Monthly Archives: November 2019

Winter . . .

Winter viewWinter viewt was snowing a little last night. Such a beautiful day today. It is a bit chilly. After many dark, rainy and wet days it’s a joy to see the sun again. The roads and sidewalks are slippery. You do need to wear anti slip shoes. I hope the snow will stay and that there will be no more rain this year.

Date Balls

Time flies. It is five years since I last made date balls. They are so quick and simple to make so, from now on I will make them more often. At least once a year. The recipe says it makes 22-24 balls. There are only 18 in the photos as we already ate some.

Date ballsDate balls Recipe

200 g fresh dates
1,5 dl (abt. 70 g) Pecan nuts
1 dl (abt. 50 g) cashew nuts
about 1/2 tsp cinnamon
about 1/2 tsp cardamom (which I don’t like so I didn’t use)

Pit the dates. Then put all the ingredients into the food processor. Form about 22-24 small balls. Then roll them in e.g. coconut flakes, almond flour or dark cocoa powder.


geese, gäss, hanhiaStill a flock of geese here ! There has been some frosty nights and also a little bit of snow a couple of times in September and October. But, lately it has been warm, gray and rainy. The huge flocks of geese left about a month ago. It still is pretty warm, about 5-9 degrees Celsius. The weather forecast says it is going to continue the same, at least, for the next ten days. I wonder for how long the geese will stay. Will they migrate at all ?

Art Exhibitions at The Didrichsen Museum

In the end of August the Marita Liulia ehxibition Mysterium. The short, about 20 minutes, film was worth watching. She told so many things about her life and her works.

On Friday, November 8th we visited an other nice exhibition. The best place in the world to paint. Finnish and Swedish artists painting in Önningeby, Åland, during the summers at the end of the 19th century. Beautiful landscape paintings. Also this time we sat down to watch an about 20 minute film about the Rönningeby and the Artist. Next time, if there will be a next time, I visit Åland Islands I will visit Önningeby and the Önningeby museum.

Memorial for Seafarers

Yesterday on the All Saints Day we, at first, went to lit candles on the graves of all the loved ones. Then to Helsinki to attend the event of the memorial ceremony at the memorial for seafarers. My father in law was a seaman. He and my husband visited the memorial event long ago. I have walked in the park many times but, this was the first time I was there at the event. About ten sea rescue boats sailed by in a parade honoring the event. The wind was pretty hard and cold. It was hard to take photos. My fingers freezing cold and numb. It is sad to think of all those who lost their lives at sea. Most often during horrible weather conditions.