Autumn 2018: Part 1

I tweeted this picture earlier in the week as a precursor to my autumn posting! In case you are wondering, yes there are some filters involved – my phone’s camera now has a ‘pro’ mode 😉

Looking back towards Helsinki (click on the pictures for a full screen experience!)

We were sitting on the rocks of an island out in the Helsinki / Sipoo archipelago, enjoying what is colloquially known as the last weekend of summer (no matter what the weather is!). After the sun went down, the mökki owners lit their bonfires, and all around us these beacons bid farewell to summer. At least one place sent up a few fireworks as well!

Now the days grow shorter everyday (and it’s quite noticeable!) and our thoughts turn to autumn. I won’t admit to a favourite season – it’s possible to find something great about the weather, no matter what time of the year it is. I will concede however, that autumn does have more than a few things going for it!

  • Mushrooms and foraging for mushrooms! Beware though: there are some poisonous mushrooms in the Finnish forest: a must to take with you is a well illustrated guide book!
  • The Habitare show (Interior, Design & Furniture) at the Messukeskus – a truly wonderful happening where you can get your fill of Nordic & Scandinavian design (young and old, modern & traditional). This year it’s on 12-16th September, and the theme is Roots. Highly recommended for inspiration!
  • We get a little bit of ruska (the colour change of leaves at autumn) in southern Finland, although if you want to experience the true beauty: head north!
Even my own garden has a touch of Ruska
  • Berries! June, July and August are usually prime months for garden berries, and if you are looking for a great strawberry, nothing beats a Finnish strawberry! Either hand picked by yourself, or freshly packed from the market place. Autumn is when our really tasty berries arrive! Sea buckthorn / tyrni; rowanberry / pihjala; lingonberry / puolukka – these are all ripe for picking in the autumn.
Sea buckthorn – a vitamin C bomb!
  • A personal favourite are the lovely crisp mornings! We haven’t had any frost in southern Finland (yet!) – it’s just a matter of time now.

    So still! So crisp!

Stay tuned over the next few weeks for more autumn tips: things to do, places to go and people to meet as I share my comings and goings with you!

 

Safe travels!

Cheers
Heather

 

 

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Mirja Marsch: Stitches, Sequins and Fragments *

Friday morning (September 27th)  I was heading towards my Finnish class ** when the latest exhibition to be held at Malmitalo caught my eye. The gallery is situated to the left as you enter the main entrance and right at the foot of the stairs that lead to the second floor classroom area. Impossible to miss if you need to go upstairs.

The exhibitions generally run three to four weeks and feature different art-forms – photography, painting, textiles, mixed media etc. I popped my head in as the space had been empty earlier in the week and I wanted to see what the new exhibition was all about. Imagine my surprise and joy when I saw the first picture (actually the third one in the slide show below). Buttons, paint, sequins and a subject who was just oozing so much attitude that I wanted to reach out and touch her. I snapped a quick picture thinking I would send it to my mum or my sister – they are both up to their elbows in creative ventures. Quilts, beading, scarves and mixed media, you name it, they are creating it.

Then I looked around, and immediately gasped (with joy!). All around the room were similar pieces of art. So, camera in hand (phone really) I scooted around the gallery and snapped a quick picture of everything on display. Here is the gallery, along with the names, mostly Finnish with some English. My pictures really don’t do the work justice.

If you are in Helsinki in the very near future, I highly recommend that you get out to Malmi (connections are at the end of this post) and have a look at the exhibition. I grabbed a postcard and the bio of Mirja Marsch and read with interest that she is a member of the Finnish Felting Association. I did a felting course last year, and while my output was limited, I quite enjoyed the process of making felt!

The exhibition runs 26.9.2013 – 19.10.2013 in the Malmitalo Gallery. I will definitely share more about Malmitalo in the future. There is always something interesting there! Malmitalo is a multipurpose building in Malmi, close to the railway station and the bus terminal.

Getting there: P,I,N,K (yes Pink) trains from Helsinki to Malmi station (Note the trains themselves are not pink!). Bus 69, 70, 70T, 73, 73B, 73N, 76A, 76B, 77A, 78, 79, 512, 519, 520, 522 and 522K.

* The original title of this exhibition is Mirja Marsch Pistoja, Paljetteja ja Sirpaleita
** I’m studying Finnish at the North Eastern campus of Helsinki’s Finnish Adult Education School. The campus is just one part of Malmitalo.

Two little letters: part I

H and H are the two letters I’m referring to. As in Heather’s Helsinki. They popped into my head earlier this afternoon when I was in the pet shop of all places. This coming Saturday they are taking part in a street festival of sorts.

The street’s name is Hitsaajankatu (Welder’s Street). The area was formerly an oil terminal, and has been reclaimed and turned into a very nice residential / commercial district. Lots of the streets in this area have industrial related names. It’s a very common feature of the street naming process in many parts of Helsinki – the names might reflect the previous use of the area or concentrate on a theme.

The street festival that is coming on Saturday is Hitsin Hulinat. A loose translation is Hell’s Craziness or Hells’ Big Noise. The idea is that all the shops in the area will be having big sales and nice happenings as well. Hitsaajankatu has a mixture of outlets and regular shops. The pet shop falls into the later category, while further up the street is Mr. 14’s favourite shop; Outlet 6, an outlet shop that specialises in skate wear.

Participants and some of their offers!
Participants and some of their offers!
(Click to enlarge image)

The pet shop promise discounts and will have a trainer on hand to give dog training tips. Although our Perry is well-trained, there are a couple of issues that would benefit from some additional work. I’m working on reducing my wardrobe, so I’ll pass on the clothes outlets this time around. Perhaps lunch at Hanko Sushi is on the cards though. I’m pretty certain I know where Mr. 14 will want to go…

Use the picture above, and the two maps below if you are in need of some retail therapy. Have fun out there!

Open this link to a custom-made map with all the listed outlets for your convenience! https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zTLS007KwFxU.kYVrvsJBFej4

Getting there: Helsinki metro station Herttoniemi is a short 5 minute walk away.

PS: Only 27 days to go now…