Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

With a title like that it could be all about bread or jelly … but no! it’s the sun we are talking about this week. Check out all the beautiful sunrises and sunsets from around the world and then compare to my subdued offering from last week…

Sun Rise 0645 29.3.2018

It’s a race now between myself and the sun as to who rises first. It won’t be too far in the future when the sun will win that particular race. Fortunately I can sleep through the early early morning sunrises. Instead, it’s the birdsong that gets me, although eventually I learn to tune that out as well…

Sunrise is all about walking the dogs – they hate it when I stop to take pictures!

PS: This was the start of beautiful (and crisp) spring day 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Repurpose


The things I am sharing today for this challenge are probably more at home over at Heather’s Helsinki 🙂 as they shed a shining light on three great locations for buying repurposed / recycled / upcycled items in Helsinki. All three are very different in their approach and pricing.

First up: Globe Hope

Pipo (beanie) & scarf

Pipo (beanie) & scarf

Every item you buy has the background story of the material and how it came to be used by Globe Hope. My pipo (beanie) and scarf set are military fabrics and rescued crocheted flowers (my bad I can’t remember the story in full :/). A favourite shop to browse – I love reading the stories of the products. Keep an eye out for their sales – but be quick, things sell out fast!

Next we have Kierrätyskeskus / Recycling Centre.

Plan B - always in trashion!

Plan B – always in trashion!

Run by City of Helisnki they have their very own fashion brand! PlanB. Not only can you buy second hand clothes at ridiculously cheap prices, they also make a line of very stylish (and flattering) clothes from donated fabrics. The workshops behind the Plan B are all about offering training to long term unemployed.

Finally: MadeBy Helsinki

'Mutsi' keytag

‘Mutsi’ keytag

Mutsi is Helsinki slang for mum (that’s me!), and the key-tag has been repurposed from an old spoon handle. MadeBy Helsinki is a cooperative of artists – a few of the artists specialise in repurposing while other’s are creating from scratch.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful


Whether it’s a person, a building or an abstract shape, show us something that exists harmoniously with its surroundings.

This is the brief for this week’s photo challenge Graceful.


Up close and personal

This is could be cow parsley or giant hogweed – either way it’s dead for winter and the flower heads collect the snow very nicely! Gracefully even….


A change of perspective

I think I’ve done all right here…

… and the answer is


Paws for Noa

Paws for Noa

For my Names challenge posting I presented the dog tags and asked the question – which dog belongs to which tag?

Now is the big reveal – Noa has the paw print and Perry has the bone! I have spent the last two days trying to manipulate dogs and tags to be all facing the camera at the same time. This is the best I could come up with… 😉

Weekly Photo Challenge: Names


Noa & Perry / Perry & Noa

Noa & Perry / Perry & Noa

Two dogs.
Two leashes.
Two collars.
Two tags.
Two names.

PS: Can you guess which dog belongs to which tag?!

BTW: I’ve caught up on all the weekly photo challenges for 2017 and from now on I’ll be only posting one photo challenge per week 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ambience


This gallery contains 6 photos.

I always have trouble with any challenge that talks about mood. It always involves lighting and I just don’t get lighting at all… so I thought I’d turn this challenge on its head and post one little corner of the … Continue reading

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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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth


This is what you get for taking pictures in dark restaurants without the flash… Still it says warm candlelight to me…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning


Every ship voyage begins at check-in:


Check in ‘counter’ at Viking Line terminal Helsinki

My interpretation of Beginning for this weeks photographic challenge. Here we sit waiting for our turn to check-in. Destination Stockholm & Perry 😉 I actually took this photo for the tail-lights of the car in front. I like the way they climb up the body of the car.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy

I’m going to do something today that I rarely do: share a little piece of myself 😉

This weeks challenge is Joy and while I’m guessing most posts have concentrated on Christmas / Holiday / New Year joy, here is mine.

At the top of the mountain

At the top of the mountain

Some background. My brother told of a great walk to the top of a mountain by the name of Pigeon House on the N.S.W. south coast. It was close to where we were staying and the weather looked pretty good (as in there would be a view from the top!).

It’s a pretty decent walk, not very long in distance. Instead you go up very quickly. I traveled very light this holiday – one pair of sandals and one pair of dress-up shoes and so did the walk in my sandals. We probably passed in the region of 50 plus people on the track that day and only one commented on my unwise choice of footwear!

I was extremely happy to make the top: let me just say that bush-walking in sandals is not something I recommend.

The Engineer took this on my camera.