22 lokakuuta 2021

Friday Bliss #162 - Colorful Weekend!


I made the last garden bouquet of the season using Sedum Herbstfreude and grass 
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster’ - and added color with a big scarf.





This is the 9th garden bouquet or arrangement of the season. 
Above a collage of some others and this flower heart was the first in May.



ART FOR THE WEEKEND
This wooden harlequin was found at Ars Nova, Turku.
Unfortunately the artist is unknown to me.


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19 lokakuuta 2021

Photo Challenge - A Book

For my book reviews I photograph always book covers with some acessories, 
that fit to the cover colors or tell about the book’s theme. 
Here five examples of my October books.


This detective story - The Dead Are Not Silent -
happens around Christmas in a snowy Helsinki. By writer duo Rainio & Rautaheimo.


This is  a poetry book - I'm Here in the Woods now -
by one of my favourite contemporary poets Anja Erämaja.


Autumn book is a fictive biography of Tove Jansson by Johanna Venho.


Wings at the Heels is a fictive story of Maria Rankkala who was
dramatist and translator at the Radio Theatre, written by Heidi Köngäs.


Aino A. is a fictive biography of architect Aino Aalto, the spouse of 
the world famous architect Alvar Aalto, by Jari Järvelä.

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#der natur donnerstag #garden affair #gartenglück #image-in-ing #krapu #makrotex / a book
#my corner of the world #tuesday's treasures #t in die neue woche #wednesday around the world

18 lokakuuta 2021

Louhisaari Manor, Birthplace of Mannerheim



Louhisaari Manor is a historic baroque manor in Askainen in the municipality of Masku. The mansion is the birthplace and childhood home of Carl Gustaf Mannerheim (1867-1951). The house is a fine and rare example of a Palladian-style country house in Finland. During the restoration of the 1960s, the exterior was restored back to its 17th century style as much as possible. The house is surrounded by a park in English landscape style.

Mannerheim is our heroe. He was born in Louhisaari, but had to move out at the age of 13 after his father left the family & the seven children and moved to live with his mistress to Paris in 1880. Mannerheim's maternal uncle became his legal guardian and financier of his later schooling. The Russian Empire dominated the Grand Duchy of Finland before 1917, and Mannerheim made a career in the Imperial Russian Army. When Finland declared independent in 1917, he served as the military leader of the Whites in the Finnish Civil War of 1918 and as commander-in-chief of Finland's defence forces during the period of World War II and as the sixth president of Finland (1944–1946). 


The Mannerheim equestrian monument in the heart of Helsinki was sculptured by Aimo Tukiainen 
and was unveiled on June 4, 1960, on the Marshal's birthday. The bronze cast cavalry 
is 5.4 meters high and stands on a 6.3-meter-high red granite pedestal, 
so the monument has a total height of almost 12 meters.


In the park there was this beautiful scale model.
We visited the manor in the summer and were pretty much the only visitors.
It was very interesting to stroll around this impressive historique building.














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17 lokakuuta 2021

Congratulations Aino for the 300th Color Collage!


This Sunday’s color collage is the 36th this year, but in all the 300th!
I joined in Aino’s challenge a bit later, but have enjoyed a lot.
Thank you Aino for giving us week after week lovely inspiring colors!


Today it is a color bingo! I chosed the vertical line on the right.

Krapu / Crab w 42 - Esmeralda

ESMERALDA

Voi että sillä tytöllä oli mielikuvitusta! Rohkeakin se oli. Ei se tainnut olla kuin viisi vuotta, kun lauloi uimahallin pellehyppyillassa Maija Vilkkumaata; minä olin hämmästynyt ja yleisö taputti. Tytöllä oli pitkä vaalea tukka ja usein vaaleanpunaiset vaatteet. Muutamaa vuotta myöhemmin se sanoi tykkäävänsä enemmän punaisesta, koska ei ollut enää pieni.

Se tanssahteli ja pomppi kuin pikkuinen varsa, tai ehkä se oli perhonen. Luulen, että tyttö veti minua monta kertaa nenästä, mutta kaikenhan se anteeksi sai, koska se oli minun. Iltaisin istuin tytön sängyn ääressä kuuntelemassa sen tuhinaa. Mikä viaton ja innoissaan oleva ihmisenalku, jota halusin suojella aivan kaikelta pahalta. 

 

100 sanan krapuhaastetta vetää SusuPetal. 
Viikon 41 krapusanat ovat vetää, vaaleanpunainen, tuhina.

Crab is a 100 word Finnish writing challenge. 
Words for the week 41 are fool, pink, sniffle.

Free photo from online.

ESMERALDA 

Oh, that girl had imagination! She was brave, too. She must have been only five years when she sang a song of Maija Vilkkumaa at a clown performance of the swimming pool; I was amazed and the audience applauded. The girl had long blond hair and often pink clothes. A few years later, she said she preferred red because was no longer a little girl.  

She danced and bounced like a little foal, or maybe she was a butterfly. I think the girl fooled me many times, but after all, she was forgiven because she was mine. In the evenings I sat by her bedside listening to her sniffle. What an innocent and excited little human being, and I wanted to protect her from all the evil.


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15 lokakuuta 2021

Friday Bliss #161 - Finnish Nightmares


Pocket Matti is a hilarious and funny short cartoon that sheds light on our strange Finnish sayings to a foreigner. First let me explain what Pocket Matti means: Matti is the Finnish equivalent for Matt & Matias. As a joint word Pocket Matti = taskumatti it means hip flask! On each page there is the chosen saying in Finnish, as well as its literal translation and the real meaning of the saying that seems crazy. If you think of English, which does not have the letters ä and ö, the following sayings seem funny even visually: Syöttää pajunköyttä, Äly hoi älä jätä, Tykätä kyttyrää & Pitkäpiimäinen. The book gets the reader in a good mood. There are over 90 sayings and I will take a few as examples:
 
SYÖTTÄÄ PAJUNKÖYTTÄ
To feed willow rope > To lie
 
ÄLY HOI ÄLÄ JÄTÄ
Hey, intelligence! Don't leave! > You are doing something incredibly stupid
 
TYKÄTÄ KYTTYRÄÄ
To like a hum? > To get offended, to dislike
 
PITKÄPIIMÄINEN 
Long buttermilk > Very boring 
 

HUKKA PERII
A wolf will inherit > To be in deep trouble

KISSANRISTIÄISET
Cat’s christening > An unimportant event

ÄIMÄN KÄKENÄ
To be a leather needle’s cuckoo > To be surprised

KARHUNPALVELUS
A bear’s favor > A favor that ends up being more bad than good

More than 60,000 Finnish Nightmares comics have been sold in Finland, and their translation rights have been sold to the United States, Japan, South Korea, Estonia and China. The Matti character in the books has even brought a new word Jingfen to the Chinese language, which means “mentally Finnish”.
 
 
Well, despite our odd language Finland is a wonderful small country.
I'll share with you an old Finland collage.


ART FOR THE WEEKEND
I just read a biography of Mary Gallen-Kallela, the spouse of Akseli Gallen-Kallela.
My rewiev is in Finnish but there is Google translator.
Mary & Akseli had an interesting life with travels in Europe, Africa and The US.
Mary was skillful pianist but rejnounced that career.

Mary 1891

Heroic Mary 1894

My post about The Gallen-Kallela Museum / The Inner Eye
Artist of January Akseli Gallen-Kallela & his Kalevala frescoes at the Finnish National Museum

 
Mary 1905

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12 lokakuuta 2021

Krapu / Crab w 41 - Mielikuvittelua / Imagination


MIELIKUVITTELUA

Nainen rämpii märässä lehtisohjossa. Sataa tihuuttaa ja navakka tuuli puskee etukenoon. Kerrassaan hurmaavaa tämä Suomen syksy! Aukealla paikalla hän kääntää kaihoisan katseensa taivaalle. Tuhannet kurjet ja hanhet olivat matkalla etelään - ne viisaat ja taitavat.

Ihminen luulee olevansa maailmannapa, mutta ei edes lentää osaa! Nainen kuvittelee selkäänsä taipuisat mutta vahvat siivet, jotka kiskaisisivat hänet tuosta vain korkeuksiin. Hän liittyisi lintuaurojen hännille ja liitäisi niiden kanssa pilvien yläpuolella, niin että vain humina korvissa kuuluisi. Sieltä korkeuksista voisi katsella pienten ihmismuurahaisten pientä elämää. Mutta hän olisi vapaa ja kohta siellä, missä tahtoisi.

Hyvä mielikuvitus on voimavara, ei häiriö. Yletönkin tarpeen pohjoisen kaamoksessa?

100 sanan krapuhaastetta vetää SusuPetal. 
Viikon 41 krapusanat ovat kiskaista, matka, humina.

Crab is a 100 word Finnish writing challenge. 
Words for the week 41 are snatch, way, buzz.

IMAGINATION 

The woman wades in a wet leafbed. It is drizzling and a brisk wind pushes her forward. Absolutely charming this Finnish autumn! In an open place, she turns her longing gaze to the sky. Thousands of cranes and geese on their way south - those wise and skillful. 

Man thinks he is the center of the world, but doesn’t even know how to fly! The woman imagines flexible but strong wings on her back that would snatch her easily to the heights. She would join the bird swarms and plane with them above the clouds so that only buzz in the ears would be heard. From the heights she would watch the small life of small human ants. But she would be free and soon wherever she wanted. 

Good imagination is a resource, not a disturbance. Even in excessive needed in the polar darkness?


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Novita Wool Colors



 Novita wool colors Early Evening, Mist and  Common mugwort

11 lokakuuta 2021

Excursion to Hämeenlinna



Last Saturday we went to see our new kitten Siru to Hämeenlinna. It is a city and municipality of about 68,000 inhabitants in the heart of the historical province of Tavastia and the modern province of Kanta-Häme in the south of Finland. The distance from Helsinki is about 100 km. Hämeenlinna is the oldest inland city of Finland and was one of the most important Finnish cities until the 19th century. 


It was a cloudy October day, pretty warm, no wind. We enjoyed the city views with colorful foliage 
and old wooden houses. Siru was cute of course ❤︎ and we did some sightseeing too. 


We visited the medieval Häme Castle...


... and the birth place of Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). It was a charming wooden townhouse 
in Empire style, where Sibelius spent the three first years of his life. 


... and The Palander House which presents the lifestyle of 
a bourgeois Hämeenlinna family 100 years ago. 




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