Friday, 6 December 2013
Today is Finland's Independence Day. At six o'clock I lit two candles and placed them on a window sill. As we do every year on 6th of December. I watched the Independence Day concert from the television and shed a tear or two when a choir sang Finlandia Hymn. I thought of my grandparents who lost six year of their lives fighting for us in the war, and I also shed a tear or two for the great man of South Africa, who passed away on the eve of our Independence Day.
Rest in peace, all you heroes.
Posted by Mianna at 10:40
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Every Christmas present ready and wrapped and it is only the beginning of December. I am super early. I am also aware that the gifts in the picture do not illustrate my Christmas handicap. I did it so early to get over with it, not to drag Christmas obligations along too long.
And if you wonder, the recepients of the gifts do not read my blog. For them this will always be elves job made in secret.
Posted by Mianna at 02:51
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Spinach Feta Pies
I got ready made puff pastry and a bag of frozen spinach from the shop. Defrosted them at home, fried the spinach lightly on a hot pan and mixed feta in in small crumbs. I stirred until the cheese melted and added pine seeds in and lifted the pan off the hot plate. The pastry was already rolled out, so I just needed to cut the set squares into halfs and thus make them even. I then measured a spoon full of feta-spinach mix in the middle of the square, folded the tough into triangles and sealed the edge with water. Before baking the pies in 200 C for 15-20 minutes, I brushed them with egg.
Super easy and super delicious.
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Christmas time is officially here. There are two things, which tell me that. The first is the first Happy Holidays card, I received on the last day of November. The second teller is the date. The first Advent. I am not a big Christmas fan, as I find it way too loaded with expectations. If I could, I would delete Christmas from the calendar, but since there is no such an option, I do my best to co-exist with it. So, I lit a candle today and try to allow Christmas in.
Posted by Mianna at 08:06
Friday, 29 November 2013
Thursday, 28 November 2013
This time I did not buy any yarn, although I wanted. I did not buy the must-have-earrings either, but resisted and decided to invest that amount in the stock market. Yes, I shall. Before you draw an illusion of a rich investor named Mianna, let me disappoint you. I am talking about mere 35 euros. However, I am drawing the illusion myself now and see me shopping two pairs of must-haves and a mountain of yarn on my next trip to Estonia.
Despite my great resistance to spending, I am a proud owner of a ceramic mug with a dragon fly motif and a wooden butter knife. Both hand made. So, there's the excuse.
Other highlights of the day were borscht soup eaten at a Georgian restaurant, a bottle of Georgian white shared with a travelling companion and a a visit to a kohvik. A trip to Tallinn is not a trip unless you enjoy a lovely cup of coffee with a sweet little pastry. Mine was white chocolate apple cube, which looked as French as the cafe itself. Cafe Josefine's decor was about red velvet and dim lights, which made the place look very Molin Rouge indeed.
Posted by Mianna at 11:30
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Tomorrow I am off to my beloved Tallinn again. I shall shop yarn and shall post many knitting themed posts this winter again. I have already knitted four pairs of mittens with a peek hole for an index finger. An innovation, which allows mobile addicts to play with their devices without freezing their fingers. Others than the index one, of course. Too bad I do not have any pictures to prove my achievements, as everything is neatly wrapped in Christmas gift papers. I am record early this year. I am not a big Christmas person and decided to get over with all the preparations early and spend the rest of the year with more important things, such as knitting.
To remind you of my Tallinn and my last visit there, I chose a picture I took a year ago on my last visit.
Monday, 7 October 2013
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Saturday, 1 June 2013
It is the graduation weekend. I am cramped on a train seat travelling to Oulu to celebrate a nephew. If I was a fashion blogger, this would probably pass as my daily out-fit picture. Red and white stripes in a tee, jeans and ballerinas. For the moment I'm dressed for comfort, but in few hours its all about a dress and heels.
Posted by Mianna at 04:08
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
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Monday, 27 May 2013
Thursday, 23 May 2013
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
It was not the weird statue, but the yellow tulips that triggered this shoot.
Last ten minutes on the platform were slow. I pictured myself. And no, I am not wearing white socks with ballerina pumps. That is my Finnish winter skin. Shocking.
There was a shop opposite the Railway Station. I went in just to browse around and came out with a new note book and a set of moustaches. Moustaches?! Seriously?! Moral of the story - avoid getting stranded in Tampere.
Posted by Mianna at 08:42
Monday, 20 May 2013
People had placed their pick nick blankets under the cherry trees and everybody seemed relaxed and happy.
There were stalls exhibiting Japan related hobbies, businesses and some selling food. The queues to the food stalls were long and therefore I did not get to taste any Japanese specialties. I guess it was a healthy balance to Saturday's Restaurant Day.
There was a stage, which was inhabited by jumping children whenever there was no programme such as Koto music being played, drumming, Kendo or Tando shows, Buto dance or what not.
The white washed ladies are from a dance troupe Buto Hutera.
I missed all Geisha chocolate offerings and it was my only complaint about the event. Otherwise it was just purrrrfect.
Posted by Mianna at 10:17