Today has been wonderful, filled with love, food and a little fun work.
I made a finnish version of galettes for dinner, well, it is not galettes at all as I didn't fry galettes, I used a flatbread! But the topping is something I usually top galettes with...I topped it with spinach, slices of apple, fried mushrooms and fried tomatoes, grilled chevré and roasted pumpkin seeds, fresh coriander and balsamico. Sooooo delicious!
Here is my row of adorable dogs made by my friend Kaisa. They hang in my kitchen.
Hooooray, my summer-reading arrived today!This is what I shall start my holiday with. The top one, by Liv Strömquist and Caroline Ringskog Ferrada-Noli, I ordered because I simply adore all that Liv does. I have also read many of Nina Åkestams chronicles and her blog, so looking forward to reading her book.
Ok. Soon it's time to take farewell of may. I've said it before - I'll say it again, where oh where does time fly?
All colours are different in this light and I love all the shades.
My friend Johanna arrives today. She stays for the weekend. How I have missed her and waited! We last met in Berlin almost exactly a year ago! We rented an apartment through airbnb, a really wonderful apartment and we enjoyed looooong breakfasts and late nights in jazzclubs. It's her first visit to my house, so I cannot wait to show her all that I have done.
Life is soooo good. And I have the world's absolute best people in my life! Hashtag feelinggrateful, hih!
I was given a church candelabra without a foot. I received a note saying
"maybe you can figure out how to save this candelabra and make it
stand". So I looked at it for about a month and then one day I knew what
to do. I wanted something rough so I casted the foot in concrete. I
first added a screw (there was a hole) and welded a metal cross to the
screw to make it more stable inside the concrete.
It turned out just fine. And as I love burning candles - this is just perfect in my home!
What have I done for the past three days? Drilling mostly! With the kind help of my darling L and my dad. We work so well together, and my parents are so charmed and love L!
It all started with this drawing by L and me.
Then I bought all material that I needed from a local hardware store and had it all shipped to my garden, just in time for us to start.
Now the groundwork was ready and we built the steps. This is were we ended after the second day, friday. And I attended a 50th birthday in Helsinki. What a wonderful party it was, so many old friends, wonderful touching performances. Fell asleep a very happy human beeing!
We continued work on saturday and finished the terrace. Voilá! There are few small details we shall work on today with L. But first we shall attend a dance-performace by my students.
First breakfast on the terrace!!!
Next year I shall paint the terrace with Roslags-mahogny, I love the warm shade, it will be a good contrast to the grey facade. I have black details, the outdoor lantern/ light is black, above my door there will be a black canopy, the letterbox is black...so I need a warm shade.
Have you read this? Inhabitants in a small german town asked to be allowed to welcome asylum-seekers as they no longer could stand the horrible news! We need more of these kind of news. Because not all Europeans are anti-immigrants! Love!!!!
Today we celebrate all mothers. It is a beautiful sunny day! Above is a little vintage weatherworn lampshade hanging from a tree in
my garden, it is fun to sit under the tree and look at it swing softly in
the wind, with the prisms.
During the week I painted rugs on the pavement with my students. I shall upload pics of the ready rugs, once it is done. It has been such a fun project to take part in, we have received such nice comments and praise for our work. The students feel they are part of something special and that is what counts.
Yesterday me and L traveled to Helsinki, and took a ferry over to the Sveaborg fortress. We attended a guided tour of parts of the fortress and dined at café Chapman. We were treated to great food and the staff were so kind, we spoke to one of the waiters, he came up to us and asked were we came from and he told about himself, how he works as a gardener on the island and during the high peaks, he steps in and helps out waitering. Such a sweet soul.
Above is the floor inside one of the "caves" in the fort. It probablyhas been added later. So beautiful. I took the picture to add to my file of pics to use when I design my patio or greenhouse, this sort of floor would be perfect.
We later attended a UIT show at the Peacock-theatre at the Borgbacken amusementpark. Two of my friends are performing in this years show called Kivaa ja korkealta. Even though shows aren't really my cup of tea, to be honest, I really enjoyed the few hours at the theatre. Kiitos Timo ja Puntti!
When we came home in the early evening we took a little cykleride, payed a visit to our friend Taika and ended up having a few beers in a local pub with friends. What a day! What a wonderful day!
Today I made asparagus with a little salad and waffles as desert. I think me and L are eligible for the Epicurean of the year -award, hih!
I have been unpacking some boxes, packed over a year ago. I was looking for a certain thing, and stumbled upon my collection of french cards, you know I have a vast collection. I have collected French cards since my early twenties, when I lived in Paris...
I decided to unpack a few.
Earlier this week I stumbled upon these images, by artist Puuung. Well, I think these lovely images of what real love looks like are so charming. I believe this is what real love looks like. The best sort, the everyday love. I hope we never forget to dance the way we do, at home, just the two of us. Or how I love to put my arms around L when he is making the dishes. Makes me happy as there is a cat that looks like my Muru. Enjoy!
So many wonderful things taking place this week, so wishing you a wonderful week, all you wonderful people.
We celebrated Valborg with our friends Ruth, Marko, Paula and Timo and their adorable children at Café Saltbodan. Obviously many of our other friends were there, as it was the seasonal-opening for our favorite local summer restaurant. Many glasses of Cava was raised and we were happy. Ruth and Marko invited us to their home to continue the evening, but we decided to cykle home as L was due to fly to Sweden in the morning. I miss him. I have been humming to this, but cannot sing it out loud as my tears start to fall...hih, I'm in love...
I worked most of yesterday, with some fun and interestng projects I'm involved in. So me and Kaisa worked in her lovely studio during the day. On my way home I cykled to the shore and sat for a while on a bench and looked out at the sea and felt this is where I belong. My favorite café, Tuhannen tuskan kahvila, opened yesterday. The café is only open during the summer. So I popped by and sat in the garden enjoying some applejuice and a lovey bun.
Today it is grey and it's raining, so a perfect day to continue work.
THIS is a very good social experiment. People do care when they know. I have often wondered who these people are who buy their clothes from cheap markets and never question the origin of their cheap garments. Do they not know? Or do they not care? I am involved in the Fashion revolution, please join in as we can make a difference and we can afford to buy clothes that are not made by slaves or under awful conditions.
Why do we need a fashion revolution? Because, on 24 April 2013, 1133 people died in the Rana Plaza catastrophe in
Dhaka, Bangladesh. A further 2500 were injured. They were killed while
working for familiar fashion brands in one of the many ‘accidents’ that
plague the garment industry.
Be curious, find out, do something.
I had lost one of my favorite necklaces by Pilgrim, I seldom loose things, but for some reason this necklace has gone missing. So guess how happy I was when I stumbled upon the exact same necklace at the local fleamarket the other day. It only cost a few euros (I think I payed something closer to 40 when I bought it years ago) so I decided to buy it and here it is, around my neck.