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My Weekend in Pictures


I woke up to some fantastic news this morning – a shop that sells Nordic groceries is opening up in Edinburgh! This is great as it will hopefully mean I won’t have to keep bringing stuff all the way from Finland and that I’ll have access to salty liquorice (salmiakki) and rye bread (fingers crossed!) whenever I want! The shop should open in mid-November, and I’ll make sure I’ll be there to stock up on foods I miss. I’m so happy 🙂

This weekend we’ve done some more baby-shopping as well as found some art for our bare walls. I don’t know if it’s my natural nest-building instincts that are taking over, or if I’m just stressing about the endless list of things we need to get for the little one – but we’ve been to different baby-shops three weekends in a row now and we’ve bought a pram and a few bits and pieces already…Although I’m well aware that it’s probably quite early to be stressing about these things at this stage! On the other hand, maybe it’s best to get most of the shopping done now when I’m still mobile and feeling energetic…


We were actually supposed to visit this little town called Peebles on Saturday, but after I decided to check the weather forecast (when we were already standing on the bus stop) I discovered it was supposed to be raining there all day, so we headed to the City Art Centre instead.


The empty white walls just called for a pregnancy photo – it’s unbelievable how quickly my belly has been growing during the past few weeks! Here I’m in week 24.


We went into one of those dark rooms where they were projecting some random footage on the wall, and just couldn’t resist the temptation of taking loads of photos of our shadows…


Who knows, maybe that’s what the whole thing was for?..


A disguised Matthew.


I’ve always thought it would be a nice idea to make a collage of pretty album covers on the wall, will have to execute that idea one day when we have bigger walls!


The best part of our art centre visit was probably the gift shop, where we found this interesting poster that we bought a frame for and hung up on our bedroom wall the same day. It’s supposed to be an old man..


We got this frame from Ikea ages ago, and were thinking of filling it with photos – but I think these colourful cards by Scottish artists we got at the centre look really nice as well.


After a quick lunch we got the bus out of town to a shopping complex where Mothercare is located. The main plan was to look at cot beds, but I might’ve bought some baby clothes instead…Matthew really enjoyed the nursing chair, such a shame they have to be so ugly though!


For dinner we had filled wraps with prawns and veg followed by a comedy by Ben Stiller.


Today we both slept until after ten and then did our usual gym session followed by a weekly shop. Funny how my belly looks a lot smaller there, I must be because of the position I’m in…

This was another weekend gone by way too quickly, hope you’ve all had a great one! Time to start cooking a Sunday roast 🙂

x Nina x

Nina Äikäs

<p>I’m a Swedish-speaking Finn who left Finland for the lovely and thrilling London town in 2011, but after meeting an equally lovely and thrilling Scotsman I somehow now find myself in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. In February 2015 our gorgeous little girl arrived and made us a happy family of three. Follow my blog and get to know us!</p>

  • hannelelahtinen

    Vilken fin mage! ?

    October 20, 2014 at 2:34 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Tack! Fast den borjar nog vara i vagen titt som tatt vilket jag annu inte ar van med…:)

      October 20, 2014 at 2:39 pm
  • Annika B

    It is definitely not too early to buy baby stuff. As you said, the list of things to get seem endless, and why would you risk to save it for a time when you might not feel good… As a replenishment specialist, I can tell that bread, including rye bread, practically has a shelf life of 1-2 days, they don’t expire, but no one buys them anymore after 2 days. I know this from the numerous complaints from the shops I replenish. So, sadly I would not think that a shop holder in Edinburgh would take such a big risk to sell hard rye bread (transportation is 1-2days), just in case there might be 1000 rye bread lovers like Nina out there 🙂 But I might be wrong! Let us know then what they sell.

    October 26, 2014 at 5:56 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Yeah, I doubt it too, but I’d buy the bread even if it’s been on the shelf for 5 days! 🙂

      October 27, 2014 at 9:52 am
  • Annika B

    One more thing: I am curious to know where this shop with Nordic food buys from, in case they have Finnish stuff, because my customer Metro Tukku / Wihuri, has several customers abroad that they supply to.

    October 26, 2014 at 6:09 pm
    • ninaaikas

      I’ll try to ask when I go there, the shop should open mid-November.

      October 27, 2014 at 9:53 am
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