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marte_marie_forsberg  Norwegian author and photographer living in the English countryside. You can preorder my cookbook on Amazon U.K and USA. Upcoming workshop 👇🏻


We try to savour these fleeting days of warmth, Mr Whiskey and I. Time simply passes by too quickly not to stop, so we do often. It doesn't take much time of effort, just a blanket, a few nibbles and a cooling drink like @volvic.uk and off we go down to the river or to our favourite tree. While he runs around chasing rabbits and pheasants, I take a seat by a tree and read a book till he returns beautifully tired and ready to go home to the cottage. He may need to be walked twice a day, but who says he can't get his daily dose of exercise while I slumber under a tree? #findyourvolcano #ad

Continuous warm weather has made fruits and berries on all trees and hedges surrounding our quaint village in the countryside ripen at once! It´s all too much, and my cottage kitchen has turned into a busy production line of jams and cordials, quantities in such abundance we can hardly keep up! The warm sun and my stove are competing with heating up the kitchen to unbearable temperatures so I´m staying cool with @volvic.uk Touch of Fruit. Little sips here and there, then back to stirring simmering pots. It takes time and patience to make jams, but once you get in the rhythm of this kind of slow cooking it feels rather meditative. At the end of the day with jars upon jars filled with natural summer sweets, it feels ever so rewarding. The sweet busy mess left behind feels more like a beautiful seasonal tribute, and I find myself returning again and again to this very slow business of preserving the flavours of each season. #findyourvolcano #ad

Possibly the last pink roses from the garden before autumn and winter slumber sets in. Last night we prolonged the weekend with one more day by booking us in at our favorite local pub for the night. It was the perfect end to our holidays and the greatest way to wake up to a new week, in a whitewashed room with a view in a 650 year old pub @thecompasses There's always something about coming home from travels and being thrust into everyday life that makes me want to take it slow, and nest up a bit longer, so we did. Upon returning home later today, I picked roses, and dove in head first hoping to find lunch in our meager fridge. I got lucky. A mature Camembert had hidden itself in the back, and with a few sprigs of rosemary, a bit of garlic and a few sliced of pears, it was all alive again and in the oven it went. Out it came minutes later all melted and delicious. Happiness truly lies in the little things...like cheese...and freshly baked bread...and perhaps a glass of red wine (I have to wait till after the baby to enjoy the latter) Next week a few more workshops for next year will slowly emerge on my website, and one small one just in time for Christmas. Email me at workshop@mmforsberg.com if you want to be put on our emailing list for upcoming events, retreats and workshops. #bakedcamembertgalore #thatholidayfeeling

(First off, we're so excited that almost all the spots for our Italy workshop in May is now sold! There's a couple more available, so if you want to reserve your spot, pop over to my website and click on retreats, or click on the link in my profile.)
Our garden greeted us with its jungle like appearance when we arrived home last night. The bay leaf tree had grown what looked like a meter in all directions, and the grass on the lawn was like a sea of green as we waded through to get to the front door. I made a mental note to call my gardner, and to finally order old bricks for the front yard. Mr Whiskey couldn't contain his excitement and neither could we, finally our little team was united again. I adore exploring this fascinating and beautiful world of ours, but there's nothing like returning home happy and tired, tucking ourselves in at night in clean fresh linens, in our own bed. We fell asleep like rocks. Today it's all about errands, walking down to the local butcher and stock up on fruits, vegetables and a bit of meat for supper. The warm wind has moved on and the cooler temperatures from the north has made its arrival, autumn is finally here...and we are finally home...at least for a little while... #goldhill #visitdorset #finallyhome

So excited to hit the launch button for our next workshop in Italy May 2018! With mild Spring temperatures the fireplaces will be lit in each room @sextantio of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, a medieval village on a hilltop in the heart of Abruzzo, that will be our base for this five day workshop. We'll go truffle hunting in the nearby woods, and cook up a feast inside the old village walls. We'll focus of visual storytelling, cooking, styling and photographing, with session on post production and how to build your brand and the use of social media. For those of you who want to join us but are less interested in the branding and social media we've added a cooking session for you. You can mix and match sessions as you please. In the evening as we rest our weary feet, mixologist @theo_maxfield will make us cocktails infused with local botanicals and filled with that ever charming Italian aperitivo tradition. The workshop is now open for registration through the link in my profile. It's on a first come first serve basis. Should you have any questions, feel free to email us at workshop@mmforsberg.com Can't wait to see you there! #mmforsbergworkshop #foodstylingandphotography

Last night all sun kiss and tired from a day at the beach, we put our weary feet up and turned in to our hotel early. Rome has an abundance of fantastic places to eat, but we simply wanted an evening to ourselves. The main train station Termini in Rome has a great, albeit touristy indoor food court/market perfect for buying really tasty warm food, that we later arranged on top of our bed back at the hotel and made an impromptu dinner picnic with. It was perfect. All we did was talk, dream up future adventures and decided to get a cool looking Vespa sooner rather than later... #thebestevening #diningin #rome

We dove straight into a postcard on our first evening in Rome. Slowly walking along Tiber to the sound of street performers to the backdrop of ancient monuments, and stunning history filled architecture. St Peter's was silently yet ever so majestically glowing in the distance. We were headed towards the old Jewish quarter for supper, and as the sun set we turned onto Via Giulia with it's ever tempting fine antiques shops that had us in its embrace so long we forgot all about the Jewish quarter and deep fried artichokes, they're not in season anyway, and found the most charming old trattoria called "Da Sergio alle Grotte". While we nibbled on plate after plate with cheese and charcuterie as our antipasti, we read all of your heartwarming comments on my previous post announcing the bump. Thank you all ever so much! It's all so very moving that you took the time to congratulate us. This morning we took it slow. Enjoyed a late breakfast and hopped on the slow train headed to the beach outside Rome all smiles and ready to swim all day, hopefully working up an appetite for yet another evening feast on traditional Roman food this evening. #mmforsbergrome #holidaygalore #rome

As we climbed into the bus that would take us from Salerno to Matera, a couple of days before my workshop began, I thought about the bump. I'd emailed the participants in advance letting them know, but I still felt so shy about it all. I found it increasingly challenging to let people know that my loved one and I were expecting a little person. At home and with friends and family we were so excited and talked about it with great anticipation, but sharing the news outside of my little bubble felt daunting, as if I was crossing a line between what I consider private vs personal. I strive to keep them separate, no matter how open I am and enjoy being here on social media or in public, I reserve the private moments to myself. I love sharing with you, taking you with me on travels and on daily adventures, and I treasure the feeling of us all being friends here on Instagram (can I call us that?). So, as we found our seat front row on the bus, giving us panoramic view of the passing landscape on our journey, I knew I wanted to tell you, to share this wonderful, and for me very private news, that we are expecting a little one first week of February! It caught us by surprise, but it is such joyous news! We had planned to wait a while longer before becoming a family, but perhaps sometimes things happen for a reason and we both couldn't be happier. I want to tell you more about my experience of becoming a mother, as I've heard and seen so many beautiful stories on and off line, but these first 4 1/2 months have been a journey of finding myself again and not at all as beautiful and glamorous as perhaps I thought it would be, but that's for another day. Today, my love @theo_maxfield and I will wander the streets hand in hand wrapped in a bubble of bliss, celebrating life, love, and gloriously beautiful Rome. #becomingamother ( 📷 by @theo_maxfield )

Last night we dressed for dinner and guided by the full moon we made our way to the cave where we were having our last supper. Candles were lit and we all licked our plates of local pasta clean. Prosecco bottles were popped and course after course of local dishes were happily devoured. At the end of the evening, before hugs and teary goodbyes, we enjoyed a dessert called "Nuns tits" looking exactly like their name and filled with vanilla cream. We all blushed a bit as we nibbled away on this slightly vulgar dessert. It's always hard to say goodby, but we exchanged emails and addresses hoping to see each other soon again. This morning all our bags were packed in the dim light of the cave candles and props were wrapped in every summer dress and nightgown I owned to keep them safe on the journey back up to Rome. As I blew out the last candle I whispered to these ancient cave wallls...we'll be back... @sextantio #mmforsbergworkshop

The roads are paved with blocks of pale local stone here in Matera. Sleek beautiful old slabs that shine in the afternoon sun. The surrounding, seemingly barren landscape, burst into life after the tiniest amount of rain, and what seems like a deserted town during the day, is filled with people and music as soon as the sun tilts its head towards the horizon line. I didn't think I'd fall for this place as much as I have. It crept up on me, however it's name is now engraved on my heart. As clouds descend on our hilltop town this afternoon and we tuck into local charcuterie and cheese on the terrace outside my cave, I can already feel a longing to return to a place I haven't even left yet...
#mmforsbergworkshop #matera #mmforsbergitaly

She took a seat and we gathered around. The morning sun had just hidden its face behind a small cloud and we all stood around ready to capture the moment. These caves, this dusty yet ever so lovely hilltop town, all the delicious local food and wine, but most importantly my lovely participants and helpers. This workshop has been most wonderful. My emotional rucksack is filled to the brim with beautiful memories already and we still have one day to go! In a few minutes I'll push this old wooden door open, squint as my eyes adjust to the bright sunny day outside and make my way around the corner to the cave church where breakfast is being served. #spoiledrotten #mmforsbergworkshop #mybeautyfulmother

Nothing but blue skies as we settle in to our caves for my workshop here in the beautiful Italian hilltop town carved out of rocks. Mum squealed with delight as I opened the door to our cave for the stay @sextantio , my absolutely favorite hotel in this region of Italy. The last bottles of local liqueurs and botanical have been bought and our cocktails table with a view is almost ready to welcome our workshops guests. Can I wear this dress tonight my mother asked me, making a little spin and a twirl in her light linen dress paired with a tailored dark jacket. You look lovely and ever so chic, I said with a smile, as she took a seat with a mirror in hand, to finish off the look with her signature lipstick. In just a minute @theo_maxfield will get the ice and we can officially open the doors and toast to the beginning of a few lovely days together here in Sassi di Matera. I simply cannot wait! #mmforsbergworkshop #mmforsbergitaly #matera

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