Saturday, 18 October 2014

Sometimes...





...I just sit and watch the window above. Sometimes I enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, and watch. I really do enjoy my etched windows. I have two. This one is in my kitchen. The other one is in my living room-to-be.

During the week, me and L, saw a play at the Teater Viirus, Gräset är mörkare på andra sidan. We both enjoyed the play tremendously. We talked about the play and the fantastic scenography on the way home. All the way! It took us over an hour to get home;)
Before the play we enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate at a lovely restaurant with authentic vintage interior called Kolme Kruunua. Unfortunately we didn't have time to dine. But we will be back.

For the past two days I have been working on my renovation, full time. I have a short autumn-brake from work.  How wonderful! I have plans to do other things too, but, time just seems to fly by!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! 


Sunday, 12 October 2014

Roses are red and Malala




Read an article a while ago, that next year you can study Skolt sami (koltansaami) at University of Oulu. A small step towards helping some of our minority languages live on...this is not in skolt sami, the singer Mari Boine is sami and she sings in another sami language. 

On friday I tried disc-golf (frisbeegolf) for the first time. It sure was tricky, but oh so much fun. Then sauna and pizza and a couple of beers and once my head hit the pillow I was fast asleep! 

Today I have spent time up in the attic. I'm placing a sort of windshield-paper on the floor, so that I can isolate the ceiling in the kitchen. Right now there's no point in heating the kitchen as all the heat goes up in thin air...I am crawling on all four on the beams and I can tell you, it starts to hurt on your knees after some hrs...I think a pair of knee pads would be great. I shall still continue, just having a short brake and blog, hih!

I really enjoyed these illustrations by brasilian illustrator Carol Rossetti, especially liked the loving and gentle approach. 

Sunday again. Have a good one! Roses from darling L. Yes, a very spoiled human beeing here, I know! I dedicate these roses to wonderful Malala.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Autumn

This evening when I cykled home from pilates training, it was very cold. It is autumn or almost winter.

Light in front of mirrors give very cosy light. I do love antique mirrors...ah!



Sunday, 5 October 2014

Socks and climbing underneath a house...

Today I climbed underneath my house. Several times. I have partly a new building, as the former veranda had to be re-built as it was too rotten to keep. And due to this newly built part, I was also able to build a bathroom, as there was no such space in the former floor planning. And this part needs all sorts of finishing touches. I have a ventilated base floor. That was common in old wooden houses and has proved very good, as these houses (with a ventilated base floor) are healthy and strong. But, one of the ventilation holes is located below ground, and most part of the surrounding ground is rock, so I cannot level it according to the base or ventilation hole. There I had a little nut to crack. How can I avoid flooding of the base in the spring when snow melts. I talked to several people and they all agreed upon my idea. The idea was to shut the ventilation hole with tin, that has a large hole for a tube. Then attach a 90degree piece that is attached to a pipe and then another 90degree piece as a sort of hat. And to keep the tube straight, there should be a tin on the inside, at the same level as the one on the outside. I had to glue the inside-piece of tin from the inside, even though I had calculated the Pythagorean theorem and cut the inside-piece accordingly. You see, inside there was a piece of wood in the ceiling, that came too close to the hole, so it was unfortunately not possible to slide the tin inside from the outside. So one (meaning me!) had to climb inside. It's a a bit tricky to get inside. One of the ventialtion holes is a larger hole, so that one can climb inside. But it is located behind an old flowerbed, so we first had to dig out a larger landing in front of the hole, because it was only 40cm wide, and  a grownup would not fit. We dig and eventually managed to get the sort of landing ground, so that I could first slide myself into sitting position with legs inside, then turn around and face the ground, and then slide inside and land on my knees. And then crawl, as it is only 70cm high down there. But I found my way in  and out of underneath my house several times, and now my friends, I can tell you, it is done. I have worked on leveling the ground in front of the building, to find the correct slope, so that water runs away from the building. L has been extremely generous and so very kind in helping me. Obviously it is also so much nicer to have a friend to work with.

And guess what? On friday I found a little parcel waiting for me when I got home. It contained my woolen knee-socks. I am very pleased! Lucky me, I shall be very warm this winter.They are even prettier in real. And they fit me perfectly. I already placed another order, in another colour comination, hih!

Sunday it is. Have a good one!

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Fly by


Well, that is what my days and weeks seem to do!


On thursday I saw a performance at Kapsäkki, by two of my colleagues, Vuokko and Taisto. called Pietari19142014. A poetic travelogue to St Petersburg, back in 1914 and today, 2014. A lovely performance. Here is a lovely song by Vuokko (it is not from the performance).
Whilst in Helsinki, I also ate at my favorite fast food restaurant. Yes. I know. Many of you raise your eyebrows now and wonder how this combo is possible. Well it is. I enjoy a certain kind of fast food. When it's made with love and care. At Fafa's. The Kallio branch is like an american diner. They play great music in the "back", the staff sing along, they dance, so did I! I love how the staff always greet you welcome with a smile, they call out your firstname when your food is ready, and the food is delicious. Pitabread from their own bakery. Falafels with feta cheese, fried eggplant, olive paste, vegetables and tzatziki. And a ginger beer. What more could you ask for?
And whilst in Helsinki. I saw a man dance with a huge metal circle. He was accompanied by guitar. It was magical.
And whilst in Helsinki. I bought a pair of vintage shoes. Please let me be invited to a party soon. Please. Oh, how convenient then that I in fact have an invitation for a party next weekend. Hih! Maybe baby I shall wear my vintage shoes then.

Today I have worked in my garden. Put away chairs and tables and pots and cans. Winter may come, I am ready. I hung my new outdoor lights. These are from Granit. And placed fairylights inside the little lantern. Now it looks like a little carnival when I come home, hih!

Took a run in the early evening, came home to churchbells ringing, helgmålsringning
 is what it is called in swedish. The evening was warm, a little rain, my carnival-lights greeting me when I came home. Felt so good!

Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Treasures and dredging

Yesterday we (L and me) took a stroll through a local fleamarket. And boy did we find some treasures! L found a great painting for 2 euros! I found the Helsinki Cathedral photograph for one euro. I'm still a Helsinki-gal deep down in my heart, though I love living in this small town. I also found some enamel hooks, the sort I collect. Suits an old house like mine very well.


But above all this, I found an old woolen rug, it's huuuuuge, 2,3m x 3,4m. For free. It was dumped at the fleamarket and as it has two small cuts, so no one wanted it. It took up space, so they decided to give it for free. Still, nobody wanted it. Then I came along and, well, the rest is history, hih! I have repaired cuts and holes in rugs before, so I think these cuts will be fairly simple and it is easily mendable. I also checked that the costs to have it cleaned at the local cleaner is about 10 euros /m2. I shall have a beautiful rug in my living room. But it is also something I need. Woolen rugs are essential in old houses, with drafty floors. I am also happy to be able to give it a new life.We looked funny cykling home from our treasure-hunt. The painting and the huge rug fitted on L's bike, and me, well, I strolled along without any luggage as my other treasures fitted in my basket.

I ordered a pair of handknitted knee-socks today. Found this knitting lady on fb who takes orders. I loved her patterns and as I knit myself, I sometimes like to wear stuff that others have made. Odd perhaps. She immediately started. Even sent me a pic for proof. I do love that sort of passion for handicrafts. I believe this shall not be the last pair I order from her. I prefer knitted socks in the winter.

Have a great sunday folks! I shall go wash the boat today, as we had to take up the boat yesterday, they are dredging the shores and all boats must be taken up.


Monday, 22 September 2014

Repovesi

We left for Repovesi Nationalpark on saturday morning. Rucksacks filled with goodies like smoked fish, fresh bread, water, coffee and chocolate (of course!). Weather was perfect!
We (me and L) chose a trail that was both challenging and fun. And we had a variety of landscape. After the suspension bridge, we had a high climb and were rewarded with the first spectacular view, seen above.

We enjoyed our delicious lunch by this lake (above).

We met a grass snake. I haven't seen one in many years, they have become quite rare. This particular one was very long, over one meter. It first got scared when we met, but after a short while it relaxed and we could watch it enjoying the sun and trying to look like any common branch on the ground. Or that is what I imagine it trying, hih! We didn't encounter any other rare animals, but a very well looking squirrel.

It was L's first visit. I have been several times. We both agreed upon returning. We travelled there as part of a group, but everyone chose a trail of their liking and we decided to hike by ourselves.


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

I wish...


...I could post more pics of work made by my students. They are ever so talented and creative. 
But I can show you something! Above you can see a wallpaper made by two of my ex-students. Students design and print their own wallpaper in my class (part of the design-theme), sometimes they want to work in pairs. This is a collaboration with Jenny and Jonas aka J&J. They printed many strips and this one strip was given to me. I love it! I hung it with string. I nicked the idea from Deborah Bowness, her fab wallpapers are often hung on silkribbon...as you know I have a weak spot for Deborahs work. I myself have e the Rose dress in green and Semi Drum in frames. Dear Genuine fake bookshelf was left behind in my old apartment, the ever so lovely Shoebox. The new owner of the Shoebox has also been charmed by Deborahs fake bookshelf wallpaper, as she has plans to get some more and cover even a larger area. I only had one strip. But. I do not think I can live without it, hih. Next time a certain someone is in London...well yes, very weak spot there for Deborah...

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Harvest and safety

I do love this time of year, time of harvest. I have always been blessed by either having my own grown vegetables and fruit to harvest, or by friends and family.
I have now been given plenty of apple. It is a very good year for apple harvest. And as I simply looooove apple puree, I started a factory yesterday. It was a warm sunny day, so moved the peeling business outdoors;) Now I have so much appel puree, it will feed the finnish army aswell as my family and friends. I also baked a few applepies, and as I was busy in the kitchen I threw in a quiche aswell, feta cheese-spinach-cherry tomato. Unfortunately, I have had no time to collect glass-jars for my apple puree, so I had to use plastic bags and threw them in the freezer.

Later I placed my new fire-alarm on the ceiling. May I present Lento, by Paola Suhonen. Paola is the woman behind lovely Ivana Helsinki.

Ok. Anyone who has a pet and occasionally does yoga at home. You will understand. THIS. I so completely recognise and feel for guy carrying cat at 2:45.

Sunday. Have a good one!

Monday, 1 September 2014

What a weekend!

My house was part of the Lovisa Historiska Hus -event this weekend. I had many many hundred visitors, all whom were ever so friendly and respectful and also very thankful that I was involved. Visitors mainly asked about the renovation and wanted advise on a few matters. I was very happy to share the knowledge I have.

On sunday evening I was rather tired. But me and L met up for a small dinner and a movie. We saw Magic in the moonlight. It was only the two of us in the cinema! We both enjoyed the movie.

Very busy week ahead. Take care. Sniff basil, it does wonders to your self-asteem, hih!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Outcome

I have been working on the renovation for quite some time, and obviously gone through different stages of frustration and despair;)
Today I looked through pictures taken during the journey, blimey, change has actually happened.
This is a corner of my kitchen. I found the old door in the spring, in a nearby village, where I bought two other doors as well (I changed all the 70's doors to old ones from a 30's house, ok, this house is from year 1900, but I have decided not to make this into a museum).
It will be the door to a small cupboard, or larder, I shall build in the corner. I find it ever so charming. I love the word for larder in swedish, skafferi. If I ever had a small shop or kiosk of any sort, it would most certainly be called Ninas Skafferi. In fact, I think this little larder shall be named, I shall have a small opening of Ninas Skafferi, maybe invite some friends, serve small delicacies...
Talking of friends, last night I cooked my famous couscous salad and spent the evening with our dear friend J, who has moved abroad. We started planning a trip over to visit, soon. We ate, enjoyed wonderful wine and listened to a bunch of old LP's. What a journey down memorylane we all took. Oh dear, I remembered how a very young and small Nina cried when I listened to this, soon 36 yrs ago!!!! Baccara was a big deal for me when I was eight or nine years old. And that song always made me teary eyed;)


The second image is from when I have just started tearing up the kitchen floor. Look at those dark walls and floor. I used so much time scraping the roof beams off of chalkpaint, that was hard as stone at some places, now I am well pleased I did the hard work - they look fabulous against the whitepainted ceiling.
The door in this image is today the door to my bathroom.

Oh so much going on! Most of my "hobbies" start next week, there are farewell parties and theatre plays and concerts to attend. My theatre colleague Samuel has been accepted to study in London. There they will bake him into a master of arts, a theatre director, specialization within musicals. All my London-family, please take very very very well care of dear S (what a silly sentence to write, you are the bestestestest ever, so of course you will take greatest of care of the bestestestest Samuel <3 p="">
Time to work again! See you soon! Take care!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Gardens and wierd films


I have, in my mind, started planning the garden. I haven't had time to do much this season, and I also wanted to see what is growing and where. This year I have only had flowers and herbs in pots (pic above). Unfortunately terribly neglected! But some herbs and flowers are still going strong. But poor lavender has thus left us...before leaving for Corfu there was still a tiny bit of life left...

Yesterday was the "Restaurant-day". We dined at our dear friend Beniaminos house. He cooked his beloved italian dishes and it was delicious. Then we cykled about and enjoyed coffe and cakes in our friends backgarden. In the evening we watched Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. What a wierd wonderful film.

Oh, I hope you have seen this charming dance-cover/ shortfilm? Here is the original.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Corfu












Me and the person I'm in love with, let's call this person "L", travelled to Corfu for a week.

We stayed in a lovely small beach hotel by the shore with a beautiful view from the balcony. Fell asleep to the sound of waves and woke up to a mild breeze, it was like a dream. Though we didn't spend much of our time in the hotel, we still both appreciated the fabulous location.
We are both active and enjoy being active when traveling too, so our trip had lots of activities including hiking a 10km route up the hills where we found a wonderful small village Chlomos, with a spectacular view - it was 100% worth all the sweat and the heavy climbs!
One day we rented bikes and cykled for a day along the beautiful shores. Behind every bend and turn was another even more spectacular view. My bum got sore from the hard saddle, so here comes a cheap advise on how to make your cykling gear whilst on the go, stuff your trousers with oven gloves, hih!  Long climbes uphill and long nice glidings downhill. Our thighs were aching of the hard work when we returned sweaty and exhausted and happy to the hotel. I still completed my running miles during our trip, I had the best support from L.
Whilst enjoying beachlife, I often found myself floating on a mattress or piling stones or reading...
We visited Corfu town, walked about for a whole day enjoying the different pace and narrow streets and the many tavernas. 
For a food lover, I was not dissapointed in any of the many vegetarian dishes I tasted whilst in Corfu! 

I never blog or log on FB or check e-mails or check my phone when traveling on holiday. I leave the name and number of the hotel where I am staying with my closest people, they know how to reach me if needed. It is very important for me to also step away from all that. A world (cyber) that seems to have taken a grip on many of my acquaintances. Please do not think that I sit here and feel a better person than the rest of the world, each person does what is best for them. But I have become very aware of how so many people spend so much time online and how so many feel they have to blog and be on fb and reply to every single sms immediately and everywhere.
During this summer, both L and I have noticed many many, especially couples, sitting together, both (or the other) far more concentrated in their phones or tablets than their companions. It leaves me feeling sad, maybe they no longer have anything in common and nothing to talk about. What makes me personally feel very sad, is when I see mothers fingering their phones and not taking any notice of the kids wishing to be seen or heard.
We seem to have an unspoken rule, L and I, when we are together, our phones are on silent. And for real, we have never decided on this.

 When L and I became acquainted (and later friends and even later, lovers) we  used to go cykling or took long walks together. I even got L interested in running. Now L has invested in new running gear. I drool every time I see the new shoes. They are red. 

Work has begun and it is nice to be back. Renovation of the house takes small but firm steps forward. I did things during the week I would never ever had imagined myself doing. I love it. I've received so many kind and supportive words regarding the project. First of all the fact that I am female, taking on a huge house-project. By myself. So many women have said they envy my courage and that I am living their dream. I say thank you, but do not feel envy. I do not think this is anything courageous. Obviously it is huge. But nothing anyone else couldn't handle as well. I did not dig the waterpipes or the drains into the ground, nor did I do any of the electricity work, hih! I had professionals. That's their job;) I only had to tell them what I needed and wished for. And slowly does it. A home is slowly slowly taking shape. And soon I have a fully working kitchen. I cannot wait! I love food and love to cook and bake, so you probably know how excited I am.

Take care.
A warm thank you for all the many many messages I have received regarding my previous post.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Black cloud





The person I am dating is going through a rather dirty divorce. His ex has made it public on the internet, on facebook and through her blog. Now she has even taken me as her target. She has violated my privacy. She has published my name and linked to my blog through her facebook page (which is public, one needs not be her friend to see her posts!) and her blog. She constantly reports where we have been spotted together. Hence I had to close my own blog for a while due to the violation of my privacy. She claims it is her right to write about her divorce, about her sad feelings, as she also claims I do nothing else but post about my love affair and my happiness on the internet. Surely everyone has their right to write about themselves whatever they like, but once you start writing personal stuff about others, you're off limits. She is a professional journalist and now someone has reported her action. I wish her no harm but I can also wonder how a person in her position, can forget the rules of how to behave online. But obviously it is her choise to risk everything, not only her dignity, but her profession too.

First of all, my blog is by no means public, very few know my real identity. Secondly, I have a life to lead, not much time to spend on the internet.

My posts will occur as often (read seldom) as before. But with the difference, I might have to close my Temps Perdu -account and invite you all to become readers elsewhere.

Life is otherwise beautiful and good. I have a lovely house that I am renovating. I love my sweet darling  Muru-cat. I'm on holiday from work, looking forward to starting work within a month. I have the most wonderful friends. I have a wonderful family. I am dating a beautiful person and I am happy. I am doing a lot of running, signed up for a running-school and I am telling you, though I really love and enjoy running, in this heat it is a challenge. But I am very proud I have managed to fulfill all the running miles up until now. And I am not going to let some summer heat stop me;)

The image above is a textile work by my friend. It is missing a frame, but I am currently keeping my eyes open for it in the fleamarkets, I think a vintage golden frame would look great.

Enjoy summer friends!






Thursday, 10 July 2014

Happiness...


...is a (borrowed) rowingboat in the reeds. I had planned to buy a cheap rowingboat and had already contacted a seller online, but whilst waiting for a reply sent a rowingboat-request on facebook, and as it happens a friend of mine had a rowingboat in their garden;) So we made a deal that I organize an official place at the harbour for it, and her and her family can use it when they feel like taking a boat-trip. Excellent! As I often think we could share many more things, things we do not use constantly...so I am well pleased. And this is a glassfibre boat that needs very little care, as I don't have plenty of sparetime on my hands.
Took a first little trip on the bay last night, we had a mild breeze and wonderful scenery.
Later we watched a game of football and whilst cykling home decided to stop and  enjoy a skinnydip in the sea with the most spectacular yellow moon just above the treetops. Summer at its best! Enjoy!

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Very spoiled indeed

Received a few peony buds this morning from my most dearest person.


Monday, 2 June 2014

Summer is finally here


My vacation has started and I am taking it easy for a few days until I continue full time on the renovation.

Wonderful!

Above is an old chair in my garden. 

Monday, 19 May 2014

Monday evening





Sitting on my bed, listening to a mixture of birdsong, purring Muru and Nina Persson singing. The candlestick I purchased in Berlin on saturday during lunch. The lovely little restaurant had everything for sale, this candlestick was in use at my table;)

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Slowly, slowly

In the middle of the renovation a home is also taking shape. I just love the colours in the rug, the painted wooden floor and the surface of my wardrobe that is made the same year this house is built, 1900.
I have been busy renovating and taking care of a job to pay it all off with;)

Slowly a change of season has also taken place. Winter has slowly given up on us and spring is finally here, we have green shades, warm winds from the bay and light! 

Tomorrow I'm off to Berlin for the weekend. 

Take care!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Packing





I am moving in a week, so plenty to do. Luckily I have a wonderful little assistant.
I hope you've all had a wonderful easterholiday.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Spring


And ice cream!!!! The sun is out and there is hope that in a few months summer is here...

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Blinds


This is going to be a blind in my house. Just needs to be fitted.

I'm busy renovating. But managed to squeeze in a trip to Stockholm, to see a play and to meet friends. It was absolutely wonderful.

Take care and pardon my absence!


Sunday, 2 March 2014

House





Ok. Please sit down. I have something I want to tell you. I think you already know, but I want you to hear it from me.

I'm buying a house. Yes. I have finally, finally, finally, found a house I like and that suits my needs and my budget.
Hence the looooong silence.

Time to soon start packing. Again! Still,there are matters such as drain, water and electricity that needs to be taken care of first;) Little faun shall play his horn in a new location later in the spring.




Saturday, 15 February 2014

...and yet another weekend ahead!



I wish you a wonderful weekend.
I'm soon off for a run and then sauna with some friends and then dinner with the same bunch! Life is good!

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Fog with her






The fog was so thick one could hardly see more than a few meters ahead at times. Beautiful and strange. How the air felt. The sounds became more distant.

Saw Her tonight. Made me go very quiet. Woke many thoughts.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Sundays





First some showeling of snow, then coffee and lit fire and lit candles and invite Ane Brun to sing in your cottage. Right now she sings Words.


Ah how I love sundays.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Ciao!

A little greeting from Italy!
I have been blinded by the sun. I have walked for hours on end, enjoying the narrow streets, the beautiful buildings, the alps, the air, the sounds and the tastes of wonderful lovely Italy <3 br="">

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Sunday thoughts


Had a very lovely weekend.

Yesterday I made lots and lots of pottery tiles. I became a factory;) Worked for eight hours almost non stop, with only a short lunch brake. Now I need to wait another two weeks for the tiles to dry and then burn them and then it's time to glaze them. I shall show you results later.

Today I took a long walk in the cold and beautiful weather. Then I attended a fun event, an exhibition with a talkshow. The guest at the talkshow was the artist,  Jasmin Anoschkin, and in between the interview some of the favorite songs were performed by two musicians. It was a warm and intimate event.

Now I wish you a lovely new week. I'm off to Italy in a few days, so Ciao until the end of month!


Sunday, 12 January 2014


Someone is blogging instead of sleeping at night;)