13 marraskuuta 2019

Library on Wheels



At their highest peak there were 200 library buses on the roads of Finland, now numbering 140. But one of them stops once a week nearby, at the local primary school. I looked in and it was filled with happy kids. So great to see that new readers are growing up! I use a lot of library but never thought about this option. Library buses offer literature for all ages - also bestsellers! - and I could easily change my library reservations here.

In Vantaa there are two library buses - DREAM & STORY and 107 stops: 33 kindergartens, 28 schools and 46 street stops. Borrowing activity is lively and in 2018 there were about 172 000 loans, most of which were literature for children and young people.







This is my most recent loan - Wanderings in Italy - Traveler of the Year Award 2019. 
The Mondo magazine in Finland especially praises the book for its rich travel stories:

Wanderings in Italy is a delightfully diverse compilation of travel stories: the book wanders 
in the wild and in beautiful cities, spotting cultural discoveries and even small breweries. 
Behind the 15 stories edited by Markku Kaskela and Tomi Kontio, there are numerous 
well-known writers from visual artists to poets. 

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12 marraskuuta 2019

Fragmented Images of Childhood



On Sunday we celebrated the Fathers’ Day in Finland. I have lost my father years ago, but still cherish my memories. I wrote this short story:

I see my mother in her small greenhouse in the strong aroma of tomatoes, and my dad in worn-out trousers and suspenders. The scythe leans on the ladder and the pipe slides into the mouth. How young and happy he looks! The word dear did not sit in either's mouth. It wasn't customary at the time, but caring was evident in slapping the butt, with gentle smiles. Both were hard working and enjoyed the results of their own hands. It was almost impossible to understand that they no longer existed. But I'm sure that from somewhere they follow the course of my life. Smiling with encouragement when I encounter a difficult place. Longing is in the air ❤︎


Das Original ’Hiefler mit Heu’, Public domain


Am Sonntag haben wir in Finnland den Vatertag gefeiert. Ich habe meinen Vater vor Jahren verloren, aber meine Erinnerungen immer noch zu schätzen. Ich habe diese Kurzgeschichte, Fragmentierte Bilder der Kindheit. geschrieben:

Ich sehe meine Mutter in ihrem kleinen Gewächshaus im starken Aroma von Tomaten und meinen Vater in Hosenträgern. Die Sense lehnt sich an die Leiter und die Pfeife gleitet in den Mund. Wie jung und glücklich er aussieht! Das Wort Liebling saß nicht in ihrem Mund. Zu dieser Zeit war es nicht üblich, aber es machte sich bemerkbar, wenn sie einander mit einem sanften Lächeln auf den Hintern schlugen. Beide arbeiteten viel und genossen die Ergebnisse ihrer eigenen Hände. Es war fast unmöglich zu verstehen, dass sie nicht mehr existierten. Aber ich bin sicher, dass sie von irgendwoher dem Lauf meines Lebens folgen. Mit Ermutigung lächeln, wenn ich auf eine schwierige Herausvorderung stoße. Sehnsucht liegt in der Luft ❤︎


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10 marraskuuta 2019

Sustainable Thinking in High Fashion?



We are all worried about the climate change and the impacts of industrial production and consumption on the environment. Every sector should try to act sustainably. There are ISO 20121 Standards for Sustainable Events, too - never knew or thought about that! A quote from that site: Events take a heavy toll on our resources, society and the environment. They can generate significant waste, put a strain on local resources like water or energy, or even ignite tensions in local communities. With ISO 20121 you can make your event sustainable, no matter its type or size. 
Read how Malmö, Sweden acted when arranging the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013.

At the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Florence there was an exhibition showing that sustainable thinking might be possible in High Fashion, too. I doubt this seriously! But at the exhibition all the garments were made out of recycled materials and even the mannequins were made out of biodegradable stuff. The exhibition was interesting. In the dark space my photos turned unsharp, but because this is an interesting topic, I’ll share them anywhay. There were SHOES of course! More photos from the exhibition HERE.








Designs by Salvatore Ferragamo (1998 -1960)
Yanis, Arnaud and Mehdi in high heels!



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Color Collage




T in die neue Woche


At this time of the year it is lovely to remember greenness & warmth of summer.
This beautiful green trellis leads to a well cared garden in my neighbourhood.

Wishing you all a happy Sunday & the coming new week!
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09 marraskuuta 2019

The Weekend Roundup S


Starts with S:
Sunny Summer: no Sorrows in the Soul ❤︎


Starts with S:
Serving of Sweet Strawberries brings a Smile on the face!


Single & my favourite:
Single tree in a Snowy & Sunny & Silent Scenery
- 20 C January 2019

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08 marraskuuta 2019

Friday Bliss #61 - Splashes of Orange



THANK YOU all for your lovely words and comfort to my complaints about November ❤︎
The lack of daylight in the Nordic winter is dramatic and many people suffer from a fatigue and depression caused by it. I have a daylight lamp too, but it is still in the cupboard
- so my situation is not yet so bad :) But to give the weekend some energy, a few photos
& thoughts about orange. Wikipedia says:

In Europe and America, orange is the colour most associated with extroverts, warmth, fire, 
energy, activity, danger, taste and aroma. 
In Asia it is an important symbolic colour of Buddhism and Hinduism.


The sky takes on shades of orange during sunrise and sunset,
the colour that gives you hope that the sun will set only to rise again.
- Ram Charan


Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow.
- Wassily Kandinsky


There is no blue without yellow and without orange.
- Vincent Van Gogh


On Sunday we celebrate Fathers’ Day, it’s probably time for a strawberry cake!
The poetry book on the left is called SUN. CARROT. WATER. by Heli Laaksonen.
Her poems are written in a western dialect - I come from the east - but did not matter!
I found so much joy of life in Heli’s poems!

EDIT
Thank you Eva for reminding me about DER BLAUE REITER - The Blue Rider!
Der Blaue Reiter was an art movement lasting from 1911 to 1914, fundamental to Expressionism, along with Die Brücke which was founded in 1905.


❤︎❤︎❤︎

Wishing you much light & bright winterdays!
- riitta 


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06 marraskuuta 2019

Colorless November



November is in Finland maybe the most painful month: it is cold and windy and so dark.
First snow brought joy & light, but it soon melted away.
November is in Finnish Marraskuu, meaning a dead month. And that what it is.
You really had to wear rosy eye glasses in order to find any beauty in this colorlessness.
Fortunately December and Christmas are going to give a break in this endless dullness!








Well, I exaggerated a bit - I’m not so desperate. 
Woollen socks, hot glögg and a good book help a lot!


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05 marraskuuta 2019

Embarassing Life as a Spirit


Embarassing Life as a Spirit
They were distributed in different colors and sizes. I chose black because that color describes me. Immediately I wanted to test their carrying capacity - hip hey hello, great! Flew on the tail of a raven flock around the church tower - what a flight, a flight! Soon I was hit by an air pocket and slammed into the water like a wet rag. I was so embarrassed embarrassed embarrassed! The mascaras ran on my cheeks and I was soggy. As soon as I dry my feathers and become ethereal light again, a new attempt. Atshii! I think I’m getting a cold. Maybe I'm knocking on Hades' door aiming to spend the night there. I know he has a hot stove! Life on earth is not easy, but a spirit’s life is not easy either! 
👀
Inspired by a bit spooky Kekri feast and a challenge ’I’m gonna be...’ 
I wrote this short story, and tried to translate in German, too. Hope it is understandable.

Peinliches Leben als Geist
Sie wurden in verschiedenen Farben und Grössen verteilt. Ich habe mich für Schwarz entschieden, weil diese Farbe mich beschreibt. Sofort getestete ich ihre Tragfähigkeit - hip hey hallo, toll! Flog auf dem Schwanz einer Rabenschwarm um den Kirchturm - was für ein Flug, ein Flug! Bald wurde ich von einem Lufloch getroffen und stürzte wie ein nasser Lappen ins Wasser. Ich war verlegen verlegen verlegen! Die Mascaras liefen auf den Wangen und ich war tropfnass. Sobald ich meine Federn trockne und wieder ätherisch leicht werde, ein neuer Versuch. Atshii! Ich denke, es ist eine Erkältung. Vielleicht klopfe ich an Hades’ Tür um dort die Nacht zu verbringen. Ich weiss, dass er einen heissen Kamin hat! Das Leben auf der Erde ist nicht einfach, aber das Leben eines Geistes ist auch nicht einfach!



The original, the church of Viapori


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04 marraskuuta 2019

Makrotex - Seinällä, On the Wall




The topic of Makrotex this week is ON THE WALL.
It could be paintings, lamps, hooks etc. But I chose old wreath photos from my archive.
Christmas is approaching and I usually start to decorate the house mid November.

This wreath is old and made by me of blueberry twigs. When it turned brown I sprayed it grey, added some rosehips and a wooden angel - voilà! This lasts for ages.


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