Monday, 31 March 2008

The Traditional Way of Spending Time in Finland

The Finnish tradition: "let's have a beer".

And another.

And why not one more!

And of course one for my baby and one more for the road.


The weekly challenge for Moody Monday is traditional

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Sunday, 23 March 2008

Huerto del Cura

I’ve put some new photos
in the photo gallery of my homepages.
The photos were taken in
Elche, Spain,
where I visited the palm park called
Huerto del Cura.

Saturday, 22 March 2008

Happy Birthday Mick!

My fellow blogger Mick Mather celebrates his birthday today. I’ve made a video for my friend, the master of filters, layers, colours, visions, creativeness and imagination.

The eternal source of inspiration for me.

Happy birthday Mick.

Friday, 21 March 2008

Easter Witches

When Easter came,
away flew the witches.
Those wicked bitches.

Laughing and smirking
so that no living being could tell
if hell had just begun,
or was it the moon or was it the sun
shining, blinding everyone.


You can read about Finnish Easter traditions here

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Monday, 17 March 2008

No connection

She lived in her own private world of make believe. She had furnished her rooms with wishes, hopes and dreams, and the thick carpet woven of fairy tales offered her a safe path to walk on.
The corners of her world were smooth and had no shadows. She yearned for light and warmth, and the mere thought of anything undesirable, ugly or cold, made her shiver of uneasiness and disgust. She despised darkness –the darkness of mind, the darkness of the night.

She was happy in her own world, but to maintain her happiness, she had to close her eyes and shut her ears from the world outside her perfect little universe. She could have stayed like that forever, but the strength of the outer world grew more powerful everyday, and the milky like windows of her whereabouts began to tremble by the force.

She tried to fight against the outer world, but the battle was useless. She possessed no powers; she didn’t have the strength to defeat the enemy who lurked its way into her mind.

Finally she gave up. She left the Net, closed the computer and faced the world in real.

Thursday, 13 March 2008

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

The Survival

The sun was shining today.
Plus eight degrees Celsius.
I've survived winter.

Sunday, 9 March 2008


I’ve been waiting for you so long. Day after day, week after week. Years have gone by, but still I long for you to come.

The sea is never the same. Waves move constantly and they bring soft winds on me. Salty drops cover my aching skin.

The sea is never the same, but you can rely on me. I’ll be waiting for you.

Friday, 7 March 2008

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Monday, 3 March 2008


My feet were aching, the climb -163 stairs- pained my muscles, blood was pounding in my head, and I felt exhausted. I cursed to myself of ever wanting to climb the spiral staircase, and my thoughts escaped to a big glass of cerveza, which I surely would buy after descending to the ground again.

Dry in mouth, pushing sweaty hair straws from my eyes, I leaned over the edge of the roof. Sierra Elche was hiding in smoky grey and blue shadows and the town beneath my feet was wrapped in dull and lifeless shade of beige.

I sighed; the breed of tourists had no sense at all. Instead of sitting in a cosy café chair, sipping their wine, they climbed to a clock tower of a church.

Then the sun came.


You find more of my photos of Elche in Spain here.


The weekly challenge for Moody Monday is beautiful

Saturday, 1 March 2008

Swing in Helsinki

Pentti Lasanen, the Finnish Grand Old Man of swing music, played yesterday at a restaurant in Helsinki, accompanied by his band, conducted by Teppo Salakka. The song group Bulevardin Taxi sang jazz standards, evergreens and songs from musicals, some with the band, some a cappella.

A video of the evening is to be seen here.