Last week we visited the largest miniature model alpine railway exhibition in Finland. Arranged by the Alppirautatieharrastajat/The Alpine Railway enthusiasts at Sello shopping centre. It was both interesting and nice. I liked the trains but suddenly found myself admire the alpine views. They were beautiful with the tiny buildings and animals. There was a lot of visitors. The children really loved it. A dad with his, about 4 years, boy said they had been visiting the exhibition for several times because his boy wanted to go there again and again.
We had the opportunity to go to a Christmas concert held at the St. John’s church in Helsinki. Listening to the beautiful Christmas songs sang by the boy and young men choir Cantores Minores in a church always is a powerful experience. On the way back home we made a quick stop just to shoot a couple of pictures of the Christmas decorations in Esplanade park. I am sure it will look even more beautiful in the dark.
“The traditional Herring market will be held annually at the Market Square. The oldest traditional event in Helsinki has been held since 1743. The fishermen working on the Baltic Sea will once again bring their salted herring to market, as well as a delicious selection of herring marinades from rowan berries to red pepper. Of course, you can also find delicious dark bread in the archipelago style, clothes made from the wool of island sheep, and other handicrafts. Not to forget the tasty market food!” The text is from the Visit Helsinki site.
It’s a few years since we last went there. It was not raining on Saturday so it was a good day to go there.
We ordered a news paper and were offered free tickets to Sirkus Finlandia. We tried to recall how many years ago since we went to a circus. It must be about 35 years ago. Also then it was to Sirkus Finlandia. After such a long time we really found it very fun and enjoyable. Specially to see and hear how much all the kids enjoyed it made me smile ear to ear. One little one, I think he was only about 9 – 11 months old. Hi was not yet able to stand by himself. His dad held him standing on his lap. The little one laughed, jumped up and down, screaming of joy all the time. So cute. And, I can tell it felt my husband was one of the kids. He too, cheered, applauded and laughed a lot. The motorcycle stunt in a steel ball with five young stunt drivers at the same time was huge. Photographing was allowed but no flash. My photos are what they are.
Some days ago our son told us the Oil Tank 468 would be open for the public for three weekends in a row, Saturdays and Sundays 6-9 pm. My husband said let’s go there. Some 22 years ago, when still at work and the tanks still were in use, he had been there because of his work. I remember, he back then, told me he had climbed the ladders straight up to the top and then back down. He was not 100% sure was it this exact same tank but it looked exactly like the one he had been up on. From what we read on the net we understood when dark the tank would be lighted up in different colors. There were many, many people. We were there in good time, already right after 6 pm. Sunset at about 7:30.We waited and waited. At 8:30 pm it was pitch dark but no colorful lights. Lot of people started to walk away from there and so did we. Lights or no lights, I still think it was worth going there. After a beautiful warm sunny day the evening too was very nice. By the way, I just googled for more photos and found some very nice ones, shot after dark, in different colors. Should we have stayed until 9 pm ? Probably.
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.