23 elokuuta 2019

Friday Bliss #50 - Joys of Early Autumn

Last week I admired Anna’s / Annas Nadelbuch beautiful decorations made out of sedum
and some red berries. So I had to make my version of the theme, using sorbus berries.

There are many signs of the approaching autumn: rose hips and parthenocissus are turning red... 
Yet late bloomers still to come and the days have been sunny and gorgeous!
Me and hubby emptied one compost heap, I feel so satisfied :)

And the plums are ripening - so tasty & sweet!

Wishing you a sunny weekend!
- riitta

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22 elokuuta 2019

Welcome for a Green Visit!

At he moment my garden is more green than blooming. When we moved here, there were no plants, no hedges, no nothing, only lawn in a bad condition. My aim was to bring green and different shades & shapes of foliage, and that’s what I have now.

It was a lovely August day today, and I was out in the garden replanting for hours. I feel thankful for my health and for the fact that I still have muscle power to dig, dig and dig! I’m thankful for my husband also, who helped me to clear from weeds and unwanted plants one spot in the garden. It is ready for planting - think of bare virgin soil! and the planting is going to happen tomorrow!

 I don’t know the name of this Veronica, but it is beautiful, pretty high 
and stands straight without  support.

Clematis integrifolia ’Petit Faucon’ has bloomed for weeks.
It needs support and its seedheads are very decorative.

This cream white Aconitum looks really beautiful against the dark-leaved ’Diabolo’.
Behind also a row of Rodgersia aesculifolia.

Was plant shopping for the autumn recently...

Still some solitary rose blooming among the reddening rose hips...
This is Rosa rugosa ’Rotes Meer’.

Although plastic, this pair of ducks looks cute swimming in my garden pond :)


20 elokuuta 2019

Sightseeing: Espoo Car Museum

A red London bus from 1948 welcomes the visitor!

I am not so enthusiastic about cars, but my 11 years old grandson is!
So sightseeing it was one rainy day. The cities of our capital region go this way:
Espoo in the west, Helsinki in the middle and Vantaa in the east.

Espoo Car Museum is the oldest car museum in Finland with its 40 years. 
It is located in an old & nostalgic grey stone stable. The two museum floors filled with cars, 
bicycles, mopeds, toys & all sorts of related equipment, portray a piece 
of Finnish automotive culture, from vintage cars to the 50’s American’s.

This Formula 1 vehicle is one of Mika Häkkinen’s first cars.
I doubt that neither Kim Räikkönen or Valtteri Bottas would satisfy with it!

The museum has been elected The Car Museum of the Year 2019 being the oldest and 
one of the largest motor-vehicle museums in Finland.  And full of cars it really was,
even to the extent that it was hard to find the needed distance to take a photo!
The museum was a bit dusty and too crowded, but the boy was in heaven!


Makrotex - Ruoka / Food

Tänään lounaaksi curry-kaalivuokaa ja jälkkäriksi mansikkarahkaa.
Curry antaa ihanan kultaisen värin & hyvää oli!

I’m a creative cook, hardly ever follow recipes. Today we had for lunch
curry-cabbage casserole and as dessert strawberry quark.