Apple Jam

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Wednesday evening when Canelo and I were on our way home from our evening walk, I saw three plastic bags underneath a mailbox. I thought what a strange place to put your garbage. Oh my, that’s not garbage. It said good jam apples for free. The garden has many apple threes and this was a good apple year. Also our tree had many but were no good because of apple worms or whatever insects. I picked a bag. No one there but I said thank you so much anyways. Next morning I made apple jam. Two glass jars and one Tupperware freezer container. Not much but so yummy on porridge, pancakes, waffles, bread or in a Swiss roll and . . . it’s home made.

Turku Castle

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On Saturday I visited Turku Castle with friends. It was on my list of places to visit for a very long time. Turku is 170 km away from Helsinki. By train about two hours. It was quite a walk from the railway station. We walked both ways. At the castle we took a one hour guided tour. It took us around in the main building. It was very interesting to learn so much of the history of the castle. After the guided tour we spent one more hour to walk in the museum parts. My feet and legs hurt the next day. There are so many steps to climb in the castle. Many of them very steep, high and narrow.

There were many visitors so it was not easy to take pictures nor was it allowed to use the flash. The pictures are what they are.

Nowadays you may rent facilities for meetings, conferences, weddings, dinners etc. We easily could have spent much more time in the castle but had to leave to have time for lunch. Panimoravintola Koulu is a Finnish Brewery restaurant. It is situated in a former school building from 1889. Nice place, good food. It was a gorgeous, beautiful autumn day ! Thanks my friends for all the hilarious discussions and laughter.

If you ever visit Turku I warmly recommend visiting the castle. Meanwhile, for more, visit the website


Tightrope Walker !

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Tuesday morning I was in the kitchen and happened to see when Jacky jumped from the washing machine on to the shower room door. I shouted to my husband, oh no, hurry ! My husband was there in a second, raised his arms to take him down but Jacky jumped to the laundry drying rack. I ran to the bedroom where the camera was. A few pics before my husband took him down. Lo and behold, in five minutes he was there again! Not even the closed door stopped him. He made it direct from the washing machine ! So, Tuesday and yesterday he was back up there several times. So far, today we have not seen or heard him up there. I told him he better stay away so we need not to worry he will hurt himself while we are away.

Gluten Free Pie

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Last week I made gluten free pie. I actually made three. Friends were to came to visit on Sunday and the other one of them is on gluten free diet. I have never (as far as I remember) made anything gluten free. I thought I’d try to make something gluten free. A smoked salmon pie.  I said to my husband I must make one already on Friday. He said why don’t you do that on Saturday. No, no, I said. Because if the first one is a total disaster I still can try an other recipe on Saturday. The first one with smoked salmon on Friday was pretty good but I was not happy with the crust. By the way, I forgot to take a picture of it😉 On Saturday I made a new one. This time with ham. Because my husband said smoked salmon pie three days in a row is too much🙂 This crust was better. So I used the same recipe for the Sunday salmon pie. Our guests said it was delicious. My husband said it was the best one of all three and that it also looked the best. Did you take a picture, he asked. Oh, no I forgot ! Our friends both looked perplexed. They asked why ? Should you have had to take a picture ? I felt a bit awkward and embarrassed but admitted I post pictures of food I cook on my blog. Not everyday food but food I seldom make or new recipes I like try out.

New Window Sill

Jacky and the new window sill img_2139c Jacky got a window sill yesterday. He was following step by step the whole process when my husband put it up. Last screw and it will be OK. Jacky was already up on it. Looking down to see, what’s still going on there I thought you were done already.Jacky and the new window sill img_2140c Then finally, ready for him to watch birds and squirrels. Aww, he is so happy. The window is in the utility room and it’s situated higher up than the others. I just wish we had done this long ago so our other cats, before Jacky, had been able to enjoy the view too.

Motorcycle Museum of Finland

On Wednesday 28th we visited the Motorcycle Museum of Finland in Lahti. It is about 100 km from where we live. They opened it five years ago and that is for how long we have been talking about to go there.

There are, of course, mostly motorbikes and bike stuff but some other things also. I liked the old school desk with attached chairs. Just like those we had at school. Another thing was the jukebox in the restaurant. Loaded with old time music. The waitress said you are allowed two play it. No coins needed. Just press the buttons to select. To me it both looked and sounded exactly like the one which was in the bar we used to gather at as teenagers. So while having lunch we listened to my teenage favorites. Many of the pieces I still love to listen to. The baked potato with prawns and salad was good.