25 maaliskuuta 2017

Flowers in Black & White




It's so long I last participated in The Black & White Weekend!
This is how my tulips and a rose look in B&W - wishing you all a great weekend!



23 maaliskuuta 2017

Spring Euforia


It comes every spring. A day when you kind of awaken from a bear's winter sleep.
I had today my awakening moment. The scent of spring in the air and bright sunshine!


1. I want this snow away from my terrace!
I want to put the table and chairs to their place so I chopped the thick snow layers 
into small peaces and think that by tomorrow they have gone.



2. The growth has started!
Here is the evidence. It is every year so astonishing to see how vigorous the plants are.
As soon they pop up from under the snow they start to grow.


3. Decorating the terrace
Probably this Tete à Tete pot shall freeze, but I couldn't  help it....


4. Sowing the herbs
I noticed that my thyme has survived the winter in a splendid state!
I'll sow different basilica varieties very soon onto the window sill...


5. The wood pigeons have arrived!
Wood pigeons are so cute, I love them. Had to content with photos from the last year.


I have had some tiny decorations inside too...
BTW
Have you read Hanya Yanagihara's novel A little Life?
In my opinion it was good alright, but oh how violent & disgusting!

Linking with
Mosaic Monday

Wishing you all a wonderful & happy spring!

21 maaliskuuta 2017

Floral Bliss #13


This week I invite you to have a cup of spring with me!
Kuppi kevättä - ole hyvä!


But the cold truth is that the winter continues and there are no signs of spring
to be seen in the garden - only moss has appeared from under the snow.
Kevät etenee tuskastuttavan hitaasti...


A pot of Tete à Tete was extremely difficult to photograph
because the flower heads look wherever they want!
So I made a tiny cup of spring for you - have a taste!
Tete à Tete kenkkuili kanssani! - Siispä tein kevätkupposen sinulle ❤︎




This is the only green that can be seen!


Olisi tosi kiva nähdä sinunkin kuviasi täällä - Tule mukaan!

Please, come and join - share your Floral Bliss with me and the others!
Simply Anything Living or related to Botanics 
not only flowers but also
* Wild plants & landscapes * Cut flowers, bouquets, dried flowers
* Manipulated photos, mosaics, floral art

All previous Floral Bliss



Iloista kevätaikaa!- Wishing you a happy springtime!


20 maaliskuuta 2017

Signs of Spring


Makrotex Challenge - Signs of Spring - Kevään merkkejä

Vähissäpä ovat vielä kevään merkit!
Outside there are practically not yet any signs of spring. Only that moss can be seen!
We have sill a lot of snow... Maybe in a couple of weeks...



Sepelkyyhkyt ovat palanneet! Eilen näin kolme muuttomatkasta väsynyttä. Kuva kesältä 2016.
Wood pigeons have arrived! Yesterday I saw three tired from the journey. Photo from last summer.




Wishing you a sunny week!

19 maaliskuuta 2017

Color Collage 12 / 2017


This Monday I don't have any stories to tell. Waiting for spring to come
and reading - but maybe you would like to look at my recent mosaics?
Every week I participate in this fun Color Collage challenge.
Aino gives us the colors and we are asked to interprete them how we like.

This link shows what I have recently made.

Happy Mosaic Monday!






17 maaliskuuta 2017

Five on Friday

You can't believe me! As I write this post early on Friday morning it is blowing and snowing. Yesterday we had wonderful sunshine - maybe again tomorrow. There are no signs of spring yet. Here my random five. Click to Amy's last Five on Friday and see what the others have been up to!


1. Literature at Savoy Helsinki
On Wednesday evening we had the last evening of this spring. On the stage there were fabulous women who all broke the tight boundaries with which the society wants to press women: an appreciated writer - Katja, a member of parlament, the Afganistan born Nasima, a former minister - the one who was minister nearly 4000 days - Sinikka, a marketing & media person - Lenita! And the lady who stole my heart - the actress Bisse Birgitta Ulffson, 88 years but still going strong. She is at the bottom left reciting a Moomin poem by Tove Jansson. Click for more photos & story.



2. John Williams - Augustus
Augustus was just released in Finnish. It was a fabulous book and a tragic journey to Ancient Rome. I have read also Stoner & Butcher's Crossing, all hits here in Finland. Click for my reviews.


3. Adam Johnson
A friend of mine recommended me his short story collection Fortune Smiles. I read it in English and found it really good. The Orphan Master's Son has been translated into Finnish. This novel was rewarded with Pulitzer price in 2013. A great thriller based in North Korea! Click for my reviews.


4. Photographing
I participate weekly in the Makrotex Challenge. This week the topic was flower. I had some orange parrot tulips and made a mosaic out of them.



5. My little rascal
It is now news how my cat Sissi behaves. But here is the evidence. I wrote a Haiku poem about her teasing me. But maybe the syllables are not quite right in English.

Your pretty flowers 
are so vain, so vain!
Enjoy while you can
for I'll eat them up!


Anyway - wishing you sunny & beautiful March days!

14 maaliskuuta 2017

Floral Bliss #12


This week's topic at Pieni Lintu's Makrotex Challenge is FLOWER.
 I decided to combine these two linkups so that fans of flowers can see more of them.
Enjoy the photos - just click yourself to Makrotex Challenge!

For this challenge I bought a few orange parrot tulips and photographed them
both on light background and on dark background.




I got a few photos - then my assistant jumped eagerly to help me...


I think the lighter versions turned out better.
But my keen assistant didn't mind - the tulips tasted so divine whatever the background!




Olet sydämellisesti tervetullut mukaan!

Please, come and join - share your Floral Bliss with me and the others!
Simply Anything Living or related to Botanics 
not only flowers but also
* Wild plants & landscapes * Cut flowers, bouquets, dried flowers
* Manipulated photos, mosaics, floral art

Previous Floral Bliss
First Floral Bliss


Joy to your week! - Iloa viikkoonne!


12 maaliskuuta 2017

The Bluebird of Dreams



This week we are challenged to describe the color of our dreams. There is a Finnish old song telling about the Bluebird of Dreams - Unen Sinilintu. I chose this suggested starting point.




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