Archive for August 2015

Living room - lightning problem

Days are getting shorter little by little in Finland. Soon it's time  something mysigt(<comfortable) such as rugs,  burning candles and perhaps reading a good book. Although I enjoy when it is a bit dim, sort of play of shadow and light there's also need for a good  and precise illumination. 

One of those spaces that has suffered from lack of light has been our living room. During house building we had two choices: either halogen spots or one bigger ceiling light. We had absolutely no idea about good, timeless ceiling lamps and therefore took just halogen spots. After building project we realised soon that space needed something. Halogens had little too whitish colour and our living room felt a bit like an office.

When we realised that there is need for proper general light we started to check out alternatives. Living room is 5,2 metres high so that created some demands. House in general is quite modern so that  limited lamp choices as well. We also wanted indirect light -pendant(s) should illuminate evenly, with a twist.

This is how our living room looked earlier in April




In the next post I'll tell more about the options we had. Have a good Monday!


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Fiskars village--food, food, food


Fiskars village was practically on our way on last Sunday and we had just enough time before tennis. So why not making a brief visit...

Fiskars has its own, old-fashioned charm with different craftsmen widely presented. Nikari, Isidoro, Onoma Shop,Knivo and Jalo - just few to mention. And surprise-there is also Fiskars shop.

Nice park just along the way..

Fiskars shop has space for presenting history of Fiskars as a company and its products.



















Besides design Fiskars village offers a bit different craftsmanship. Food is another reason to visit Fiskars. PetriS (Fiskarsintie 30) is without a doubt on my favourite list. PetriS has a wide selection of pralines, macarons and mousse cakes plus all the salty treats and other goodies. 


My other half loves chocolate and I'm interested in technical details (texture, melting point, cocoa beans origin etc.) I can nothing but recommend their pralines. Pralines' chocolate melts in the mouth instantly and has a rich mouth feel. Mouth feel informs me that they use good quality chocolate which has real cocoa butter, which has melting point equal to body temperature. Chocolate also melt in the mouth not in hands which is a sign of good tempering and stable crystals. There is no sugar or fat bloom and chocolate doesn't leave any greasy feel to palate.

I took some take-away treats. Caramel praline with dark chocolate and salt flakes was my absolute favourite. Sweet caramel was combined really well with saltiness and a slight bitterness. 





For my surprise there was also a Japanese izakaya type restaurant, Kitamura. Unfortunately restaurant had been fully-booked already more than week ago.  Kitamura was also seeking a new place for a restaurant because of renovation. Well next time..

Also Backers surprised me on the way home (closed on Sundays) and  it will be on my check list. It had moved to new place just few kilometres away from Fiskars village to Borgbyntie 2.

So many places in one village.. Have you been to Fiskars? Share your thoughts and tips!

Next time something about interior.. Have a great weekend!

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Pojo and Fiskars village





..Just before smoking oven
Last weekend was one of the last cottage weekends. The weather was just perfect for outdoor activity. There was enough boletus and chanterelles for one risotto and blueberries more than enough.

Fish was bought from a local fisherman, Mankke Lignell.  Pohjas'/Pojos' market square  had so many locals buying fish from that we decided to join the queue. I was surprised of such a variety of fresh, cold smoked and warm smoked fish. We took some perches and wild salmon and smoked fishes later that day. Mums, how good they were! This time we did not go to Delitukku, which is just around the corner. Usually we buy some local products such as West Charks' sausages from there as well. 

Fiskars was perfectly on our way on Sunday and we made a visit to one of my favourite cafe and realised that there were couple of places we have completely missed..

But about that in the following post. See you soon :)

PS: Onko kenelläkään tietoa Mankke Lignellin toriaikatauluista? Luulin, että löytäisin tiedon helposti googlaamalla, mutta eipäs ollutkaan niin yksinkertaista..

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Suomalaisesta autoilukulttuurista..About Finnish driving culture


This time I'll post exceptionally in Finnish. Following post will be again in English.


Ala-asteikäisenä samanikäinen perhetuttujen poika jäi auton alle pyöräillessään kotiin. Sää oli hyvä, tienpinta kuiva ja näkyvyys esteetön.

Viime viikkoina on tapahtunut paljon suojatieonnettomuuksia. Työmatkapyöräilen lähes päivittäin pääkaupunkiseudulla ja näen samalla samankaltaisia tilanteita, jotka ovat viime aikoina johtaneet onnettomuuksiin. Liikenneympyrään mennessä tai sieltä poistuessa en voi olla varma, että autoilija väistää. Auton kääntyessä kolmion takaa en voi olla varma siitä että hän on huomannut minut. Kun ylitän pyörää taluttaen kahden samaan suuntaan vievän ajoväylän yli en voi olla varma, pysähtyvätkö a) kummatkin b) kumpikaan viereisillä kaistoilla ajavista kuskeista. Parempi olla hengissä kuin oikeassa (?) Miksi liikennesääntöjä on olemassa, jos autoilijoiden ei tarvitse noudattaa niitä?


Suojatien ei pitäisi olla vaaran tie, mutta käytännössä asia on usein toisin. Opetan jälkikasvulleni varovaisuutta, ennakoimista ja kumpaankin suuntaan katsomista ennen suojatien ylittämistä. Autoilijan pitäisi olla se joka ennakoi, katsoo tarkasti muut liikenteenkäyttäjät, varsinkin lapset kääntyessään ja päästää jalankulkijat esteettömästi kulkemaan suojatien yli.


Ruotsissa asuessani ihastelin monen muun ulkomaisen kanssa paikallista autoilukulttuuria. Jalankulkija huomioidaan ajoissa ja päästetään esteettömästi suojatien yli. Pyöräilijänäkään olo ei ollut turvatonta, kaikkea muuta.

Olen vahvasti sitä mieltä, että suurin osa ongelmista on liikennekulttuurissa. Autokoulun inssin jälkeen huomioidaan muutkin liikenteen käyttäjät kuin autot. Vähitellen osa oppii ajamaan välinpitämättömästi-katse on edelläajavan rekisterikilvessä turvavälin ollessa olematon. Kolmion takaa käännyttäessä katsotaan   nopeasti se, tuleeko vasemmalta autoja. Samalla kun välin-pitämättömyys lisääntyy huolimattomuus   ja vaaratilanteet kasvavat.

Asenteen pitäisi muuttua, mutta miten? Valitettavasti en keksi muuta kuin sakotuksen ja kovemmat rangaistukset. Autokoulun ajotunnit voitaisiin myös laittaa osaksi rangaistusta. Haluaisin uskoa muihinkin vaihtoehtoihin, mutta pelkään että ne eivät ole yhtä tehokkaita.

Auton yliajamaksi joutunut poika kuoli myöhemmin keskussairaalassa. Muistelen tuota nuorta miehenalkua aina kun joku kevyen liikenteen käyttäjä jää auton, on se sitten henkilö- tai kuorma-auton tms. alle. Toivottavasti tulevaisuudessa ajotavat ovat hmm.. ruotsalaisemmat.

Aurinkoista ja toiset huomioivaa syksyä kaikille liikenteenkäyttäjille!




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In the park

One of the beautiful summer days in one of my 
favourite park and its surroundings... 








See you on Thursday!

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What does a cow eat? Mitä lehmä syö?

This should not be a hard question, but about three years ago I realised that some people know and some people don't have a clue. And then are people who don't know but think that they know it all.

If one googles word in Finnish you get good and less good answers. Leading Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat wrote three years ago that some cows in United States were fed with candy and biscuits due to high costs of corn production that year. How common is it nowadays in U.S. ?


My parents produce milk to Valio, leading dairy company in Finland. Valio is GMO free in every stage. My parents' cows hurdle freely from late spring to late fall and eat fresh Finnish grass and clover in the field. During winter they get clover and hay feed from bales. 


In addition they get more food in the cowshed. Instead of corn and soy farmers use rapeseed and grain and feed with some micronutrients and minerals. Feed must be bought from Positive List suppliers. Positive list is maintained by the Finnish Association for Animal Disease Prevention and it has GMO free suppliers. Regulations are strict and my parents have said that it's a good thing because consumer can be sure about the quality.




Finnish oat grains are milled weekly. Cows are picky and eat only premium food.

Cows also get occasionally some molasses and vitamin E and dietary minerals such as selenium and magnesium.


Cows are extremely curious. When you visit them in the field you get immediate attention. When taking this picture I had just little time before there was more audience :)

Would you like to know something more? I'm willing to answer your questions.

Have a good week!

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Nests for common kestrel (tuulihaukka)

My parents have had more moles in the garden and in the field than    in years. Therefore we have organic pest control aka. common kestrels. When making hay these birds made their important job by continuously haunting voles and mice.

Common Kestrel in flight
Picture credit and author Вых Пыхманн
Source Wikipedia Commons
These guys were once endangered, mainly because of huge amount of pesticides. My parents don't believe in pesticides, especially Monsanto's RoundUp and other glyphosate-based herbicides. That's why my parents and their neighbour farmer do not use any pesticides. In general, use of pesticides in Finland is significantly smaller than for example in  Central Europe. This is due to cooler climate and especially ground frost in winter.

After all, herbicides and pesticides over all do not remove the main problem permanently. It might be that you have to increase dosage every or every other year. Besides they are not free products and their effects to  humans are beginning to show in researches.

So during summer vacation we made some wooden nests from leftover wood pieces with measurements 30x30x30 cm (11,8 x 11,8 x 11,8 inches). Nest hole is about 12 cm / 4,72 inches. Here's a picture collage how we made it.








First nests ready to go..


Nests are situated next to open field in 3-4 meters and 1 kilometre away from the next one.



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What a find! Asus RT-AC87U router

Before my next post I want to share a tip. This is not a news flash or those who read Coding Horror blog, but for non-coders could be important.

Few days ago Coding horror blogger wrote about routers and their malware and risks in the future (aka. man-in-the-middle attacks).  Our router has been a bit dated version, which has been  workable but not a top of the line product. Blogger presented Asus RT-AC87U router which has received good reviews in SmallNetBuilder, Cnet and Techradar.

 Yesterday we were buying a birthday present at Stockmann department store, to be more precise in Jumbo Shopping Centre and checked their clearance sale in home electronics. Stockmann sells (at least in Jumbo) all home electronics products because they rent home electronics section to  Expert home electronics store.  

For our surprise ASUS RT-AC87U -perhaps the last was lying on the shelf. With a price tag less than 150€. They still have good products and good service so if you're heading to Helsinki Vantaa Airport check Stockmann Jumbo on your way (about 4 kilometres from airport). 

Have a good Wednesday and see you soon!



No collaboration made with Stockmann.

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