On May 20th we visited the Spring garden day at Axxell. It was so nice and warm. Yesterday the Fall garden day took place. Cloudy, no, rain, not too cold. Very nice too. Lot to buy. Flower bulbs, flower plants, bushes and tree plants to. I didn’t buy any plants but will next spring. You also could buy all kind of jam, pickled garlic, fresh vegetables, cookies, cup cakes, tools etc. As in the spring, I also now bought cute cup cakes. It was the same young woman selling them. And I bought a package of Christmas cards. I thought they were painted by the woman selling them but she said it’s her daughter, Maarit Ailio, who is the painter. I googled her and there are so many more cute paintings by her. When my husband saw the cards he said “what already” ? ! Yes, it’s Christmas in less than four months, isn’t it 😀
Yesterday I, together with friends, visited the naïve art exhibition in Iittala, Lasimäki. Paintings by many artists, about 40. Here are a few photos. I, of course, love the cats painted by Martti Lehto. They are adorable. We also visited the Glass Museum, shopped at Finlayson and Iittala outlet stores. At Finlayson I bought a beautiful umbrella and at Iittala a Myrna mug. It was a such a nice day. The Myrna coffee pot is one I bought 10 years ago. The inside of it is in bad condition so it’s not for use, just display.
From Kotka the ships sailed to Turku for a four day stay from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd. The weather was warm and nice. The parade of sails took place from about 2 pm, when the first ships sailed down the Aura river towards Airisto, to 6 pm. Next they will be in Klaipeda in Lithuania. I was on my feet for 8 hours ! My goodness my back and feet hurt. But, it was so much worth it 😀 I, of course, also this time took way too many photos. Here are a few from the festival area along side the river. I will post more soon from the parade of sails.
There’s a lot going on from the 12th of July to the 16th. Parades, concerts, dance, theater, amusement park, many, many festival market stalls, restaurants, fire works and, of course, the ships. We were there on Thursday. Many ships already had arrived. I was so pleased to notice some ships would still arrive on Thursday. Such a wonderful, wonderful day it was. The ships are truly both beautiful and magical.
The race route, this year, is Halmstad, Sweden – Kotka, Finland – Turku, Finland – Klaipeda, Lithuania – Szczecin, Poland.
I will post a few more photos tomorrow and another video clip 😉