Outings: Kristianopel.

Kristianopel is only an hour's drive south from here, so it surprised me when I realized a few weeks ago that it'd been several years since we went there. Of course that had to be rectified immediately. Somehow we always tend to visit during the off-season, but maybe it's better to get to walk through the sleepy village practically on our own rather than having to share it with crowds of tourists. Really I can think of few better places to spend a beautiful autumn day than this idyllic little place :)

Around here: Autumn colours.

October has been unusually warm and sunny around here. These past weekends I've taken the opportunity to capture the beautiful colours of autumn before it's too late. I'm very grateful that I was able to soak up some more sunshine before we switched over from daylight saving time. As of Sunday it turns dark already at half four, so the only time I actually get to see light is on the way to work in the mornings, and even that won't last much longer. The sudden darkness comes as such a shock every year. Thank goodness it doesn't last forever...

Project Life: 2015 title page.

I've made so much progress with my 2015 Project Life pages these past weeks (hence my absence online). At this rate I will be caught up before the end of the year, which would be great because then I can order a photo book already in January. I'm really looking forward to seeing the pages in print. Just wish I had stumbled across this idea about "inserts" sooner, but it's an idea I'm saving for next year.

Since the first pages I made included photos from this summer I've been working my way backwards - and forwards - and I finished the title page only yesterday so I thought I'd start by sharing that. I intend to share some more pages later on, when I can decide which order makes more sense.

Project Life is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. You can learn more about it here. Products used: Digital page protector by Valorie Wibbens, Hello 2015 stamp by Caylee Grey, 3x4 filler cards + sticker from the Everyday Edition, camera from the Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party mini kit and "bracket" stamp from the Moments Like These Edition.

Trips in 2015: Scandinavia Part 4/4.

The morning after we left Oslo we arrived in Fredrikshavn in northern Denmark. After grabbing some breakfast we drove north to the city of Skagen. On the way there we stopped by the Tilsandede Kirke. Our next stop was Grenen, the sandbar where the Skagerrak and Kattegat seas meet. It's really special because you can actually see the waves from the two seas crash into each other. It's no wonder that swimming there is forbidden for safety reasons. Grenen is actually north of Skagen, but we decided to start there before it got too crowded with tourists and it turned out to be a good decision because the parking lots had really started to fill up by the time we were ready to leave and head down to Skagen. The weather was far from perfect with its overcast skies and occasional showers, but at the same time it was good because that combined with the early hour made Skagen a bit less crowded than I imagine it would have been otherwise. I immediatelly fell in love with Skagen - it's such a cute little town with all its yellow houses and red roofs. We climbed up the old water tower despite the rain and were rewarded with a great view over the town. Before leaving we had lunch in the harbour (seafood of course). On the way south we stopped by the sand dunes of Råbjerg Mile. In the late afternoon we arrived in Aalborg were we'd be spending the final night of our vacation. The weather had turned more pleasant by then and we were able to explore the downtown area of the city in the evening sunshine. We even had dinner outside. The next day we headed to Grenaa where we caught the ferry over to Varberg, and after a long cross-country drive in sometimes very heavy rain we found ourselves back home in Kalmar again. All in all I'm so pleased with how this trip turned out, and how much we got to see during our week on the road.

Life lately: September 2015.

Watching | I usually only mention the things I actually enjoyed watching, but this month I must include Mad Max: Fury Road which was one of the worst films I've ever seen. Really don't get the hype at all. Per felt so guilty afterwards for making me watch it. As for a really good film, I watched Little Boy which was one of the sweetest films I've seen in a very long time. It might just have made me cry, on more than one occasion. Finally, we went to see the hilarious Vacation at the cinema. On TV my guilty pleasure show Lyxfällan came back and has me gasping in horror at people's stupidity every week despite how predictable it has turned. Also, I've been watching Vem tror du att du är? and feeling jealous that I never found anything as exciting when researching my family tree. It seems like no matter who's on the show they're always related to royalty or other famous people, or at least manage to dig up some juicy crime story.

Listening to | My Disney playlist which I seem unable to grow tired of.

Consuming | Hotel breakfasts galore what with spending ten nights at six different hotels in September/early October + lots of delicious Croatian food, including Ćevapčići and various seafood... And plenty of icecream of course. Oh and my beloved satsumas are in season again! I even bought some straight from a farmer in Croatia.

Reading | Since I was on vacation I had time to finish two books - Little Bee by Chris Cleave and What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor. I enjoyed both but I don't think they will stick with me in the long run because I didn't really love any of the characters... Lately I've taken to visiting the library on a regular basis and it's worked wonders for my reading. So simple really... When I buy books I end up not really enjoying I force myself to get through them because it seems wasteful to buy new ones and let the unread ones pile up, and thus I lose interest in reading. With library books there's no such guilt; I can just return the books and pick some fresh ones.

Visiting | Just the parents from what I can remember but I might be missing someone because September was such a long and busy month.

Enjoying | Above all, the sunshine, blue skies and beauty of Croatia (+ Montenegro where we went on a day trip). This vacation was everything I dreamed of & more. Croatia will always hold a special place in my heart and I hope to go back there many times in the future.

Making | Digital Project Life pages for my 2015 photobook.

Looking forward to | Scrapbooking my memories from Croatia. But first I will share the photos on here; it's my rule that I can't scrapbook any photos that I haven't blogged.