Posts Tagged ‘countryside

05
Dec
10

#339 recycled lanterns

339/365 recycled lanterns, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

We took our Singaporean friend for a countryside tour, to meet my brother. We also visited a small farm there, where they have started keeping a few alpaca for the wool. Around the old farmhouse, the owners had a lot of nice rustic Christmas decorations.

Baby food jars have many uses. Great idea to put a candle inside and hang them from bare branches of trees.

21
Oct
10

#294 driving in the moonlight

294/365 driving in the moonlight, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Autumn break allowed me to drive to the countryside, to visit realtives in my childhood village. Always nice to go down memory lane there.

On the way back, the sun set and suddenly the full moon came in sight. The packed bales of hay in the field looked a bit like full moons themselves. By 6.30 pm it was already almost pitch black!

01
Aug
10

#213 elokuu – ‘harvest month’

August 1st. The eighth lesson of Finnish month names.

August for us is ELOKUU.
elo = ripe grains (usually used in the compound ‘elonkorjuu’, which means collecting the crops from the fields, ie. harvesting)
kuu = month (actually ‘moon’, since a month would be ‘kuukausi’, literally ‘moon period’)

Yet another agricultural month name. Grains look ready in the fields. No doubt, soon the huge combine harvesters will appear, when farmers start harvesting their crops. I didn’t see any today – maybe because it’s Sunday.

August gradually starts the end of summer. Most people’s summer holidays will be over, and for us teachers, and students it will be back to school around the middle of the month.

11
Jul
10

#192 old art

192/365 old art, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

There is a ‘Village of Living History’ not far from my home that I enjoy cycling to in summer. It’s a great place in the middle of a modern town for families to teach children about the agricultural roots of our country. It’s basically a working farm with all the buildings, tools and activities, farm animals, fields, and the farmer’s and workers’ homes as well.

As July is the month for haymaking, they also demonstrate the old art of drying hay on wooden poles. This scene instantly reminds me of my childhood summers spent at my grandparents’ summer place, and helping my cousins’ family with their haymaking. We kids were allowed to jump on the trailer of the tractor to stamp down the collected hay. So much fun!

I much prefer this scene to the modern, ‘industrial’ version of haymaking, prevalent today. The unique touch of human hands as opposed to the uniform products of machines!

20
Jun
10

#171 country comfort

171/365 country comfort, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

This photo was taken along the sideroad I used to travel on the bus to my parents’ home when I first started my university studies, and didn’t have my own car yet. Even though I didn’t spend my childhood and youth in a farm, I was a country village girl alright. It is actually a historic road, but very quiet now, since most of the traffic has been shifted to a bigger and straighter new road. This picture is from Tarvasjoki.

Driving along the old twists and turns today filled me with a familiar, warm feeling. “And it’s good old country comfort in my bones…” as Elton John sang back in the 70s. There was a Finnish version of the song, too, and I even found it on YouTube! I used to hear it a lot when I was young. The Finnish translation of the original lyrics describe my feelings very well: “I look at the countryside scenery, and I understand how happy must be anyone who can always live here. I will never forget the countryside scenery.”  Well, rather idealistic, of course, but I it is true that the colours, the paint on the farmhouses, the flowers and weeds by the roadside and the never-ending green summer fields will all stay imprinted deep in my heart and soul forever.

Other memorable sceneries have entered my heart since but this is by far the dearest to me. I got a bit carried away with my reminiscences today, and shot a whole set of pictures – all rather similar, but couldn’t decide which to throw.