26 heinäkuuta 2021

A Visit to Kustavi



Kustavi is a small municipality with less than a thousand inhabitants in Southwest Finland, 
but it is the most popular summer cottage municipality with about 3,100 summer homes. 
During the summer, Kustavi's population increases more than tenfold! Hubbys daughter Nana 
and her husband Sami have their summer cottage there. Our short trip was a success: 
sun, lovely summer, peace, good food, the sea and of course family & lovely doggies.



They have two lively Tibetan Terriers Sisu and Milo (the black one).
Sisu is nine years old, but Milo just a baby: only five months. He was like a small teddy ❤︎
 
 
 
 
Sisu loves to have a motorboat run. With a lifevest on he is very proud.







These are the days to remember when autumn rains fall and the wind blows!

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23 heinäkuuta 2021

Friday Bliss #149 - Doll House Exhibition



The Doll House Association celebrates this year its 30th anniversary. I used to be a member during my hobby years, but not any more. I visited their 30th anniversary exhibition at the Järvenpää Art Museum’s Ahola that used to be the home of writer Juhani Aho and his wife, painter Venny Soldan-Brofeldt during 1897-1911. The couple went through a love triangle as Mr. Aho fell in love with his wife’s sister Tilly and they even got a son together in 1902. This ’scandal’ was kept in tight secret until the married couple’s younger son Antti wrote his father’s biography in 1951. 

Downstairs in the yellow wooden villa there was their permanent exhibition with beautifully lit posters with Venny’s art, sketches and family photos. And the whole upstairs was filled with doll houses - a little girl’s paradise! I took a few photos of this miniature world, but as the small objects were behind glass, my photos did not succeed very well. Yet a few impressions.




I was especially impressed with the personal dolls. Most of them were self made
out of Fimo modeling mass. This cute elderly couple was so sweet.
Under a modern single woman in her apartment.



This old Doll House Mansion is antique. It is from the 1930s. 
Goldsmith Hjalmar Armfelt donated the house to his grandchildren.


The Doll House Association has even published a book -
Life and ambiances in Finnish doll houses.
 
 To finish still some impressions of the permanent exhibition.
 



The lady playing the piano on the right is Aino Sibelius.
Mr. Aho was in love with her before Aino married Jean Sibelius.


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19 heinäkuuta 2021

Gumbostrand Konst & Form


Gumbostrand Konst & Form is an art center founded in 2012, which includes
an art gallery, a design shop and a bistro focusing on classic Scandinavian flavors.
The entity was established in K. Hartwall's old factory environment, where bottle caps were 
reportedly made earlier. Konst & Form enjoys a scenic location by the sea
in Sipoo’s Gumbostrand. The ocean views were stunning. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time 
to take landscape photos (kids involved!), but I want to go there again to admire.

The space was nicely renovated, high and spacious. I especially liked Anu Penttinen's
colorful and imaginative glass objects. 
Take a look at the link that introduces the artists of their summer exhibition.


 Anu Penttinen's glass objects were colorful & shiny.


 
Åsa Hellman - Eight Black Tulips


Kuva: Konst & Form


Marja Hepo-aho's Gumbo fox was so cute and available in different colors. 



Tuomo Saali's Maa-ilma / The World was amazing. There is a play of words as in Finnish 
the world is maailma. If you split it in two syllables as maa-ilma it says earth-air.




Luke Nicol




I hope this post fits to Tom’s Tuesday’s treasures, even if these objects are not old.

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16 heinäkuuta 2021

Friday Bliss #148 - Hot Colors of a Hot Week



At first I want to say how schocked I feel about the terrible damages caused by heavy rain 
& floods in Central Europe. I do wish that all my German blog friends are safe. 

On the contrary in Finland this is the hottest summer in 70 years. Heat wave has prevailed 
over Finland since the beginning June, meaning continuous temperatures at 25 - 32 C. 
It has rained somewhere but at my place too little. The garden suffers from severe draught, 
hose watering is just not enough.

I put a few orange Nasturtiums to float on a shallow bowl.
They looked really fresh on our black terrace table. Otherwise my pots of Nasturtiums
look pretty wild. I’ll let them stay for a while and perhaps soon replace them.






I have tried to keep myself busy in order not to mourn about  the death of Sissi. Have had guests 
and visited museums. Two Tibetan Terriers of hubby’s daughter Milla - Pauli and Arttu - stayed 
with us a couple of days. They brought so much joy, but suffered about the heat in their thick fur.




I am not online over the weekend. Making a short trip to Kustavi,
a coastal city in southwestern archipelago where hubbys daughter Nana has a summer cottage.
Shall visit your blogs next week.

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