torstai 30. huhtikuuta 2020



Vappu starts on 30.4. and lasts until ... midnight of the first of May.
ETÄ... vappu? distant vappu.
etätyö = homeoffice
I kind of prefer the virtual vappu. Everybody online.

Tonight traditionally there is a biiiig public party
going on in Finland. kind of carnival celebrating
the spring time and student life. Tomorrow, like in most
of the countries, the workers' day is celebrated.

This year ... no public parties, no working class demonstrations.
Everybody should stay home.
Well, meaning, virtual partying going on.
Meaning loads of jokes circulate in social media.

Holding a glass in your both hands keeps you away of
touching your face.

And these emoji quizzes ... here is one indicating book titles!
Also international ones, Hemingway etc.

In Germany Tanz in den Mai used to be the thing on 30.4.

And how was my day?
Great, got some work done in the kitchen!
Cooking? No, no, no, painting.

And guess what, we are so much looking forward to May:
during the month of April we did not drink any alcohol!
Not a drop.
Huikaton huhtikuu.
How exciting was that then? Actually,
quite normal. And no, my skin does not look shinier,
my eye bags have not disappeared, I have not lost weight. 


Finnisch für Anfänger:

KIPPIS = Prost / cheers

Remember the hashtag.

tiistai 28. huhtikuuta 2020

Linnut, oi linnnut


Kuu kiurusta kesään, 
puoli kuuta peipposesta, 
västäräkistä vähäsen, 
pääskysestä ei päivääkään.

Month 'till summer if you see Lark, 
half a month if Finch, 
a little if Wagtail, 
not even a day if Swallow.

A Finnish saying.

Now that I've studied all the plants in our garden 
it might a perfect time to get started with ornithology.


Finnisch für Anfänger:

LINTU = Vogel / bird

Let's start with listening ... was recording some birdie sounds
during my morning walk in the garden.

More to come.
And pics, of course.

maanantai 27. huhtikuuta 2020

Take a closer look

On the island summer is approaching slowly.
Slower than in Germany ... grrrrr...

Hubby has been in the pool a few times.
Wife has been chilling outside the pool.
Always with her camera. 

Here they come:
Nothing else to report, thanks to corona.

Pomegranatebud. Wait until it opens! And all the other buds.
And then the pomegranates ripen! 

A weed at the iron gate.

Finnisch für Anfänger:

RIKKARUOHO = Unkraut / weed

This year my opuntias are growing fast. Finally. Off they go!

Some ground cover in our rose garden.

Grapevine pergola also ready to grow, grow, grow.

In the nature and among the flowers there seems to be always
one who has to come out first, maybe checking the situation?
Oleander. Pretty in pink.

Check this: it is a weed! Totally pretty in pink.
My plant app proposes: Allium roseum = rosy garlic!
Yes, when you cut the leaves it really smells bad, like garlic.

Same same but different. Rosy garlic - Rosen-Lauch.

The smell and flavour of the bulb is powerful enough to drive squirrels 

and browsing deer away from gardens, where they are planted as 
ornamental flowers. For this reason, they are suitable as companion 
plants to tulips and similar species. (Wikipedia knows)

Note to myself: collect those lonely bloomers' bulbs and plant them
somewhere together, they look great.

Those fascinating Tillandsias, airplants, also produce flowers.

Another weed, a pretty fancy one as well, especially the ornamental leaves.
From the family of thistles.

Finnisch für Anfänger:

OHDAKE = Distel / thistle

A baby apricot.

A teenager cauliflower ... snails love my vegetable garden as well.

Lilac cauliflower!

Love the lilac flowers of the chives.

Borage flowering in blue, as always.

This hanging basket finally looks fabulous.
If I may say so.

And the bottle brushes, wow!

Colours? Hardly any colors but forms, look at this tree!

Harvesting lemos. Drying lemons!

Decorating the kitchen.

This guy decorated our bedroom wall one morning.
Summer might be coming sooner than we think.

And here we go again, new babies in town!
Sorry could not get closer to the family, they needed their peace.

Proud family members, I guess. Maybe a cousin? Or an aunt?

"Viisaat viihtyvät varjossa" my dad used to say.
Wise guys stay in the shade.
Pretty cool fur.

perjantai 24. huhtikuuta 2020

Playing with colorful pics

In my last posting promised to post next time some colors.
Here they come.
Slightly modified garden pics.

And the APP is called LAYOUT from Instagram.

keskiviikko 22. huhtikuuta 2020

Grey, gray but different

Let's find colours, one by one.
Yes, in the boring garden. So sorry about that.

Grey or gray?

Grey and gray are two different spellings of the same word. 
Gray is more common in the U.S., while grey is more common in other 
English-speaking countries. In proper names—like Earl Grey tea 
and the unit Gray, among others—the spelling stays the same, and 
they need to be memorized.

Most of the cameras have this option to play with one colour only.


Ficus elastica.

Finnisch für Anfänger:

KUMIPUU = Gummibaum / rubber tree

Same, same but different.

Strelizien, always, I tell you always attractive.

Weed, just weed.



The scientific name Osteospermum is derived from the Greek osteon (bone) 
and Latin spermum (seed). It has been given several common names:  
African daisy, South African daisy, Cape daisy and blue-eyed daisy.
In Finnish: tähtisilmä.

Finnisch für Anfänger schon wieder:

TÄHTISILMÄ =  Kapkörbchen /blue-eyed daisy
TÄHTI = Stern / star
SILMÄ = Auge / eye

These you certainly recognize.


Spring time bush.

This season's last lemons.


In my next posting promise to post pics with many, many and 
many colours. Those fabulous Majorcan colours.


Why not learn the British accent? Listen to this: