Birthday cake

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This is the cake that I decorated for my birthday yesterday. 🙂 Mum thought it looked very green! So I added some more strawberries.

The green whipped cream is colored with food color and I added peppermint oil to make it taste of mint, but I should have added more of it. A very faint taste of mint… But it was fun to make and delicious to eat! 😀

The inside was filled with raspberry jam and a thick vanilla sauce.

The guests were just my brother’s family and my sister’s family minus the oldest nephew Jonas, who had a soccer game to play in another town.

 

Theater night

I am going to the theater tonight to watch the final rehearsal of a play. The tickets are cheaper for the final rehearsals, even if it is like a regular evening.

I called the theater an hour ago and asked if they had any more tickets. They had a few more tickets available, so I got one. 🙂

Mervi the Moose

So, today was the little trip I wrote about earlier. A bus full of people (mostly old people…) went to a place where a man takes care of injured wild animals. They are then released to the nature, when they are well enough. One animal that can’t be released to the nature is the moose, that came to the wildlife care when she was one week old. 🙂

Mervi was very curious and came to the fence as soon as she noticed us. She has a large area where she can move around and eat lots of different things. She is 16 months now, born in April 2015. The man called her “a slim teenage girl”. She is around 250 kilos, but will put on another 100 kilos before she is a fully grown moose.

We were allowed to post pictures, but not write the exact location.

Mervi is a beautiful animal. I stroked her snout and the back. We stayed over an hour with the moose and the man, who Mervi looks at like her daddy.

The man visits the moose every day several times and the moose is calm when he sits next to her. Sometimes, when people are allowed to have fireworks, he lays down on the ground and Mervi knows that as long as he is calm, there is nothing to worry about and she lays down next to him.

Before we got to see the moose, we could take a peek at an eagle that has been lead poisoned. 😦 It was unable to fly as it has lost so many feathers on the wings. The man is building a large cage where the eagle can try and fly again and build some muscles. Hopefully it will be released to the nature, but the man thought it could still take months. I didn’t see the eagle more than it’s head, and it was from a distance, as we were not allowed to go too close.

The wildlife care is run on sponsors and the man’s own money. He gets no funding at all from the government or similar. He relies on sponsors that provides food or similar. He has written two books which he sells to raise money. He also has other things that he sells. There is an animal doctor (veterinarian) that comes and checks the animals for free. 🙂 He used to be a banker before starting to take care of the wild animals in 2o05.

After we said good bye to the man and the moose, we went to a place that used to belong to the army. The army had some storage there and moved in 2000. The area was opened to the public in 2001.

We went for a little walk.

Click on the images to make them larger. (Same with images of the moose.) It was beautiful nature. And the weather was good too. Not too sunny, not too cold, no wind…

When we got to the beach, I saw far away on the sea, the passenger ship where my brother works. 🙂 You can see the tiny ship in the background in one of the pictures (with the rock).

It was a little difficult to walk, as there was so many rocks and roots from large trees.

The bus started from the market square at 1 pm and we were back at the same place a little before 5 pm.

I took a lot of pictures, both of the moose and the nature.

Kvarken (Merenkurkku in Finnish) is a UNESCO’s World Natural Heritage Site. Part of the heritage site is on the Swedish side. Kvarken is part of the sea separating Finland from Sweden. We have this phenomenon that the ground is rising from the sea, 8 millimeter every year. It will go on for hundreds of more years. It’s from the last ice age, when the ice pressed down the ground. Once the ice melted, the land started rising again.

 

 

Disgusting homemade cough “medicine”

I got home from the knit and crochet café tonight and I was coughing like mad. I do that when I have been out bicycling (I wasn’t coughing so much at the class, which was good). Mum is coughing too, but maybe not as much as me.

Her colleague suggested some hot drink that would make the coughing less. According to mum, it helped for her, but I haven’t noticed any big difference on me.

Well, I don’t have the exact recipe, but hot water (boiling), ginger cut to pieces and left in the hot water (in a mug) for some minutes. Then remove the ginger and add some honey.

It burned in my throat when I drank it. But I think I have been coughing more since drinking the disgusting drink… 😦 We’ll see tonight. I think I will take the two pillows from the couch with me and put behind my back when I try to sleep.

 

Lots of crocheting today

I am making good progress on the blanket. 😀 Today I made 60-70 small white circles! (Round 1 of the hexagons) I made some yesterday as well, but most of them I crocheted today. I have a total of 99 circles, the same number of hexagons I have left.

Tomorrow I will start round 2, the round I like the best! Round 1 is the least favorite, so it’s great to have it behind me. No more round 1 for the blanket! 😀

The cough is getting better, but I started coughing bad when I cycled to town with mum early in the day. I will need to take the medicine soon before going to bed. It does seem to work, which is great, because I HATE to take oral cough medicine. Yuk!

Waiting for a documentary on Fukushima to start at 9.30 pm. Still 45 minutes to wait. But I will not crochet any more today… I will do something else instead, may be read.

Autumn market

Today I went to town to look at the autumn market that they had on the market square. They have it tomorrow too. But I didn’t find much of interest. I did go to the market hall and I got I think 10 or 11 herrings for the cat. 🙂 He ate one when I came home. One I put in the refrigerator for tomorrow and the rest I put in the freezer. When I got to the market hall they had a little plastic bag with herrings. They said the fish was from yesterday. And because they didn’t have any other small fish suitable for the cat, I said I could buy the whole bag of herrings. I only paid 1,60 euros for the herrings. 🙂

First I cut off the tail fin and the head. Then I cut the belly open and got rid of bloody, slimy things in the fish’s stomach. Then I got rid of the bones and finally I rinsed it in water to clean it up a bit. It sounds disgusting to write about it and it was disgusting in reality too. Plus my hands still smell of fish! 😦

In the afternoon, around 5 pm, my sister-in-law and nephew Alec came to pick mum and me up. We went to their house and ate tortillas. 🙂

I still have a cough! 😦 It’s getting better, but I still have some. It gets worse when I do something physical, like taking the bicycle to town. It also gets worse when I lay down on the bed, so I will probably wake up a few times tonight too, coughing. But I have the two pillows from the living room cough, so I can put them behind my back and lean against the wall if I need to.

I have these tiny coughing pills that you take three times a day. (I will take one soon). They are tiny, but you have to swallow them with water, because they like to stick to the tongue as soon as you put it there. The pills make it easier to cough up the slimy stuff that’s in the lungs. I do hope the pills work their magic soon, because I am kind of tired to cough. Mum’s got a really bad cold today, so I hope I don’t get those bugs from her now…

I now have a total of 158 African flower hexagons! 😀 I still need to crochet 99 and then I will try to crochet them to a blanket. The previous blanket I sewed together, but this time I am going to try to crochet, because that’s what you are supposed to do.

I am looking forward to Wednesday! 😀 Then I will go on a little trip (like 30 minutes outside of town). I booked a seat in the bus (free) today. We are going to meet the moose Mervi (she is such a beautiful animal!). Then we are going somewhere else too, but I am not sure what it is. We are also going to walk for a bit and have a guide talking about the World Natural Heritage Site. It’s hard to explain now what it is. I will try to explain better next week. It will only take four or five hours in total. I am most looking forward to seeing the moose. 🙂 She is a very special moose! More of her later! 😉

I’ll now take the coughing medicine pill and then I will crochet a few more little white circles (round one) before going to bed.

Crazy cough

Nothing much going on here… I just do the same thing day after day. Right now there is a whole lot of crocheting African flowers for the blanket. 109 hexagons are done. I need 257, so I am not half way yet.

I have a bad cough. 😦 It has started to get a little better, but still pretty bad. It gets worse when I am out, bicycling to and from classes and other things.

Yesterday I went to the knit and crochet café again. I worked on my flowers of course.

Today is the second Italian class.

Well, I am going to crochet some more now.