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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19 lokakuuta 2020

Escape at Night

I participate weekly to a writing challenge. The text must be 100 words the title included. The hostess Susu gives every week three words that have to be included in the text. Last week the words were apartment, honest & to be afraid of. This is the text I wrote. In Finnish it was exactly 100 words, translated into English a lot longer - due to articles and prepositions, we don’t have those in Finnish.


It was a gloomy and stormy night. Pipsa had escaped from the annoying atmosphere at home to the family's old villa. The moon glew in the sky like in Transilvania and the wind howled in the corners, creaking at old structures. Pipsa considered herself a calm and sensible woman, but before dark she just had to check all the doors and windows so that no murderer could get inside. Maybe My sister, the Serial Killer wasn’t the best choice for tonight’s reading?

Pipsa listened to the sounds of the old wooden villa and was honestly afraid. Not soothing internal speech nor deep breathing helped. The horror escalated and in the wee hours Pipsa rushed to her car with a red baseball bat and filleting knife. She had to get to town and home apartment and tolerate hubby’s grumpy face.

My original photo.

#all seasons #der natur donnerstag  #digitalart dienstag #gartenglück #image-in-ing 
#makrotex  #my corner of the world #t in die neue woche #värikollaasit