Brrr, winter !

It’s minus 4 degrees Celsius and snowing. It feels like a bit more than only 4. Maybe because of the snow. On the way to my language course on Tuesday I saw the first snowflakes for the season here in the south of Finland. There was not enough to take pictures. Neither is there now much. Barely enough to make the roads white and for me to shoot a couple of pictures. I hope the snow is not here to stay yet. Others hope for it to stay. No wonder it’s a bit chilly. On Sunday we are turning the clocks from daylight saving time back to, as we say, winter time.
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Yesterday I saw five pheasants in the middle of the road to get to the other side. They saw a car coming, which caused them to run in all directions, like headless chickens. One of them dared not and ran back.  I stopped to see whether he would manage or not. Fortunately, he waited until no more cars before he crossed the road. Many years ago there were a lot of pheasants around here. One could hear the males crow early in the morning. I have no idea why they disappeared but now they’re back.

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The last few days have been cloudy, gray, drizzling. There’s not been much to inspire me to take any pictures. I’ve been browsing through my albums today. Not exactly to find anything to post but more to recall the summer. Then I saw these three pictures of Quam which I took in the end of September. Why not post them. To me he is so cute, so irresistible. I didn’t want to disturb him but couldn’t resist shooting a couple of pictures of him sitting there on the terrace enjoying the last sun rays of the day. He is so relaxed. There is nothing that distracts him. To me it looks like he is meditating. I think he didn’t even notice me photographing :)Quam our Norwegian Forest cat Norsk skogkatt p9200328CC Quam our Norwegian Forest cat Norsk skogkatt OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Quam our Norwegian Forest cat Norsk skogkatt p9200331CC

New Roof

After, I can’t remember, for how long, for how many years our roof leaked when bad weather with strong winds and rain pouring down. I wrote about it my posting in September 2012. It certainly was not the first time it leaked but this time we had to put a bucket in the living room. We temporary fixed it using strong tape. The tape didn’t last for long. Every fall and spring we needed more and stronger tape. We knew we’d have to have it repaired sooner or later. Sooner would have been fine but as we knew it is expensive we always felt we needed to postpone it, awaiting for better times to come. We still might be waiting but about a month ago a man came by and introduced himself. A salesman from a roofer company. He inspected the condition of the roof and gave us an offer.

As we wanted to have something to compare to.  We contacted an other roofer and asked them for an offer. The offers were similar, almost identical. But, the new offer was clearly cheaper. I was still hesitating a little to sign the contract but was soon convinced. Now or never. The best thing is to, as soon as possible, before the next time it would rain cats and dogs have it done and over.

The contract said the repair would take 1-2 days. We were a bit skeptical and thought a week probably would be closer to the truth. On Tuesday morning, September 30 at 7:30 am they arrived. In the afternoon at 4:00 pm they left. The contract said the repair would take 1-2 days. We went outdoors to see how much they had done. Gosh that was super fast ! We were, as our neighbors too, blown away by how quickly the work was done. Only a few last details to finish the next day. On Wednesday, in four hours everything was ready and the yard cleaned up.  Wow ! A new roof in practically one day. Well, one and a half. Less than two days :D Like in Extreme Makeover: Home edition, a new home in one week :)

After 25 years our old roof looked terrible, so worn out, you could hardly tell what color it once was. The new roof looks so good. I hope it will last at least for as long ;) And I’m sure there will be no more leaks. We are pleased and satisfied. Thank you team Antti at Hämeen Laaturemontti, well done :)roof repair IMG_7956C roof repair IMG_7961C new roof IMG_7975C new roof IMG_7977C

Visiting Tampere and Vehoniemi

We went on a one day trip to Tampere and Vehoniemi with the camper. A last trip for the season. The weather was so nice.

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White chocolate cake/pie = birthday cake, Leif turned 70 

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 A music band playing at the fish market.


Nice colours – delicious


Art on a wall. Leif said the guy needs help to keep the handle.
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Tammerkoski Waterfall – Old factory buildings
Tammerkoski Bridge – Old factory buildings

Leif and Canelo

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Näsinneula Observation Tower
Classic car coffeehouse and museum IMG_7853C
Classic Car Museum
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Rolls Royce from 1921
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Leif’s first car in 1962 was a Moskovitch model 1955. Exactly like this one but in gray.
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Moskovitch and Volkswagen
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View over lake Roine from the museum

“Sokerimunkki” sugar donut and white chocolate cake.