Life after a Windows phone…


I’ve left the dark side.

Well, not really – it just feels that after having had a Nokia for so long (fabulous phone, just a shame the developers stopped making apps for them) and transitioning to an Android device it really is like seeing the light.

I will admit to some mumbling on the sofa last night while I was trying to set the blinking thing up, and then of course trying to remember the myriad of passwords for all of these apps. The joy of fingerprinting will stay with me for quite sometime. Not just 1 print! both thumbs AND index fingers can be used – who knew 😉

Weird phone calls

Back in the day, when I was working for the man, one of my many tasks was answering the office phone. Every now and again I’d take a call, that was well, in a nutshell odd. Common elements included the call originating from either a blocked number or somewhere outside of Finland, a young female caller, and a propensity to disconnect the call immediately when they couldn’t reach the desired party easily.

Occasionally they would call my home number looking for The Engineer. No matter what I said, the calls always ended the same way. Beep, beep, beep…

Now it’s my turn 🙂 The call came yesterday afternoon and went like this:
Phone ringing: [Caller ID – UK number]
[Heather]: Hello, this is Heather.
[Caller ID: UK number]: May I speak to Ms / Mrs Heather Domeney? (Now, even though she was young, and definitely not from the UK judging by her accent, I am quite positive she referred to me as a Ms or a Mrs).
[Heather]: This is her, I am Heather.
[Caller ID: UK number]: Oh, you’re a woman.
[Heather]: (Highly amused) Yes, I’m a woman.
[Caller ID: UK number]: Beep, beep, beep….

So, dear reader should I have denied my gender to find out why my mystery caller had picked my number? How far would the conversation have gone? I suspect that even if I’d passed the first hurdle, something would have tripped me up sooner or later…

Posting again


I seem to have relocated the motivation for posting. Stay tuned for more random posts about my daily life in Finland…

Counting the days!

Over the past couple of years, The Engineer and I have made an effort to eat out at least every second month. Small, cosy restaurants that are doing interesting things with food (and local food to boot) and wines that you can’t find at Alko. Even when we are travelling within Finland, if there is a restaurant that takes our fancy, we’ll book a table and see how we go. Because we’ve done a lot of domestic travel, our list of restaurants to go back to keeps growing 🙂 From Sica Pelle in Porvoo to  Musta Lammas in Kuopio and plenty more!

Back in early spring, Finnjävel * opened – celebrating Finnish food, Finnish methods and Finnish design. It’s taken us this long to get a booking… changing travel plans by The Engineer put paid to our last reservation. To say I am excited about this is an understatement. I’m even tempted to put up a little countdown clock…

In two weeks time I’ll be able to come back and tell you all about it! I might even take pictures :/ (Although I’ve shied away from doing that lately, it’s much nicer to enjoy the food and surroundings without stressing about whether I took a picture or not.) In the meantime, I think I’ll concentrate on my own Finnish food for midsummer.

Dessert from another of our favourites, Chef & Sommelier:

Raw chocolate & raspberries.

Raw chocolate & raspberries (& beautiful plates).


*Finnjävel or Finnish devil refers to the name bestoyed on Finnish immigrants to Sweden in the 1950’s & 1960’s.

Six Word Saturday: 6.2.2016


Chance encounters emphasize old friends importance.

The Engineer and I were enjoying a late lunch today when two friends that I haven’t seen or spoken to in ages arrived in the same restaurant. It reminded me that over the last 12 months I’ve been remiss at taking care of friendships, both new and old. Time to up my game 🙂

FYI it’s more than liking posts on Facebook. That doesn’t count.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant


It’s been a while since I’ve been inspired to take part in one of these challenges. Here goes for the Vibrant theme:

Winter turns to spring

Winter turns to spring..

This time of year is fabulous, as the short dark winter days of November and December stretch into shiny spring days. Blue skies, sparkling snow, elongated sunrises and brilliant sunsets add more than a little zing into everyone’s day.

Six Word Saturday: 9.1.2016


Sushi, sashimi, light, snow, Helsinki, family



Apologies in advance. For the weird posts.

Yesterday I spent a few hours scrolling through all the available themes that use all the different posting formats (aside, audio, gallery, image, link, standard, status, quote and video). Turns out that the theme I am using is just right. I just need to tweek it a little bit.

Hence the sticky post I put up yesterday.

So, once again apologies in advance for any weird stuff that pops up here 😉

Six Word Saturday: 2.1.2016


Let it snow! Let it snow!

Winter is slow in coming this year

Winter is slow in coming this year…