I’ll just jump right over summer time and the whole moving the clocks forward bit. That comes every year at the same time (last weekend of March here in Finland / Europe) and so isn’t really an indication of summer.

Not like mopo-pojat (mopo boys).

As soon as the streets are clear of winter (gravel etc) and the temperatures have moved into plus (and not by much I might add), they are out. You rarely see / hear them in the mornings. No, this creature enjoys the long dusk hours and delights in riding up and down empty streets, doing the block and other seemingly pointless trips – on the back of a relatively powerless (but noisy) motorbike.

I heard my first specimen a few nights ago and tonight I was fortunate enough to follow them home.

Yes, indeed summer has arrived.


Here are a few numbers that summarise our Lapland holiday.

Kilometres driven:  2514
Kilometres skied: 60
Kilometres skied with dogs: 9
Number of sauna fires lit: 7
Meals eaten out: 5
Meals cooked in the cottage: 4
Cars spotted that had slid off the road into the snow: 4
Reindeer spotted: 3
Yellow cars: 1 (there must have been more, but only one was pointed out!)
Northern lights: Nil
Time & date departed: Friday 17th, 17:30
Time & date arrived: Sunday 26th, 17:30 (and that includes emptying the car!)

No wonder I’m tired 😉

We have a well travelled dog!

Perry making himself comfortable on the bench / luggage rack 😏

Let’s step back in time to August 2013 (summer!) and a golden ladybird that decided to join us on the terrace for coffee…

A not so common sight...
A not so common sight…

Soon! http://www.abc.net.au/hobart/programs/hobart_breakfast/

Listen in from 2035 (GMT +2) when I talk with Ryk Goddard about the new basic income initiative!

Very short post today – I have some research to do for my radio interview tomorrow!

Just after Christmas I had the opportunity to chat on local radio in Hobart – about me and how did I end up in Finland, what I’m doing now, little bits and pieces. It was live in the studio and over so quickly that I didn’t get a chance to breathe 😉 I heard afterwards from those listening in that it was quite okay…

As I was leaving, I thanked the producer and mentioned that I would be keen to do it again from Finland if she thought that was possible. Imagine my happiness to open my mail this morning and there was an invite to call in and chat about a new initiative that the Finnish government have introduced for the unemployed.

Now it’s all confirmed, the studio number is saved in my phone and I have to make sure I’m around in time to be on the air tomorrow 🙂


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