Centre or center?


Shrove buns – jam or almond paste in the centre/center?!

Have you heard of Nokia toilet paper?


I can’t believe that in all the years I’ve lived here, I have never heard of Nokia toilet paper.

Not only toilet paper, it seems they had their hand in paper towel as well!

Wash your hands carefully!

Wash your hands carefully!


Lucky Star


I’ve been granted three wishes…

1) I wish that everyone gets the chance to say a proper goodbye to loved ones;
2) I wish that everyone makes peace with themselves, their deeds and who they are;
3) I wish that I didn’t have to make wishes 1 and 2.

My first attempt at joining in the daily prompt.

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.

A national treasure, all year round!

Look what I have, courtesy of my sister-in-law!

This is just a little teaser, I’ll share my love of Leunig with you later in the week.

It’s already 2014 where I am – if you’re still waiting for the countdown, I hope your New Year brings great joy.

Posted on the go! From my Nokia Lumia 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: One

For challenge this week, I’m sharing this hang glider, spotted high above the Pacific Ocean.

We were heading south out of Sydney and decided to take the scenic route… Grand Pacific Drive, which really is grand! A small part of the highway actually is built over the ocean 🙂

If you’re travelling south out of Sydney, I highly recommend the Grand Pacific Drive and pull in at Bald Hill. There was even an ice-cream van with the usual suspects (hot-dogs, ice-creams etc). Mr. 14 was very impressed with his hot-dog.

The spot is very popular with motorists of all varieties. One side of the car park was filled with motorbikes of all shapes, sizes, colours and speeds while the other side had a wide assortment of campers, cars, utes and vans.

Be warned though, hang-gliding is what it’s all about here. Don’t stand on the lawn too long or an impatient pilot will be yelling at you to clear the way. Yes, it happened to me!

Note: This Taswegian is in Australia for some Christmas / New Year cheer. We left a very grey Helsinki (still no snow…) and arrived to one of the hottest days this summer…

Spam can be so complimentary!

Did you read the daily post from September 25th? The article itself had good tips about dealing with comments and spammers, while the comments that followed also had real-life examples of how other bloggers react and interact with their spammers. Personally, I find the spam comments amusing – there are always some interesting ‘comments’ that look like they are complimentary, but are in fact totally bogus. Here is the latest collection:

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I know lots of people scour the web looking for information, I’m just not sure how much useful information there is on a ‘copyright’ page. Especially for those generous souls that volunteer.

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My spam comments are now nil, I wonder how long before a new comment filters through 🙂

PS: I always spell check before hitting the publish button, usually two or three times, just to be sure. Today I’m letting all those little errors slide through. It just feels so very wrong.

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

For this week’s challenge, I decided to stay close to home. Following on from the earlier weekly photo challenge, here is another aspect of my neighbourhood. We live in a recently developed area (a little bit over 10 years in the oldest parts) and there has been a lot of work on the footpaths and bike-lanes.

For some lines and patterns that I found in an art gallery earlier this year, check out Heather’s Helsinki post here. For images from around the world, head to the challenge post here and check the comments!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

Escape. The. Every. Day.



Cast those ropes off, ease gently from the pier, bow forward and you’re away. Even on a dull summers day such as this…