Tuesday, 7 August 2018


not quite knowing where to begin,
I'll begin at the beginning.

a simple, one-night stopover just outside Rome
after flying in in the afternoon
with the plan to carry on to Tuscany the next day. 
Bracciano was the name of the town 
we ignorantly knew nothing about.

we found ourselves in the middle of textures,
a balmy evening slowly transforming itself into a velvety night,
little dark-haired girls in floaty dresses
& tiny boys with their deep brown eyes twirling with their bikes on the piazza. 

nearly three heat-drenched weeks
stretching ahead of us...

and the first of our changing nests to curl into at night.


Wednesday, 4 July 2018


in between tackling the laundry
& folding summer dresses into neat piles
ready to be slipped inside my suitcase,
i wanted to pop here briefly.  

i've been off for a few days now,
and although still at home,
simply a rest from all the humdrum of late
has painted new horizons inside the head...

we are off to italy for a few weeks,
& so curious to see 
what Tuscan & Umbrian stories await,
ones to also share with you when the time comes.

so for now,
a sweet summer to you,
whatever you are doing.


Monday, 25 June 2018


four hours in the car,
goodbye work bits & bobs
and city dust.
time for a midsummer breather.

moments in mum's gardens
& little excursions

dips in a lake,
any time of the day...

a forest walk,

& late night sauna.

a week to go before the actual holidays
& this little trip did so much good
in quenching stress levels
in face of all that's left do
before truly letting loose. 


Saturday, 9 June 2018


we drove out of town today.
popped to a second hand market
held in a former railway station building,

then carried on to a farm.
had a staring contest with the cutest highland cows
(although we did wonder whether they even saw anything 
from under their fringes :)),
stroked a cat
that sounded like a sewing machine
with all that purring,
admired some horses & sheep from afar. 

had a coffee & flicked through Danish interior magazine candy
in an old barn that's now a lifestyle shop cum café.

returned home with our lungs full of country air,
ready for some rest.


Wednesday, 16 May 2018


a few pics from the archives 
from our trip to London in January

1. & 4.  tophats & pretty veggies at Spitalfields Market

2., 3. & 6. The English Restaurant in Spitalfields

5. the most gorgeous dinner at Polpo Smithfield

7. sweet dreams at The Rookery
(pic by Hanne, edit by me)


Tuesday, 15 May 2018


I was searching for a poem or lovely quote about magnolias
when posting this last one,
but to my amazement did't really find anything...
(all you poets out there,
here's a subject for you :))

But then I discovered The Haiku Guys & Gals,
asked for a haiku about magnolias,
& bang it arrived in my inbox a little while ago,
just in time for the real deal blooming out there.

The scent of hope is definitely lingering in the air...


Tuesday, 8 May 2018


a walk in the woods at the weekend,
spring's first blooms. 

a brook bubbling to its heart's content,
buds pushing through,
fragile & potent at the same time.

everything dappled with light. 



all photos shot at Nuuksio National Park

botanical illustrations via Biodiversity Library
with slight modifications.

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