A sure sign of Spring in Finland is when people start getting their boats ready to lower them into the water. So – if we were having coffee – I’d tell you that Spring is finally here!
Saturday was my son’s school’s event “Aprillia”. Aprillia means “April Fools” but the day is not about playing tricks on each other. It’s a early event. First the children have a normal schoolday and then parents join in the fun. This year my son’s class was in charge of the French café – Café de Paris. I was selling goodies for two hours but as it happens, those two hours were vey quiet. The queues started right after I left. I hope the long queues meant a lot of profit for the class’ school camp.
On Sunday I met two girlfriends for brunch at Krog Roba. This restaurant is located in the most gorgeous hotel in Helsinki – Lilla Roberts. I haven’t stayed there yet but hopefully I will get a chance soon. Even though I live very near Helsinki, it’s sometimes fun to play tourist in the city and check out the hotels. Other hotels in Helsinki which I personally like are Hotel Fabian and Hotel Haven.
The restaurant setting is beautiful. I adore the floor tiles. Interesting fact – the building was initially a power plant and later a police station!
I was expecting a lot of this brunch but have to say it was only mediocre. A lovely place to spend time with friends and family but that extra something was missing from the food on offer. Of course the best and most important thing was catching up with friends.
On Tuesday our new boat was lowered in the water. Unfortunately I missed the whole thing as I had to be at work. As there was still ice in the harbour, it could not be taken to it’s own “parking spot”. That needs to be done this weekend. It looks like our boat was one of the first to arrive in the harbour this year.
I have been very busy thinking of things we need for the boat. Hubby can take care of the serious stuff and I will concentrate on decorating. I found cute oven mitts (blue with a single star) at the Riviera Maison store in Helsinki, star duvet covers online and utensils at Ikea. There’s still a lot to get for the kitchen like pots and pans and the like.
Spot the name of our boat from the picture below!
On Wednesday I took a day off work again. If you are wondering why I keep taking days off almost every week, the reason is that from February, I’ve had eight holiday days that must be used by mid-May! This is a very unusual (but welcome) situation for me as usually I run out of holiday days instead of having too many of them.
I had a lot to do on Wednesday but still managed to go to the Weegee Exhibition Center in Espoo. There are actually four museums there. This time I did not have time to visit them all, as the center really is quite huge. First I visited KAMU, which is the Espoo City Museum. I have wanted to see the exhibit on the history of Espoo for quite some time. I really enjoyed it and suggest you visit that first and then the Glims Farmstead museum if sightseeing in Espoo.
The reason I had come was to see the Espoo Museum of Modern Art’s (EMMA) exhibit The Sea Separates Us by Camilla Vuorenmaa. What is unique about her work that it’s carved wood paintings. Her work on show was inspired by the time she spent observing Icelandic fishermen during their daily work at sea. The idea is that the sea separates AND unites people.
There was even one painting you could touch!
I had a quick look at what else EMMA had to offer and these pieces caught my eye.
The girls are fascinated with the painting in front of them – it looked like locks of shiny black hair.
I really need to go back when I have more time.
The great thing about this week has been that most of the snow is now gone thanks to rains.
This weeks’ best lunch was homemade palak paneer. I love Indian food but this is my favourite. I don’t have one certain recipe I use, so if you have a surefire recipe for palak paneer, let me know.
I am looking forward to a fun weekend as it’s my 40th birthday on Saturday!
How was your week and what do you have planned for the weekend?