Beauty and the Beast and May 1st

I went to the cinema tonight to watch Beauty and the Beast. My niece recommended it! 🙂 It was good! I liked the songs. It was a bit scary at times, but still good. I might get in on DVD when it comes out.

Yesterday was May 1st, which is celebrated in Finland with balloons, parades etc. The market square was jam packed with people… Usually the market square is empty except for a few sellers and a few customers or other people walking across it. But a couple of times a year it is filled with people and hard to move around. People bump into you all the time.

There are different parades, old cars and people walking. On the square they sell ice cream (which they do the whole summer), licorice, thin pancakes, grilled sausages, balloons, toys etc. There is also music. As usual I went to the town hall and listened to a male choir singing. Here is a picture of them standing on the balcony, singing:

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Across the street from the town hall is the church. Lots of people listening to the choir:

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This shows only a small portion of the people. The white hats are given (well, you have to buy them yourself…) to high school graduates. But these days other schools can have similar white hats with tassels, so they are not exclusive for high school graduates anymore. The white hats can turn slightly yellow after some decades.

My hat is still white:

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The thing that is attached on the black rim is golden and must be bought separately from a store that sells earrings, necklaces etc.

In the afternoon we went to my sister-in-law. I took a few pictures of the dogs that had much fun rolling around in the dry grass… (Click on the images to enlarge them)

The black one is already 9 years old (he will be 10 in June) and the dog in the third picture has just turned 13.

Finally a picture of two small flowers that I found in my sister-in-law’s garden:

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Actually there were three flowers, I think, but I only got two of them in a picture. I don’t know what they are called, but they are a sign of spring. 🙂

May 1st celebration

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May 1st is celebrated in Finland. On the market square there are thousands of people; buyers and sellers. They sell balloons with helium in them, ice cream, licorice, cotton candy, grilled sausage, toys and lots more. They also have different parades and things like that. One parade is old cars. A lot of people like to go for motorcycle rides on May 1st and they will gather somewhere and go together. It’s difficult to walk around on the market square with so many people pushing from different directions. And sometimes you can only take a few steps before the way is blocked by several people. But, it’s part of May 1st.

I took the camera with me this year. It was cloudy as can be seen in the first picture. But between the clouds were also some blue sky. It was around +10 to +13 degrees (I went 11.15 am from home and came back 1.30 pm). On the town hall balcony (second picture) and male choir sang in Swedish. A male choir singing in Finnish came before the Swedish group. They sang for about 30 minutes from noon. The third picture is some of the many people listening to the choir. They are on the other side of the street, next to the church.

The white hats some of the people are wearing is the hat you have to buy when you graduate from high school. A lot of people like to wear them on May 1st. If the hats are not stored properly they can turn yellow/beige after decades. Some of the choir members have yellowish/beige hats, because most of the singers are old and probably got their hats many decades ago. I keep my white hat in the original plastic bag inside the original cardboard box it came in. I wore it for a while today but I also had a baseball cap, which is much more comfortable. Before the white hats were only given to those who graduate high school. But later they started giving it to people graduating from other schools as well. Those other graduates might have tassels on their hats. I noticed one white hat does have a tassel, so it means he graduated from another school, not high school.

There are a lot of these yellow coltsfoot flowers on the grass now. Large areas can filled with these small flowers.

While I was listening to the choir singing, there was a little bit of rain, but not much.

I bought some licorice and an ice cream. No matter what weather it is on May 1st, I always want to eat an ice cream bought from the market square. This year I chose lemon-licorice. Yummy! 🙂 I ate it while walking home. I also gave some euros to a Red Cross man collecting for Nepal.

It was nice to come home after all the noise and people on the market square. Here at home is quiet. Mum is at grand mum’s house with my sister’s family.

In less than three hours it’s time for the Ice hockey world championships!! 😀 First game: Finland vs. USA. 🙂

Balloon dog

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My first balloon animal – a dog! 😀

The tail is a bit too big and long, but a good first try. 🙂

Going to the market square now to look at all the things they have there. It’s May 1st, so there’s going to be lots of balloons, candies, toys and other things. Might watch a parade and listen to some men singing from the balcony on the town hall. It’s sunny. But cold. So I am not sure I want to listen to the choir for 30 minutes. But we’ll see.

In the afternoon, 4 pm, I’ll watch the ice hockey game Finland vs. Russia. 🙂

Licorice and licorice

Went to the market square today with mum, my sister Eva, her daughter Wilma and Alec, my brother’s son. They quickly lost interest and went to my grand mum instead. I bought a licorice ice cream, watched the parade, listened to a male choir that sang from the town hall balcony. After that I took a better look at what they were selling on the market square. I bought a can of Coca-Cola (that I’ve just drank at home) and licorice. They sell licorice that are 1 meter long. At least they claim they are 1meter, but I have never actually measured then. 😉 They are good in any case. 😀

The wind was strong and it was cold, but sunny. Too bad it was so windy, otherwise it would have been warm.

When I got home after a couple of hours, I vacuum cleaned my floor, emptied my sofa (half of the sofa is always filled with books and magazines and stuff), moved the sofa further into the room, vacuum cleaned behind the sofa, took down the curtains etc. When mum and Alec gets back, the window in my room will be washed the first time ever since we moved here a few years ago, I think. Not even sure we’ll be able to open the window. We’ll see.

Now I am going to put chicken wings in the oven. They need to be there for 50 minutes. If mum and Alec is not home before the food is ready, they can warm the food up when they get home. But it’s already close to 2 pm. So I think they will be home before 3 pm.

Little bits of this and that

I am done with all the price tags. 😀 On Thursday I start selling. Now I just need to figure out a way of getting all the stuff there… Well, I have my backpack and probably a few plastic bags on each side of the bicycle.

Don’t really feel anything about May 1st this year. Of course I’ll go to town, look at all the things going on, but I’m not in a particularly festive mood. My nephew Alec will be here tomorrow, so I am going with him and mum to town. Then they will probably visit grand mum and I will do something else or go home.

Did some cross stitching today. Almost done with the words. Soon I can start stitching pictures of animals and paper lanterns.

Also made a poodle finger puppet of felt. I bought a copy of Mollie Makes (I only buy a few issues a year) and this time they have on the cover five different dogs that are finger puppets. Will make the rest in a few days.

Had time to write a book review too. Could have been longer, but I think it’s enough. It was a good book. The Sisterhood by Helen Bryan.

Wow, this Internet connection is really slow at the moment. When I write something it takes about 10 seconds before the words appear on the screen. Don’t know if it is the internet connection of WordPress that are really slow at the moment.

Tasted the mead today. 🙂 A little strong, in my taste, but okay. Usually only drink may be 3-5 glasses per season.

Last evening with TLC on TV. 😦 Had to give it up, because the TV company removed the channel that shows Formula 1 from the package that I had. So I had to give up the package and choose another one, with the sports channel. I will not miss Formula 1! Because I gave up the package I also lost the Swedish channels, so I had to buy two more packages which shows the Swedish channels. Good thing is, from tomorrow I can see Swedish 1, 2, 3, 4 and a few others that I don’t remember. I only had 3 and 4 before. It only cost me five euros extra a month, so it’s not a huge deal. But of course I am a bit annoyed that I lost TLC, which was my favorite TV channel. 😦

Ok, I am soon going nuts over this slow Internet. I will log out and before turning the lights off, I’ll read a few pages of the Hobbit. Linda, I know what you are thinking, but I really enjoyed the first 30 pages. And I plan on reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy after the Hobbit, no matter what people think about my book taste.