Monday, 24 October 2016


We spent a weekend in Turku,
where despite the chilly late autumn weather,
it was quite easy to lose oneself
in the atmosphere.  
was my main aim,
but we also enjoyed the Aboa Vetus museum,
food halls, cafés 
(it's the little things that make a wanderer happy,
like how at Café Art
they gave each of us a hot chocolate
with a different floating pattern :)) 
and fish market
that sprawled on either side of the river.
Newlyweds dripping with joy
stepped out from the Cathedral.
The tiny Välikatu "in between" street
had clearly done a runner from Stockholm's Gamla Stan,
and somewhere along the riverbank 
I imagined myself in Amsterdam. 
As dusk descended,
the cafés and restaurants 
were bustling with people & chatter. 

Lokakuun viimasta huolimatta
oli Turusta helppo raaputtaa tunnelmaa. 
Päätärppinä minulla Helene Schjerfbeck taidemuseossa,
mutta viihdyttiin myös Aboa Vetuksessa,
kauppahallissa, kahviloissa
(ne on ne pienet ylimääräiset eleet,
jotka ilahduttavat vaeltajan mieltä,
kuten se, kun Café Artissa
sai jokainen meistä kaakaonsa eri kuviolla :)),
joen molemmin puolin levittäytyneillä silakkamarkkinoilla.
Tuomiokirkosta asteli iloa säteilevä pari.
Pikkuinen Välikatu
kuin karannut Tukholman Gamla stanista,
jossain kohtaa joenvartta kuvittelin 
häivähdyksen Amsterdamia.  
Pimenevässä syysillassa kuppilat
täynnä ihmisiä ja puheensorinaa. 

Sunday, 23 October 2016


"We are a landscape
of all we have seen."

-Isamu Noguchi

Friday, 21 October 2016


My hardrive is bursting with pics from France
from the summer,
and I figured now would be the time
to start pouring some more of them
over here. 
Well into October now,
it's strange how quickly you forget
the sun on the skin,
melting that lavender ice cream you just bought
over your fingers... 

We visited Avignon quite a few times,
welcomed by the sight of 
that famous Pont Saint-Bénézet bridge
that abruptly comes to a halt in the middle of the Rhône
with only four of its arches remaining today. 

is a sight in itself...
It has grand proportions
but is simple & pared-down at the same time. 

After a day out,
it was always a treat
to return to our hideaway,
as the crickets were in the middle 
of their evening concert,
and the three dogs
ran up to eagerly meet us. 



Thursday, 13 October 2016


{ because some days simply require some Edith Piaf... }

I notice that now 
that I don't belong 
to a work community anymore,
everyday encounters
take on a whole new meaning. 
Like this week,
meeting with a friend
for coffee in the middle of the day,
striking a conversation
with a friendly shopkeeper,
stopping to help an old lady
from the lift and out of the building.
Whether deep and meaningful
or an accidental exchange of words,
those moments mean something,
sometimes more than the other person
might even guess. 
Especially those little old ladies
with their twinkling eyes
turn my heart into goo... :) 

I'm still in that honeymoon period
of having more time,
not just freed up 
by ditching my morning job
in the spring,
but having bigger children,
who have longer days at school
and require less escorting to hobbies
now that they are so able & willing
to do much more themselves.
I keep stopping & wondering,
almost as if on the brink of something new. 
Time to see & feel
in a whole new way. 
Seasons change
in more ways than one. 

Roses brought by my mother last week
are spilling all over the table now. 
Darkness descends earlier by the day.
Evenings take on comforting rituals of their own -
 books, cups of herbal tea
or a drop of red wine now and then,
& curling up with dear husband
to watch films & English series
in a quiet house.
The week will end
with the silver lining 
of a nice little photography gig
before taking time 
to spend with the kids
during their autumn break next week. 

Some autumnal inspiration
I've gathered over time right here. 

Wishing you as well as can be! 



Monday, 10 October 2016


There's now a chill in the air
that gets to the bones,
but it still feels like
autumn has one wrapped up
in its tender arms. 
When silence lands,
it's all the easier
to get lost inside one's
head full of dreams.
Even coffee seems to
have gained 
an extra layer of smoothness... 
Enjoying the technicolor spectacle
out there,
in quiet expectation 
of the monochrome magic
that is just a few pages away 
- my mental landscape. 
Wishing you a beautiful week,
thanking you 
for these moments with me.


Wednesday, 5 October 2016


In celebration of World Ballet Day yesterday,
a day late :) 

(pic from Repetto store window in Avignon)


Monday, 3 October 2016


Thank you dear October
for these days
of glorious hues,
splintered by your 
mysterious shadows
and light 
of gold, silver and blue.


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