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Voisilmäpulla

In finland, Hand-made life on December 16, 2011 at 23:16

Voisilmäpulla by Quinnwick
Voisilmäpulla, a photo by Quinnwick on Flickr.

Sometimes i get homesick for places i have lived. There were things i hated about Finland, but when i remember.. i remember the friends i made (and miss), and the things i loved. And i loved voisilmäpulla. “Butter eyed buns” They are sweet buns spiced with cardamom. You poke a hole in the middle stick a cube of butter in and cover with sugar. They are lovely indeed. This was my first try and i think they turned out nice enough. But next time ill add more sugar.

 

Exit from Funland Finland.

In finland, thoughts on December 20, 2008 at 02:06

things i will miss about finland

1. THUNDER SNOW!

2. Moomins. Now most of you reading this don’t have a clue what a Moomin is. I’d advise you to look it up on wikipedia, and then on youtube.

3. Lingonberry porridge, and Karelian pies (with carrot and rice)

4. The people who choose to be my friend. (and the people who were tricked into it)

5. Minority Superheros (Black Superman only appears in Helsinki)

A winter's view

In finland, photos on November 25, 2008 at 18:41

I love snow. I remembered to take the camera with me today when i took Emillia out to play in the snow. I took alot of photos, but with chasing her around and trying desperaly not to fall on my ass ( it was quite slippery), i didnt manage to get very many good ones. But this is my favourite shot.

THUNDER SNOW!

In finland on November 23, 2008 at 22:43

So i was sitting at my desk watching horrible finnish television and looking at randomness on the internet when i noticed a bright flash outside my window. I didn’t think must of this flash at first but then it was followed by a loud cracking noise. Under normal cirumstances id just assume that it was storming outside, but… well… Its snowing. I quickly dismissed the flash and noise and told myself it must have been a plane. But then it happened a second time, and then a third. The second time there was no doubt. It was infact thunder and lightning. A thunder and lightning snow blizard! How fucking cool is that! I came here last year with the hope of freakish weather and it took a while but 1 point to you Finland.

Minä rakastan lunta! (i love snow)

In finland, learning finnish on November 20, 2008 at 10:28

Sataa lunta Espoossa!!!! (It’s snowing in Espoo, actually literally it says ” it is raining snow”) The first actual snow of the season. YAY!!!!

Frosted…

In a closer look, finland, photos on October 1, 2008 at 00:09

Frosted Clovers…

Frosted Daisy…

Emilia (the small child i care for) and I go out every morning for a walk around the neighborhood. I strap her into the little red wagon, and we meander through the many construction sites along the dirt and gravel roads. Our journey always starts the same. She points at random things on the ground and calls out äiti (which means mother in Finnish, but she believes it to be a multi-purpose term which can be applied to anyone and everything she might want). I look at where she is pointing and randomly decide what she can have. Usually it is a rock or a stick but it doesn’t really matter what i give her… it’s always the wrong thing. Once we reach the path way, away from the road (but still nearish construction) i give her the option to walk. Most of the time she does. If there has been rain we spend quite a lot of time jumping in puddles, or playing in mud. But our main goal is to go feed the sheep. The pathway that the sheep are by is an advertised coastal pathway popular with cyclers and walkers, but we start our walk where the pathway ends no longer so near the coast. People always seem enchanted when they stumble across the sheep. After they get over their amazement they bend down, rip up some grass and try to feed them. This of course resulted in bare spots in front of and around the sheep’s pen. Cleaver me decided to collect sheep food from lots of random spots along the walk as not to make any one place noticeably bare. This was in the beginning when we spent a good 30 mins feeding the sheep. Now i rather the sheep be more of a pit stop than a destination. Emilia of course does not understand this concept and sticks to routine. She stops every 10 seconds and calls out äiti as she walks over and points to the grass, the clovers and the daisies she wants to feed the sheep. She used to be happy if i stood there and waited for her to pull some up as long as i at least had one clover in my hand. But now as the weather has grown cold, and her hands are encased in mittens too big for her tiny hands to have power over, she is unable to effectively rip plant life from the ground. She just points says ” äiti “, and waits for me to pull things up. If i am too slow she walks over, grabs my hand and takes me to the spot she has deemed worthy. We had a lot of those moments this morning. I was reluctant to rip up the grass, the clovers, or the daisies. You see.. i had no mittens on and everything was mostly still covered in frost. I distracted her with taking photos. In the end i was forced to gather food for the sheep, but i only picked the ugly grass.

balloon

In finland, photos on May 31, 2008 at 22:04


ship!

In finland, photos on May 18, 2008 at 19:18

Someone once told me that there are random places in Finland that have boats in the water that never move. I was told that these boats stay in one place so that in the winter tine when the water freezes over locals can point out the the boat on what seems like a solid piece of land and say ” See there… thats water”. And the tourists can stand and ooh and ahh at the boat stuck in seemingly solid ground. This year the water did not freeze, so the boat in Saunalahti just looked like a pathetic sunken wreck.

A day in May

In finland, photos on May 18, 2008 at 19:16


Helsinki island life…

In finland, photos on May 9, 2008 at 07:48