Planty Table Settings

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Planty table setting for breakfast. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This months Urban Jungle Bloggers task is to present “Planty Table Settings”. This is my contribution to the subject. I always have plants around me in the kitchen, so welcome to my jungle.

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Second breakfast. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The “second breakfast” is just that, the second breakfast on days when I go to the gym and come back home and need to eat something.

Mainly my plants are in the two angled kitchen windows, and sometimes on the end of the table where I keep all that is needed with the eating.

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Planty table setting for breakfast. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The very small pot on the table contains basil. The pot was handed out at Ikea recently on one of their events. The seed is actually growing… which is a first for me when it comes to seed from Ikea…

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Planty table setting for lunch. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

For lunch with a friend, another kind of planty table setting, where the rosemary tree and a large pot of fresh basil have moved onto the kitchen table. Forgot to put glasses on the table though…

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Planty table setting for lunch with a friend. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I often vary the place mats on the table and have several in various materials, sizes and patterns.  Above I remembered to put glasses on the table…

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Planty table setting for dinner. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

For a planty table setting for dinner I used one of my inherited old linen table cloth, hand-embroidered by my father when he was young at the first half of the previous century. One of my orchids was moved from the window to the table together with my new ginkgo biloba plants. A cutting (unintentional cutting) of a narciss from the garden was placed in a thin vase to add to the theme.

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Planty table setting for dinner. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

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Planty table setting for dinner. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

There is still plenty of space left on the table to place the food, salad, wine etc there. This is a table setting for two. The two small dogs on the table are old ones I’ve inherited from my parents. They are silver-plated (need polishing) and are used for putting away your knife on instead of putting it directly onto the table cloth. The small glasses with a green foot I’ve inherited from my grandmother.

Welcome to breakfast, lunch and dinner at my kitchen table, in the company of some of my plants. At my place all meals are eaten at the kitchen table, in the kitchen jungle.

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Guestbeds

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Foldable guestbed. Image borrowed from JYSK

Sometimes you get guests who need to sleep over for one reason or other. Then you need some extra bed or solution to make that possible. If your space is limited and live in a smallish place, that is not all that easy to find a solution.

The above bed is from JYSK and probably one of the most common models for temporary beds. Usually awful to sleep on. And n you need space to store it when folded, mattress and all. IKEA has a similar model and there are probably many similar ones in the market.

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Inflatable guestbed from JYSK. Image from JYSK.

Another solution is to get an inflatable bed that doesn’t need all that much space when stored and not used. That’s what I did. The above one is from JYSK and comes in a small tote. The bed when air in it can, in my case, be put in the kitchen, just beside the fridge. Below you see how little space it takes.

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Inflatable guestbed in its tote. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Neither of these solutions are very comfortable though. For one night or maybe two, but…

I recently saw an arm-chair bed at IKEA. It is called VALLENTUNA.

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VALLENTUNA arm-chair guestbed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This is one smart arm-chair guestbed. Comes in a couple of different colors (I prefer the light grey one above) and you can get it either with a high back or a low one. And you can get it with or without armrests.

To use it as a bed you take hold of the bottom front of the chair and drag it out to full-size bed-length. You then use the zipper of the cushion you normally sit on and you get a mattress.

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VALLENTUNA arm-chair-bed with low back. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

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VALLENTUNA arm-chair-bed with high back. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

No, I wouldn’t want to have it in orange…

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ASARUM 3-seater sofa-bed Photo: ©nini..tjader.2016

Another solution, if you have the space for it, is a regular sofa-bed. The above one is called ASARUM and is also from IKEA. It is 3-seater, which you actually sit comfortable in. Problem with most sofa-beds otherwise is that they are uncomfortable to sit in.

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ASARUM sofa-bed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Not only is this a 3-seater sofa when not used as a bed, but you can transform to a smallish double-bed, 132 cms wide by dragging out the mattress.

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ASARUM sofa-bed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

It also has a very good price… It is simple with clean lines. I really like it. It has space under the mattress for keeping the bedding for it.

ASARUM is my favorite. But I don’t have the space for it unfortunately. Maybe if I sold my chaise-lounge… (which isn’t long enough to sleep on). But two differently grey sofas in the livingroom would be a bit much, right?

My third flat, Rondovägen 30

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My third flat, Rondovägen 30. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

My third flat, was at Rondovägen 30, in Huddinge, just south of Stockholm. I lived there for about seven years.

It was a three-story, end of terrace house with a loft for storage at the top, three bedrooms and a large storage room at the bottom without windows. Small garden-area all around the house. It was the first time in my life that I lived directly on the ground with direct access to grass and nature. I loved it, but didn’t know all that much about plants then.

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My third flat, Rondovägen 30, Sofa-chairs.

Janne and I moved in here on September 9th, 1986. Janne moved out and on to Eskilstuna some time in 1991 when we separated. I moved on from here on November 26th, 1992 as I couldn’t afford the rent any longer all by myself. I then moved on to Bäckgårdsvägen 31, also in Huddinge. (No pictures on that page yet, only the floor plan).

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My third flat, Rondovägen 30, The stairs to upstairs. Photo:©nini.tjader.1992

For a plan of the house at Rondovägen 30, and all the pictures, go here.
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New house plant – Ginkgo Biloba

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My new house plant – Ginkgo Biloba. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

At the Nordiska Trädgårdar 2016 Garden Fair in Stockholm recently I got myself a new house plant, a Ginkgo Biloba, or as it is also called, the Maidenhair Tree.

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Ginkgo Biloba. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

It is an interesting plant. I have wanted one for a long time.

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Ginkgo Biloba. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

So, at this years garden fair, I found one for the reasonable price of SEK 95.

With our temperatures it cannot be placed outside. At least not at the tender age my plant has. But 175 ginkgo biloba trees are beeing planted at Hornsgatan in Stockholm. At first 20 trees in 2010. I don’t know if more have been planted since. I really hope they will survive there. They were dug up from a planting in Germany and transported to Stockholm and planted here in the winter of 2010. I haven’t seen them yet, but will surely visit and see if they have survived. Will wait until the spring has come further and they hopefully will get leaves there.

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Ginkgo Biloba. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This small plant can become a tree that is 40 meters high…  Not inside though (I hope). Mine is today 48 cms high from the bottom of the pot to its top.

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Ginkgo Biloba, fully grown. Image borrowed from the internet.

The above is an example of how it can look fully grown…

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Ginkgo Biloba. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

It has plenty of small growth for new branches on it. Looking forward to see it grow and become an even more decorative little indoor tree.

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Ginkgo Biloba Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I wanted the Ginkgo Biloba for its decorative leaves and the form of the plant. The split leaves with their distinct form are really decorative.

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Ginkgo Biloba Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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Ginkgo Biloba, fully grown. Image borrowed from the internet.

The plant is used in health products. It is also a really old plant. From wikipedia I got the following information:

Maidenhair tree
Ginkgo biloba, known as ginkgo or as the maidenhair tree, is the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, all others being extinct. It is found in fossils dating back 270 million years. Native to China,[2] the tree is widely cultivated and was introduced early to human history. It has various uses in traditional medicine and as a source of food. The genus name Ginkgo is regarded as a misspelling of the Japanese gin kyo, “silver apricot”.[4] Wikipedia
Scientific name: Ginkgo biloba
Higher classification: Ginkgo
Conservation status: Endangered
Rank: Species

Links:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginkgo_biloba

http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/plants-fungi/ginkgo-biloba

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Ginkgo Biloba. Photo:nini.tjader.2016

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Plants and Glass

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Plants and glass. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I’ve always loved the combination of plants and glass.

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Plants and glass. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Having the light go through the glass and seeing the plants through the glass … I like it. This particular glass decoration comes from IKEA. Don’t thing they sell it any more.

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Plants and glass. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Through the glass you see my new hanging pelargonia which has grown a lot lately and just had its very first flower. It is waiting inside still to come outside. Nights are still too cold for pelargonias outside. But soon…

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Plants and glass. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

You can also use the glass decoration to put a plant on top of it (in a glass jar of course). A bit dangerous though. It might all fall… Was only testing the look of it.

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Plants and glass. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I often also use glass in combination with plants by creating groups of glass items near to the plants.

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Plants and glass. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I like the contrasts.

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Plants and glass at the livingroom window. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The glass emphasizes the greenery of the plants.

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Plants and glass. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

You can also use flowerpots of glass. Common when it comes to orchids, but I’ve never noticed any difference in how the orchids grow and thrive if the flowerpot is of glass and transparent or if it is not. I don’t think the orchids mind one way or the other…

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Plants and glass. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The above is a temporary installation… Used a flowerpot of glass to temporarily place the pineapple when I wait for it to get ripe enough to eat… They say you can cut off the top (or was it the bottom?) and place it in earth and get a new pineapple plant. Have never tested it though. Might do that one day.

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Plants and glass. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The blue round vase here serves as a container for a scented candle in a glass. Placed on the kitchen table near to the plants I find the combination makes a nice contrast to the oxalis.

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Plants and glass. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In all the moving around of plants parts of the above one came off… So I put it in a laboratory glass in the hope of it getting roots so I can plants it together with its siblings. This kind usually sprouts new roots on cuttings easily.

That was the end of the photo session, this months task for the Urban Jungle Bloggers, as I also managed to have one of the window lamps fall from the windowsill and brake the LED lamp inside it. The lamp itself did not break, just the bulb… Fortunately I had an extra bulb to replace it with. Floor full of glass and vacuuming became the next task…

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Alternative to blinds?

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The livingroom window and door to outside place. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In the livingroom my blinds on the livingroom window broke. As it was too damaged to even consider repairing, I totally removed it. The blinds in the window in the door is fine and working.

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The livingroom window and door. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Do I need blinds here? Yes, I do. On the other side of the fence is the road that passes through down to Tumba. Lots of traffic, lots of busses. On the other side of the road is a bus station. I see the people waiting there clearly. Do they see me? I have no idea, but probably not.

On the other side of the road there is also this strong orange road-light that shines straight into my livingroom at night. Very disturbing.

The windows in the livingroom are west-facing. In the afternoon the sun shines straight into the livingroom, It burns the flowers in the window (which is no big problem for the main part of the year, but in the summer it is). The sun also makes it impossible to watch TV in the afternoon as it blinds you in the room.

So I need something to replace the removed blind.

Picture above is taken early in the morning when the sun is not yet around the corner to this side of the house.

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Curtain rods in the livingroom. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I am looking for something to replace the blinds. These are 3-glass windows and the blinds were placed between the window-glasses. I have the ventilation for the room up against the ceiling, behind the curtain-rods. Above it is also the electric outlet for a window-lamp. Except for the curtains hanging on the rods, I also hang the window-lamp on one of them and on and off hanging flowerpots as well. Presently no hanging flowerpots as my corokia cotoneaster and the fig-tree have become too big to have space for a hanging plant in the window as well.

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Window in the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I also have the sideboard for flowers and decorations just in front of the window. To be able to close out the outside world by drawing the curtains, I have to create a space between the windowsill and the sideboard. Doable, but… won’t look good. I would then also need to use more covering curtains than I have presently.

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Blinds in the door to the outside place. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

So what do I get for the living room window in place of the removed blind?
A new blind?
A blind on the inside of the window instead of between them?
Something else to hang on the curtain-rods?
All suggestions are welcome.

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Blinds in the kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In the kitchen I use a semi-transparent blind on the inside of the window in addition to the regular blinds. I love those as they keep the worst of the sun out (windows in the kitchen are to south- and west-facing) without keeping the light out.

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Kitchen blinds. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Those semi-transparent blinds are from IKEA and I have had them for a long time. Unfortunately IKEA no longer sells those and also has no good alternative to them. I need them in the kitchen so I cannot move them to the livingroom.

Bedroom blinds.

Blinds in the bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The blind in the bedroom also need fixing before it totally brakes as the one in the living-room. This is fixable though as the line has only escaped a little bit (so far). I’ve bought new lines for it. Have been waiting for warmer weather though, before trying to fix it, as it requires the window to totally open to be able to fix it.

In the bedroom, apart form the blinds between the window-glasses, I have a special darkening curtain that closes out the lights from outside, plus regular curtains. I close them all at night (including the blind) as I have the same problem here as in the livingroom with the streetlights and the lights from passing cars and buses coming right into the bedroom.

So, what would look good as a replacement for the blind in the livingroom window? Suggestions?

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Livingroom window, October 2015. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Wallpaper and textile in the same traditional pattern

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This is a wallpaper in a traditional pattern. Image borrowed from Tapetstudion.se.

The above is a traditional Swedish pattern. When I was little it was used on textile for mattresses and cushions/pillows. It has now been made into a wallpaper called Bolster. I borrowed the image from Tapetstudion.se. Available in several colors.

The textile in the same pattern has also re-appeared.

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Runa pattern in textile from Ohlssons Tyger.

The textile can be found at Ohlssons Tyger and is available in several colors.

It is definitely the same pattern. Wonder what the pattern was called originally? When I was little the blue or the grey variants were the most common. I like the light blue one. Might get some for a pillow…

I wouldn’t want to have this pattern on the walls though, even if it is a nice enough pattern. This pattern always makes me think of old mattresses in poor condition…

My oxalis

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My oxalis. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

My oxalis is getting big. It has grown a lot since I got it about a year or so ago.

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My oxalis. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Its leaves are fascinating. Daytime they open up in their full glory. Nighttime, when it is dark, they fold in the leaves and close.

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Oxalis leaves. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

For a while the past autumn and winter I thought it was dying. It kept losing leaves. The leaves just collapsed. I also had it in a lighter spot for a while. It didn’t like that so had it moved a bit further from the window and onto the kitchen table.

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Coming up, new oxalis. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

But then it started sprouting new leaves and even flowers.

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Oxalis flowers. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The flowers are beautiful. Small and pink in a cluster.

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New oxalis babies. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Both leaves and flowers first appear as small loops at earth level. They grow fast though so in a couple of days they are up.

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My oxalis. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The whole plant turns towards the light so you have to turn it around frequently.

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My oxalis in the sun a couple of weeks ago. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

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Oxalis flower. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

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Oxalis flower and leaf. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I also have wild oxalis in the garden. I dug them up from another space where they suddenly appeared and at first put them into pots.

They spread like weeds… and keep coming back each year. I’ve even removed a lot of them when they became too many. The wild ones in the garden look different though and are another specie.

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Wild oxalis in pots. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2015

At first I had the wild oxalis in pots, but soon enough moved them into the flowerbeds instead. The leaves of the wild oxalis are rounded and their flowers are yellow and bloom a very short time. The wild ones behave the same way as the ones indoor. They close their leaves at night, and open them again when light comes in the morning.

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Wild oxalis in the flowerbed. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2015

There is also a green variant of the oxalis which has white flowers. Have been considering to buy one of those too. Have to wait though until I can move the small pelargonia plants outside for the summer so I get some more space in the kitchen windows… Presently it is quite crowded there.

There are about 900 species of oxalis… Read more about it here.

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Never again

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Mirabelles 2015. Photo:©nini.tjader.2015

Never again will we see the mirabelletree blooming in spring. Or feel its scent.

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Mirabelles 2015. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Never again because the tree is gone since October last year. The housing community decided it was growing too close to the walls of the house and should therefore be taken down. Limit is 5 meter from the house. It grew 4,25 meters from the main walls of the house. Closer from my kitchen corner. We argued to no avail that its roots were not going in the direction of the house but the other way.

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Mirabelles 2015. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2015

Never again will we smell that sweet smell from the blooming tree. Or pick its fruits by the end of the summer.

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Mirabelles 2015. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2015

We certainly miss our beautiful tree. It is all empty there on the corner.

The flat where I grew up

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Brännkyrkagatan 44, the entrance. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I grew up at Brännkyrkagatan 44, 2nd floor, Stockholm.

It was a one bedroom flat with a hallway, livingroom, entrance,kitchen and diner corner. More about it here including some pictures.

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Brännkyrkagatan 44, 2nd floor. Drawing with Adobe Illustrator CC2015 ©nini.tjader.2016

I don’t have all that many pictures from this flat, only a few presently, but I will add more to that page in the link if and when I find more.

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Brännkyrkagatan. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Botanical zoom

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Baby-cactus. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

So, this months task for Urban Jungle Bloggers is Botanical Zoom. Made me wish I had a camera that could get even closer to my plants than the one I have… (I have a Canon G15).

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Cactus. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Looking close at plants for a botanical zoom is fun. You discover forms and patterns that you do not normally notice when you observe plants on a normal distance.

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Botanical zoom on one of my cactus. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I have three cactus. If I include my crazy November-cactus that gets flowers several times a year…

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Cactusflower. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

This one just got two small flowers. They open later in the day when the sun reaches its location.

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November cactus. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

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November cactus. Photo:nini.tjader.2016

The November cactus just finished its early spring bloom… It usually have another go on it in May, then August, then October… but never November.

These are my oxalis. For a while there I thought it was dying but now, with the spring light, it came to life again ans is sprouting both new leaves and flowers. Interesting plant. (Reload page to get pictures to show in another order, click a picture to see a larger version).

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Aloe vera. Photo: ©nini-tjader.2016

Ever notice the little thorns on the sides of the leaves of an aloe vera?

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Corokia cotoneaster. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

My corokia cotoneaster is extremely hard to take pictures of as its leaves are so small. Love it though and it is getting really big.

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Rosemary in bloom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This year my rosemary, bought at the supermarket last spring, survived the winter after I took it inside in the autumn. To my surprise it started getting new leaves and to bloom recently. So, presently I cannot cut it to use it on my own baked potatoes which I use to…

Here are some other of my plants.

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Let us finish with a leaf from my figtree.

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Leaf on my figtree. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

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Take photos of your home

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Sofatable in the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

There are several reasons that your should to take photos of your home.

1. For insurance reasons to have a picture-record of what you have in your home.

I originally started to take photos of my homes for this very reason. To be able to prove what I owed in case of burglary and theft in my homes. At the time I started doing it digital photography was not that widespread. Pictures were still mainly produced on paper and paper-copies were the ones you saved for insurance reasons.

Take photos of everything you would want to document that you own. Plants, books, decoration items, pictures on the walls, content of drawers and cupboards and closets. Be thorough and detailed. Photograph in good light, preferably day-light so the items get the right colors.

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In the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Don’t forget to take pictures of the titles of your CDs, DVDs, records, books etc. It is much faster than writing down all the titles…

The most important with those pictures taken for insurance reasons is to keep them in a safe place and not only in the computer itself. The computer can be stolen, then with all its content and then the pictures are gone too. Make backups and store backup in a safe place. Think thefts and fire (or any other natural disaster that can strike).

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On the kitchentable. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

2. For styling of your home.

If you want to style your home, re-arrange your furniture, build a picture-wall, get an overview of a room, there is no better way than taking pictures of your interiors.

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My kitchenwindows. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

What you get is an overview and you can SEE the room (or the corner or the wall) in another way than you normally do by just living in the same interiors.

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On the kitchentable. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

If you have the possibility to, get up on a ladder or a pallet to get the extra overview of items you want to re-arrange. You might realize then that there are too many things in a certain spot, or that they are arranged in an awkward way.

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Picturewall in the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Take both close-ups and overviews of your interiors. In natural light preferably. Digital cameras are good at taking pictures in quite poor light conditions, but the best is to use the natural light in those hours when it is the best. When that is, depends on how your windows are placed and which direction your windows are turned. Never take photos in full sun-light. It is very difficult to get good pictures in full sunshine as the shadows become too sharp.

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In the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

You will be surprised how different your home looks on pictures compared to in real life.

3. For blogging about your home.

If you want to blog about your home and show pictures from your interiors, the rules are the same as for the styling and insurance photos. Shoot them in natural light. Zoom in or out on what is important for the blogpost. Get up high on ladder or a pallet if you want to get an overview.

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Pillows on the bed in the bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

One difference with blog-pictures is that you can arrange them to your liking. Remove items you don’t want to show. Move items around to get the effect you want.  Be personal. Don’t try to make your home look like in a magazine about interior design – that can be really boring. (Not the magazine the look like a magazine picture).

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My 2-seater sofa in the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

4. Other reasons to take photos of your home.

Other reasons for taking pictures of your home is to make comparisons over the years of how your home has changed. Which furniture and/or solutions or decorative items survived over the years. Which disappeared. How did your taste and style change over the years.

Here are some fun pictures for comparison of my livingrooms and my bedroom.

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My livingroom in the seventies. Photo: ©nini.tjader

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My livingroom 2009-05-02. Photo: ©nini-tjader,2009

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Part of my livingroom 2016. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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My bedroom, February 2011. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2011

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My bedroom, 2016. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

 

Secret books

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Secret books. Image borrowed from the internet.

This trend to turn the titles of the books away from the viewer and hide it, to make secret books…

I don’t know about you, but I want to be able to FIND my books and see their titles… I don’t want my books to be secret.

This trend of sorting books according to color or by not at all showing which books are in the bookcase by turning their backs toward the walls… It is insulting to the books. And makes it absolutely impossible to find a particular book. Secret books.

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Secret books. Image borrowed from the internet.

What is the point of placing them like this?
To not get distracted by the books colors or titles?
To keep the titles secret to the viewer?

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Secret books. Image borrowed from the internet

Is it beautiful? No, not in my eyes.
Is it practical? No. Not at all.
It makes the bookcase totally impersonal.
Maybe that is the point of placing the books like this?

If you are not going to ever again find a particular book and only use them for decorating purposes: then use a wallpaper with books on instead.

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Wallpaper with books. Image borrowed from the internet.

My second flat

The livingroom. Our Lamino chair and palett.

The livingroom. Our Lamino chair and palett. Photo. ©nini.tjader

My second flat was on the same street as my first one, but in entrance F instead of D and on the 7th floor (top-floor) instead of the 2nd floor. I moved here with Janne after a couple of years living in separate flats. We exchanged our two smaller flats for this larger, three-bed flat.

For more about my second flat, and some pictures, go here.

The livingroom

The livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader

To move images from computer to Instagram

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As you might know Instagram does not have a function to import images from a computer even though you can actually watch your Instagram flow on a computer. The Instagram application only accepts images from you smartphone or iPad. Which means that the images have to BE on the iPhone/iPad to be used in Instagram.

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Dropbox on Mac

When you have pictures on your computer that you want to publish on Instagram it isn’t all that simple, but it is possible.

You need Dropbox on your computer and your iPhone/iPad to make it possible. As I am a Mac-person, I can only describe how to do it on a Mac. I am sure there are similar procedures on a PC.

Dropbox on a Mac.

Dropbox on a Mac.

When you have set up your Dropbox account on both your computer and your iPhone/iPad, locate your Dropbox folder on your computer. Inside that folder I’ve created a subfolder called “toinsta” (it can be named anything you want). Into that folder you can copy/drag/move any image you want to import to Instagram to publish there.

You might want to edit your image before you move it so it has the right dimensions and fileformat (jpg). Even though Instagram today accepts other dimensions than square, square is still what work best.

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Dropbox on iPhone

Locate and open Dropbox on your iPhone/iPad and locate and select the image you want to import to Instagram.

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Dropbox on iPhone

Image then opens in full size.

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Dropbox on iPhone

Click on the symbol that looks like a square with an arrow that goes up at the top of the screen.

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Dropbox on iPhone.

You then get the above choices. Either click on Spara bild/Save image or Kopiera bild/Copy image. Dropbox will then save the image to Pictures/Bilder where it becomes accessible from Instagram to use in Instagram.

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Apps on iPhone

Open Instagram on iPhone/iPad.

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Instagram on iPhone

Go to Library/Bibliotek and your images on the iPhone/iPad are there to use. Choose your image and do what you need to do in Instagram (set tags # and description and if needed, edit in Instagram with the options that are there).

You are now ready to publish your image on Instagram. My name on Instagram is ninitj if you want to follow me there.

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Instagram on iPhone

Addition 2016-03-02
Got a tip for a photo-to-computer-to-Instagram uploader from reader Rose-Marie. It is called gramblr. You can find and download it here. Read the instructions carefully. I am not sure if it works in Mac OS X 10.11.3 or not (which is my OS-version).