Posts Tagged ‘family


#359 christmas day

359/365 christmas day, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

A lovely day spent at home without any rush. Lond leisurely brunch opening presents by the tree, and then getting Christmas dinner on its way.

Granny always makes an extra effort with her gift wrapping – and had even got a REAL Christmas tree for us, which is not the norm over here in England as it is back at home.

Ever since our daughter was born, we have always had two Christmases – Christmas Eve spent followint the Finnish traditions, and eating Finnish food, and then an English Christmas Day. Our daughter really has had the best of both worlds – with even two Santas! Recently, we have mixed the two traditions a little at home, but at granny’s it was a genuine English celebration.


#305 happy birthday darling!

305/365 happy birthday darling!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

It’s our daughter’s birthday but she is far away. We went for a coffee to ‘celebrate’ anyway, and reminisce on 20 years ago when she was first born.


#198 congratulations!

198/365 congratulations!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Graduation day – finally. And here she is, our beautiful graduate. So happy, smiling all day, together with the gorgeous sun. All the hours, days (and late nights!) and weeks of school, essays, projects and exams are over, and now the world and all the opportunities are awaiting her, plus a place at a university in Scotland. Cheers to that!

Following the Finnish tradition, even IB graduates here get the white caps as a sign of passing their high school final exams.


#194 “spoonbread”

194/365 “spoonbread”, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Hot baking session today in the heat. Made these intricate shortbread-like biscuits. This is a traditional recipe for special occasions. The pastry is shaped in a small teaspoon, hence the Finnish name. The cooled halves are joined together with apple jam in the middle, and the biscuits are then rolled in fine sugar. They really are moorish, but not very often baked at home anymore, because it does take time and effort.

The last time I baked them was for my daughter’s christening, nineteen years ago! This time it is for her graduation this coming Saturday. I have ordered all the rest of the food from a caterer, simply to save myself from all the work and bother. It used to be an unwritten rule for Finnish women (maybe women in other cultures, too?) to consider it a question of pride to prepare everything from scratch yourself, and then on the actual day, literally almost collapse of fatigue. My mother used to do it every time there was a special celebration in the family, and I still remember the stress and bad temper involved in the hectic preparations. On the other hand, I know that my daughter really appreciates my little effort of at least baking something myself. If my mum was still alive, though, she would be appalled at my laziness. But I am relieved to have shifted the age-old burden – although, I must admit, with a little tinge of guilt.


#191 switching roles

191/2010 switching roles, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

I wasn’t too keen on today’s Daily Shoot task.

Who are you? Make a self portrait today and show the rest of us what you look like.

In general, I’d rather stay behind the camera than be photographed myself. I’ve been like this most of my life. I get very self-conscious about posing, and quite honestly, I don’t think I’m very photogenic. Most photos of me are either with my eyes closed, or with a totally unnatural, wooden expression on my face. I just freeze in front of the camera. Lack of practice, my daughter – a real poser – would say. Sometimes I’ve thought that, later on, when my daughter possibly goes through all my photos, she will be wondering, “But where’s mum? What did she look like?” Maybe I ought to have more pictures of myself for her to look back on.

Actually, it’s a very challenging question to ask: who are you. How do you show to strangers the essence of yourself in just one two dimensional photo, or how much of yourself do you want to reveal publicly anyway? I guessed many people in the Daily Shoot group would go for abstract, symbolic self-portraits with artistically high-quality pictures. I, however, read the assignment quite literally. Deep inside I don’t feel much different now than when I was just a girl. It’s such a pity that my photographs don’t depict my inner self any more! Nevertheless, I wanted to try to be young again, so I decided to try a typical “teen-pose” in front the mirror. I asked my daughter to show me how it’s done. She’s a real pro at this, and willingly taught me the tricks of the trade. I wasn’t a very fast-learning student, though… Consequently, today’s pictures became just tongue-in-cheek snaps.

This happens more and more at school, too. I am learning to be the facilitator, and give up my position as the sole possessor of knowledge that I need to fill students’ brains with. Especially with technology, but very often with English vocabulary, too, it’s the students who, in turn, teach and guide me. It’s really liberating to free yourself from the idea that to keep face, you need to know it all.


#187 time to celebrate

186/365 time to celebrate, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Our daughter received the results of her final IB exams today, and did very well. Finally, the anticipation and anxiety is over, and she can leave school years behind her. That was worth celebrating a little at home tonight – before the official graduation ceremony in a couple weeks’ time.

The strawberries she brought from her job at the marketplace tasted just as good as they looked.


#181 what’s for dinner?

181/365 what’s for dinner?, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Got some organic mince meat from my brother, who gets it straight from a nearby farm. Also added some fresh new carrots, peas and onions from the marketplace to this homemade bolognese, and seasoned and garnished it with herbs from our garden. All through the years, I have made sure that the family gets together at least once a day around the table to eat and share the day’s news. These have been important and cherished moments.

We are very much into cooking from scratch, with fresh, local – organic if possible – produce. Our teenager, especially, is very adamant about ethic principles when it comes to food. For example, she will only eat meat of free-range animals, or fish that has been proven sustainable in our waters. Good for her! Wish more young people would give up fast food in favour of healthier and more environmentally-friendly alternatives.


#178 that funny little girl

178/365 that funny little girl, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Down memory lane again with today’s Daily Shoot:

Sunday challenge: Make a photograph with a photograph. Find a cherished print and compose it in a larger scene.

The picture was taken 14 years ago, and now she’s leaving home. I’m left with memories and ABBA

Sometimes I wish that I could freeze the picture
And save it from the funny tricks of time

Slipping through my fingers all the time…


#168 nature and nurture

168/365 nature and nurture, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Followed this endearing bird family by the seaside today. The little chicks were adorable, like incredibly soft, furry balls with a tiny beak. The moment I approached, pointing my camera at them, the mother (or father??) started loud warning sounds to summon the babies away from the threatening intruder. One little chick was either a weak swimmer, or just liked the comfort of a free ride, and kept climbing on mummy’s back.

I made a whole photo story about this bird family.

This family scene of caring for the little ones, reminded me of my own family. How many times I have carried our daughter, literally or in spirit, when she has needed my help and support. Will I have guided her well enough to survive when she starts her independent university life in a new country in September? And what will happen to these cute chicks when they fly off, out of the reach of parents’ warnings?

Actually, families, relationships, connections and networks have been on my mind a lot this week, especially after reading Mark Pesce’s lecture ‘Helicopter lessons’.  There is a lot of food for thought in it, for parents and educators alike. Also there is a lot to be said about extending our caring outside our immediate family. We should offer our back to anyone who needs to be carried for a while.


#162 happy birthday dear hubby

162/365 happy birthday dear hubby, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

This is my husband’s favourite out of the cakes I bake, so I usually bake it for him for his birthday. Another family tradition. When people have got everything they possibly need, buying material gifts becomes irrelevant. Spending time baking and cooking something special is my way of saying ‘happy birthday’.

The cake is a real calorie bomb with chocolate, hazelnuts and a creamy toffee icing. Lucky enough my husband doesn’t have to worry about his waistline!


July 2020

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