Yet another holiday in Finland is over and our little family is reunited once again! I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it would be to be apart from Lana for 3 weeks, so really appreciate how well Matthew is taking it all (and that he hasn’t hidden our passports yet…;))
Tomorrow Lana and I are flying to Finland for the 5th time within a year, this time to attend my grandmother’s funeral unfortunately. It’s safe to say that flying with a baby/toddler has almost become a routine and I’m getting pretty good at it! Packing gets easier each time as does the whole logistics of the journey. What I’m dreading though is the flight itself and how I’ll be able to entertain a toddler who just wants to walk around…
This place brings back a lot of memories. Me and my twin brother have spent many days and nights here with my grandmother when we were kids. We used to go out on our little rubber boat and swim even though there was lots of seaweed in the water that I didn’t like. I also remember picking blueberries in the surrounding forests. There was no tap water or toilet inside but we didn’t mind. It was a bit like an adventure staying there.
Christmas and New Year are, once again, done and dusted. As always after the holidays I’m feeling a bit gloomy and drained, and don’t really want to get back to reality quite yet…Lana’s been ill ever since we got back to the Burgh on Sunday, plus it’s been raining pretty much nonstop – two things that have definitely added to the gloominess!
I took my camera with me on our walk the other day, thinking I’d probably not use it anyway as nature is pretty bleak and dead at the moment – but I ended up taking quite a few photos! This is definitely not my favourite time of year, but I guess there is beauty in all this greyness too. Rugged beauty. I still hope there will be snow very soon – and I think that’s what mother nature is waiting for too.
Since I’ve now successfully made traditional Karelian pasties one time and am therefore an expert I thought I might as well teach you guys too haha! The reason I’ve never made these delicious Finnish pies is that I’ve always thought them to be really tricky to make. Encouraged by my Jordanian friend (who actually made them before me!) I finally took the bull by the horns – and they turned out great! No, better than great actually!