caught a less natural caterpillar on a countryside beach. even an ancient nokia can be useful when the camera is at home.
welcome to the slow food festival in fiskars!
a soul mama and my friend daniel.
the market in colours.
the icecream queue, oat coffee tasting and happy family members with or without fur.
i tried the best seitan ever at soul mama's kitchen. it was definitely worth waiting for.
neither the cold day or my flu stopped me from tasting cloudberry icecream for dessert.
this will be the sunday dinner.
the slow flow continued throughout the day at snappertuna. sausage grilling and sauna swimming under the starry sky.
farewell, housewarming and autumn party att lindholm's place.
a warm welcome by the hostess.
i'm gonna miss honey melon à la jonna, not to forget the honey who creates them ;)
soon the sea looks like the crackeled car window. i want to break the trend and stop us from moving towards colder and darker times. i am already grumpy and cold enough due to the never ending flu.
seeing some hope between the ventilation grid.
dreaming away to may during the photo club's competition. the autumn leaves outside remind me of the cruel reality.
65 anynymous photos and honourable mentions to all four members of my family - almost too good to be true.
my three photos are the pepsodent smiling zebra, the blue church and the dancing dolls.
i guess we must be a good team then: hugs home!
slow morning at my photo friends house. i borrowed clothes due to the sudden coldness and took the metro straight to uni. not that my brain absorbed much of today's info packet, but i don't like skipping classes.
struck by some hail at the bus stop.
tired of being ill, so i headed towards slow food helsinki's harvest party. brought a dessert my mum used to make. spiced it up and made it ecological and local.
hello there mr halloween! someone else seemed to have an autumn party as well. but i bet it was not as delicious as our's.
i felt immediately integrated into this lively international slow food family.
heading to the ministry of foreign affairs after waking up with yoga.
seminars about nato, crisis management and welcome to finland.
i felt welcomed and took some shots.
... i want to steel cami's skull earrings ;)
watching the result of good marketing of our country. locals and tourists sit side by side at fine cafés sipping a global drink: the morning coffee.
little my spotted her name twice on a not so petite sign ;)
sipping lattes was exactly what we also did in the afternoon at my favourite place on skatudden. but replacing coffee with tea.
chatting with childhood friends made me forget about time.
i had to rush to the next appointment. these terrace houses could be seen through my photo friend's window.
sitting all day reviving my flu into a fever.
but sometimes it's okay to not be cheerful. i was not eager to slowly pedal to school today.
although i have a brand new cycle path outside my door. ferrari red (almost).
glad i made the small effort: fascinating lectures and a new course. thumbs up for that!
korjaamo in autumn robes.
not the funniest of days. i worked with domestic design whereas the foreign reporters followed tragedies in nairobi and in pakistan.
suddenly my flu seemed like a trifle.
our radio tower shined in the morning but was wet of tears ... from heaven? in the evening.
mariefors may be calm and picturesque, but also gives room for the local mc club. i could not resist the ash trays with cute skulls, so climbed up the stairs ... surely not to heaven ;)
also the virginia creepers chose to climb up up up the walls of the hospital.
nature and architecture in cooperation. this is how i prefer it.
ducks converting to the the dark side.
i am a member of the nordic countries oldest photo club. we headed towards mariefors for our yearly autumn trip.
result: around 300 pictures. here comes selection one (excluding the secret candidates saved for the competition).
only 45 min driving from home and still the colour cascade of the seasonal change was far ahead of helsinki.
romantic functionalism around the mental hospital. i believe in quicker recovery in picturesque surroundings near nature.
my flu forced my to take breaks, but no problem when kinuskilla was around.
cutlery in a brown bag = genious.
almost too good to be true that so many customers had chose to spend their september saturday in the seemingly "middle of nowhere".
farewell prejudice. the factory buildings reflected in the calm lake which turned into a small water fall.
well, this don't seem to have been a long running race - prefect for slow and ill me.
(even this short and) i cheat. this is a dubble exposure (two images on top of each other) of the start and finish.
drugged my flu and headed towards habitare after my lectures.
tea bags in tree, the petite μ stool and a petite greenhouse ... my birthday is pretty soon you know ;)
design lamps make my drool.
notice the news paper igloo. i don't care about its purpose, it's cool!
another cool "house" was this huge safety reflector.
continuing the colour splash!
my legs turned yellow and blue
not caused by the flu
(... thank god)
the art piece scans through:
i'm finlandssvensk, that's true
... like the bathing duck above ;)
also my creativity seems to float at my these artsy parts of habitare: ahead! and trash design:
plus de francais, plus des pommes pour les chouettes, and more magazines on my wall.
long lunch date with dad at a warm oasis in the autumn rain. c-vitamin, colourful nutrition and calmness to combat the bacillus trying to ruin my weekend plans.
took a shot of echinacea.
i felt like this, but luckily today's programme wasn't physically demanding: foreign reporting, french and a photo lecture.
nuppu was actually really active. perfect for the job as chief of marketing. The security staff hid - as white and fluffy as her twin - in the back room. the team at puro melts both the customers and the potential robbers hearts.
mio - apple perfectionism: pretty sweet and sour.
a friend called for charity concert company this evening. Who says no to free and fancy music for the good of sick children?
the idols of today's youth but also glimpses of artists from the 90s - when we were young and crafted signs to wave with at in this very same arena. we smiled with nostalgia and felt old an wise, like giraffes.
fun to once be able to calmly gaze over the sea of 10-year old heads. but the sad thing was that i wasn't much taller.
here a favourite of mine from some years back: reddrama.
i dropped some tears for the struggling children in the videos between the songs. blue and shiny like the palettes on my blouse.
mio, my son by Astrid Lindgren is what struck my mind on my way home. a beautiful fairy tale about a boy raised up in difficult conditions.
he overcomes his problems and i hope the nearly 300 000 euros collected at elämä lapselle has the same effect.
my rumbling stomach was howled down by my phone: a dear childhood friend asked for lunch company. guess who was eager to fill a hole in the timetable with meeting her, and the hole in the stomach with delicious veggie gratin.
we tried to eat at a sushi buffet but ended up in my favourite restaurant.
maria is as warm, natural and optimistic as this picture reveals. time always runs away with her. we chatted in the cosy surroundings for looong and then bought some seasonal fruit at the market place.
i almost forgot to return to the university. got exited by all the exchange programmes available.
dreamed far away at the hot pilates class.
rushing from place to place. i don't mind a high pace when the tasks are interesting: school substitute, study visit, sweaty yoga and secret planning.
on my way home for the first time today. left the secret meeting in tölö feeling exited.
signed a contract for some artsy stuff. that is all i can utter.
the soul sisters made raw cup cakes to celebrate the sunny september sunday.
natural ingredients served by a natural beauty
(and shooted raw and natural with her phone camera.)
i feel like a shame for the world of orienteering. i used to compete in that sport, but this evening i tried to bike to a friend and returned 3 times to the same colony gardens.
i blame the tired brain cells after a long but fruitful day at work.
after a phone call and an advice from a gentleman i eventually arrived.
chai latte, chatting and chilling. we packed some donkeys and i lost the game with pride. packing has never been a strenght of mine.
i saw a really moving documentary at kino engel tonight. it made me compare my reality with being a victim of the Chinese communist cruelty.
i live in a bubble with a strong and shiny wall - as if constructed out of diamonds.
the movie made me almost angry. why do i jump around like a stupid donkey with eyepatches, why did i know nothing about this?
i show you the frame i look through every day. now slightly overdecorated with kitchen items.
the soon saturated colours of the autumn suits my mood well: calm yet concerned.
a good time for consuming slow food sharing the same colours. i received a goody bag with home made chili and garlic oils last night. maybe they will buck me up to fight for what's right?
my bracelets remind me of my strengts and weapons: the experiences in uganda, the personality of little my and peace. i am so grateful that we have freedom of speech. i will use that tomorrow at work.
no lectures during midday so i skipped writing essays at the university. instead i did some "planning" on the sunny stairs at the senate square.
smiled at the tourists. the guy on the top kept taking shots of himself.
this is an honoured choir outside the faculty of law. it is our serious attitude towards academics which makes our university 69th in the world.
i represented the proper and hardworking elite student. did some window-shopping and checked out the new pop-up yoga studio. i'll try yoga for singles on fridays if i dare.
live life. love life.
i never wanna float around like an invisible and weightless piece of cloth anymore. that's past and far in the future. but cool to be a real ghost then when this life is completed with glory.
guess i just woke up too early, because sleepy already during the afternoon. happy i was productive in the morning though.
strolled around skillnaden - the difference - with janccu.
un macaron, leica and latte at the design forum - perfection. a pity this was all her's ;)
at least i was there to breath the atmosphere and browse in artsy books.
relaxing hot yoga gave me fresh perspectives on the neighbourhood architecture.
i started writing an article, but just "had to" interrupt to provide company for a friend all alone in tölö
she had bought a bag bigger than herself full of puzzles. guess i got infected by her playfulness on my way home.
enjoyed evening jogging with jonna on the island between us. almost forgot to breath between all words i had to say.
quiet chill at home gave some rest to the vocal cords. lubricated them with fine japanese green tea.
finally opened the box and whisked my very own matcha.
guess the box wasn't pandora's after all.
why did i not dare to jump over my fence of fear earlier?
this is as green something can get and even decorated with a foam border.
i can taste no bitterness at all.
we bought an ostrich egg from a cosy farm on an estonian island this spring.
time to drill it open!
mum made some magic with the nearly 20 regular eggs that this one carries: spinach and carrot fried ostrich pancakes, ostrich oat oven pancake and ostrich "empty-the-fridge" omelette
seems i have a bottomless tummy for pancakes. this is food from and for real road runners.
candle light dinner with the whole family does not happen too often nowadays.
but who would want to miss this?
guess who gets to keep the shell and becomes immortal?
we arrived a day too early to the japanese tea ceremony in town, but no problems. we caught another (= better) on sveaborg.
janccu seeking soft ice in september heat.
the warm archipelago wind followed on the ferry back. cutting cray fish with morbide medicine students ;)
even petite μ is too tall for the mirror !
the sun shined almost as strong as in ... jamaica?
the market square stalls reminded however about reality: the fall is here ... but apples falling from the tree into my bag isn't too bad ...
what would helsinki be without seasons? ... but i admit: i wear flip flops and summer dresses still as an attempt to hold on to summer ;)
getting up at 6am by free will is not easy i admit, but why snore in bed when you can gaze over a slumbering city from cool yoga asanas?
i was almost disgustingly efficient this morning. trained and fresh i strolled to school to eat my ready-made breakfast and do home work - before my uni day from 10 - 17.
art is where you least expect it to be, but only if you seize the day and keep your eyes open. one good thing with not being able to bike ...
dad luckily solved my serious withdrawal symptoms by learning how to fix my dear bike.
i followed him out on the country side ... well espoo to chill with the family and the neighbour's dog.
coco melts my heart like ... coconut ice cream?
too adorable for a watch dog. we mingle in peace.
walking the secret path between uni and mum's working place
time for brain relaxation and taste bud treatment at our favourite café by the sea
the maritime theme continued on our way home.
a promising start. foreign reporting with inspiring teachers and class mates from zambia to china.
free champagne and adorable french exchange students.
the evening was made for a photo stroll. i met an ostriche who stood still long enough for me to get a picture.
how can a capital city be this green?
the green theme continues in the traffic. i wish i could ride my bike soon again ...
this giant fellow enjoyed the sunset at tokoi beach.
now even i am ready to accept autumn. soon the green starts to leave both the leaves and the traffic. no way i will bike in the cold.
ready steady go.
dressing for the day
with a scarf in my way.
starting school again in english - now for the third time!
friends arrived from stockholm and sipped away the tiredness at my favourite café.
escaping cats and dogs raining outside.
calm and cosy with a cup of kindness
sweet girls, but some like it dirty
and others choose panther pattern
i chose the raw cloudberry cake. it made me levitate - in the clouds
crispy and seasonal like the fleurs de courgettes at the fine farmer's market on the other side of the wall.
the chilli flavour followed me home where mum had prepared indian sunday supper all day.
9:30 - 16 cleaning up my closet. the whole city turns into a flea market for a day. not very profitable, but many happy customers to chat with.
the cleaning continued at my parent's house. they are returning from the isle of skye tonight.
gazing through the window at what used to be my home. still always welcome.which colour are the stripes on a zebra?
white i say. like the book shelves and the light rays.
big thoughts starts to spin after midnight, which does not necessarily lead to a clever outcome ;)
this kept me awake while waiting for the travellers to land. j'adore monsieur figue ;)
whatgoesaroundcomesaround ... so maybe i have earned all the small disasters i'm delaing with?
trying out cool tees with an edge.
returned home with two bags - 70 %. quality i could not otherwise afford and sports clothes.
i bought my very first cupcake: vegan rose vanilla raspberry!
... as if an update of the wardrobe would not be consolation enough ;)
kitchen, telephone and camera have more or less broken. today my bike helmet was stolen, but it was locked so the thief had to break it. no sense at all.
but the bright side:
1) i "have to" eat lunch outside with friends. this time student price.
stella's dessert was as happily (notice the vanilla sauce smile) overwhelming as her personality
2) i had to replace my too wellused helmet ... and maybe the wardrobe as well? selling clothes tomorrow at siivouspäivä (pikku myyn putiikki).
3) seems like the curse follows my neighbours too: 7 years of bad luck for them - a nice picture for me, don't you think ;) ?
sunny summer day
but cool wind swirls reminding of autumn
city chics soon separating
our last supper
in cosy zucchini
nostalgic shopping round
like those days back then
first departing is audrey tatou
next out is our intelligent pakistani princess
petite μ will guard helsinki
translate the last words into swedish ...
say hello to janccu's gluten free butter birdie ;)
the result of a funny sleepover,
maybe she got inspired by me talking and laughing in the sleep? yes, she actually heard me laughing.
i swam in the sea, bought local maize, fried some chantarelles - trying to maximise what's left of summer.
swimming away the sweat after roller-skating in the evening sun
greek sallad, rosé and late discussions with her colourful family - could it be more mediterranean?
mr mystery is my godson
i fed him sushi for the first time - nothing he gets at home.
yum, but wasabi was not a hit.the little gourmand knew where to get the best ice cream - that impresses godmum who feels lost in the jungle. but some topics are just too sensitive to come from vise small mouths ;)
- look how many new teeth i have! how many have you lost?
me shamefully mumbering: last time i went to the dentist i had still a few left ...
siiri - the cookie monster
brunching and chilling on the terrace
exploring the frog pond and jumping on the stones with floppy flip flops and a swinging camera
signposts to guide us à la plage
there i met a mermaid
heading to holmen in the race boat hedvig ...
... and in the not as speedy pangdang ;)
our beautiful captain, hostess, chef and birthday girl
archipelago mohito was a hit
not to mention the crayfish. sonja found her favourite: huan carlos ... something ?
birthday crayfish in the evening archipelago sun
i'm off to an island with finlandssvenska friends feasting cray fish and singing snaps visor. this is the place to be.
packning: no computer but the camera for sure.
häppi böööfdej dier mariiinaaa <3
seen earlier today: wtf ?
happy photo nerds walk towards the train station where I'm participating in an exhibition
people we passed by: singing, selling hats, hammering silver, chilling and pole dancing
the design museum closed too early, but pas des problèmes when the city finally crawls out of its pupa
got a rose, new friends, bumped into old aquantainces
almost blinded of all light shows, brilliant jewellery and the full moon
jon (blond and happy in the middle) soon steps towards nature photo studies at the foot of a lynx - lofoten - in Norway. bye bye with biologists at the beach.
evening sun through dubble sunglasses
warming up with loch ness before a serious cultural evening
art goes kapakka at kitch, but the music wasn't kitch at all: electrical sounds from muscle contraction
no talking. other friends joined and we headed to an outdoor movie showing Baraka - amazing!
yeah, I met a blue beaver earlier today and could not resist welcoming him to my blog ;)
first funny body combat with a friend. then she gave me a free ticket to the movie festival
... and the evening just never stopped surprising: a free pastry from a French baker.
the magical mood made me spot geometrical beauty: snail formations, an artifical orion's belt and more spacial figures hiding the metro constructions.
hot flow yoga, experimental food and a good friend
gazing over urban skies from the yoga studio
while practising the dog's pose
then fueling up at the restaurant day!
this man was almost irresistible - but no dessert before main course ;)
here they served real fast food. like watching an action movie in fast forward mode.
whether we talk movies or food - i prefer the slow french style
these bakers were as sweet as their pastry!
- mmm, says sabina, but the winner was the sallad with fried lichen
... and a candle for him who soon becomes an adult
where is my cake?
naah, too tired to hope - can the guests go already?
not, if you have been friends since 7 years old ... then you actually must enjoy the other's company ;)
I have no kitchen since they blew it out - isn't that a reason enough for trying out the cosiest cafés in Helsinki?
we found a urban green house sort of under the train station!
contrasts: "the full moon is coming" in bright sunshine
& slow food being served between rough railways
... but they were out of food already at midday when we arrived :P
luckily we got thé à la menthe and bucktorn bread with basil hummus for free to still the hunger ...
the 2nd tryout: not lacking food but company ;)
I made some new friends while waiting: gazing through aesthetic magazines and sniffing on the organic teas (yes, I'm worse than a kid in the candy shop)
he made me a special drink out of the list
"all good things come to he - or she - who waits"
a spontaneous get-together with the beautiful editorial staff from highschool ;)
... yes, that's what's left of it ;)
so I fled to meet up with Ina. Notice the rose and the text "kukka bukett" in the background ... perfect since she has been working in gardens all summer.
Then I just had to chat with this happy athletic before printing photos for our exhibition during the night of arts
... from my eyes. Not the ideal weather for starting the summer vacation.
Luckily a haircut and a dinner guest made my day taste like saffron <3 - litterary ;)
sofia made delicious apple crunch so I just had to hunt for some more ...
last day of my summer contract = got to choose what to do ... so I went to the Flow festival (before it opened but still :D )
then back cutting for the radio news programme
wish I had something to read when I was waiting for my former class mates to arrive
my oldest friend
rosé at the rooftop
my 2nd oldest friend
a good future lies behind some decisions
concentrating on the cards
picnic with soul sister
boat watch with 3 men
should old aquiantance be forgot? ... why on earth?! ... so take a cup of kindness and eat some sushiii
getting more musical vibes: waka waka wakame
wanna try? she asked. I did.
socks as far as I could see
woke up already 3:45 by mistake, but more energetic and happy than for a long time ... and still standing strong after midnight! Seems that not only my brain is illogical - but the whole body
RAW chilling in the heat
an evening full of clichés
- the bag looks like a cake, says mum
stage fright? are you alright?
<3 street spontanity with skills & style
mohawk dude or mommy's boy?
4th of ... AUGUST party?
... while in my parents garden: picking pretty berries for pie
too much SUN for the sun flowers :( ... replacing them with eco herbs
today everything turned upside down
but daddy fixed it all. then my pizza debut.
this is what waited me after a tiring working day
i fled the flood
but superpäivät, splendid company and sun set turned my mood pink
... living in an appartement. Martti and his sister were grooming the bunnies in the summer rain ;)
Picnic at Fölisön with a secret friend
... and dinner with my favourite sushi company
Why did I forget Sveaborg for many years? An oasis. Jumped from the cliffs after 8 pm - still hot
Then I found a giant
I hope this blind old man can feel how beautiful Töölö bay looks
The calm evening turned into a salsa party
Free hands to do a summer report for the radio and caught this lovely lady. The hat was a bargain from a flea market.
After work I biked by these horse girls. Impressive, but riding is an unopened chapter for me.
i have a secret passion for sculls ... and felt as a big empty one today at work ;)
Returning from a windfreezing holiday to hot sunshine ... but work! Before that a spontaneous stroll in town with one of the bestest!
my "glasses": reflections on windows and tables, through a window inside, and through a bottle
Even Helenas earrings says OUI for fresh cinnamon bun ;)
have a seat in Rödbergen
before taking an evening stroll
passing by the alcoholic geese
just portion 1 ;)
A photo a day is a project I started after a photo camp this summer. Then I thought - why not share it with you guys?
Ratata fits my cultural background best, but I communicate in four languages. Therefore I write in English. I love words, but will at least start with letting the pictures speak for themselves.Little My is the only nickname that has followed me through life so far. Mais pourqouis en francais? I dream of moving to France, à l'avenir...