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!