Tuesday 15 October 2013


I love to browse photos an hour-posts by others. Sometimes I even manage to do those myself, although I propably should just forget about that whole an hour-thing and think of them as days in pictures; I was never too exact with time :)

10 am.
Woke up...

11 am.
...but wouldn't get up until now! And oh,  all autumn-y outside. (Surprise...) I did not manage to take a fabulous photo of pretty cascading leaves outside of the window, everywhere in the air.

Since we've had a flu with Dag our day rhythm has slid an hour or two; he has been sleeping somewhat late in the morning. Kind of. (And don't write "Lucky you, he still wakes up every night.)

 I' wore my "moomin character dress".

And had a late breakfast. Pineapple-lingonberry smoothie and the best raw balls; with cashew, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds.

My mixer in the city broke a long time ago (that happens a lot with raw food, processing too much at once) so I only have the one in the countryside home to use. I try and make batches of raw bars etc during the weekend for the week to come but they are so good they seldom last past Wednesday...

I know it will soon be time for some autumn gardening.

So going to get my stuff. I use my old harbour workwear boots for countryside outdoors. Out there it's like being in god damn Australia when it comes to spiders; I have remember to check all boots and gloves before putting them on because those little (and not always that little) fuckers make their nests and put their webs and choose their hide-abouts everywhere. Well the difference being basically none of them are poisonous. But see there in the background is one of them already! One that may or may not have been at the wrong place at the wrong time, this story here does not tell that, but I did remember to do some vacuuming in the porch (lots of dead flies and spider webs) right thereafter.

(There's this Australian tv spider guy on YouTube finding nasty spiders everywhere making me think I might have to forget about wanting to visit down under after all... Oh, the Hunter Spider, likes to hide and hunt in cars? But it's totally haaarmeless! Just a few centimetres of brown hairy nastiness down in your lap all of a sudden aaaaa! Damn.)

Well well, spiders forgotten for now. I planted some of my pelargonium tickles (which is my own word for cuttings, I just can't let it go).

1pm which is 13 over here so, sticking with that.
We went for a walk with Dag. It wass actually the first time we were out walking without a pram.

Autumn is beautiful!

A couple of weeks ago most trees were still green; it had been so warm in early September. Last week I was away and missed out on most of the colours as now the biggest part of the leaves are on the ground already...

 14 hrs
"Feeding" the lambs. Most of them are still out on the fields.

15 hrs
And then I actually did some gardening. Cut dead flowers down, and so on. My mint was still green and pretty but I took it down too and put to dry (for tea). I had the mint planted in a bucket under ground but some of it had still managed to sneak out and try and take over the place. Snip snap, not anymore! Oh yeah and that's a poncho Eddi got me from Bolivia; he goes there for work. I wear it around the farm because it's kind of practical (not really for gardening though, hello fringes and dirt) and because it looks kind of odd.

I wonder what I will walk around with then when Im old and go crazy cat lady.

A little btw, a Clematis which I thought I had killed by chopping the root off earlier this summer is blooming. Now! When no-one is here to see it properly... Well thanks to the good ol' internet these flowers now have their moment. Yey.

16 hrs.
Dag is napping and I do some work with my rather sad looking lunch.

17 hrs.
And then I do some un-working too when I really should not.
Or, not true. Ordering things for costumes is actually work too. I should just learn to concentrate on one thing at a time...

Start making dinner.

19 hrs.
My dinner, done. I thought I had a pack of tofu at home but I didn't so aubergine had to do. I like it, a part of different sauces/mashes but especially oven roasted with some oil and a little salt sprinkled over. The boys not so much. Well, Dag eats it, kind of. (Half of what he eats is on the floor anyways so sometimes it's hard to tell.) So they had other stuff on their plates, which then is Eddi's domain.

Start packing to return to the city. Which mostly means: find the cats and try not to let them know what you're up to.

21 hrs.
Time to drive home!

Radio Helsinki has this great show with old Finnish iskelmä on Sunday nights which I often drive home to.

Late night porridge!

23 hrs
While the rest sleep I work some more. But the internet gets me and I don't really get that much work done. But, ehrm, I learn about this guy who reunite with a gorilla he raised as his son -sniff- and about headless Victorian photography...


Unknown said...

I loved your entry! Beautiful photos! And as an Aussie, I completely hear you on the hunter spider (we call them Huntsman spiders). Yes they love hiding in cars and houses and have been known to crawl across hands while driving (I've had 2 crawl over my hand and leg while riding a Vespa)....arghhh! They do keep the other creepy crawlies away though!

photographers Seattle said...

Nice one! I like the outfit of the characters. Wish i could do the same thing too but im not that techie.i like the outfit of “from farmer to warden”.. really interesting.

Ina - Years Since Yesterday said...

Texas time is always Spider time.

Anonymous said...

Oh we don't have that many spiders here in Australia! Well maybe a few : ) We currently have these super, I mean REALLY tiny bright red spiders in my house. I have never seen or at least never noticed them before. I think we have the ten most poisonous snakes in the world all here in this country too. We also have had an invasion of Asian house gekkos here since the 1990s. They came in via shipping routes apparently. My kid calls them "wall chickens" because they make a very loud clucking noise. I hate them because they poo everywhere. They live inside and short out electrical appliances. They apparently eat all the native creatures, so I guess that includes the poor spiders. Dag looks like a cute little bundle in his cool weather gear. I loved seeing your day! What temperature in celcius is it there now in Finland? Justine

Anonymous said...

I find placing stockings over the top of my boots while I'm not wearing them keeps the spiders out (and snakes which I have to worry about in my home in Australia).

I love reading about your life in Finland. Your country house is beautiful and I especially love your instagram videos of the sheep!

Nini said...

Again a great post with great pictures. I really like the style in which you keep your blog and i visit here quite often. I would really like to know how you make those delicious looking raw balls with nuts and seeds...so, it would be great to have a recipe-post once in a while as well.
Greetings from Belgium,

The Freelancer's FashionBlog said...

Danielle Abbot : oh, I would FREAK OUT in anything crawled on my while riding/driving yikes :P

Ina : Inkoo, Suomen Texas!

Nini : with Raw food it's just mostly mixing the ingredients together to the texture of your own preference, I'm really bad at measurements, just put a little bit of this and a little bit of that together. But I can try and measure up the next time.

Justine : yes thankfully we only have one snake that's poisonous and they are quite rare, although I saw a few here last summer. Ran over one on a sunny day with the pram, freaky.
It's between +6-11C here for the moment, it has been wquite different form day to day but will ropably be under ten from now on.