Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Önnemäki support

My father in law has been biking around the neighbourhood so see if anyone has some scrap pieces of metal or wood that they want to get rid of. As well as ( I am sure) having a great time chatting away with the locals he has also been hard at work using these recycled bits to provide support for the building. By bolting them tight from both the inside and outside they now support the walls and keep them straight.

As you can see from the bottom picture we now also have a brand new cement floor in the living room. This was Hubby's surprise to me on our last visit. We are used to seeing this huge room with a big gaping hole that we have to climb down and then up again when we cross from one end to the other of the Önnemäki house. It was a very nice feeling to finally be able to walk across a smooth floor without dodging sharp objects and balancing on planks.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Experience Kvarken

Kvarken Archipelago is the narrow strip of water that separates Sweden and Finland. It was recently added to the list of World Heritage Sites due to the rapid rising of land from the sea, where the land has previously been weighed down by a glacier. As a result, islands appear, peninsulas expand and bays are turned into lakes which makes it an interesting place for research. And if this is not enough to trigger your interest I can tell you that the archipelago is absolutely stunning!

There are several different alternatives to choose from if you want to see Kvarken from the sea. Some of them are listed here.

Last week we did a boat cruise to Jannes Saloon på Granskär, where we had salmon soup before returning to Vaasa. A fun afternoon for the whole family with beautiful vistas and good food!

Kvarken archipelago

Boat cruise in Kvarken.

Monday, 6 July 2015

A visit to Wanha Markki

If you find yourself close to Vaasa or Seinäjokki and you have small children, a visit to the "Old animal home", Wanha Markki, can be a fun daytrip. Here, you will find a range of retired animals that the children can pat and help feeding. There is also a café and a shop in an old traditional building. And, to our chuildren's great delight, you can buy soft ice from a converted combine harvester.

We expected to be quite alone at this little farm since it is in the middle of the country side but were surprised to find it beeing rather busy so it appears it is a popular place to visit for both local families and tourists.

Wanha Markki

Soft ice from the combine harvester.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

New Look

We recently visited and worked on the Önnemäki house, which kicked my inspiration back into action again. So, I will revive this blog and go back to the original idea. To (mainly) write about the renovation of this beautiful, old building and related topics. And I have given the blog a new look.

From the outside the house still looks like it is about to crumble into a pile of logs but on the inside much has happened. I reckon we can spend the summer there in about two years time.

The Önnemäki House, picture of the front of the house.

The Önnemäki House, picture of the back of the house.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

The first flea market find this year

2015's first flea market find is a mangle! Now all my inherited sheets, tablecloths, linen serviettes and kitchen towels can look as good as when I got them. Isn't it beautiful?

Monday, 29 December 2014

Beautiful winter days

I hope that you have all had a lovely Christmas. For us it has been a few very relaxing days with the added bonus of beautiful weather.

I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year as well!

See you in 2015!

Monday, 8 December 2014

Ginger tea, a healthy treat!

I need coffee to get started in the morning. But the rest of the day I try to stick to herbal teas. My favourite drink in this cold weather is ginger tea. When I have left the kids at school and kindie in the morning, before moving to my desk, I boil a pot  of water. Then I pour it into a thermos and add a tablespoon or so of sliced fresh ginger. As the day grow later the drink gets stronger. It is best in the evening, just before I go to bed. There is a heat in the taste as well as in the drink itself that really warms your body.

Not only is ginger deliciously tasty in foods and drinks it also has several health benefits ranging from anti-vomiting action to immune boosting. I take it in winter to keep colds and flues at bay. There is also some evidence that ginger prevents migraines. I have suffered from headaches and migraines all my life so I will try any natural remedy that might be of help! Actually, nowadays I rather successfully manage it with yoga and diet.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

2nd Advent Sunday

Christmas is getting closer, only two more weeks until the school (and work) holiday starts!

We celebrate by lighting two candles and enjoying gingerbread cookies made by little hands and home made butterscotch candy with an extra addition of grated ginger.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Winter Berries

I can't believe December is only a few days away and we are still picking raspberries in our garden!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Sauna Yoga Guest Instructor

During the weekend I visited the beautiful city of Stockholm. It was one of those trips that combine business with leisure. Hubby came with me while the kids were having a great time with the grandparents. We strolled around in the old town and met up with some old friends from our days living in Australia and London.

Gamla Stan, Stockholm

The next day I was a Sauna Yoga guest instructor at Mornington Hotel Bromma at their Wellness & Energy Boost day. They have a 12 m sauna with panoramic views so it is a perfect place for Sauna Yoga! I had a really great time and hope to be back soon again!

Sauna Yoga

Webbhotell Hälsa