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.