Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Með þér er líf mitt ríkara

So how wonderful isn't this that Iceland suddenly wins game after game!

The so called war cry, is just so powerful, just watch!  

I have a favorite song, Með þér, enjoy!

Makes me warm when I think about what the Icelandic captain said after the game, that it was such a big deal for the players to play against England, as they all watch football and are huge fans of the english football teams and to get to play against their heroes...
And how charming isn't it to think that apparently the goalkeeper is a movie director, the coach is a dentist and one of the players is working at a gas-station and plays football during the summers...ah bless! There is something very good in stripping the layers and seeing ordinary people do well and enjoy what they do. Because it is a turnoff for me to dehumanize athletes...well, the same goes with any famous people. I cannot for the life of me understand idolizing anyone. I can respect greatly and enjoy what artists do, but to idolize anyone or thing is very very strange for me. 





More stonehouses I have painted. Hih!

Have a wonderful day dear friends! Með þér er líf mitt ríkara, with you my life is richer! 
Love and love some more!


Sunday, 26 June 2016

Quote

Be in love with your life
every minute of it.

- Jack Kerouac




I am! 

Above is a fab poster for an upcoming local event. I placed it inside my kitchen cupboard.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Midsummer

Oh how lovely this time of year is.

I have had the pleasure to have a few friends visit. It is so nice to show my favorite places in my hometown. I usually take my friends for lunch to a restaurant called Sakura. It is our friends who keep the restaurant, they serve delicious lunch. I usually dien here myself many times a week, so it is a natural choice.
When my friend Riitta came to visit on wednesday, we had coffee and cake in the garden of Tuhannen tuskan kahvila after lunch. My favorite café in town. We both had delicious chocolate cake. I cannot describe in words how delicious it was, ah bless! I came home with plenty of cuttings from Leena's garden. Leena is hostess of the café. And has become an important person in my life, due to her being the first person I learned to know when I first moved here.

Now is midsummer. My brother is visiting. Yesterday we had sill and potatoes for starters and Toast Skagen as main course. We  enjoyed a blueberry cake (I had ordered it from a fabulous baker!) during the day, so we thought we might not be up for too much sweets later, so I served mint chocolate with coffee for desert. We enjoyed a bottle of french sparkling wine, and felt very content.
Later in the evening we cykled down to the shore and had a few beers and danced to a live band.



Wishing you all a happy midsummer!
Love! And love even more!

Saturday, 18 June 2016

A rainy saturday

And I did this project for Ninitchi as it is a rainy and windy day:


A butterfly "wallpaper". What I do is, I cut out small butterflies  from old bookpages. Then I glue them onto the wall with paperglue. If I want to remove the butterflies, I just make them slightly wet and gently remove them.
Here is a closeup of the butterflies, so it is very easy. You can use my butterflies as a model if you wish.


Friday, 17 June 2016

...other thoughts

I read an article a while back, about love. About self love. We have all heard, and perhaps even used the phrase or thought, that comes in many forms, but mainly stating that we first need to love ourselves before we can love anyone else, or even be loved. 
And how this thought can add to not feeling worthy of love, that you need to wait, that you need to change before you are worthy of love. Everyone is worthy of love.

I think it can be good at times to reflect over what thoughts we carry with us as some universal truth. Love can be so healing, why wait until you are ready? And who knows when you are ready? Will there be a sign? Will somebody hand over a diploma for when you have passed the "worthy of love" -test. Will you receive an official letter stating when you are worthy to be loved?

Yesterday was a very rainly day. The rain came in showers. So between the showers, there was  even a few sunrays with clearblue skies.
We baked waffles at the café-kiosque. And what a joy that so many turned up! I calculated that I baked 28 waffles! On such a rainy and windy and wet day! We received so much praise for the tasty waffles and for the effort. We shall keep these words as a precious gift, thank you!

My friend Leena makes henna art, she uses natural henna paste, so one does not need to worry about getting an allergic attac, (as you can get allergy from black henna!). This is what she made for me:




Wishing you a wonderful end of week! Take care of yourselves. Love and love and remember that you are worthy of all good and love.
 

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Dreams

I think it is vital for us to dream, about things we want to do and experience.
Some of our dreams are not even supposed to come true, there are dreams that one should pursue and some are even worth striving and fighting for, working hard to achieve, no matter what anyone else says!
I've tried to live my dreams.
One of my dreams is to renovate an old house, check! And taking part in the open house event LWT, during the last weekend in august, I have come to realize that it is in fact a dream that connects many people. To renovate and live in an old house.
I never dreamed of a renovation this broad, but what to do when you find the house of your dreams. When I had bought the house, well, the first feelings as a houseowner wasn't enjoyable. It wasn't that fairytale moment, when you feel all empowered and strong. It was cold, dark and felt damp and it was ugly. An abandoned house that I dreamed of saving and giving back it's former glory. Ha-ha! I cried! And cursed myself for being such an idiot, throwing away all my savings and having high hopes, too high beliefs of what I could accomplish. I wasn't a fairytale person, who was going to be saved by mice and birds helping me renovate! Well, now a few years later, after a lot of hard work, with a lot of help from others, I have learned so much and living in a house I have grown to love. And living my dream! It still takes a lot of work to finish, but I am willing to work for my dream.
I know what a privilege it is to be able to do this, so I feel I need to cherish this, I need to also enjoy this. I don't want to turn blind. You know the ones that live in a beautiful place, a beautiful house, or have a fantastic partner, or have the perfect job, but just never seem to realize it and give praise and feel grateful for what they have. I think the worst mistake you make as a human being is taking people and things for granted.

Someone very dear to me has lost everything. Family, house and work. Things we all take for granted. So cherish what you have. When did you last prioritize your partner? Or take time to spend with your child, just the two of you? When did you say something nice to a collgue? Spend time in your home and enjoy it.  Look around you, you are rich.


Last night...

...the Hibiscus blossomed.
I am so happy! My adopted plants have given me such beauty! Look at this!
The orchid had already been placed inside the trash, when I found it, I thought, hang on, its leaves and roots are still green, I'll shower it and let's see what becomes of it. Now it also is in bloom with a few buds on the way.

Wishing you all a beautiful day!




Saturday, 11 June 2016

So spoiled!

Oh my, I received a box full of handmade confectionary from my darling when he returned home from his trip to Munich. A very spoiled human being here.




What a lovely treat! We tasted a few, with coffee. They were delicious!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Be loving! Be brave!

Friday, 10 June 2016

Holiday continues

The ones who think I have been laying in a hammock, reading and taking naps, well my dears, I shall have to disappoint you and plead with you to think again, hih!

On wednesday I hosted our local tourist office's press release at the kiosque. Earlier in the week I made plenty of rhubarb juice and baked buns in the morning. It was a rainy day, but they were pleased even if the weather was lousy.



I am so ready for proper summer now. 
My red shoes are waiting, hih! 



On another note. I was asked why I haven't posted about the magazines I have recently figured in.
I haven't thought it would be of any interest to the ones following my blog. I don't want my blog or myself to become so selfcentred to think that it should make any difference. I have figured in newspapers and magazines before, due to my profession, and never felt a need to boost it. I don't want my confidence to need that sort of attention. I am pleased about the articles and proud, but I hope I would be as proud of myself without them too.
Previously I was often asked to open my home for interior magazines, I have often refused, due to the idea I have about not wanting to be part of a trend.

I have changed my mind, as I am part of the open house -event in my town. So then the focus is on the renovation, which makes sense to me.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Holiday

Today was my last day at work before going on summerholiday.
The past  week has been hectic, with long hours at work and meetings.

But now I've kicked off my heels and take it easy!


Above is my lemontree in a large used tin.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Time flies...

...when you're having fun!

On saturday we fixed the barrel in place, my mister made a wooden cross for it to stand on and we had to shorten the chutes, to direct the rainwater into the barrel. Looks great with the black barrel against the grey facade. As if it had been there always.

We enjoyed wine and cheese with friends later in the evening, cyckled home in a mild and beautiful evening.

On sunday I met up with my colleague Alva and her sisters, two small dogs and 12 new friends. We took our new friends out for a 3½hrs hike along the Kukuljärvi-trail.
The trail is 8km long and we had perfect weather, it was not too warm. The sun lurking behind a cloud.
We stopped for the view, a few times to catch our breath after a few heavy climbs, once we climbed using a rope and later for something to eat. A few of our new friends even dared to take a swim.
We had a wonderful day and I felt very happy to have made such wonderful new acquaintances.

Later in the evening me and my mister and our friends met up at our local Nepalese restaurant Pahuna and had a wonderful meal.

A happy and tired me fell asleep with a smile on my face!


I took this picture earlier in may, the little green thingy is a feltboll I made with my students. 

Friday, 27 May 2016

Weekend in sight!

The weeks pass very quickly! It is weekend again.

I have for long searched for a large metal barrel for rainwater. Very essential as one needs to water plants. Many old houses have old metal barrels for this purpose, but my house lacks all these essentials, so I need to find them. The ones I have found available to purchase are made of plastic. So I have been searching the internet. And hooray, I found one! It cost very little. And the guy I bought it from had a company that transports drugs and laboratory tests and before I had even received paying instructions, the barrel was in my garden. He charged nothing for transportation, when I insisted I wanted to pay for it, he said, please, sometimes it is really important to not charge for everything. I know. And I couldn't agree more. I am very thankful. The universe is kind towards me.
The barrel was blue. During the week I painted it with anti-rust paint and finished off with two coats of black paint. I have certain details in black, the postbox, my outdoor lamp, thermometer and namesigns. Now the barrel is also black. My mister wants to build a small cross for it to stand on. I am just so grateful and spoiled. And very pleased with the outcome. I am happy I tried my best to find something that suits the house rather than settle for what is available.
Now my dear plants will be watered with rainwater.

Last night we had guests. I placed a white linen tablecloth on the table. For some reason it was very very wrinkled. It bothered me. Darling L said no-one will notice once the table has been set. I picked white lilacs, and when I lit the candles and looked at the set table, I could not see the wrinkles any more. Can you?


 My darling prepared the most delicious and rich räkmackor, shrimps on toast with egg and mayonnaise, dill and lemon. We had mudcake with raspberries and whipped cream for dessert.

What a perfect evening, good food and drink and dear guests, can one wish for more! I already said it once, I say it once more, the universe is kind to me. Thank you!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Monday, 23 May 2016

Oh joy!

A finnish film called The happiest day in the life of Olli Mäki, has been named best film in this year’s Un Certain Regard strand of the Cannes film festival.

Here is the trailer, enjoy! I can't wait for it to premier in the autumn.

On another note, last february we attended a small venue, a concert. I wrote about it here.
It just so happens that the girl in the middle, is our lead actress in this particular film, Oona Airola. She happens to be one of the singers (and sisters) in the ever so charming Satamakadun seireenit -trio.



Sunday, 22 May 2016

Good morning!

I was up and about early, I love to sit with my cup of coffee on my veranda, Muru the sweetest cat purring next to me, and watch the morning brake. And after a while climb back under the covers and listen to the radio.

I spent yesterday painting baseboards and moldings. I can tell you, one can feel one has a bum the day after...the jumping up and down a chair to reach the ceiling and climbing on all four! But all worth it as the outcome is fab!

Wishing you all a wonderful sunday!



Thursday, 19 May 2016

Finally it is ready!!!!

May I present a ready cupboard. It turned out exactly as planned, I am so pleased!


Some of you may remember this post, from soon two weeks ago when the project started.
Feels so good to be able to complete projects.

Now time to say good night!

A spoon is a spoon...

...is a handle!


My neighbour Sanne saw my newly built cupboard and asked if I was going to attach a knob for the door. I told her that it was my plan, once I found the right one. She immediatey suggested I make a handle of a spoon. What a great idea! Look!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

From stone to house

You may have seen these stonehouses before. Well, I decided to make a few, as I have students whom like to make crafts. Some of my students need to see for themselves the outcome of crafts, before they feel they want to have a go. Hence I make "prototypes" for inspiration.
I made a few bigger ones for my garden, I'll show them once I placed them in place.



I used acrylic paint, if any of you feel like giving it a go. First paint the facade and roof. Let dry. Then paint windows and doors. Let dry. Paint details. Let dry and enjoy your houses! Why not make a village? I saw an image of a flowerbed that has plenty of houses as a border. Pretty!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Folding paper

I have always loved to fold paper.
It calms me. I love to fold origami.
I have folded many books, I also do it with my students. We get a lot of used books at school, so we have plenty material to practice with. I find that the students find it very calming to fold books.
Here are a few I have folded at home in my kitchen.


Monday, 16 May 2016

The weekend


...passed all too fast!

On friday I attended a fantastic gig in Helsinki. My former colleagues from the singing-group, have created a f a n t a s t i c performance called Poliittisesti jees.
I am so proud, so happy and I was so touched by the whole performance. It was hilarious and at times very very touching!

On saturday we started working with the baseboards and door moldings on my veranda. It takes nerves and even more nerves...no surface is straight and there's and awful lot of adjusting, especially around the doors. I've bought old doors from old houses, they are not original from my house, as most of the doors in my house had been replaced with new ones in the 80's - and that is not the style I want. So that is why it takes time.
In the evening we attended the local choir's spring concert at Kappeli.
Later we decided to watch the ESC. So we bought pizza and crisps and some sweets and snug up on L's bed. Not sure how we managed to stay awake! Our favorite did not win, we had many, but hearing the winner-song again, it grew. This video is very touching.
When I cykled home in the night I was accompanied by the nightingale. The most beautiful birdsong echoing in the night. It was magical. I dare to confess that the nightingale is my favorite bird. Closely accompanied by the Blackbird.

On sunday we continued work...we're not by far ready. But we have definitely passed the more difficult phases, ah bless!

Friday, 13 May 2016

Sunrays and my thousandth post!

The sun does wonders to us all. I love the sun, though I cannot spend time in the sun, I have a fair complexion and burn easily.
Cats always look for the sunny spot, like my darling Muru.


Jeeee, it's friday the 13th, my lucky day!
And this was my thousandth blogpost, hooray to that!
Enjoy!
LOVE!

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Charging batteries

That is what I did on tuesday after a very short day at work.
I paid a visit to my friends O and J who live in a small cottage in a nearby village. The surrounding is forest, it is very peaceful and quiet.
I was first served delicious mango lassi, we sat on the veranda and listened to compilation cassettes of Carola (a finnish singer who unfortunately passed away far too early) and relaxed.

J prepared a delicious dinner, with plenty of chili and tofu and my favorite, coconutmilk.
For dessert we drank coffee from old china cups and had waffles with raspberries and whipped cream.

I had such a relaxing time in the company of two wonderful friends. I am blessed. Grateful.

Kiitos ihanat hemmottelusta!


A ladybird sunbathing on a vintage glassbottle in my friends' garden.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Self love

This is going to be a rather long post, I am posting a self love -poem (in three languages, english, swedish and finnish.) by Charlie Chaplin. Apparently he wrote this speech for his 70th birthday on the 16th of april 1959. Enjoy! Love!

I truly hope and wish we can all step onto this trail and begin our journey towards respecting and loving ourselves. Some trails are more bumpy than others, it takes time to mature and come to terms with life and what it teaches us. And come to realize what matters to us, each and individually.



As I Began to Love Myself, I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.
As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time
was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this
person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.
As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it “MATURITY”.
As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens
at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.
Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.
As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time,
and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do
and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in
my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.
As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for
my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew
me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude
a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.
As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since
I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.
As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry
about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING
is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.
As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me
and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my
mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this
connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.
We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems
with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing
new worlds are born.Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”!


När jag började älska mig själv, förstod jag att jag alltid och vid varje tillfälle befinner mig på rätt plats vid rätt tidpunkt, och att allt som sker är riktigt -utifrån detta kunde jag vara lugn. Idag vet jag att detta kallas TILLIT.
När jag började älska mig själv, kunde jag urskilja, att emotionell smärta och lidande endast är signaler till mig själv, att jag lever i konflikt med min egen sanning. I dag vet jag att detta kallas att vara AUTENTISK.
När jag började älska mig själv, slutade jag längta efter ett anorlunda liv, och jag kunde se, att allt runtomkring mig är en uppfordran att växa. Idag vet jag att detta kallas MOGNAD.
När jag började älska mig själv, slutade jag att beröva mig själv min fria tid och jag slutade med att planlägga storslagna projekt för framtiden. Idag gör jag endast sådant som ger mig fröjd och glädje, sådant som jag älskar att göra och som får mitt hjärta att sjunga och jag gör det på mitt eget sätt och i min egen takt. Idag vet jag att detta kallas för ÄRLIGHET.
När jag började älska mig själv, befriade jag mig från allt som inte är bra för min hälsa -mat, människor, ting, situationer. Allt som hela tiden drar mig ner och bort från mig själv. Till att börja med kallade jag det för sund egoism, men idag vet jag att det är KÄRLEK TILL MIG SJÄLV.
När jag började älska mig själv, slutade jag med att alltid vilja ha rätt och ända sedan dess har jag mindre fel. Idag har jag upptäckt att detta kallas för ÖDMJUKHET.
När jag började älska mig själv vägrade jag att fortsätta leva i det förgångna och att oroa mig för framtiden. Nu lever jag endast i ögonblicket, där ALLT äger rum. Idag lever jag dag för dag och kallar det för MEDVETENHET.
När jag började älska mig själv, insåg jag att mina tankar kan göra mig eländig och sjuk. Men när jag kopplade ihop det med mitt hjärta, blev mitt tänkande en värdefull kompanjon. Denna förbindelse kallar jag idag för HJÄRTATS VISDOM.
Vi behöver inte längre frukta vare sig meningsskiljaktigheter, konflikter eller problem med oss själva eller andra. Till och med stjärnor stöter samman ibland var vid nya världar uppstår. Idag vet jag att det är det som är LIVET.


Kun aloin rakastaa itseäni, huomasin että ahdistus ja henkinen kärsimys ovat vain varoitusmerkkejä; elän vastoin omaa totuuttani.
Tänään tiedän sen tarkoittavan REHELLISYYTTÄ
Kun aloin rakastaa itseäni, ymmärsin kuinka syvästi joku voi loukkaantua siitä että koetan suunnata toiveitani häneen väärään aikaan, kun hän ei ole vielä valmis, vaikka tuo ”hän” olisinkin minä itse.
Tänään kutsun sitä KUNNIOITUKSEKSI
Kun aloin rakastaa itseäni, lakkasin kaipaamasta toisenlaista elämää, ja näin, että kaikki ympärilläni kutsui minua kasvamaan.
Tänään kutsun sitä KYPSYYDEKSI
Kun aloin rakastaa itseäni, ymmärsin olevani kaikissa olosuhteissa aina oikeassa paikassa, oikeaan aikaan, ja että kaikki tapahtuu täsmälleen oikealla hetkellä. Se rauhoitti minua.
Tänään kutsun sitä ITSELUOTTAMUKSEKSI
Kun aloin rakastaa itseäni, lakkasin varastamasta omaa aikaani, lakkasin suunnittelemasta huikeita projekteja tulevaisuuteen. Tänään teen vain sitä mikä tekee minut iloiseksi ja onnelliseksi, asioita joita rakastan, jotka saavat sydämeni riemuitsemaan, ja minä teen ne omaan tapaani, omalla rytmilläni.
Tänään kutsun sitä YKSINKERTAISUUDEKSI
Kun aloin rakastaa itseäni, luovuin kaikesta mikä ei ole hyväksi terveydelleni - ruuasta, ihmisistä, tavaroista, tilanteista, kaikesta mikä masensi minua ja loitonsi minua itsestäni. Ensin kutsuin tätä asennetta terveeksi itsekkyydeksi.
Tänään tiedän sen olevan ITSENSÄ RAKASTAMISTA
Kun aloin rakastaa itseäni, lakkasin yrittämästä olla aina oikeassa; siitä lähtien olen ollut vähemmän väärässä.
Tänään ymmärsin sen olevan VAATIMATTOMUUTTA
Kun aloin rakastaa itseäni, en suostunut enää elämään menneisyydessä ja olemaan huolissani tulevaisuudesta. Nyt elän vain tätä tapahtuvaa hetkeä varten.
Tänään elän jokaisen päivän, päivän kerrallaan ja kutsun sitä AUTUUDEKSI
Kun aloin rakastaa itseäni, huomasin, että mieleni voi satuttaa minua ja tehdä minut sairaaksi. Mutta kun kytkin sen sydämeeni, tuli mielestä arvokas liittolainen.
Tänään kutsun tuota kytköstä SYDÄMEN VIISAUDEKSI
Meidän ei enää tarvitse pelätä riitoja, yhteenottoja ja ongelmia, ei omia eikä muiden; törmääväthän tähdetkin joskus ja niiden pirstaleista syntyy uusia maailmoja.
Tänään tiedän, SE ON ELÄMÄÄ!

Saturday, 7 May 2016

This is riduculous!

A few weeks ago I told you how my adopted Streptocarpus was in bloom, and how happy and proud I was.

Well, now it has gone mad...this is how it looks like today:





According to a secret source, all it requires to bloom is a friendly environment. 

I have lost count how many flowers are in bloom! This is ridiculous!


Friday, 6 May 2016

Some people...

... like to build cupboards on days off.
I have a corner on my veranda, where the electical centre is located, and the electrical work is still in progress. I have planned to build a cupboard for the electical centre and all sorts, you know, shoepolish, tools, shoppingbags, some recykling bins, the hoover...
I even bought an antique window to use as a door.

Here is the corner waiting for someone to please get on with it!


Then it was time to actually start. The base. It looks very small.


Then the frame took shape and we managed to get the hinges right. We called it a day once we hung the door in place.


Today we built the shelves and painted the inside of the cupboard.



Tomorrow we add walls and then wallpaper the lot. I have an old lacecurtain that seems to be almost perfect for the door, I just need to make a few small adjustments to the size.

I cannot wait for it to be ready and hide plenty of stuff!

It has been lovely and sunny the past days, as if summer suddenly started. Oh my, have we waited! This sort of weather transforms people to the better.

Enjoy! Take care and love!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Win win situations

I made a small shelf of old books. I've done a few previously, but some of you are guilty of saying how you wish you had one, I end up giving them away, which is great, I don't feel a need to keep things I make and I feel honored and flattered that my friends like stuff I make. But now I needed to brush up the knot-technique as I thought this could be a nice project for my students now we are away from our own school and I want to keep them going with fun stuff. They all loved the idea.
I also needed a small shelf myself. So a perfect win win situation. Except that now my darling has expressed his wishes to have this one...ah bless, makes me ever so happy that he likes the stuff I make.
No probs I say, as I have now a load of books arriving later this week, friends who empty their bookshelves at home and at work are ever so happy they need not throw books away as we shall recykle them. So a perfect win win situation again.



Sunday, 1 May 2016

Finally!

On friday me and my mister flew to Stockholm for the weekend. It was time for my mister to claim his Christmas present. Finally! And have we waited? YES!

We walked to our hotel from the Centralstationen. We had booked two nights at the ever so cozy and charming Victory hotel in Gamla stan. We were both pleased with our stay. It was the perfect location for all our activities.
We enjoyed pancakes for breakfast, with fresh berry shots, smoothies and fruit juices. Perfect café au lait and such friendly staff. The rooms are really comfy and quiet, with spacious bathrooms and wonderful beds. All the rooms also have that little extra, some antiques and antique rugs. What I loved most in our room was this fab chandelier!


As we stayed in lovely Gamla stan (the old town), the streetview from our room was also wonderful, just look at this street lantern.



On friday evening we found our way to the Tele2 Arena, to see Adele in consert. Over 30 000 people in the audience. I have never been to such a massive venue. I somehow managed to purchase tickets to her concert! And bought our flight tickets almost immediately after. And that is how the idea of a luxury-weekend in Stockholm came about, and I manged to keep it a secret from my mister, until he opened his present on Christmas eve.

The concert was just magic. Here is one of my absolute favorites, Set fire to the Rain. I can't believe we even got to enjoy it live. Here I have just arrived...





On saturday it was such a beautiful day, we walked about and in the afternoon met my misters family. We had trad. shrimp on toast and coffee at a lovely café, or rather a taditional patisserie, called Vetekatten. We then strolled towards Gamla stan and took farewell and see you soon!

In the evening we walked to Söder, to Krukmakaregatan. I had booked a table at the ever so lovely Delicatessen bistro. We both decided to skip starters and had delicious pollock-fish for main course. I enjoyed sparkling wine and my mister had a beer. For desert L had french toast, which he absolutely loved and I chose chocolate with a sweet dessert wine, that I cannot remember the name of, hih!
So many times I have walked past the bistro and thought, oh my, it sure looks inviting, but have not dined there previously. So now I also got to make a dream come true, and in the company of my darling!
The music is wonderful, the air and the interior of the old fire station, well, I was sooooo happy I got to enjoy it! 
Please google Delicatessen bistro bar for pictures, it is a real treat. What we noticed, or actually my mister pointed it out, that the staff really seem to enjoy their jobs there, you can sense it. The guys in the bar for ex. seemed so happy!


This charmer looked after our coats.
And in the background the sweetest ever waiter.

We then walked along the beautiful streets of Söder, looked at the lovely old houses and the sea.
We are privileged to enjoy such a good life. I know I can speak for the both of us.

Stockholm is a wonderful destination for a weekend get-away or luxury-weekend. I have lived in Stockholm in the 90´s, I still love going back to visit.

Tack Stockholm! Tack älskade för ett underbart veckoslut! God Jul!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Copycat

My friends Nina and Peik live in an old house like me, and in their kitchen they have an old stove. All the dampers are market clearly, so I thought I'll just copy that. I did tell them I shall steal this idea! I was told it was not theirs either, hih!

So, in order for me to remember what damper to use, when one has two, I just need to be clear of what season it is. Not always so easy when living in Finland, where our spring right now seems to be at a loss too, not knowing whether it should be spring or autumn. An identity crisis, perhaps.
In the summer I use the one marked for summer and when it is winter, I shall use the one marked for winter. I do not have an autumn nor spring damper...oh what to do, what to do...

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Complete collection

I have collected a certain kind of antique chairs for my kitchen table. I inherited a few and wanted the same style and now after many years, the collection is complete. I think it looks wonderful. I have plans on updating my kitchen table, I wish for a table with the legs in the corners, as this table is in fact a four persons table with an extension piece in the middle. The legs of the table are in the way. But, it is minor problem. This table is very good. I bought it soon 1½years ago for 20 euros at our local fleamarket, for christmas. I needed a bigger table as we had guest for christmas and this 40's table was perfect. It still is. But, once I find a table suitable for my kitchen and my collection of chairs and suitable for my economy, then maybe...


Monday, 25 April 2016

Another perspective speeding towards may


I took this photograph through an antique mirror I had placed on the kitchen table, you can see the ceiling and the kitchen lamp and dried flowers.

Looks wonderful. Looking at things through another perspective, a good reminder at times, to look at things that happen in our lives through another perspective.

On saturday we attended a local choirs 10th anniversary consert at Grand in Borgå. Three of our friends sing in the choir Cawiar. It was great fun to see our friends in glitter and high heals rocking away!! And did they rock! YES!!!!!

Have a great week, we are speeding towards may and plenty of fun! Time, how it flies! Enjoy and love, love and love even more!

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Time flies!

Blimey! My brother sent this photograph yesterday, taken over 25years ago!