30 lokakuuta 2020

Friday Bliss #112 - Happy Halloween!

It is Halloween weekend. I don't personally celebrate Halloween, so I don't have
any scary decorations either. But I thought to share these masks I photographed 
at a square in Florence last autumn - even if they are more beautiful than scary. 

For Jutta’s Digitalart Dienstag I made last year this manipulation
- Party over The Arno:

"The Venetian masks got tired of home corners and decided to travel.
They invaded Florence and scared the people.
But they thought that the party was really fun.

It seems that the coronavirus is taking the whole world, and Europe in particular, directly to hell. 
Led Zeppelin’s song Stairway to Heaven dates back to 1971. The heavy metal singer Jarkko Ahola 
has a fantastic voice, please listen! 

In fact, I am in heaven at the moment because three months of  renovation and moving project 
is now doneHallelujah!  You see, we had a beautiful & modern flat in an apartment house 
in Helsinki and it was our intention to sell this old Vantaa house with laborious garden and to move 
to an easier place. But in the beginning of August we decided to stay here, much because of 
the coronavirus and the changed reality - no travels & no desire to stroll in the city center, 
the countryside is wiser. So we renovated the whole house and moved our belongings 
from the flat back here. What an arduous project but now it is done!


I wish you Happy Halloween or peaceful All Hallow’s Day, whatever everyone is celebrating!

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27 lokakuuta 2020


The theme at Makrotex is ROUND.
A merry-go-round is certainly round. This one was found in Florence. 

#all seasons #der natur donnerstag  #digitalart dienstag #gartenglück #image-in-ing 
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23 lokakuuta 2020

Friday Bliss #111 - A Book & a Memory

This weekend Ill spend a lot of time listening to the Helsinki Book Fair, online.
Recently I read a novel Finnjet, My Love and it brought memories to my mind.
GTS Finnjet  was built at Wärtsilä Shipyard in Helsinki 1977. It was the world’s 
biggest and fastest cruiseferry at the time and sailed from Helsinki to Travemünde, Germany.  
There was space for 1500 passengers and 350 cars.
Plot summary: Three welders  / three musqeteers who worked at the shipyard in the 70s 
fly to India in 2008 to wittness the demolition of the Finnjet in Alang. 
Great description of a friendship that has not always been so smooth.

Ferry trips to Sweden, Estonia and Germany are very popular among the Finns.  There are
many companies - Vikingline, Tallink-Silja, Finnlines... I am not so fond of cruises 
but have sailed to Stockholm & Tallinn and once to Germany. As teenager I sailed with 
M/S Finnpartner to Travemünde and spent the summer in Grosshansdorf, a small town 
near Hamburg and stayed at the home of the sweet Weingardt family. It was a HOT summer! 
visited the Hamburg Zoo and probably also the Ahrensburg castle. 

Photo underneath: GTS Finnjet in Helsinki, the Finnish Wikipedia.

My simple calluna plantings look like this. The variegted ivy is fake,
but I thought it adds a bit of light to the plantings.


Wishing a beautiful weekend!


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20 lokakuuta 2020

Hobby - Reading

Satu Vasantola - Kaikki kadonneet  / All Those Lost

One of my hobbies is reading and I write reviews at my book blog Kirja vieköön! 
So far in October I have read mostly new releases by Finnish writers. Many bookstagrammers  
publish very elaborate photos, I prefer to focus on the cover. Accessories are often florals.

Pirjo Toivanen - Siskoni Italiassa  / My Sister in Italy

Hannimari Heino, Kristiina Wallin - Matkakirjeitä / Travel Letters

 The only international writer is Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri, who has Indian roots, 
grew in The US and lives now in Rome - and writes in Italian! 
I have loved her previous books, but this made me a bit embarassed.

Jhumpa Lahiri - Dove mi trovo / Where I Find Myself / Missä milloinkin 

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