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The Wind in The Willows

I will be honest, it is incredibly difficult to return to my project. I was postponing it for a long time as there were always much more important and urgent things to do. At least I thought so. I probably upset my dear readers and kind contributors and I would like to apologize for that. But with a New Year starting, I would like to continue with new ideas and thoughts.

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I have such a beautiful story to share with you and it is not fair to withhold it for so long. This picturesque English cottage of a talented photographer, cook, and story teller Marte Marie Forsberg looks like it was specially created for making these gorgeous pictures but it turned out to be a cozy home for life and work.

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While preparing this post, I realized that I can’t resist adding several quotes from a children’s novel called “The Wind in The Willows” by Kenneth Grahame. I think these quotes fit the story much better than any of my words. Do you agree?

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“Home! That was what they meant, those caressing appeals, those soft touches wafted through the air, those invisible little hands pulling and tugging, all one way.” (The Wind in the Willows  by Kenneth Grahame)

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“There he got out the luncheon-basket and packed a simple meal, in which, remembering the stranger’s origin and preferences, he took care to include a yard of long French bread, a sausage out of which the garlic sang, some cheese which lay down and cried, and a long-necked straw-covered flask wherein lay bottled sunshine shed and garnered on far Southern slopes.” (The Wind in the Willows  by Kenneth Grahame)

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“The smell of that buttered toast simply spoke to Toad, and with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cozy parlour firesides on winter evenings, when one’s ramble was over and slippered feet were propped on the fender; of the purring of contented cats, and the twitter of sleepy canaries.” (The Wind in the Willows  by Kenneth Grahame)

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Knowing that Marie often works from home, I asked her to share what does she need in her home while working and received an interesting response.

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“I always open my kitchen door facing the garden when I cook, come sun or rain. It’s the most perfect soundtrack listening to the wind, the rain or just the birds outside while I cook, besides the dogs always join me and they adore sitting in the opening too. Sharp knives and a great looking wooden cutting board always make the cooking process much much more enjoyable. And if I could add to the list in addition to the open door and shape knives, and a great rustic lolling wooden cutting board, there’s definitely something to be said about having my favorite Aretha Franklin or Edith Piaf on the playlist, and access to a steaming cup of tea or a cool glass of red wine depending on the hour of the day. Yup, those are my musts.”

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I am very grateful that Marie dedicated her time and patiently answered my questions. Her wonderful home always inspires me to look for beauty around me and enjoy the moment. Would you like to come back for more?

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Please visit Marie’s  Instagram and webgage with many delicious recipes and magic pictures.

All the pictures are kindly provided by Marte Marie Forsberg

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