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.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Oh summer!

What a wonderful day, my friend Sanne (she is my neighbour) asked if I wanted to join her for an outing. We first drove to a fleamarket, we both made som fun finds and then we headed towards the sea. We parked the car and walked in the woods along a path and found our way to the cliffs and sat there talking and enjoying the beautiful day.

We did not swim as there was far too much blue-green algae, and it is not healthy. Oh poor Baltic sea, the state of it is appalling. With the St. Petersburg sewage directly into the Baltic sea it is no wonder it is polluted.

Oh, had a sweet memory on facebook today, our first trip abroad with my darling. We spent a week in lovely Corfu in the beginning of august. We booked the trip on the 16th of july 2014. I wrote about our fantastic holiday here. We were so excited. We were very happy there. It was so wonderful to get away, just the two of us. And the most perfect location.
We often recall the wonderful holiday we had. The spectacular view from our balcony, the evening walks, the food, the fun things we did. There was this wonderful restaurant where we actually dined quite a few times, they served delicious food and they were so friendly. It was one of those places you just find by coincidence, it was closed during the day and one evening we walked past it, it was all lit up and filled with flowers and full of guests. The street was a dark alley, there was nothing else but this small lovely restaurant. So we decided to wait for a table, as we felt we wanted to dine there. I am glad we waited as the food was just wonderful. Corfu is forever in our hearts. Maybe we will return one day.
This year we postpone our travels due to other fun things ahead.

Oh joy.  My bedroom is ready, Just need to hang curtains, I chose the same velvet curtains as I have in my living room.

Life is certainly good. I am grateful.
take care dear ones. Love. And even more love.


Friday, 14 July 2017

Wallpaper bliss

I have finally come to the stage in my wallpaper-project, where I am actually hanging wallpaper! There has been a lot to prepare before this stage, but now it's all wallpaper bliss from now on!

This is just a quick peek:


I ordered my wallpaper from Seinäruusu, it is so easy! In my town there is no interior shop that sells this large variety of wallpapers, so therefor I chose to order online. Also, it is very simple as it is delivered to your doorstep, convenient for a person like me without a car. I am so pleased.
The pattern I chose is William Morris Chrysamtemum toile.

On tuesday I made an excursion with my friends Kaisa, Pia-Leena and Marketta. Kaisa took charge of driving, we first picked up Pia-Leena and then we drove to Marketta's lovely little cottage and adored her garden and drank coffee and ate buns. We had buns from Tuhannen tuskan kahvila with us - Kaisa lives opposite our favorite café.
We then drove to Orimattila. We first paid a visit to an artcastle, owned by Soile Yli-Mäyry. The castle was interesting, but I did not find the artwork pleasing for my taste. It actually left me very cold.
Our main destination was Villa Roosa. What an exhibition. There were so many interesting and fascinating pieces and artists. Unfortuantely it is the last year Villa Roosa is open for the public as an artmuseum, it has been sold and will be a private home.

We had such a lovely excursion, I was home in time for some quality time with my darling. We had cake and tea, I had bought some roses as it was my darling's birthday. Grattis än en gång älskling!

Take care my dear friends, I hope you have time to breathe in the summer. Look at the birds, listen to the breeze of the leaves in the trees. Get blinded by the sun! Love and love!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Summer

The best thing was meeting a hedgehog in my garden! I heard all this russle in the bushes and suddenly I see this funny little creature. I so love hedgehogs, my favorite animals. I hope it returns.

Another wonderful new thing for this summer has most definitely been the birdbath. Oh my what joy it brings. The birds splashing and being silly.

And looking at the swallows doing there evening flight training! They are fast, they are like something from a star wars movie. We have been gazing at the sky and feeling amazed.

The privilege of picking flowers from your own garden.


Peonies and roses.
The scale to the left is a christmas present from my darling, and the jug is something from my childhood home.

On friday evening we met up with our friends and had dinner at Saltbodan restaurant, we continued the evening by listening to some 20's jazz tunes, a charming little local band called Samamama performed. I saw their first gig in the winter, at rest. Bella and thought they were ever so charming, so when I saw the poster of the upcoming gig, I even made a mark in my calender. We had a lovely night out, cycled home with a smile on my face. Also due to a very sweet encounter. I noticed two persons looking at me, the girl smiled and I smiled back. After a while she came up to me and said she had never seen anyone so radiant and smiling, she said she loved my style and that they thought I was ihana, a lovely finnish word for wonderful or lovely. There I sat, with my darling next to me, and just melted. My darling whispered that she was right, you are lovely he said.
Of course it is fantastic to hear words like that and I am so grateful, it is so exceptional for people to actually come up to you, a stranger, and say that. We should do that more often. But mostly, give compliments to ourselves, love and accept ourselves.

There is a rather great TED talk over on youtube by Caroline McHugh (she is going on, a wee bit of wabble for a fair bit, so give it more than a few minutes and she will get to the point pretty soon!) about being yourself. Here.
She has a lovely way to talk, so take it as a gift, she will calm you. She will hopefully give a seed, to plant, how to be authentic, how to be yourself. She talks about approval addiction, something (according to Caroline, mostly women suffer from) and the need for approbation, to be liked. How important it is to become perception free, as we can never be perception-less. Be better of beeing yourself.
I have been thinking about the quote of Baroness Campbell, that "humility is NOT thinking less of yourself. Humility is thinking of yourself less."  
In my opinion something we should all take in and, especially in these times where everyone just talks about themselves. We takes selfies, and if we see a picture of ourselves, we comment on our looks, usually in a negative way. Well, I have to be honest, I NEVER do that. I never talk degrading about my looks or about myself. Why should I?
We are too obsessed with ourselves. And the perception of others. Why spend so much time on something you can never control? Be kind, be considerate, be loving and generous. Be honest and be genuine. It is what counts. I recommend. And step into a more loving and accepting life.

My dear friends, take care. Be yourselves. Love and love even more.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Summer peak

A certain someone with her avec, was invited to the opening of Sällskapsresan at Lurens sommarteater. It has become a tradition for me and L to yearly attend the opening. This was our third time. The first time I remember clearly, as it was one of the first places we (me and L) showed up as a couple. I recall all the kind words, the greetings, the wishing wells and the thumbs up we received. This was just the beginning of our relationship and the trust we suddenly felt, this was the loving support we received from our community, we felt we have absolutely nothing to fear and no reason to hide, not our love and not our relationship. I recall how warm and happy people were for us.
Not once have we encountered anything else but happy faces and gestures, wishing wells and cheers.
I still do not regret taking a chance on love. And we both won on that lottery! We are so happy that we have found each other. Life treats us very well. I thank my darling often for the most beautiful love I have ever experienced. I hope and wish this kind of love for everyone. Maya Angelou has once said that  "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Well, the way this lovely dear man makes me feel, is quite simply wonderful! 

On a sadder note, I managed to get bitten by too many mosquitos and the outcome was an allergy-attack, that turned nasty. I'm ok now. It just scared me. And happy to have receive great help.
Hence I also sadly missed the party of my friend Maria. She throws a garden party yearly and due to my allergy attack I could not attend. Well, luckily I can visit and see her garden in bloom any time soon. and there is a painting project I want to see in real life...I shall post pics once I've paid a visit.

Well, time to continue work. I am currently working in my bedroom, I have a large project going on!
It contains wallpaper. The thing is, I am redoing all the underwork aswell - the reason is such a long story I shall spare you that, but that is why it takes a little longer for me to finish the project. So I have moved out of the bedroom, I am currently sleeping on a mattress in the living room. Well, it will be fab! We are talking more William Morris wallpaper...

Last week I found this graphic at the fleamarket. I liked it and bought it. The frame with passepartout was huge, so I dismantled the artwork from the frame (I shall have it reframed, just need to find the right frame). I asked for help in a facebook group, if anyone could decode the signature for me. Fantastic, it didn't take long and I had a name. Voitto Vikainen, a finnish artist. I now know fairly much abut his work and also have seen more artwork. I like his style. And I am mighty pleased, have a look:


   And for those of you who like to read my columns, here is my latest.

Wishing you all a wonderful start for july! Enjoy and love!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

A certain someone is on holiday

It has been good to have some time off.

I spent a day in Helsinki. First I met my friend Iida, we had coffee at the marketplace. A very finnish tradition, there are these café-tents and you sit either outdoors or inside the tent. It was raining, so we sat indoors.

Then I headed to meet my friend Malin, whom I spent the rest of the day with. We first attended a thank you -party, we had vegan waffles and sat in the backyard among urban farming boxes. We then headed towards the sea, we wanted to check out a design market and bumped into old friends. It was good to stroll along, talk and look at buildings and talk some more. Stop and wonder over how funny we people are, and then have a looooooong coffe, meeting even more friends and then having dinner and eventually catch the last bus home. I sat on the bus, my heart filled with gratitude. It is vital to have friends you can hang out with. The hanging out bit is so important, to not have a busy schedule.
I am still processing some of the things we talked about, it is all about reflections, trust and love.


I have been craving for a good read. Most books I've read lately have been ok-ish, nothing that makes my heart flicker. So then I got my hands on Stoner (by John Williams) and boy was I sold! I could not let go. I read it all in once. The last few hours when I knew it was coming to an end, I was aching more and more. And the last ten minutes I cried. I had to lay the book beside me at times, and cry. And then continue. I warmly recommend.

Midsummer has now passed. I baked Brita cake, I always do. It is something my mother did at midsummer. Very appreciated!
In the early evening I made toast Skagen and we enjoyed sparkling wine. We cykled down to the shore to have a few beers and dance. We met friends and after a few hours we felt it was time to head home.


 Yesterday I again cykled down to the shore to listen to some latino-rhytms at restaurang Saltbodan. After the first set my mister arrived and we had dinner at the restaurant. I had a lovely bouillabaisse and a glass of dry white wine. For desert we had huge pieces of chocolate cake. We cycled home stuffed and happy.

Holiday bliss dear friends! Take care! Mucho looooove to all!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Oh love!

We attended a wedding in Sweden on saturday. L's dear daughter got married and what joy it was to attend a reception of love. My darling held a very touching speech for his daughter and son-in-law. He also turned to his first wife, the mother of the bride, the mother of his both children, as to share with her the fact they have two wonderful children they can be proud of and their lovely spouses that they both love so much. We were all in tears! It was so touching and so beautiful.
The wedding was just wonderful. I was so happy when the bride told me she had "made-a-Nina": she wore very colourful shoes, swedish-has-beens. My summer trademark;)

We just made a quick visit to Sweden for the wedding, on sunday evening we were back home again.

A few weeks ago I found some scrap wood, I just looked at the painted wood and had an idea. So I suggested to my darling that I make a streetsign for the summercafé/ kiosque, so that people find it, even though the citymaps end just where the sign now is situated. So many people tell us that it took them a while to realize that there is actually a lovely sandbeach and café beyond this point, because the citymaps do not include the beach area.  So yesterday I painted the sign and L helped me hammer the pieces together. Voilá! Recycling at its best!


The kiosque is now officially open for this season. It has rained both yesterday and today, still, we had guests both days.

Let's hope for some warmer days, and a little more sun. I was happy when I noticed a bird taking a little evening bath in the birdbath in my garden.
Take care dear friends. Lots of love.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Oh beauty!

My neighbour's daughter, talented Senni has painted a flowergarland to crown the blue front door.
I am so excited, I just had to share it as soon as possible. Good things must be shared!

Kiitos maailman ihanin Senni!
Here is an article about Senni (in finnish).

Summerprojects

During the end of last week I attended a few graduation parties. Had plenty of delicious food and drink! Congratulation to all graduates!

On saturday I painted my doorstep to the kitchen. I painted it green. I looked up at the door, it is a project of it's own, looking quite awful. I bought these doors over 3 yrs ago, as I had really awful chipboard doors! Thye just don't suit an old house. These doors are from a 30 's house that was dismantled in a nearby village. I thought I'll scrape the paint of the kitchen door one day. That day was saturday, when I started the project:






It was quite hard work, there are two layers of paint, the one layer is very very hard paint.

The next day I continued and in the evening it was ready. My hands and arms are really stiff now. It is difficult to find a good position. So I better not do any work that needs a strong hold. I need to rest my hands. I do love the outcome:



Have a lovely week dear friends! Enjoy the season, enjoy everyday life!
Love as usual!

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Crazy garden updates

So while I was laying cobblestone on sunday, I was thinking about the rest of the front garden, the cobblestone I managed to get hold of, will not cover the whole front garden and it is hard to come by. The cobblestone that is sold in gardencentres is not the natural stone that I prefer in my garden. Plus, it is very expensive. So, I had this little idea that grew into a BIG idea. The following morning I texted my darling saying that he might well think I have gone bananas, but I will ask permission to take some concrete slabs from the same place where I dig up cobblestone a few weeks ago (the school that is going to be dismantled).

I am happy to be dating a person who does not shoot down my ideas. So I received a reply saying "I am crazy in love with you!".
So I made a phonecall, got permission to take as many as I need.

Yesterday I carried oh so terribly heavy slabs. I realised I will not manage to do it myself, so I received help from a friend. Tusen tack Niklas. Then later when my mister had arrived home from Helsinki, he helped me carry even more. Tack älskade! And then my darling L's dear father turned up as a saving angel, to help carry the remaining 9 slabs as I had run out of strength. Tack Bengt!

Now my garden is full of slabs. I will work on the ground later in the summer, to make it even and possibly have more rubble if needed. But, that is for laters. Now I just leave them as they are. I have some cobblestone to lay first! I really like these concrete slabs, they are big in size, 50cm x 50cm and covered in small round rubble.


It will become really nice once they are in place and I can tidy the sides.
Some may wonder why on earth my front garden is in such a state, well, it is the result of digging up the whole garden when I had water, electricity and drains drawn to my house. This is a picture from almost exactly 3 years ago, taken from the same spot as the picture above was taken this morning.
A huuuuuge difference. I also I have a shed in the garden nowadays.


The slabs are truly heavy, and my body is aching today. I even had a small accident while carrying the slabs, one of the slabs fell on my arm, I had just manged to dig it up, was about to carry it and I lost my grip and this is the outcome:

 The bruise is huuuuuge. Grateful nothing else happened as the slabs are so extremely heavy. But it was a sign my strength had run out, to become careless like that.

No physical work today, it is vital to rest aswell.

Take care my dear friends. Remember to think gentle thoughts and to be kind, to yourself and others. Love.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Garden updates

I have been at a loss what to do with my frontgarden.
Parts of it has been coveredd in cobblestone and I am so pleased with the outcome. I wanted a flowerbed, where there has been a flowerbed, but I had to dig it away, due to it beeing too close to the housefoundation, in fact it was attached to it. And it is not wise to have a flowerbed that covers the whole foundation, it leads dampness and adds to the risks of moisture damage. So I dig it away,


The flowerbed can be seen right behind me. It had a frame of concrete.


So I dig the flowerbed away and parts of the frame, I thought it would eventually just blend in. To be honest I didn't think, and the outcome was really messy and very hard to keep tidy. And something that annoyed me every single day when I came home! So I had to do do something. Last summer I tried planting many many plants and flowers, but no, the leftovers of the frame was far too obvious and ugly!

This is where I started on friday. With the help of my darling we managed to remove the rest of the frame.


And I tidied the flowers and added cobblestone. I shall lay cobblestone down to the stairs.

This will be easier to keep tidy. I want something easy and tidy, as I need to continue working on my renovation, but I still want it to look nice when I come home. I want to stop cursing everytime I come home! I bought a smaller trellis in rusty metal for a climbing rose.


On saturday me and L attended the World Village festival in Helsinki.
We wanted to catch Viitasen Piia, a finnish singer-songwriter. She was really wonderful. Here is a peacesong, Rauhan laulu.

We ate wonderful food, there are so many foodstalls to choose from, so many different cuisines. I bumped into many old friends, fun!

We were so tired we fell asleep on the bus home. So many impressions, happy souls.

New week ahead again. Enjoy. Love.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Wind chimes and funerals

I made a wind chimes of vintage spoons as a gift.
I liked it so much I made one for myself aswell, hih!
It has a very mild cling to it, which is lovely.


Today our former president Mauno Koivisto was buried. He was given a state funeral. In my opinion it was beautiful and respectful. I cried when Jorma Hynninen and Cantores Minores choir sang Veteraanin iltahuuto.  When they sang my favorite hymn Sua kohti herrani I was sobbing loudly!
Here is a fine picture by Hans Paul, this is how I remember Mauno Koivisto. I used to bump into him many mornings when I walked to work. And I always greeted him, and he greeted me back.
My parents attended the Independence ball during his presidential period. They said he and his wife Tellervo were very warm and common.


 Forever remembering Mauno Henrik Koivisto 1923-1917.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Oh life!

The weekend was wonderful!

On saturday I digged up lots and lots of cobblestone. they are about to dismantle a schoolbuilding and I got permission from the city to dig up the lot. Parts of it was hidden under grass, so it took some time. But as seen in the second picture, there's quite a lot of wonderful cobblestone for me to work with. Yes, I shall continue adding cobbelstone to my frontyard. My darling L helped me and I am so grateful. We borrowed a car and as we now have a trailer it is really easy to transport heavy loads like this. The first picture shows the area I digged, it was all covered with cobblestone.



In the evening we celebrated dear Frida turning 40 years! What a great party, wonderful food and good people, speeches and songs. Laughter and good long talks with friends.
The party was held at Frida's home, she and her family are renovating a huge and totally destroyed house. It has a long history of neglect, but now, due to Frida and her husband taking on the renovation, it is turning into a familyhome! Hats off!

Grattis vackra underbara, puss och hundra gånger grattis Frida! 

Cykled home in the mild night, happy to have such wonderful people in my life.

The next morning we left on an outing. After many hours on the road, an hour on sea and 242 steps and two ladders, I was on top of the world and a dream came true!

This is me after climbing the Bengtskär lighthouse tower. Spectacular view!

Beautiful weather to be out on the sea!

This is Bengtskär lighthouse.

Eiders nesting everywhere. They seemed not bothered by humans at all. Though we all tried our best not to disturb. It looked really funny as they were nesting in the flowerbeds!

Spectacular view from the lighthouse tower. 

We enjoyed a delicious fishsoup with dark bread, coffee and buns. Walked around the small island and climbed the tower. Then it was time to head home. Happy and filled with new adventures, new impressions. I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. A very content and happy fröken here. My soul has been fed and I feel gratitude. Thank you life, thank you love and thank you universe!
And happy to have experienced this with my darling! The weathergods treated us with summerweather, thank you! 

New week ahead. Take care, spread love and goodness!

Friday, 19 May 2017

Little did I know...

...that the allergy I complained about in my previous post, turned out to be a really nasty flu! I even had to stay at home from work, which for me is a really difficult task. I am really good at telling colleagues off if they turn up at work when not well, so why is it so difficult for me? I've had the bestestest caretakers, my darling Muru and darling L of course! Now I am much better.

Sunny lovely weekend ahead, so much good in store. So I will wish you all a lovely weekend and take care. I hope you shall be blinded by the sun and that laughter and joy will find its way to your soul.

Here is my fourth column if you care to have a read.




My collection of votive hearts above. I find them oh so lovely.



Monday, 15 May 2017

Allergy and Eurovision songcontest

I have pollenallergy, every year for about a week. It's on now. Feel like I've been hit by a huge van and my throat is occupied by a nasty creature! Feel I need slightly more sleep now.

On saturday I had time to meet my friends Oona and Jarna for brekky at the lovely Tuhannen tuskan kahvila, it was lovely.

In the evening I cykled over to my darling. He had prepared räkmacka (prawnsandwich), something I had wished for (!)with sparkling wine. We then watched the Eurovision songcontest. We do it every year. Fun to watch the final together, it is such a clichée and would be sooooo boring to watch alone.
The winning song is absolutely charming, I unsought come to think of Chaplin, when I hear it. It was not on my personal predicted winners -list. Congratulations Portugal on winning for the first time, and with such a pretty song!




I'm not a fan of signs telling you what not to do. But this charming older sign is an exception.

Wishing you all allergyfree days with plenty of sun and love. Take are dear friends!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Small doors

Around my town there are small doors attached to fences and houses, made by artisans and artists. You can download an app for you mobilephone and follow a path. It is quite fun!
This is my door:


Welcome to follow the little folks path in Lovisa!

Monday, 8 May 2017

Renovation update

I have again continued my renovation.
I wanted to make small changes to the facade, but was at a loss at first what the changes would be.
After many different plans and many changes, I ended up with following plans, I changed the shape of the endings of the top panel of each window. This work is still in progress (I have only worked on the downstairswindows). The endings have been a sharp pointed cut (as you can see in the atticwindow), so I chopped the end off, and it is in my opinion more accurate to the age of the house than the previous solution. I have grinded the surface and painted all windowpanes, this work is also still in progress.
Then I added a pair of flowers to the frontfacade window. The originals are from the Lovisa railwaystation that was dismantled in 1970, despite opposition from residents. There was an auction apparently, and a lady who owned a house in Fredsby in Lovisa, won the auction for the flower decorations. They still decorate the hosue. I have always loved that house. Then I heard the story about the flowerdecorations and a small seed began to grow. One thing led to another...I ended up contacting the current owner of the house and asked for his opinion and permission on me copying the flowers for my house. He was very happy and invited me over. Then my brother helped me saw the flowers and I painted them. My darling helped me attach the flowers to the facade and voilá, here is my house Lilla Ljuva:


I also decided to paint my door blue. You see, when I was moving to Lovisa, I fell in love with a house that had blue doors. It was too big for my needs though. And out of my pricerange. It was for sale for a long time in my neighborhood, a really nice couple bought it a few years ago.
For some reason I kept dreaming about a house with blue doors, it had no certain shape but always had blue doors. I have plans to have a backdoor, I even have a permission to have it done and I actually have a door for this purpose. I shall paint that door blue aswell. So you see, I now have a house with blue doors...or almost. I had not planned painting the door, but the dream kept occuring so I just gave in. And it turned out great, as if it had always been blue. Dreams are funny. 

On thursday I had the honor of being the host at the70th jubilee of our Community college,  Lovisa svenska medborgarinstit and Valkon opisto. 



So proud of our local community college. And honoured to have been given this task. 

May has been kind and generous with wonderful spring weather, but now it turned slightly chilly. 
I hope life treats you well. Love and love!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Valborg

I spent the weekend in Stockholm.
We arrived saturday morning, took the bus from the airport and left our bags at our hotel in Gamla stan (old town) and walked to Östermalm, strolled around for a while, I saw some tiny fish at Östermalms saluhall, hih!


I had booked a table at Tesalongen at Svensk tenn, so we enjoyed three pots of tea and räkmacka (prawn-sandwich), scones with cream and jam and petit fours. A great way to relax, sit in lovely surrounding and enjoying afternoon tea!


After tea we walked over to the modern museum, to see the Marina Abramović exhibition,The Cleaner. It is impossible for me to describe the exhibition, but it was indeeed powerful.

We then walked back to our hotel, the wonderful Sven Vintappare Hotel.
It is tiny. Only 6 rooms and a suite. Perfect for a romantic getaway. I warmly recommend.
The staff are warm and friendly and the breakfast delicious, the rooms, out of this world so beautiful.


The roomkey!


In the evening we dined out and felt privileged and happy. It is so important at times to take a small brake.

After a long breakfast we walked down to the harbour and took Djurgårdsfärjan (ferry) over to Djurgpåden and walked around in beautiful sunshine and in the afternoon we met up with L's dear parents and enjoyed carrotcake at Flickorna Helin's café. After the fika, we walked along Strandvägen to Gamla stan, and ended up having the most delicious lunch in a cafe´.

Yesterday, after we had checked out from the hotel, I met up with my dear friend Liv. We chatted away for a few hours in the sun, enjoying a few cups of coffee. Ah bless for dear, dear friends.

Now we are back home, back to everyday life and may! Grateful for all this luxury. Filled with goodness and energy.
Take care of yourselves. Love. Lots of love.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Just so much goodness

Last week we started the asparagus-season, hih! This time I made a hollandaise-sauce to it, it turned out really delicious. My friend taught me to boil the asparagus with lots (seriosuly lots!) of salt and as much sugar. And since I started following this advice, asparagus has never been more delicious!

On friday I attended my dear friend Manuels doctoral dissertation at the University of Helsinki. I was so proud and so touched. Afterwards we had drinks and cake at the Erik Castrén Institute. (My dear friend Manu is first to the left).
It was lovely to attend the afterparty as then I had time to talk to other friends whom had attended.


I again attended the demontration at the railwaystation, the way I always do when in Helsinki. It is so important for me to show up, even just for a short moment, to show support.

In the evening I met my darling at Borgbacken to see the Kirka musical at Peacock-theatre. Kiitos rakas Unto lipuista. 


We both enjoyed it tremendously . I am by no means a Kirka fan, but I enjoy a well made musical from time to time. My friend Unto did a wonderful Ivan Pasternak, check it out!

Yesterday our local danceinstitute had their annual springshow, but this year also their 10th anniversary show. Did they deliver! YES!!!! I cried! I had goosebumps and I was so proud and energized. 
Later we attended a bookrelease, my friend Benita Backas-Andersson has written yet another wonderful book called Med respekt: en bok om den sista resan (Litorale). Kära vän, jag är så stolt över denna fina bok. Tack för att jag fått vara med på vägen och fått se detta verk födas. 

Again I cried, so did many others. I have a wonderful partner who has taught me to accept the fact I cry often. I used to feel so embarrassed for beeing so sensitive at times. But he has taught me to accept it in stead. I still can feel quite awkward at times, but with this great support from darling L, I am working on it.

Rememeber to accept yourself, love yourself.