Hot tubs are quite a new trend over here in our sauna nation. Our friends built one in their garden, and we spent a lovely, relaxing beginning of the Easter holiday in it, chatting and looking at the stars after it got dark. It requires a skill to heat the tub up to the exact right temperature. But once you succeed, it’s heavenly!
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Our English-speaking ladies’ club, Ladybirds, got together for a pre-Christmas do. Potluck with lots of delicious treats, and the icing on the cake were these scrumptious special festive cupcakes.
It was lovely to get in from the bitter cold, into the warmth of a friend’s house, to share stories and laughter, and the Christmas spirit.
A biting northerly wind has brought winter in the air. What nicer way to forget the cold and misery of the weather than invite some friends over, and spend the night around a warming fire with chat and some goodies to eat!
The crackle of the fire has a natural calming effect. It is also very inspirational, with its power and constantly changing form. No wonder, people all through the ages have gathered around different types of fires, to exchange stories and experiences. Staring at a fire is good for the soul of busy modern people, who are too glued to screens all the time.
My eyes were on colours today, thank to Daily Shoot:
Make a photograph that plays two complementary colors off of each other today.
We were invited to a multicultural party at our Mexican-Polish friends’ house in the evening. They said, when people ask for their address, they only need to give the street name and add “you can’t miss us”. It’s really true! Their colour scheme sure stands out from the more conservative Finnish styles around, and can be spotted from afar.
I love the fact that more immigrants keep coming to our country. For me, different approaches add colour and vitality into the culture, and complement the old and ordinary. Sadly, some people see difference as a threat, which easily leads to dissapproval, criticism, and even fear.
With pouring rain and autumn darkness outside, it felt especially warm and cosy to be inside this place, chatting and laughing. Batteries were recharged again for the rest of the working week.
This riverside bar has become one of my regular joints recently. I really enjoy the ambiance there, and they seem to pay attention to little details, such as the local, seasonal apples at the counter at the moment.
I was trying to create some soft light pictures for the Daily Shoot today:
Make a photograph with soft light today. Try to almost totally eliminate shadows on your subject.
I noticed that soft light suits flowers quite well. It was fun playing with a white umbrella on our balcony to try and soften the light on a cloudy evening.
I really like the Finnish tradition of bringing some flowers when visiting friends. This pink pot plant was given to me by a dear friend back at the beginning of May! And it is still in full bloom on the balcony . It has been bringing us joy and beauty all through the hot summer. Thank you Heli!