16 tammikuuta 2019

The Sun Makes All the Difference

The winter can be beautiful too. Today we have a fantastic winter day: 
blue sky, pure snow, sunshine and about -6 C.
It’s better to enjoy this because tomorrow a terrible snow storm shall
sweep over the southern Finland. It is forecast 20 cm new snow!

I wonder why the birds don’t eat the abundant rosehips of Rosa glauca...

I wish I were on my way somewhere, too...

Wishing a lovely Wednesday dear friends!
- riitta

14 tammikuuta 2019

Kuivaa - Dry

Pieni Lintu’s Makrotex Challenge asks to photograph something DRY.
I have dry withering tulip petals & some seedheads found in the middle of the snow.

Wishing a lovely winter week!
- riitta

12 tammikuuta 2019

Animalistic Proverbs

Every nation has its own proverb treasures. I gathered here some of ours
combining animals to common wisdom. The translations don’t show the hilarious dialects
from different parts of Finland. Maybe you have similar ones... Hope you’ll enjoy!
Ananas & Kookos - Pineapple & Cocos by my daughter-in-law Elli.

An old dog doesn’t bark lies. - An old dog barks not in vain.
Ei vanha koira valetta hauku.
A barking dog does not bite. - Haukkuva koira ei pure.

The dog and wife must obey. - Kyllä koiran pitää totella ja vaimon. (Kittilä) 
See my post from 2017 - Puppy Happiness 

Who’s going to raise the cat’s tail if not the cat itself?
Kukas kissan hännän nostaa, jos ei se itte? (Mäntsälä)

Even horseshit is good when fried with butter.
Hevoossontakin on hyvää, kun sen vois paistaa. (Lapua)
Rooster is poor man’s clock. - Kukko on kööhän kello. (Heinola)

Miss summer and flies, the poor man would have friends.
Tulis kesä ja kärpäsiä, sais köyhäkiin seuraa. (Hollola) 

In SAUNA you must behave like in church. 
Saunas täytty olla ku kirkos. (Kisko) 
If SAUNA and booze and tarr do not help, the disease is deadly.
Jos ei sauna ja viina ja terva auta, nin se tauti on kuolemaksi. (Hyvinkää)

Wish there would always be evening and Saturday and never morning and Monday!
Kun aina olis ehtoo ja lauantai eikä koskaan aamu ja maanantai! (Seinäjoki)

Workman’s Saturday - Työmiehen lauantai 
 was a great hit in 1966, by Irwin Goodman (1941-1991). At that time we had a six-day workweek, 
so Saturday and booze were so longed for... Irwin enjoyed a huge popularity with his ’protest’ songs.
Five PM to the sauna and six PM to the slammer
That's the working man's Saturday
Five PM to the sauna and six PM to the slammer
That’s the working man’s Saturday...

Workman’s Saturday / Youtube
The old recording is not that great, but a living picture of that time...


11 tammikuuta 2019

Friday Bliss #18 - Beauty in the Polar Night

A few mobile shots from my early morning walk yesterday. One of the neighbours
has these beautiful fairy lights on her umbrella shaped elm ❤︎
Light in the dark polar night is so needed and people keep them till February on their yards...

This is my living Christmas tree, still bearing lights - a thuja Brabant at the house corner...

This week I read Aila Meriluoto’s poems - a writer who celebrated her 95th birthday yesterday. 
She wrote poems of this collection at the age over 80 - how great is that!
HERE some of her older poems translated into English.

We long lived women, ---
We never stop, we only live. Ruthlessly.

Let’s taste together pure this. Existence.

In clothes I don’t mind pink, but it is great in tulips ❤︎

Wishing you all a beautiful winter weekend!
- riitta

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09 tammikuuta 2019

Snow & Tulips

Last night we got still more snow - a lot of shovelling - but it does one good.
My lilacs bear a lot of new snow - a view through the window.
My world outside does not offer any colors but the first tulips do ❤︎

Wishing you a happy Wednesday!
- riitta

08 tammikuuta 2019

Wet & Grey January

The beginning of January has mostly been wet and grey and
the temperatures around zero. No beauty to be seen outdoors
and the roads terribly slippery. 

Last night the views got beautified a bit with new wet snow.
This is how it looked around my home this morning.

 Sissi wants to go inspecting the world first thing in the morning,
but this cat lady is very quick in her movements - no good photos...

Wishing you all cozy & comfortable January days!
- riitta

06 tammikuuta 2019

A Few Words About Art & Poetry

This post is partly a re-visit from 1 June 2016 when I wrote about 
one of our most famous female painters - Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946). 
Quite recently I read this stunning book Encounters 
combining her art to the poetry of Edith Södergran (1892-1923).

Encounters is a beautiful poetry and art book in four colors and big size. The dramatic poems of Södergran and the stunning art of Schjerfbeck interact in a touching way. In their lives they had much in common: the fathers died young, they were poor and sick, and neither was much appreciated during her life time. Yet there were some differences. Schjerfbeck was born in Helsinki and lived most of her life in the capital region, only the last few years in Sweden; she lived a long life and passed away at the age of 84. Södergran was born in St. Petersburg and lived and died young at Raivola community (now part of the Soviet Union), only at the age of 31 years.

Edith Södergran’s significance to the Finnish poetry is indisputable. She brought to us modernism and free verses being internationally our most famous poet: her works have been translated into more than 40 languages. Online you can find many sites with Södergran’s poetry in English - here is one and here another.
I long for the land which is not,
for I am tired of desiring all that is.
The moon tells me with writing in silvery clear runes
about the land which is not.
The land where all we wish for wondrously comes into being,
the land where all of our chains fall,
the land where we cool the wounded brows
in the dew of the moon.
My life was a hot illusion.
But one have I found and one thing have I truly won –
the path to the land which is not.

In the land which is not
my beloved walks with a shining crown.
Who is my beloved? The night is dark
and the stars tremble in response.
Who is my beloved? What is his name?
The heavens arch higher and higher,
and a human child drowns in endless fogs
and knows no answer.
But a human child is nothing but certainty.
And it stretches its arms higher than all heavens.
And an answer comes: I am the one you love and always must love.

The text on the video is in Swedish because I did not find a good
interpretation in English.

Helene Schjerfbeck is one of the most famous Finnish painters. She started her art studies at the age of 11 and had drawn already years on her own at home. She fell down the stairs at the age of four and her hip injury limited her movements her whole life. She was only 18 when she travelled to France, Italy and England for art studies.

Schjerfbeck was a very original painter with her naturalistic, somewhat masculine and minimalistic style and had her first private exhibition only at the age of 55.  She did not get wider international acknowledgement during her lifetime, but in 2007 her fame exploded owing to exhibitions in Hamburg, Paris and the Hague which gathered over 350 000 visitors. Schjerfbeck painted over 40 self portraits, half of those at the age of over 80. As years went by, the portraits turned to be very plain and reduced.

Convalescent 1888

After 2007 the prices of Schjerfbeck’s paintings went astronomical. 
Her Dancing shoes from 1882 is through times the most expensive Finnish painting 
- sold at the Sotheby’s in 2008:  Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 GBP LOT SOLD 3,044,500 GBP. 
The second place belongs also to Schjerfbeck with a newer version of the same painting.

Art photos from Creative Commons & photographed from this book.


Wishing you an energetic & healthy January!
- riitta

Grey & Warm as Wool

04 tammikuuta 2019

Friday Bliss #17 - Summer Green

i am sad to say that this stunning hedge of white Syringa josikae 
is not mine but my neighbour’s. It decorates my walking route at the end of June, 
is 4 meters high and full of flowers. A beautiful sight!

I don’t usually succeed in photographing butterflies but here a few photos of 
Peacock butterfly - to bring you summer mood.

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