Archive for March, 2011


090/2011 general election approaching

In two weeks time, we will be exercising our democratic right to vote for our MPs again. Today I notice that the campaign posters had appeared by the road sides. It’s interesting to see that these old wooden frames with quite traditional campaign posters are still used, despite all the new forms of visibility for candidates on TV, Facebook and blogs, for example.

Our youngsters’ passive participation is alarming, though. Politics just doesn’t seem to interest many of them in the least.


089/2011 gooey

089/2011 gooey, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

This week has been too busy, and made doubly hard by the depressing weather. What would be a better boost for a down-in-the-dumps mood than baking a sinfully calory-rich chocolate cake? Tasting it was even better!

Just got to avoid feeling guilty after indulging myself…


088/2011 no, no, no!

088/2011 no, no, no!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Awful weather! More snow with a strong wind. Walking outdooors felt like somebody was whipping my face. There is an old Finnish saying: “new snow is the death of the old snow”. Even this doesn’t seem to apply this year, as the more snow-thaw-more snow scenario has been repeating itself for weeks now.

On a more positive note, this photo turned out interesting – rather like an oil painting.


087/2011 daylight saving

087/2011 daylight saving, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

We are back to official ‘summer time’ although there is still plenty of snow and ice around. But the longer daylight hours are noticeable in the evenings. This picture was taken around 6.30 in the evening, when the sun still kept creating these golden or coppery patterns on our patio. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we will be making full use of the washing line and pegs outside!


086/2011 sunday brunch

086/2011 sunday brunch, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

What luxury to sleep late on a Sunday mornings, and then leisurely prepare some more substantial brunch, and enjoy it without any hurry or rush to work.

As our own – possibly a bit healthier? – version of the traditional English fry-up, we add lots of green beans to small fried pieces of bacon. It’s greener, at least!


085/2011 earth hour

085/2011 earth hour, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

For the third year, we celebrated the global Earth Hour, by switching off all the lights in the house for an hour. This time we went one step further, and also switched off all other electrical appliances, except for the essential freezer and fridge.

One hour in candlelight is not a lot to think about our earth. Even the shape of the poor old candle we chose somehow reminded me of the hole in the ozone layer, and the ailing earth floating alone in dark space. Sadly, I didn’t see many other dark homes in our neighbourhood…


084/2011 light

084/2011 light, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

The warmth and brightness of the sun is tangible these days. Even late in the afternoon, the sun seeps through our windows. What a difference it makes!


083/2011 reappearance

083/2011 reappearance, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

It’s about 3 months since we last had a glimpse of this watering can. In the meantime, it has been totally covered with a thick layer of snow, as you can see in this picture taken on New Year’s Eve:

Will spring arrive at last?


082/2011 bon appétit!

082/2011 bon appétit!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Local language teachers met in a charming little French café. The owner is an ex-journalist from Paris, and he gave us good tips on the best places to visit there. He has also got a nice selection of French gourmet specialities for sale.


081/2011 grass!

081/2011 grass!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

No more iceskating in this rink this winter. Finally, the most welcome sight – some grass in the middle of thawing snow and ice!


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