A bit of white, pink and blue

A few pictures taken during my morning walk. We seem to be the only part of the UK that was not hit by masses of snow but we were down to -10 º C on Sunday morning. I live in a little cauldron above 200m which is surrounded by hills on 3 sides (there is literally…

Happy birthday Suomi!

100 years and not one wrinkle visible! I will be organising my own independence party with friends and neighbours. It will be a surprise party for my hubby. He thinks that I am working today but instead I will be in my friend’s kitchen cooking Finnish dishes. We had hoped to go to a party…

Grateful Thursday 30.11.17 aka Happy St. Andrew’s Day

Another beautiful crisp morning here in the Scottish Borders. Perfect weather for celebrating St. Andrew’s Day. Today I am grateful for the fact that I am living in Scotland although my stay won’t be as long as planned. I am grateful for my Scottish friends and colleagues. And of course I am grateful for my…

Hardly a Snow Storm

I was delighted to wake up this morning to the first snow of the winter. I rushed out of bed, put on some clothes, made feed for my horses, put the dogs on leads and walked to the horse field. After I fed the ponies and undressed them (I don’t really like rugs and only…

Giving my Reading List a Second Chance

It is an open secret that my attempt to read 52 odd books this year was a major fail. Partly due to the fact that I chose to read other books instead, partly due to the fact that I had to read quite a big load of secondary (well and primary) literature for various papers…

Grateful Thursday 16.11.17

I am sitting here a wee bit uncomfortably in front of my multi-fuel stove (this is how I heat my house) having breakfast while watching the sun rise above the hills. Despite the uncomfortable seating, the laborious and often inefficient way of heating. In spite of the chaotic and (let’s face it) filthy state of…

Ohrwurm of the Week 14.11.2017

I honestly never liked the movie this song is the soundtrack to but I always loved the song – although my hubby has to remind me of its content time and again. Every time I hear it, I wish I could tango. Anyways, enjoy! (Apologies for not finding a better video) Levottomat by Samuli Edelman…

Ohrwurm of the Week 06.11.2017

I blame the Australian tv show The Wrong Girl for this ohrwurm. It makes my heart rejoice and bleed at the same time. Beautiful song! Enjoy!

With a little help from my friends

It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. – Emerson – I am currently a constant receiver of help – from old friends and new to practically strangers who help me as a favour to another friend or because they just…

Krabat – A Book Review

Krabat or the Legend of the Satanic Mill (also published as The Curse of the Darkling Mill and Krabat and the Sorcerer’s Mill) by Otfried Preußler is not only a great book to read around Halloween but one of those books you will read again and again. It is my sister’s favourite book and although…

See All Those Colours

I am sitting here eating a vegetarian Flammkuchen (which definitely lives up to its name – I burnt both my fingers and my mouth) and thought I share a few pics I took walking the dogs this afternoon. Enjoy!

Born This Way?

I love Finland! I have mentioned it before and I will mention it again. There are so many positive and endearing things to say about the country, the people and the society. However, a piece of news I read this Saturday on yle.fi made me sad, then angry and finally I felt downright disgusted. Finland…