All posts tagged: winter

New home neighborhood

We’ve lived in Helsinki for 4 months now and I just haven’t managed to post anything about our new neighborhood.  Let’s fix that! We live in Munkkiniemi which is like its own little village inside Helsinki, just few kilometers from the centrum. This place is by the sea, most of the buildings are from the 1940’s or 1950’s and you can see the influence of those years also in the gardens here. I love wondering around this area because the houses are so beautiful, the tram number 4 comes straight from the city centrum, there are lots of nature areas and, of course, the sea. I am so much a sea person. It smells different, it feels different and calms you differently than lakes or rivers. All the gardens in this area, even how small, are perfectly designed to match the 50’s feeling. The plants like Rhododendron, Taxus and Hydrangea are so 50’s! The gardener inside me is thrilled to see garden spots that are so well thought. These photos are from January but it actually doesn’t …

Thoughts about Winter

Winter, oh Winter! Okay, let’s cut the crap at the beginning. I hate winter in Finland. I really do. When the fall starts to turn into winter I get so depressed and annoyed. The first falling snow flakes are okay, preferably at the Christmas, but then it’s just not okay. I hate that it’s so cold or when the snow turns into slush. I hate every winter sport, I don’t even want to go outside. If I could decide I would go to bed at the end of November and then wake up at April. Like bears! Or so many other living beings. They are wise. Every winter for the last 30 years I’ve been thinking: “This is gonna be my last one in this cold country. I don’t need to take this anymore.” But here I am, still. I’m always so amazed by some people who actually enjoy winter. Because I find that so wrong. Maybe I was born in a wrong country. Well, this January we’ve had weeks of -30 Celsius degrees and …

DIY: Eucalyptus wreaths

It’s definitely a sign of long polar nights coming when the only moments to photograph give you a bit blue photos. But that’s okay, I think. And blue goes well with the star of these photos: Eucalyptus. This year I wanted my winter wreaths to be natural, simple and almost grey so eucalyptus was the choice! I bought a few branches so I could try different things. Buying single branches is very affordable and the other stuff you need are also quite cheap: cotton/hemp/linen string and metal string. To make a round wreath I just made a simple circle with the metal string. I cut the eucalyptus branch in little pieces and started to roll them around the circle. You can also add little metal string pieces to keep the branches in form. And then just add as much as you like. The other “wreath” is just a branch hanging with cotton string. So simple and beautiful! The eucalyptus dries up nicely in a warm and airy space so you can just hang your fresh …

ice in Näsijärvi

The power of ice

Today I witnessed the power of ice. We went for a spring biking trip to see the lake. And what an experience it was! There were some crazy people who were ice-skating on the lake. It’s been so warm (almost +10 Celsius degrees) for a week now and no one could drag me on top of the ice but there they were, the crazy Finns. And then I got even more scared. We arrived to the shore where the ice was already crumbling and climbing against the rocks. And then we heard that sound… A creepy, powerful, creaky sound that was so strong, like coming deep under the earth. The ice. The sound was like a sinking ship (never been to one but I remembered the movie Titanic and its sounds). I was sure that the whole lake would explode at any minute, the sound was so loud and dangerous. I felt myself so little and so powerless but at the same time it was so amazing to remember again how big and strong nature is.   Tänään todistin …