27 Feb 2016

Kalevala Day, 28.2.

Like every nation we also have our national song, animal, plant etc. We also
have a national epic called "Kalevala", 19th century work of epic poetry compiled by 
Elias Lönnrot from Karelian and Finnish oral folklore and mythology. 

There is everything in Kalevala: the world is created, there is the land of death.
Caracters experience jealousy, love and hatered. There are battles, magical powers,
dangerous unreasonable tasks, weddings, fratricide, you name it...

It is one of the most significant works of Finnish literature and it had a big role in 
the development of the Finnish national identity, the intensification of 
Finland's language strife and the growing sense of nationality that 
ultimately led to Finland's independence from Russia in 1917.

Kalevala has inspired Tolkien and many, many artists, also Akseli
Gallen-Kallela. This is one of my favourite paintings from him: 
Kullervon Sotaanlähtö / Kullervo going to war

Kalevala Kullervon sotaanlähtö

The story behind the picture in short, source Wikipedia

"Untamo kills his brother Kalervo’s people, but spares his wife who later begets Kullervo. 
Untamo sees the boy as a threat, and after trying to have him killed several times 
without success, sells Kullervo as a slave to Ilmarinen. Ilmarinen's wife torments
and bullies Kullervo, so he tricks her into being torn apart by a pack of wolves
and bears. Kullervo escapes from Ilmarinen's homestead and learns from
an old lady in the forest that his family is still alive, and is soon reunited with them.

While returning home from paying taxes, he meets and seduces a young maiden, 
only to find out that she is his sister. She kills herself and Kullervo returns home 
distressed. He decides to wreak revenge upon Untamo and sets out to find him. 
Kullervo wages war on Untamo and his people, laying all to waste, and then 
returns home, where he finds his farm deserted. Filled with remorse and regret, 
he kills himself in the place where he seduced his sister."

Dark stories...Nothing has changed since the stories of ancient Greek...
I think every nation has got the stories pretty similar: how the world was created,
what is fair and what is not. What comes after death, which are the moral
rules. Sometimes it´s good to get back to the "old stuff" - back to basics...

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On this Kalevala day we wish to greet all the Finns living abroad. 
We know that this country means a lot to you and we are glad that so 
many of you are in contact with us in one way or another. 

World is a big place, but people are the same -
everywhere.








22 Feb 2016

On the Ice


In the winter time the Finnish landscape is pretty much black
and white. And it´s quiet.


Somebody coming!


On the ice of a lake you can really enjoy the speed!


And fishing.


Getting ready to go home.




The ice is about 40 - 50 cm thick and you can drive a car or
ride a horse on it. That ice is called "steel ice".


When the spring flowers start blooming, we really enjoy 
the colours!








18 Feb 2016

Tailhair Ribbons - ready items...

Bunch of your horse´s tailhair turns into a beautiful piece
of fine jewelry...

ribbon 'mountain peak'




These jewelries travelled all the way to USA for Tara.

Visit our website and make your choice!

UK/Ireland



16 Feb 2016

The Truth is out there #saidatstables

Life at the stables, part 1: Time
- Mom told me that when you were fifteen like we are now everybody tried 
smoking and boozing at the stables.
- OMG, can't be, I can't be that much older than you!
#saidatstables

Life at the stables, part 2: Children
- …I've been thinking to quit riding for once and all.
- What would you do then?
- Well, what do the people do in my age? Sit with the children at the 
playground and think about sucide?
- That you can think about at the cross-country lessons as well. And for 
sure it´s much more fun…
#saidatstables

Life at the stables, part 3: Jealousy
- My husband does not believe that all male riders are not gay.
- Considering how much time you spend here at the stables, let him 
believe what ever he wants.
#saidatstables

Life at the stables, part 4: Half Halt
- That was so wild... I almost peed my pants.
- After giving a birth you don´t need an obstacle for that anymore.
#saidatstables

Life at the stables, part 5: Rules
- Horses always refuse to the right. 
- How would you know that?
-...until they refuse to the left.
#saidatstables

Life at the stables, part 6: National Horse Show
-My husband had a suggestion why there was no audience at the arena.
-Well?
-Somewhere there was a "paint getting dry" -competition at the same time 
and there was more to see.
#saidatstables

Life at the stables, part 7: Doping
-Farrier got his job done without tranquilizers.
-Great! What about the horse?
#saidatstables

Wise words from the horse chat:
"Oh yes, some of the farriers are definitely very sexy, but the magic 
disappears the second you imagine theit hoof smelling hands on your 
intimate areas..."
#truthfromstables #saidatstables

The original text from Anniina Paalanen,





10 Feb 2016

Happy Birthday, Sis!

Some people know how to surprise the others
- and how to make them real happy!

Annika decided to surprise her big sister on her birthday.
She spoke to the other friends and they decided to collect money
and get her something really special. Although everybody
couldn´t be present, the day turned out perfect!


What is going on?



Nothing special... Just going for a ride...


But when they came back, this was waiting!


Coffee, sandwiches, horse shaped cake, pink cava...
And a golden box!


Here you are! Happy birthday from all of us!


What is it... OMG! 


A bracelet made with hair of her late mare. So beautiful.
Best birthday present ever!




The more the merrier!


Make a wish!


Something for the horses, too.

Would you like to surprise your friend, groom, trainer,
or the stable owner? Get together, collect some 
money and some hair - have a present and a stable 
party to remember!


UK

Canada

for having us!













2 Feb 2016

February - the real Winter Month

 The month of brighter mornings and brighter evenings...
The real winter month of shining snow blanket, 
glinting snow crystals...

Imagine yourself in a sledge, imagine how a sheep hide feels -
soft and warm. The birds are already quiet, all you hear is
the skids and hooves in snow, maybe a whinny of your horse...



...and a cascabel...


That´s life. Simple and priceless.

Thank you, Juha and Sanna, for these amazing winter photos.