keskiviikko 30. marraskuuta 2016


Traditionally we are celebrating Thanksgiving
with our American friends in Frankfurt.
The fourth Thursday in November ist the official date,
but here in Europe we party at the weekend.

It's always too much to eat and so much fun.
Thanks so much Maria for organizing.

The bird is always BIG.
And tasty.

My hubby assisted with cutting the bird,
so he was able to catch the leg.

Sweet dreams!

After the feast it was time to dance.
See the title: Disco Mix Thanksgiving
well, from the year 2015 ... 
music never dies!

... that crazy wig ...

Please watch this and then you'll learn many details of Thanksgiving:

Was it the wig or was it the cold weather?
Sorry, the pic of the official Christmas tree at Römer
is not good. But a lot of lights.

Some lights at Mainufer as well,
our little Christmas tree.

The "tree" especially trimmed for Christmas season.

Detail. Afternoon detail.

Artsy version.

Indeed, chives on Karelian pasties ...
well, prepared them for some other people!

Happy Christmas preparation times to you, too!

maanantai 28. marraskuuta 2016

So this is pre-Christmas


In Mediterranen countries the nature is getting ready for the holidays.
Am looking forward to these bloomers at Christmas time,
this was the state of flowers mid-November in Mallorca.

After the hot, burning summer the nature in 
Mediterranean fields are turning green again.

Check the hair cut of the mother.

Aren't these young ones sooooo cute!

The same in profile.

What are you staring at? Never seen baby feeding?

And the same animals from the back side.

Pre-Christmas times in Central Europe start busy
over the first "Advent" weekend.
Most charity organizations, like the Finnish church in Frankfurt,
organize big Christmas Basars over this weekend.

Oderazzi being busy at the bookfleamarket.
People still love reading books but 
the direction is going towards e-books.

Not only books but also artsy stuff made of old books
could be purchased at the "KIRJAKIRPPIS".

Of course, the people make the party.
But on my opinion ... this space does look ... quite horrible.

Luckily enough there is funny, hand made stuff for sale. 
Keeps the eyes away from the rest of the space.

And those hand made hats and socks.

In the basket those girls look a bit lost.


Finnisch für Anfänger:

JOULUPUKKI = Weihnachtsmann / Father Christmas
JOULU = Weihnachten / Christmas
PUKKI = Bock / goat

Meeting Father Christmas next to the book stand.

In Berlin Father Christmas is riding his horse in the middle of the City.

Did you know that there are two Finnish girls,
Pauliina and Katriina Talaslahti, 
playing Fussball in Bayern München?
Here they stand on the stage in Berlin
where the Finnish Embassy invited press people
to celebrate pre-Christmas.
Let's see if we get them to SISU-radio in December
when there is a match in Frankfurt!

Never missing from a Finnish pre-Christmas-party:
Check his cool boots. Traditionally Finnish.
Here with the girls of the Finnish Embassy.
Yes, only women. No men working there?
Check here, 5 male colleagues:

Finnisch für Anfänger:

PIKKUJOULUT = kleine Vorweihnachtsfeier / per-christmas party
PIKKU/PIENI = klein / litte
JOULU = Weihnachten / Christmas

Berlin at the end of November can be very gray.
Inhabitants in Prenzlauer Berg decorate the streets,
a very good try.

I do like the wives from the double decker buses in Berlin.

Finnisch für totale Anfänger:


In the year 2017 Finland is celebrating 100 year of independence.

Check your history books (read: Wikipedia)
how long and how Sweden and Russia reigned Finland.

is the name of the project which will cover
all happenings, parties, exhibitions, concerts, etc.
Next year you cannot miss Finland.
Check the project here:

torstai 24. marraskuuta 2016

Südfass project

Today they call it Oscar or something.
We know this corner as the "Sudfass" corner.

Seen in November 2016

 April 2016.

November 2015.

November 2014.

torstai 17. marraskuuta 2016

November surfers in Canyamel

Okay folks, this posting has no gardening pics.
But nature, yes.
Waves, water and some surfers.

Bay of Canyamel (Mallorca)

My favorite pic. 

How cool is this then.
Should we all start a new hobby?