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Six Word Saturday: 16.5.2020 (#02)

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Another summer project: empty the huussi!

It’s not a terrible as you might think 😉

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Further to my compost project, the huussi (Australian vernacular ‘dunny’, ‘outhouse’ or ‘crapper’, direct translation ‘latrine’, also ‘drop toilet’ or ‘dry toilet’ in some parts of the world.) is another of our inherited objects! Like the compost bin, there had been no regular deposits for at least 6 months so it wasn’t full. I’ve been using it regularly and definitely an emptying session is in my near future. I just need to find a place to dig a hole that is deep enough that the dogs don’t find it 🙂

A more long term project will be a complete upgrade. As huussi’s go it is quite fine. However I have sat on a few that have a little bit more space and feel more “homey” 😉 The plan will probably entail more space with a wood-store to one side.

Any tips for huussi care?! How do you disguise the contents so that dogs don’t go digging where they shouldn’t?!

Six Word Saturday: 16.5.2020 (#01)

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My summer project: fix the compost!

An abandoned compost bin 😦

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Since I was last regularly blogging, we’ve bought a mökki (Australian vernacular ‘shack’, direct translation ‘cottage’, also ‘holiday home’ in some parts of the world.) We inherited a few things including a compost bin that has taken on a life of it’s own. I’m pretty sure that is either a raspberry cane or possibly even a blackcurrant bush poking out of the bottom bin.

Anyway, I have long wished for a compost bin. I am a little fanatical about recycling the bio-waste these days so I’m super excited about the possibilities this offers. However, I suspect that due to severe starvation over the past 6-12 months, I will need to start afresh.

Now what will I use the compost for? That’s easy, a parallel project will be to start some garden beds. There’ll be more on that later 😉

So, are you lucky enough to have a compost bin? What do you use the compost for? Any handy hints you can throw my way? All tips gratefully accepted 🙂

Friday Fun (a COVID-19 version!)

I’ve been contemplating book titles with Corona in the title. While I am sure you can find similar posts or challenges on Twitter and Facebook, I’ve taken the names of books that my Book-Club (puuklapi) have read over the past few years, replacing a key word with, yep you guessed it – CORONA! A fun synopsis followed by original title and author in brackets.

Here goes:
“Boy Swallows Corona”, loosely based on real life, the author transports us to suburban Brisbane where we follow Eli Bell and his family as they do battle with the Corona virus that rips them apart. Can they be a whole family again? (“Boy Swallows Universe”, Trent Dalton).

“Colorless Tsukuri Tazaki and his years of Corona”, Tsukuri is plunged into darkness and journeys literally and physically to find out the truth behind Corona. “Norwegian Corona”, the story of a smitten student and the Corona song that became an anthem for his life. (“Colorless Tsukuri Tazaki and his years of Pilgrimage”, “Norwegian Wood” by Haruki Murakami).

“Love in the time of Corona”, the story of lovers separated by time and distance, all with the serach for a Corona cure in the background. (“Love in the time of cholera” by Gabriel García Márquez).

“Eleanor Oliphant is Corona Fine”, I’ll admit, this was a little bit tricky and it’s a clumsy title. Eleanor is a scarred and determined young woman, who after falling for ‘The One’, makes it her mission to win him over. Obstacles range from the Corona virus to a past that reveals itself to both the main character and the reader at the same time. (“Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman).

“The Corona”, family drama, family secrets, and nothing is what it seems when the Corona hits a small town in rural outback Australia. (“The Dry” by Jane Harper).

“Corona – They Know Not What They Do” translated from the Finnish title “Korona He eivät tiedä mitä tekevät”. Set in a back drop of University politics, cross-cultural relationships and modern life, this satire explores life in the ‘post corona new normal’. (“He eivät tiedä mitä tekevät” “They Know Not What They Do” by Jussi Valtonen).

“Corona Sunday” Jane Fairchild’s life is changed forever after contracting Corona on her one day off. A story of tales told, owned and inherited. (“Mothering Sunday” by Graham Swift)

“When Corona was a Rabbit” explores the role of Elly’s childhood pet rabbit from the beginning of the Corona virus to 40 years in the future. (“When God was a Rabbit” by Sarah Winman).

“The Corona” A young boy is captivated by an early rendition of the Corona virus. After losing his mother in a tragic accident, he steals the painting which goes on to have a tumultuous affect on his formative teen years. (“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt).

Have you read any of these? Any other corona titles that you can think of? I am certain that I will come back with a part two, quite possibly a part three 😊!



An explanation.

So according to my archives, there was a grand total of 1 (yes one) post for the whole of 2019. Hmm. That’s quite pathetic 😉

It wasn’t that 2019 was an uneventful year, on the contrary it was action-packed with plenty of happy, sad, exciting (and boring) happenings.

Inspiration seemed to pass me by last year :/

I started this way back in 2011 (seems an eternity ago now) and have managed a paltry 263 posts (well 264 including this one). I have lost count of the number of themes I’ve taken into use, only to discard them some time later… some of the themes lasted a mere 24 hours. In fact, over the last day I have managed to adopt and then discard two new themes before settling on the current one (Twenty Eleven if you are interested). This time however I am taking the time to learn the theme properly, so the page / blog might be a bit on the wobbly side for a few days while I iron out the kinks. WordPress have also added in a new editor that needs some getting used to 😉

Obviously my relationship with the blog is not the same as it was back in 2011. I certainly need to improve my photography skills. The other area that needs work is determining the subject matter, tone and frequency of posts. Not just here but also on the accompanying Facebook page. Twitter / Instagram are a little separate because I like to use them a little more impulsively than the blog 😀

Working for myself I sometimes feel like I a lack a certain sense of discipline or urgency, especially if it isn’t work related. So getting my routines back on track is also important.

No better time or place to get started than here and now!

How do you reboot? Where do you find your inspiration?

Featured image: Coffee cup from the restaurant Rikhard von Trappe by Hans Välimäki. There’ll be more about Hans in the future – especially his Ramen soup recipe!

 

 

 

“Never laugh at live dragons.”

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– J.R.R. Tolkien

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Just for your information, this blog is not a commercial enterprise. I receive no income from the posts, nobody pays me for the posts (or the pictures, or the opinions 😉 )

Thought for the day

Does the anti-vax movement extend to pets? Is that a thing?

Both Perry & Noa had their vaccinations updated today. Rabies and Kennel cough for Perry,  while Noa got the Kennel cough jab. While we were waiting to be weighed I started to ponder how far pet owners would go (or not as the case may be) to protect their animals.

I will do some light googling and try not to end up too far down the rabbit hole and see what I come up with.

In the meantime, any thoughts? Let me know what you think 🙂

The year in review :/

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Today I celebrated the new year by getting up at almost the same time as any other Wednesday and walked the dogs. Unfortunately some bright sparks had some leftover fireworks and were still shooting rockets at 0730. Needless to say both of the dogs are not firework fans and so my leisurely stroll become a panting panic to get back to the safety of home.

Later in the day we went planet hunting! There is a scale model of the solar system spread across Helsinki & Espoo 🙂

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Today we found Pluto (quite tiny), Neptune (by the sea) and Uranus (in a pretty little gazebo!). We started late and the sun had already set by the time we found Uranus, so rest will just have to be hunted down later!

Hope your first day of the year was as restful as mine 🙂

New Year. New Theme.

Why not?! I’m feeling a general dissatisfaction with the blog, how it looks, what it says etc. etc. So bear with me while I go through the process of finding a new theme that will assist in my efforts to get back on track and reinvigorate the blog 😀

Things I can share with you about the new theme: it will support all formats and be free (insert eye roll emoji here!).