Well hello 2018 & hello snow (again!)

We awoke to this!

The last hours of 2017 were not typical celebrations in this house. Some idiot let off fireworks early* on Saturday night and spooked poor Noa (and me a little, if truth be told). As the night wore he retreated to a cool dark corner. Perry joined him just before midnight also. So we three sat there in the dark as the fireworks exploded all around us…

This morning he didn’t want to leave the house at all, fortunately he did and by the time we returned he was quite sparky. Hopefully he’ll be back to normal in no time, although this breed have quite a long memory so we’ll just have to wait and see.

*Currently the law in Finland allows for personal use sale of fireworks which can be fired between the hours of 1800 – 0200 (? Need to check this!) on December 31st. The majority follow this… except for those few idiots who think its funny to fire rockets early…

Six Word Saturday (30.12.2017) #01


Yes! Presidential election papers have arrived.

Along with all the pre-polling places, dates and times….

Round one will be Sunday January 28th and if it’s too close to call (like last time) then we’ll go to round two on Sunday 11th February.

All of the major parties are represented as well as a seasoned politician who could well be the big upset on the day.

There will be more on this subject between now and the election ๐Ÿ˜Ž

On a personal note, this time the whole family get to vote – Mr. 18 gets to head to the polls for the first time!

Remember to visit Travel With Intent to see other six word Saturday musings ๐Ÿ™‚

For Andy!


Seriously good stuff! and you don’t need sugar ๐Ÿ˜‰

Your time starts now!

‘Unlock the mind’ the challenge says. Type or write for 20 minutes. So far 15 minutes have passed by and this is as far as I’ve got. I think I need to start the clock again… I know I don’t have to post this, it’s just that it always feels so wasteful to keep stuff private. Even if it makes absolutely no sense to anyone else, it meant something to me when I wrote it.

Normally I don’t have a problem to write when I know the starting point. Today the start is quite elusive, could have something to do with the cold that bowled me over early on Sunday morning. Saturday I went to bed reasonably early feeling quite zippy, then Sunday awoke well before the alarm to aches and pains the length of my body. I couldn’t breathe and it felt like my teeth had been swapped for a decent horse bite. I retreated under the covers and surfaced late in the day feeling less than human. Today has been better, although now te runny nose and husky voice have kicked in and that really worries me as I have a private tour booked for Wednesday and because it’s been arranged for months already, there is no way I’m letting something as minor as a head cold get in the way of this.

I’ve tanked up on my Finrexin (blackcurrant flavour), as well as the usual honey / lemon combo. Finrexin has been a constant in my life ever since moving here (and before!). In our family we call it hot drink. I have absolutely no idea why it scored this moniker, although I guess you might get a clue from the fact that you tip the powder into a mug, pour in boiling water, stir and enjoy. I’m not one to get too fussed about the contents. The only allergies in our house are food related, and if we are really specific it’s seafood that is the big offender. So I’m sure Finrexin has some ingredients that include syllables thas start with phy- or psy- but like I say, I’m not that fussed. At the end of the day it helps the symptoms feel a little less bad and that has to be a good thing. Right?

My mind keeps wandering away from the task at hand. I have a meeting with my course advisor tomorrow, the tour on Wednesday, Thursday is looking blank for now, although I’m fairly certain that will change and Friday sees me at the harbour to welcome one of the last cruise ships of the 2014 summer Baltic season. Of course, not to be confused with the daily arrivals from Stockholm and Tallinn. That traffic continues year round, regardless of weather.

And that concludes my 20 minutes, actually it’s more like 30! Let’s see how tomorrow goes.

Back to basics.

Or catching up with the first 4 days of the zero to hero challenge.

Regular visitors here may have noticed my blogging action has been very thin on the ground lately. My mojo fizzled out and no matter how much I tried, it just wasn’t to be found. (You should the drafts folder – full of discarded posts!) Not only that, I wasn’t even visiting my favourite blogs often enough. Then this challenge arrived in my inbox last week and that little spark was lit. One of my other blogs has been very troublesome for me, so I decided to start over there. The first post was quickly followed by a couple of changes and another post and just like that it all feels normal. So without further fuss and carry on here are challenges 1, 2 and 3 all rolled into one!

Day 1: Who am I and why am I here?

I’ve read some really great who am I posts in the last few days. In the context of this blog, I’m a Tasmanian who has been living in Finland for the last 13 or so years. I’m also a small business owner, a mum, a volunteer. If you ask my son (Mr. 14) I’m a tyrant who always says no (not true). If you ask my husband (The Engineer) he might tell you I’m a great cook although my housekeeping skills leave a bit to be desired. If you ask my friends, they’ll tell you I haven’t changed a bit and am way too generous for my own good. If Perry (our dog) could talk he’d say I’m the mean one that showers him but I also let him run off the leash whenever possible. I try to blog on the curiosity that is living in Finland. My first few years were spent getting the hang of it all. Sometimes it was easy, sometimes downright frustrating. Now I just want to share my life in Finland with you. Sometimes I get a bit serious, although for the most part my style is pretty relaxed and laid back.


My URL is Tasmanialainen which is the Finnish way to say ‘someone from Tasmania’, while the word “Taswegian” in the title is what we Tasmanians call ourselves. I’m not going to change the title – it says exactly who I am. However the tag will be tweaked from “10 years on…my life in Suomi – the land of sauna, salmiakki and sinappi”ย to say “There’s more to living in Finland than Angry Birds, Marimekko and Nokia…” Check out the “In a nutshell” and you’ll see a very brief summary of what this blog is all about.


My first post is here and it’s funny reading it again after all this time. It says absolutely nothing about who I am or what I was hoping to gain from being a blogger. So two years and 148 posts later I’m happy to say that overall the blogging sphere has been pretty good. Even though I didn’t state my goals early in the piece, I’ve built a nice following. I try and interact with everyone that drops by, even if it’s just to pop over, have a look and say hello. Hopefully the next two years will continue along the same lines.


Over the past two years I’ve added blogs to my reader, deleted them, changed the publishing status from daily to instant to weekly to never, and then back again. My reader list currently has 104 blogs. It’s probably time to go through the list again! My blog roll over on the left also needs some work. If you click on one of the links and it doesn’t work please let me know! I do have to share this blog though: Identity. Last year a lively lass from the US who was living in Sweden liked my blog. I waved back and started following her blog. All I can say is that Regan’s life quickly turned topsy-turvy. At some point it became obvious that Regan wasn’t who she said she was and her life was as much fiction as fact. Still the faithful followers kept commenting all the way to the climatic end. What an ending it was. Today came the first episode of a new series, a real cliff-hanger and already the fans are lining up. Come along and join us!

Now I’m all caught up! See you tomorrow for day 5 ๐Ÿ™‚