How to get one

19 May 2018

Sleepover at the Stables



Sometimes it would be nice to stay over night at the stables,
especially if a foal is expected!


Make yourself comfortable in hay, have a good friend along...
But which are the necessities for a long night? 

Warmth!
If you choose pure wool or cashmere you will have a blanket for the rest of your life.
When choosing high quality and timeless patterns you will have a blanket to take 
with you where ever you might need some extra warmth!


Photos and Blankets from Burberry

Light.
Oil lamps or candles are the most ambient, but they would
be an extremely dangerous combination with hay.


LED lantern is a safe choice!
This one by Winsome House you can find in a webshop
www.hayneedle.com

Caffeine.
Tea or coffe with caffeine keep you awake and a good thermo flask
 keeps them warm. Which would be your favourite one?



Below right: Chinese thermo flasks, Alfi Albergo in the middle and
on the left a steel bottle  from airam.fi   

 Food. A lots of food.


The baits are usually the best part of the picnics and sleepovers. Make delicious 
sandwhiches, take nuts and fruits along, not forgetting fresh water. They will keep 
you going all night long. And to avoid the damage the mice might do, 
pack your bait in a basket! This traditional ‘Devon Maund’ picnic hamper is  
handwoven by master basket-weaver Hilary Burns using Devon willow and hazel. 
You´ll find it here: www.thenewcraftsmen.com


For music and a weather forecast - a radio!
Digital Radio Ruark R1 was chosen as a most beautiful radio in the world 
by some magazine. And that´s true, it is very beautiful! 

The radio link will take you to the pages of  a German webshop "Manufactum".
If you prefere classic stuff and high quality, that is your place to shop,
There you find everything from toothbrushes to garden furniture in 
the best possible style and quality.

And here is also something in the best possible style and quality:


Photo Hilary Halliwell

After all-night vigil and excitement it´s time to celebrate new life!
Could you do it any better way than having a glass of champagne with 
hand made truffels? 


This cool horse bit cooler is from The Longest Stay Ltd and
if you wish to make the truffels by yourself, you fnd a recipe from 

For the proud mother, of course,  a special treat.


We wish you all a succesfull foaling time and many happy
moments with the newcomers.

P.S. When the tailhair of your foal is long enough, you can have some of it 
woven into one ribbon with it´s mother ´s (and/or father´s) and have a beautiful
keepsake for ever.


Ring Amate in silver, gold or white gold
hand woven ribbon 3 mm
- Hand crafted in Finland, custom made for You -





9 May 2018

Equestrian Summer Wedding Top 3 Tips




Planning a summer wedding?
Here the top 3 tips for a perfect day:


1. Get the right kind of a foot wear for an outdoor wedding.


2. Find yourself the most wonderful and reliable bridesmaids.


3. Get yourselves the most beautiful wedding bands with a woven ribbon
made of your bridesmaid´s tail hair.


Number 4 could have been: Choose your future husband carefully,
pick the perfect one and live happily ever after, but we know, you did already...

Photo Lukas Navickas/Pexels

We wish all the brides and grooms joyful weddings and 
many happy years together!


Photo by Blueridgefloral





3 May 2018

Printemps Menu in Restaurant Gösta

If you ever visit Finland and you have time, we recommend visiting Mänttä
in mid Finland. And our Finnish readers: when planning holiday trips, consider Mänttä
if you enjoy good food and art. Mänttä offers, although a very small city, a rich range of
cultural and culinary experiences and beautiful nature.

Click here to see what is going on in Mänttä this year:
ART CITY MÄNTTÄ

In Serlachius museum restaurant "Gösta" we enjoyed a spring time
menu a´la restaurators, chefs Henry Tikkanen and Pekka Terävä.

Before the lunch we saw a movie "Set up to the plate" (click to read a review),
 a document film about star chefs Michel Brasin and his son Sébastian Bras, their life,
food and family.  The film is directed by Paul Lacoste.


Michel cooking at home with his grandson (from the movie)


Restaurant Gösta
Art by Heikki Marila, "Mänttä"wooden light fixture by Secto Design, Finland


Painting by Akseli Gallen Kallela, "Spring"
A sketch for a fresco in Jusélius´ mauseleum 1902-1903

This special day of a special Menu was one of the events on 


Menu


Crème Ninon - green pea soup with champagne
This classic French soup was a perfect starter for the spring menu:
fresh, soft and gauzy.

Wine suggestion Taittinger Brut Champagne


Lamb tartare, bone marrow cream, crispy bread and watercress
The combination of textures made this dish very interesting. Watercress
gave springlike freshness and crispy bread crunchiness. Tartare almost melted 
in mouth like a good tartare should do.

Wine suggestion Hecht & Bannier Rose


Bouillabaisse a´la Gösta
Shellfish broth, salmon, whitefish, scallops, shrimps and leak
Traditional, full bodied broth with seafood. Everything was perfectly cooked, 
especially the salmon which you too often get over cooked... So soft and tender.

Wine suggestion Sauska Chardonnay


"Coq au Vin" with polenta and asparagus in red wine sauce
Traditional dish in a modern way. Didn´t look like it, but tasted exactly like!
It was nice to have luscious champignons, onions and asparagus in 
one piece by the chicken, The broth was tasty and polenta nice change 
instead of rice or mashed potatoes .

Wine suggestion redwine Gotim Bru 




Lavender crème brûlée with strawberry sauce
This is a dessert full of spring and promise of summer. Perfect ending for a perfect menu.

Wine suggestion Hungarian Golden Beams, grapes from Germany

We all enjoyed the food a lot. There was no "weak link" which was quite
surprising considering it was a five course menu. The portion size was good,
the wine menu complimented food.

This menu deserves five stars!
Kuvahaun tulos haulle five stars

Thank you, we will be back.







26 Apr 2018

The hobby horses are here!


Last year as Finland had it’s 100th independence day the media world wide wrote a lot about us. 
The top 4 topics were education, Finland’s basic income experiment, Finnish culture in general 
and - hobby horses!


For hundreds of years children have had hobby horses. Boys had their wars and 
adventures, girls were riding their hobby horses and took care of them. For some reason 
in the end of 1990 a play with a toy turned into a more serious hobby here. At the moment 
there are over 10 000 hobbiests, or should we say "hobby horsiests" all over the country. 
The youngest ones can hardly walk yet, the eldest ones are grown ups to whom hobby 
horsing is an exercise in a more funny way. The biggiest group probably is, of course, 
the girls between 7 and 14.

Hobby horsiests meet in the Internet and with the help of the social media the hobby 
has spread around and it´s well known among the commoners as well. 
"Suomen keppihevosharrastajat ry" (Hobby Horse Society) was and registered in 2016. 
You can visit their home page and read more HERE 

So, what do you do with a hobby horse? 
Everything you do with a real one! You can ride in a forest or a field. You can go to 
riding lessons, do dressage and show jumping or just hang around and groom the horses. 
One mother told that when her daughter goes away for a weekend she leaves strict 
instructions about feeding and walking her hobby horse while she is away. This 
mother says that she can´t help it: she goes to the "stables" as instructed and does 
what she was told to do. "I know how much that horse means to her. Although I feel 
a bit stupid, I do it anyway and for some miraculous reason, I feel good about it. 
And when she comes home, I don´t have to lie to her: the horse is well kept".

You can make one by yourself or buy one. There are different personalities and breeds.

TampereHevoset (Horses) -fair is one of the highlights of the year: hobbiests get together
and participate the Finnish Championships in the hobby horse show in jumping and dressage.
In the other hall there are the big, real horses and their riders, and in the other one hobby
horsing goes on for two days from the early morning til the evening.


Two generations of equestrian ladies

Ring 1

The judging goes exactly the same way as with real horses, only that it´s human 
movements that are judged: how you carry yourself, stretch your ankles, keep the 
rhythm etc. In the dressage a cource must be done correctly, in the show jumping 
should not be any knockdowns and a cource should be jumped in a maximum speed. 

The etiquette is also the same than in "the real world": it all begins greeting the jury 
and ends, if you are good enough, with the lap of honour.

Some show jumpers need a little help

Show office

You can borrow one

So it´s not just playing. Children learn to take care of horses, they can practise 
horsemanship and rules of riding together and in competitions. Most of them take real 
riding lessons as well, but hobby horses are available at home, every day. There is no 
right or wrong way to take an interest in hobby horsing, you don´t need money 
for doing it and you can do it anywhere. 

You can also practise shopping... There is everything available for the hobby horses!
  
If you don´t get it from the shop, you make it... "The iconic, traditional Early's of Witney horse blanket."

Photo booth and beauty salon

Hobby horse tattoo

Lookalikes of Power Park´s Nordic King 2017 Champions

And probably the best of all: it´s really good exercise, better than sitting at the lap top... 

If you don´t believe, try! The easiest and the most traditional way to start hobby horsing 
is to make a hobby horse by yourself. All you need is an old stocking, some yarn 
and a broom stick.

Photo yhteishyvä.fi