Today we were in Iittala at the Naïve art exhibition together with good friends. It’s celebrating it’s 30th year this year. Last year we were there for the first time. It is so nice. All the paintings make you feel so good. Lots of cute animals and flowers which I love. One walks around smiling broadly. There are so many small details in the paintings to find out, to discover. After some thinking, I have to say my favorite artist this year is Riitta Kolari. Our friends live not far away from Iittala and asked us to come to them for afternoon coffee. Thank you so much for the nice company at the exhibition and for the good coffee.
Yesterday we visited the Laukko Manor together with friends. Beautifully situated in Vesilahti. It is an about two hour drive from Helsinki. We stayed there for 7 hours. We strolled around in the beautiful garden, visited all the buildings on the estate that were open for visitors, enjoyed the outdoor concert and had both lunch and coffee there. It was a great day. Best of all, after the long period of temperatures between 28–33 degrees Celsius it was only 22 yesterday as is also today. The short rain shower right when the concert started didn’t even bother us 🙂
The below text is from the Laukko pages.
“The written history of Laukko manor dates back to year 1416. The present neo-classic manor house was built in the 1930s. The estate reopened to the public in the summer of 2016, as the estate celebrates its 600th anniversary. For the first time, visitors can see the estate in its entire splendor. The visitors can now admire the main building’s unique collections of arts and antiquities and stroll in the estate’s vast gardens and grounds.”
Last year and the year before and probably also the year before I said I would not take any more pictures of apple flowers because I have way too many photos of them. I have been photographing them every year since I bought my first digital camera in spring 2001. This time the apples blossomed for a very short time. Once again, I was not able to resist the temptation. I took some photos right before the blossom time was over. Guess what ! Yup, I’m sure there also next year will be photos of apple flowers 😉
On Saturday we went to the Sinebrychoff Art Museum. The exhibition the Lure of Italy and the Orient – paintings by Ippolito Caffi ineterested us. The office and home museum of the Sinebrychoff brewing family on the second floor also was very interesting as was the exhibition the Speaking Ruins by the graphic master Piranesi in the Red Cellar. Outside on the sidewalk, on two metal boxes for electrical wires, someone painted these beautiful birds.