Weekly Favourites

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you to sit on the balcony with me. It’s heartbreaking to say it out loud but summer is ending and we have to make the most of these sunny days. Maybe we should have an ice latte or perhaps ice lemon tea this time?

Friday was a sad day at the office as one of our lovely colleagues left for new pastures. She baked the most divine mudcake for us decorated with berries and macarons. We will miss her baking for one but most importantly her sparkling personality which trickled goodness all around – like a magical fairy I suppose!

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After our little going away party, I really needed a pick me up so I decided on a whim to pop into the Ateneum Art Museum. Finally I got to see the exhibit Stories of Finnish Art. I may be biased but I have a great love for our classics.

This here, in the middle, is one of my favourites – Queen Blanka (1877) by Albert Edefelt. I have loved this piece since I discovered it on a univeristy trip to the Ateneum. I was studying to be a kindergarten teacher, so naturally we were concentrating on art which featured topics children could relate to. This painting is based on a poem by Zacharias Topelius. The queen is singing a song to her son Haakon about his future fiancee Margareta whilst bouncing him on her knee. Haakon has no idea about such things – his mother is the most important woman in his life. See how the queen is also the most important for the artist and observer – you cannot even see Haakon’s face but the queen in her white dress stands out very clearly! My Finnish readers may remember the poem: “Aja, aja, aja, Blankan ratsastaja. Minne matkall’ lienen? Minne pojan vienen? Sinne missä tiedän, morsiammen pienen. Mikä nimi armaan? Margareta varmaan.”

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I also had a peek at American painter Alice Neel’s work but I have to admit it’s not for me. I like art that makes me feel good. Neel’s work makes me feel uncomfortable and freaked out. But art is supposed to touch you, so even if it causes negative feelings, it’s success wouldn’t you say? It’s an interesting exhibit nevertheless, and it’s great to have her work on show in Ateneum, otherwise I’d never have seen it.

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I am on a mission to find good Chinese in food in Helsinki. In Finland Chinese food is in my experience never authentic. It’s quite sad as there are so many Chinese restaurants in Helsinki and even in little towns all over the country. If you have any ideas, let me know. Last week I tried Restaurant China and this time I got take away from Golden Leaf but it did not impress. It was bland unfortunately and the meat was too chewy.

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Hubby and I had a nice sailing weekend – we sailed to Käärmesaari which means Snake Island. I think I saw one snake but I’m not sure as it was dark. I’d rather not think about snakes at all thank you very much. I went swimming – here’s a photo as proof, haha. The water was 19 degrees celcius, way too cold to be comfortable. I don’t think I will be swimming in the sea again this year unless it’s in some tropical paradise.

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Our daughter turned 20 years old on Tuesday but we celebrated on Monday, as she had other plans for her actual birthday. It’s quite incredible that it’s been 20 years since she was born. I don’t really understand where all the years have gone by, wasn’t it just a while ago when she was in a stroller? I’m so proud to be her mommy!

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On Tuesday I managed to talk a friend of mine, Katri, for a movie date. We went to see The Man Who Knew Infinity. Have you seen it yet? I loved the movie! I thought it was so interesting as it was based in Cambridge where I’d just been this year. It also helps that I love dry English humor. I didn’t understand anything about the mathematics but I think Katri had some flashbacks of calculating proofs for her university studies, LOL. The movie was filmed in Trinity college as seen below.

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As we met after work, we were quite hungry once the movie ended. As both of us had buses leaving from Kamppi, it was easiest to go to 6k. I tried Mad Wok’s twice cooked pork (which this too was too chewy!) and Katri had the pulled oat reiska from Fat Tomato.

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On Wednesday I had a lovely afternoon with the very same colleague we said goodbye to on Friday – Laura. We had a date at the Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma. I haven’t been there since 2011 when the museum showcased African contemporary art. The main reason I wanted to go was to have a look at Korean Choi Jeong Hwa’s Happy Together installations. And boy were they cool! You still have till the 18th of September to catch the exhibit.

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After going through the whole museum we went to sit on Kiasma’s terrace for a bite and a long chat. I can recommend their salmon quiche for sure!

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On Thursday I went swimming at the outdoor swimming pool in Leppävaara and concretely felt summer leaving us. The sun was still shining at 8 pm but the light is now different, it has the promise of Fall. On the way home Alphaville’s Forever Young came on the radio. Do you know this song? Look it up – that’s melancholy for you.

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20 thoughts on “Weekly Favourites

  1. You’re so much braver than I on your quest for good Chinese food. I will try a restaurant if I’m meeting someone, but if I find a place I like, I stick to it. Bad Chinese is, well, bad. Very bad. It leaves not only bad taste but the bad texture which always seems inevitable with bad Chinese (have I used the word “bad” enough? If not, I think I just crossed over the line.). Hope you find something good soon.

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    1. Thanks Joanna! Well I haven’t found a place I like yet, maybe that’s why I can still be so adventurous 😉 All have been bad (LOL). I’ve heard there are OK ones in Helsinki but they are all out of my way 😔 Lets see the outcome of this!!

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  2. Another great post, and I love those pictures again too! My boys are only 6 & 3, and I feel like time is already flying by. Your baby is 20! Goodness, they grow up on us fast. They’ll always be our babies though. Should I mention that my 3 year old locked me out of the house not too long ago and I had not enter through a window, maybe a bit more distance from the baby stage wouldn’t be too bad, haha.

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    1. Hehehe, I’m sorry for laughing but the idea of being locked out and having to enter through a window is just too much 😉 I once locked MYSELF in the bathroom, the lock broke and the only way out was through a tiny window. That was not funny at all 😛 Thank you for your visit ❤

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    1. Hehe, it was the most chocolatey thing I have ever tasted. But you should’ve tried Laura’s chocolate chip cookies – they were heavenly. I have to try them myself one of these days. Thank you for reading 🙂

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  3. Another busy week with so many nice things happening. Have you managed to get the boat engine fixed now ? it sounds like it as you went sailing so that’s good! The days are drawing in here, too and this week hasn’t been so warm but apparently we’re expecting a heatwave next week – let’s hope it covers Finland as well!

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    1. Hubby fixed the engine himself as the mechanic has still failed to show up. It would be good to get him to do a check anyway but it really is ridiculous how long it’s taking!! Wow a heatwave sounds so lovely, I hope it comes this way too. Happy weekend Marion 💕

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  4. I enjoyed reading this, it’s interesting to see how other people spend their week. Lovely photos. Your swimming made me shiver! Far too cold! I liked your descriptions of the paintings, but I’m not a fan of modern art installations.

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    1. Heheh yes I would imagine the water is too cold for anyone from outside the Nordics. I was in South Africa once and went swimming in what is their winter, they thought I was crazy!! 😉

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