All posts tagged: environment

Helsinki, here we come!

If you follow me on Instagram (@katrijennisofia) you might have found out that we are moving to Helsinki! That’s due to our work things and we’re hoping this would later mean an easier leap to abroad. I’ve also had difficulties living so far away from my friends, they are my second family and I have lived so many years away from them. They all live in Helsinki. And I’m slowly but firmly finding myself actually loving the idea of moving there. This move means also that this blog gets lots of new posts about different natural places in that city. Cannot wait for those adventures! My (and the Chef’s, too) relationship with Helsinki has been difficult in the past. I’ve lived there two times before. And although those times were full of experiences, I didn’t like that place. Now, after 6 years, and on the verge of new, I’ve started to analyze those reasons that led me to resent that place. At the time I hated that everyone seemed to be in full hurry mode …

The Parks of Kotka

It’s always nice to go back to the places from your childhood. Last weekend I traveled to Kotka, a town by the sea in southeast Finland. My home village is almost 30 kilometres north but Kotka is a very familiar place for me because I spent my high school years there. The town centre is actually located on an island which is so cool. You’re surrounded by the sea everywhere you go. My Mom just moved to the centre and it was so nice to have short distance to every single beautiful park that I really love in Kotka. Because the parks of Kotka are the most award-winning parks in Finland. And yeah, that is so true! I’ve lived and visited the most largest cities in Finland and, sorry for saying this, they just don’t know how to design amazing parks. Heikki Laaksonen, the man behind these parks, is also a lover of modern art and you can see that when you walk in the town. You are surrounded by the beautiful art pieces. So …

Bikes vs Cars

  I’m really passionate about using public transport, bike and my own feet for moving myself around. I try to organise my life the way that I don’t even need a car. Of course, distances are f***ing long in Finland and sometimes I find myself thinking how easy it would be if I had a car. This lasts for about 2 seconds. For 30 years I haven’t needed a car, hopefully I never will. Why am I talking about this in my plant-inspired blog?! Well, you might have heard about global warming, acid rain, environmental stuff like that. That’s when cars (read: people) declare a war to nature. And you might already know how that’s going to end, eventually. Yesterday I saw an awesome and truly inspiring documentary called Bikes vs Cars (you can watch it here if you are in Finland). Might sound a bit boring subject (I thought that at first) but the documentary is so amazingly made, very visual and very touching. The unfortunate truth is that I think this documentary will …

‘Lines for Life’ for Singapore

I guess everyone knows New York’s High Line nowadays. I love that project and I think world needs more projects like that. And so thought Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, too. Redesigning an unused 24 km long rail corridor a Japanese firm Nikken Sekkei is creating an urban park and garden called ‘Lines for Life’ for the people living in Singapore. The construction is starting this year continuing to 2019. I also love the idea of so many masterminds co-operation in this project: there’s designers, architects, bio-engineers, engineers, plant and animal scientists. The park will consist of camping areas, bike lines, different gardens, playgrounds for kids and adults, anything an urban space should and could have. Again, a new spot for me to visit one day…   Kaikki varmaankin nykyään tietävät New Yorkin High linen. Rakastan koko sitä projektia ja mun mielestä maailma tarvitsee myös lisää sellaisia. Ja niin ehkä ajattelivat myös Singaporen kaupungin kunnostamisesta vastaavat viranomaiset. Japanilainen Nikken Sekkei -yritys suunnittelee uusiksi ja luo käyttämättömästä junaradasta 24 km pitkän urbaanin puutarhan ja puiston, ‘Lines of Life‘:n. Rakennustyö …

The book about Moss and Lichen

I know, I know. I’m a geek when it comes to plants. Well, when it comes to many things like astronomy, crafts, history, actually anything interesting. All the books in my bookshelf are nonfiction books. I want to know everything. And I love that I have a boyfriend who knows the geek in me (and who also is an information geek). Here’s a book he gave to me as a Christmas present. A book about Finland’s moss and lichen (by Jouko Rikkinen). How cool is that!!! Especially now that I’m more into moss than ever before thanks to Japan’s beautiful moss gardens. I’m so waiting for the summer so that I could go to a forest to identify every single piece of moss and lichen. Until that there’s awesome pictures and interesting information for me to see and read.   Tiedän, tiedän. Miä oon nörtti, kun puhutaan kasveista. Tai noh, oikeastaan kun puhutaan aika monista asioista, kuten tähtitieteestä, käsitöistä, historiasta, oikeastaan ihan mistä vain mielenkiintoisesta. Kaikki kirjat kirjahyllyssäni ovat tietokirjoja. Haluan tietää kaikesta kaiken. Ja …

street garden Japan

The street gardens of Japan

For a plant lover there is so much to look at in Japan. Because almost every little space is filled with plants and flowers. I literally couldn’t move quite fast in the street because I had to photograph every single street garden I noticed. Here’s a few.   Tällaiselle kasvifanille Japani tarjoaa niin paljon katseltavaa. Koska lähes jokainen pieni tila kaduilla, pihoissa, missä vaan, on täytetty kasveilla ja kukilla. En kirjaimellisesti kyennyt liikkumaan kovin kovaa, koska parin metrin välein piti pysähtyä valokuvaamaan paikallisten ihania katupuutarhoja. Tässä muutamia.     

designers on holiday

Designers on holiday

How cool is this idea hosted by London creative studio Featuring Featuring: they brought together 18 designers from different fields and let them create their dream camp site in the island of Gotland, Sweden. For two weeks the Designers On Holiday camped and collaborated, building shelters, a sauna, a bath, a distillery (!), wood oven and other wonderful stuff. I love the simplicity of their designs and, of course, their use of natural materials. And distillery, wow!!! If it would be possible in any way, I would love to get all my designer friends together for something like this. How awesome and fun would it be!!!   Kuin siisti on tämä lontoolaisen luovan studion (jonka nimi on Featuring Featuring) idea: he lähettivät 18 eri alojen suunnittelijaa luomaan unelmiensa kesäleiriä Gotlannin saarelle, Ruotsiin. Kahden viikon ajan Designers On Holiday -projektilaiset majailivat saarella ja suunnittelivat ja rakensivat yhteistyössä mm. telttoja, saunan, kylvyn, tislaamon (!), puu-uunin ja kaikkea muuta mahtavaa. Miä tietenkin rakastan tuota yksinkertaista fiilistä ja, tottakai, luonnonmateriaalien käyttöä. Ja tislaamo, vau!!! Jos se olisi mitenkään mahdollista, niin …

End of summer at Huruksela

My camera is full with photos that I want to share with you but somehow I haven’t had much time lately to actually posting them here. I hate when life is too busy but I guess it’s my own fault. But although these pictures happened over a month ago I still want to show them. I spent one day in my childhood home, a little village called Huruksela, in Southern Finland. And it was like nature explosion. I picked so many different berries (blueberries, cherries, red and black currants, gooseberries…), wandered around in the garden and went to the nearest forest with my brothers where I almost sank into the swamp. So very exciting day, indeed. I also love the time of the year when the grain fields are golden and dancing in the warm late summer wind. So so beautiful! I’m definitely a country girl. Mun kamera on koko ajan täynnä kuvia, jotka haluan jakaa teidän kanssa, mutta jotenkin mulla ei ole ollut viime viikkoina aikaa käydä niitä läpi ja postata tänne. Vihaan, kun …

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Edyn Smart Garden System

Take a look at your gardening future! Edyn Smart Garden System is actually quite cool. I’ve been waiting for some kind of modern technology system or app for gardening and maybe this is it. The whole Edyn project started on Kickstarter one year ago. And now it’s ready for us regular users. The yellow solar-powered sensor is planted in your soil where the sensor monitors your garden’s environmental conditions like humidity, air temperature and sunlight. Then you get guidance to your Edyn app and it’s easier for you to know how much to water your plants or what’s wrong with them. I don’t know if the sensor checks also the soil’s pH (acidity) but that would be an awesome thing, too. Apps for easy gardening are still hard to find (because I think no one makes them) so it’s so nice to see Edyn blossom. Tsekatkaapas puutarhan hoidon tulevaisuuteen! Edyn Smart Garden System on oikeastaan aika cool! Oonkin odottanut jotain modernia ja helppoa teknologiaa puutarhan hoidon avuksi ja ehkä tämä on se. Koko Edyn projekti sai alkunsa Kickstarterissa …

NASA vegetables

Growing vegetables in space

Good news for all of the future astronauts traveling long distances to other planets and galaxies! You will have some fresh vegetables! Because NASA has managed to grow some red romaine lettuce on the international space station for the first time. I have to admit that I actually thought that it would’ve been done, like, ages ago (maybe I’ve watched too many science fiction movies…). But I guess not. Well, anyway it’s a wonderful thing. The vegetable production system uses LED lights (red, green, blue) to grow the plants. Now I’m just waiting for the whole garden to be possible in space. Hyviä uutisia kaikille tulevaisuuden avaruusmatkailijoille, jotka matkustavat pitkiä matkoja eri planeetoille ja ehkä galakseihinkin! Saatte nimittäin matkaanne myös tuoreita kasviksia! Koska NASA on onnistunut kasvattamaan ensimmäistä kertaa ikinä punaista romainesalaattia kansainvälisellä avaruusasemallaan. Mun täytyy tunnustaa, että jotenkin kuvittelin, että se olisi ollut mahdollista jo kauan aikaa sitten  (ehkä oon katsonut liikaa scifi-leffoja…). Mutta ehkä ei sitten. Jokatapauksessa tämähän on mahtava uutinen! Kasvisten kasvatussysteemi avaruudessa perustuu erivärisiin LED-valoihin, joiden avulla kasvu onnistuu. Nyt vain odottelen, …