Johan T. Lindwall you never quite know what are the facts, what are the rumours and what is pure speculation, and I thought *that’s it*: that is my basic problem with the book. There are no citations or footnotes at the end, so you can tell when he is working from the facts from interviews, or other books. Obviously, he also has to protect his sources, and when the sources are the main persons themselves, he is diligent about reporting who said what.  It does however, resort in a slight muddle when you hear about “Queen Silvia thought…” and the people in the room with Queen Silvia at the time were just family… and none of whom are being quoted as the person talking to Lindwall.
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“What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren’t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”

― Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader


Rugby: Oh Flower of Scotland


Grandfather Charles got the granddaughter he told people he was hoping for. (And the 7 of you who guessed it would be a girl in the poll were right.)

Anyone have any nice suggestions for names for a girl? I think there are so many pretty names in the historic English/Scottish/British royal history, and I hope they use some of them.

Other royal births that took place on this date:
1458 – Eleanor of Viseu (d. 1525)
1729 – Catherine the Great, (d. 1796)
1896 – Helen of Greece and Denmark (d. 1982)
1975 – Nathalie, Princess zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

May 2. was the wedding day of Léopold of Saxe-Coburg and Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales in 1816.


May 26 and 27, the Norwegian court announced, Crown Princess Mette-Marit will make another literary train journey. It is a follow-up to the literary train ride she took last year.

Like last year, they have transformed the royal rail carriage into a library. This time the train will go from Trondheim to Hamar, and make stops on Oppdal, Ringebu and Lillehammer. At Lillehammer, the Crown Princess will open the Norwegian Literature Festival.

This time she is collaborating with the local libraries at the stops, and authors have also been invited along. Two authors will be traveling along the train – Tore Renberg and Harald Rosenløw Eeg.

Other authors and literature critics will participate along the way on the stops.

At the Norwegian Literature Festival at Lillehammer the Crown Princess will, in addition to do the official opening, have a literary salon with two Norwegian authors.

The journey ends at Hamar.



Started this today

 First book in the series about Haakon and Maud. Borrowed them all at the library yesterday. 


Tuesday with Dorie – Coconut Tapioca

This Tuesday with Dorie recipe was the Coconut Tapioca, from her book Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere

The recipe said big tapioca balls -so I found some “Cock brand” Tapioca balls at my local Asian immigrant store. (I kind of wanted to go for the small ones with colour, but the recipe said big, and they only had big ones in white.)  DSC0026

Then came the time to soak them. Overnight. In cold water. I am not quite sure what I did wrong, but the balls disintegrated. I did some searching, and found that there was another approach – to start off with boiling hot water, and then let the balls soak in that.


Second batch of balls were almost completely whole, and starting to go translucent. (Admittedly, I only had these soak for four hours. I probably should have had them soak overnight.)

By that point, I was starting to wonder if this whole process was worth it.

I added the ingredients to a pot on the stove and set to cooking. Allegedly, it was supposed to turn fairly quickly to porridge-like consistency. Mine didn’t. I got bored. I added food colouring. (Not in original recipe.)

Two hours after putting it on the stove, I discarded a lot of the liquid, and cooked it some more. When it started to resemble porridge a bit, I took it off, stirred in the vanilla and let it cool a bit before having a small bowl.

It was good, (rich and tasty) but I have had better milk-based puddings. (Like my grandmother’s sago porridge.)

I put the remainder in the fridge, and the next day the consistency was much more what I had initially expected. Very creamy and rich.


Would I make it again?

Probably not. Something did not quite work for me with the taste, and as the recipe did not come together properly for me, (nowhere does it say to discard liquid.) it is not one I feel the desperate need to make again.

I kind of wish I had mixed in some flavouring with the food colouring so it did not merely look pink, but have that taste.

I’m going to try making bubble tea with the remainder of the tapioca balls at some point, though, so not completely wasted purchase.


“Life isn’t finding shelter in the storm. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

― Sherrilyn Kenyon, Acheron


Flashmob: Ravel’s Bolero


Quotation Monday #101: Home

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”

― Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss


Downton Funk


Quotation Monday #100: Tomorrow

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”

― L.M. Montgomery


Uptown Funk – US Ski team style


Before Easter the Danish court sent out the following announcement:


Their Royal Highnesses Prince Joachim and Princess Marie’s son, His Highness Prince Henrik, starts school in August 2015 at Sct. Joseph Søstrenes Skole in Ordrup.
Published March 25, 2015


A Catholic private school for Prince Henrik. Honestly, I find it surprising, and yet, very true to expectations at the same time.

BT.  remarked that with this change the royal family is breaking yet another tradition when it comes to education, but one likely possibility it is a much shorter distance  by car (2.2 km) to that school from where they are living now, than to Krebs school (11 km) where Felix attends and Nikolai, Joachim and Crown Prince Frederik attended. It is also a much shorter distance to this school than to the one Prince Christian and Princess Isabella attends (5.6 km).

Of course, it is only 1 km to the local public school… so Joachim’s desire for exclusitivity and Marie’s Catholic background probably firmly joined together on the choice of school.

The surprising thing is that Ekstrabladet did not comment anything negative about the fact that it is a Catholic school, or anything negative about the choice at all, immediately at least..



Goals for April, and burnout update

I figured it might be time to give a little update on the whole burnout situation. Since my March goal was all about getting  better, it also seemed fitting to combine it with April goals.

Because I am better. Slowly getting there. It has taken a while. But this week was actually the first where I have had a couple of days when I felt like I had a surplus of energy and was “clear” in the head. And it was so amazing that even the down-time the next day, did not feel like such a downer. Because I had a good day the day before.

I am slowly taking the initiative to extend what I do and gain a sense of accomplishment from that. When I go to visit my grandmother in the nursing home, I take a walk around the nursing home (or further if the energy allows.) When I visited a local museum (because I had free tickets.) I actually stopped the car on the way home to walk three times around a small pond.

We have also done some cleaning out and organising  of some storage space in the basement, and just the concept of being on my feet for four hours and doing things would have been too much for me a month ago. I am rather feeling that it is telling of where I am at the moment.

Today I started work again. Not full time. But the time I was there was good. I even had more energy to spare once I was done. And then I biked 20 minute outside in the sunshine in the afternoon. And now I am exhausted. I know why I am exhausted, so it is a good exhaustion. I have done things.

The goals for April is:

  • Continue what I am doing, as I feel like it is working.
  • Do some gardening outside.
  • Meet friends for coffee.

ItemImage.aspxI picked this up in October when I was in Denmark.

It’s a nice book filled with lots of nice pictures.

It details how they met, their wedding, the children, and their work over the past ten years.

If you have followed them for the past ten years, there is next to little new.

If you haven’t, or am new to royal watching, the book gives a nice overview.

Another review comments on how the book tries to show their everyday life. The down-to-earth of making breakfast for the children, and picking them up at daycare, but gloss over the details that doesn’t necessarily show the family off as the down-to-earth Danes that just happen to live in multiple palaces – such as the nannies.

Overall, the writing gets a bit sugar-sweet, but as an overview it is a decent enough book.



“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”

― Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay


Sex of the child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge?

  • Girl (86%, 6 Votes)
  • Boy (14%, 1 Votes)
  • Twins (boy/boy) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Twins (girl/girl) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Twins (boy/girl) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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Yesterday there was an interview with Crown Prince Haakon in Magasinet. The interview was done while he was in East Timor with UNDP.

Some translated outtakes, as it is a lengthy interview. There is a lot of discussion on the Millennium Development Goals, the UNDP and the trip in general.

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Quotation Monday #98: Magic

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

― Roald Dahl