Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804-1877) is Finland’s national poet, and we celebrate him today on the 5th of February. He was actually a Swedish speaking Finn like me, who wrote in Swedish and lived in my home town Porvoo. He taught Latin literature at the same high school I went to, Borgå Gymnasium. I’ve always liked the day – mainly because you get to have one of these delicious Runeberg’s tarts created by his wife, Fredrika Runeberg…:)
Most of my friends are at that stage of their lives where they have small children, who are stealing all the attention at our gatherings – but who can blame them when they’re this cute? Neither Matthew nor I could resist taking out our new camera every 5 minutes when meeting up with my friends in Finland during our holiday, so I thought I’d share some here on the blog as well.
I finally got access to the professional wedding photos from my second oldest brother’s wedding last August, so thought I’d share them here as well as the photos I’ve shared before weren’t that comprehensive and didn’t really do the wedding justice. So be prepared for a bunch of photos from a Finnish summer wedding!
When the November darkness and rains prevail it’s nice to dig into some summer memories. This will be another TBT post, this time from our short stay at a friend’s summer cottage on an island in the beautiful Finnish archipelago. There was a proper 40-day heatwave in Finland last summer, but we arrived literally the day it ended. The weather was still comfortably warm (especially when you compare it to Scottish summer weather…), so we had a lovely sunny stay on the island anyway. Unfortunately I didn’t take many photos, and the ones I took were with my iPhone, so these will have to do!
As I’ve mentioned, we spent around 10 days in Finland last August, so I thought I’d finally share a few photos from the trip – mainly of my niece and nephew, so stop reading now if you’re not that into children! As these two rug rats’ parents were busy organising a wedding, we got to babysit them quite a lot – which both Matthew and I enjoyed very much. Plus it’s good practice I guess (although I had to do all the diaper changing, hmpf.)
I really want to make sure there are some Finnish vibes in our home, which is the reason I came back with two bags instead of one when I was last visiting…I went through the cupboards in my old flat where my brother and his fiancee are now living, and found some long lost Finnish design friends that I just had to take back with me. Keep reading to see what the new additions in our home are!