Sunday, 13 August 2017

Finally!

For over two years I've thought of building a roof for my "heat source" in the back garden. With a little help from my darling this is the outcome:


I am very pleased! It is supposed to keep snow away from piling on top.

Last night we had a storm. Thunder and lightning and I don't think I've ever seen it rain like this before. It left households without electricity for hours! Trees have fallen and cut of roads and fallen on top of cars! My household was not affected by the storm at all. My darling made a delicious fishsoup, we ate in candlelight and had a cozy night.

Last thursday we attended Robbie Williams concert at Ratina stadion in Tampere. What a show! I cried when he sang I love my life. We had organized a bus transportation, so it was luxury to have a bus waiting for us after the show. I have honestly never been a person for big stadium concerts, they are usually too big for me, I don't feel they touch me. But for some reason I really enjoyed this concert, I danced and was happy! It also matters to see my darling so happy.



Work has started, I am so ready to get back to everyday routines. I enjoy my work so it is really a privilege to be able to say I am happy and rested after my loooooong holiday.

Wishing you all a lovely mid-august. I love this month!
Love and more love!

Monday, 7 August 2017

August, my love

I love the month of august, the velvet nights, the starlit skies, it's still summer but we are heading towards autumn. Slowly.

Last night we attended Lovisa Peaceforum's last event, there was discussion about Nonviolent peaceforce, and how it is possible and the actual fieldwork. I do admire people who do this, it is when a violent conflict starts that these brave people stay and do not withdraw.
The evening ended in a Hiroshima memorial where we lay lanterns in the water, while wonderful Lauri Wuolio played handpan.



On friday we were in other moods. We attended Borgå popfest to listen to Bo Kaspers orkester. And it was great!!! My darling has not seen them live before, this was my third time. In the end there was a surprise-guest, they have collaborated with finnish singer Frida Andersson, they performed their hit Paradiset. They also did my favorite Håll ut.
We left after Bo Kasper's, there was a gig by finnish singer Kaija Koo after, but neither of us enjoy her music, so it was easy to take a walk along the beautiful river and take the bus home. 

On saturday I met up with 10 person whom have been so important in my life, my fellow companions from the Theatre academy. It is 20yrs since we became Masters of Arts. Four years we studied togetehr. Four very intense years.
We met at the peak of Observatorieparken and drank champagne in the sun and it felt just all natural to see everyone. Blimey, 20 yrs since graduation!
We walked to our eventplace that was a small theatre. On stage there was a table set for 11 persons and we had a lovely dinner. I cannot remember when I last laughed so much. We watched old photographs and a few films. Oh my, we were so young then. So innocent.
It was a great evening and we danced and until morning hours. I walked to Kronohagen as I stayed with my ex-husband for the night.
Below is a picture of me and Max. We shared a flat, me, Max and Carl-Gustaf. The best memories. They have both become such great friends, and what great flat mates they were. This picture is taken after a very very long weekend. We were dead tired. And the quality of the picture isn't exactly great, but I think it sort of goes well with how we felt.


Below is a picture taken 24 yrs later! Max and me!


So happy and proud how well we all have succeeded in life. They are all very dear to me.

Take care friends. Enjoy august and love!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Friends, family and Saya

We've had friends and family visiting, oh what joy.

L's sweet son asked if he could take a look at my sconces that I had purchaised in Berlin four years ago. L had complained about me not finding anyone who could fix new wire to them. L's son happens to know this field...so he asked if he could fix them for me. Well, I have told you I am spoiled haven't I? Look at the fantastic outcome:


I really enjoy how my bedroom turned out. The light, the curtains, the cushions. The wallpaper, I am in love!


I hand-dyed my cushions, as I really like the feel and form of them, the colour was just not right any longer. I used two Dylon colour-buttons and then washed the cushions in the washingmachine after the colouring process.
They also turned out just great, take a look:


They also go well with my patchwork quilt. I made it many, many years ago. From my husband's worn out shirts. I also used pieces from a scarf and a vintage flower fabric.

There has been quite a wee bit going on, I performed at Liljevisan, a lovely event in a nearby village. I am so happy I got the honor to perform there. I am a huge fan of the event myself, it is very warm event, great performers and musicians and I love the music.
My dear brother came to help me with my garden-project, he helped me place the huge tiles. I told you I am spoiled! So grateful!


Plan is to clean up the garden this week... so it is a work in process. Still, it has taken huge leaps! This is what it looked like a few months ago.


I made bruschetta the other day, it is my favorite this time of year, as the tomatoes in Finland are actually ripe now in the summer. I hate raw, faded tomatoes. So, in the summer I like to eat tomatoes and bruschetta is a favorite. I always peel the tomatoes, and that is very easy to do if you make a small cut in a cross pattern on top of the tomato and place the tomatoes in hot (boiling) water for a minute. Then peel off the tomatoe skin once they have cooled enough to handle. Chop (I always cut of the stem base) and add plenty of chopped basil, some balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
I buy fresh bread from a local bakery based in a foodmarket, slice and brush one side with olive oil, I place the olive-oil side down when I roast the bread slices in the oven and once they have roasted for 5 minutes, I add bruschetta on to the olive-oil side, it creates a barrier so the juices don't make the bread soggy.


Here is my latest column if you care to read.

On friday I had my friends Kaisa and Ilona over, we had som sparkling wine and some tapas. We had planned to see a funny band we accidentally saw last year and then Kaisa saw an ad that they are back in town in july! We had a blast and danced and I was home in the morning hours...

What else can I say, I have had a wonderful summer. there is plenty left of it, so much going on, so I send you love and warm thoughts. Enjoy the season and love! Here is a wonderful song for you to breathe in, move to, or do like me, just start your day with this and the day will get a great feel, a wonderful flow and all will be fine my dear, just fine.

Lovely talented Sona Jobarteh and beautiful Saya.